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Larchmont Chronicle

vol. 53, no. 12

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DECember 2016

City Hall opponents gather at local school Moratorium town hall

BIG SUNDAY in tune for the season. 1-14

HISTORY revisited in Miracle Mile. 1-6

SQUEAKY WHEEL in Windsor Square. 2-2

By John Welborne The flyer advertising the Sat., Nov. 18, two-hour meeting to be held at Third St. School asked attendees to “Share Your Experiences Fighting City Hall & Developers,” and that certainly took place. Vociferous complaints were directed at spot-zoning, smalllot subdivisions and political fundraising. (Cited repeatedly was the recent “Los Angeles Times” story concerning Torrance-based real estate developer Samuel Leung who obtained approval of a 352-unit residential complex in the middle of a heavy manufacturing district north of San Pedro.) Dubbed the “Wilshire Hollywood Community Town Hall Meeting,” 65 people attended, including several staff members of the “Coalition to Preserve See City Hall opponents, p 4

THE HOLIDAYS kicked off at The Grove Nov. 13 with a musical showcase including Seth MacFarlane, a live band and lighting of the 100-

foot tree. Santa and snowfall continue nightly through Sat., Dec. 24.

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New roof and a new life for Share joy of residents at Alexandria House the season 'People feel a connection with this house.' with others By Sondi Toll Sepenuk When a roofing job was needed at Alexandria House, a transitional residence for single women and their chil-

dren, the men and women of Supreme Roofing, L.A. Roofing Materials, and the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) organization stepped in to do the job. “Nobody thinks about a roof, so that’s where we come in!” says Careylyn Clifford, See New roof, p 18

SWAT swarms abandoned house on Plymouth twice


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For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit: MAYOR GARCETTI walked Larchmont Blvd. with supporters of Measure M to urge residents to vote yes.

Mayor brought M&Ms and a message on Election Day Election results inside By Billy Taylor Angelenos took to the polls Nov. 8 to consider candidates and numerous ballot measures that address some of the region’s biggest problems, including homelessness, planning and traffic. In support of Measure M, Mayor Eric Garcetti made a

visit to Larchmont Blvd. on Election Day to encourage voters to fund traffic and transit improvements. “We’re handing out M&Ms to remind people to vote yes on Measure M,” Garcetti told shoppers on Larchmont Blvd. “It’s about making sure we have better options to cut traffic so that we can spend more See Mayor, p 21

By Billy Taylor The LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was deployed to an abandoned property on the 300 block of N. Plymouth Blvd. Nov. 15 for a six-hour standoff between police and a squatter. A week later, Nov. 23, the team was deployed again to the same address. In the first incident, officers were called to the scene by a construction worker who had been attacked with a metal pipe after he entered the property, according to Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo. The suspect was barricaded inside the property when the police arrived, reported Pelayo, who explained that SWAT used a canine unit to take him into custody See SWAT swarms, p 8

Local groups abound By Rachel Olivier As the two gentlemen appealing to Mr. Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” pointed out, this is the time of year “when want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices.” If you feel the holiday spirit move you to give from your own abundance, here are several volunteer and donation programs. Hollygrove, 815 N. El Centro Ave., founded in 1880, helps 1,200 children and their families annually. Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker Larchmont is a board member. Others in our community involved at Hollygrove include Sheri Weller, chair of the volunteer auxiliary, the “Hollies,” and Jeet Sohal and Eric Andersen, Windsor Square. Now a division of Uplift Family Services, Hollygrove programs include mental health wellness, a camp and a parent institute. There is also See Share joy, p 12

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Community Comment By John Welborne

Channeling anger: Pensions, Trump, and tall buildings In recent weeks, the “Los Angeles Times” has been running a series of articles about unfunded public employee pension liabilities. This is an issue trumpeted for years by local resident and our paper’s former columnist Jack Humphreville. Anger over pensions When you read the “Times” articles — or possibly more interestingly spend an hour to read the hundreds of online comments — you will see expressions of incredible anger on both sides of this issue. There is anger from taxpayers saying their tax dollars are being taken

without justification. There is anger from retired and not-yetretired public employees seeking to protect their promised pensions and benefits. Trump-related anger The anger seen in the debate over public employee pensions is similar to the anger at government expressed by many Trump supporters (clearly a minority of voting Californians). And, of course, there has been another kind of anger expressed in the streets (and on the freeways) by anti-Trump people. Anger over zoning As you will read on page 1,

Keeping our Community Green The Association has been working with the City on figuring out what happened when the City started trimming our street trees and ended up removing a large number of trees. Hancock Park is an HPOZ and as such our street forest is protected. Any removal of a street tree in the parkway section of our streets needs to be reviewed by the HPOZ Board; something the City did not do. Now, however, the City has agreed to follow its own rules and will not be removing any more trees unless an arborist reviews the decision and the HPOZ board agrees. The tree trimming will resume in the near future. This time, though, they’ll trim one block and, then, the Association’s arborist will check the work and determine whether the job is correct before the crews continue trimming. As part of our reforesting effort, the Association’s Tree Committee has been investigating different varieties of our existing street tree species to find cultivars that are better adapted to the challenging circumstances in our parkways. As many of us have removed grass to install water saving landscapes, the watering of parkway trees has often been forgotten. This means our street trees are suffering a double whammy: less watering from homeowners and extreme drought and heat conditions. As a homeowner you can help by being sure your trees are well watered. The City has a new contractor to maintain the Highland median, and we’re still in the evaluation period as to whether the contractor is doing its job. The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council has sponsored an asphalt truck to do spot fixes in asphalt paving. If you see a pothole in an asphalt street, let your block captain know or contact the Association. Don’t forget to keep your family safe by locking your house and car and activating your house alarm if you have one. Contact Officer Dave Cordova if you are a victim of a crime, and Dave can take a crime report. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650, or send him an email, with all the information, including your name and telephone number. Join a committee and be an active member of the Hancock Park Community. The Association’s website is: The HPOZ Preservation Plan — hpoz/la/hancock-park — regulates our HPOZ. Contact our City Planner, Renata Dragland (, and use the online form ( 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. Adv.

THIRD ST. SCHOOL was the site of the "Wilshire Hollywood Community Town Hall" in November.

there also was great anger shown in our neighborhood in the auditorium of Third St. Elementary School at a recent Saturday meeting. Convened as the “Wilshire Hollywood Community Town Hall Meeting,” attendees were asked to “Share Your Experiences Fighting City Hall & Developers.” The meeting was sponsored by the “Coalition To Preserve LA” that is seeking to enact a two-year moratorium on construction not consistent with adopted zoning. A prime feature of the gathering was the raw anger exhibited by speakers and audience alike. The anger in the room was palpable, especially when people stood to shame a developer who was in the audience. Can all this anger — at outof-control public pensions, at government, at Prez-Elect Trump, at local density and high-rise construction — be

channeled in some positive directions? Anger nationally On the national scene, because Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote and is the President-Elect, it remains to be seen what his (and his voters’) anger will achieve. Anger locally Locally, the City of Los Angeles has another election coming up on March 7, 2017. That day, the City likely will see the reelection of seven council members (including our local and nearby Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell) and Mayor Eric Garcetti. Eight council seats are open; only one seat (in the Valley) has no incumbent running. The Mayor, those eight tobe-elected council members and their seven incumbent peers, including David Ryu, are the officials who have the

most impact on the city pension system and on city planning decisions and real estate development in the city. So, if there is anger in the local populace, will that anger be directed at these incumbents running for reelection? Experience shows that won’t be the case. Although voters may speak out against the evils of government in general, voters more often than not support their own familiar representatives at election time. If you cannot find a way to channel your anger productively, don’t give up. Perhaps just stop being angry. There is a lot that is positive in the world. Find some way to put on a happy face. Or just join me. When confronted with all these concerns, including what am I doing for the holidays, I just say: “I’m going to Disneyland!”

