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Los Feliz Ledger

Vol 3. No. 8

3 Million Black Balls Upstage Garcetti’s “Meadow” Plan By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—After years of debate, Los Angeles city councilmember Eric Garcetti has unveiled a compromise plan to open about 70% of the so-called “Silver Lake Meadow”—an area on the east side of the Silver Lake Reservoir between Armstrong Avenue and Earl Street—while preserving the remaining area for wildlife and a demonstration garden. Garcetti made the announcement at a meeting Jan. 26th. Over 400 people attended the standing room only gathering held in the Micheltorena Street Elementary School auditorium. Garcetti’s proposal for the “Meadow” however, was upstaged by the announcement by Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power officials that Ivanhoe Reservoir—which adjoins the Silver Lake Reservoir—would need to be “shaded” from sun light with three million black balls for at least five years due to the discovery of high levels of the chemical bromate found in the Silver Lake and Elysian reservoirs last fall. High levels of bromate are known to be a carcinogen with long-term exposure. According to DWP officials, the discovery of bromate was an extremely unusual occurrence, never discovered in the water supply before. Bromate is created when chlorine interacts with sunlight and bromide, a naturally occurring mineral in the ground water supply. As a result, the Silver Lake Reservoir is currently being drained of the contaminated water and will be cleaned and refilled by June for aesthetic purposes only. Both the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs provide water to communities in South Los Angeles. However, the Ivanhoe Reservoir currently is and will remain in use, and according to DWP officials will need the protective covering to block see Meadow page 5

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Everything Old Becomes New Again Griffith Park Adult Community Center Opens In Former Observatory Satellite Offices By Allison B. Cohen GRIFFITH PARK—Every summer, the Silver Lake Senior Club suddenly found itself without room for its programs like yoga, craft workshops and a class on life story writing. That’s because during the summer the room and the gym the club used at the Silver Lake Recreation Center was used by children for summer camp. But now, thanks to an idea from Los Angeles City councilmember Tom LaBonge, the club will have its own home—5,700 square feet—for their once misplaced activities and more. “This was his inspiration,” said Stephanie Vendig, 71, president of the senior club. “This will be Tom LaBonge’s legacy.” LaBonge learned of the club’s space limitations about the time he was trying to figure out what to do when the temporary offices used for the observatory staff during the observatory’s renovation were no longer needed. Those offices—really moveable “modules”— had been

Stephanie Vendig, 71, celebrates the opening of the new adult community center.

placed in the Los Angeles Zoo’s parking lot during the four-year renovation. When the observatory re-opened in November of 2006, they were vacated. Seeing a match and a need, LaBonge, with the help of City Council President and area councilmember Eric Garcetti, secured having the offices moved to the parking lot of Friendship Auditorium on Riverside Drive and designated as space for the new senior center. The center will officially

Changing of the Guard for the BID By Allison B. Cohen LOS FELIZ—Il Capriccio’s Ermanno Neiviller and Coldwell Banker’s Chris Serrano have been voted by the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement Board as president co-chairs for 2008. Neiviller and Serrano will replace out-going fouryear president Dora Herrera. Additionally, Kerry Slattery, of Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue will join the nine-member BID board. As it does annually, the BID held an election in January for seats that were being vacated. Tony Fanano of Palermo Restaurant, Laura Springer of Springer Chiropractic, Inc., as well as Serrano and Neiviller retained their seats and were re-elected for two-year terms.

The BID is comprised of 271 businesses in the Los Feliz Village area—from Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz Boulevard, Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. A total of 65 ballots were returned in the election—or 24%. Election results were as follows: Tony Fanano, 40 votes (62%); Ermanno Neiviller, 34 votes (52%); Kerry Slattery, 31 votes (48%); Chris Serrano, 30 votes (46%) and Laura Springer, 26 votes (40%). Brooke Eliza Dulien, of White Trash Charms and Vardui Petoyan of Home Restaurant—both of Hillhurst Avenue—were also on the ballot. For more information on the BID board, please contact

be called the Griffith Park Adult Community Center and will be operated and funded through the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks. It is the first such facility in the greater Griffith Park/Los Feliz area, joining 28 other senior centers throughout the city. Not only will the new center give the old Silver Lake Senior Club a permanent home for its 425 members, but an opportunity to draw more of the over 60 crowd from

places like Atwater Village, Echo Park and Los Feliz. The club’s name has also officially changed to the Griffith Park Adult Community Club. According to Vendig, who will work closely in daily operations with the new center’s director, Mark Wilson, the added space will allow for more classes, such as magic, art history and beginning guitar. The center will offer a daily nutrition lunch program for a small donation. see Senior Center page 5

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A Word from the Publisher and Editor I have sat on the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District board now for a year. The board just had an election for four new seats—and sadly, only 24% of village businesses voted. Even sadder was the board was only able to attract three new candidates to run. Only one of those, Kerry Slattery of Skylight Books, got the nod. The work of some board members that have served repeatedly is greatly appreciated. But the BID board needs others’ and their perspectives to help keep the board vital and better able to serve our Village business’ needs. Elections won’t happen

again until December 2008. In the meantime, in my new role as Communication Chair, my goal is to have the BID communicate more with you this year. At our board meeting in February, I will present a plan to accomplish this, including more frequent newsletters and communications about BID dealings; the development of an official “Welcome Kit� for all new area businesses and the inclusion of monthly board meeting minutes on the website. I will also ask the board that we step-up our efforts promoting next year’s election, not just rely, as we’ve done in the past, for candidates to come to us by “word of mouth.� I hope by knowing more about the BID and its work-


ings, more of you, next year, will want to step up to serve. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to talk to me and other board members about how we can best serve you. Michael Locke, our Silver Lake Correspondent has moved to Los Feliz and will soon start writing dispatches on Los Feliz issues for the paper. In his absence, we seek a new correspondent that can keep readers abreast of happenings in Silver Lake. Additionally, Kathy McDonald’s popular “Family Matters� column will be taken over in March by Kristen Taylor, owner of Juvie, a children’s clothing store in Silver Lake. Kathy will begin a new column in March, “Eastside Eye� covering all aspects of the arts.

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Principal To Hear Plan to Restructure King Middle School By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Thomas Starr King Principal, Kristin Kaiser said she will meet with Los Angeles Parents Union (LAPU) representatives to hear a proposal that would transform the middle school campus into four or five thematically-based autonomous schools. “I know there are lots of models for developing smaller learning communities, some have been more successful than others,” said Kaiser. Kaiser took over last year at the middle school. King has failed to meet federally mandated test score improvements under the No Child Left Behind Act for eight consecutive years. Members of the LAPU presented the basics of their three-year plan—which they would like to implement in the fall of 2009—to 70 community members at a January meeting in Silver Lake. For such a change to occur, the proposal would have to be approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District board of education.

[ POLICE BLOTTER FEBRUARY 2008 ] Avenue. Suspect smashed front glass door, entered, then smashed a display case and took coins. Second burglary suspect kicked open front door, entered and took property. Aggravated Assaults: 6 Burglary Theft From Vehicle: 41 Robbery: 11 Grand Theft Auto: 21 Burglary: 19 Sexual Assault: 1 Burglary: Dec. 21st, 1500 block of Silverwood Terrace. Suspects pried open front window, entered and took computer, iPod and clothing. Burglary: Dec. 30th, 1600 block of Lucile Ave. Suspects opened a rear door, entered and were chased away from the property by the victim. Suspects described as two males, 5’ 09’’ and 5’11’’, 160 to 180 lbs., wearing hooded sweatshirts. Burglary: Two burglaries occurred on Dec. 21st and Dec. 22nd 1900 block of Hillhurst

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Robbery: Dec. 30th, at Melbourne and Rodney. Suspects approached victim and pointed a stainless steel handgun and demanded her purse. Robbery: Dec. 30th 4600 block of Russell Avenue. Suspects approached victims seated inside of their car. Suspects pointed blue steel revolvers and demanded property. Robbery: Dec. 30th, at Hillhurst and Finley. Suspects approached victim from behind and attempted to pull her purse. Victim struggled with suspect who punched the victim on the face. SAFETY TIP: To take a “bite out of crime” establish neighborhood watches and set up telephone or e-mail trees.

The “Happiest Place on Earth” Started on Kingswell By Jean Luc Renault / Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—When Extra Copy on Kingswell Avenue opened in 1994, the staff knew nothing about the small storefront’s unique history. About a year later, one visitor changed all that. “An old woman came into the store and just started crying,” said Extra Copy’s manager Marine Ter-Pogosyan. “She told us she used to work here when it was Disney’s studio.” Stumbling distance from the Dresden Restaurant’s parking lot, the storefront was the Disney brothers’ first standalone animation studio. But brothers Walt and Roy had been perfecting their animation on Kingswell Avenue for some time before that. After moving to Los Angeles in 1923, the brothers stayed

with their uncle, who lived two blocks down the street. They used his garage as a makeshift animation studio, until they needed more space. Later that year, the two rented out a back room at the Holly Vermont Realty Company at 4651 Kingswell Ave. for $10 a month. With only a curtain separating their office from the realtors space, the brothers soon outgrew the space. In early 1924, Walt rented the vacant space next door—the same location where the Extra Copy shop stands today—and remained there for two years before moving to a larger location on Hyperion Avenue. Today, the Walt Disney Company hasn’t officially deemed the store a historic location, but it acknowledges the

Young entrepreneurs in front of the storefront Disney Brothers Studio on Kingswell Avenue, 1925.

store’s role in Disney history. Regardless, the shop’s interior features a few bootlegged drawings of familiar Disney characters on its walls. It’s just for show, because none of the characters gracing the walls, not even Mickey, had even been conceptualized until after the brothers moved elsewhere. But that hasn’t stopped busloads of fans from visiting the store in droves, nor has it stopped surprising unknowing patrons who are amused at finding a piece of Disney history right in their own neighborhood. Just goes to show: it’s a small world after all. COMMUNITY NEWS

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Los Feliz Ledger Meadow from page 1

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out the sun to assure that a repeat of the bromate occurrence will not happen again. “We don’t even want a scintilla of doubt,� in the publics’ eye that their water is not safe, said DWP General Manager David Nahai. The cost of covering Ivanhoe with the balls—known as “bird balls� as they are used by some municipalities to keep birds from habituating in waters near airports—is estimated at $1 million. City officials said they expect to have the balls in place as soon as they can be manufactured. The balls, they said, may only be necessary during the hot spring and summer months, although that will depend on future bromate level testing. The black balls, officials said, are temporary as Ivanhoe Reservoir is expected to go out of service in five years when a new underground reservoir is completed near Griffith Park’s Travel Town. DWP officials said they are open to other ideas for the protective covering, but that any material to accomplish the shading would need to be approved by the National Science Foundation. While most in the crowd seemed to take the news in stride, some complained the black plastic balls could make nearby residential property values decline.

For Vendig, the center is a dream that she and Lia Lomedico, a Silver Lake resident, have had since 2000 when they formed the senior club with 31 members. Others from the club, including Bea Gold, Doris Slater, Jeanne Phipps, and Marilyn Friedman helped to realize the new center. “It’s empowering,â€? said Vendig. “We are doing something for the community‌this will be a great place for the older crowd to just ‘hang out.’â€? The Griffith Park Adult Community Center opens today, Jan. 31st with an official ribbon cutting and will have a celebration for all on March 1st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On hand will be a used book sale, food, demonstrations and tours of the new facility. For info contact Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043.

Silver Lake Reservoir Meadow option under review.

“We do have a time crunch but we’re willing to work with the community,� said DWP’s Marty Adams. The meeting showed a time of change for both Ivanhoe and Silver Lake reservoirs—two of the city’s last remaining uncovered reservoirs. The “meadow� has been closed to the public for 60 years. The idea of reopening it has touched off a fierce debate in the last year. Those opposing its opening feared doing so would increase traffic, attract crime and litter and drive out wildlife. Those in favor, cite a lack of green space in the city. As part of Garcetti’s plan, the meadow will be open during daylight only and will be monitored for safety by additional security. The meadow will have

landscaping, benches, a walking path and a secured fence after dark. Additional details concerning the design, use and operation of the park will be addressed by

an advisory board. The Los Angeles city council will need to approve the use of the area for a public park. If approved, the meadow is expected to open by this summer.








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Los Feliz Ledger [ silver lake correspondent ]

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2008 Forecast: Change Ahead

Pilates Metro

by Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent

From our nation’s capital to the streets of Silver Lake, 2008 promises to be a year of new beginnings. Not only have we officially started a New Year, but also we will soon elect a new president that will offer new directions both at home and abroad. Together with my wife, Donna Jean, I have moved a short distance from Silver Lake to a great old house in Los Feliz that we have already begun restoring. While we’re not that far away, we hope to establish ourselves in our new neighborhood, and so, as soon as it is possible to make the transition, I will no longer be writing a Silver Lake column for the Los Feliz

By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Pilates Metro is a tucked away haven where the focus is on wellness through embodiment training. Pilates has long been established as movement therapy that benefits everyone from star athletes to those recuperating from surgery, by either enhancing the quality of everyday life or by taking performance to the next level.

