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Bidding farewell to some favorite mom and pops

Paramount plan was considered at City Hall Sign district denied

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By Billy Taylor The Los Angeles Planning Commission held a public hearing in the John Ferraro Council Chambers at City Hall on July 14 to consider the Paramount Pictures Master Plan. Following all presentations and testimony, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a proposed sign district and the use of super graphics and digital displays. The Commission also voted to preserve the RKO globe that sits on top of Stage 21 at the corner of Melrose and Gower, adding language to keep the globe in a “substantially similar” position as it is now. Staff recommendations City Planning Dept. staff assistant Adam Villani began the See Paramount, p 4

McMansion law revised 'Compomise' reached

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By Suzan Filipek The City Planning Commission moved one big step forward last month to protect neighborhoods from more McMansions by approving amendments to the Baseline Mansionziation Ordinace. A major part of the plan — counting the number of See McMansion, p 13


Boulevard welcomes newcomers to street By Suzan Filipek After working at Village Footwear for the past 19 years, Wendy pretty much knows everyone’s shoe size and foot issue. “I’m the 'shoe whisperer,'" said the store manager, who asked not to use her last name. Customers came from far and wide over the years to find the perfect shoe; one lady PARAMOUNT STUDIOS and Mansionization were on the Planning Commission agenda July 14 in City Hall chambers.

‘Taste of Larchmont’ to celebrate Rams return Hope-Net fundaiser to serve Blvd. cuisine Can’t decide where to eat on Larchmont? Hope-Net has the answer. Sample food from 13 food establishments on the boulevard at the 24th annual “Taste of Larchmont” on Mon., Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The theme, “Kickoff on Larchmont,” salutes the return of the Los Angeles Rams to the city and members of the Los Angeles High School marching band will perform. “Taste” was originated in 1993 by the Larchmont Chronicle to celebrate its 30th anniversary. A fundraiser for Hope-Net’s food pantries, a full 90 percent of funds received will be used to purchase and distribute

food to those in need in our local area, said Douglas Ferraro, executive director. In 1988, a collaboration of Los Angeles area religious congregations founded HopeNet to address hunger and homeless needs. First opening in the Wilshire Center area of Los Angeles, the agency's service area now encompasses Koreatown, Hollywood, Los Feliz, and Silverlake. Tickets are $40 each. For more information, visit

Howard hits the beat for the LA Phil

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By Billy Taylor A local resident has been tapped for the coveted position of principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Matthew Howard will replace Raynor Carroll, who is retiring after 32 years with the orchestra. Born and raised in Brookside, Howard attended Hamilton High Music Academy. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree at USC Thornton School of Music, and his graduate degree in See Howard, p 18

SHOE WHISPERER and store manager Wendy.

brought her friend in from Korea to buy a pair just like hers. Others live in the neighborhood; some walked to the store. Rents were doubled by the Arba Group property management company, and online shopping further helped shutter the doors. Everything was on sale until closing day, expected at the end of July. People came in droves the last days. “People are crying, ‘where are they going to buy their shoes that are comfortable, supportive and look good?’” Wendy said, adding that the store’s been “like a family to me.” Hailing from San Francisco, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is planned to move into Village Footwear’s place at 248 N. See Bidding farewell, p 9

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By John Welborne

Fencing The Larchmont Chronicle has more than the usual number of guest writers in this month’s issue. In addition to stories from Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society members about the three most recent Landmark Award winners (see page 20), we have a number of contributions from summer interns. When our managing editor asked if we should include a story from intern Jonathan Lee about his chosen sport — fencing — the answer was easy. (See the accompanying photograph taken when the publisher was on his high school’s junior varsity fencing team in 1963 — the year that the Larchmont Chronicle was founded.) Speaking of fencing, homeowners — and builders — should remember that the City of Los Angeles has rules restricting heights of hedges, walls and fences around our residential properties. The city’s height limit (without special variances) for such impediments in front yard setback areas (from the front of a house to the sidewalk) is 42 inches above the natural grade. That restriction is one of the reasons for the wonderful open feel (and overall property values) in our neighborhoods.

!""#$%&'(")"*+#,"%-'./+,' 0)"/12"*,$%&'03/'4"$&25+/2++6 No one needs reminding that the revitalization of Hollywood has moved south to the borders of Hancock Park. Now the sleepy Melrose border is alive with new construction and Wilshire Blvd.’s Miracle Mile is changing its character from primarily low impact business offices to condominiums and other housing. Growth can be a benefit for everyone, and that’s where we are now … but … without thoughtful input from neighbors, fair and appropriate regulation and enforcement of the law, developers will build, leave and stick us with the mess. The Association has been working with other neighborhood groups on mitigating the impact of two large developments on Hancock Park’s border. The Farmers Insurance property on Wilshire Blvd. has been sold, and the new owners will build condominiums and houses. The developers, working with neighbors, have proposed a reasonable plan to balance this new residential activity with the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Melrose Avenue does not enjoy the same protection that the Park Mile Specific Plan provides for Wilshire, and the proposed redevelopment of the Paramount Studios property will have a major impact. Paramount’s first proposal to construct new parking structures and a new office tower and to install electronic billboards creating an Electronic Sign District was not approved at the recent City Planning Commission meeting. City staff, the Council Office, and everyone near this site were successful in scaling back such overwhelming development and raising Paramount’s contribution to traffic mitigation by $500,000. The work done by you, your neighbors and your Association shows that it is possible to have constructive input into large developments. Now, more than ever, it’s important that all of us stay aware of any proposed changes, hearing requests or construction in the areas surrounding Hancock Park. Your participation in writing letters and attending hearings is critical to keeping the residential/commercial balance right for all of us. The Association’s committees are always looking for new members. So, join a committee by visiting our website and be an active part of our community. The HPOZ Preservation Plan - http://www. regulates our HPOZ. Contact our City Planner, Renata Dragland (renata.dragland@lacity. org), and use the online form ( initial.screening.checklist) if you plan on making changes to the exterior of your house. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - welcome.cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE189DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180.


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butions to refurbish it. It was not mentioned in the article. Is it in the master plan? Our veterans need spiritual as well as mental and physical needs. Please include the chapel in your plans! Robert S. Andrews Las Palmas Ave. Editor’s Note: The master plan architect confirms that restoration of the Wadsworth Chapel is part of the plan. t t t Comment on “Turning Point turns new chapter,” June 2016, graduation section, p. 10. From Facebook: Thank you to the Larchmont Chronicle for featuring Turning Point School in the annual Graduate Salute! Writer Brooke Stewart delivers a lovely tribute to current Head of School Deborah Richman, and welcomes incoming Head of School Dr. Laura Konigsberg who will begin her tenure in July. Turning Point School t t t Comments on “Dozen ‘for lease’ signs on Larchmont Blvd.,” front page, July 2016. From Facebook: Please keep reporting on this. We appreciate your work and identifying who the various landlords are, as well. Does the LBA have anything to say about the rents on the boulevard? Nina Gregory Village Footwear is next. End of July. Stu Melvin I miss that longstanding coffee bean shop. Desiree Sumilank Kwik t t t Comment on “Tale of an abandoned dog turned into a therapy pet,” June 2016, p. 13. Thank you for spreading the word on how many great dogs there are in the shelters and the great work that is done at (Please turn to page 6)

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Paramount Master Plan context of the neighborhood,” said Villani, adding, “[The studio] is in Hollywood, but it is outside of the Hollywood center. This property is surrounded on three sides by residential neighborhoods.” Other staff recommendations included reducing the height of a proposed office tower from 240 feet to 150 feet and a requirement to preserve on site the historic RKO Globe. Before taking action, Commissioners debated the proposed office tower height, but in the end the majority voted to support its staff’s

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THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION heard speakers July l4 on both the Paramount Pictures Master Plan and the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance.