Calendar Wed., Dec. 14 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18 to Sat., Dec. 24 – Farmers Market Christmas activities with Dickensian Carolers and more, 6333 W. Third St., Tues., Dec. 27 – Farmers

Market Hanukkah celebration, 6333 W. Third St., 2:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 29 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day and Rose Parade. Mon., Jan. 2 – New Year’s Day observed. Sun., Jan. 8 – Annual meeting of Park La Brea Residents Association, theater at noon.

Letter to the Editor Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 by Jane Gilman and Dawne P. Goodwin Publisher and Editor John H. Welborne Managing Editor Suzan Filipek Associate Editor Billy Taylor Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Tom Hofer Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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I want to commend street crew #501 that worked on 4th St. between Highland and McCadden. They did an amazing job over the two weeks in early November it took to complete. They were incredibly considerate, professional, and most of all accommodating to the four households most impacted by the work. My daughter had her 10-year birthday party on a Friday when the street was closed, the crew went above and beyond to help accommo-

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date our plans for the party. We now have the nicest stretch of road in the city I believe, and it will last a very long time. They made what was at best an inconvenient situation and truly went out of their way to minimize the impact on the families on the street. Mike Sanchez S. Highland Ave. Letters and comments can be sent to

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Metro held talk on westward expansion

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SKANSKA executive vice president Mike Aparicio and engineer Jill Steiner, P.E., spoke at Metro’s meeting at Temple Beth-Am on La Cienega Blvd. JET GROUTING at Lucerne and Wilshire boulevards, right.

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Art. All of the information presented at the recent meeting is available online at: projects_studies/westside/ images/presentation_purpleline_2016-1103.pdf

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By John Welborne Weekend street closures to install concrete decking over the future Fairfax subway station will commence in January, Metro announced at a recent community meeting. The street closures are planned for 18 weekends, which will extend into late April or early May. As part of an elaborate PowerPoint presentation to approximately 60 people who assembled at Temple BethAm on La Cienega Blvd. on Nov. 3, Metro representatives shared the latest news about the westward advance of the Wilshire Blvd. subway. Representing Metro’s designbuild contractor, Skanska-Traylor-Shea, were Skanska executive vice president Mike Aparicio and engineer Jill Steiner, P.E. Jet grouting Also reviewed was “jet grouting” work now underway in the middle of Wilshire Blvd., east of La Brea Ave., that reinforces and strengthens the

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BALLOT INITIATIVE backers Grace Yoo, Michael Weinstein and Debra Hockemeyer at Third St. School.

City Hall opponents (Continued from page 1) LA” (that is promoting a March 7, 2017, ballot initiative to stop certain construction in Los Angeles) and a sign language interpreter and two court reporters who transcribed the entire meeting. Local speakers Speakers included several local neighborhood activists: Jim O’Sullivan of the Miracle Mile Residential Association and Toby Horn and Dick Plat-

kin of the Beverly Wilshire Homes Association. Other speakers were former candidate for Council District Four, Jay Beeber, Koreatown attorney (and former candidate for Council District 10) Grace E. Yoo, and Hollywood activist and organizer of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles, Casey Maddren. Also present but not speaking was Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare

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MID-CITY neighbor and former city planner Dick Platkin addressed a crowd invited to share experiences fighting City hall and developers.

Foundation, the nonprofit organization that has provided the bulk of the funding (nearly $1.4 million through September) for the Coalition to Preserve LA and its construction moratorium initiative. For almost every speaker, “the city” was the bogeyman, the problem, the cause of all that is wrong in Los Angeles such as traffic congestion, shade and shadow on existing buildings, and overtaxing of infrastructure such as sewers, water mains, power lines, and more. By “the city,” the speakers meant city staff, primarily in the Dept. of City Planning, and the elected officials to whom those planners report. The problems listed were legion. The anger was palpable. Two-year moratorium But solutions were offered. In a dialogue, Jay Beeber and Casey Maddren suggested that the proposed two-year moratorium on construction not consistent with existing zoning

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(the key provision of the March ballot measure named by its proponents as the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” and available online in its full text at the Larchmont Chronicle home page at “will force the city to do good planning.” Beeber said that a two-year “time out” would allow the city staff and City Council to update the existing 35 community plans that govern land use throughout the city. Beeber said that the revised plans must take into consideration the cumulative impact of new development on existing infrastructure. The proponents stated that their initiative measure, if adopted, will not stop all development. According to them, variances still may be granted, just no zone changes. A “grand plan” Beeber also argued that the elected officials’ frequent assertions that there is a housing problem in Los Angeles are not accurate. Beeber said there is a 12 percent vacancy rate in existing housing. He added that the building of large new developments “is part of a grand plan” of the Mayor, City Council members, city planners, and staff members in the city’s Department of Transportation to increase density and discourage the use of automobiles. He called it a “grand plan to remake the city in their image.” In the ensuing question and answer session, there was much anger expressed, with words like “corruption” used repeatedly. The anger in the room was evident, including when Grace Yoo asked the people in the audience to stand to shame a developer who was in the audience. Almost everyone soon was standing. In response to a question from the Chronicle, Jill Stewart, campaign director of the Coalition to Preserve LA, said that the recently adopted city

JILL STEWART, campaign director of the Coalition to Preserve LA, spoke at Third St. School.

Proposition JJJ that garnered 64 percent of the vote does not impact her group’s campaign. “JJJ has set off a war of words in which various sides do not agree on what the lengthy measure says or does. We’re staying out of this fight about what JJJ means. We know what our measure says and does,” she said. Projecting growth Asked whether she and the other construction moratorium proponents expect there to be population growth in the city of Los Angeles in the next 20 years, and how many people might come and where they might want to live, Stewart responded: “There is no known system for accurately predicting a city’s growth 20 years out, and City Hall officials have in the past 20 years proven particularly inept at trying, by continually exaggerating LA’s predicted growth.” She continued: “Our measure forces the City Council to behave like adults, by doing a job they have shunned for 20 years: updating the General Plan every five years, as well-run cities do, to take into account the true ebb or flow, not a fantasy 20 years out. “Every five years, they must (Please turn to page 5)

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Temple’s Karsh Center helps neighbors in need

TEMPLE Rabbis M. Beaumont Shapiro, left, and Steven Z. Leder, right, join City Council President Herb Wesson and Mayor Eric Garcetti at the dedication.

Also at the Nov. 10 opening were Elizabeth Ross, director of the Karsh Center; Temple Senior Rabbi Steven Z. Leder and Rabbi M. Beaumont Shapiro and Martha and Bruce Karsh and members of their family.

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A new center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple is helping some of its neighbors in a big way. To mark the occasion, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson were among dignitaries at the dedication last month of the Temple’s Karsh Family Social Service Center, 3750 W. Sixth St. Set to serve thousands of community members annually, the center is hailed as the most comprehensive outreach of any synagogue in the country and perhaps the world — due to the significant needs of its neighbors, Temple officials said. Services offered at the center, entered from Sixth St. between Hobart and Harvard boulevards, include  dental, optometry, legal aid, mental health and family services, civics and English-as-a-second language classes, literacy programs, and children’s book distribution. There is also a food pantry, which has operated on site for nearly 30 years and is part of the HopeNet collaboration.  Within a five-mile radius of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s historic campus, approximately one-third of adults go hungry some of the time, and nearly four in 10 adults cannot afford dental care. An estimated one in four families in the community lives below the federal poverty level.

