Los Feliz Ledger Vol 5. No. 6
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SLNC Gives Up Pricey Digs By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—In response to a citywide 10 percent cut to neighborhood council budgets, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council governing board last month vacated the Rowena Avenue office space it has paid $16,000 annually to rent since 2004. As a result, most of the neighborhood council’s business will now be conducted in Most of the neighborhood council’s business will now be conducted in the Citibank community room on Glendale Blvd., which is available free of charge.
the Citibank community room on Glendale Boulevard, which is available free of charge. “I work in the real estate business, and I know there are a lot of spaces available basically for free,” said board member Clint Lukens who introduced the motion to move. “As a resident, when I looked at the amount of money we were paying for this lease, I wondered why 40 percent of our budget should go towards something that’s not going into the community. It didn’t make sense to keep paying rent.” The city’s Department of see SLNC page 10
Patience Produces Two New SLNC Boardmembers By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council gained two new governing board members at last month’s meeting. Adam Marvel will represent Region 2, while Michael Masterson will represent Region 7. Both Masterson and Marvel ran unopposed in their respective bids to fill the two vacancies. Masterson, a consultant, has lived in Silver Lake for 21 years, and for the last three years has worked on the Silver Lake see SLNC BOARD page 8
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friendliness and fear,” said Kenneth Owen, Chair of the PZHP committee, adding that they “don’t do anything useful.” The GGPNC was not in agreement about the decision to recommend a denial, however, with some members expressing concerns that the final verdict was overly harsh. “The GGPNC’s decision essentially recommends she either rebuilds or relocates,” said Mark Mauceri, GGPNC board member, in an e-mail.
ATWATER VILLAGE—After a near cancellation due to a lack of funds and volunteer support, the Atwater Village annual tree lighting ceremony and the holiday decoration of Glendale Boulevard will proceed this year as planned. Both the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) and the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce were able to secure enough volunteers to decorate Atwater’s main commercial thoroughfare and continue the tree lighting event, which began 18 years ago by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s wife, Brigid. In previous years, former Chairman for the (AVNC) Mark Newman-Kuzel was able to secure up to $8,000 dollars in donations from friends and local merchants for the tree lighting festivities. Due to his resignation 3 months ago, funds for the ceremony were considerably less this year. Dana Schwartz, OpenAir Productions, will donate her time to plan the event. “I wanted to create an open
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Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge presented the new Silver Lake Public Library with copies of several of his favorite books as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti and Senior Librarian Melissa Potter, look on. The new library, at Glendale and Silver Lake boulevards was finished on time and under budget and is the first LAPL branch to use an automated book check-in system.
City Cuts Squeeze NC Elections By Ian Lovett Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Silver Lake Neighborhood Council board elections will be Sat., March 20, 2010 at the Silver Lake Recreation Center, according to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next year’s neighborhood council elections—scattered from March until June next year—will, for the first time, see ELECTIONS page 18
Actress Seeks Exemption From Property Wall Limitations By Jessica Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Actress Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), a recent transplant to Los Feliz, has requested permission to maintain walls and hedges in front of her property that are not in compliance with height restrictions for homes in the neighborhood. The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council’s (GGPNC) Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation (PZHP) committee has recommended the city deny her request. “Walls give a feeling of un-
BID Responds To Election Criticism By Jessica Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—In the midst of ongoing discussions regarding how to best deliver ballots to fee-paying members, the Los Feliz Village BID (LFVBID) board finalized a list of candidates for its upcoming board member election, and ballots were mailed Nov. 16th. The election will determine who takes empty seats on the LFVBID board. On the ballot to date are Tony Fanara, Laura Springer, Chris Serrano, Ermanno Neiviller, Teddy Chambers, Dana Premer and Nina Fayad. According to Dora Herrera, owner of Yuca’s and member of the LFVBID election committee, the LFVBID has a flexible number of members that it
must maintain. Depending on how many candidates are on the final ballot, the board may seat between five and seven new people. Recently, the LFVBID has been accused of a lack of transparency and inadequate effort to keep the 250-plus fee-paying members—all local businesses—abreast of their activities, including elections. To ensure that all members were aware of the upcoming election and had the opportunity to run should they choose to do so, the LFVBID board made several public announcements about the election. With a candidate deadline of Nov. 13th, it was first ansee BID ELECTION page 4
OUR HISTORY IN PHOTOS: The Los Feliz Improvement Association’s annual Photo Day—to collect old community photos—will be held Dec. 5th at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave., from 2-5 p.m. Pictured here: Ambrose Terrace kids pose for a neighborhood photo circa 1950. Donated to the LFIA by Andrew Quarress.
