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Fight at King Exposes Ethnic Tensions By Kathy A. McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer A lunchtime fight between two Thomas Starr King Middle school students on May 25th and the “lockdown” of all students, which followed, inflamed ethnic and racial tensions at the 2,700-student LAUSD school. According to parents and administrative staff, students on cell phones, fearing for their safety, called 911 as well as parents from classrooms, pleading to be picked up early from the beleaguered campus. A subsequent investigation by LAUSD school police characterized the incident as a “oneon-one between two students, a female, African-American sixth grader and a male, Armenian eighth grader” said Sergeant Keith Braden of the Los Angeles School Police Department at a meeting with parents on June 18th. According to a school district official, the altercation began when milk was thrown at the girl student who was dressed as a boy for “twin day.” As the fight in the school’s outdoor amphitheater escalated, students gathered to watch until staff broke up the pair, but not until after the girl’s nose was broken. Neither staff nor school police found any weapons. However, rumors immediately multiplied across the middle school campus; reports of knives, guns and masses of students chasing others were passed along. Fueling worries was some Armenian students’ concern that the incident was racially motivated and that Hispanic students would target them for retribusee King fight page 6
[ What’s Inside ] Roving Reporter: What’s Your Traffic Nightmare? . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Schools: King Principal Retires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 People In My Neighborhood: Larry Larson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Real Estate: What We Almost Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Su Casa B Politics: City Approves Guidelines for Events at Observatory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Star Gazing for July . . . . . . . . . . 20 Editorial: Opening the Meadow: Pro & Con . . . . . . . . . . 22
By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer
Flying High over Silver Lake: Families came out on Father’s Day for the first ever “Kites Over Silver Lake,” sponsored by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, at Bellevue Park. Some of the happy kite flyers that day were: pictured L-R: (kneeling) Anthony & Andrew Arevala, twins who attend King Middle School; Micah Sperling with his sister Ella (standing on the right), visiting Silver Lake from W. Hollywood and Lisa Feinstein with the Youth & Families Committee of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. Photo by Michael Locke
Los Feliz: Then and Now A Freeway Runs Through It The History of The 5 Freeway Cutting Through Griffith Park By Diane Kanner / Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK— A quarter of a million vehicles a day in Griffith Park? Yes and no. “Yes” if one considers the official figures on the number of vehicles traveling each day on the Golden State Freeway (5) measured from Los Feliz Boulevard on and off ramps. “No,” since a freeway is obviously not parkland. But few people living in Los Feliz today are aware, that some fifty years ago, the 5 Freeway was built on former parkland. “Construction of the Golden State Freeway on park property,” Mike Eberts has written in the book Griffith Park: A Centennial History, “radically
changed the character of the east end of Griffith Park.” Some would conclude that routing fast-moving traffic on parkland was inevitable given the population growth of the region at the time. Los Angeles needed a transportation system more far reaching than its soon-to-be retired Pacific Electric Red Cars could travel. Some 9 million people had moved to California between 1940 and 1960. Eberts’ book brings to light a “Los Angeles Master Highway Plan” of the 1930s calling for taking Riverside Drive, within the park and creating a “freeway.” Los Feliz resident Gordon Whitnall, was the
chair of the Los Angeles City Planning Dept. which made the “freeway” recommendation and Whitnall further proposed blasting tunnels through Griffith Park’s hills as a method of moving even more traffic from the San Fernando Valley to metropolitan Los Angeles. In 1954, when the Golden State Freeway was given the go ahead by the Highway Commission and the Los Angeles City Council, Angelenos were, on the whole, receptive. But within days of the agreement’s signing, the city’s Recreation and Parks Commission notified the state that 126 acres of Griffith Park property would be lost if a freeway were constructed. “So costly and damaging to the park is the proposed plan that this commission inquires as to whether full consideration has been given to an alternative proposal to locate the freeway on see Freeway page 7
Silver Lake’s Deadly Stretch of Road
Fewer Students Ease New School Need, District Says
By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Between 2000 and 2006 there were 14 traffic collisions that involved pedestrians along Hyperion Avenue between Glendale and Sunset boulevards, according to city statistics. This stretch of roadway— which is classified as a “secondary highway”—shared four acsee Hit and Run page 19
GRIFFITH PARK—The Griffith Park fire recovery has moved past the emergency clearing of debris and environmental assessments and is now into the second phase of securing land to prevent possible mud slides during the upcoming rainy season. The severity of the fire uncovered some storm infrastructure—originally installed during the Depression—that, city officials said, should help with erosion and capture slipping debris. “This will help slow the water down and help us catch some of that sediment [during] the impending winter rains,” said Mike Shull, director of planning and development for the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Shull is heading the city’s fire recovery efforts. The park’s tennis and golf facilities and the merry-go-round area have reopened but on-going clean-up efforts using heavy equipment is keeping other areas closed. City officials have also reiterated that there will be no reseeding or re-planting of the park. But Los Angeles city councilmember Tom LaBonge is calling for “volunteer days”—the second Saturday of each month—to begin replanting and restoring landmarks such as Dante’s View and Captain’s Roost and that were destroyed in the fire. Information on fire recovery can be found on the city’s website: laparks.org.
