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IN THIS ISSUE

Beverly Fairfax, Wilshire Vista and Sacramento

Pawnshop closing after 40 years, Café Parisien after eight months

n National protections as a way to thwart density destructions?

n Shoe shop to open

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By Suzan Filipek After 40 years at Brothers Collateral Loans, Rudy and Ernest Gintel are closing up shop by the end of the year. “There’s a beginning and an end to everything,” mused Rudy, 71. Closing a pawnshop is not easy, as much of the inventory is private possessions that need to be transferred to trustworthy hands, Rudy told us. The remaining items will be sold in going-out-of-business sales planned now through the end of the year. Jewelry, art objects, tools and musical instruments are among items for sale. The brothers purchased the property and painted the building an eye-catching canary See Larchmont, p 20

Shared housing can help address homelessness n A story from the frontline

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By Marilyn Wells, Psy.D. Sally stood in her kitchen with a perplexed expression, only able to express disbelief as her daughter, Brooke, recounted Malia’s story. Both Brooke and Malia attended Santa Monica Community College. It didn’t make sense. Community college classes are inexpensive, and the school offered scholarships to local students. Brooke lives in a quiet neighborhood, a short commute from the school and pays full tuition. Malia receives financial aid although it doesn’t include her textbooks or a meal plan. Malia and her younger sister, Molly, and their mother See Homeless, p 22

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ALL-DAY FESTIVAL is set for Sept. 14 at the La Brea Tar Pits. Above, revelers at a past year’s TarFest event watch balloon sculptor Kenneth Dolinger working his magic.

Art, music, food and culture on tap at all-day TarFest n Festival to be held on grounds of La Brea Tar Pits

TarFest, a free outdoor arts and music festival, is set for Sat., Sept. 14 from noon to 7 p.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The 17th annual event will feature music, live painting, art installations and familyfun events. The festival celebrates Los Angeles culture past, present and future. “This festival is about giving back to our community by preserving what’s best about the art and music of L.A. while providing fuel for the amazing new cultural developments happening here,” said founder James Panozzo, of Launch LA, producer of the event. Attendees can immerse themselves in large-scale live

painting sessions, and artmaking activities for kids of all ages will be offered by JaSee TarFest, p 8

By John Welborne A festive gathering of local residents took place Aug. 11 to watch Fifth District City Councilman Paul Koretz ceremoniously unveil one of the new street signs marking the inclusion — on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places — of the “Beverly Fairfax Historic District.” The designation last year marked the culmination of a two-year community effort to obtain Federal recognition of what the neighbors’ official application states is a neighborhood where “its period of significance is 1924 to 1949, during which time the district coalesced as a Jewish residential enclave and physically developed as a distinctive neighborhood of Period Revival multi-family buildings.” See Beverly Fairfax, p 22

New urban forest officer named to manage canopy n ‘City is home to the nation’s largest urban forest’ By Billy Taylor It’s official, Los Angeles has a City Forest Officer. Rachel Malarich was appointed last month by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the new post, which was created to oversee the growth of Los Angeles’ urban forest and help the city reach its goal to plant 90,000 trees by 2021. “Rachel has the vision, experience and expertise neces-

sary to lead the work of lining our streets with more trees and building a greener tomorrow,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Every tree we plant can help stem the tide of the climate crisis, and when we expand our urban forest, we can sow the seeds of a healthier, more sustainable future for communities across our city.” See Forest, p 6

Farmers Market throws an ’80s-style party n Event in honor of its 85th

The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., celebrated its 85th birthday with a 1980s-themed extravaganza Aug. 25. Going “All-Out ’80s,” the historic market had arts and crafts activities for kids, a DJ, karaoke on the West Patio, and the Radio Rebels performing ’80s tunes live on the Plaza. The market opened in 1934 and originally featured farmers’ trucks pulled up on the vacant land owned OPENED IN 1934, farmers’ trucks pulled up on the then vaby A.F. Gilmore. cant land, home of the Original Farmers Market today.

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‘What is your best or worst school memory?’

That’s the question inquiring photographer Talia Abrahamson asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

By John Welborne

Killing the goose

Aesop, a former Greek slave in the late- to mid-sixth century BCE, wrote the world’s best-known collection of morality tales. Among his many fables is the tale of the Goose and the Golden Egg. “There was once a countryman who possessed the most wonderful goose you can imagine. Every day when he visited the nest, the goose had laid a beautiful, glittering, golden egg.” You know the rest. The moral is: “Greed often overreaches itself.” It seems that retail landlords on Larchmont Boulevard may be killing their own golden geese. Larchmont Boulevard was planned and zoned as neighborhood retail. It long has succeeded as neighborhood retail. However, some property owners with dollar signs in their eyes believe Larchmont should become a regional retail Mecca, a mini Rodeo Drive. How has that worked out? Not very well. With the higher rents, even some national chains are leaving (MAC Cosmetics, a subsidiary of Estée Lauder, and Goorin Brothers, are examples). And, certainly, beloved neighborhoodserving stores, often owned and operated by local residents, are having to close because of new, higher rents imposed by out-oftouch landlords. Killing their geese?

Come to the Annual Meeting and Find Out What You Can Do to Help Our Neighborhood The HPHOA, est. 1948 Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7PM at Marlborough School in the Collins Room. The meeting will feature presentations by our Councilman, David Ryu, the LAPD, the Security Services, and updates from Association Committee chairs on important topics such as filming, concrete streets, HPOZ, security, and trees. Put the date on your calendar and plan to be there. Our community is stronger when we all participate. The Annual Meeting is also where half the Association’s Board of Directors are elected. If you are a member in good standing, you should have received a ballot and instructions for either mailing it in or bringing it to the annual meeting. The nominess are: Tim Allyn

William Newby

Martin Beck

Cami Taylor

Greg Glasser

Jon Vein

Susan Grossman

James Wolf

Mon., Sept. 2 – Labor Day Fri., Sept. 6, Sat., Sept. 7 and Sun., Sept. 8 – Larchmont Boulevard Association Sidewalk Sale. Wed., Sept. 11 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m., greaterwilshire.org. The GWNC and Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment Biodiversity Project will be launched before the meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14 – TarFest music and art festival at La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., noon to 7 p.m. launchla.org/tarfest-festival/2019/. Sun., Sept. 29 – Rosh Hashanah begins. It ends the evening of Tues., Oct. 1. Thurs., Oct. 3 – Delivery of the October issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Tues., Oct. 8 – Yom Kippur begins. It ends Wed., Oct. 9. Sun., Oct. 20 – “Larchmont’s Got Talent” auditions. 251 N. Larchmont Blvd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27 – Larchmont Family Fair and “Larchmont’s Got Talent” competition on Larchmont Blvd.

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o o o Don’t forget: WATER YOUR PARKWAY TREES! It’s hot and they need our care to continue to do their necessary work of turning CO2 into oxygen, cleaning the air, and cooling the environment. If you’re planning to make any changes to the street-visible portion of your house, including hardscaping and windows, don’t forget that Hancock Park is an HPOZ. Be sure to check with our City Planner, Suki Gershenhorn (suki.gershenhorn@ lacity.org), before starting. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at http://www.preservation. lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park. There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (http://preservation. lacity.org/hpoz/initial.screening.checklist). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s AntiGraffiti Request System — tinyurl.com/yyr3unhc — and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

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“My best school memory is rehearsing for the talent show and having the head cheerleader come and tell us that the guy who ran the YMCA wanted us to play there for money that weekend. That was the first time I ever played for money professionally; I was 16 years old, and I’ve been a professional musician ever since.” Jeff Joseph Windsor Square

“My best school memory was when I went to Granada Hills High School. I had an educational psychologist who mentored me, which was important to me at the time. I was about 16.” Thomas Spillane, with cat Draven Larchmont Village

“My best school memory is in high school. They started developing a diversity program, so they funded me to go to San Francisco for the Young People of Color Conference. I’d never been around that many likeminded youth of color before, so it was both eye-opening and also just super fun.” Monica Soni Mid-Wilshire

“One of my best, cool memories would be in college in St. Louis and we had a snow day. There was so much snow. Teachers couldn’t get to the classes. The entire day was spent playing ping pong and indoor basketball, and we had a roller-skating rink we set up inside, because there was no faculty there. Just a complete day where the students took over the school.” Rocky Carroll Larchmont Village

2020 Census: Your voice can make the difference By Sidney Gubernick The Census, everyone’s favorite Constitutionally mandated decennial population count for the purpose of appropriating government funding and other reasons, is happening again this coming March. The U.S. Census Bureau has made some changes to the process to make it easier and more convenient. Primarily, there now will be an option to respond to the Census online Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

or by telephone. From March 12-20, 2020, households will receive by mail an invitation to respond to the Census online. Based on the likelihood of areas responding online, some parts

of the country will receive a paper questionnaire to fill out, but the majority of the country, including Los Angeles, will be asked to respond online. The Chronicle will continue offering our readers updates on the upcoming 2020 Census.