Los Feliz Ledger [letter from the publisher] This month, we introduce Tara de Lis as our new Wine and Spirits columnist. Tara fills the very large shoes of Chris Rubin, who wrote this column until his death last year. Already, in this first submission, Tara introduces a new idea by way of wine and spirits for this holiday season, beer. Check it out on page 19.
After Chris’s death, the wine and spirits column was covered, in the interim, by my friend: Silver Lake resident Paul Hickey. Paul recently told me he over dinner that he and his wife Mary have ripped out their lawn and replaced it with an environmentally friendly turf. “That’s a good story,” I said to Paul. And the next morning there it was in my inbox and it is now on page 27 for you to read.
That’s what I love about being a journalist. There is always a good story just around the corner. Please e-mail me with your story ideas. We love hearing from our readers. Next month, we will have our annual year in review of stories and forecast reports from the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District, the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and Real Estate. Until then, happy holidays!
Happy New Year Happenings Edited by Oliver Gettell, Ledger Calendar Writer
Giant Hotel This year Giant celebrates New Year’s at the iconic Westin Bonaventure Hotel. The gleaming glass towers, impressive indoor ballrooms and central atrium will provide a unique backdrop for sets by electronic-music duo the Crystal Method, trance group Above and Beyond, DJ Kaskade, and more. Guests who book a two-night stay (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) will receive complimentary access to Giant’s DeCompression New Year’s Day event at the hotel’s Lakeside Lobby Bar and Lounge. General admission tickets are $65, VIP tickets $165 (hotel rooms booked separately). The event is 21 and over. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Thurs., Dec. 31st, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., and Fri., Jan. 1st, 9 p.m. 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Information: (323) 464-7373; www. gianthotel.com New Year’s Eve at the Kress This multilevel art-deco-styled restaurant and club will feature DJs, dancing, a balloon drop, party favors, an open bar and a midnight Champagne toast. Special guest performers are to be announced. VIP tickets will provide access to
the dramatic rooftop lounge with panoramic views of Los Angeles. General admission tickets are $125 ($95 before Sat., Dec. 5th), VIP tickets $200 ($140 before Dec. 5th). The event is 21 and over. The Kress, Thurs., Dec. 31st, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 6608 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Information: (323) 785-5000; www. thekress.net New Year’s Eve Dinner and Gala at the Biltmore The Biltmore’s elegant New Year’s celebration offers two dinner options—a four-course menu at the Rendezvous Court ($99) or a buffet of Asian small plates at Sai Sai ($89)—and a gala at the historic Crystal Ballroom. The gala will feature a DJ and live band, plus a midnight Champagne toast with a shower of balloons from the ceiling. Dinner includes tickets to the gala; standalone gala tickets are $50. The event is 21 and over. Formal attire. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Thurs., Dec., 31st, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Information: (213) 612-1523; www. millenniumhotels.com New Year’s Eve With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swing in the new year with local
hepcats Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The seven-man group plays a mix of jazz, swing, Dixieland and bigband music, and earlier this year released the album How Big Can You Get?, a tribute to Cab Calloway. The band will perform two shows on New Year’s Eve. Tickets range from $60 to $175. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Thurs., Dec. 31st, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Information: (323) 850-2000; www. laphil.com