recommendation to limit the height to 150 feet. Applicant and appellant Representing Paramount Pictures, Sharon Keyser, a senior vice president, gave a presentation on the project and told the Commission that the Master Plan is critical to the studio’s future. “It will help us meet our business needs, keep pace with evolving technology and allow us the flexibility to grow and invest in Hollywood.” Following Paramount’s presentation, Beth Dorris, an attorney representing Larchmont Village resident Mary Ann Biewener, told the Commission her client largely supported planning staff’s recommendations, but felt they didn’t go far enough: “These changes alleviate some of the most significant concerns, but do not eliminate all of them.” Dorris argued the proposed building height would be “more consistent and compatible with the neighborhood” at 135 feet, not 150 feet, tall. And she said the proposed con-

struction schedule — ranging from 22 to 25 years — is too long: “A whole generation will come and go while construction is still going on,” she said, requesting the Commission consider shortening the construction schedule. Public comment Participating in the public comment period of the hearing, dozens of residents from Hancock Park, Hollywood and Larchmont Village were allotted one minute each to provide testimony to the Commission. Representing the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC), Karen Gilman shared the group’s resolution with the Commission: “The GWNC joins with surrounding neighborhood organizations in expressing great concern regarding the height of the two proposed office

towers, the impact of additional traffic, the digital and electronic signs and super graphics, in particular,” she read. A former candidate for city council who previously served as a board member on the GWNC, Fred Mariscal, told the Commission that he lives two blocks south of Paramount’s main gate and “thinks it’s extremely important to encourage the studio to invest in improvements. “New jobs that are created for skilled workers will benefit the community far beyond its gates . . . I think the Master Plan deserves our support,” he said. A final report of the Planning Commissions action will be published in the coming weeks. The matter will then be referred to the City Clerk for review by City Council.

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Metro is decking as Purple Line extends on Wilshire

By Brooke Stewart Decking for the Wilshire / La Brea Purple Line station has been underway since June. Of the scheduled 22 weekends of street closures, 16 weekends remain. There will be no work over Labor Day weekend. At a project update meeting held on July 21 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Metro officials and contractor representatives described work underway at three stations. The officials explained to the approximately 45 people in the audience that the La Brea station’s Phase 1 decking work is complete and that Phase 2 construction should be complete by the beginning of this month. Over coming weekends, Wilshire Blvd. will be closed, and there will be traffic detours around the work zones. Complete detour maps remain posted in the upper-right cor corner of the home page at: Jet grouting to start This month will see the commencement of “jet grouting,” the process of strengthening soil underground to support future tunneling and excavation of cross-passages between the tunnels. The work will take place at sites in the center of Wilshire Blvd. and will last for about six weeks at each site. The first three locations are Wilshire . . . between Rossmore and Arden; between Arden and Lucerne; and between Citrus and Mansfield. Wilshire / Fairfax Metro’s contractor is beginning the piling installation phase of the Wilshire / Fairfax station construction in August. Wilshire Blvd. between Ogden

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Dr. and Orange Grove Ave. has been reduced to two lanes in each direction. This lane reduction will last until next year. In the Ogden staging yard for the Wilshire / Fairfax station, sound walls are being installed. They are 24 feet high facing the residential side of the property and 20 feet high facing the commercial side. To ensure that the work is as quiet as possible, loud equipment like generators is being covered by sound blankets. Wilshire / La Cienega The Wilshire / La Cienega station area will see more work underway in September. Demolitions there were scheduled for earlier; however, officials said they are delayed due to bird nesting season.


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A look at some of the real estate options on Wilshire Boulevard By Billy Taylor If you’ve passed the corner of Rimpau and Wilshire recently you will have noticed a new development springing up on the northwest side where a vacant lot used to be. This is, in fact, only one of several real estate options new

to Wilshire Blvd. So to get an idea of what’s out there, the Chronicle reached out to three new developments on the boulevard to get an update, with mixed results. On Rimpau Located at 4701 Wilshire, the under-construction seven-

home small-lot-subdivision will be known as “On RimRim pau,� according to project manager Matthew Jacobs. The development “is a collection of stand-alone row houses, offering space, light, privacy and top-quality finishes in an unmatched location,� he explains. “Wee worked closely with the “W neighbors and with the Park Mile Design Review Board to design a project that makes sense for this unique location at the front door of Hancock Park.� Through this process, Jacobs says they were able to design a project that meets the high standards set by the adjacent neighborhoods. “We benefited tremendously from the input we received during the Park Mile Review Board process, and are most appreciative of the input from our neighbors,� he said. The three and four bedroom houses feature 9’8� ceilings, oversized garages, energy efficient building systems, oak floors, Viking appliances and contemporary finishes. Jacobs says the project is on schedule for completion in spring 2017. Park Mile Villas Further east, on the corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw boulevards is a recently completed condominium building called Park Mile Villas, located at 4180 Wilshire Blvd. The 29-unit complex boasts three-bedroom condominiums,


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Larchmont Bungalow due in court Aug. 3

Brookside and Sycamore Square get protections from teardowns

A hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court is set for the Larchmont Bungalow on Wed., Aug. 3 in Dept. 47 in front of Commissioner Elizabeth Harris. The hearing is to review Bungalow owner Albert Mizrahi’s progress in complying with the terms of his guilty plea, including accounting for payments he owes the city. The Larchmont Bungalow plead to three counts and was sentenced to diversion. “The [business] needs to show proof of progress toward compliance and payment of investigative costs,� said Rob Wilcox, director of community outreach in the City Attorney’s office. Mizrahi agreed to the plea in exchange for probation and the court suspended his sentencing for 18 months. Besides bringing the restaurant into compliance with city zoning codes — removing tables and chairs — Mizrahi agreed to pay costs incurred to investigate and prosecute the case.

Brookside and Sycamore Square were among areas protected last month with Interim Control Ordinances (ICO) pending adoption of an amended mansionization law under review. The ICOs prevent teardowns of single-family homes while city officials consider amendments to the Baseline Mansionionization Ordinance. The urgency measure was adopted to prohibit issuing certain building permits in neighborhoods with “unique blends of scale, massing, building setbacks, architectural styles and landscaping.� Passed in June, the ordinance reads: “A rapid increase of property values in these neighborhoods has accelerated a recent trend of property owners and developers tearing down original houses and replacing them with box-like structures or significantly remodeling existing structures with bulky two-story additions that are out of scale with neighboring properties.�


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Fun and safety tips at ‘National Night Out’ events Safety exhibits, free giveaways, and food and games for kids will be among the activities at this year’s LAPD National Night Out Against Crime events, to be held in two locations in the area on Tues., Aug. 2. The annual event is designed to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Most importantly, it sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event will be celebrated in the Olympic Division at its police station — 1130 S. Vermont Ave. — from 6 to 9 p.m. The Wilshire Division event will take place at Poinsettia Park Recreation Center — 7341 Willoughby Ave. — from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Robbed at gunpoint; sexual assault on Van Ness WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: Three victims were walking near the corner of S. Formosa Ave. and 1st St. when two suspects approached them from behind brandishing a gun. The suspects demanded phones, keys and wallets from the victims before fleeing on July 7 at 11:40 p.m. A victim was sitting in his vehicle near the corner of N. Hudson Ave. and Beverly Blvd. when a suspect approached, and offered to pay him to help move furniture. In route the suspect pulled a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet on July 8 at 2 p.m. BURGLARIES: A woman got home to find two suspects already inside her house on the 400 block of N. Highland

WILSHIRE DIVISION Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 Twitter: @lapdwilshire Ave. on July 5 at 5:20 p.m. Both suspects fled through the backyard without taking any property. A suspect entered a residence through an unlocked window on the 400 block of N. Rossmore Ave. and removed clothing and electronic equipment on July 8 between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A suspect was arrested while still inside a victim’s home, wearing the victim’s backpack, on the 100 block of N. Sycamore Ave. on July 8 at 11 p.m. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A 2006 white Chevrolet Silverado was stolen while parked on the 400 block of N. Citrus Ave. between July 6 at 4 p.m. and July 7 at 6:45 a.m. A 2007 black Honda Element was stolen from a victim’s driveway on the 300 block of N. Orange Dr. between July 7 at 10:30 p.m. and July 9 at 12:30 p.m. THEFTS: A suspect walked up to a victim’s front porch and stole an unlocked bicycle on the 100 block of N. Orange Dr. on July 6 at 12 p.m. Two suspects drove up to a victim’s residence on the 400 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and removed packages from the victim’s front porch on July 6 at 4:45 p.m. OLYMPIC DIVISION ATTACK: A male suspect brandishing a handgun approached a woman and forced her into a restroom where he sexually assaulted her on July 13 at 11:15 a.m. on the grounds of Van Ness Elementary, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. BURGLARIES: A victim returned home to the 100 block of S. Wilton Pl. on July 3 at 10 p.m. to find a broken window and shoe prints inside, but no known property 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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was taken. A suspect smashed the rear door of a victim's residence on the 200 block of S. Van Ness Ave. on July 8 between 2:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. A suspect entered a residence on the 400 block of N. Irving Blvd by removing a wooden plank between double doors in the back of the house. The suspect then removed a power drill from inside, which activated the motion detectors and sounded an alarm on July 9 between 5 and 9 p.m. Computer equipment and a iPad was stolen from inside Van Ness Elementary School on July 5 at 10:30 p.m. after suspects forced entry into several classrooms by smashing windows. A suspect cut a victim’s