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‘A Life for Football’ tells one man’s story at LAMOTH

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, in partnership with the Consulate General of Germany, will host a film screening that examines victims of Nazism through the lens of European football, Wed., Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the museum, located at 100 The Grove Drive. “A Life for Football” tells the story of football club Bayern Munich’s president Kurt Landauer, who in 1933 was forced by the Nazis to resign his post because he was Jewish. Returning to Munich after the war only to find his beloved team in shambles, Landauer led the effort to rebuild the stadium and the club. Following the film, Los Angeles Times soccer writer Kevin Baxter will lead a panel discussion with President of the United States Soccer Federation Alan Rothenberg, Erit Yel-

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len, president of ORNA Drive Productions, and Justin Greenbert, CEO of SoccerKids USA. Special guest, Consul General of Germany Stefan Schneider, will provide introductory remarks. Tickets are free but an RSVP is required. Temporary exhibit The screening accompanies the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s latest exhibit, “Venerated-Persecuted-Forgotten: Victims of Nazism at FC Bayern Munich,” on display until Oct. 31. Appearing for the first time outside Europe, the exhibit highlights the stories of nine football players and officials who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis; in total, 56 club members fled or were deported for religious or political reasons. Visit lamoth.org.

AUDREY IRMAS PAVILION at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple continues construction.

Photo by Gary Leonard, August 4, 2019

Photo study: Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s new building To monitor construction of the Audrey Irmas Pavilion designed by Pritzker Prizewinning architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, the Larchmont

Chronicle asked world-famous Los Angeles photographer Gary Leonard to keep a lens on the project. The Chronicle will provide an update photo monthly.


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AIDS Walk Los Angeles started at Paramount 34 years ago

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Melrose gate honors the walk with an AIDS/HIV awareness red ribbon beginning Oct. 1.

advocacy programs in Los Angeles County. The work continues with the 2019 themed event, “AIDS Has Met Its March.” The event calls upon participants to continue the fight to eradicate the disease. The four-mile walk, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will

start and end at the steps of City Hall. An aerobic warm-up will be followed by opening ceremonies featuring musical performances and talks by activists and city leaders. Donations go to APLA Health. Register at no cost for the walk at aidswalkla.org.

CHLA receives another $50 million donation Children’s Hospital Los Angeles received a donation of $50 million from the Anderson Stewart Family Foundation in July. The gift from the family of Marion and John E. Anderson was made “to further the hospital’s mission to provide a safety net for the most critically ill and to advance its commitment to world-class, familycentered pediatric care,” read a statement from the hospital. In 2011, the Anderson family gave $50 million to complete construction of what is now called the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, which

features 317 beds, family-centered rooms, indoor skylights, outdoor seating, an HBO Cafe, and a play garden. The building has a different California landscape theme on each floor. Earlier that year, the Anderson and Saban families also donated $10 million to build a pedestrian bridge over Sunset Boulevard, which provides a safe crossing to staff and families between the Saban Research Institute and the hospital build-

ing on the south side of Sunset. Cheryl Saban and Marion Anderson both served on the board together at the time. According to Judy Munzig, the Andersons’ daughter and chair of the foundation, Marion believed “her life was transformed for the better as a result of her years of involvement at CHLA.” Marion served as a CHLA Board Trustee from 1989 until her passing in 2017.

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FIRST WALK at Paramount Studios on Melrose Ave. in 1985.

By Suzan Filipek AIDS Walk Los Angeles will hold its 35th walk Sun., Oct. 20 at Grand Park downtown. But it was Paramount Studios on Melrose Avenue that hosted the first walk in July 1985, benefitting AIDS Project Los Angeles and other organizations. That summer, Rock Hudson had revealed he had AIDS, and three days later on July 28, 1985, a tide of 4,500 walked in protest of government inaction and to support awareness and funds to eradicate the disease. More than $673,000 was raised, much more than the hoped-for $100,000, and a movement was born. Subsequently, the walk has raised $88 million to combat HIV and AIDS through APLA Health’s prevention, care and


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(Continued from page 1) The post, within the Board of Public Works, was created to help implement the urban forestry goals outlined in the city’s Green New Deal. These goals include increasing the city’s tree canopy by at least 50 percent by 2028 in areas with the least shade, which tend to be the city’s hottest, lowincome communities. Malarich will be responsible for spearheading the development of a citywide Urban Forest Management Plan and ensuring that all of the city’s departments and exter-

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nal partners use an integrated approach to achieve a shared vision for an urban forest. A certified arborist, Malarich worked more than a decade with Tree People, where she served as director of forestry for more than three years. Prior to that she served as the assistant director of environmental services for Koreatown Youth and Community Center. Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Sustainability Chair Julie Stromberg told the Chronicle that the creation of this position is a testament to the city’s commitment to improving our urban forest. “Los Angeles is home to the

nation’s largest urban forest,” explained Stromberg. “Unfortunately, our urban forest is in a critical state due to recent stressors, such as climate change, drought and pests. However, the city has recently begun to acknowledge the importance of its urban forest and implementing measures to address this crisis.” Stromberg said that she envisions the new officer to be an indispensable factor in future efforts to regenerate, expand and revitalize our urban forest, which should include protecting mature street trees throughout Greater Wilshire, including on Larchmont Boulevard.

ARBORIST Rachel Malarich was appointed new urban forest officer by Mayor Garcetti (right).

Project to study GWNC’s rich biodiversity Get ready for the 53rd annual Who knew? Los Angeles is located in a globally recognized hotspot of native biodiversity. That’s the good news. The bad: our flora and fauna are threatened. But strategies are underway to protect and sustain them. Among them is the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council – LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) Biodiversity Project. The partnership of the local neighborhood council and the city bureau within the Public Works Dept. will launch a pilot project Wed., Sept. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. The citizen science program is hoped to be extended to the 99 neighborhood councils throughout the city. LASAN’s Mas Dojiri and Isaac Brown of the city of Los

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BEES are among threatened species to be catalogued under the program. Photo by Mike Miller

Angeles’s Biodiversity Project will speak. The presentation will be held before the GWNC’s regularly scheduled September board meeting. The program seeks to engage stakeholders in the Greater Wilshire area to contribute by cataloguing the biodiversity present in the area.

The area was selected for its robust tree canopy and several parks that attract wildlife and contribute to the area’s rich biodiversity. For more information, contact Julie Stromberg, chair, GWNC Sustainability Committee, at sustainability@greaterwilshire.org or 323-348-8709.

Join the League

By Rachel Olivier Sample pies, taste tamales, enjoy rides and watch talented contestants at the 53rd annual Larchmont Family Fair on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and First Street, Sun., Oct. 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. New this year will be a performance by the Bob Baker Marionettes held between the children’s costume contest and the talent show, says the Larchmont Boulevard Association’s volunteer Fair cochair, Vivian Gueler. A pie-baking contest organized by Anne Loveland, Janet Loveland and Sue Carr, will have judging by local celebrities. Family fair homework For those neighbors who would like to participate a little bit more, here is some “homework” for you. Kids can start getting their costumes together for the yearly costume contest. Bakers can start working on their best pies to be dropped off at the beginning of the fair for judging; details to be forthcoming. Performers can begin rehearsing that one piece they think will get them onstage. Auditions for the talent show, organized by co-chair Betsy Malloy, are Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact betsy@ betsymalloy.com for details. Businesses that want to sponsor a ride or other aspect of the Fair can contact Vivian Gueler at vgueler@pacifictrustgroup.com by Tues., Sept. 10. Local nonprofit organizations such as schools, scout troops, service clubs, religious organizations and other area charitable groups that would like to raise money for, or showcase, their organizations should also contact Gueler. Money raised by Fair booths goes directly to the sponsoring organizations. Event proceeds, such as from the rids, help fund trash collection and

beautification on Larchmont Blvd. For more information, visit larchmont.com/larchmontfamily-fair/.