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Rose Parade 2010 The 121st annual Rose Parade will again delight audiences of all ages with marching bands from across the nation, high-stepping equestrian groups and the parade’s famous flower-covered floats. Curbside camping along the parade route will be allowed starting Thurs., Dec. 31st, at noon. Related Tournament of Roses events include Equestfest (Tues., Dec. 29th), Bandfest (Tues., Dec. 29th and Wed., Dec. 30th) and the Rose Bowl Game (Fri., Jan. 1st). Fri., Jan. 1st, 8 a.m. Along Orange Grove Blvd., Colorado Blvd. and Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. Information: (626) 449-4100; www. tournamentofroses.com
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What Are You Doing for New Year’s? By Jennifer Haning Ledger Contributing Writer “I am going to celebrate British style. I’ll be in London for the holiday season this year.” – Kate Landry, Finley Avenue, Los Feliz
“I am going to be at the Vanguard in Hollywood. I went there last year with some friends and it was awesome. The music was great, the drinks were great – and I expect nothing less for New Year’s Eve 2010.” – Jesse Valdez, Rowena Avenue, Atwater Village
“I am traveling back home to Missouri for Christmas and will probably just meet up with old friends. As long as I’m in good company I really don’t care where I spend the New Year.” – Liz Richardson, Normandie Ave, Los Feliz
“I think I’ll be attending a New Year’s Eve bash in downtown L.A. My girlfriends and I will probably party all night long and celebrate the passing of a terrific year with the hopes of making 2010 even better!” – Lexi Carter, Virgil Avenue, Silver Lake
Long-Time GGPNC Board Member Resigns By Jessica Ogilvie Ledger Contributing Writer [ POLICE BLOTTER DECEMBER 2009 ] From Oct. 14, 2009 to Nov. 11, 2009 Burglary (Property) Robbery (Violent) Aggravated Assault
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Burglary (Property) Los Feliz Oct. 15th, 10:00 p.m. on the 1700 block of N. Kenmore Ave.; Oct. 20th, 12:00 p.m. on the 1600 block of N. Kenmore Ave.; Oct. 30th, 10:40 a.m. on the 3900 block of Los Feliz Blvd.; Nov. 2nd, 7:30 p.m. on the 4600 block of Los Feliz Blvd., and Nov. 9th, 9:15 a.m. on the 1900 block of N. Edgemont St. Atwater Village Oct. 16th, 7:30 a.m. on the 2200 block of Glendale Blvd; Oct. 19th, 12:30 p.m. on the 3300 block of Onwoner Ave., Oct. 25th, 9:00 p.m. on the 3100 block of Glendale Blvd., Oct. 29th, 5:00 a.m. on the 3100 block of Tyburn St.; Oct. 30th, 12:05 p.m. on the 3200 block of Onwoner Ave. and 12:20 p.m. on the 2600 block of Glendale Blvd. Silver Lake Oct. 22nd, 4:30 p.m. on the 2400 block of Lyric Ave.; Oct. 23rd, 1:45 p.m. on the 2000 block of N Berendo St.; and 8:00 p.m. on the 1300 block of
N. Hoover St.; Oct. 27th, 9:00 a.m. on the 1000 block of Hyperion Ave., Nov. 4th, 10:40 a.m. on the 1800 block of Silverwood Tr.; Nov. 6th, 4:00 p.m. on the 2500 block of Lake View Ave., and Nov.7th, 5:30 p.m. on the intersection of Silver Lake Blvd. and Duane Ave. Robbery (Violent) Los Feliz October 14th, 9:30 p.m. on the 1700 block of N Vermont Ave.; Oct. 17th, 9:00 p.m. on the 2000 block of N Oxford Ave,; Oct. 23rd, 9:40 a.m. on the 1500 block of N Vermont Ave.; Oct. 30th, 9:00 p.m. on the 1600 block of N Vermont Ave.; and 11:55 p.m. at the intersection of Hillhurst and Melbourne.; Oct. 31st, 6:00 p.m. on the 4600 block of Hollywood Blvd.; Nov. 2nd, 6:10 p.m. on the 2900 block of Los Feliz Blvd.; Nov. 9th, 7:00 p.m. on the 1000 block of N Vermont Ave.; and Nov. 10th, 4:00 p.m. on the 1100 block of N Vermont Ave. Silver Lake Oct. 22nd, 4:00 a.m. on the 700 block of Heliotrope Dr.; Oct. 25th, 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Virgil and Burns and 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Talmadge and Clayton.
GGPNC Forms Public Safety Committee The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) has formed a new public safety committee, designed to address such crime prevention, disaster preparedness and youth safety. Local attorney Dan Sandman has volunteered as chairman and was appointed by the GGPNC executive committee in late October. The committee is looking for additional members. “We want as many people in the community to participate as possible to be neighborhood watch captains,” said Sandman. The committee’s next meeting is Wed., Dec. 2nd, 6:30 p.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Los Feliz. Information, contact Dan Sandman at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit ggpnc.org/publicsafety for updated info and crime alerts.