OLYMPIC DIVISION Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 Twitter: @lapdolympic security window and entered her residence on the 200 block of N. Wilton Pl. and stole a passport and birth certificate between July 10 at 2:30 p.m. and July 11 at 1:35 p.m. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2003 grey BMW 525i was stolen while parked on the street near the corner of S. Wilton and 5th St. on July 8 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Vacancies on GWNC 2016-2018 Board Are Being Filled At recent meetings of the Board of Directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, most vacancies on the Board have been filled. Stakeholders have been recruited for volunteer service as Alternates to elected Directors and, in one instance, to fill the Director vacancy where no Education candidate was elected at the recent, May 2016 election. The GWNC thanks and welcomes these new Alternate Board Members: Area 1 - Brookside Alternate: Hanne Mintz Area 3 – Country Club Heights Alternate: Richard Park Area 4 – Fremont Place Alternate: Bobbie Kumetz Area 5 – Hancock Park Alternate: Daniel Brook Area 8 – Melrose Alternate: Jeff McManus Area 12 – Western-Wilton Alternate: Justin Tien Area 13 – Wilshire Park Alternate: Kim Nortman Area 14 – Windsor Square Alternate: Angie Szentgyorgyi Business Alternate: Mario Carpinelli There still are a few vacancies (Alternates for Area 15 and for Education and Religious). If you are interested in being appointed where a vacancy is shown, contact the Director for that seat or Area 15 – Windsor Village Director: Julie Stromberg Alternate: Vacant Education Director: Scott Appel Alternate: Vacant Religious Director: Mike Genewick Alternate: Vacant The next GWNC Board meeting is Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 South Lucerne Boulevard.



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Bidding farewell to favorites, welcoming newcomers (Continued from page 1) Larchmont. There’s more comings and goings among shops and eateries on Larchmont Blvd. Bluemercury cosmetics and beauty supply company will take over the former Jamba Juice space in the heart of Larchmont Village at 158 N. Larchmont. The Washington, D.C.-based company with 60 stores was acquired by Macy’s last year.

Also set to open this month is Sweetfin Poke at 135 N. Larchmont, where Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf poured beverages for decades. It’s the third location (others are in Topanga and Santa Monica) for the popular sushi restaurant. Its ahi bowls’ origins date back to a Hawaiian fisherman’s snack, said co-founder Seth Cohen. Boutique sneaker store Blends Larchmont opened at

New store will 'Prospr' (Continued from page 3) tage, Esada and Merrick are joining forces with Prospr. Merrick will have a space in the store to sell jewelry, cashmeres, and small decorative art — a fine selection of things she loves. When asked about joining with Esada for Prospr, Merrick stated that

she has full trust in him. “If I ever had to do business with someone, it’s Randy.” Esada says of Prospr that it is “eccentric and extraordinary.” Now that it is open, both longtime and new customers can enjoy the experience. For more information, visit

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141 N. Larchmont last month. Its the sixth store for owners Tak Kato and Mike Toe, who blend international tastes with global level products, according to the website. Leaving the street is Sage Lifestyle jewelry and candle boutique at 128 ½ N. Larchmont. Musically speaking Villagers can expect to see musicians of all ages this fall when Rhodes School of Music moves from its longtime spot in the 600 north block to 215 N. Larchmont above the Burger Lounge. The music school will have more practice rooms, better soundproofing and other beneficial features, says owner David Rhodes. To the north and Larchmont-adjacent, is Au Courant Clothing is at 5555 Melrose Ave. The new store promotes “fashion made fair.” The store’s website explains that how its clothes are made is as important as looking good.




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Review of a year's worth of work in CD4 One year ago July 1, we made history. Over the past 12 months, I’ve met with countless neighborhoods, businesses and community leaders to tackle the most pressing issues impacting our diverse Council c o m m u n i t y. The experience Report has been both by incredible and David E. Ryu humbling. I ran for reform, change and a fresh perspective, and I strive to instill these values in every decision I make during my tenure. I made commitments to our neighborhoods and residents: to restore trust in local government, preserve residential neighborhoods, fight for fiscal accountability, advocate for infrastructure improvements, and prioritize community engagement. Here are a few highlights from the last year: Overdevelopment is a key issue in Council District 4. In response, I co-introduced a

reform package to help manage the city’s growth and development, protect the unique character of our neighborhoods, increase oversight of the environmental review process, upgrade the Dept. of City Planning’s technology and update the city’s Community and General Plans. These changes will go a long way when rebuilding trust in our city’s outdated planning process. Upon entering office, one of my first priorities was to stop mansionization in some of our district’s most beautiful neighborhoods. On July 29, the City Council passed my motion calling for a Sherman Oaks, Brookside and Sycamore Square Interim Control Ordinance. In addition, I advocated for revisions to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and Baseline Hillside Ordinance to further protect

Ice skating, talent contest at Larchmont Family Fair Oct. 30 A synthetic ice skating ring and bubble rollers are among attractions at the Larchmont Family Fair on Sun., Oct. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. Musician Stephen Endleman is master of ceremonies and host of the Larchmont Has T Talent contest. Camel and pony rides, a petting zoo, slides and kids'

cars will also be featured at the Larchmont Boulevard Assoc. event. A children's costume contest will also take place. To receive booth applications write betsy@betsymalloy. com or elizabethannmalloy@ Deadline is one week before the fair. Earlier is appreciated.

the character of residential neighborhoods. While development was a large concern during last year’s campaign, I know rebuilding trust doesn’t stop there. Over the last few months, I have advocated for greater transparency, accountability and independence at the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power. My colleagues and I called for greater support for the DWP Board and Office of Public Accountability, more flexibility for the department’s hiring and management of civil service and more accountability and transparency in the revenue transfer process. Voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on these changes on Nov. 8. Each fiscal year year, CD 4 receives between $1.1-1.5 million in discretionary funds. In order to provide my constituents more transparency over how funds are spent, I appointed a nine-member community task force to set policies for future funding priorities and to review current council office spending. In addition, the task force reviewed all last-minute funding allocations from the previous council office. Lastly, while some days can be challenging, there’s one thing I know for sure, I love serving as your Councilmember. There is much more work ahead, and I look forward to continuing to work with all my constituents to better our communities.

CREWS began repaving the intersection of Las Palmas and Oakwood Ave. with concrete on June 9, kicking off an effort to improve the neighborhood's aging streets. Work was still under underway, as of July 18, when this photo was taken.

Chronicle Question for the Councilman Each month we send questions to our representative in City Hall. Send your queries to

Q: How is progress on the Hancock Park concrete street repaving at the corner of Las Palmas and Oakwood Avenues, and elsewhere?

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Windsor Square family moved by Nice attacks

By Brooke Stewart Windsor Square resident Colin Kruse was in Nice, France during the recent attack on July 14. His family is thankful that their 16-year-old son was not harmed during the violence, according to the Larchmont Buzz. After Bastille Day celebratory fireworks, a truck drove into a large crowd along the Promenade des Anglais, killing 84 people. Luckily, Colin was at the beach a mile east of the Promenade, said his mother Jacqueline Kruse. Colin was separated from his group and sought shelter inside a bar where he was able to contact his mother. He was unaware of what caused the panic. She was able to call the New York office of the Colin’s study abroad program to let them know where he was. Colin was reunited with his group within the hour. Colin has spent the last month with a group of a dozen students studing French at the Lycée Masséna in Nice. Mrs. Kruse comments that he is “grateful for all the messages he’s gotten from his friends, it makes him feel loved and happy.”