By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer
HE’S A DODGER, TRUE, BLUE AND TATTOOED: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and catcher Russell Martin pose with a patient at Childrens Hospital who is showing off his Dodgers tattoo. The Dodgers visited the Los Feliz area hospital in June signing autographs and taking photos with patients in the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, the nation’s largest pediatric hematology/oncology program. Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2007
School enrollment is declining at such a rate that a hoped-for new school for grades six through 12 to relieve over crowding at Thomas Starr King Middle and John Marshall High schools, may not be needed, according to Los Angeles Unified see New Schools page 19
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I was traveling when I received an e-mail from my son that his school—King Middle School— had been in “lockdown.” What in the world does that mean, I asked? I only thought they had “lock-
downs” at prisons. It’s taken some time for me, as a parent, to learn the story of what happened at King Middle School, May 29th and we hope our two stories in the this edition (page 1 and page 6) will help readers understand the events of that day and steps the school is taking to help prevent such incidences from occurring in the future. What the issue has raised is what students have been saying and feeling for some time: there are ethnic tensions at the school that should be dealt with. I encourage the school to consider some type of on-going student education about culture and race. School wide assemblies or electives on these issues, might help—but what could be better are ongoing discussions in the classroom and possibly changes to the curricula. The latter may be nearly impossible—but an idea nonetheless. We also devote a considerable amount of newsprint this month to the issue of traffic. We hope Diane Kanner’s history of how the 5 Freeway changed our area will provide some historical insight; and then there is Kimberly Gomez’ story about the shocking amount of accidents—and fatalities—that have happened on some of our most traveled roads. Finally, we’ve given readers a chance to speak out on their own traffic concerns in Colleen Paeff’s Roving Reporter column on page 3. This edition marks the 2nd anniversary of the Los Feliz Ledger. Thank you to our advertisers who make this community newspaper possible and to you for your readership! Happy 4th of July!
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Question: Besides Los Feliz Blvd. which area in our community causes you the most traffic or worries about safety? By Colleen Paeff Ledger Contributing Writer They need another crosswalk at Lakewood and Rowena. They only have a crosswalk on one side so you have to cross three different lights to get over. Meredith Wick That traffic light at the bottom of Parkman and Silver Lake Blvd. is improperly timed When you need to make a left on Silver Lake only two cars can get through on one light and it’s always backed up. Sam Wick On Hyperion, that crosswalk there with the Trader Joe’s, that’s so dangerous. They need to get one of those crosswalks with the lights that flash so at night you can know if someone’s crossing. Liz Jarvis
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Aggravated Assaults: 6 Burglaries: 10 Burglary Theft From Vehicles: 47 Robberies: 4 Grand Theft Auto: 23 Robbery: Glendale and the Golden State Fwy. Suspect shot at victim as she was driving. Possibly a BB shattered victim’s window and struck victim in the leg. Robbery: 2800 block of St. George. Unknown suspect approached victim and pointed a handgun at the victim. Suspect demanded victim’s property. Victim gave suspect property and suspect fled on foot. Aggravated Assault: Dracena and Clarissa. Suspects ap-
proached victim. One suspect distracted victim while a second hit victim on the head with a metal bat. Burglaries: 1900 block of Hillhurst Ave. on May 22nd; 2100 block of Hillhurst Ave. on May 22nd; 2300 block of Ronda Vista Drive on May 24th; 1400 block of Silver Lake Blvd. on May 22nd. During May, there were 3 additional burglaries on the Hillhurst corridor. Burglary: 1900 block of Hillhurst Ave. on June 15th. Two suspects were observed pulling on the front door and dragging a large item from property. Vandalism: Suspects vandalized the walls of a school located at 4100 block of Russell on June 3rd. Senior Lead officers Polehonki and Salazar tracked down the juveniles involved. Both were Marshall High students. Juveniles confessed and were arrested.
New Field Deputy for CD4 By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer Patricia Malone, field deputy for Councilmember Tom LaBonge of Los Angeles City Council District 4, has resigned from her position to travel with her family. She was involved with issues relating to Griffith Park, the Los Angeles River, the Silver Lake Reservoir and various street improvements. Malone’s projects are notable including shepherding the Griffith Observatory pre-opening community tours and the Griffith Adult Community Center project—set to open later this year. Dennis Lytton will now manage some of Malone’s duties. He is currently LaBonge’s Housing and Transportation Deputy.