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(Continued from page 4) re-address and plan for the desperate need for parks, updated water mains, better roads, safety services, all while considering the current — not an unmeasurable 20 years away — growth.” Stewart added that the city “has been removed from the state’s population boom list, as has the entire county. LA growth is 1.2 percent per year due to our plummeting birth rate and, perhaps, also fed by the reported population drop in Millennials over the past several years.” She concluded that, “None of this predicted by the growth-at-allcost boosters at City Hall, of course.”

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Happy and Safe Holiday Wishes to Everyone! Greater Wilshire is bounded (approximately) by La Brea Avenue on the west, Olympic Boulevard on the south, Western Avenue and Manhattan Place on the east, and Melrose Avenue to Wilcox Avenue to Willoughby Avenue on the north. For the exact GWNC exterior boundaries, plus the boundaries of the 15 Geographic Areas that comprise GWNC, plus all the most current GWNC information, visit our website at All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact info@ or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting.

‘R-1’ variation zones move to City Council

Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings. Board of Directors meetings: Second Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles; Dining Room 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Wilshire United Methodist Church; Assembly Room 4350 Wilshire Blvd., 90005 Outreach Committee meetings: Last Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Next meeting: Sat., Dec. 3 Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 Sustainability Committee meetings: Quarterly. Next meeting: Tues, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles Tennis Club 5851 Clinton St., 90004 Transportation Committee meetings: First Mondays of even-numbered months, 7:00 p.m. Next meeting: Mon., Dec. 5 Marlborough School Library 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004

The City Planning Commission (CPC) adopted R-1 Variation Zones in Larchmont Heights and La Brea-Hancock and a host of other neighborhoods Nov. 10. The zone changes to protect the areas from McMansions — homes built out-of-scale with the neighborhood — next go to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, and then the full City Council, for final approval. “Our review is that the revised zoning as proposed is a good thing, most importantly preserving rear garages/driveways and setbacks from the street…” said Charles D’Atri, president of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association. “Of course, we’ll have to appear at PLUM to speak and write emails to get this done. The zones are to be enacted before the ICOs (interim (Please turn to page 30)

COUNCILMAN David Ryu addresses the crowd at the MMRA meeting at the Korean Cultural Center on Wilshire Blvd.

held, and, a historic resources survey found 80 percent of the structures qualify for the city historic preservation designation, according to Mark Zecca, chair of the Miracle Mile HPOZ committee. In spite of the outreach, Realtor Jay Schoenfeldt says he first heard about the pro-

posed measure just a few months ago. Subsequently, a “saynohpoz” website was born, and opposition has mounted. Schoenfeldt suggests new city zoning would better protect the historical integrity of the Mile. “I’d like to see some alterna(Please turn to page 30)

Holiday Welcome Mats

During this festive season, be careful not to leave the holiday welcome mat out for uninvited guests. Empty houses are targets for burglars, so take simple precautions when you are out at parties or out of town. Make sure doors and windows are locked, and set your alarm, if you have one. Leave lights on; if you are gone for a longer period, have lights and perhaps a TV or radio on timers . . . so the house appears occupied. Don’t allow newspapers or mail to accumulate visibly, as this is an obvious indicator that no one is home. Most importantly, inform your neighbors of your absence, and leave contact information with them. Take advantage of the great sense of community Windsor Square offers, and look out for each other. That’s the best way to ensure a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

Film Shoots

We’ve all noticed the upswing in filming going on in the neighborhood. A reasonable amount of filming is great, but too many days on any given block is a big imposition on the neighbors. The Windsor Square Association has worked with the governments’ Film LA to draft guidelines that limit filming to 14 days per year, per block, among other things. Please refer to the guidelines on the website ( to refresh your memory — and just say “no” to excessive filming on your own block.

Winter Watering

Be a good citizen and turn down (or turn off!) your sprinklers in winter. Two days per week of watering is plenty with our cooler nights and morning dews; many homeowners find they don’t need to irrigate at all during December and January. And be sure to turn off your sprinklers for 48 hours after a rain. Surprisingly, even with our highly publicized drought, many neighbors are still over-seeding their lawns with rye grass at this time of year. This is a flagrant waste of water, since the new lawns require watering every day (not to mention the fact that the manure used as a seed cover is bad for the soil, and incredibly smelly!). If you haven’t over-seeded yet, don’t do it! Don’t forget, we’re all in this drought together. 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 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.


By Suzan Filipek Miracle Mile has hit a bump on its road to historic preservation. Many residents carried red “No HPOZ” (Historic Protection Overlay Zone) signs to the Miracle Mile Residential (MMRA) annual meeting last month, protesting the effort underway to protect the area from mansionization and tear downs of early 20th-century Period Revival-style homes. “It was an interesting day, unlike anything I have seen in 20 years of my attendance at annual meetings. It was a bit of a flash mob… but we believe all’s well that ends well,” said MMRA president Jim O’Sullivan. Councilman David Ryu addressed the crowd, and, he subsequently met with the city Office of Historic Resources staff and community members on both sides of the argument for and against adopting an HPOZ. Another meeting was planned after the Chronicle went to press, in time for a hearing at the City Planning Commission Thurs., Dec. 8. City Council will have final say about approval of the ordinance. “Councilmember Ryu is generally supportive of the HPOZ; however, he is committed to finding compromise from those who support it and from those who do not,” said Estevan Montemayor, Ryu’s director of communications. Alarmed that area homes were being demolished and replaced with ones too large for their lots, neighbors ignited a vigorous grass roots campaign two years ago. Mailings went out to the Mile’s 1,400 properties. Public hearings were



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SWAT swarms

POLICE BEAT Thefts on Plymouth, Norton OLYMPIC DIVISION THEFT: A suspect entered a victim’s backyard and removed a leaf blower and hedge trimmer on the 300 block of S. Plymouth Blvd. between Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 7 a.m. BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE: Jewelry, a purse and a wallet were stolen from a 2010 Hyundai Accent parked on the street near the corner of N. Norton Ave. and Beverly Blvd. on Nov. 7 at 4:15 p.m.

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 Twitter: @lapdolympic Wilshire Division crime reports were not available by press time.

(Continued from page 1) where he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Eight days later, according to reports, SWAT was back on the property, where tear gas was used to force out a suspect in a standoff that lasted more than five hours. Abandoned properties Speaking to residents at the Nov. 15 Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) semi-annual meeting, Pelayo said abandoned properties represent a major threat to the community. “Nearly all property crime in [Larchmont] and Wind-

ABANDONED house on the corner of Plymouth and Beverly was scene of two police standoffs.


sor Square is associated with someone squatting — either homeless or using drugs — in an abandoned property,” he warned. Empty houses attract transients who use them as a home base, or “beehive,” to spread criminal activity. And factors such as owners who hold properties as investments as well as elderly owners in nursing homes, said Pelayo, have both contributed to an upsurge in the number of abandoned homes in the LVNA area. “My message to you tonight: if you see any abandoned properties in the area, let me know,” he stressed. Pelayo explained that, with intelligence from concerned neighbors, he can use the city attorney and even the local media to encourage dead-beat property owners to secure their properties, thereby discouraging illegal activity. To contact officer Pelayo, email or call 213-793-0709.