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Q: I have what I think are called “marionette lines.” What are my options? A: There definitely comes a time when laugh lines aren’t so funny anymore. Then again, were they ever? Also known less humorously as nasolabial folds: those lines that run from the sides of your nose straight down to the corners of your mouth, and sometimes south to your chin. Two fillers from Galderma received FDA approval for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are both tried-and-true hyaluronic acid based, but advanced with XpresHAn technology, which makes these gels both flexible and supportive. When we choose a filler, it has to have just the right balance of strength and softness for an end result that’s both natural and effective. These fillers hit the mark beautifully for this area of the face and last up to 12 months. Faces are meant for expression, and we certainly wouldn’t want to deny you a single laugh, grin, or smile that created those lines. But if we can make you look and feel even more radiant than you already are, well, that’s why we’re here. Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald is a Board Certified Dermatologist located in Larchmont Village with a special focus on anti-aging technology. She is a member of the Botox Cosmetic National Education Faculty and is an international Training Physician for Dermik, the makers of the injectable Sculptra. She is also among a select group of physicians chosen to teach proper injection techniques for Radiesse, the volumizing filler, around the world. Dr. Fitzgerald is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA. Visit online at www.RebeccaFitzgeraldMD. com or call (323) 464-8046 to schedule Adv. an appointment.


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The Windsor Village Association

POLICE BEAT Multiple victims robbed while walking the streets

will be hosting its biennial

Block Party

on Saturday, September 21st 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

on 9th Street between Windsor and Victoria

This free Block Party will feature:

• Bounce House • Gus’s Fried Chicken • Cool Critters Animal Show • Pie-Baking Contest • Line Dancing • Wine Tasting • LAFD Fire Engine • Face Painting • Councilman David Ryu will be in attendance. CD4 Office has kindly provided partial support for our event!

All members of our community are invited. Save the Date for these future events:

• Saturday, October 26th - Movie Night in the Park • Monday, December 9th - Annual Election Meeting & Food Drive in support of LA Food Bank.

Windsor Village Association windsorvillageassn@gmail.com

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OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A victim was walking on the 500 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. when a vehicle pulled up beside him on Aug. 18 at 3:30 a.m. Inside were five suspects, two of which jumped out of the car armed with black rifles and grabbed the victim’s mobile phone before fleeing. BURGLARIES: Tools were stolen from inside a home on the 100 block of N. Irving Blvd. on Aug. 9 at 5:30 a.m. after a suspect entered through a front window by unknown means. A backpack and mobile phone were stolen after a suspect crawled under a gate to a property on the 400 block of N. Plymouth Blvd. and then used a tool to pry open the door to a locked detached garage Aug. 10 at 12:30 a.m. WILSHIRE DIVISION ASSAULT: A suspect believed to be homeless created a commotion on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile on Aug. 12 around noon after he began throwing tools from a construction site and threatened workers with a metal pole. After police chased the suspect to the corner of Wilshire and Detroit, the man assaulted an LAPD officer with the tool. Sgt. A.J. Kiby confirmed to the Chronicle that the officer “is fine” and was released from the hospital the same day.

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(Continued from page 1) pan Foundation, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum and Metro. KCRW DJ’s will spin tunes, and an intergenerational hiphop and break dancing collective based at MacArthur Park Recreation Center will offer art and dance workshops. Gourmet food trucks will be at the site, along with Lagunitas biergarten and cocktail lounge. Also featured will be works curated by Craft Contemporary and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Second Home Serpentine — a series of walk-in, rainbow-colored tunnels by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano — remains on site. Visit launchla.org.

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ROBBERIES: A woman was walking near the corner of Plymouth Boulevard and Sixth Street on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. when a car drove up behind her, and a suspect grabbed her purse, which contained her wallet and mobile phone. Three suspects approached a victim as he walked near the corner of Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue on July 26 at 12:15 a.m. One of the

suspects brandished a black revolver while the other suspect demanded the victim’s property, which included his mobile phone. BURGLARIES: Jewelry and a firearm were among items stolen from inside a home on the 400 block of S. Rossmore Ave. on July 24 between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. after a suspect used a screwdriver to open a window and ransack the interior before fleeing.

325 N. Larchmont Boulevard, #158 Los Angeles, California 90004 www.windsorsquare.org 157 N. Larchmont Boulevard

Be a Local Hero: Fight Sacramento’s Land Use Overreach! Three sweeping statewide bills that will decimate local control of zoning and land use in cities and towns throughout California are still pending in the State Legislature. These bills, SB 50, SB 330 and SB 592 — sponsored by San Francisco and Berkeley legislators — would allow construction of boxy McMansions and even large, multi-family apartment buildings in the middle of established single-family neighborhoods, like Windsor Square. Cities’ local restrictions, such as off-street parking requirements and the protections of adopted Historic Preservation Overlay Zones, will be swept away in favor of greater density. And the allowable new construction that will crowd existing neighborhoods will not even be for needed affordable housing. While we favor the judicious construction of more housing, especially affordable housing, throughout Los Angeles, we (and our elected representatives) should not allow the character of our neighborhoods to be controlled from Sacramento. Join us in urging legislators to oppose Senate Bills 50, 330 and 592 . . . and to keep control of local communities in local hands!

Show your opposition to these bills by displaying one of the free lawn signs that we have produced. They are available by contacting the Windsor Square Association (blockcaptains@ windsorsquare.org). Equally important, go to the Association’s website (windsorsquare. org) for information on contacting State Assembly Members Richard Bloom and Miguel Santiago and State Senators Benjamin Allen and Maria Elena Durazo. Let them know of your strong opposition to these bills that mandate a state take-over before it’s too late!

Larchmont sidewalk sale Sept. 6 to 8

Stroll down Larchmont and visit some of your favorite shops at the semi-annual Larchmont Boulevard Association Sidewalk Sale Fri., Sept. 6 to Sun., Sept. 8. Merchants will display discounted wares on the sidewalk.

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 windsorsquare.org. ADV.

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Homeless Connect Day is just one approach to help crisis One-stop shop As I’ve said before, building hope for those experiencing homelessness takes more than just housing. That’s where Homeless Connect Days come in. We’ve had four of these crucial days so far in Council District Four, with the most recent being at Pan Pacific Park at the end of August.

Council Report by

David E. Ryu Homeless Connect Days create a one-stop shop for those experiencing homelessness in a given area. We bring together city and county agencies, nonprofits, housing services, medical teams and so much more to connect those suffering from homelessness to the tools that rebuild lives. That may be treatment for a sprain, free legal advice, or a hot shower and a fresh pair of socks. At a Homeless Connect Day, the service providers offer all that and more. For every Homeless Connect Day we’ve had in Council District Four — from Los Feliz to Sherman Oaks to Pan

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Pacific Park — we never have known in advance if anyone really is going to show up. And every time, we are blown away by the turnout. This is a needed service — thousands of those experiencing homelessness have been helped by these days across the city — not just because a Homeless Connect Day offers life-changing services to those living on the street, but because it offers a human connection. Building hope Homeless Connect Days are a chance for those experiencing homelessness to feel seen, to feel that there are people still in their corner who are working to help them rebuild their lives. But these events don’t just

Chamber lunch to precede TarFest

The Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce annual Tarfest Lunch is at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Wed., Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members, $30 for non-members. Parking is in the Pritzker Garage under LACMA, entrance on 6th St. Parking will be validated. Visit miraclemilechamber.org for more information.

help the homeless — they help all of us. These volunteer-run, donor-supported events bring communities together over the shared issue of homelessness, and they connect neighbors to one another in solving the crisis of our time. Volunteers walk away from these events empowered, with a greater understanding of homelessness

and experience in making a measurable difference. Homeless Connect Days are about building hope — not just for those living on the street, but for all of us. They build hope that when we get involved in this issue and see our un-housed neighbors and work together, we can create real solutions.