The new Locke residence at 3410 Amesbury Road in Los Feliz.

Ledger, but will, instead, focus my attention on our new neighborhood. We hope our friends in Silver Lake won’t feel like we’ve abandoned them! Actu-

ally, we hope to see everyone even more as our new home is much bigger and we plan to do a bit more entertaining, so please stay in touch! However, until (Los Feliz Ledger Editor) Allison Cohen finds a replacement, I’ll continue to serve as Silver Lake Correspondent. In the meantime, if you or someone you know likes to write and has a first-hand knowledge of what’s going on in Silver Lake, please let Allison or myself know as soon as possible. You may contact me at or by cell phone (323) 533-3161. The

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I can help them along their journey,” said Findikoglu who is one of two certified gyrotonic trainers at Pilates Metro. Silver Lake Resident, Ken Carlston who alternates pilates and gyrotonic sessions, said his workouts better his chances of living a fuller life. Others agree. “It gives you more con-

I put my trust in my instructor, Lavinia Findikoglu, who managed to coax me to extend my body “as if flying over water” and got me to feel my upper back muscles “yawning” into a delicious stretch. But Pilates Metro is one of the only facilities on the east side of Los Angeles to offer gyrotonic—an exercise method allowing fluid three-dimensional movement. Gyrotonic, which was developed by a dancer, uses a contraption of sculpted wood, pulleys, gears and a bench. I decided to try it. I put my trust in my instructor, Lavinia Findikoglu, who managed to coax me to extend my body “as if flying over water” and got me to feel my upper back muscles “yawning” into a delicious stretch. In the moment, it all made sense and my body flowed into the movements. “I want my clients to be open with me about what’s happening in their body… so

trol of your body and the full range of motion,” said Elsie Van Woerkom of Atwater Village who discovered Pilates and gyrotonic training after hip replacement surgery. Open a little over four years, Pilates Metro has become a central point in the community with clients that range in ages from late teens to octogenarians. “We definitely want the community to feel supported by us as we feel supported by the community,” said studio owner and instructor Allison Harter. Pilates Metro offers an introductory price of $165 for three private sessions of any combination of massage therapy, Pilates and gyrotonic sessions. Visit

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Los Feliz Ledger [ echo park ]

A Valentine to Elysian Park by Sean Mahoney, Ledger Columnist O n c e upon a time, a former Westsider and his fluffy white dog stumbled onto a dusty path dotted with gopher holes and lined with eucalyptus trees. Far from woodsy, the man decided to follow the smiling power walkers who, unlike himself, seemed to know where they were going. Below the trail was a massive grassy park filled with picnickers munching on sandwiches and children zipping down twisty slides. Although in the middle of the city, the man could not hear blaring car alarms or constant traffic. Confused yet serene, he wondered: “Where am I?” Of course that clueless wandering guy was me and the hidden oasis was Elysian Park. That was nearly a decade ago and since then I’ve truly fallen in love with the place. It’s become the spot where my friends and I hike while trying to sort out our personal lives. It’s become the reward for my patient dog who regularly

has to settle for shorter excursions due to my schedule. But mainly it’s become one of my favorite places in the city. I would later learn that my “secret getaway” had been a Los Angeles staple since the late 1800s and is the city’s oldest public park. Prior to settlement of the city, Yang-Na Indians called the park and it’s surrounding area home. Mov-

ervoir has been threatened with draining due to chemicals. On a near regular basis, it seems that Echo Park residents are informed of some new danger that threatens the park’s very existence. Groups like The Citizens Committee to save Elysian Park are passionate about keeping the park alive. On the day I first discovered Elysian Park, I saw the

I would later learn that my “secret getaway” had been a Los Angeles staple since the late 1800s and is the city’s oldest public park. Prior to settlement of the city, Yang-Na Indians called the park and it’s surrounding area home. ie icons like Laurel & Hardy, Superman and The Terminator had all filmed there over the years. Elysian even houses a Koi pond, a police academy and unique sculptures. Like most the things I love, Elysian Park has a colorful yet troubled past. For decades, activists have fought against development of the park and most recently the Elysian Res-

most breathtaking view of downtown. A pink and gold sky shimmered on the skyscrapers as lush trees swayed in the foreground. As folks who’ve fallen in love often do, I felt like this moment was mine and mine alone. Today, I realize that people have been enjoying views like that for decades. Why not see it for yourself?


Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council... a board of 19 of your neighbors who have been organized as an advisory body to the City of Los Angeles. The purpose of the GGPNC is to participate as an advisory body on city services of concern to you. The mission of the GGPNC is to promote citizen participation in government at all levels by encouraging citizens to advise City government. Now start advising. That’s how you helped us Save the Derby!!

COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation

The zoning administrator decided Little Dom’s should be allowed to stay open 'til 11 pm Monday-Thursday and 'til midnight Friday and Saturday. The board declined to approve the committee recommendation of free valet parking to mitigate parking problems in the area; Little Dom’s has worked hard to create off street parking for customers.

Parks, River & Open Space

This committee is working hard to place signs at 18 points leading into the burn area of Griffith Park in order to inform and educate visitors about the Park’s fire-damaged plants and the habitat's fragility. In addition to these signs, an educational brochure about Fire Recovery Zone etiquette will be created for pockets attached to the signs.


Per this committee's recommendation the board approved up to $2,500 for the purchase of microphones for musical theater at Marshall High School. They also approved up to $12,000 to re-sod the King Middle School quad. The board is proud to support the many varied education-related projects in our community.

Neighborhood Improvement Committee

The Vermont Triangle project is set to break ground soon. Why not begin 2008 with a project to improve your neighborhood? We can help make your project a reality. Meetings are on the forth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm, Center for Inquiry, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Free parking.

Did you know…

...the GGPNC board meets once a month. Meetings are open to the public and the public has been showing up and speaking up on many of the projects in our area. Projects like The Autry expansion, new demolitions and development, educational issues and liquor and zoning issues. It’s better than television!! Come on by!

February 2008

To find out more about any of your Council's activities just go to the website and check out our calendar. And as always all meetings are open to the public… this means you!


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Los Feliz Ledger [ franklin avenue ]

Parent Tour Franklin Avenue Elementary School will hold its 2nd annual prospective parent tour Fri. Feb. 29th at 8:30 a.m. The tour is expected to last about two hours and offer parents an opportunity to visit classrooms, meet Principal Sasso as well as teachers and current parents. Last year, in response to the community’s interest in learning more about Franklin, parents worked with Principal Sasso put together the school’s first tour. “My husband and I did find last year’s tour helpful in making our decision to send our children to Franklin,” said current parent Michele Sundaram. “The idea of sending our children to a public school in our own neighborhood was enticing. However, we needed more information to comfortably make that decision.” During the tour, prospective parents can see classrooms while in session, view children’s work displayed on walls, ask questions and meet current parents. Additionally, information on the school’s after school enrichment program and its homework club will be available. RSVP for the tour by calling Franklin Avenue Elementary at (323) 663-0320.

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[ Ivanhoe ]

1:1 Up and Running By Mary Frances SmithReynolds, Ivanhoe Literacy Coach In November, 154 Apple MacBooks arrived for our new 1:1 Learning Program. Now, in addition to their backpacks, jackets, and lunch boxes, when 4th and 5th graders arrive and leave school they will have their black laptop bags in hand, as well. Each of these upper graders has their own laptop, which is being used in the classrooms for projects across the curriculum. Completed or upcoming projects include podcasts about the California Missions and the solar system and brochures on heritage. Computers are becoming helpful tools for writing, design, and classhome communication. “It’s hard to believe that six months ago we were in classrooms where a class of 32 students had to share four computers,” marveled Carlos Hernandez, Ivanhoe’s technology and English Learner (EL) coordinator. Ivanhoe is the only noncharter public school in the Los Angeles Unified School District to have a program like this, in which students can take their laptops home with them.

[ lfcsa ]

Admission Drawing Set for March 4th Enrollment to Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is governed by a Public Random Drawing. On March 4th LFCSA will conduct its drawing for admission to the school for the 2008-2009 school year. To participate in the drawing, a family must an application form and submit it according to the following guidelines: postmarked by Feb. 28th or dropped off at the school (1265 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood) by 4 p.m. on March 4th. Applications can be downloaded from Applications are also available at the school. The school will offer tours on Feb. 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. RSVP to (323) 656-2810 or

[ ribet academy ]

Ribet Plays at Staples By Jeremy Stewart, 5th Grade It’s basketball season at Ribét Academy. The boys Varsity and girls Varsity teams each have a big game coming up. They are playing at Staples Center for that game and the players are very excited. They will be playing on the same court that the Clippers play on. In fact, the Clippers will be playing the Phoenix Suns after the two Ribét games. The public is invited—we are expecting a big turnout. Our boys team has two of the best players in the state! They are having a great season so far. Coach Middlebrooks has them working hard. You should visit Ribét some time. We sure have a lot of fun! Send the

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[ micheltorena ]

Recycling By Heather A. Ruffin Because Micheltorena students want to help keep the world clean, students at Micheltorena Street School recycle. This recycling program is led by Ms. Lopez’s 6th grade class. Several times a week, these 6th graders go to each class and get their recyclables. They put plastics and paper in separate trash bins to be picked up by a company called J.A. Corp. J.A. Corp. gives money to Micheltorena for the recyclable material to be used for school and yard supplies. This program teaches students to be responsible for their community and the environment while giving them a chance to help make the school a better place by bringing in added resources.

Camelot Hopes to Re-Open in February SILVER LAKE—Camelot Preschool which closed in November after failing to obtain licenses necessary to run its programs, has submitted a new application for the licenses and hopes to be open again in February, according to board vice president Steve Barr.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ atwater elementary ]

[ immaculate heart high school ]

So That’s Where Carrots Come From

Gearing Up for a New Semester

Bring the Farmer to Your School program

By Lauren Aleman ’10 & Heidi Slojewski ’10

The city kids attending Atwater Elementary School were treated to a rare treat in late January. Organizers of the Atwater Village Farmer’s Market arranged for a farmer from Tutti Frutti Organic Farms to visit the students. During farmer Eli Shiman’s morning stay, over 250 students learned some of the basics of farming, including the difference between “good” and “bad” bugs for growing fruits and vegetables. The students also had the opportunity to taste tangerines, apples and carrots. “I like the kids to have a connection with where their food comes from, how it affects their bodies, and [to] become excited about eating healthy,” said Farmer Sheiman. For six years, the nonprofit Sustainable Economic

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Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) and the Los Angeles Unified School District has been collaborating on the Bring the Farmer to Your School program. This program is committed to teaching children in lower-income communities about health, farming, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmer Sheiman’s visit was funded by the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council. The Atwater Village Farmers’ Market is located on Glendale Avenue and Larga Avenue at 3250 Glendale Blvd. in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. Free parking is available off Larga Ave. The market is open each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is operated by SEELA—a nonprofit community activity.

Fresh from the holiday break, IH students returned to campus last month to prepare rigorously for their semester finals. After overcoming the big tests, students enjoyed several

reers will share their stories in a series of panel presentations on campus. Delivering the keynote address will be Los Angeles author Denise Hamilton, a writer of mystery fiction

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students are getting “candy-grams” ready to send to their valentines and friends on Feb. 14th. days off and are now back and ready for second semester. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students are getting “candy-grams” ready to send to their valentines and friends on Feb. 14th. Also on tap is a special career day on Feb. 20th for high school students. Women professionals in a variety of ca-

novels and a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Later this month, on Feb. 29th, we will once again attend the Mother-Daughter Luncheon. Entertainment comes from the students themselves, with a preview of the school’s spring production and a traditional fashion show modeled by members of the Senior Class.

IHHS Names New President Immaculate Heart High School has named Julie McCormick as the school’s new president, effective Feb. 1st. McCormick replaces retiring president Ruth Anne Murray, who served the school in several capacities– as teacher, principal and, most recently, president – since 1959. An alumna of Immaculate Heart, McCormick is also the mother of three graduates who attended both Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School. McCormick joined the school’s administration in 1984 and has overseen the school’s development, public relations and admissions programs.