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Parties are over, coyote solutions sought, tenant issues addressed The City Council unanimously approved on Nov. 2 my motion to regulate “party houses.” My goal is to protect the quality of life for our residential neighborhoods and to prioritize public safety. The egregious houses rented out for parties represent only one percent of the homes in the Fourth Council District’s residential communities; however, we must provide LAPD more effective enforcement tools

that will bring relief to the 99 percent of residents who are besieged by these inconsiderate neighbors. These new tools will save taxpayer dollars while streamlining enforcement. The City Attorney, in consultation with LAPD, will begin drafting an ordinance. The City Council is expected to vote on a final ordinance sometime next year. Coyotes Over the past year, I have heard many concerns about

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As a business owner you may want to schedule just one more meeting/event on your calendar to join and participate in the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce (GMMCC). “It will help your bottom line,” say analysts. According to researchers* when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of the business and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. The GMMCC offers numerous membership benefits such as networking with potential customers and keeping you on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within our community and local marketplace. Make time to join and participate in the GMMCC and you will find it’s time well spent. Consider the following research findings: • If a company shows that it’s involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board, hosts community events), consumers are more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition. • When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy and is an industry leader. Consumers are more likely to choose your business over a competing, nonmember business because you’re a member of your local chamber of commerce. Want to grow your business? Join the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce. *The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services.

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Funeral services were held recently for Emmanuel Bravo, 28, who was fatally stabbed by a co-worker at the Wilshire Country Club Oct. 20. Club members and staff attended services at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park for the popular waiter. Bravo had worked at the Club for eight years. A reception was held at the Country Club after the services, with all the staffing provided by the Jonathan Club. The suspect, Erick Antonio Hernandez, 28, was arraigned Oct. 25 and pled not guilty to the allegation of one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon. His next court appearance, on Mon., Dec. 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Dept. 30, Foltz Criminal Justice Center, is to set a preliminary hearing date. Bail was set at $2.7 million. Homicide detectives confirmed that the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal dispute prior to the incident on Oct. 20 at about 8:45 p.m. Bravo died on the way to the hospital. According to police reports, Hernandez ran from the scene. He was arrested the next day. The N. Rossmore Ave. club’s spokesman e-mailed the club’s members after the stabbing, reporting that Bravo was “a fine young man with such a bright future.” A cousin of the victim’s mother established an online fundraising campaign to help pay for funeral expenses. At press time, the campaign had raised 80 percent of its goal. Go to

ly inhabited by coyotes, has pushed these animals to roam our neighborhoods and search trash cans and backyards for food and water. It is crucial to identify solutions to co-exist, so we can ultimately prioritize public safety for both wildlife and humans. Tenant issues My office, along with the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department, Coalition for Economic Survival and the Housing Rights Center, held a forum Nov. 10 to address tenants’

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Fresh-cut evergreens are back and for sale on the Blvd. thanks to the Wilshire Rotary Club tree lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. Delivered from a farm in Oregon, customers will find noble, Fraser, silvertip, Nordmann and Douglas firs, with new shipments arriving each week. In its 10th year on Larchmont Blvd., event organizer Wendy Clifford told the Chronicle that she loves how the annual lot has been embraced by neighbors and credits its success to support from the local community. Proceeds from sales will benefit Wilshire Rotary Foundation in support of local community service projects. In previous years, funds have supported Operation School Bell (a service of the Assistance League of Los Angeles), Hope-Net and the Hollywood YMCA. The tree lot is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Fri., Dec. 23. Delivery is available for a fee. Visit

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(Continued from page 1) an annual toy drive that collects unwrapped gifts, gift cards, wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon and tags. Parents visit Hollygrove’s “Santa’s Workshop” to select and wrap gifts for their children. If you would like to help, donate gift cards from places such as Ralph’s, Von’s and Target. Gift certificates from places such as BestBuy, the Gap, Ross, Kohls and other places are also encouraged, as well as unwrapped gifts appropriate for ages infant to 15. The deadline for Christmas dona-

tions is Fri., Dec. 9. See the website for a wishlist of practical items accepted year round. Call Kathleen Felesina, director of fund development, 323-769-7142 or visit upliftfs. org/help/donate-now, or email • • • St. Brendan Church, 310 S. Van Ness Ave., has two main ways of giving back. Students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade are having a toy drive benefitting families at Alexandria House and St. Anne’s. Toys should be new, unwrapped and appropriate for ages infant to 15. Gift cards are also welcome. The deadline for

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donating toys is Sat., Dec. 10. Students in grades five to eight are partnering with The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels Adopt-a-Family Program, which adopts thousands of families in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles and brings Christmas to them. Call 323-936-4656. • • • Assistance League of Los Angeles’s Anne Banning Auxiliary, which runs Operation School Bell, 826 Cole Ave., is having a toy drive for children ages infant to 18 years old. They need small unwrapped gifts such as board games, balls, jump ropes and

“When one eats and drinks, one must also feed the stranger, the orphan, the widow, and other unfortunate paupers. But one who locks the doors of his courtyard, and eats and drinks with his children and wife but does not feed the poor and the embittered souls – this is not the joy of a mitzvah, but the joy of the belly.” -Maimonides

This year the Kramer Law Group is encouraging the Miracle Mile community’s involvement and donations to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Food Pantry. There is a donation and volunteer portal on the Wilshire Temple’s website, The contact is 424.208.8930

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the like that are portable. Toys can be dropped off Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Mon., Jan. 2, 2017. They also need donations and volunteers year round. One of their larger drives is at the end of October and provides backpacks, uniforms and school supplies for 250 homeless students from 35 elementary and middle schools. For information on volunteering or the toy drive, contact Ikea McGowan at imcgowan@assistanceleaguela. org or call 323-469-1973. • • • St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, 2303 Miramar St., has been delivering hot meals to anyone in need in their delivery area for more than 35 years. They need donations year-round, as well as people to volunteer time to deliver meals and visit with people, usually seniors. Call a week in advance to set up a time to volunteer, but call soon to work on Christmas Eve,



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VOLUNTEERS work in the kitchen to help provide nutritious meals at Project Angel Food.

Call 323-852-8515 or email • • • Downtown Women’s Center’s goal is to provide a safe and healthy community for homeless women, while helping them with housing and reclaiming their own personal stability. DWC needs volunteers year round to help, but they also have several social enterprises that people can support. The Cafe & Gift Boutique, 442 S. San Pedro St., has food and used items for sale, as well as gift items from Made by DWC. Women going through the training program work at the café and in the gift shop, while relearning how to interact in the work place, run a register and develop interview skills. The Resale Boutique, 325 S. Los Angeles St., also has gift items from Made by DWC that have been upcycled from donated materials and remade into journals, soy candles, ornaments and totes. Women in the center going through enrichment training who have created the items earn a portion of the proceeds from the



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Celebrate the season at the seventh annual Big Sunday Holiday Party and Sing-along Sun., Dec. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the local charity’s office, 6111 Melrose Ave. A live band will perform holiday favorites and refreshments will be served. Bring toys, food for hungry families and winter coats. Special guests in years past have included low-income seniors, women and children from a domestic violence shelter, vets and others who could use a little TLC at the holidays, said Big Sunday executive director David Levinson, Hancock Park. A sing-along with seniors for Hanukkah is Wed., Dec. 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This mix and mingle is for people of all faiths, or none, who would like to join Big Sunday in hosting the event in Beverly Hills on the fifth night of Hanukkah.