Large, aged sycamore falls on Citrus, destroys SUV They said it would happen. Trees have been getting less water in light of a years-long drought. And, predictably, but suddenly, a 90-year-old sycamore tree uprooted and fell into Citrus Ave. at First St., smashing an SUV like it was a doughnut. Luckily no one was hurt, though the owner of the vehicle, a pregnant housekeeper, is a bit shaken up by the incident, said Kathy Seid. “What struck us were the number of residents who said they called to report the tree, before it fell... with a few neighbors saying they reported the tree leaning more the day before and the actual day

BEFORE THE FALL the sycamore tree leaned into the street.

it fell.” The tree fell on July 7 at 3:45 p.m., its limbs complete-

HOUSEKEEPER’S SUV was crushed in the fall. Photo by Lisa Hutchins

ly blocking the street until a city crew came out the next morning. Alicia Pollack said she first reported the leaning tree a year ago, and numerous case files at the city were closed by city officials claiming the tree was not a danger. Repair for raised/uneven sidewalks could have damaged the roots, or the drought conditions could have played a part. Other causes could be old age. “Trees may fail due to structural defects, disease/pests, soil conditions, and weatherrelated causes such as high winds,” said Paul Gomez,

spokesman for the city Bureau of Street Services. Whatever the reasons for the falling of the tree, “it would have been far cheaper to cut the tree down, versus now having to send emergency crews and replace a vehicle,” said Seid, who has moved from the area, but returns to visit her 93-yearold mother, Jane Keeler. “Mother has lived in her home 60 years. She remembers the trees being large trees when she moved in, thus we estimate the sycamores on the street may be 90 years old. Original street pipes were recently replaced, and I believe they were 90 years old.”


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Preservation topic of city public workshops in Mile The city Office of Historic Resources is holding two public hearings this month to review a proposed Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) in the Miracle Mile and a recently completed draft of a Preservation Plan. A public workshop to review the Preservation Plan is tentatively set for Thurs., Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. A combination public workshop and hearing on the Miracle Mile HPOZ is tentatively set for Sat., Aug. 20 at Candela, 831 S. La Brea Ave. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m., and the hearing starts at 11 a.m. The HPOZ will “finally place control of our community back in the hands of the residents,” Mark Zecca, chairperson of the Miracle Mile HPOZ Committee, wrote in the Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. newsletter. “It will not


only thwart mansionization, it will also stop the demolition of our vintage duplexes and multi-family buildings to construct super-sized luxuryrate developments.” The Preservation Plan is a document that provides guidelines for renovation, remodeling and upkeep of an

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area’s historic properties. “We are trying to be very pragmatic and as liberal as possible” in writing the document, Zecca explained to the Chronicle. “Wee followed a template from the city that follows national guidelines. People still can expand their homes, with restrictions, of course.” The guidelines are a framework and include suggestions for landscape and paint color, he added. A historic resources survey found 80 percent of the Mile’s single and multi-family structures qualify for the city historic preservation designation.

Residents will receive confirmation of the two upcoming meeting dates via a mailing from the city Office of His-

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Greater Miracle Mile Chamber widens its sights The Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce has added “Greater” to its name and is now the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce. Making its debut last month, the new name reflects the group’s expanded boundaries which are La Cienega Blvd. to Normadie Avenue and Melrose Avenue to Pico Blvd. “Businesses in these areas have similar concerns such as the subway construction, and our Chamber provides access to Metro officials as well as civic leaders,” said Stephen Kramer, GMMCC president. The Chamber is also a conduit to museum officials located along Museum Row. Members enjoy exhibit previews and social events at the museums and at other locations. The Chamber meets monthly at a variety of businesses throughout the Greater Miracle Mile area. For more information, contact Meg McComb, executive director director, 323-9645454


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as floor space from about 50 residents and homeowners as well as the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Commission approved the compromise: Up to 200 square feet of attached garage space at the front will be exempt from floor area calculations and up to 400 square feet of attached garages at the back of the house will be exempt from such calculations. “The 400 square foot exemption for rear garages still stands, but that’s acceptable since it encourages garages that can only be reached by extending the driveway, thus creating more space between homes,” Eisele said. “I believe the CPC realized ours were voices from the grassroots, from homeowners under siege by McMansion developers who’re just out to make a quick buck without regard to the impact their monstrosities will have on their neighbors,” he added. The original Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, passed in 2008, had loopholes, such as bonuses that allowed outof-scale homes to be built and causing much outcry from residents citywide. Most bonuses are eliminated under the amended BMO. Other amendments include limiting the floor area ratio to 45 percent of lot size as opposed to 50 percent in single-family zones. Covered porches, patios, and breezeways count as floor area, and upper-story decks, balconies and terraces must be set back at least an additional three feet on the side. Issues that remain include bonuses that still apply on larger lots and design stan-

dards like “encroachment planes” and “articulation” that can be easy to manipulate. “Adjustments granted by Zoning Administrators will be more transparent, but why do we even need them on top of variances? questioned Shelley Wagers, of “As they stand now, the amendments strengthen our citywide mansionization ordinances in some important ways, especially for the R1 zones that make up about 75 percent of Los Angeles’s single-family neighborhoods,” she told the Chronicle. “The amendments are far from perfect, but they promise significant improvement, especially for the neighborhoods hardest hit by mansionization.” The City Planning Commission approved the Planning Department’s recommendation report, modifying it only to reflect the way attached garages are counted. “We are in the process of preparing a revised ordinance that will be submitted to the City Clerk for consideration, first by the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the City Council, and then by the City Council,” said city senior planner Phyllis Nathanson. Opposing the restrictions were the local chapter of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California and residents who seek to build large homes as others have been permitted to do. The PLUM hearing will be sometime in August at the earliest. Then the full Council will vote on the amendments.

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Election 2016: high school seniors urged to register to vote! By Jonathan Lee Graduating high school seniors, age 18, are now old enough to vote in their first presidential election. All students who will be 18 by the registration deadline, Oct. 24, are eligible. Though millions of these

upperclassmen can cast their ballot, only 11 percent of this demographic was registered to vote in the 2012 presidential election, as acknowledged by the state Board of Education. Perhaps the most common reason behind low-voter turnout is disinterest in

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registration information in the graduation package.” Through such actions, the Los Angeles Board of Education hopes to have more seniors vote such as Muj Rahman, 18, who says that voting is important even though it may seem insignificant to the individual, and he is registered to vote in this year’s presidential election. Another senior, Steven Lee, Olympic Blvd., is also registered to vote and believes that “all people should vote even if they are not interested in politics.” As the election date, November 8, draws near, seniors are strongly encouraged to get out and vote. Jonathan Lee, 16, is a junior in the fall at Pilgrim School. He will also be managing editor of the school newspaper.

Local student’s summer of scientific exploration Duttenhaver Field Study By Brooke Stewart Local resident, Dahlia expeditions taking place in Shammas, has spent a remark- locations such as Brazil and able summer gaining scien- South Africa. In Trinidad, Dahlia along tific field experience working with Trinidadian conservation with eight other students, worked with scientists at an scientists. A rising senior at North ocelot conservation location. Hollywood Zoo Magnet, Dahl- An ocelot is twice the size of ia’s interest in science has a house cat with a dappled coat similar led to her to a cheeown research tah. They concerning are Trinithe effects of dad’s largest modern life land mamon the envimal predaronment. tor. Dahlia This sumand her peers mer, she was spend the able to purexpedition sue her interest in sci- OCELOT. Photo by Jitze Couperus r e s e a r c h ing the size ence abroad through the Duttenhaver of the ocelot population, the Conservation Field Study Pro- use and diversity of prey, and the impact of different land gram. Linda Duttenhaver is the uses on reproduction. The donor for the program. She data they collected is especialholds a firm belief in “the ly helpful in Trinidad where positive impact of interna- there is little to no data on the tional travel and study.” She ocelot population. Through an incredible partnered with the Los Angeles Zoo who wanted to cre- opportunity with the L.A. Zoo ate a hands-on field experi- and Linda Duttenhaver, Dahlia ence for students interested was able to experience a truly in biological science. There unique summer researching have been eight previous ocelots in Trinidad.