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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

Glendale College’s Spontaneous Fantasia Delights By Marilyn Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic Occasionally, a production especially surprises and delights. “Spontaneous Fantasia” at the Glendale College Planetarium, a relatively unknown gem of a space on the campus of Glendale College, gives a new definition to theater. J.Walt Adamczyk, a Cal Arts grad and computer animation whiz, uses computer graphics and drawing skills to create a three dimensional world on the domed ceiling of the planetarium. This is a totally new kind of creative performance. Although the production uses high tech computers, it’s theater because it involves live performance. One of the most striking of the five presentations was Autocosm: Gardens of Thuban, an allegory of creation. Against the backdrop of creepy music dark, eerie forms burst forth on a sandy landscape, possibly a desert, ocean floor or distant planet. As the sun grows seemingly hotter, the forms grow larger and somewhat androgynous. Mountains begin to sprout in the distance as a multi-appendaged creature floats amid the strange fungus like forms. In a segment set to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, dancing figures flit around a black sky. This is a dance of light, movement, sound and color. “Color Organ,” the concluding segment, uses music from Charles-Marie Widor’s Organ Symphony #5. Colorful figures which grew larger and larger sucked the viewer into a kaleidoscopic world.

From “Spontaneous Fantasia” at the Glendale College Planetarium.

This is a show that delights audiences of all ages. It is a totally new experience combining advanced interactive computer graphics with spontaneous creativity.    “Queen Christina Goes Roman” at The Complex in Hollywood is a tongue-incheek production that brings together a bevy of allegedly gay historical characters from diverse historical eras in a fantasy that explores the angst of homosexuality. Although the play’s underlying premise is 17th century Swedish Queen Christina’s desire to renounce her Lutheran faith to become a Catholic, this is no historical drama but rather a satirical fantasy that takes on organized religion, straight culture and celebrity. This play asks the audience to set aside reason in order to accept a world that never existed. Characters as diverse as Roy Cohn, the chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy

and Pope Julius II who lived in the 15th century interact with 19th century composer Peter Tchaikovsky and 14th century King Edward II of England. They occupy a post-modern world with airplanes and cell phones. Historical facts are convoluted and twisted to fit the plot. Dramatizing imaginary meetings of famous characters from different periods of history is not a new theatrical devise, but careful handling is required. In this play, the action is too heavy handed and obvious. The breezy, flippant first act holds no foreshadowing for the serious matters that take place in the second act. Although the play has the admirable goal of making the audience aware of the tragedies that result from homophobia, the play’s lofty purpose is sab-

otaged by stereotypical characterizations which portray gays as flighty and effeminate. Spontaneous Fantasia through the year on alternating weekends. The upcoming performances are Fridays, Feb. 8 and 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays Feb. 9 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. Glendale Community College, 1500 North Verdugo Rd., Glendale. $10 adults; $6 children 12 and under. Reservations: (616) 688-0778. Queen Christina Goes Roman, The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood through Feb. 18th. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays at 7 p.m. $20, Sundays, pay what you can. Reservations (213) 304-1063.

LA City College Play Finalist in National Festival The Los Angeles City College Theater Academy’s production of “Within Us,” an original, ensemble piece, has been selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The show will be represented in the Caminito Theatre at Los Angeles City College; 855 N. Vermont Avenue on Thurs., Feb. 7th at 7:15 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8th and 9th at 8:00 p.m.   Tickets: $20, general admission; $10 for students, seniors, veterans, faculty and staff. Box office, (323) 9534000, ext. 2990. Information, Ticket sales from these performances will help to defray costs for taking the production to California State University, Los Angeles, where it will compete in closed competition the week of February 11th. If selected, the production will then be presented at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. during the week of April 14th. “Within Us” is an exploration of the boundary between dance and theatre. It considers the relationship between motion and emotion and how the physical and emotional interrelate.  

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Cozy Up At the Griffin By Stella Matthews, Ledger Contributing Writer With Valentines Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about where to wine (and not so much dine) your sweetheart. This is not a time for dive bars or even your regularly scheduled hot spot. It’s time to get loveable, cozy and even a little bit fancy. It’s time to pay The Griffin a visit. The place is a twist between medieval and modern. Casual and hip. Trendy… but not. The décor is unique to the East side and the drinks are strong, cheap and delicious. Whether you’re sitting up at the snazzy bar talking to the decently mannered bartenders or lounging in one of the “couched” areas, it’s bound to be a good time.

Somehow The Griffin manages to give a bit of an upscale atmosphere but still keeps a very “chill” vibe. Located just west and opposite of Costco and Party City in Atwater Village, parking is hard to come by. They don’t have a parking lot and the neighborhoods are typically pretty full (even on my Tuesday nights). Nonetheless, patience is a virtue and you will find a spot if you try hard enough. This is one of my favorites for a bit of a faux upscale, yet local date night. And did I mention the fireplace? It’s absolutely perfect to snuggle up to on these cold winter nights.


February 2008

Los Feliz Ledger [gardening]

[a dog’s life]

Owners Who Love Too Much By Jennifer Clark, Ledger Columnist We love our dogs. We show it through hugs and affection. We love them by offering them shelter and exercise. But is it possible we love them too much? According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association, Americans spent over $40 billion on their pets last year. Of course it costs money to care for a pet; food and vet bills alone can burn a hole in a pet owner’s wallet. But the shopping bill really skyrockets when we factor in the amount we spend on rewarding pets in human terms. Dog spas are cropping up all over the city that will pamper and primp your dog for a high fee. Doggy manicures, especially among the smaller

breeds are becoming increasingly popular. There are dog psychics, dog clothing boutiques and the most confounding canine apparatus I’ve seen to date: the doggie stroller. We are certainly spending a lot of money on our dogs, but many of these activities that empty our wallets are also taking away from valuable time spent if a dog is getting pampered at a salon, chances are, their owner is not next to them. And parading a dog in a stroller does nothing to help them stay in shape. Statistics show that dogs and humans alike live longer when they have close contact with one another. Perhaps the solution comes in not deciding whether or not we love our dogs too much, but how we choose to show our love.

Enjoy Your Valentine’s Flowers Until March By Melissa Berry, Ledger Columnist There’s such a sweet thrill to receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day (or any other day) whether they’re from the florist, a friend’s garden, or just a fistful of wild flowers. But flowers wilt and fade. But, by following some simple methods, you can make cut flowers last days, even weeks or longer. Change the water in the vase every two days. If it’s possible to remove the flowers and gently recut the stems at an angle, you’ve just added

days to their life and your enjoyment. If your flowers came from the florist, those little packets that you get are just fine. They’re just what cut flowers need with biocides, an acidifier and sugar. Biocides are chemicals that kill the bacteria, acid helps the water move up the stem more easily, and the sugar acts as flower food. Here are the do-it-yourself versions: • a penny and an aspirin tablet • one part lemon-lime soda to three parts water, ¼

teaspoon of bleach; add more bleach after every four days • 1 qt. water, 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice, 1 Tbs. sugar, ½ tsp. bleach • 2 oz. Listerine (!) mouthwash per gallon of water. Listerine contains all the ingredients in one! And, after none of this works anymore, don’t throw them away! Use the petals in sachets and potpourri to remind you of how lovely they once were. Or, at the very least cut them up and throw them on the compost heap.

Look Closer: That’s A Tutoring Center founded by Dave Eggers. The a lot of tutors who live nearby. ECHO PARK—The Echo organization has chapters in This is the kind of neighborPark Time Travel Mart—a seven cities throughout the hood where 826 thrives.” retail shop offering tonguecountry including its flagSo where does time travel in-cheek items from earlier come in? The flageras— is open ship center in San for business. Francisco happens But Monto be located in a day through building zoned for Thursday from retail or catering. 2:30 to 5:30 In order to use the p.m. if you space, the foundlook beyond ers needed to crethe bottles of ate a legitimate Barbarian Restorefront, thus pellant, Higha “pirate supply” Grade Time store was born. Travel Fuel Other cenand canned ters have similarly Mammoth Photo credit: Andy Barron Photography. unique storefronts Chunks, you The entryway of 826LA in Echo Park. ship center at 826 Valencia such as the Brooklyn Super may notice this tiny storeStreet—thus, its name—in Hero Supply Co. and the front offers more than meets San Francisco. Greater Boston Bigfoot Rethe eye. In 2005, 826LA opened search Institute. All proceeds The Time Travel Mart is its doors in Venice. With the from the storefronts benefit actually part of 826LA, a nonrecent opening of 826LA in the local 826 chapters. profit organization aiming to Echo Park, Los Angeles has 826LA will hold a fundimprove writing skills for chilbecome the first city in Amerraiser Feb. 16th, 8 p.m. at Lardren ages 6 to 18 by providica with two fully operating go, 432 N Fairfax Ave, West ing free drop-in tutoring, field 826 centers. Hollywood, featuring Zooey trip opportunities, offering “L.A. needs it,” said Mac Deschanel. Tickets $25. Resin-room help to teachers and Barnett, co-director of 826LA. ervations: (323) 852-1073. leading workshops on topics “It’s so hard for students to get ranging from stand-up com826LA is located at 1714 around here. . . There’s a ton of edy to Dada poetry. W. Sunset Blvd. For inforwalking traffic, a huge student 826LA is part of a larger, mation or to volunteer visit population that needs us and national organization . February 2008


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Here Comes The Sun By Elma Mayer, Ledger Columnist As the days lengthen into early spring, we see the light at the end of the winter. Shake off the remnants of winter colds and blues! Experts believe seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is related to low sunlight levels. Melatonin, which makes us sleepy, is produced more in darkness. Too much melatonin can cause depression. SAD is often treated with bright light therapy. But light is just part of the equation. In my experience, about 50% of SAD is due to resonance with collective conscious beliefs about seasons, rather than the seasons themselves. Depression and fatigue usually lift quickly once this resonance is energetically corrected. Colds, too, can be triggered by psychic resonance to collective beliefs about the cold season. This explains why some people can avoid getting sick while others, exposed to the very same germs, sniffle and cough. Colds are as much an empathetic response as they are a pathological one. Sympathetic resonance causes a weakness in the human energy field. This weakness then allows viruses, which are ev-

erywhere, to gain a toehold. With colds, people often get infected first by the nonconscious thought, and only secondly by the virus, which infects a weakened system more easily. The immune system has a psychic component, largely unrecognized by western medicine. Everything is vibrational energy. If you actually disconnect from negative sympathetic resonance, you can eliminate or reduce physical symptoms dramatically. Try this easy energetic self-correction: Say: “I disconnect from psychic resonance with winter-time disorders.” As you say it, “send” it to your spine and central nervous system. This is not just a feel-good affirmation or visualization. Chinese medicine recognizes that where the mind goes, chi follows. Making mental contact with your spine will actually strengthen your energy field. Let the sunshine in! Elma Mayer, MA, is a Certified Practitioner of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics. See Ad in this issue for Now Healing Workshops. (323) 309-7687.

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Summer Camp Guide

Moving On By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist

days, some at the Silver Lake/ Los Feliz JCC, or since they were kindergartners at Ivanhoe Elementary. I’d like to congratulate seniors Nick Angelo, Alex Sapin, Sarah Inkelis, Liza Parisky, Eliza Mills, Cameron Gould-Saltman, Laura Pollack, Eli Wayne, Ellie Gordon, Joey Dick, Dylan Crary and our Big Sur camp-

A f t e r Among the most worrisome: two years economic and ethnic divides, writing this the lack of public places for column, I’ll now be writing teens to hang out, the yearanother column starting in round schedules at King and March: Eastside Eye. I hope Marshall, the dangerous trafto cover all aspects of the vific at King and pedestrian sual arts including film, art and bike safety issues. and design with an emphasis I’ve enjoyed writing about on the output of all the great creative folks in the neighborhood. I’ve really enjoyed writing this column; Many thanks to Allison Cohen for her able editing. I realized it was time to move on from the family beat when I went to a friend’s baby shower. As we talked about schools and kids, the mom next to me asked if I knew what the peanut policy was at my son’s school. Well, if you know anything about John MarThe author, Kathy McDonald, and her son Colin vacationing at Big Sur. shall High School, you know that a peanut allergy traveling and camping with ing buddies, Sam Yale, Brian policy is probably not a priormy kids, teaching children Feldman and Luc Unruh ity when daily woes include to cook, fun places to ex(graduating from LACHSA). overcrowded classrooms (my plore, the mom-preneurs in Good luck to these scholars son’s Geometry class has more the neighborhood, the new El and athletes; surviving and than 40 students) and yearCamino High School and the succeeding at LAUSD is no round scheduling. With one now under construction Silver easy task. And here’s a big son in college and the other Lake Library. shout-out to their parents progressing through Marshall, The column I received who have worked so tirelessly I felt a parent of younger chilthe most feedback on was to encourage these kids to dren should take over, so next last June when I wrote about be assets to our community. month please welcome Kristen Marshall’s class of 2007, many They are well on their way to Taylor. who’d been together since prefuture success and happiness, I leave her with a lot of school. There are many in the exactly what we wish for evterritory to cover. Families class of 2008 who’ve also been ery child and what should in the area face many issues. together since their pre-school matter most.