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(Continued from page 13) go to • • • Olympic Police Division’s Operation Shoes from Santa is asking for shoe donations for needy children. With help from local movie and TV studios, Olympic Division, 1130 S. Vermont Ave., will be turned into a winter wonderland with a visit from Santa. The event takes place Thurs., Dec. 15. The deadline to donate shoes is Mon., Dec. 5. The booster association club of Olympic Division also accepts donations through PayPal. Call Eric Mollinedo at 213793-0785 or email 31754@ • • • Alexandria House, 426 S. Alexandria Ave., is having a Christmas party for their families, with a visit from Santa Claus, and would love unwrapped gifts of toys appropriate for toddlers to 18-yearolds. Gift cards from $5 and up are also gratefully accepted. Deadline to donate for the holiday party is Mon., Dec. 12. Contact Michele Richards at 213-381-2649 or email • • • St. Anne’s, 155 N. Occidental Ave., is having a party for residents and their families Mon., Dec. 14. They need new, unwrapped toys for infants to 8-year-olds. Or donate books, games, gift cards and school supplies for girls ages 8 to 14. The deadline for donations is Mon., Dec. 7. Year round, the center accepts donations of gently used baby supplies. Or consider donating to or shopping at St. Anne’s Thrift & Gift Shop, 3315 W. Burbank Blvd. Call 213-381-2931 or go to • • • Koreatown Youth and Community Center, 3727 W. 6th St., Ste. 300, needs donors and volunteers for its Holiday Carnival Sat., Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Leo Politi Elementary, 2481 W 11th St. Kids from infants to 10 years old will get a free gift. There are free games and even photos with Santa. KYCC also needs volunteers

throughout the year to help with neighborhood projects. Call 213-365-7400 or go to • • • The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels Adopt-a-Family Program, 555 W Temple St., needs help with sorting, wrapping, and delivering to the families they serve. Saturdays Dec. 3 and 10, 9 a.m. to


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NEW ROOF (Continued from page 1) controller and manager at Supreme Roofing and a member of NWiR. National Women in Roofing is a volunteer organization that provides networking, recruiting, mentoring and education for women roofing professionals. The Southern California chapter of NWiR was searching for a local battered women’s shelter to which they could donate their services. Clifford, a Hancock Park native, suggested the Alexandria House project to Doug Ratliff, owner of Supreme Roofing, and he jumped on board. Together with Steve Gardner’s L.A. Roofing Materials, the two companies joined forces on Nov. 2 to provide roof repair and free labor, worth $7,000, to the aging rooftops of Alexandria House. They also re-roofed a playhouse on the property to give the residence’s children a safe and dry place to play.

“It’s important to stay connected with the community,” says Steve Gardner of the project. Located on Alexandria Avenue near Fourth St., 200 families have moved through Alexandria House’s early 20thcentury homes for the past 20 years as they transition from homelessness and abuse to jobs, education and a future. Alexandria House does not receive federal funding, so it sustains itself through partnerships and community support. Maria Alcala, NWiR member and customer service and sales manager for L.A. Roofing Materials, was more than happy to help the battered women’s community. It is a station in life she knows all too well. “I was abused by my husband and had to take my children and leave. I didn’t know about places like this, so I had to do it on my own,” said Alcala. “For me, it’s very personal. I didn’t know where to go, where to turn and I didn’t

know how to find a place like this. Some of us have been left behind and we’ve made it. We want to give back.” The repair team consisted of Doug Ratliff, Steve Gardner, NWiR members Michelle Betancourt, Christi Bravo, Maria Alcala, Linda Foster, Carissa Santos, Careylyn Clifford, Camilla Adams and a repair crew, all donating their time and energy to the project. “People feel a connection with this house,” says Judy Vaughan, executive director and founder of Alexandria House. “This place is very important because so many of the women who stay here are disconnected from their families. This home is like a second family for them.” The team of workers spent the day repairing and replacing dilapidated roof shingles, leaky corners and shabby, worn-out roofing materials on both the house and the garage. Inside the house, they installed a new solar fan to make the third floor

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VOLUNTEERS from area chapter of National Women In Roofing stand in front of Alexandria House before their work begins. Left to right: Michelle Betancourt, Christi Bravo, Maria Alcala, Linda Foster, Carissa Santos, Careylyn Clifford and Camilla Adams.

cooler. The children’s playhouse was also on the docket. Upon closer examination, the workers realized that the playhouse had originally been covered in wood shingles, so they replaced the damaged asphalt-shingled roof with a new wood shingle that harkens back to the origi-

nal. While working, the team noticed that the wooden subfloor of the playhouse suffered from major termite damage, so they repaired and replaced that as well. In addition to the roof repairs, the women of NWiR provided a hot barbeque lunch for the volunteers and residents and filled the home with donated items such as toilet paper, baby wipes, dish soap, laundry soap, and other much-needed supplies. The mood was jovial and everyone was delighted to pitch in on such an important project. “The bottom line is that we are creating a community here,” says Vaughan. Happily, it will be a community that is warm and dry this winter.

Local performers set to take bows in ‘Nutcracker’ The young Clara, a handsome prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy return to leap, twirl and take their bows in Marat Daukayev School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Several local students will perform roles in the favorite fairy tale Christmas story. Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, the two-act ballet will feature eight performances. They are Saturdays Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sundays Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles. Marat’s troupe of 136 boys and girls will be joined by Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz of the San Francisco Ballet in a final gala event. Students, ages 6 to 19, attend the Miracle Mile-based school, located at the Dance Arts Academy on S. La Brea. “The Nutcracker features a different cast for each performance to give the maximum opportunities for all those capable of the demanding roles,” said Pamela Daukayev, who co-founded the school with (Please turn to page 29)

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election season was, “I have never voted for a tax increase before, but this makes sense.” There was no divisiveness in this vote, just clear conviction and compassion.   With all of us contributing just a small amount in property taxes, Prop. HHH will generate $1.2 billion that will fund the development of roughly 10,000 units of lowincome affordable housing with services for men, women, families and youth.  Some 80 percent of what is built will be Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless individuals and 20 percent will be for lowincome residents.  The City Administrative Officer (CAO) will administer the program, with oversight, to help complete about 300 units of housing in 2017, and then ramp up to about 1,000 units a year.     What else needs to be done? We all want people to thrive. This requires supportive services, personal relationships, and non-profit and private resources. In other words, it requires everyone. Government can’t do this alone! Prop. HHH only funds the buildings themselves. We will still need to find resources for supportive services that are critical to keep people in housing, like mental health, general wellness and aid with basic life skills. Fortunately, our County Supervisors are on it and we may be able to solve this piece of the puzzle on our March ballot.   Beyond supportive services, the magical piece that helps these new tenants thrive is relationships with caring volunteers. Volunteers that mentor them and let them know they’re loved; that provide Thanksgiving dinner; that cheer them on in creating a new habit; or help with a resume or getting ready for an interview or navigating the school or legal system or just in having fun.  Plus, volunteers and their networks and nonprofits provide access to jobs, new opportunities, tutors, and critical day-to-day resources.   Take Sarah and her newborn son.  After aging out of the foster care system, Sarah found herself homeless and a mom at the Harvest Home shelter for homeless mothers until Beyond Shelter/PATH helped them find housing.  Our volunteer mentors with Imagine LA assisted the family with a range of needs, including budgeting, Sarah’s job search, and finding childcare and medical care.  Sarah and Kayden bonded with the volunteers over meals and visits to parks. They huddled together to call childcare facilities, review Covered California healthcare plans, revise Sarah’s resume, and

discuss job postings. She and her son attended many fun Big  Sunday events, and she had a temporary job at Good Shepherd. Both delighted in new clothes from the NGA of Hancock Park. Week by week, Sarah and Kayden’s skills and confidence grew. Today, Sarah has a fulltime job and a car, and she and Kayden are thriving.  Sarah’s success is due to her hard work and dedication. She readily credits her mentors and the whole community that invested in her and supported her aspirations. Putting it all together At Imagine LA, we have witnessed that trusting relationships and critical resources are key footholds to scaling barriers that confine people to poverty. When people transition out of public supported housing, they free up resources and housing for homeless

people to move in. This way, many of those original 10,000 units we’re creating through Prop HHH can be used overand-over again to truly end homeless in Los Angeles. Exciting, right?   Happily, there are many fabulous nonprofits in the Larchmont area that work with volunteers to provide the critical relationships and resources to our fellow Angelenos. Big  Sunday, NGA-Hancock Park, Baby-to-Baby, Alexandria House, HopeNet, and Imagine LA are just a few. The voters of Los Angeles have shown they are serious about ending homelessness. Now we need you — it is time for all hands on deck! Jill Govan Bauman, Windsor Village, is the president and CEO of Imagine LA, and Teddy Kapur is a lawyer and Imagine LA board member.