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Ahmansons among honorees at LAPD’s Jack Webb awards Sept. 27

Philanthropists, business ports the arts, education, leaders and local residents and medicine, as well as proWilliam and Karla Ahmanson grams related to homelessare among honorees at this ness among other services. He year’s Jack Webb Awards Gala. serves as a Los Angeles Police The event also celebrates Reserve Officer. the 150th anniversary of the Karla Ahmanson is presifounding of Los Angeles Police dent of the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the 25th year of Reserve Foundation and an the Jack Webb Awards, named advocate for reserve officers. after the actor in the famed Since 1995, she has participated in Anne Banning Operation “Dragnet” TV series. NEW TheYEAR gala takes place Fri., School Bell within the AssisNEW Sept. YOU! 27 at the Langham Hun- tance League of Los Angeles. She is also vice-chair of the tington Hotel in Pasadena. educational William (Bill) Ahmanson erase the holiday stresses with… SPA, spin, Resources DMH , maniComped mittee at Loyola High School is president of The Ahmanson Foundation, which sup- and is on the board of the New

Majority of California. Also to be honored are Dr. Kenji Inaba, a sworn police officer and chief surgeon for the LAPD. He is vice chair of the Dept. of Surgery, Emergency Medicine at USC. The other honoree is Steve Kasten, past president of the Los Angeles Police Museum and a board member of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club. Guests expected at the event are LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala. Host will be Christine Devine.

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“Sisters in Law,” featuring the relationship between the U.S. Supreme Court first female justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, will be among productions of The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 2019-2020 season. The Wallis production, which tells of the two polar opposites and modern-day legends, plays Tues., Sept. 17 to Sun., Oct. 6 at the Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Other performances this month include Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Sat., Sept. 21, and the dance performance “Body Traffic,” Thurs., Sept. 26 to Sat., Sept. 28. Visit TheWallis.org.

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Proceeds support community outreach programs for youth and the Police Museum, which exhibits vintage uniforms, antique badges and more of the storied history of the police department. The museum is in the old Northeast Police Station in Highland Park. For tickets and more information on the gala, contact Shiah Luna, 323-344-9445, or visit 2019jackwebbawards. laphs.org.

Gala for Craft Contemporary is a New Era on Wilshire Craft Contemporary’s 2019 gala, “Celebrating a New Era for Craft on Wilshire Blvd.,” is Sat., Oct. 5, 6 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Artist and civic leader Mark Steven Greenfield will be honored. Gala Chair is Merry Norris. The festive evening includes food, drink and a silent auction of work by craft-inspired artists. Proceeds of the event will support Craft Contemporary’s exhibitions, arts education programs and workshops. “After-Hours at the Craft,” an afterparty, will take place from 9 to 11 p.m., following the gala. For tickets and more information, contact Marion at marion@cafam.org  or 323937-4230 ext. 31.

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Enjoy an evening sipping cocktails, sampling food, and participating in art activities while exploring the “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China” after hours at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Sat., Sept. 7 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Music curated by independent record label Ninja Tune will be featured. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Call 323-857-6010 or visit lacma.org/event/muse-allure.

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Who or what inspires and/or influences an artist, famous or otherwise, has always been an elusive query. Andy Warhol’s Tomato by Vince Melocchi explores the answer and the journey. Part of Pittsburgh folklore tells of a working-class bar where a teenage Andy Warhola (the final “a” was dropped later in his career) drew on napkins in exchange for Coca Colas. The play takes place in 1946 and is a fictional account of a meeting between Andy (Derek Chariton) and blue-collar bar owner Bones (Keith Stevenson). Andy has fainted in front of the bar, and Bones has brought him to the basement (excellent scenic design by Rich Rose) to recover and wait for his brother. It’s the start of a unique relationship as they explore each other’s worlds. Andy has been tossed from Carnegie Tech and wants to go to New York. Bones has been secretly writing slogans and entering them in local contests, secret lest the bar clientele find the activity not “working class.” As the action proceeds, Andy is painting a new sign for the bar, to pay for a picture frame he damaged. The final reveal of the sign and a farewell mural, by Andy, is a fitting conclusion to a moving play. Both of these actors have captured the essence of these diverse characters with style and empathy. Director Dana Jackson has staged the play with pace and insight so by the end of the evening you have affection and appreciation of their individual artistic souls. This is a lovely one act. Through Sun., Sept. 22. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705½ Venice Blvd., 310-822-8392, pacificresidenttheatre.com. 4 Stars • • • Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes was written in 1977 about women in 1935. Billed as a surreal comedydrama about female empowerment, a group of eight women gather at the country home of Fefu (Tiffany Cole) to plan an educational event. Present are Cindy (Tanya Gorlow), Christina (Dominique Corona), Julia (Sandy Duarte), Emma (Sydney A. Mason), Paula (Cynthia

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Frenchtown is long gone, not unlike Larchmont’s Café Parisien In Los Angeles, if one craves a particular kind of food, we have whole neighborhoods for it. Want some sushi or miso cod? Try Little Tokyo or Sawtelle Japantown. Have a hankering to scoop up doro wot with stretchy injera? There’s Little Ethiopia. Pad Thai? Korean barbecue? Hunan chicken? We have neighborhoods for that. But what if you want French? There isn’t a specifically French zone anywhere in Los Angeles anymore. But once there was Frenchtown, and it was where Chinatown is today.

Once overflowing with French transplants and onion soup, by the 1860s, Frenchtown propelled Français into the second most spoken language in Los Angeles. By the 1920s, however, the community had dispersed, and French Angelenos scattered throughout the basin, bringing their recipes and epicurean techniques with them. Now, instead of a cluster of French restaurants, Los Angeles is sparsely dotted with them. In January, in the old Prado space, Larchmont Boulevard welcomed a French bistro,

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(Continued from page 12) ken of most normal humans. Let’s hope that this is the last dog movie for the foreseeable future, although my female assistant loved it. However, I think it unlikely to charm the male of the species. Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw (3/10): Runtime 137 minutes. R. I went into this seemingly endless insult to entertainment expecting one idiotic car chase after another, prolific violence, sophomoric humor, a plethora of special effects, ridiculous fights where the heroes take one killing blow after another, yet come up smiling, uncounted numbers of fatalities, and a story that would be hard to believe in a comic book. I was on the mark.

Feast at ‘Taste’ at Paramount Aug. 30 to Sept. 1

Sample fare and beverages created by chefs from around the city at the “Los Angeles Times The Taste” at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, 783 N. Van Ness Street. The event takes place Fri., Aug. 30 through Sun., Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The 10th annual festival celebrates Southern California’s diverse culinary scene and is hosted by “The Times” Food staff. Paramount Pictures Studios backlot will be transformed into a block party for the three evening events. There will be unlimited tastings of food from local restaurants as well as beer, wine, seasonal cocktails, cooking demonstrations and talks by wellknown chefs. Paramount’s famous backlot will transform into the ultimate block party, say the organizations. Tickets start at $115 and go up to $190 per night, with discounts for “Times” subscribers. More information is at latimes.com/TheTaste.