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February 2008



Valentine’s Day Los Feliz Ledger

Special Section

Valentines’ Day is Thursday, February 14th this year. Here’s a sampling of places to go and gifts to buy to make your day loving and sweet. Griffith Park

Romantic Movies

4730 Crystal Springs Dr. (323) 913-4688

Over Her Dead Body

The options are endless in this sprawling, green recreational destination. Take an afternoon hike up to the Hollywood Sign, plan a romantic picnic, rent bicycles or ride off into the sunset on horses from the Equestrian Center up the winding canyon hills.

Griffith Observatory 2900 E Observatory Ave. (888) 527-2757

A night under the stars at the stunning observatory is sure to invoke dreamy feelings. Inside the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, a coppersheathed dome with reclining seats, a computerized star projector and laser technology offers entertainment. The recently renovated observatory now features a multilevel exhibit gallery, bookstore and Wolfgang Puck Café.

Shakespeare Bridge At Franklin Ave (between Myra Ave & St. George St.)

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo? Constructed in 1926, the view from this beautiful Elizabethan style bridge is spectacular, not to mention ideal for kissing your sweetheart.

Barry Manilow at The Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles Box Office: (213) 742-7340 Feb. 14th, 8 p.m.

Best selling pop and soft rock artist Manilow will croon away on the big day at the downtown L.A. venue.

A desperate housewife becomes a desperate ghost. Eva Longoria stars as a bride who dies before her wedding and haunts her groom’s new lady love. Opens, Feb. 1.

Fools Gold Two attractive blondes (Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson) search for buried treasure in the Bahamas. Opens Feb. 8.

rants in the entire United States. This gorgeous bungalow offers simple elegance and heart warming comfort food. Achieve a happy ending to your evening with one of Off Vine’s decadent soufflés.

Cafe Stella 3932 W Sunset Blvd. (323) 666-0265

Enjoy intoxicating French fare in this incredibly romantic and friendly environment.

Definitely Maybe

Electric Lotus

A charming single dad recounts his past relationships to his young daughter who tries to decipher which long-ago love is her mom. Opens Feb. 15.

4656 Franklin Ave (323) 953-0040

Candlelight Meals

La Maschera Ristorante

Sizzling Indian fare in a sexy atmosphere. Intimate booths are ideal for romance.

1757 N Vermont Ave, Los Feliz (323) 662-5900

82 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena (626) 304-0004;

This four-star trattoria dishing up authentic Italian cuisine makes visitors feel as if they are in gorgeous Tuscany. Share one of their scrumptious pizza pies with your sweetie pie.

Maschera means “mask” in Italian but there is no disguising the sumptuous supper options available at this Italian-Mediterranean-Tunisian inspired spot in Old Town Pasadena.

Il Capriccio

Cliff’s Edge 3626 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 666-6116

Californian, Italian and Mediterranean styles mix at this cleverly concealed, intimate establishment that boasts the prettiest patio in Silver Lake.

Off Vine 6263 Leland Way, Hollywood (323) 962-1900

How’s this for an advertisement: selected this California American eatery as one of the top 10 most romantic restau-

Opus Restaurant 3760 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 738-1600

This aphrodisiac-themed eatery features magnificent tasting menus. Items up for indulgence include paprika laced calamari, spiced flat iron steak, hand torn pasta and ice cream sandwiches, all easily combinable with one of Opus’s fantastic wine selections.

Hot Spots

Silver Lake Wine

4100 Bar

2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 662-9024

4100 Sunset Blvd. (323) 666-4460

Decorated in bold shades of red and black, mighty Buddha holds center court in this hip and intimate bar.

Roof Bar at the Standard Downtown 550 S Flower St., Los Angeles

The spot to be seen. This ultra cool urban establishment has the best skylight view downtown can offer.

Malo 4326 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake 323-664-1011

Combine great Chicano cuisine with a terrific variety of tequilas and you’ve got the makings of a spicy night out. Reservations are helpful.

Sweets for the Sweet Hollywood Gelato Company 1936 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 644-3311

Painted in a warm and welcoming shade of yellow, and offering 35 different flavors, this is a great place to satisfy any sweet tooth’s desire.

House of Pies 1869 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 666-9961

Delectable desserts abound at this favorite neighborhood coffee shop and bakery. In additional to the pies are other goodies like cheesecake and cookies.

Let your taste buds do the work and sip to your heart’s delight an assortment of cocktails offered at this Silver Lake specialty store. Offerings include Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Shiraz, Vodka and even Absinthe.

Great Gifts Jasmine’s Garden 2030 Hillhurst Ave. (800) 953-1288

Intoxicating smells, vibrant colors and pretty presentation make this local shop an excellent spot for finding just the right way to say I love you. Voted L.A.’s #1 florist by Fox11TV, check out the gorgeous designs specifically arranged for Valentine’s Day including Jungle Love and Orient Express. Local and nationwide delivery is offered via the Teleflora Network.

Fresh Pressed 4646 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz (323) 66FRESH, (3-7374)

Make a unique and personal gift in just about an hour for your adored. Take artwork or a photograph and silk screen the image on a T-shirt or a poster. In store events will center around the Valentine’s Day Theme. Fun isn’t just reserved for the adults at Fresh Pressed. Kids can visit and party planning is available.

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It’s In The Cards By Marie Cunningham, Ledger Contributing Writer Silver Lake resident Marilyn Oliver knows all about Valentine’s Day cards—she has an eclectic collection of them dating back nearly two centuries.

“The collection came from my mother,” Oliver said on a sunny Friday afternoon in her home along the Silver Lake Reservoir. “She just loved anything to do with early things… so she would collect Valentines.” Oliver’s collection includes hundreds of Valentine cards, each representing the era in which it was created. During the mid1800s, for example, it was popular for a young woman to send her Valentine a note with a lock of her hair attached. This was known as an ”everlasting knot of love.” Some cards made during the Civil War portray young boys as soldiers, marching

A card in Marilyn’s collection that dates to the Civil War. credit: Marie Cunningham

February 2008

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Los Feliz Ledger [ a love story ]

[ advice ]

Cards from page 13

That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be

“I� Says More than “You�

By Chris Nelson, Ledger Contributing Writer

By Thomas Oldenberger Ledger Guest Writer

Nowadays, it is easy to get lost in the consumer-driven shuffle that Valentine’s Day catalyzes. The standard has become a dozen roses, a card, and dinner at a restaurant somewhere in Hollywood that is undoubtedly overcharging couples eager to show their love for one another by ordering the heart-shaped tuna sashimi. But Silver Lake residents—and 30-year marriage veterans—Harvey and Elsie Steinberg are just the couple to tip the scales away from modern cynicism and back in favor of a purer, more romantic notion of how to celebrate love this Feb. 14th. “Every time we greet each other and leave each other, we always say ‘Gosh, I really care about you and love you,’� said Harvey, 76, who radiates jovial warmth from his 5’6�, bespectacled, silver-haired frame. “Love was the original meaning of [Valentine’s Day]. It seems like it’s a bit more mechanical and has lost the interaction that love needs,� said Elsie, 64, a California transplant from Hawaii with Philippine heritage, who shares her husband’s personable nature and affinity for warm conversation. In the early 1970s, Harvey was in his late 30s, working in the Los Angeles County City Planning Department downtown, and commuting from his Silver Lake bachelor pad, all while constantly searching for his very first mate. Their paths crossed while Elsie was working as an administrator in the City Planning office. After a few workrelated exchanges, Harvey persuaded her to help him

out with his master’s thesis at USC. That interaction led to an eight year courtship period, throughout which they maintained separate residences. They both speak of that stretch—lengthy by any standards—as a time where they were able to not only get to know themselves, but each other as well. “People make bad choices� without that knowledge, said Elsie. Harvey agreed. “Believe me, we were 100% certain when we got married,� he said. So what advice do they have for people still testing the waters in the game of love? “Respect for one another� is the cornerstone for a solid relationship Elsie insists. “Don’t go to bed angry,� Harvey mused. They also said that giving each other space, both physically and emotionally, is important so that the individual never gets lost in the relationship. And the burning question: how do they celebrate Valentine’s Day? Though they typically prefer a quiet, home-cooked meal, they do have one memorable Valentine’s Day in 2001. Harvey used his experience as a contractor to completely overhaul the 900 sq. ft. house he bought in the early 1970s (for a whopping $42,000). When they’re not enjoying dining out at Porto’s, in Glendale or Ginergrass in Silver Lake, they now enjoy each other in that house, year after year. For the Steinbergs, that’s exactly how it should be.

When couples come in for therapy my first question is “Why are you here?â€? Very often both of them want the same thing: “I want my partner to change.â€? The issues can usually be framed as “I want you to be more‌â€? or “I want you to stop doing‌â€? The specifics don’t really matter that much. What matters are the communication patterns. A simple, but profound exercise for couples is to ask them to talk to one another without using the word “you.â€? Try “Iâ€? statements instead. It feels awkward. Once couples get used to speaking kindly and using “Iâ€? statements, I often see rapid breakthroughs in communication. This simple adjustment in the communication dynamics often enables them to truly listen for the first time. Each member of a couple tends to keep coming back to the same core issues, and trying to deal with them in ways that have not worked. As long as the communication patterns stay the same the arguments keep repeating like a broken record. One of the roles of a good therapist is to ignore the contents of the arguments and listen to HOW the couple is communicating. By changing HOW they communicate a therapist can help them break the cycle of saying things over and over without making any progress. Thomas Oldenberger is an individual and couples therapist in Los Feliz.

with bayonets. At the turn of the century, postcard-Valentines became common. And by the early 1900s, hanging Valentines began to appear in America, as did standing, or “pull-down,� cards. Valentine cards given to Oliver’s mother by her father during the 1920s are heavily influenced by that era’s art deco style. These Valentines favor bright colors, pointed angles and fine detail. Oliver first exhibited her Valentines at the Glendale Public Library in the 1980s. Soon Oliver was introduced to other Valentine card collectors and joined the National Valentine Collectors’ Assoc. Though Oliver likes to collect a variety of vintage

Valentine cards, she said some collectors focus on specific types of Valentines, such as those made by a particular designer. “Some people collect Maude Humphrey Valentines,� she said. “[Humphrey] used her child as a model.� That child would later take the stage name of Humphrey Bogart. Oliver’s collection has been featured on Telemundo and CNN, and on the local cable program Collector’s Favorites. Her collection was also displayed at the National Heritage Museum in Highland Park. For more information about the National Valentine Collectors’ Association, contact Marilyn Oliver at mtowriter@ The local chapter will be holding its next meeting in Silver Lake on Feb. 17th.

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Vintage Valentines at Amelia Fitzwater ATWATER VILLAGE—Since Amelia Fitzwater opened in August, the storefront boutique on Glendale Boulevard offers a little something old, a little something new, for just about everyone. The shop—owned by childhood friends Imara Tammero, 28 and Silver Lake resident Annie Anderson, 27—is so named after “Amelia,� Tammero’s grandmother and “Fitzwater,� Anderson’s grandmother. The shop has a retro flare both owners’ grandmothers would have appreciated, but in a 2008, updated kind of way. Items for sell include “Jadeite�—handmade poured glass molded to their original early 1900s look—something Tammero calls “original, just newly made.� There are other throw backs to an earlier era: vintage wrapping papers—but made today with soy ink—baby board books, vintage reproduction matches and a wide

The keys to love at Amelia Fitzwater.

assortment of eco-friendly, vintage inspired shopping bags (either burlap or flour sack). Plus there are candles, books, journals, jewelry—a little something for everyone. “There’s nothing in the store that we wouldn’t buy ourselves,â€? said Tammero. “We try and find reasonably priced items that are different‌ things you can’t find in the mall.â€? For Valentine’s Day, check out: love keys, $20; wooden heart, $18; a Valentine’s lunch box, $10; old-fashioned Valentine card kit (makes 10 cards) $12.95; or a classic set of Valentine cards for $6 for a set of 10. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Complimentary gift wrap.

a classic gift boutique with retro flair

Valentines Day is just around the corner‌ Luckily so are we. an eclectic mix of gifts, books, paper and accessories, with new arrivals for valentines day



February 2008

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Los Feliz Ledger [real estate]

Inspections By Richard Stanley, Ledger Columnist When buyremoving covers of electrical ing a new home, panels, inspectors do not conthe buyer is duct intrusive evaluations. responsible for How to choose a qualified arranging inspections at their physical inspector? Ask friends own expense, so as to obviate and family. If you trust your any conflict of interest. It is broker’s integrity, ask for at vitally important that the least three recommendations. buyer have at least a general Interview all three and ask “physical” inspection of any for recent inspections. Inspecprospective purchase pertors in California are not yet formed by a qualified, disinlicensed, as such, but every interested inspector. spector should have a current A physical inspection is California contractor’s license, a foundaDVDs and e-mailed reports are tion-to-roof, acceptable, but nothing beats a paper visual inspection of report that you can make notes on major imand that the inspector can doubleprovements check and go over with you while you on the land. are at the property. If possible, the inspector should crawl into which can be checked online. the foundation sub-area, enter Inspector affiliate group acthe attic, inspect all major syscreditations are nice, but not tems of the house such as elecessential. trical, plumbing, roofing and A thorough inspection foundation and check the genshould take at least three hours eral structural condition of the for the average three-bedroom, property. The inspector should 2,000-square foot house. Innote not-to-code items. They ordinately long inspections do can also offer ball-park cost esnot mean better inspections. I timates of repairs, but should once found an inspector, notonot be bidding on work to be rious for his 12-hour inspecperformed later. Other than tions, snoring under a house!