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(Continued from page 1) time with family and friends,” he said. Considered the most ambitious transit expansion in Los Angeles County history, Measure M will raise the county sales tax by a half-penny to generate $120 billion over four decades to modernize and build a comprehensive transportation network. According to the Mayor, there’s something for everybody: “We have lines that we’re going to build for our buses and trains, and we have billions of dollars to spend in your area to fix streets, create jobs and make those traffic headaches go away.” On the topic of local area improvements, the Chronicle asked the Mayor if Measure M would help the sidewalks on Larchmont Blvd. “Yes,” replied Garcetti. “The local return dollars, which are the dollars every city gets — about 20 percent of the dollars

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Covenant House hosts ‘Sleep Out’ to aid homeless youth By Billy Taylor Residents traded the comforts of home for a cold Hollywood parking lot Nov. 15 to find out what it’s like to be homeless in Los Angeles. Participating in a “Sleep Out” hosted by Covenant House California (CHC), located at 1325 N. Western Ave., more than 86 volunteers spent the night in the charity’s parking lot to raise awareness and money to provide services for homeless youth. “It was an amazing experience,” said CHC organizer

Mike Stommel. “We raised $333,000 in one night, and 100 percent of the funds go directly to CHC and not to overhead costs usually associated with fundraising events.” Leading up to the “Sleep Out,” each participant was assigned a fundraising website and was asked to seek sponsorship in the form of donations from family and friends. One of those volunteers was Hancock Park resident Beth Corets, who raised $9,335, sleeping out with her daughter, Marlborough School stu-

dent Sydney Gough. “We raised more money than ever before,” says Corets, who has slept out three times. An advisory board member of CHC, Corets says the event is a unique opportunity for people to experience what Covenant House does on a daily basis. “A lot of kids on the streets are runaways or come from foster situations. In many cases they are LGBT and were rejected by their families, or they had difficult home lives and romanticized Hollywood and thought they could make it

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ly approaches, I am reminded of the qualities that bind our communities and families together: respect, compassion, and kindness. This season, we must come together to honor these values and to celebrate our diversity. I am especially grateful for the opportunities afforded to all people in the City of Los Angeles, no matter who you are, what you look like, or even who you love.

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Echo Horizon head of school ful for the strategic vision Martha Schuur will retire at and foundation that Martha the end of the 2016-17 school has set for future years to year, and Peggy Procter will come,” said Maggie Raiken, marketing and develfill the position. opment manager at Schuur was named Echo Horizon. head of school in 2013 Schuur’s replacement, after serving as assisPeggy Procter, begins tant head beginning her new post July 1. in 2009. During her She has worked at tenure, she renewed Windward School for the K-6th grade CulMARTHA the past seven years, ver City-based school’s SCHUUR serving on the Senior accreditation, laid the Administrative Team, foundation of a strateand as a member of gic plan and worked to the Strategic Planbuild the Inquiry and ning Committee and Innovation program, the Major Gifts Comwhich is now one of mittee, among other the signature proroles. Prior to joining grams at Echo HoriWindward, the Playa zon. PEGGY “We applaud Mar- PROCTER Vista resident served as Upper School Dean tha for her dedication to the students, faculty of Students at La Jolla Counand parents of Echo Horizon try Day School, and Dean of School, and we are grate- the junior and senior class-

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The temperature begins to drop and so do presents down our chimney. At St. Brendan School, we are lucky. Our 8th graders are preparing for high school entrance exams, our classes are progressing through the second quarter

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in our community. Our younger grades focus their efforts on our annual Toy Drive. Along with Christmas comes our Christmas Program where we pair up our classes and sing Christmas carols for our family and friends. Before we can get to Christmas break we have our annual Christmas Boutique where vendors sell a variety of gifts and treats.

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At Pacific Hills School, there are many opportunities for students to be involved in what we call “PAC Life.” “PAC Life” includes all categories of student life, such as athletics, clubs, academics, and other school experiences like community service and field trips. Ever since I attended Pacific Hills School in the 8th grade, I have participated in a number of activities here. Currently, I am the Associate Student Body (ASB) treasurer and co-captain of the high school varsity basketball team. One thing that generally happens when students first come to school, they are encouraged to take part in activities they have never thought of participating in, or continue to strive in what they already do. Along with clubs, sports, and academics, many events happen inside of school. The ASB works to host multiple events and fundraisers for students to be involved in and have fun outside of regular school hours. For instance, twice a semester, we have a school-wide movie night where students from every grade (6-12) come to watch a selected movie. These types of events bring out the “family-like atmosphere” where everyone can enjoy a common interest.

The holidays started early this year at Immaculate Heart. During the month of November, students participated in the “Blythe Street Project: Casa Esperanza” food drive. Each homeroom section brought in monetary donations and Thanksgiving food essentials for families served by the Casa Esperanza Center in Panorama City. In early November it seemed that Halloween wasn’t over just yet. From Nov. 10 to 14, the Genesians performed “The Addams Family.” Congratulations to the cast and crew for putting on a great show! Our admissions department also recently hosted Academic Playday. Eighth graders from all over Los Angeles enjoyed a day full of activities and got to know the campus. Over 30 high school student volunteers assisted at the event, giving tours, participating in workshops, and mingling with our guests. All students are eagerly anticipating the coming holiday events. The Christmas concert will take place Dec. 15, complete with singing and holiday treats. The annual Winter Formal is scheduled for Dec. 15 at the Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles.


the opening of our new Center For Community and the Arts. The main stage will be dedicated with our fall performance of the Addams Family musical. We held our annual Harvest Festival on the 18th. A fun fact about our Harvest Festival is that we had French food, such as crepes and croissants, because the students didn’t want to have more Thanksgiving-style foods. I am also looking forward to the Preseason Robotics workshop on the 18th and will be excited to share more about it.

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By Jasper Gough 7th Grade It is another exciting month at Buckley School. Last month, we celebrated Veterans Day and reflected on the meaning of the holiday. As a community, we honored all the people who fought to protect our country with an assembly to celebrate our veterans. This month we are excited for

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Dominican Republic. Nick’s parents, Jay and Mary Fagnano, have now made it their mission to build on their

BABY CLOTHES donated by St. Brendan School, and delivered by Mary Fagnano (far right), are sorted by girls in the Dominican Republic.