Applications for GGPNC Election Start Dec. 21 The application period for candidates wishing to run for a seat on the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council will begin on Dec. 21st and run through Jan. 19, 2010. Late-comers can also consider being a write-in candidate. The deadline to file for that status is: Jan. 20th through Feb. 18th. The council’s election will be Sat. Mar. 20th. Ten seats are up for grabs. For information: www.GGPNC.org Advertise in the
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LOS FELIZ—Citing personal and business reasons, Philip Gasteier, longtime member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) board, has resigned. Gasteier served on the GGPNC board from 2004 – 2009, and as the Board President from August 2008 until September 2009. During his tenure, he served on the formation committee for the neighborhood councils, and was responsible for helping to write the GGPNC bylaws. He will be succeeded as President by Charley Mims, who was appointed to the position on Sept. 15. At a recent board meeting, Mims took time out to praise the outgoing President. “Phil did terrific work,” said Mims. “He has been a steady influence during his tenure at the GGPNC and he will be missed.” COMMUNITY NEWS
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nounced publicly in the Los Feliz Ledger on Oct. 3rd. A newsletter mailed Nov. 6th to 230 local business owners also included election information, and following that, an e-mail was sent Nov. 9th to 76 business owners, a list which represents those businesses for which the LFVBID has email contact information. Despite these efforts, a formal process for distributing information to fee-paying members is not in place. This constitutes what some members see as an oversight in communication between the board and its members, and has raised concerns. “[The communication] is very spotty,” said Barbara Ferris, a local business owner and member of the BID and who spearheaded a “Get Rid of the Bid” movement in early 2009. “It’s very hit and
miss, there doesn’t seem to be any system there.” Adding to the mistrust between board members and constituents this year was the revelation that BID board members had asked friends and acquaintances to run for board seats. But board members, who all act on a volunteer basis, cite frustration over their workload, and a public that is eager to complain yet reluctant to help. “I hope the business community can see we are doing the best we can with the manpower that we have,” said Heather Arndt, owner of Happy and a member of the election committee on the BID board. “We are all volunteers, and if people want to help, they can.” Arndt also denied that preferential treatment played a role in which members were approached to run. “The BID is asking everybody to run,” she said. “Even
with the article in the Ledger, the newsletter and the e-mail we haven’t gotten any response. If there’s any push [in person], it’s for lack of anyone else responding.” At their Oct. 21st meeting, BID board members openly struggled with the question of how to best distribute information to members, and were unable to come to an agreement that suited all present. While communications have traditionally been hand-delivered or mailed, some board members pushed heavily for a move to electronic distribution. “The entire world is electronic,” said Jonathan Sample, LFVBID board member. Until formal procedures are put in place, fee-paying members will continue to receive communication from the LFVBID by mail, by hand and occasionally by e-mail, including election materials. The ballots were due back to the LFVBID board by Nov. 25th. Following their collection, votes will be tabulated and new board members will be announced. No date for either has yet been made public.
AVNC Election Set for March 20th By Lory Tatoulian Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) elections will be March 20th, 2010, according to Stella Yun, project coordinator for the Los Angles City Clerk’s Election Division. A total of 15 seats are open for the election and three special interest seats will be appointed. Current (AVNC) board member, Jenny Hoffman, will serve as election chairperson. The filing period for candidates interested in running begins Dec. 21. The AVNC board, at a recent board meeting, discussed ways to get out the vote, stressing the importance of community involvement. “If we can get several hundred people to come out and vote and say we matter, we will have some influence when the city wants to do things to us that we don’t like,” (AVNC) Co-Chair Leonora GershmanPitts said.
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by Emmett Mathison At The Oaks School we have recently been taking the ERBâ€™s. These tests are for students at lower schools and secondary schools and are similar to the public schoolâ€™s STAR tests. Although they are important, I donâ€™t think it is something that students should be too worried about. â€œFor most schools, they pay more attention to who you are, not how you test,â€? said Declan Jacobs, an Oaks 6th grader. This is the basic idea of what most students and teachers say about the ERBs. The 6th graders have also been preparing for the ISEEs (Independent School Entrance Exam). Not unlike the ERBs, the ISEEs are also one of many things secondary schools consider. â€œI think itâ€™s important to keep the tests in perspective,â€? says Joan Beauregard, our interim head of school. â€œA very bright child could miss a question, or be having a bad day, but that should not decide their future.â€?
Our Community Field Trip By Jessica Gutierrez, 4th Grade Micheltorena Street Schoolâ€™s 4th grade classes recently went to Fire Station 20 in Echo Park, because theyâ€™ve been studying about â€œRisks
Ms. Ralphâ€™s 7th grade health classes go to the garden every Tuesday. We tend the plants, fertilize them, and once we played a game where we have to find a plant according to the scent of the leaf. Meg made us apple pie using an all black solar oven (using no electricity) using organic, green apples. We learned that worms are decomposers and that they arenâ€™t male or female, they are hermaphrodites. We learned how to make squash soup, mint lemonade, a basil orange drink and yummy salsa, and all the scraps we put in the compost bins. We have two compost bins with worms in them. When the bins get full we use the compost to fertilize our plants.