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At the end of the inspection, you should receive a written report. DVDs and emailed reports are acceptable, but nothing beats a paper report that you can make notes on and that the inspector can double-check and go over with you while you are at the property (be at the property for the inspection—have the inspector show you issues and explain problems). To put problems in

perspective, ask the inspector to prioritize the report. No house is perfect, and buyers usually uncover issues during inspections that were unknown when they wrote their offers. Informed sellers expect a “round two” of negotiations if the issues are of a health or safety nature or of great magnitude. Whatever ensues, any further negotiations must be concluded within the

contingency period or any extension thereof. Sellers are free to obtain rebuttal inspections (which must be provided to the buyer), but be advised that another inspection may depict uncovered problems even more harshly! Richard Stanley is a 20-year veteran of local real estate. He can be reached at Coldwell BankerLos Feliz, (323) 906-2417.

February 2008

Los Feliz Ledger [city sleuth]

The Picture is Worth the Proverbial 1,000 Words By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist I was wrong when I declared recently that northern Vermont Avenue’s massive ficus trees are 50 years old. On a visit over the Christmas holiday, my mother remarked that the scale of the trees indicated even more maturity. My search to determine the age began with a call to a

Park is a residential tract known as Hillhurst Park, and accounts in the Los Angeles Times data base indicate Hillhurst Park was the initial subdivision of hundreds of acres William Mead purchased from Griffith J. Griffith in 1910. Mead selected landscape architect Wilbur Cook, who had planned then new Beverly Hills, to create streets which curved with the terrain, with

Feliz so many Spanish-style homes, had not yet begun. The ficus, and palms in the parkways, seemed to be well established, and the streets were paved. I contacted Rulon Openshaw, who probably has lived on Vermont Avenue as long as almost anyone in the neighborhood, and he e-mailed a photograph showing Vermont Canyon from Los Feliz Boulevard with the Frank Lloyd

Wright Ennis House on Glendower Avenue appearing to be recently completed. That occurred in 1925. The palms are a good 20 feet tall, and the ficus probably 20 feet high, already towering over cars parked in the street. The Los Angeles Public Library’s photo data base revealed a view of the Vermont parkways, still with palms, with the Observatory in place. It was dated as 1935. There are no palms today. But the ficus macrophylla remain, some 39 of them. If

they were planted when the tract was subdivided and the curbs and gutters installed, that would make them almost 95 years old. Was I off! Photos hold so many clues. Using the word “trees,” I picked up 1,309 references to photos with trees in the Los Angeles Public Library’s collection. It is a task one can accomplish without visiting a library. Go to “LAPL” on a computer with Internet access, and search the photo collection for whatever mystery you want to solve.

The Los Angeles Public Library’s photo data base revealed a view of the Vermont parkways, still with palms, with the Observatory in place. It was dated as 1935. forester for the city. No, there is no record keeping for tree planting, he said. Tracking tree trimming seems to be the extent of data collection. Without examining one of the ficus macrophylla in person, he estimated that the trees were the age of the deodars on Los Feliz Boulevard which were planted in the midst of the Depression in about 1936. The area where Vermont Avenue curves into Griffith

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parkways in their midst. Advertising for the tract began in 1913. City archives hold deeds for easements for sewers issued in October, 1914. I found an aerial view of Vermont Canyon in a book on the history of the Los Feliz Improvement Association, which is available at Skylight Books. There was no date, but there were only a few homes in the photo, and the land boom of the 1920s which brought Los


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Renaissance Woman By Colleen Paeff

90026 Single Family Homes 846

SILVER LAKE BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $674,000

1334 ANGELUS AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 510,000

90027 Single Family Homes 2436 N COMMONWEALTH AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,995,000 2575 GLENDOWER AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,341,000 3813 EVANS ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 859,000 2532 LYRIC AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 615,000

90039 Single Family Homes

2216 MEADOW VALLEY TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,105,000 4062 EDENHURST AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600,000 3176 LA CLEDE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465,000 1149 COLE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450,454 3034 CASITAS AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 417,000

90068 Single Family Homes

Maggie Baird.

6432 WEIDLAKE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500,000 3341 TROY DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875,000 6925 TREASURE TRL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 850,000 3424 TROY DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 827,000

90068 Condominimums 2267 N GOWER ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $852,000 1900 VINE ST 404 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 495,000 3625 FREDONIA DR 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480,000

Sales are from the previous month. Source: Great American Real Estate Solutions

Mortgage Crisis Hotline Available A toll-free number (877) 592-HOPE is available for those in jeopardy of losing their homes, in the wake of the recent surge of foreclosures in the greater Los Angeles area. Los Angeles city council president and area councilmember Eric Garcetti and Operation HOPE founder, John Hope Bryant recently announced the expansion of the crisis hotline to provide counseling services to those in jeopardy of losing their homes. The hotline is staffed by more than 100 volunteers and financial professionals to help callers in both English and Spanish. “We want the many Angelenos who are facing foreclosure to know they are not alone,” Garcetti said in a statement. “Help is just a phone call away.” For assistance, call: 877-592-HOPE (4673).

SILVER LAKE—Families know Maggie Baird as a music teacher for the Foothills Music Together program at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Rowena and Hyperion. But she’s also a baker of high end wedding cakes, a voiceover artist, an accomplished actor, an improv teacher, a singer/song writer, a maker of reusable gift bags (sold at All Shades of Green on Rowena), and the wife and mother of two home schooled kids. And she’s pretty good on the trapeze, too. How does she manage to balance it all? “By the skin of my teeth,” Baird said. Baird grew up in Colorado but moved to New York City to pursue work as an actor. She spent ten years acting in New York and doing regional theater from Washington D.C. to Alaska before moving to Los

Angeles in 1991, where she and her husband settled in Silver Lake. She joined L.A.’s improv comedy troupe, the Groundlings, first as a student and then as a company member, writing and performing with Will Ferrell and Jennifer Coolidge among others. There, she wrote musical numbers, performed song improvisations and started teaching. So when her first child was born, teaching music to children was a natural progression. But what about all her other activities? Why so many? “I need a creative life and I find a lot of different ways to fill that creative need,” Baird said. “My favorite thing is to


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learn something new… But really, right now I’m focusing on my music.” Baird’s first album, My Father’s Daughter, received some favorable responses but when her second child was born, she let her music career go by the wayside. Today, Baird is recording her second album, remixing her first, and has created a MySpace page (www.myspace. com/maggiebairdmusic) complete with song demos, despite her self-proclaimed aversion to technology. “I do think that whole thing about how you can have it all at once isn’t really true,” Baird said. “You can have it all—but over a long period of time.”


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Los Feliz Ledger [ GREETINGS FROM TOM ]

Our New Adult Center By Tom LaBonge Los Angeles City Council District 4 One of my goals is to improve services to the people of the 4th district, young and old alike. That’s why the opening of the new Griffith Park Community Adult Center is particularly gratifying. We’ve seen the need and we’ve met it. The collective energy of the people involved—seniors, city departments, my staff, supporters and friends—pushing and prodding and never giving up these past few years, has resulted in something great for our over 50-and-over residents of Atwater Village, Echo Park, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. It was around my 50th birthday when I received a call from Los Feliz resident Al Delugach, upset because his bridge group was told they could no longer play at Friendship Auditorium. Al’s a very easy-going, amiable person so I knew this was something to take seriously. It was also around this time, I was mulling over new uses for the Griffith Observatory Satellite trailers as the Observatory renovation was nearing completion. I was considering these twin challenges when I visited the Silver Lake Recreation Center on my actual 50th birthday. There, I encountered three of the most powerful seniors in Los Angeles—Lia Lomedico, Stephanie Vendig and Bea Gold. They are a good-natured group: they sang me “Happy Birthday” and handed me an AARP application. They told me their Silver Lake Senior Club had become so popular, it was having a hard time scheduling activities with those organized by the recreation center. It was then that I put it all together: we’d reuse the trailers, put then next to Friendship Auditorium and that would be our new senior center. We were fortunate to have funding to move the trailers and to have them cleaned up and customized to the needs of our wonderful seniors. The center will allow for learning, reading, eating, relaxing and socializing. I’ll be by many times. After all, being over 50, I’m a member of the club too! February 2008

5 Simple Things To Conserve Water By Eric Garcetti Los Angeles City Council President/ CD 13 Despite early rains that ushered in the New Year, water continues to be a scarce resource in Los Angeles and throughout the region. Lower-than-average rainfall during the past two years has made water conservation crucial. During the severe drought in the late 1980s and early1990s, the city of Los Angeles stepped up its efforts to educate about water conservation and many of us made behavioral changes to our daily routines at home. The Dept. of Water and Power invested millions of dollars, installing low-flow toilets and providing flow restrictors to help homeowners reduce water consumption. The city also changed the building code to require every home that is sold in Los Angeles to have only low-flow toilets. These investments, along with business’s efforts to conserve water, ensured that DWP could continue to meet our water consumption needs over the past two decades. Indeed, today Angelenos use the same amount of water we did 20 years ago, despite a population increase of 1 million residents. The challenge now is that we must find additional ways to be vigilant about water conservation as we face a potential drought in 2008. Fortunately, we have room for improvement when it comes to outdoor water use. Sprinkler systems, hoses and

other outdoor water use account for approximately 40% of all water used in Los Angeles. Conserving outdoor water could reduce the need for mandatory water restrictions. Here are five simple things you can do to conserve outdoor water: • Turn off automatic sprinklers when it rains. Waterfall from a typical Los Angeles rain is usually enough to keep a lawn watered for a week to 10 days. • Water yards before 8 a.m. This helps reduce evaporation and can save 25 gallons per day. • Check sprinklers to make sure you are only using as much water as your lawn and garden need. The average household uses more than four times the actual amount of water needed to keep a lawn healthy and green. Check out the watering calculator and watering index at www.bewaterwise. com.

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Issues Meeting Set for March 8th Tell Us What’s On Your Mind By Rusty Millar and Laura Dwan/SLNC Co-Chairs The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has scheduled an “issues meeting” for March 8 where the governing board sits and listens to the community. Historically, these meetings have been a great way for the board to get a good understanding of what is most on the minds of stakeholders in Silver Lake. Recently, a Los Angeles city clerk decision was made to begin taking over elections for neighborhood councils. Now, we will have the resources of the city elections office to do far more outreach to all stakeholders than we can now on the election process. However, we had to make a decision on this to work in the time

line that the city clerk came up with. In order to make this happen, with some degree of smoothness and after significant discussion, we pushed all terms to 2010 with elections every two years. This year, at each of the monthly board meetings, we will have a presentation from each SLNC committee on their work so the community can become better informed of what the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is about. We are also having our LAPD Senior Lead Officers give a brief update on what is taking place in the community. We encourage any one to join a committee and be a part of making our community a better place.

• Fix leaky sprinklers and faucets. Fixing a leaky faucet will save approximately 15 to 20 gallons per day/per leak. Fixing a leaky sprinkler could save up to 500 gallons per month. • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Many people do it, but with the exception of water brooms, it is against city law and subject to citation to use water on hard surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks. Each of these steps will not only help our environment, they will also save you money on your water bill. For more information about how you can do your part to save water, visit or


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LACMA Looking for Docents The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is seeking volunteers to serve as docents. An art background is not required; however, prospective docents should have an interest in learning about art and working with students. In addition to giving tours, docents

enjoy special opportunities including behind-the-scenes tours at LACMA, invitations to view private collections around Southern California and attend lectures given by leading scholars. Docents also receive a one-year training course in art history and touring techniques.

Application information for the next docent training class: or (323) 8576119. Applications are due by Feb. 22nd.

Medicare Plans— Choosing Your Best Options By Wendy Caputo Ledger Guest Writer The annual Medicare open enrollment deadline has passed, but you can choose to change your Medicare or Medicare HMO provider once before March 31st. Good questions to ask include: Do I need a supplemental plan? Does my employer offer a retirement supplement? Does the supplemental plan cover what Medicare does not? Is a Medicare HMO better? Are prescription medications included? What are the plan’s annual deductibles and what are the co-pays after the deductible is met? These websites are good resources:,, and Wendy Caputo is the executive director of Sunset Hall, offering programs for seniors.