Thrive in Joy holds 11 days of giving for Nick Fagnano By Billy Taylor The Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation held a “Day of Giving” last month to honor its namesake, the former Country Club Park resident tragically killed by lightning on Venice Beach in 2014. The second annual event didn’t limit the giving to just one day. In fact, each year the foundation recognizes 11 days of giving for the first 11 days of November in Nick’s honor, according to the foundation’s secretary Kris Williams. The number 11 is significant because whenever Nick saw the time 11:11 on his phone, he would make a wish. By midday on Nov. 11, Wil-

liams told the Chronicle that the foundation had received 113 individual donations, surpassing their goal of 111, amounting to more than $4,000. Funds raised go to support underserved schools in the Dominican Republic, a country that Nick was passionate about helping. As a student at St. Brendan’s School in St. Andrews Square, Nick once read about children in that country who loved baseball but couldn’t afford the sports equipment needed to play the game. What’s a kid to do? Nick organized his friends and collected used baseball equipment and sent it to the


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Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due Jan. 1. New students are being admitted for 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th grades. GALA continues to be in the news and most recently was featured in an article titled “A New Generation of an All Girls

School” in The Atlantic, a national and international news magazine. Ms. Purpura’s 9th grade  math lab class has partnered with the Khan Academy. GALA’s two math teachers take turns teaching both classes so that students experience different teaching styles. All 9th graders went to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for a field trip. The students toured the control room, a Mars Rover Prototype and the  Rocket Construction Room. The girls and teachers were in awe. They have an upcoming trip to Los Angeles Trade Technical College. GALA hosted 500 people for the first open house tour; it was a huge success.


By Christopher Woods 7th Grade Hey Everybody! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, we had a lot to be thankful for! middle In School and high school we have been talking in our advisory groups about problems students our age are experiencing, and we have been participating in community service. All of the advisory groups collected items to donate to Alexandria House, and the families they help support, so they could have a bountiful

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Thanksgiving feast. It is that time again, where books are piling up everywhere, like in my Mom and Dad’s living room. It’s the Book Fair at Pilgrim. Ms. Koneff, our librarian, is up to her usual disguises, and my sister finds them hilarious. In other news, the Pilgrim Middle School flag football team are the VCAL (Valley Christian Athletic League) Division 2 Champions! It was a season of hard work and dedication that paid off. Big thanks to the terrific middle school cheer squad for all of their support. Sadly, the middle school girls volleyball team was eliminated in the playoffs. They played great throughout the season, and have a lot to be proud of! Remember, GO PATRIOTS!

By Natalie Bernstein 5th Grade Third Street Elementary School did a cutdown production of “Hamlet” which was written by William Shakespeare. This show was directed by Mr. Pratt who really allowed us to understand all about the play. All of the cast of this production is in the fifth grade. The four performances of the play were Nov. 15, 16, and 17. “Hamlet” really helped us learn how to act, and it helped us fifth graders learn all sorts of new words. “Hamlet” was pretty complicated to understand for ten year olds. It takes place in Denmark and it is about a man named Hamlet who has troubles deciding whether he should live or die. In addition, the play has another conflict with King Claudius who is trying to kill his stepson (Hamlet). The most famous words of the play and maybe of all of Shakespeare’s plays are, “To be or not to be, that is the question.”

Marlborough By Sydney Gough 11th Grade

Fall has come and (almost) gone so quickly, and the school year feels as though it’s flying by! Marlborough students were ecstatic for the dance concert titled: “The Pleasant Disorder of Things” Nov. 17 and 18. Students got a short preview at All School Meeting, and were amazed to see such an impressive variety of styles. From contemporary to hiphop to Bollywood dances, both the student and faculty choreographers really outdid themselves this year. The girls’ varsity volleyball team is having an incredible season this fall! They went to CIF State Playoffs in La Jolla Nov. 16 to compete with other teams from around California. The varsity team is comprised of primarily juniors and seniors, and despite hectic school schedules, they have been extremely focused and motivated! We are extremely proud of sophomore Sylvia G. for acquiring patent rights for her new water filtration system! Sylvia’s modern and sustainable invention utilizes solar power to kill bacteria.


By Rami Fink 8th Grade Yavneh’s Bat-Ami, two young ladies from Israel who are now living in America and working in our school for a year to bring us a taste of our homeland, last month presented a special program in the cafeteria. Plia (pronounced Plee-ah) and Noah spent all weekend decorating the lunchroom to look like the famous Israeli bakery, Ma-afe Ne-eman. In addition, they prepared delicious hot cocoa for the entire school. Finally, they had a slideshow with moral dilemmas that they, and the spiritual advisor, Rabbi Dovi Block, discussed and analyzed with the students.

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I have been attending Hollywood Schoolhouse since I was in preschool. As I am now a sixth grader, my classmates and I will be preparing for graduation in seven months. We will have completed many projects by the end of the school year, but most recently, the sixth grade class just finished one in celebration of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos for our Spanish class. Personally, I like these kinds of projects because it is another way for us to show what we have been learning about. Before we began our reports, we were all given a topic to focus on. One option we could explore was the traditional foods eaten on Dia de los Muertos. My assignment included the Aztec and Spanish contributions to the holiday. After we were finished writing our reports, we began to create a presentation that we would show to the whole class. Many people created posters and other visuals to share in front of the class, but I, myself, made a movie. The process was fun and educational, and as this was a big part of our grade, we all put lots of work into it!

This is my first time writing for the Larchmont Chronicle and I am thrilled. Last year, our principal Reveta Bowers retired. She worked at The Center for over 43 years and I thought she was incredible. Mark Brooks from Pilgrim School has now become The Center’s new Head of School. We are very excited to have him and he is doing a great job so far. He is very funny and kind. He also puts bins of apples around our school so if you are hungry you can take one. There are more new beginnings at CEE. The construction for our school finally started Oct. 11 when we broke ground. We had a ceremony with the entire school and numerous people gave speeches including Mark Brooks and Reveta Bowers. There is going to be a larger parking garage, gymnasium, new building from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, and a turf field. The construction is going to be done in several years and it is going to look amazing. In November, we were thankful for all the hard work every single person in our community had put into our school.

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By Benny Schwartz, 4th Grade, Delilah Rudnick and Julia Vaughan, 3rd Grade There has been a lot of really cool stuff happening at Brawerman this month, from classes, to community service, to our very own election. Innovations is a lot of students’ favorite class because we learn how to program and code. This month, we are working with programming tools called

littleBits that are like electronic Lego blocks. We used the littleBits to make tiny houses with working systems like electricity and fans. We also do a lot of community service. This month Grade 3 made care packages for people without homes. The packages included useful things like toiletries and granola bars, but we also wrote notes and drew pictures to let the people know we care about them and hope they feel better.

On Election Day, our teachers let us vote for a theme for a fun dress-up day. Each grade picked a theme they liked and gave speeches at an assembly saying why they thought their theme was the best and “Pajama Day” won!

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By Avery Gough 5th Grade This month has been a very fun and exciting for the 5th grade and everyone else. The 5th grade is doing interesting presentations about habitats. First, we each have to research a habitat, write an essay about it in our Writing Workshop and then present it to the class.

We had a school-wide Thanksgiving drive and collected canned food. We had a goal of 500 cans, and if we can get more it is always better. It went to families in need and helped people have the Thanksgiving that they wanted. We reached

our goal and then we celebrated with a free dress day. Then we had three days off plus the weekend to relax and celebrate Thanksgiving with our families before coming back for more hard work. Lastly, the girls and boys of the upper elementary finished the sports season. We had an amazing season and we will be recognizing all of it on Father-Daughter night.