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En garde! Championship is largest fencing event of the year By Jonathan Lee Fencing is a wildly popular sport in the United States and is to be included in the Rio Summer Olympics this month. It is one of the only sports to be featured in every modern Olympic Games. Consequently, numerous tournaments of varying sizes are continually held across the United States. In particular, the largest annual fencing event of the season took place in Dallas in July. The 2016 Championship and July Challenge welcomed hundreds of the nation’s best fencers. These fencers trained all year in preparation for the tournament, generally known as the Summer National, divided into dozens of events based on age, gender, and weapon: foil, epée, and saber. Each weapon requires a different set of rules. The number of competitors in each event ranges from 50 to 300 fencers. Having fenced for over seven years, I have participated in several Summer Nationals. Like most other competitors, I trained for more than one event. Though my main event was Cadet Men’s Foil, which has an age limit of 16, I also participated in Junior Men’s Foil, in which fencers up to 19

years old competed. To train for my events, I pracT ticed at the Precision Athletics Fencing Club, located in Torrance, along with several other fencers. We attended a weeklong fencing camp days before the Summer National began, and we fenced with guest fencers from South Korea. In addi-

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(Continued from page 15) sessions with these coaches usually five times every week ever since I was 10. My attachment to fencing is derived from the sport’s dependence upon physical and mental abilities. I was attracted to fencing for this very depth, which gives rise to the sport’s moniker, “physical chess.” To prepare even further for T the competition, one fencer from our center, Joshua Kang, 16, trained in South Korea for three weeks in addition to the aforementioned training camp. “I went to Korea the day after school ended and spent three weeks there. I fenced at

resented in STEM-related fields and careers and GALA wants to change this statistic. Single-sex schools are beneficial for girls in middle school and high school because they develop self-confidence and leadership skills while learning in an environment that praises academic achievement. Girls graduate at a 30 percent higher rate in single-sex schools than at co-ed schools. Graduates from girls schools go to college at a 50 percent higher rate. GALA’s core values are GALA excellence, leadership and wellness. With a class ratio of 28:1, students will receive the attention they need in the classroom. Faculty at GALA will help girls in the classroom with their academics as well as with social / emotional skills in an advisory group. From college counseling services to advisory sessions, students will be given the support they need for their academics at GALA and for future opportunities. For more information visit, high schools and universities in Busan, Seoul and Daejeon,” he stated. Many such schools in South Korea are almost entirely devoted to fencing and are therefore ideal for training. This year’s Summer National was immensely competitive, with hundreds of the nation’s highest ranked athletes in the field. Accordingly, I learned much from the experience. The United States Fencing Association has begun to organize plans for next year’s Summer National, and fencers have already resumed training, hoping to excel in the largest competitive fencing event of the year.

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tion growing up with GMOs, hormones and other additives, the Hancock Park native sought healthier options for her handmade ice pops. It’s an exciting time to be in the food business, says Julia. “There’s an awesome group of people in Los Angeles doing amazing things with food, especially women. It’s really fun.” A longtime foodie, as a child on holidays she worked at a family Italian restaurant and still frequents a friend’s central coast dairy. She interned at major Hollywood talent agencies, and she later took her skills to jobs in marketing at hospitality groups. The Third St. Elementary graduate and member of the Marlborough Y Young Alumnae Council — she’s a 2002 alumna — majored in business at George Washington University. It was not a good fit, and she transferred into fine arts and photography, finding her way into design and illustration, which she freelances in her day job. Her first client was Spotify. Her love of food was never far away, and she also went to the International Culinary Center in New York. And those business classes in college have come in handy after all. While gourmet ice cream brands abound, she found her niche in the underdeveloped popsicle market, the budding entrepreneur

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curtain) auditions. “Only seven people advanced to the next round,” says Howard. A semi-final round — still blind — was next, which narrowed the field to five people; a further blind elimination round brought the number down to three. “Once it was down to the top three musicians they removed the curtain for a ‘super final round’ where we took turns playing with the percussion section,” recalls Howard. He was then taken to a room to wait. After some time, Howard says a person walked in and asked him to report to the stage to speak with the orchestra’s conductor, Gustavo Dudamel. “As soon as I walked on stage everyone started clapping,” he says, adding, “Gustavo walked up, shook my hand, and said: ‘Welcome to the family.’” The thought of working regularly with Dudamel is “pretty phenomenal,” says Howard. “The best part is the way the orchestra responds to him. He is inviting and helpful, which leads to a friendly and collaborative working environment. “And as a principal, I will get to work with him quite a lot face-to-face,” says Howard with excitement in his voice. According to Howard, he expects his schedule to fluctuate from week to week once the season starts. And as a principal, Howard says his responsibilities will not only be to learn his music, but also to manage logistics, instru-

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Help needed to send students back to school Join Big Sunday for its seventh annual back to school drive and community dinner on Thurs., Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event matches donations of school supplies with unmet needs at schools that serve low-income or special needs students across the city. Among the many requests from these schools include pencils, backpacks, books and notebooks. Volunteers are needed to V help count, sort and pack all the donated items — and are then invited to stay for dinner.

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Belmont Village’s “Circle of Friends” program for mild cognitive impairment and mild-to-moderate dementia received the 2016 Best of the Best Memory Care Award May 10, 2016 at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference in Denver. Argentum, formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America, is the largest national association for senior living providers. The “Best of the Best” awards recognize innovative programs and services. Belmont Village is an assisted living facility with locations in Westwood, Burbank and Hollywood.


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Three landmarks were named by area's Historical Society Three buildings received 2016's Landmark Awards from the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society at its annual meeting in June. The awardees are Hotel Normandie, Off Vine and an office building created from a home on Wilshire Blvd.

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AWARD WINNING hotel was built in 1926.

By Laura Foti Cohen The Hotel Normandie is Landmark #98), downtown’s having a moment. At age 90, she’s ready for her Oviatt Building and United close-up, thanks to a lengthy Artists Theatre (now the Ace and sensitive restoration by Hotel), the Beverly Wilshire her current owner, architect Hotel and many other treaJingbo Lou. In addition to sures, Hotel Normandie feareceiving the Windsor Square-Hancock Park [The owner] rebuffed offers Historical Society Landfrom large developers in favor mark Award # 111, the Koreatown-based hotel of funding from smaller, presis the recipient of a 2016 ervation-minded entities. Los Angeles Conservantures 103 rooms and has hostcy Preservation Award. The hotel, at 605 S. Nor- ed many well-known names, mandie Ave., is also City of including “Under the Volcano” Los Angeles Historic-Cultural author Malcolm Lowry, who wrote part of his famous work Monument #1013. Designed in 1926 by Walker while staying there. When current owner Lou & Eisen, best known as architects of the Farmers Insur- purchased the building in ance Tower (Historical Society 2011 it was structurally sound

but rundown and just coming off a brief stint as a hotel for potheads. Lou rebuffed offers from large developers in favor of funding from smaller, preservation-minded entities. During the rehab, decades of alterations were removed and missing windows replaced with replicas. The original roof cornice and tiled parapet, which had been removed in the 1950s, were re-created. The building’s Renaissance Revival roots are now again showing. Lou purchased iconic Cassell’s Hamburgers (est. 1948) in 2012, and he moved it to the ground floor of the refreshed Normandie.