[ obituary ]

Dr. Kathleen Revel 1927-2007 By Michael Locke, Ledger Contributing Writer Dr. Kathleen Revel, a long time resident of Los Feliz, died on October 5th, 2007 in her native North Carolina. Revel had a life-long dream of becoming a medical doctor, which she began pursuing by attending Western Maryland College on scholarship. After completing one year, she applied to the Charlotte (N.C.) Memorial Hospital School of Nursing where she began her training in 1945. After graduation, she worked at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Walter Reed Army Hospital, where she became interested in the U.S. Air Force. She applied, was accepted and assigned to the first USAF Flight Nursing School. During the Korean War, she served in the capacity of training nurses to stabilize the wounded for transfer for further treatment in the United States. She was honorably discharged in 1953. Revel lived for many years in the Los Feliz area while she attended Immaculate Heart College where she completed her B.S. degree. She also rented

an apartment on Los Feliz Boulevard and then later, purchased a home on Glencairn Road, where she lived from 1971 until her retirement in 1989. She attended the University of California-Irvine Medical School, graduating in 1964, and went into private practice in Glendale, serving on the staff of Glendale Memorial Hospital for 25 years. In 1989, Revel was forced into retirement due to a medical disability. In 2002, she returned to her North Carolina roots, settling in Hendersonville. Although retired from active practice, she continued to stay interested in her profession through independent study. She is survived by Eve Hoover, her business associate, companion and caregiver; brothers Jerry and Donnie; sisters Ailean Linton, Cora Sue Oxendine, Mary Joyce and Margaret Lockear and several nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts may be made to BRCC Educational Foundation, 180 Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Please specify in honor of Dr. Kathleen Revel.

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Bus Route Cancellations

Adult Center Opens, Finally! By Stephanie Vendig Ledger Columnist On Thurs., Jan. 31st at 10 a.m., when this paper is going out to the community, a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony will be taking place. The long-awaited opening of the Griffith Park Adult Community Center at 3201 Riverside Dr. is finally being launched. As with many construction projects, delays for one reason or another, have postponed the facility opening for months. But now it is here, ready to greet all of you who will come through its doors. This facility will be operated by the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks under the leadership of Mark Wilson, facility director. The

By Stephanie Vendig Ledger Columnist

facility will serve the 50+ population of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The Griffith Park Adult Community Club, formerly the Silver Lake Senior Club, will work with Wilson to provide quality programming; and through its fund-raising, the club will be able to enrich the center’s offerings. On Sat., March 1st, there will be a community celebration in which there will be an opportunity for you to tour the facility, participate in some class demonstrations, buy used books, enjoy music, dance, eat and become acquainted with a place that could add to your quality of life.

[ obituary ] Angelo J. Ristuccia, an area resident since 1960, died January 18th. Ristuccia was born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb07-GSH-002 GoodBestAd.4.0.qxp ruary 4, 1933. He worked for

the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for 35 years and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Korea. He is survived by his sister Rose Ristuccia and goddaugh6/18/07 PMVidal. Page 1 ter, Georgia4:02 Marie

We all should be tuned into Los Angeles transportation problems and their solutions. Our traffic is becoming a major issue. As I have observed, in Los Angeles, our conversations are not about the weather, but about traffic jams. And it is getting worse. The latest blow to our immediate community is that the local MTA bus routes serving the Silver Lake community are being cut as of June 2008. Route #201 service of Glendale-Koreatown via Silver Lake and Vermont will be cancelled on the weekends, and service south of Vermont & 1st Street will be cancelled altogether. Route #175 service of Silver Lake via Fountain & Hyperion is being cancelled entirely. #175 is the bus that goes by Marshall High School. You have an opportunity to note your concern by attending the public hearings. For this area, you would go to the San Gabriel Valley Sector Office in El Monte, 3449 Santa Anita Ave on Feb. 11th at 6 p.m. or you can go to the Metro Headquarters on Feb. 9th

at 10 a.m. You can mail your comments to Metro Customer Relations, One Gateway Plaza, 99PL4, LA 90012-2932, Attn: June 2008 Service Changes, or e-mail to customerrelations@ with June 2008 Service Changes in the subject line, or fax to (213) 922-6988.

To those of us still tied to our car, it is hard to envision this as our problem. However, if this city continues to encourage car dependency by shrinking the resources, we can’t really be called a great city of the world when we all come to a grinding halt in traffic.

Griffith Park Adult Community Club Calendar General Meeting and Luncheon: Wednesday, February 20th, 12 pm Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Trips

Thursday, Feb. 28th, Museum of Tolerance in West LA, 9:30 - 4:30, $13 (lunch not included) Thursday, March 13th, Tour of Sam and Alfreda Maloof’s Historic Residence and Gardens in Alta Loma, 8:45 to 4:45, $17 (lunch not included) Call Doris Slater at (323) 667- 1879 or Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681 for trip information.

February Classes All classes will take place at the Silver Lake Recreation Center. When Griffith Park Adult Community Center opens, some classes will move to the new site. Monday: Tuesday: Weds: Thursday: Friday:

Tai Chi, 9:30-11:30, Gym, free • Life Story Writing, 12:30-3:30, free Strength Training, 1:00 – 3:00, free Yoga and Stretching, 9:30 – 12:00, free Line Dancing, 10:00 – 11:15, $16/4 sessions or $5/session Yoga with Susan Quon 9:30 – 11:30, $4/session Tai Chi with Susan Quon 11:30 – 12:30, $2/session Craft Workshop, 11:00 – 1:00, free • Painting 1:00 – 3:00, free Aerobics to Latin Dance Rhythms, 2:30 – 4:30, free

Widows and Widowers Group, February 8th Call Bob Friedman at (323) 662-9686 or for place and more information. For Information on the Griffith Park Adult Community Club, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail at

Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!   To learn more about our current calendar of classes, concerts and cultural events, visit For information: Wendy Caputo (323) 962-5277

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Los Feliz Ledger [ FEBRUARY 2008 events calendar ]

Edited by Debru Petrov Art MLK in California at the California African American Museum. Photo exhibit chronicles the late Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and his visits to California between 1956 through 1968. Through Feb. 29th. 600 State Dr. Info: (213) 744-7432   Hearts in Art, a celebration of artwork created by members of the Glendale Art Association. Opening reception: Feb. 14th, 6:00 to 9:00p.m . Through Mar. 6th. FastFrame of Glendale. 112 N. Brand Blvd. Info: (818) 545-0044   Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale Opening reception: Feb. 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Through Mar. 2nd. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way Info: (323) 667-2000.   All the Saints of the City of the Angels, solo exhibition by J. Micheal Walker, Autry National Center. Feb. 29th through Sept. 7th.   Igloo Tornado, collections by artists Tom Neely, Gin Stevens, Levon Jihanian, and Scot Nobles. Opening Reception: Feb. 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Through Mar. 22nd. Black Maria Gallery,  3137 Glendale Blvd. Info: (323) 660-9393   Man Oh Man, solo exhibition by Bob Persichetti. LittleBird Gallery Through Feb. 10th. 3195 Glendale Blvd. (323) 662-1092   Japanese Painting: Calligraphy and Image Through Feb. 19th. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Pavillion for Japanese Art. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Info:(323) 857-6000

Books Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale Feb. 16th, 10:00 a.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353   Edendale Library Used Book Sale Feb. 6th, 2:00 p.m. 2011 W. Sunset Blvd. (213) 207-3000

Clubs Atwater Village Library Book Club Feb. 12th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353   Atwater Village Library Scrabble Club Feb. 23rd, 1:00 p.m. Bring your own boards. (323) 664-1353   Atwater Village Library Knitting Club Feb. 27th, 3:30 p.m. Bring your own needles and yarn. (323) 664-1353   Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome.   Los Angeles Garden Club 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Visitors’ Auditorium

Feb. 11th, 10:00 a.m. Public welcome.   Los Feliz Library Book Club Feb. 2nd, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710   Los Feliz Library Quilting Club Feb. 16th, 11:00 a.m. (323) 913-4710

Dance Seniors Valentine’s Day Dance Feb. 11th, Noon to 1:30p.m. Assistance League of Southern California Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center 1360 N. St. Andrews Place Info: (323) 957-3900 Public welcome.   Year of the Rat, a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration with colorful dance performances, asian food sampling, martial arts demonstrations, and craft ideas. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens Feb. 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 5333 Zoo Drive, Free with zoo admission.

Kabbalistic,Chasidic, and Zen Buddhist Spiritual Teachings. Feb. 6th through 27th, 7: 30p.m. to 9:00p.m. 1212 N. Pacific Ave. Reservations: (818) 246-8101

Music Aretha Franklin Feb. 14th, 15th at 8:15 p.m. 777 Chick Hearn Court. Info:  Sundays Live 2008 Concert Series The Blue Rose Trio performs Feb. 3rd, 6:00 p.m. Chamber Music Palisades, Feb.

10th, 6:00 p.m. The Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, Feb. 24th, 6:00 p.m. Public welcome. Bing Center 5905 Wilshire Blvd.   Black History Month with jazz entertainment, special guests, african drum demonstrations, food, includes arts and crafts. Feb. 23rd & 24th. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free with zoo admission. (323) 644-4211

Theatre Aspects of Love, an intimate love triangle story.

Feb. 11th, at 7:30 p.m. Alex Theatre 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets: (818) 243-2539   To Kill A Mockingbird Feb. 2nd, at 2:00p.m.& 8:00 p.m. Alex Theatre Tickets: (818) 243-2539 The Color Purple, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic novel, through Mar. 9th. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Ave., Tickets:(213) 628-2772 

Films Tuesday matinees at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Cimarron (1960) starring Glenn Ford. Feb. 5th, 1:00 p.m. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) starring James Stewart. Feb. 12th, 1:00 p.m. Party Girl (1958) Feb. 19th, 1:00 p.m. Humoresque (1947) starring Joan Crawford. Feb. 26th, 1:00 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets:(323) 857-6010

Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Feb. 19th, 7:00 p.m., Los Feliz Community Police Center,   Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Feb. 6th, 7:00 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Street Elementary School

Lectures & Learning Free Computer Classes for Seniors Come learn how to navigate through the Internet. Feb. 12th, 3:00 p.m. Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710   Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers invites all to come take a closer look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur astronomers. Feb. 16th & 20th, 2: 00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800   Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County explores Joshua Tree National Park during a two day family filled camping trip. Ages 7 and up. Feb. 9th through 10th. Reservations:(213) 763-3348   Temple Sinai of Glendale presents Living Deeply Through Spiritual Wisdom: Integrating


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Restaurant Guide Special Section

The Restaurant Guide represents a selection of restaurants chosen by the editors of Los Feliz Ledger. To have restaurants listed in the guide, send information to = Delivery available

Echo Park 15

1320 Echo Park Ave., (213) 481-0454

One of Echo Park’s newest and most upscale spots, with a sleek interior and full cocktail bar. Contemporary American dishes including short ribs, pastas and vegetarian selections. Before 7 p.m., a $15 tasting menu is available. Dinner only, closed Sunday.


1538 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 250-4256

Founded in 1961, Barragan’s is a longtime Echo Park tradition with full traditional Mexican specialties, combination plates and frosty margaritas in fruity flavors. Margarita Wednesdays feature bargain drinks. Mexican breakfast every day and menudo on weekends.

Brite Spot

1918 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 484-9800

Open until 4 a.m., the comfort-food intensive diner has been updated with vegetarian choices and the desserts patrons crave in the middle of the night.

El Compadre

1449 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 250-4505

This newer outpost of a longtime Sunset Strip

February 2008

Mexican spot wins fans for its flaming margaritas and proximity to Dodger Stadium.

Elf Cafe

2135 W Sunset Blvd., (213) 848-6829

Atwater Village

Viet Noodle Bar

Asia Los Feliz

Southern Vietnamese-style noodles and salads meet up with Vietnamese coffee and health tonics in a spare room with two long communal tables and a shelf piled high with bohemian literature. Lunch and dinner.

3179 Los Feliz Blvd., (323) 906-9498

Mediterranean flavors permeate vegetarian and vegan dishes at this tiny, stylish café run by a friendly local indie band. Macaroni with bleu cheese, veggie tajine and tomato and feta tart are among the offerings. Closed Monday and Tuesday, dinner only, no alcohol.

Upscale pan-Asian dishes including Tom Kah lobster bisque and spicy red curry rib-eye steak are featured at this stylish spot that also has a full sushi bar, banquet room and exotic cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily.

Mae Ploy

One of the area’s most convivial spots, with a lively cosmopolitan crowd and seasonally-inspired French and Mediterranean dishes. Closed Monday, no reservations. Beer and wine; dinner only.

2606-2608 Sunset Blvd., (213) 353-9635

Reasonably-priced, authentic Thai food with specialties like eggplant salad, crab noodles and spicy catfish.