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School hosts its open house beginning at 1 p.m. Our Christmas Concert on Dec. 16th is a great family program in which students in the choir, dance and drama classes perform their rehearsed pieces. To add to the Christmas festivities, the Genesians Club hosts the schoolâ€™s Christmas program filled with holiday cheer on the last day of school, Dec. 18th. That eveningâ€”one of the most elegant gatherings of the yearâ€”our Winter Formal, takes place at the Omni Hotel downtown. To end the night, students return home and celebrate winter holidays with their families for two weeks. May the spirit of the holidays be with all!
By Paulina Lopez, 7th grade student At our school, there is a new garden called Farm King. Classes can go to the garden to plant, compost, mulch, learn about insects, and do other interesting activities. Tomas Oâ€™Grady, Brian Miller, Kiki Crawford, and Meg Taylor volunteer to teach and help us in the garden.
December abounds with festivities for st udent s, as well as plenty of opportunities for prospective students interested in Immaculate Heart. We will have a prospective student open house, at 1 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 6th. The event is a chance for 8th graders and their families to become more familiar with Immaculate Heartâ€™s campus, curriculum and faculty. Additionally, our entrance exam for high school admission and merit scholarships will be Dec. 12th from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The following day, Dec. 13th, the Immaculate Heart Middle
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New Episcopal School Announced Administrators have announced the new Episcopal School of Los Angeles will open in Sept. 2010 with 7th and 9th grade classes of 25 students each. Each year, two grade levels will be added to the student body, with the school’s first graduating class in 2014. A location for the new school is currently being secured. According to school officials, Koreatown will be its temporary location with longterm space being sought in Hollywood. The school hopes to draw families from all over the greater Los Angeles area. Admissions interviews will continue through January. The school day will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to school officials, the longer school day will ensure that each student, regardless of background or circumstance, will have the opportunity to excel in his or her academic work. For more information: www.es-la.com
Holidays at Ivanhoe By Luca Herman, 4th Grade At Ivanhoe, the holiday season is in full swing. On Oct. 24th we hosted the “IvanHoeDown,” our annual Halloween celebration. There were lots of fun games like sponge toss, great prizes, live bands, and an amazing haunted house. In December, Ivanhoe celebrates the end of the year with a traditional winter program. Each grade performs two songs. We are starting rehearsals and will work on costumes soon. Last year, Ivanhoe launched its first on-line student newspaper called Dragon News. Its interviews, reviews and articles have been written, edited, produced and published entirely by Ivanhoe students. The editors of this year’s Dragon News are Genevieve Nollinger and Hanna Barakat. Go to www.ivanhoeschool.org to see the latest edition. Dragon Football team update: On Oct. 31st, the Ivanhoe Dragons took 4th place in the citywide championship. In the last issue of the Los Feliz Ledger, two of our football players’ names were omitted: Adrian Reyes and Alex Demirdjian.
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Go LILA Lions! By Théo Grison, 6th grade
By Michael Wong, 7th Grade Here at Pilgrim School we have had loads of fun. Career Day was very enjoyable. Thank you, Mrs. Allison Cohen Ferraro for telling us about your paper! We also learned about other people’s professions such as acting, being a lawyer, a doctor—a Pilgrim graduate—and editing a TV show. In November we raised funds through our Reada-Thon for new library books. Soon, we will have a high school Christmas dance and an all-school Christmas program in the beautiful First Church sanctuary. There will be dances, songs, our band will perform and also hand chimes. We are “adopting” Commonwealth Elementary School for Christmas to provide students with school supplies, books, clothing and other gifts. Most of these kids live below the poverty line, so this is for a good cause.
“Goal!” For seven Saturdays since September, our LILA Lions U-12 boys soccer team has been hearing this word quite often. We are currently undefeated in our division in the West Valley Soccer League. With three more games to go before the playoffs, we know that we need to keep working hard in order to make it to the finals. Being a LILA Lion means that we learn to live and compete honorably; to be committed and respectful; to demon-
strate and demand integrity; and to be gracious in victory and to accept defeat in dignity. It is exciting to be a LILA Lion. Last year, our high school boys basketball team played in a special game at the Staples Center before a Clippers game and won. Last year, our U-12 soccer team won the league championship and played an international youth tournament in France. It is a privilege to be a LILA Lion. We have to act responsibly and keep up our schoolwork. I am very proud to be a LILA Lion.