Catch the final open-air movies of the season this month at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) celebrates its 30th an-

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Helene Seifer Café Parisien. First of all, you have to love a restaurant that offered Happy Hour every day, with crispy skinny truffle fries for $4, a charcuterie plate for $7.50 and a $5.50 glass of Bordeaux. Secondly, there were some typically French touches — bistro chairs, black-

niversary and kicks off the month Sun., Sept. 1. Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982) shows off the imagined 2019 Los Angeles of author Philip K. Dick Sat., Sept. 7. Watch “All About

and-white flooring and softly playing French chanteuse music. Third, if you were lucky enough to have Tina as your server, as we were, her enthusiasm and sparkle had you smiling throughout your meal. And if you asked nicely, she’d put on her CD and fill the space with her throaty, bluesy voice. And lastly, even though Café Parisien wasn’t filled with French ex-pats pouting and shrugging, it still presented a bit of authenticity on the plate, where it counts, all thanks to owner and restaurateur

Eve” (1950) as Bette Davis battles it out with Anne Baxter Sat., Sept. 14. Gates open at 6:15, films begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. See the finale of the summer season, “Moulin Rouge”

Sebastien Cornic. An $8 cup of soupe á l’oignon gratinée was terrifically classic: flavorful rich broth hosting a tangle of silky onions, topped by brioche and a generous mound of melted gruyere. They offered mussels cooked several ways, from a truffle-infused broth to a lobster bisque base. Roasted chicken and beef bourguignon captured the French je ne sais quoi as well. Sadly, Café Parisien closed suddenly in mid-August. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com

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Mid-Wilshire neighborhood plays a character in ‘The Rookie’ By Rachel Olivier Anyone who has watched TV or movies for the last decade or more is probably familiar with certain Los Angeles streets and landmarks flickering across the screen, but not always as “Los Angeles.” Sometimes our city gets to “play” as another city in a film or TV series. Because streets in our neighborhoods (Larchmont, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Miracle Mile, Brookside, etc.) can look like they come out of Anytown, USA, movie and TV production companies often take advantage of that and film here rather than on location. Live here long enough and you’ll see a line of vans, trailers and equipment trucks, parked on a street with barricades up, while people mill about waiting for a scene to be shot. In fact, in 2008, the bunga-

low where the Chronicle formerly resided at 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. was used to shoot a scene for CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” for an episode set in Cleveland, Ohio (“Zoe’s Reprise,” season four, episode 15). Dawson’s Books, formerly at 535 N. Larchmont Blvd., also was featured in that episode. But sometimes, our city and her neighborhoods get to play themselves on the screen, which is what happens in ABC’s “The Rookie,” a cop show based on the story of a real-life man who was the oldest rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The fictional LAPD Division and police station for the story is called “Mid-Wilshire” in a nod to our neighborhoods. Executive producer and writer Alexi Hawley said that he chose the neighborhood as a setting because, “I felt like

MID-WILSHIRE is the name of the fictional division where John Nolan (played by Nathan Fillion) is a rookie in the LAPD.

the L.A. cop genre was stuck in a ’90s view of Los Angeles, like [the movie] ‘Training Day’ or [the TV series] ‘The Shield.’ I wanted to open the city up, to show the huge diversity of neighborhoods and people. Mid-Wilshire as a neighbor-

hood has so many different areas and socio-economic neighborhoods, it felt like the perfect fit.” Hawley says he became familiar with the neighborhood when he was working on the TV show “Castle” at Raleigh Studios (5300 Melrose Ave., between Bronson and Van Ness avenues). When producer Mark Gordon, who had life rights to the rookie story, contacted Hawley about basing a cop show on the oldest rookie, Hawley thought Mid-Wilshire’s locale would allow a fresh take on the genre, and he wanted to keep the settings fresh, too. “A lot of what the show tries to do is to live in the unexpected. From one scene to another, the audience doesn’t know what they’re going to get,” says Hawley. In episode six of the first season, the main character, John Nolan (Nathan Fillion), and his training officer, Talia Bishop (Afton Williamson), are called to an incident in Larchmont Village; a possible murder, but with a comic twist characteristic of a neighborhood with homeowners

Music Center Plaza grand reopening is Aug. 29 – Sept. 1

Help the Music Center celebrate the reopening of the Music Center Plaza at a free four-day grand opening at 135 N. Grand Ave., from Thurs., Aug. 29 to Sun., Sept. 1. Go Get ’Em Tiger and the Mullin Wine Bar host an evening of music, games and treats at the plaza Thurs., Aug. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Music Center’s “Dance DTLA” will return to the plaza with beginning Cumbia dance lessons, and dancing and music Fri., Aug. 30, 7 p.m. to midnight. A procession, sing-along and performance will be part of the celebration with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The festivities will begin at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., and culminate at the Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave. Sat., Aug. 31 starting at 4 p.m. The Master Chorale’s “Big Sing 2019” starts at 6 p.m. Hang out at the Music Center Plaza’s own backyard party, “Splish Splash Plaza Bash,” featuring games and activities, food, splashing in the fountain and more Sun., Sept. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. No outside alcohol is permitted, but food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit musiccenter.org/visit/plaza/.

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Irving Boulevard home’s 100th fêted, history celebrated, puppy love at ‘Dogs!’

“Come celebrate the centennial birthday of our house,” said the invitation from Suz and Peter Landay. So, 110 neighbors, family and friends flocked to their Irving Boulevard lair for an open house party Aug. 10. There were champagne cocktails, skewers of artisan cheeses, butterscotch cupcakes and great conversation about shared memories of the gatherings at this address over the years. “The house requests guests do not bring gifts, but if you just can’t resist, it will accept donations to The Jeffrey Foundation,” the invitation added. The hostess was referring to the organization that has long provided services to special needs children.

LEWIS NELSON and mom, Mary, at Suz and Peter Landay’s party for their house.

Son Christopher Landay came equipped with a drone to record the day. Among those there were: Estie and Lars Roos, everybody’s favorite dentist James Gibbons, Michael Abzug, Tania Norris, Juanita Kempe, Anne Combs, Gina Riberi, Judy Bardugo, Mary Nelson and son Lewis, Kay Lachter, Ramona Selby, Beverly and Clarence Clarkson, Judy and Richard Zeller, Richard Battaglia, Lois De Armond, Alyce and Edgar Winston, Julie Dumont, Tom LaBonge, John Welborne, Loyce and Joe Braun, Betsy and Chris Blakely, Denee and Ubaldo Marsan and Lisa and Carlos Siderman. • • • Windsor Square - Hancock Park Historical Society members got a special treat May 19 in West Hollywood. The just-restored and reopened Formosa Café was the set-

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Patty Hill ting for the Society’s Summer Mixer. Lots of members enjoyed seeing one another in the venue where generations of movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra have eaten meals or enjoyed a drink (or two). The cafe was founded in 1925 by prizefighter Jimmy Bernstein. A part of the building, along Formosa Ave., is an old Pacific Electric streetcar. BARBARA CARRASCO stands in front of her oft-censored mural that was commissioned in 1981 with (center) Natural History Museum president Lori Bettison-Varga and supporter Darryl Holter.

FORMOSA CAFE welcomed Historical Society members.

• • • More history was, and is, on view at the local American Legion outpost in Hollywood. Post 43 of the American Legion was chartered in 1919 by World War I veterans who worked in the motion picture industry. The 1929 building, with its vast theater, a speakeasy-like bar, and dining facilities for members has undergone some extensive restoration. On Aug. 11, hundreds came to celebrate that, plus the 100th anniversary of the American Legion, plus the induction of 50 new members. • • • Hancock Park’s Darryl Holter joined with photographer-about-town Gary Leonard in recruiting a group of friends to meet them for an Aug. 8 lunch with artist Barbara Carrasco and to view her famous (and, at times,

infamous) 80-foot long mural about the history of Los Angeles. Co-host of the luncheon at the Natural History Museum was its president, Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, who hopes that the mural can, one day, be incorporated into a new welcome center on the museum’s south side, facing the refurbished Memorial Coliseum and the under-construction Lucas Museum. The mural, titled “L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective,” was commissioned from the then-26-year-old Carrasco by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency in connection with the city’s bicentennial celebration in 1981. When asked to remove

scenes that some government officials deemed too controversial, the artist refused, and the mural spent most of the

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nent, prominent public home for the colorful, historic artwork. Bravo! • • • Nearby in Exposition Park, a week later, California Science Center lovers were invited to see what is behind puppy love

by long-time Science Center champion Margo O’Connell. Her guests were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the current exhibition “DOGS!” on Aug. 14. Chuck Kopczak, curator of Life Sciences and World of Ecology, led the lucky group of 10 through the 9,000-square-foot production where the perspec-

tive, evolution and relationship between humans and our beloved canines is examined in a most unique way. It was a playground of a tactile dog’s world including a game of “Jepawdy” hosted by Alex “Trebark” (really) and a padded dog run where you can test your own running speed against a Greyhound or a Rus-

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sian wolfhound. Dogs’ ability to save human lives was on display compliments of The Search Dog Foundation. The organization’s trainers demonstrated their canine students’ talents in locating victims trapped because of disasters. Luncheon was served in the Science Center Trustee Room where stories about dogs, the Science Center Auxiliary, The Muses, and future plans for the DOGS! exhibition were shared. First stop for the exhibition is Boston Science Museum. Angelenos and our visitors

have until January 2020, to experience the show — one of the first exhibitions produced by the California Science Center for worldwide travel. Ladies who had so much plain fun moving through the experience and lunching were Lynn Cooper, Jann McCord, Michelle Conrad, Tina Welsh, Linda Pura, Daisy Albertson, Pat Torres and former California First Lady Gayle Wilson. Summer has been fun, thanks to grand dames like Suz Landay and Margo O’Connell. Fun and philanthropy lit up August! And that’s the chat!