Masa Bakery & Café

1800 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 989-1558

Chicago deep-dish pizza is one of the reasons this all-purpose neighborhood café is popular, but call ahead as it takes an hour for it to cook. Paninis, crepes, burgers, pasta and dinner entrees and beer and wine are served. Brunch on weekends.


2212 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 483-4939

Offers a wide selection of Japanese dishes including sushi, rolls, udon, tempura and teriyaki. Closed Sunday.

Taix French Restaurant

1911 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 484-1265

Continental dishes including oxtail and duck a l’orange at one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants, which features an excellent wine list and live entertainment in the lounge several nights a week.


3219 Glendale Blvd., (323) 666-7133

India Sweets & Spices

3126 Los Feliz Blvd., (323) 345-0360

3133 Glendale Blvd., (323) 906-1575

Los Feliz Alcove

1929 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 644-0100

1813 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 667-3388

3110 Glendale Blvd., (323) 667-9591

There’s more than just pho at this reasonably-priced Vietnamese spot that offers vegetarian dishes, Vietnamese crepes with chicken and shrimp, chicken egg rolls, grilled pork chops or chicken with rice and tofu pho soup among the choices. Closed Mondays.

Tam O’Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd., (323) 664-0228 info.asp In the same location since 1922, the Tam O’Shanter is a piece of Hollywood history. The rambling Tudor style restaurant features traditional fare like roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Try an Irish coffee or hand carved sandwich in the bar area.

Figaro Bistro

1802 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 662-1587

Chi Dynasty

One of the neighborhood’s few Chinese restaurants has a new location with the same favorite dishes like Chinese chicken salad and hot and sour soup.

The interior is a note-perfect recreation of a vintage French bistro, while outside, scenesters congregate over cappuccinos at sidewalk tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner of French dishes including steak frites. Full bar and wine list. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Fred 62

1850 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 667-0062

Cobras and Matadors

4655 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 669-3922

A menu of diner classics served 24 hours a day is livened up with Asian dishes like Thai cobb salad and soba noodles at this stylishly grungy retro coffee shop. Beer and wine.

Spanish tapas and Spanish wine are the theme at this festive tapas bar, with dishes like crispy lentils and churros with chocolate dipping sauce. Also try the tiny French wine bar next door, Sgt. Recruiter, which serves up platters of fresh oysters.

Green Leaves Vegan

1769 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 664-2345

Dresden Room

1760 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 665-4294

Modern Indian cooking in a bohemian atmosphere with lots of vegetarian choices including tofu and mushroom curries in addition to tandoori chicken and other Indian favorites. A DJ spins Indian discostyle music later in the evening, and there’s a full bar. Lunch and dinner daily.

Grilled chicken and beef entrees in addition to a full sushi bar, happy hour specials and sake. Lunch weekdays; dinner daily.

4469 Sunset Drive, (323) 660-4722

Indochine Vien

4656 Franklin Ave., (323) 953-0040

1972 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 664-1891

Café at the Vista

Cozy coffee shop next to the historic Vista Theatre. Serves coffee, tea and a daily array of fresh goodies (pastries, muffins, quiche, croissants.) Have a cup of java before or after the movie and stay for free WiFi.

Electric Lotus

En Sushi

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tempting desserts are served at this pleasant, busy cafe with a large shady patio. The adjacent Village Gourmet shop stocks cheeses, prepared foods and wine.

Southern Indian specialties including burrito-like dosas, uttapam and puri are made to order, while various curries and dals are available buffet style at this economical vegetarian cafeteria. Great selection of Indian sweets.

Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. The restaurant is open daily at 4:30 p.m.

The Dresden has a full dinner menu featuring Certified Angus Beef with singers Marty and Elayne in the lounge

Vegan breakfasts and burgers and Thai dishes like rock and roll noodles and soy chicken sate.

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1760 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 669-0211

A wide menu and a homey patio make Home a choice for breakfast, burgers, dinner and snacks. Full bar. Menu ranges from a Monte Cristo sandwich to such dinner entrees as Rib eye steak, chicken marsala and pork chops. Also, salads and assorted pizzas. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun - Thurs; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri and Sat.

sushi creations like crispy tuna, with a small patio for outdoor dining.

Simply Thai

1850 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 665-6958

Thai dishes incorporate elements of fusion cooking, including Hot Mermaid, a fried fish fillet with green beans and chili garlic sauce and Hand-Dipped Curry, a chicken curry with pita bread and New Yorker, a grilled filet of beef. Lunch and dinner, closed Monday.

Il Capriccio on Vermont

Square One

Reasonably-priced Italian dishes executed with homey flair. Pasta with lamb and eggplant and seafood salad are recommended.

Decadent breakfasts made with the best farmer’s market-fresh ingredients are winners, including French toast with banana-citrus caramel, eggs with chorizo and salsa roja and creamy cheese grits with bacon. Breakfast and lunch, closed Monday.

1757 North Vermont Ave., (323) 662-5900

Il Capriccio Pizzeria

4518 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 644-9760

Gourmet pies made in a wood burning oven, customize your pizza or choose combos like the Funghi di Bosco mushroom pie or Spicy Mama Flora pie with sausage and rapini.

Little Dom’s

2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 661-0055

This offshoot of Dominick’s—near the Beverly Center—will be open for European breakfasts, lunch and dinner, with a deli offering paninis and pizzas. The menu concentrates on simple, clean Italian food with organic ingredients.

Louise’s Trattoria

4500 Los Feliz Blvd.

The Los Feliz outpost of this local chain offers a shuttle to the Greek Theater. Dishes include pizzas, pastas, chicken and steak and a kid’s menu. Private room, full bar.

Mes Amis

1739 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 661-5900

French bistro offers brunch, lunch and dinner including pizzas, sandwiches and entrees like rack of lamb, polenta-wrapped monkfish and bouillabaisse. The children’s menu includes a Nutella crepe, and there’s a small wine bar.

Mexico City

2121 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 661-7227

Lunch and dinner every day at this modern Mexican standby with dishes like chicken in mole verde, fresh tamales and killer margaritas.

Mustard Seed Café

1948 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 660-0670

Neighborhood cafe is popular for brunch and lunch dishes like eggs bruschetta, turkey burger and ahi tuna tacos. Closed Monday.

Niko Niko

1755 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 953-8900

A wide variety of sushi, creative rolls and cooked Japanese dishes. Lunch and dinner every day.


1858 N Vermont Ave., (323) 663-1178

Palermo’s pizza has legions of local fans, and the Los Feliz staple decorated with murals of Italy also offers Italian specialties, from veal piccata to manicotti alla Siciliana. Full bar. Lunch and dinner, closed Tuesday.


1727 N. Vermont Ave., Suite 105 (323) 666-0880

Reliable neighborhood Thai spot has plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes in the rotation.


2064 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 667-1357

Spicy chicken linguine, grilled stuffed salmon and filet mignon are among selections at this lively spot with sidewalk tables, with an emphasis on organic ingredients, pizzas and pastas. Lunch and dinner.


2040 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 660-3868

4854 Fountain Ave., (323) 661-1109


2138 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 666-8666

Live music and entertainment are featured nearly every night of the week at this atmospheric restaurant, bar and lounge, which is also available for private parties. Full menu including happy hour discounts, small plates, pastas, steaks and seafood.

Trattoria Farfalla

1978 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 661-7365

Always-packed neighborhood trattoria offers a wide selection of pastas, thin-crust pizza, salads and main dishes including veal scallopine and marinated, grilled skirt steak. Lunch and dinner daily.


1966 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 644-1798

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A Vacation’s Worth of Wine Tasting By Chris Rubin, Wine and Spirits Columnist I spent the first week of the New Year in Santa Barbara, relaxing at a rental house near the Mission in the hills with two of my siblings and our significant others. As I had just recently renovated my home wine cellar, it seemed like the perfect time to find and drink some of the older bottles I had misplaced over the years and rediscovered during the construction process. So I packed two cases of older reds and threw them in the trunk with some books, magazines and DVDs. Each night during the vacation, we dined at one of the city’s finest restaurants, toting

a bottle or two we hoped to enjoy with dinner. We ordered a local white from the wine list—discovering some great Central Coast producers— and asked the waiter to open our long-aged reds, which were mostly, but not entirely, Cabernet-based. We dined at Bouchon, Zen Yai, Petit Valentien, Olio e Limone, Los Olivos Café and Downey’s. From their wine lists, we ordered white wines to go with the first courses, and then moved on to the wines we had brought. Most waiters were happy to open our bottles and decant them, and corkage—the fee for opening and serving our wines—ranged from zero (one

waiter waived the fee when we offered him a sip) to $20. During the week, we sampled everything from a ’99 Colgin Cellars and a ’94 Clos du Val Cabernet to a ’92 Caymus Special Selection and even a couple of older champagnes. Most of them had aged well and were impressive, though a few had been left too long in the cellar and weren’t drinkable. We agreed that the real revelation was the local gems we selected from the restaurants’ wine lists – Brander Sauvignon Blanc, Alban Viognier, Curran Grenache Blanc and Bernat Chardonnay, to name a few. My siblings and I realized that these simple and often inexpensive whites added at least as much to the meal as the trophy reds.

A Brazilian feast of grilled chicken or beef can be had at this casual spot at very reasonable prices, along with huge salads and Brazilian-accented burgers and sandwiches. Order from the adjacent wine bar’s extensive list.


1806 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 663-0050

Honey duck and red wine snapper are among the more exotic dishes; all the Thai favorites are also available. Lunch and dinner specials.


1714 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 661-6163

Braised Sonoma duck and wild Alaskan halibut are among the entrees at this upscale restaurant serving eclectic cuisine; the sleek adjacent lounge offers well-crafted cocktails. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly.

Vinoteca Farfalla

1968 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 661-8070

Cosmopolitan wine bar has over 45 wines by the glass and small plates featuring cheeses, charcuterie, and Brazilian tastes from the sister restaurant Tropicalia. Open nightly.


2056 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 662-1214

This tiny taco hut is a James Beard-award winner for its Mexican and Yucatan specialties of cochinita pibil, carne asada, carnitas, machacha and Yucatan tamales. The hamburgers also have a following. Yuca’s has a second location at Yuca’s on Hollywood, 4666 Hollywood Blvd.

Silver Lake Agra Café

4325 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 665-7818

Hard-to-find Balti dishes, curries and naan at this hidden Indian spot.


3510 W Sunset Blvd., (323) 913-1422

Distinctive, updated Mexican dishes; plenty of vegetarian choices; fresh juices, no beer or wine. Lunch and dinner; closed Sunday.

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[ restaurant news ] By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Contributing Writer There’s lots of upheaval on the Los Feliz/Silver Lake restaurant scene this month, with old-timers moving out and newcomers spiffing up the neighborhood. Little Dom’s has replaced La Belle Epoque, and although the interior is completely new, the restaurant has the weathered patina of an old-time New York Italian joint. Don’t miss Monday night specials with $5 pizzas and $5 beers. Stay tuned for the deli and takeout counter opening next door in the next few weeks. Lamill Coffee Boutique

has opened on Silver Lake Boulevard High-end coffees and teas are accompanied by pastries including a bacon and onion brioche, sandwiches and salads, egg dishes and delicately-flavored, Asian-inflected desserts. Meanwhile, a few doors down, the Backdoor Bakery has closed after 18 years, and is currently seeking space to relocate. Michelangelo Pizzeria, also on Silver Lake Boulevard, is scouring the neighborhood for new locations, since the owner of the pizzeria’s building would like to take over the space.