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October was a spooky month at Turning Point School. The Level 8 and Level 7 students created a Halloween Carnival for the elementary school. They built and designed themed games — like a ghost house and ghoul golf — that everyone in the school would enjoy. On the morning of Halloween, the whole school gathered in costumes to play the games. Meanwhile the Level 5 students held a monster election. They split into groups and came up with monsters like Trillary and Slimezilla. They drew pictures of their monsters and put posters up around the school. They gave speeches promising what they would do as Monster President. In the end, all students in the school voted on which monster they liked best. Slimezilla won. As Level 5 teacher Ms. Jamie Wagner explained it, “Most agreed he won because his speech was very clear and he spoke about what he would do to make life better for monsters. He also didn’t try to promise too much."

The Willows is a school that really values community service. During my ten years here, I have learned a lot about being charitable and have experienced the joy of giving to, and helping others. The holiday season is usually a time when The Willows is very conscious about giving back to the larger community. Last month, we had a book drive for Milk and Bookies. Students were given the opportunity to give away gently used books to other kids who needed them. Our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students promoted the drive at school by posting handmade fliers around the campus. Along with advertising the event, they also helped to count and organize the books. We collected over 4,000 gently used books and delivered them to Compton Avenue Elementary. In addition, we will have a three-week toy drive. Willows students will fulfill a wish list of toys requested by children in foster care. It is good to be a part of helping other communities.

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from all departments the opportunity to showcase their hard work throughout the semester. As students start wrapping presents for the holidays, seniors also wrap up their college applications! Some deadlines have already passed, and others are fast-approaching. Seniors interested in arts programs also continue preparing their audition repertoire and pieces.  The Theatre Department hosts a holiday party, and cinematic arts students get their topics for original films as part of LACHSA’s annual Fortune Cookie Film Festival. Students take academic and arts finals towards the end of the month, leading up to our muchneeded winter break.

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children’s community school By Claire Lesher 4th Grade

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D e c e m b e r, the month of warmth and joy, brings one of the most awaited seasons of the year. And there’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than spending it with the people who are dear to us. Page Academy will have a Holiday show “Winter Wonderband” Dec. 16. The fun show is full of singing, acting, and dancing by all the classes! Our class parties will be Dec. 23 at noon, and of course the holidays would never be complete without winter vacation! Vacation is scheduled from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9, for the elementary school and day care only for pre-school and junior kinder from Dec. 28-30 and Jan. 4-6. Classes will then resume in the new year, Jan. 9, 2017. Happy Holidays!!!


(Continued from page 18) her husband Marat Daukayev, both of Windsor Square. Students featured in this year’s performances are: Cate Greenman, Windsor Square, playing Masha; Isabelle Murr, Hancock Park, will play the Snow Queen; Emma Daukayev, Windsor Square, will play the Snow Queen, Arabian dancer and Dew Drop; Sorcha Whitley, Brookside, will play the Snow Queen. Also featured are Cliff and Skye Connors, Carthay Circle, playing Masha and Fritz; Isabella Seo, Koreatown, and Isabella Franco, Mid-Wilshire, both performing the Sugar Plum Fairy. “This year’s leading dancers will likely follow in the footsteps of other recent MDSB students who have gone on to prestigious professional schools and universities around the world,” said Pamela. Among the schools are the Bolshoi Academy Moscow, Berlin Ballet Academy, Royal Ballet, London, Princess Grace Academy, Monaco and at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The inspiration behind the troupe, Marat, was a soloist with the Kirov Ballet before he opened the school in 2001.

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Some adults don’t like using electronics but the educators at John Burroughs Middle School see how using the iPad has multiple benefits. As a result of the iPad implementation, pupils and educators can easily interact with each other on class assignments and grades. Teachers are more organized with the work they give, probably because stacks of papers won’t pile up on their desks. And on behalf of the students, I can say backpacks are lighter than they will ever be. Students are even allowed to access the Internet browser for educational purposes. This was all able to happen, especially with the help of the apps on the technology. ConnectedED is an app that carries eBooks, an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read with the iPad. Then there is Schoology, the learning management system that is used for teachers and students to communicate. The app also allows users to create, manage and share content. The school year will be better than ever with the iPads by our side!

Hi, my name is Claire Lesher, and I am in the 4th grade. I attend Children’s Community School, C.C.S. for short. Each November, we hold a health fair, and it was our 20th Annual Health Fair and Family Festival for our local community. We gave 180 free eye exams, over 100 flu shots, and health screenings. Every class ran a booth; our class had an exercise booth. We did jumping jacks, squats, and pushups. We shared how exercising is a healthy way to live. The first and second grades made fresh smoothies for everyone! This month our class went on two field trips. One to the Discovery Cube and the other to the California Science Center. Stay tuned next month!

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tives that others have had that prevent mansionization but leave property rights intact,” Schoenfeldt said.

These “alternatives” include the city’s redrafting of a Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BM0), and new R-1 Variation Zones. Another resident, Henry van Moyland, a U.K. native who

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has restored historic buildings across the pond, says the HPOZ’s Preservation Plan is too prohibitive and would limit owners from receiving the full financial benefit of their real estate. Not so, says Ken Bernstein, manager, Office of Historic Resources, which governs the city’s HPOZs. “The HPOZ’s Preservation Plan provides flexible guidelines to allow for changes and additions that meet the goals of individual property owners, while still protecting the historic character of the neighborhood. “Across the city, our 30 existing HPOZs have typically experienced positive impacts on property values, as many potential homebuyers seek the unique historic authenticity and stable neighborhood character found in a historic district.” The alternatives suggested — the BMO and R-1 Variation Zones — address massing and scale of new construction. In contrast, HPOZs protect the neighborhood’s cohesive character, Bernstein added. Obtuse language According to the MMRA November newsletter, the opponents’ “campaign has played fast and loose with the facts, but their one accurate and salient attack was aimed at the somewhat obtuse language in the draft Preservation Plan, which serves as the design guidelines for the HPOZ. “The devil is always in the details, and both sides agreed

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that the language in the Preservation Plan, as written, was too ambiguous and could be interpreted to be more restrictive than desired,” says the newsletter. To address these concerns, Bernstein and his staff are busy reworking the 78-page Preservation Plan and addressing a dozen issues agreed to by opponents and proponents alike. They include no regulation of paint colors, grandfathering property exteriors, allowing for sensitive second-story additions and modern design in some cases, and guidelines that only will apply to what is visible from the street. “I am confident we will achieve a balanced plan for the area. We are all neighbors and want to protect the charm of the area. The ICO (interim control ordinance) expires in March. Without a plan in place, the Miracle Mile will be naked and vulnerable to these developers,” said Zecca. History Why an HPOZ? Most single-family residences and apartment buildings in the Miracle Mile were built in Period Revival styles of architecture, including Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Mediterranean, French and American Colonial, according to the city Historic Resources website. “Historically, the area was well-planned with commercial on Wilshire, and, below, multifamily and single-family homes

to provide housing for an array of people and incomes. “It was very forward thinking at the time,” added Zecca, “because it laid out a mix of housing for people who can rent an apartment or buy a house… It’s a neighborhood where the average worker or executive can live. Its first immigrants were Jewish immigrants. Los Angeles had restrictive laws, which did not allow them and other minorities to live in many places. Miracle Mile did not.” Visit

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(Continued from page 6) control ordinances) expire in March 2017,” said Bob Eisele, vice president of La-Brea Hancock. The new zoning would allow homes to be built up to 43 percent of the total lot size. In addition, a second story and a detached garage could be built in the rear of the property, under the proposal, according to Barbara Savage, president, LaBrea Hancock. The ICOs were enacted to protect neighborhoods from teardowns and mansionization while city officials work on revising zoning laws. The R1 Variation Zones offer a broader and more detailed range of options to suit the diverse needs of different neighborhoods, said principal city planner Tom Rothmann. 

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