Neighbors jubilant that flashing red light is back on Wilton Pl. “All of my neighbors are reporting not only slower, safer driving, but also QUIET, as the constant honking of confused drivers has nearly disappeared,” Wilton Place resident Mary Rajswing told us last month. Neighbors and members of the Ridgewood-Wilton Neighborhood Association were jubilant about the return of a flashing red light at Second St. and Wilton Place. “We’d like to think it was our tenacity, but it remains a bit of a mystery why now,” Rajswing said. The city stopped the flashing signal in 2012, reportedly because of complaints from one neighbor after the light was upgraded and made brighter.

‘Taste’ was like a day at the beach on the Boulevard

Neighbors from near and far strolled the boulevard in the cool of the evening, enjoying sample tastes from at least 20 restaurants, cafés and takeouts during HopeNet’s annual “Taste of Larchmont” fundraiser last month. The event, themed “A Day at the Beach,” also featured food, desserts and beverages at the pavilion area set up in the public parking lot in the middle of the block. There was live music and a raffle for several prizes offered by local businesses. Proceeds help fund the 13 food pantries at local religious institutions.

For years, the busy, curvy street had a signal with a greenyellow-red pattern during the day. From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the signal switched to a constant blinking red, forcing cars to stop briefly before proceeding. After the Dept. of Transportation (LADOT) replaced the flashing light with a “reston-red” signal nearly two years ago, confused drivers reportedly sped through the intersection, and there was an increase in the number of accidents. Senior engineers at LADOT restored the flashing red signal and the flashing red pattern returned. The neighbors threw a 9 p.m. party to celebrate.

Women’s Center hosts dinner with a cause Sept. 12

Enjoy Dinner with a Cause with supporters of the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine St., Thurs., Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature signature cocktails, silent and live auctions and entertainment, as well as dinner. The DWC, which helps homeless women get off the street and find employment, is relaunching “Made by DWC,” which helps women earn an income through selling recrafted and repurposed wares created out of donated items. Tickets start at $500. Visit downtownwomenscenter.org/ dinner


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Meals on Wheels 10th beach party

Sample specialty cocktails, craft beers and food by top chefs at the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels 10th annual Party on the Beach at the Jonathan Beach Club, 850 Palisades Beach Rd., Santa Monica, Thurs., Sept. 12, 6 to 10 p.m. Live music and wine will also be featured. Tickets start at $195. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, which has delivered meals to homebound seniors for more than 40 years. For more information, visit st.vincentmow.org or eveningonthebeach.com.

St. Anne’s fashion show, luncheon celebrates women

“Celebrating Women” is the theme of St. Anne’s Thrift Shop Fashion Show on Thurs., Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The luncheon is at 155 N. Occidental Blvd. and includes a raffle and silent auction. Items for sale include designer clothing, jewelry, gifts and vintage items. Proceeds support St. Anne’s services for young women, children and families. Tickets are $50 each. RSVP by Fri., Aug. 30. For more information call Meghan Devine at 818-276-5859.

Casino Night helps Alexandria House

Enjoy an evening at a speakeasy / casino night benefiting Alexandria House at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 Normandie Ave., Sat., Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The partywith-a-purpose will feature a buffet, cash bar, silent auction and raffle. Contact Pam Hope at 213-381-2649 or pam@alexandriahouse.org.

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tour, a group from the Saban Family Foundation, including Cheryl Saban, had volunteers stirring beans and packaging food. They are regulars, said Ayoub. Another volunteer packaging up meals was Ted Hirscher of Windsor Square, who has been volunteering for four years. He came on a whim, and is now a Tuesday regular, he says. Ayoub says that working in a kitchen is popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but they need people year round. Anyone in need and with a critical illness can apply for deliveries. According to Ayoub, 97 percent of Project Angel Food’s clients live at or below poverty level, and they are from a variety of communities. For more information on volunteering, visit angelfood. org.

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Rev. Gwynne Guibord, 75, founded interfaith center at St. John’s

In 2005, she was officially ordained in the Episcopal Church and became the Officer of Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns for Bishop John J. Bruno. She served at times simultaneously as the Interfaith Consultant to the Episcopal Church in the United States. Guibord’s interfaith involve-

Julian Alan “Bud” Rice

January 8, 1921 - August 4, 2019

Bud Rice, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by his family. He was 98 years old. Born in Panama on January 8, 1921, Bud was raised there where his family owned and operated the first American hotel and also Atlas Brewery, which still exists today. Bud attended Holy Cross in New Orleans, where he performed as an honors student, athlete and actor and served as Valedictorian. After school, Bud worked for the Panama Canal until he left in April 1942 to enlist in WW2 for the Army Air Force Cadet Training program. Piloting a C-47 for the 37th Troop Carrier, Bud went on to become one of more than 800 pilots who flew into history on D-Day, dropping the 82nd Airborne paratroopers in Normandy for the largest invasion ever attempted. In all, Bud flew more than 700 daily transport and combat missions during the war. His stories of D-Day and more were recorded in various publications and television news. Bud published a book in 2018 titled “Glitches”, which depicts unfortunate incidents that led to the loss of many comrades in his troop; Bud wanted those stories documented before he passed. Bud also attended the 70th Year D-Day Ceremonies in Germany and France, where he was reunited with his WW2 plane, Whiskey 7, which his family discovered fully restored in a New York museum. 70 years later, he was in the air behind the wheel in that cockpit, reliving his love of flight. Bud moved his family to California in 1954 where he worked as a Sales Engineer for Chicago Rawhide, Gits Bros. and Garrett Corporation until he retired at age 71. Bud enjoyed many traits in addition to flying, including musician, artist, sports enthusiast and golfer, author and… comedian. Bud had a great sense of humor. But his strongest passion was for his wife, Bette, who passed away in 2018. They were married 71 years. Bud and Bette lived in Hancock Park 65 years, in the house that Bud’s mother owned before him. The five children they leave behind are Mark Rice, Kathleen Rice Rosa and husband Greg, Linda Rice, Mary Beth Rice Krieger and husband Bram, Bill Rice and wife Louise, along with 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at St. Brendan Church, Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers we invite donations to a veterans charity of your choice, or Bud’s favorite Veterans charity, Hollywood American Legion Post 43 at www.hollywoodpost43.org, where Bud was honored to give his last WW2 speech this year. Notes of condolences may be sent to the family through Mark Rice at mrice777@ aol.com. Adv.

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munities and beyond through events and resources that unite followers of all faith traditions. “It’s not possible for one to say that they love God, or whatever one calls the Holy, and hate or try to do damage to another human being,” Guibord wrote. “The Guibord Center was established to confront the distortions that we hold about one another and to uphold that which is good.” Many leaders and organizations throughout Los Angeles have been hosted by Guibord and her partner and wife of 40 years, Dr. Sprague, in their home in Windsor Square. Housing Works, a leading nonprofit that provides essential services for persons transitioning from chronic homelessness to permanent supportive housing, is only one of those organizations. Guibord chaired its board during its first five years. Guibord is survived by Sprague; her mother, Donnis; sister Kathryn; niece Rachel (Shane); grandnephews Andre and Jordan; brother-in-law William; and nephews Eric and Joel.