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Classical home became an office on Wilshire Blvd. By Carol Wertheim Tucked between two 1960s modernist buildings lies a gem of a former era. Now a Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Landmark Award recipient, the main residence at 4526 Wilshire Blvd. was built in 1923 by H.H. Whiteley, a significant master architect and builder for the family of W.I. Gilbert, a celebrity lawyer. The Mediterranean Revival style became popular in the early 1920s with mansions on Wilshire Blvd. and is again visible 100 years later in the mansionizing of small homes throughout Southern

California. The house, now office, reflects the owner’s desire for a comfortable home and the elegance of a Mediterranean classical villa reflecting his professional and social status in a burgeoning 1920s post-war population boom in Los Angeles. Whiteley was influenced by the social, economic, and cultural trend of the early 20th century and of his client, W. I. Gilbert, who played a prominent part in the lives of important historic personages. The 1920s was one of the most important periods in the devel(Please turn to page 21)

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Landmarks named by historical society (Continued from page 20) opment of Los Angeles. Harry Hayden Whiteley was born in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1890 and served in both World Wars. His architectural career included his years in Los Angeles and San Diego, and after WWII he found continued success in Las Vegas. By the time he graduated with a degree in engineering in 1924 from USC, he had already designed many impressive residences and some commercial buildings from Long Beach to Los Feliz. His designs are known for their blend of Spanish and Italian revival style elegant interiors which were popular with affluent clients. The original permit to H.H. Whiteley, architect and contractor, for Lot 26 of the Fremont Place Tract on land bought by William I. Gilbert, attorney, lists wife Lucy Gilbert as owner. The Gilberts were perhaps lured to move west. In 1910, Wilshire Blvd. was still considered in the sticks by developers who were publicizing plans to build impressive in-town estates on the boulevard for wealthy tycoons. William Isaac Gilbert’s father was an attorney in

Oklahoma. William followed in his father’s profession and became a favored attorney in Hollywood. On his way westward, he married Lucy Witt in Dallas on Dec. 10, 1898. They had two children, Jeanne and William Isaac Junior. Like his grandfather and father, Junior became an attorney and eventually a partner in his father’s law office, where he added more celebrities such as Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. Until his unexpected death from pneumonia on Nov. 28, 1940, Gilbert resided at 4526 Wilshire Blvd. Lucy Gilbert and their daughter, Jeanne, and her son, Donald Rackerby continued to live there until the end of WWII. The home was sold to an oral surgeon, Berto Agave Olson. Thus, a second family began a residency of two decades before the next sale and the commercialization and rezoning of the property in the 1970’s. After the Olsons moved, Dorothy Desbrow Bell took charge of the property. It was used as a party event site; then, the Jocelyn Ryan Modeling Studios maintained offices there, and for several years the Self-Help

Institute sheltered there. In 1978, a new owner, Hank DiRoma, filed requests to officially change the usage of the three buildings. Although the property has been repurposed to a business, the original interior rooms are clearly recognizable. The elegant main curved stairway has the original spiraled wrought iron supports. The high ceilings add to the spacious feeling of the rooms, and the original fireplace can be seen in the library. The present owners have preserved the original distinctive stucco ornamentation, especially the decorative molded masonry surrounding the front door. They have added classic fenestration and architectural details such as window balconies and molding along the roof in keeping with the Italian revival style of the 1920s.



Local homes approved as Historic-Cultural Monuments A Howard Hughes residence was among four local homes recently designed as Historiccultural Monuments by the Cultural Heritage Commission and Los Angeles City Council. The Eva K. Fudger / Howard Hughes residence, at 211 S. Muirfield Rd., is in the Monterey Revival style. The home was designed by Roland E. Coate for widow Eva K. Fudger in 1926. The Johnson family is notable for its role in bringing the Santa Fe Railroad to Southern California. The property was later owned by Hughes. HCM #1108, at 221 South St. Andrews Pl., is a 1912 Craftsman with Japanese influences. Designed by Arthur S. Heineman, it features lowpitched cross gables, deep overhanging eves, and a wide front porch with thick arroyo

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Off Vine craftsman bungalow is a throwback to a glamorous era the Hancock brothers, Henry and John. His property was bounded by what are now Gower, Seward, Rosewood and Sunset. With his son, Seward, Cole established the town of Colegrove in the 1880s.) The property where Off Vine is situated was part of the Leland Tract, in Colegrove. Alas, the names of the architect and builder of the house seem to have vanished in the fog of the past. The Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety has no records for the property prior to the mid ‘70s, and no one connected with the

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family that owns the property, or the business that occupies it, knows about its earliest days. The first name associated with the property in the Los Angeles County Tax Archives is Albert C. Bollinger. From 1913 to 1928, the Leland Tract was apparently owned by Charles E. Toberman. Known as “Mr. Hollywood,â€? C.E. Toberman was a nephew of Los Angeles Mayor James Toberman. C.E. Toberman developed Hollywood and many of its landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, the Roosevelt Hotel, the El Capitan Theatre and the Egyptian and Grauman’s Chinese theatres. Beryl Wallace — born Beatrice Heischuber in Brooklyn, New York — got a role in the 1928 Earl Carroll Broadway Theatre production of “Vanities.â€? Beryl and Earl Carroll began a personal relationship and, when Carroll moved his Ziegfeld Follies-type shows to Hollywood in 1938, Beryl Wallace was both his star and his life partner. On Sunset Boulevard, the Earl Carroll Theatre was a luxurious, 1000seat, multi-tiered supper club featuring Busby Berkeleystyle numbers on an elevated, revolving stage. The theatre’s façade was adorned with a 20-foot high neon facial portrait of Beryl Wallace. After their arrival in Hollywood, Earl Carroll bought a house for Beryl’s mother and eight siblings. This was the craftsman bungalow at 6263

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Leland Way. The family home contained a full make-up mirror upstairs so that Beryl could get ready to go on stage and take a short walk north to the theater, where her neon face was surrounded by the words: “Thru these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world.� Wallace appeared in 22 movies and performed at the theater and on the radio. In 1948, while en route from Los Angeles to New York City, Beryl Wallace and Earl Carroll died in a plane crash. The house where Beryl’s mother and siblings lived, and which became the Off Vine restaurant, is still owned by the

Beryl Wallace family. The proprietors of Off Vine — Richard Falzone, opera singer Greg Fedderly, and Tony Hernandez — have decorated both downstairs and upstairs with photos of Beryl Wallace and her family, artifacts of the Earl Carroll Theatre and more. Scott Zone, Wallace’s nephew and himself an archivist and conservator, preserved and provided the photos to Off Vine to display. Zone’s sister, Fran, wrote a short biography of Beryl Wallace, which is available in the restaurant. After the mid 1950s, the Wallace family moved from 6263 Leland Way and a series (Please turn to page 24)

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Attendees taste at some (or all) of 51 Farmers Market vendors By John Welborne Approximately 700 neighbors and fans of Farmers Market enjoyed a veritable feast at the eighth “celebration of 82 years of great food at the corner of Third and Fairfax,” as the printed program put it. It was impossible to go away hungry. It probably was almost impossible to eat all of the proffered samples from all of the 51 locations. Some of the items, like the Harris Ranch prime rib sandwiches at Huntington Meats and the French dip sandwiches at Magee’s, were meals in themselves. Same for the Mejadra Bowl with chicken from Moruno, cheese and charcuterie from Monsieur Marcel (including the famous Farmers Market “caviar cheese”), meatball subs from Marconda’s, shrimp cocktails from Tusquellas Seafoods, and more. There was ice cream from Bennett’s and soft-serve from Gill’s. There were tastes of Wolf Creek Brewery and Fireman’s Brew beers, plus several wines and soft drinks, lemonade, and ginger beer to wash it all down. This year, the event saluted

firefighters through the FirstIn Fire Foundation. Firefighters from local Stations 61 and 68 got in the spirit by making and serving “Firehouse Chile” (both in meat and vegetarian versions.) A lot of people do not realize that firefighters are responsible for their own cleaning and cooking in their firehouses. Hancock Park’s Lyn McEwen Cohen organized the First-In Fire Foundation participation. The presence of the foundation and the firefighters was welcomed by Farmers Market executives, including Hank Hilty, Mark Panatier, and Ilysha Buss, all of whom were busily overseeing the increasingly popular “Taste” event. Also enjoying the evening were Miracle Mile leader Wally Marks, former councilman Tom LaBonge, Lyn’s husband Marc Cohen, and LAFD Capt. Dan Drummond.

TASTERS AND GREETERS at the eighth annual “Taste of Farmers Market” included (L-R): Wally Marks, Tom LaBonge, Lyn MacEwen Cohen, Marc Cohen, and Capt. Dan Drummond.