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Bashan: An Oasis in Northern Glendale By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Restaurant Critic Owned by chef Nadav Bashan and his wife Romy, Bashan is certainly one of the most sophisticated spots in the area, with excellent, convivial service. The cooking is contemporary American with some stealthy Asian ingredients like Japanese varieties of mushrooms, daikon radish or Okinawa yam. Bashan’s storefront is simply and calmingly decorated with white contempo lighting fixtures and driftwood wall hangings, and while the room is usually full, it’s quiet enough for normal conversation. Just don’t take your friends Mr. Meaty or Frugal Fran along, because there will likely be complaints about portion sizes and prices, despite Bashan’s finesse in cooking and plating. We started with a creative salad with meltingly rich burrata cheese ($14). The menu keeps pace with the seasons, so there were no out-of-character tomatoes to be found; instead the cheese was nestled in endive and bresaola. The dried beef was a good swap for the more common prosciutto, and bits of parsnips, dates and pistachios decorated the plate. Everyone talks up the braised pork belly, but we wanted to try the crispy sweetbreads ($15). Three mild-tasting sweetbreads were perched on flavorful piquillo pepper strips with parsley and capers in this satisfying appetizer. Main courses are equally delicate. Mr. Meaty predictably chose the flat iron steak ($28), served as a line of steak cubes with adornments of butternut squash puree, chante-

relle mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. Columbia River steelhead trout ($24) sat on precise rectangles of braised daikon. A flurry of bacon and buna-shimji mushrooms on the side provided some savory counterpoints to the overly-mild daikon. Bashan once cooked at fish-intensive Providence, and there are always several interesting seafood preparations on the menu, including New Bedford scallops, Kushi oysters, Catalina halibut and barramundi with Jerusalem artichoke and chorizo. Also on the brief main course menu is Maple Leaf farm duck breast with quince puree and shitake mushroom and seared chicken breast with a confit of its leg made into a salad. After dinner, choose from three desserts and a cheese plate. Coffee pannacotta with dulce de leche sauce and an Alfajore cookie ($7) played nicely with bitter/caramel and creamy/crunchy flavors. It’s hard to fault Bashan: every detail is perfectly-executed. Yet the overall effect is rather precious—like as precious as the Barbie-sized coconut macaroon presented with the check. Cooking of this quality is inevitably pricey, but after paying $120 for two with just one drink each, Mr. Meaty was still contemplating a stop at In ‘n Out on the way home. Bashan 3459 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, (818) 541-1532 Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at

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El Cochinito

Michelangelo Pizzeria Ristorante

3508 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 668-0737


2903 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 644-2833

Specials are the way to go this mini-mall Italian spot. Try the burrata salad, mango shrimp salad or mushroom timbale appetizer in addition to pasta or veal dishes. Dinner nightly.


2903 Rowena Ave., (323) 660-1882

Upscale New American cuisine with dishes including truffled mac ‘n cheese, pan-roasted halibut and short ribs with polenta, and one of the neighborhood’s best wine lists. Desserts include ale doughnuts and chocolate souffle cake. Lunch and dinner daily.

1637 Silver Lake Blvd.

Traditional Cuban fare including ropa vieja and platanos at bargain prices.

Thin crust pizzas, pasta and Italian chicken dishes and a pleasant patio. Lunch and dinner, closed Sun.

El Conquistador


3701 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 666-5136

3524 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 664-0404

Hefty margaritas, a kitschy atmosphere and large Mexican combo plates are featured at this longtime Silver Lake spot.

The funky neighborhood hangout is famous for the Devil’s Mess packed with eggs, sausage and cheese, and the spinach-pine nut scramble is healthy and tasty. Breakfast and lunch.

El Siete Mares Family Restaurant 3131 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 665-0865

Nadpob Thai

Flore Vegan Cuisine

Silver Lake’s most authentic Thai restaurant, with papaya salad and zingy drunken noodles. Open daily until 2 a.m.

4321 W. Sunset Blvd., (323)666-9000

Popular taco stand specializing in fish tacos and ceviche is adjacent to the full-service Mexican seafood restaurant.

3818 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 953-0611


3206 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 906-9080 Sandwich shop specializes in Italian combo sandwiches, paninis and cannoli.

Casita Del Campo

1920 Hyperion Ave., (323) 662-4255

Large patio, a full bar with potent margaritas, banquet rooms and even a basement theater in addition to traditional Mexican plates.

Cliff’s Edge

3626 Sunset Blvd., (323) 666-6116

Italian and Mediterranean dishes like Moroccan lamb stew with apricots and almonds, pumpkin ravioli and roasted beet salad are served on the lovely multilevel, tree-shaded patio. Full bar. Dinner Mon-Sat brunch Sat-Sun.

Cafe Stella

3932 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 666-0265

Atmospheric sidewalk dining among the beautiful people with solid French bistro fare. New wine bar coming soon.

The Coffee Table

2930 Rowena Ave., (323) 644-8111

Screenwriters and everyone else hang out at this spacious coffee house with two patios which offers pastries and a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Try the breakfast burrito.

Comfort CafĂŠ

2520 Hyperion Ave., (323) 666-5616

Healthy breakfast and lunch food appeals to patrons of the gym next door, with fresh baked goods and low-carb choices.


1521 Griffith Park Blvd., (323) 667-1551

“Living� vegan, raw cuisine menu offers more than just salads, with raw ravioli, Thai curry and saffron cashew “cheese� balls. No alcohol. Lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays.

Dusty’s Bistro

3200 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 906-1018

A full bar, brunch, lunch and dinner at this fashionable spot with French dishes like croque monsieur, crepes and even French-Canadian poutine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Eat Well

3916 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 664-1624

Breakfast and lunch daily at this modernized diner.

Edendale Grill

2838 Rowena Ave., (323) 666-2000

Dine in a historic restored firehouse or on one of two lively patios, or try cocktails at the 38-foot mahogany bar. Steaks, seafood, salads and a bar menu which includes crab cakes, fried calamari and a Niman Ranch burger. Dinner daily, Sunday brunch.

Fresh and healthy veggie breakfasts and lunches, closed Monday.

Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Flying Leap CafĂŠ

Inside a former cottage, Nicky D turns out NY-style pizzas made in a wood-burning oven, including garlic clam and the Lucky Greek pizza, pasta, chicken and sandwiches. Beer and wine, gelato, patio. Lunch & dinner daily.

2764 Rowena Ave., (323) 664-3333

2538 Hyperion Ave., (323) 661-0618

A menu of comfort foods like burgers, meatloaf, pork tenderloins and Southwestern flavors meet the upstairs piano bar with live entertainment at the Other Side. Outdoor dining at the quaint Mary’s Metro Station next door.

Pazzaz Sushi

2524 Hyperion Ave., (323) 644-0771

Reasonably-priced, friendly sushi bar with baroque creations like the Hollywood roll and Godzilla roll, traditional sushi and vegetarian sushi.

Fritzie’s Pasta & Grill

2630 Hyperion Ave., (323) 664-7979

Pho CafĂŠ

Pasta dishes risotto, steaks, seafood and nightly specials. Closed Monday.

2841 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 413-0888

Brightly-lit ultra-modern Vietnamese noodle bar attracts hungry clubgoers until midnight. Beer and sake, vegetarian selections, cash only.


2396 Glendale Blvd., (323) 644-1600

Red Lion Tavern

Locals line up for a healthy, modern take on Vietnamese cuisine at this stylish restaurant. Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner every day, no reservations.

2366 Glendale Blvd., (323) 662-5337

A festive crowd snacks on hearty German dishes like sausage and sauerkraut, burgers and fish and chips, with a selection of German beers and a large patio.

Good Microbrew and Grill

Rambutan Thai

3725 W Sunset Blvd., (323) 660-3645

2835 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 273-8424

A former minimall coffee shop has slowly transformed into an alehouse with hundreds of beers and a menu featuring fish ‘n chips, skirt steak marinated in hemp ale, and the one-and-a-halfpound onion ring tower. Breakfast on weekends, lunch and dinner every day.

Updated Thai food in a date-worthy atmosphere– Thai beef salad and duck salad, grilled salmon and Thai dumplings are among the offerings. Beer, wine and soju cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily.

Rudolpho’s Restaurant

Hard Times Pizza

2664 Griffith Park Blvd., (323) 661-5656

2500 Riverside Dr. (323) 669-1226

The Kitchen

Saito’s Sushi

Mini-mall pizzeria feeds hungry John Marshall highschoolers and everyone else in the area with reliable New York-style pizza.

4348 Fountain Ave., (323) 664-3663

4339 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 663-8890

The freshest fish is found at this small, purist sushi bar run by master sushi chef Saito. Lunch & dinner, closed Mon.

Updated comfort food in an artsy atmosphere, including buttermilk fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese and meatloaf and lighter fare like pistachio-crusted wild salmon and Silver Lake spinach salad. Open until 1 a.m. on weekends. Dinner nightly, brunch on weekends.

Sompun Thai Restaurant

4156 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 661-5350

Koda Sushi & Sake

Thai food served on a charming patio with a trickling fountain, including hard-to-find dishes like kao soy curry noodles and o-lua, a fried shrimp pancake. Lunch and dinner, closed Tuesday.

Unusual combos join the standard sushi canon, including unagi topped with white chocolate and a roll made with tuna, avocado, mango, cucumber and macadamia nuts. Dinner only, closed Monday.

1997 Hyperion Ave., (323) 663-7888

3719 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 663-1048

La Parrilla

3219 Sunset Blvd., (323)661-8055

4441 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 664-0871

Neon colored sombreros lit with black lights decorate this historic Mexican restaurant which recently changed ownership and got a facelift. Live entertainment, sturdy margaritas. Cash only.

3536 W Sunset Blvd., (323) 662-4862


Tiny Vietnamese cafĂŠ has bahn mi sandwiches, noodles, homemade tofu and Vietnamese coffee. Closed Friday and Saturday.

Suriyo Thai Bistro

Grilled parrillada dishes are a specialty including lavish combos of shrimp, carne asada, lobster tail and pork chops. Guacamole is mixed tableside.

4114 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)662-9052

Thai specialties include Spicy Thai Spaghetti, Suriyo fried rice with pineapple, cashews and raisins and mussels steamed with basil and white wine.

Madame Matisse

El Chavo

Rudolpho’s features a large bar with plasma TVs, daily happy hour, a patio and plenty of parking, steaks, burgers, pasta and weekend brunch.

Popular, tiny cafĂŠ with sidewalk seating is open for breakfast and lunch with dishes like French toast with orange syrup, corn beef hash and eggs and beet and apple salad.


3705 Sunset Blvd., (323) 663-8268

Updated Indian dishes with a lighter touch in a sumptuous setting of romantic booths and silk hanging lamps. Shrimp coconut curry and sag paneer are among popular dishes. Closed Mon.


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Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6th Services Ash Wednesday (February 6th) is a day of fasting in the Catholic and Episcopal church. Parishioners also receive ashes on their foreheads to mark the beginning of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Most Catholic Churches


distribute ashes at their regular weekday services, and many have special liturgies as well. Blessed Sacrament Church will distribute ashes at their 8 a.m. and 12:05 masses and will have a 3:30 p.m. liturgy in English and Spanish;, a

5:30 p.m. liturgy in English and Tagalog and a 7:30 p.m. service in Spanish. Our Mother of Good Counsel will have masses with ashes at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., 12 noon, 5:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in Spanish. St. Casimir’s (Lithuanian) will distribute ashes at its 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. masses.

Shambhala Center Celebrates The Year of the Mouse By Roberta Morris, Ledger Religion Writer The Shambhala Meditation Center in Eagle Rock is celebrating the Year of the Mouse on Shambhala Day, Feb. 7th. Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year, one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Based on the traditional Tibetan new year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. Each year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala Buddhist Community, addresses the worldwide Shambhala Community through a phone hook-up of centers in over 25

countries around the world. Shambhala Buddhism is known for many artful practices, such as zen archery, the art of dressing, the tea ceremony (Chanoyu) and calligraphy. Los Feliz residents are sandwiched between two Shambhala Centers, both on Colorado Boulevard . To the east there’s the Shambhala Mediation Center of Los Angeles in Eagle Rock, 963 Colorado Boulevard, and also a center in Santa Monica on Colorado Boulevard and 10th Avenue. For more information, contact Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, (323) 255- 5472.

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Not the Time To Cut Bus Service

Our community also cannot afford to lose the #175, which serves students of John

Marshall High School and King Middle School. The MTA needs to look at making

both the #201 and the #175 better routes before eliminating and reducing service.

By Ann Bradley, Erika Glass, Cheryl Revkin, Leslie VanKeuren and Michelle Yahn Silver Lake residents can demand the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) not slash service on two vital local north/south bus routes at a 10 a.m. public hearing to be held on Saturday, February 9th at MTA headquarters at One Gateway Plaza at Union Station. The MTA has announced it is eliminating a number of current bus routes throughout the city, including the #175 line, which runs on parts of Hyperion and Fountain avenues and Saturday and Sunday service on the #201 line, which effectively links mid-city (Vermont and 6th) to Glendale, by way of Silver Lake and Atwater Village. While the MTA timetable indicates 40 minute waits for the #201 route, passengers typically wait more than an hour for one of the three buses that now travel the route. Silver Lake’s lack of north/ south public transit contrasts sharply against north/south lines to the west on Vermont and the MTA’s popular #200


line on Alvarado to the east with typical 15 minute headways and half-hour running times. We would like to see similar frequency of service for the #201 route. Silver Lake’s popularity has exploded in the last three years. This growth has swollen resident, tourist and visitor density, straining capacity. Tempers flare from a lack of parking. The congestion has led to the first parking meters in the area. Silver Lake residents and visitors deserve better north/ south connector buses. Shortening the #201 route by starting it at the Vermont/Beverly Red Line Station and ending it at the Glendale Transportation Center at 400 W. Cerritos Avenue—the hub for Amtrak, Metrolink and numerous buses—will make it a better performing regional connector for residents, workers and visitors. The City of Glendale’s excellent Bee Line can provide transit options to the Glendale Adventist Hospital, the #201’s current northern terminus.

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