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Journalist, activist, society editor from the past: Lucy Toberman

By Sidney Gubernick Lucy Toberman was a dedicated journalist and activist who made herself a fixture of both the Larchmont Chronicle and the larger community for decades. Her writing as the Chronicle’s society editor began in Oct. 1965 and continued un-

til the day she died, just before her 85th birthday, a 29-year career with the paper. Besides her monthly column at the Chronicle, she wrote for several other Los Angeles papers, including the “Los Angeles Times,” while also teaching at and heading Los Angeles City College’s de-

Hancock Park drew Wyck Godfrey to Paramount

Wyck Godfrey, who joined Paramount Pictures as president of Paramount Motion Pictures Group in 2018, said the studio’s proximity to his Hancock Park home was a large reason for taking the job. He shared his story with members of the Wilshire Rotary Club at the Aug. 7 meeting at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles. After graduating from Princeton as the son of a doctor in Tennessee, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He was certain however, that he did NOT want to be a doctor after taking organic chemistry. He loved sports and storytelling and had graduated with a theater arts major. He moved to New York to become a sportscaster, but found a job as an intern in a movie production company, New Line Cinema. He loved the process of taking a story off the page and putting it onto the silver screen. He rose to production management and eventually produced “Rocket Man,” “Quiet Place” and “Twilight Saga,” among other films. However, his schedule, long days on location for eight months of the year, kept him away from his family. Still working wherever New Line Cinema was sending him,

the Godfreys moved to Hancock Park (five minutes from Paramount). Wyck wanted to stay home to help raise his Wyck Godfrey three teenage boys (they now attend Larchmont Charter School). Then, he received a call asking him to interview with the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount, Jim Gianopulos. When asked in the interview why Paramount was not enjoying its former level of financial success, Wyck suggested that the scope and breadth of the films produced needed to expand to meet current interests. He was offered the job of running the Motion Pictures Group, and accepted the challenge. During his first year, Paramount Pictures profitability increased greatly under his leadership. Wyck believes in leading with kindness, he said, so employees feel they are appreciated and have a sense of pride in the studio they work for. His major goal is to make more and better movies and to realize better profitability. Pam Rudy and editorial staff contributed to this article.

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(Continued from page 1) yellow at 5901 Melrose Ave. at Cahuenga Blvd. While the shop draws customers from far and wide, it’s the land value that has skyrocketed. “The property has escalated much more than the business… “We’ve had various offers. We haven’t accepted any of them yet,” Rudy told us, adding that four small houses up the street sold for $6 million a few years ago; 80 units were built on the four parcels. “There are dozens [like it] within a one-mile radius. It’s amazing.” The Gintel brothers are a third generation of pawnshop brokers. Their parents and grandparents also had a pawnshop; mom Shirley was the local shop’s bookkeeper until a few years ago. Her passing last year helped the brothers make the decision to close and sell the property, Rudy said.

BROTHERS Rudy (pictured) and Ernest Gintel are closing their family pawnshop.

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“It’s a business that helps people. I enjoy that. Not everyone has a bank account that’s viable. Not everyone has a credit card. But they do have assets,” Gintel told us in an interview in 2018. One lady brought in a valuable watch. She returned within the required four months and paid back the money, plus inter-

est, and got her watch back. It’s customers like that lady he feels responsible for with the impending sale, says Rudy. “I want to make sure whoever I sell [the inventory] to takes care of it, and I want to make sure [my customers] get it back.” More closings Reader Duke Underwood, a

Larchmont Village resident, wrote to us about the vacancies and included photos. Indeed, there seem to be many more empty storefronts than usual. Flywheel Sports Inc., 147 N. Larchmont, is set to close Aug. 29. In addition to Larchmont, the Playa Vista and West Hollywood studios stopped their spin classes. The boutique cycle studio based in New York reportedly shut 11 of its 42 locations, according to Bloomberg. It opened on the boulevard in 2013. Café Parisien, opened by Sebastien Cornic last December at 244 N. Larchmont Blvd., in the former Prado space, closed suddenly in midAugust. Underwood said he was a regular at the café’s “happy hour,” but found the restaurant locked and dark Aug. 12 when he walked over for dinner. When contacted, Cornic’s emailed statement said, “Unfortunately this location did not work out for us. We will now focus on Meet in Paris Culver City and Brentwood. It was a pleasure serving the Larchmont community for the time it lasted.” The closings of the fitness studio and the café accompany a handful of other closings or business moves along the boulevard. After nine and a half years on Larchmont, BlueBird was scheduled to close its doors by the end of August. The children’s resale-and-consignment clothing store carried gently used brand name items at 652 N. Larchmont Blvd. It is located on the ground floor of a commercial building on the corner of Melrose Avenue. The rent had tripled, said a manager at the site, after real estate investment and development company MCAP Partners recently bought the two-story building for $6.3 million. According to MCAP Partners Executive Vice President Alexander Massachi, the company plans to keep the original twostory structure, built in 1925, now called Larchmont Place. Goorin Bros. planned to close its doors at 141 N. Larchmont Blvd. Aug. 25, after eight years on the boulevard. An-

other Goorin Hat Shop is at 7627 Melrose Ave. LF, at 120 N. Larchmont Blvd., is moving its women’s clothing inventory online, and the local spot should be closed soon. Estée Lauder Companies’ brand MAC Cosmetics will close up its 216 N. Larchmont location not long after moving in more than two years ago. And Library, a clothing store at 121 N. Larchmont, is in transition, but closed as we went to press. Stay tuned. Chan Dara, the 30-year favorite Thai restaurant at 310 N. Larchmont, just north of Beverly, has been closed for several months, but is available for lease. The approximately 4,000 square-foot “prime location adjacent to the Larchmont Village” (according to an ad for the property) is listed for $14,000 to $14,900 triple net rent per month. Also for lease is the former Heavenly Couture spot at 133 N. Larchmont Blvd. Downsizing Popular Larchmont Village restaurant, Le Petit Greek, 129 N. Larchmont, is downsizing — back to its original size from years ago — we learned from a detailed Letter to the Editor that accompanies this story. The restaurant’s landlord plans to remodel the northern half so it again will be another storefront for retail. Rest assured, Greek food and wine will continue to be served at the original location for years to come, says coowner Nora Houndalas. Similarly, there is a “For Lease” sign in the window of the former Bonne Chance at 146 N. Larchmont, next to Lipson Plumbing. This is part of the former Lipson Building purchased in 2018 for $23.5 million by Christina Development, which has major remodeling plans for implementation after the current leases run out. Also, the former bank and real estate office building, just north of Vernetti at 227 N. Larchmont, remains vacant, as it has been for 10 years. (Please turn to page 21)


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(Continued from page 20) Closing and opening Stylish, comfortable and sustainable Rothy’s shoes are coming to our Village, in the former Mr. Holmes Bakehouse space (which followed the longtime Village Footwear in that space at 248 N. Larchmont). “Larchmont will be part of a larger retail expansion,” Rothy’s spokesperson Anna Dore tells us via email from the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Five Rothy’s stores are set to open this fall: New York, Boston, Georgetown and two in Los Angeles, including Larch-

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mont and one on Melrose Ave. Started online in 2016, it has had one location on Fillmore St. in San Francisco. Styles include a pointed and sneaker-style ballet flat and are made of recycled water bottles and other reused materials. And, they’re machine washable! Also, to be welcomed to the greater neighborhood is Dr. Sebastian Kverneland. The native Norwegian got his doctorate degree from USC in 2014. A firm believer in a comprehensive and personal approach, he works with other healthcare professions in his chiropractic practice. He is located upstairs at Ultra Body Fitness, 828 B N. La Brea Ave.