Gladys Knight, Yo-Yo Ma at Bowl Viewing fireworks with Tchaikovsky, hearing Stravinsky’s Firebird or dancing to Gladys Knight are just some of choices this month at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. Bring blankets and a picnic and go casual for one of the less expensive seats in the very back, or splurge and make a night of it in the garden seat section with dinner closer to the stage. Other performers scheduled are Sergio Mendes, Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana and Brandi Carlile. Go to

Verdi kicks off opera season Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” kicks off the Los Angeles Opera season at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sat., Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Plácido Domingo performs in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic thriller. Performances for the 2016 / 2017 season include a viewing of the film “Nosferatu” Sat., Oct. 29 and Mon., Oct. 31 accompanied by Matthew Aucoin’s score. Also scheduled is Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” and Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca.” For information call 213972-7219 or visit

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Try American cuisine at Norah; Spanish style cafÊ comes to Farmers Market Aren’t you tired of saggy banquettes, stiff cafÊ chairs and backless stools in restaurants? The glamorouslyappointed Norah has upholstered seats that allow diners to settle in without fidgeting. Once cozily ensconced, order the uni butter poached shrimp to discover another reason Norah has been an instant success. A tangle of silky crustaceans swims in a butter bath flavored with smoked tomato, scallions, cilantro and uni. Use the accompanying toast to sop up every drop of the sumptuous broth and you’ll be happy, indeed. Chef Mike Williams, formerly of The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, also nails the rich, Southern-inflected cast iron cornbread with rosemary-hon-

Innovative cocktails feature creative combos such as gin, apple cider vinegar and lemongrass. Firsts are mainly $8; oysters, charcuterie plates, and seconds run in the teens, and entrees range from $24 (vegetable plate) to $65 (prime ribeye). Norah, 8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 323450-4211. t t t In Spain, the after-work crowd packs into standing room-only bars to down drinks and nibble on tapas. In Los Angeles, we have more civilized options, including the relative newcomer Moruno, which replaced the burger-centric Short Order at the Original Farmers Market. Here, Mozza alums David

ey butter. Maltagliati, handtorn pasta with ham and porcini breadcrumbs, was tasty, but heavy. The highly touted fried

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Helene Seifer chicken with grits and greens had a super crunchy coating, but the tender chicken was bland beyond its douse of hot sauce. (In a city where fried chicken is having a moment, you would be well-served to indulge in the bird at Blue Ribbon Sushi or any number of K-town joints.)

Go back in time to 1966 at Pasadena’s Gamble House museum 50th anniversary event Go back to 1966 and pay $1 admission for a self-paced tour of Pasadena’s Gamble House museum, 4 Westmoreland Pl., Sun., Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. To celebrate it’s 50th year as a museum, Gamble House will also have live music, food trucks, soap carving, kids’ woodworking workshops and other family-friendly activities available throughout the day. Other anniversary events are scheduled throughout September including an invitationonly dinner for major donors,

Rosoff and chef Chris Feldmeier up the culinary ante with an array of Spanish and North African treats. This rustic, canvas-sided cafe has a casual, inviting vibe and shareable plates. Despite its name, Moruno offers only two kinds of morunos (kabobs): garlicky chicken and turmeric lamb, served as skewers, sandwiches or over excellent mejadra — basmati rice and lentils. A refreshing salt cod salad is a small plate of vinegary reconstituted fish and slivered peppers — similar in flavor profile to some Peruvian ceviches. Roasted butternut squash with dukkah, a sweet and savory spice blend, was a polarizing dish. My husband thought the huge squash half was cloyingly sweet; our friends raved that it was the

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ars in Residence and the USC School of Architecture on Sat., Sept. 24. For more information, call 626-793-3334 or go to


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Evening walking tours on agenda Summer evening tours of iconic locations such as City Hall are being offered by the Los Angeles Conservancy. Art Deco and Past Meets Present tours will take place on alternating Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until Aug. 10. Tours exclusively dedicated to exploring City Hall, taking place from Aug. 17 to Aug. 31, will also start at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Modern by Moonlight tours take place until Sept. 1 on Thursday evenings and conclude at the Bonaventure Hotel’s BonaVista lounge, where food, drinks, and an amazing view are at hand. Prices for the tours are $10 for Los Angeles Conservancy members and youth of up to 17, and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at tours.

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of commercial tenants moved in. Off Vine opened as a restaurant in 1989. “We have taken the Arts and Crafts sensibility as our own,� announced the proprietors. One of them, Richard Falzone, started working at Off Vine as a waiter in 1997. He told us that, “People always seem very grateful that we kept the structure intact.� A fire damaged the building, mostly the second floor, in 2009, and the restaurant had to be closed for two years for a rebuilding project. Just a half-block walk from busy, noisy Vine Street in Hollywood sits this lovely survivor of a bygone era that is a reminder of Hollywood’s most glamorous years.

best squash they’d ever eaten. Moruno’s biggest miss was the promising squid-stuffed squid. The minced squid folded into squid bodies desperately needed punching up with Mediterranean flavors. Moruno has a full bar, but do try the housemade red or white vermouth. Perfect with a Gilda, a tooth-picked snack of anchovy and olive, this combo conjures the true Spanish tapas tradition. Smaller bites $4-$15; Moruno variations $12-$16; large plates $20-$28. Moruno, 6333 W. 3rd St., Stall #110 in the Original Farmers Market. 323-3721251. Write

Film studio LAIKA, together with Focus Features, will have a new interactive experience at Universal Studios Hollywood beginning Fri., Aug. 5. Coinciding with the film release of “Kubo and the Two Strings,� guests to the event will get an up-close look at the artistic detail in the animation behind films LAIKA’s films. The studio’s films also include Academy Award-nominated films “Coraline� (2009), “ParaNorman� (2012) and “The Boxtrolls� (2014). “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience,� which runs through Sun., Aug. 14, will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Theatre and is included in the price of admission to the theme park. The event will showcase the evolution of LAIKA’s stop-motion animation and visual effects magic that will come to life in four themed rooms. The extensive

display of original sets, puppets and props will immerse guests in their singular, fantastical worlds. “We’re peeling back the curtain and inviting audiences into our worlds. This experience offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable creative process of the brilliant artists and mad geniuses of LAIKA. I’m thrilled that their cinematic wizardry will be beautifully on display at Universal Studios Hollywood,� said Travis Knight, LAIKA’s president and CEO. Set in a fantastical Japan, “Kubo and the Two Strings,� which comes out Fri., Aug. 19, follows the journey of clever, kindhearted Kubo, a young boy whose quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit who storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Go to

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Summer picks include Greek messenger and Bouvier clan Go Back To Where You Are by David Greenspan centers on a group of theatre artists spending the summer on Long Island: a grand dame actress Claire (Shannon Holt) and her family, plus a variety of playwrights, partners and actresses. The first half of this one act is spent trying to keep straight who’s who and who belongs to whom. A lot of the play is addressed to the audience and clues are given along the way “There is no chronology” is repeated often. Enter Passalus, (John Fleck) a forgotten chorus boy from ancient Greece sent to earth with a mission from God — to help Caroline, Claire’s daughter. We’re also warned that Car Caroline will probably not appear. She doesn’t. Passalus is able to assume different personalities and witness the troupe’s inner innermost thoughts and feelings. As the play progresses, relationships are revealed and attachments coalesce. In the end, Passalus discovers more about himself than the group he’s attached to. This is a charming

summer comedic interlude. Through Aug., 17, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. 3 Stars tùtùt Grey Gardens The Musical, book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, is based on the awardwinning documentary film of the same name by David and Albert Maysles. The setting is the Grey Gardens mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, New York. Wonderful scenic design by Jeff Cowie. Grey Gardens is home to Edith Bouvier Beale (the illustrious Betty Buckley) and her daughter, “Little” Edie Beale (a marvelous Rachel York), the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis nee Bouvier. Also at the decaying home are the famous 52 felines and a menagerie of wildlife. The first act flashes back to 1941 when the mansion was elegant and its inhabitants were young and attractive — when the Bouviers were a force to be reckoned with. The second act takes place in 1973. The house

is a hoarders dream, and Edith and “Little” Edie are poverty stricken and struggling to sur survive. It’s the stuff of bizarre litlit erary characters except these