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Marvel, an actor, freelance writer, and political consultant, has a career working on political campaigns—both in Idaho, where he grew up, and throughout Los Angeles County. “I grew up around local politics, and it was natural to fall into it again when I moved out here,” Marvel said. “Since I’m representing a specific area, I’m hoping to help generate a
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little more civic engagement from that part of the council district. Traditionally, Region 2 [in the southern portion of the district] has been a low turnout area, especially with the neighborhood council.” Neighborhood council cochair Paul Neuman said vacancies were not uncommon on neighborhood council boards across the city. For several months, in fact, Neuman served as the board’s only co-chair, after the other co-chair resigned. “Vacancies are just not that rare,” Neuman said. “Many neighborhood councils do not have full boards. It is a volunteer council, and often people have been on the board for a long time, and they burn out, or other things come up in their lives. We’ve filled all our vacancies with some very good people, which bodes very well for the election coming up in March.” In addition to the two new board members, the council also elected new executive committee officers at their November meeting. Scott Crawford was elected to serve as co-chair with Neuman, who was reelected to serve another term. Claudia Vazquez was elected Vice-Chair, while Crissi Avila was reelected as Treasurer and Steve Renahan reelected Secretary.
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â€œ[Itâ€™s] a hard line that I found unfair.â€? Walsh made the request when photos of her at home, taken without her permission, surfaced on the Internet. With the intention of keeping paparazzi from repeated invasions of her privacy, she applied for permission to put a hedge in place that would reach 10 to 12 feet. The Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) limits wall and fence height to 3 feet and 6 inches. A representative of Walshâ€™s first filed an application on her behalf for exemption to the over-height wall regulation in April of this year, and a copy was filed with the GGPNC as well. At a public hearing on Oct. 13th, Walshâ€™s case was presented to the Zoning Administrator, and on the following evening, the case was again presented to the GGPNCâ€™s Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation (PZHP) committee. Residents of Walshâ€™s quiet residential block spoke out against the proposed walls at the Oct. 14th meeting, making clear that their concern lies less with the personal problems of their celebrity neighbor and
more with local safety. Edmond Stephan, Lorelei Young, Florence Rossie, and Gilbert Rossie, all neighbors of Walshâ€™s, claimed that the hedge presents a major obstacle in viewing the sidewalk, and put pedestrians in danger. â€œ[The hedge] blocks our view from seeing the traffic when we come out of our driveway,â€? said Gilbert Rossie in a later interview. Rossie, who has lived in the same house for 43 years, added that problems like this rarely arise in the neighborhood. Restrictions on wall height were originally put in place to preserve an open and well-landscaped aesthetic in the neighborhood. The GGPNCâ€™s Oct. 26th letter to the cityâ€™s Zoning Administratorâ€” drafted by Owen, and signed by Charley Mims, GGPNC Presidentâ€”cites this tradition as its chief reason for recommending that Walshâ€™s request be denied. â€œThe street remains generally an open, spacious street with no authorized variation granted,â€? the letter states, â€œand the GGPNC board believes it should remain so.â€? The Oct. 26th letter also suggests that by permitting one resident to bend the rules without good cause, the city
would set a dangerous precedent. Additionally, the committee determined that the needs of the current resident donâ€™t qualify as a reason to alter the landscape of the neighborhood. To address the concerns of her neighbors, Walsh and her advocates have suggested that a small triangle be cut in the hedge, which would allow neighbors to see the sidewalk when pulling out of the driveway. The GGPNC, as well as the neighbors, donâ€™t see that as a sufficient solution. â€œThe cutting of a hedge in a triangle would of course reduce the risk of a car exiting the drive way immediately to the north of hitting a runner, bicyclist or pedestrian,â€? said Owen in an e-mail. But, he added, it â€œdoes not address the issue of safety to users of the sidewalk from cars exitingâ€? other nearby properties, or the property itself. Neither Walsh nor her representation would provide comment. The PZHP committee has submitted their recommendation to the cityâ€™s Zoning Administrator, who will make the final decision regarding the request. According to Owen, the decision could take up to three months.
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house feel and have the Village come together to celebrate the season,â€? Schwartz said. The event is also designed to drum up business along the boulevard. â€œWhat we are trying to do is make this a family and merchant oriented event,â€? AVNC Co-Chair Leonora Gershman-Pitts said.
â€œThis way people will get to know the merchants and the shops will get to promote their business.â€? Festivities are set to begin at 4 p.m. on December 4th, with the main tree lighting ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Parking Lot (3250 Glendale Blvd.)
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