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* ‘Petit’ Le Petit Greek We are putting the “Petit” back into Le Petit Greek Restaurant. Our restaurant on Larchmont Boulevard was opened in May of 1988 by brothers Thomas and Dimitris Houndalas. They grew up in their father’s restaurant in Nafplion, Greece. In 2000, after 12 successful years on Larchmont, Dimitris made a bold decision to expand the restaurant when the space adjacent to us became vacant. It was an excellent decision as it expanded our patio and allowed for large private parties. The restaurant business is probably one of the most difficult businesses to run successfully. I am extremely proud of my husband and my brotherin-law. Today, Dimitris runs the restaurant on Larchmont while Thomas runs Le Petit Greek Hotel in Santorini, Greece. That boutique hotel sits on the cliffs of the caldera with stunning views overlooking the volcano and Aegean Sea. Many of our longtime Los Angeles customers have stayed in the hotel, making even more wonderful memories with our family. One of the things I admire about my husband Dimitris is that he has always had his finger on the pulse of the restaurant business. The recession of 2008 was a difficult time for us as it was for so many of the country’s small businesses. We have been on Larchmont for over 31 years. Now, for many professional and personal reasons, we feel the best decision for our business and our family is to put the “petit” back into Le Petit Greek — by returning our footprint to what it was

during our first dozen years. We are committed to our employees, our customers, our community; and we aren’t going anywhere. We know this move will be best for our success and allow us to continue to serve the Larchmont community for many years to come. We understand people’s curiosity and appreciate their concern about the issues that impact our business. People often ask us about rising rent, increase in wages and overall costs in many areas. In general, California and Los Angeles are not viewed as small-business-friendly. It is true that many factors impact the restaurant. However, our job is to create an enjoyable dining experience for our customers and a positive environment for our employees to work and thrive. We feel our business viewpoints are very personal and choose not to discuss them. The best thing people can do to show their support is to come out to dine with us and consider us for takeout. When you spend time on Larchmont, we hope you consider all of the small family-run businesses first. So, while we are reducing our footprint, we will remain at 127 N. Larchmont for many years to come. We may spruce up the place a bit over the coming years as time permits; after all, it is Los Angeles, and it may be time for a little cosmetic work, but the menu and staff you have grown to love remain the same. We are thankful to be here and hope to be here for many years to come. Kali Orexi (Good Appetite)! Nora Houndalas

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The 185-page application was successful, gaining the neighborhood — roughly bounded by Rosewood Ave., Melrose Ave., N. Gardner St., Vista St., Beverly Blvd., and Fairfax Ave. — a place on the official list of the nation’s places worthy of preservation. The neighbors were motivated when they learned in 2016 of evictions in a twostory duplex by a developer who planned to demolish the historic building and replace it with four, four-story-tall luxury homes. In response, the neighbors formed “Save Beverly Fairfax,” and their efforts led to the Federal designation. A similar situation on Orange Grove Avenue just south of San Vicente Boulevard, in the Wilshire Vista neighborhood, has led to the formation of “Save Wilshire Vista.” See the accompanying

CELEBRATION of Beverly Fairfax Historic District features speakers including Councilman Paul Koretz, volunteer Fred Zaidman (top of stairs on right) and event master of ceremonies Steven Luftman (in white shirt, in front of Zaidman).

article by resident Jane Galbraith. Federal supremacy? An unresolved hypothetical question is whether a Federal designation like a National Register listing may carry more weight than local city designations, such as those of our many Historic Preserva-

tion Overlay Zones (HPOZs) in and around Greater Wilshire. The question will be timely if the proposed statewide legislation (authored by San Francisco Bay Area state senators Wiener, Skinner, et al.) is enacted. Their bills have been viewed by many as potentially overruling local protections

BEVERLY FAIRFAX Historic District is generally east and south of Fairfax High School.

that currently are afforded to existing, historic, low-density residential zones. Their legislative proposals, SB 50, SB 330 and SB 592, are widely seen as inimical to historic preservation. The demolition contemplated in 2016 for the historic duplex in Beverly Fairfax would be

allowed, even encouraged, by the advocates of state-mandated increased densification without regard to local conditions and preferences. Maybe a challenge over Federal supremacy can be avoided if these state bills are withdrawn, defeated, delayed or modified. Stay tuned.

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Some students are un-housed at most universities, including USC and UCLA. Students sleep in cars or couch surf, using athletic buildings to shower. Food scarcity is all too common. Homework is done at school, under a streetlight or at a Starbucks. For Malia, the college library and the long Metro trainand-bus commute were the only places she could catch up on both homework and sleep. Hosts and guests Brooke cried as she told her mother Malia’s story. Sally had fashioned their garage into a studio apartment for her own father until he died. Sally felt hesitant to invite strangers into their lives but, as she listened to Brooke, she realized they had the power to make a difference in another family’s lives. Sally and Brooke offered the studio apartment to Malia and (Please turn to page 23)

(Continued from page 1) lived in and out of homelessness after her father died; couch surfing whenever a relative could take them in. Now they live in a friend’s RV in Pasadena, with Malia commuting 1.5 hours each way to school. When Malia stays to clean the cafeteria on her work-study program or when she’s too tired to head home, Malia sleeps in a shed that a kind janitor offered. She falls asleep worrying. If she doesn’t get home, Molly’s dinner and homework won’t get done. Their mother works as a maid during the day and a cashier at Chipotle at night. Brooke told her mother that Malia goes hungry many days. Homeless in college Malia’s story is all too common. One in five community college students is homeless.


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Historic multi-family Wilshire Vista seeks protection Homeless By Jane Galbraith Alarm bells went off in the Wilshire Vista neighborhood of Mid-City last year when eight storybook homes all in a row on S. Orange Grove were sold to developers and are being replaced by multi-story apartment complexes. Instead of rationalizing with a “there goes the neighborhood” attitude, alarmed residents launched a “Save Wilshire Vista” campaign to have 113 multi-family buildings in the adjacent blocks designated on the National Register of Historic Places, just as Beverly Fairfax did most recently. Taking their cue from the successful Save Beverly Fairfax effort, Barbara Kroll and I, as co-chairs, plus other supporters, formed “Save Wilshire Vista” and have been working to raise funds to hire Architectural Resources Group (ARG) to undertake the detailed application process for the National Register of Historic Places. Such a designation would provide some protection by having any new project first go through the city’s Office of Historic Resources for review. The area in need of immediate protection is in the northwest quadrant of the Wilshire Vista neighborhood comprised of many two-story Art Deco and Spanish duplexes and fourplexes built between 19271950, of which 96 percent are still in their original condition and determined to be historically significant by the Getty’s 2015 Survey LA. The area is immediately adjacent to several Historic Preservation Zone (HPOZ)-designated neighborhoods: Carthay Square, Carthay Circle, South Carthay and Miracle Mile, all with similar architectural heritage. “We were told by the city that getting an HPOZ is a

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SOUTH ODGEN DRIVE duplex is an example of the type of multifamily buildings that Wilshire Vista neighbors seek to preserve.

years-long process, and we don’t have time to wait,” said Kroll. She added, “This a multicultural, multi-ethnic neighborhood occupied by decades-long and sometimes lifelong residents, many in owner-occupied buildings like mine; the level of pride of ownership and attachment to the neighborhood is extraordinary.” To date, “Save Wilshire Vis-

ta” has raised funds from 34 donors, bringing them halfway to their $25,000 goal. They have held a wine and cheese mixer, distributed flyers and created a website — savewilshirevista.com — to provide information and a vehicle to accept donations. Other events are planned in the very near future. The writer is co-chair of Save Wilshire Vista.

WILSHIRE VISTA is a neighborhood of duplex and fourplex residences southeast of Fairfax Ave. and San Vicente Blvd.

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her family for a trial period. Over time, Brooke and Malia’s families became close. Sally appreciated having another adult on the property, especially when she had to be away for work. Inviting someone into your guesthouse / guestroom, converted garage or Auxiliary Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a big step. Many organizations offer the services necessary to ensure the right “fit,” by matching tenant and host families, determining rent and providing 24-hour care for any issue that may arise. These services allow the host family to be a friendly, welcoming presence, not caregivers and landlords. Alexandria House One of our local service providers, Alexandria House, offers services for families who are willing to rent their ADUs. There’s a long list of people formerly homeless, already vetted and ready to move into housing. The need for hous-

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ing is daunting for students and for others. Seniors, the fastest growing homeless population, who are vulnerable due to rent increases or health problems while on a fixed-income, benefit greatly from shared-housing opportunities. The City of Los Angeles provides an incentive if a homeowner rents a guest unit to a formerly homeless individual. Approximately 3,800 ADUs are being added in Los Angeles each year. Oh, and by the way, after Sally offered Malia’s family the gift of a secure place to live, Malia graduated from SMCC and transferred to UCLA on a full scholarship. Brooke now attends UC San Diego and has started a program to help UCSD students help other students find shared housing. We can all make a difference. Marilyn Wells, a doctor of psychology and Hancock Park resident, is co-founder of Stories from The Frontline. See storiesfrontline.org.


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