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two existed and because of the documentary their every eccentricity is known to us. A camera and sound man are present on stage. A live video feed projects on the crumbing exterior of the set reproducing elements of the original documentary. Projection design is by Jason H. Thompson. Ms. York has perfected every nuanced move and vocal inflection of “Little” Edie, especially when

she explains why one should wear your skirt on your head in “The Revolutionary Costume for Today.” What the musical doesn’t explain is the tragedy of how America overlooked these two fallen aristocrats. And that makes “Little” Edie’s final number “Another Winter in Summer Town” a moving lament. Through Aug. 14, Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-628-2772. 3 Stars tùtùt Kingdom of Earth by Tennessee Williams was written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright in 1967. After his mega-watt hits of the 1940’s and 1950’s, his later plays failed at the box office, including this one. Originally titled “The Seven Descents of Myrtle,” it premiered on Broadway in 1968. It was produced again in 1975 under the new title “Kingdom of Earth” in Princeton, New Jersey. The time is the 1960s,

in the Mississippi Delta. Lot (Daniel Felix de Weldon), dying from tuberculosis, has returned to the decaying family farm with his very new wife Myrtle (Susan Priver) a notso-young showgirl. Chicken (Brian Burke), Lot’s biracial half-brother, is determined to retain ownership of the worthless property that he’s devoted his life to since the death of their mother. Trapped by rising floodwaters that threaten the land, this trio tries to determine the resolution of the farm as well as their lives. As affecting as any of William’s female leads, Mr. de Weldon’s performance as Lot is particularly moving. The brilliant set design by John Iacovelli makes excellent use of a small theatre space. Through Aug., 14 Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. 3 Stars


‘Maestro,’ ‘Scorsese’ are coming to the Wallis Annenberg Center By Brooke Stewart The W Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting two new plays featuring musical acts. Hershey Felder will star as Leonard Bernstein in “Maestro” in its final West Coast engagement. Bernstein was a conductor, pianist and composer of symphonies, film scores and American musicals like “West Side Story.” The play covers Bernstein’s life through first-person narratives combined with his own compositions and music from Beethoven, Mahler, and more.

Performances begin Wed., Aug. 10 and end Sun., Aug. 28. “Scorsese: American Crime Requiem” is part of the “For the Record” series, which uses the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers to create theatrical concerts. The show explores Scorsese’s 40-year career, with artists from around the world performing music from films such as “GoodFellas” and “The Departed.” The play will run from Wed., Sept. 21 to Sun., Oct. 16. The W Wallis is at 9390 Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills,

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1930s Los Angeles, New York reach their zenith in Allen’s ‘Café’ Café Society (7/10): What writer / director Woody Allen has done best in his latest movies is to capture the ambience of the period he is filming, through outstanding production design, fine costuming, and evocative music. This film is no exception. In fact, he might have reached his zenith in recreating Los Angeles and New York in the ‘30s. During pre-production, my house was considered as a location but it was not “’30s” enough. Allen’s clever story and script involving Hollywood and New York café society are delivered with

spot-on performances by Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Steve Carell. The Los Angeles locations are filmed so lovingly that it makes one yearn to be there then instead of now. While, as is true in all Allen movies, the music is wonderful, I have a small criticism of the multiple uses of “Mountain Greenery,” which was the first hit written by Richard Rodgers (with lyrics by Lorenz Hart). While it has a catchy, lively melody, it was a hit in 1926, and I doubt that it was still being played in the late ‘30s as often as shown in

this movie. Independence Day: Resurgence (7/10): As with lots of these space things, the attackers are gargantuan insects, but obviously a lot smarter than we are, even though they are ugly as sin and apparently can’t communicate. Their society is based on a beehive, yet they conquered space and time! If you can buy that, this is a pleasant, non-threatening sci-fi adventure set in an impossible future. Since nobody can take it seriously, most of the characters face the horrible disaster of the

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total destruction of the earth with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts. Anthropoid (7/10): If you don’t know anything about the assassination of Nazi monster Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, At the CzechoslovaMovies kia, in 1942, with this is an interesting and relTony atively wellMedley done film that can educate you on the horrors of the Nazi regime and what conquered countries had to go through. Unfortunately, it is far too long, throws in what seems to be a Hollywoodinspired bogus love story, adds a beginning that seems defamatory to a brave man that probably has no basis in fact, and the color is so washed out it could have been better in B&W. Like most films today, it is at least 30 minutes too long. But the rest of the film seems to be extraordinarily factual, especially the recreation of the assassination attempt and the final denouement, both of which are unnerving. Opens August 12. The Legend of Tarzan (5/10): If you think the story is ridiculous (and it is), wait until you see the end-

ing! It is so stunningly idiotic it would ruin any movie, much less this one that didn’t need much to be ruined in the first place. Whatever tension had been built up as Tarzan chases Christoph Waltz, playing his usual role as the charming bad guy, completely dissolves by an ending so bad it can’t even qualify as anti-climactic. In addition to Waltz, Margot Robbie gives a pretty good performance as the feisty Jane. But a 21st century gal like this Jane would have been at sea in 1890. Some of the lines she utters wouldn’t have been understood by any 19th century person. Speaking of that, the film takes place in 1890, but all the natives speak perfect English, as if they were all educated at the Royal Shakespeare Company, which these guys playing the natives probably were; so much for verisimilitude. Despite all the terrific CGI, this is little more than what would have been a B film in the 1930s-40s, the second feature of a double bill, and it might not have even made that cut.

Orson Welles featured in Holocaust film series The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust recently launched its first Holocaust Remembrance Film Series. The series continues with “Genocide,” Thurs., Aug. 4. Narrated by Orson Welles, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Simon Wiesenthal. Orson Welles directed and starred with Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young in “The Stranger,” which screens on Aug. 11. Showtimes are at 4 and 8 p.m. A question and answer session will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP SAG award nominee “Woman in Gold” kicked off the series last month, which centers on the court battle to reclaim five paintings stolen by the Nazi regime from the Altmann family. Among them is the portrait of Adele BlochBauer, known as the “Lady in Gold.” The attorney who won the case, Randy Schoenberg, discussed the production of the movie between showings on July 14. Randy Schoenberg is the president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and was instrumental in its creation, making “Woman in Gold” an appropriate choice to be shown first in the Holo-

caust Remembrance Film Series. The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is at 100 The Grove Dr. Free.

about something Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson host the 26th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Freud Playhouse on UCLA’s campus, Mon., Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. A cast reception is at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and its arts-based veterans and youth employment programs. Tickets begin at $500. Visit

Center Theatre celebrates 50th The Center Theatre Group kicks off its 50th year Tues., Jan. 31 2017 with five plays that represent the past, present and future of the theater including two world premieres and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Tickets are available by season ticket membership only. Visit centertheatregroup. org/taper.

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Dodger Stadium hosts summer events By Bridget Conrad Dodger Stadium continues to create reasons to drive over and catch a game. August is filled with events for kids and families, giveaways and concerts. Friday Night Fireworks continue Aug. 5, 12 and 26, and Sept. 2 and 23, after home games, and are fun for the whole family. The stadium also features a movie night playing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Kids Run the Bases for ages 14 and younger after Sunday games. Special nights with their own giveaways and activities in August include a Lakers night, Kings night, and Hollywood Stars night. In September, the Clipers, Scouts and Law Enforcement all have special nights.Vin Scully gets

Los Angeles ranks low on fitness index The need for wider booths at the original El Cholo Café, described in a recent Larchmont Chronicle article, is reinforced by the just-released ninth annual “American Fitness Index” (AFI). Results show that Los Angeles is in the bottom half (29 out of 50) on America’s “Fit City Index.” Washington, D.C., closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, are the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to the AFI released in May by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation. Walking to transit helps The three top metro areas showed increased walking by residents using public transportation; more parkland for exercise; and lower cardiovascular and diabetes issues. The Washington D.C. region’s lower rate of smoking tipped the scales in its favor. Los Angeles ranks low Midwestern metro areas Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Louisville rank last in the index. The metropolitan statistical area of Los Angeles—Long Beach—Anaheim ranked 29 in the report with a score of 50.8 (out of 100 possible points). The Los Angeles ranking was even lower than last year. To aid cities in enhancing healthy lifestyles and promoting physical activity, ACSM and Anthem Foundation developed and released in late 2015 an AFI Community Action Guide offering an overview of the critical decisions and factors related to effective community action:


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