Griffith Region Superintendent Moving Up By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—Vicki Israel, Griffith Region Superintendent, has been promoted to acting assistant general manager for the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Israel will replace James L. Combs who is leaving to head a similar city department in Sacramento. Since the fall of 2005, Israel has been responsible for the dayto-day management of Griffith Park. She oversaw the reopening of the Griffith Observatory and the implementation of the visitor’s shuttle system. Marilyn J. White, who has been principal recreationsupervisor of the city’s metro region, will replace Israel as acting Griffith region superintendent.
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For Sweet Treats, Head East By Sean Mahoney Echo Park Columnist Itâ€™s summer. Youâ€™ve been a good kid by eating fresh fruit, veggies, and grilled wild salmon. So go ahead, have a little dessert. Look no further then Echo Park to satisfy your sweet tooth. Long associated with its taco stands, the neighborhood has quickly become a Mecca for the dessert obsessed. Plus, the close proximity to Elysian Park is convenient for a post calorie-fest hike. A good place to start is
Downbeat CafĂŠ (1202 North Alvarado). This coffeehouse may be the hot ticket for laptop loyalists pounding out their latest masterpiece but most locals come for the peanut butter cookies. The flaky delights filled with a peanut butter cream have a cult like following. Created by Downbeatâ€™s Dakota Bertrand, itâ€™s easy to see why. The cookie itself is a crumbly, nutty treat that tastes like someoneâ€™s mother made it for their childâ€™s school bake sale. The sublime peanut butter filling is what catapults the cookie to rock star status, though. A few blocks east of Downbeat, Masa of Echo Park (1800 West Sunset Blvd) serves up a croissant bread pudding with warm caramel sauce. Bread pudding, like tattooed hipsters, shows up at nearly every Eastside eatery these days making it difficult to pick a favorite. And
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tion; hence the anxious calls home. As a school parent described it, emotions ran high when a group of more than 20 parents assembled at administration offices, attempting to pick up students early. Some parents went directly to classrooms but were intercepted by staff intensifying matters for police and school staff who claim that keeping parents under control was a problem. As per procedure, students were released on an individual classroom-by-classroom basis, sixth graders first. Both students involved in the mutual altercation were cited by Los Angeles School Police and suspended, according to the school’s principal Charlene Hirotsu. Neither has returned to campus. Upon being released to his mother, the male student involved in the fight reported that the girl had “held a gun to his head,” according to Sgt. Braden. Calls were made between Armenian parents who gathered at a local auto body shop on May 29th to discuss the situation with police, school officials and Hirotsu. Many Armenian parents had held students home from school that day, citing safety issues. Fox News 11 reported on the meeting on its 11 p.m. broadcast, describing racial tensions and “a big fight between Hispanics and Armenians.” Eventually the student recanted his story of the gun, admitting that he made it up so that he would not get in trouble for fighting, according to the school police’s report. According to local activist and King advocate Mary Rodriguez, the student had transferred earlier in the year from Le Conte Middle School where he had been previously suspended. Although school police and a letter sent home to parents on
May 30 describe the altercation as between two students, other students present at the amphitheater that day contend the fight was a result of long simmering ethnic tension in the lunch area. According to Hirotsu, 19 adults, including one school police officer, are out on campus during lunchtime. “Everyone who can be out there is,” said Hirotsu, noting that: “We are lucky to have one police officer on duty,” as many middle schools do not even have one. As history teacher Brandon Cabezas said: “The challenge is how can we now prevent this from happening again?” He suggests finding and spending extra money for additional supervisors as well a more strategic use of resources. Arguably the size of the school population may play a part in on-campus conflicts. Hirotsu finds that despite King’s recent “bad rap,” the school’s students “do want to get along and want to be accepted by others.”
Students Serve as “Ambassadors” To Australia Local Silver Lake residents Mia Rochford, 11, a student at Immaculate Heart Middle School and Megan Aust, also 11, from St. Casimir’s School, will be representing the United States at this year’s People to People Ambassador program’s trip to Australia scheduled for mid-July. Both students endured an extensive application and interview process to be accepted. The program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster understanding and respect among different cultures and nations. The trip for the students begins July 8th for 19 days.
Graduation Award Cristen Drummond of Los Feliz received the Kristen Klein Keefe Award during Marymount High School’s 83rd Commencement in May. The award is presented to the senior who displays excellence in academics and who participates in interscholastic sports with the highest standards of sportsmanship and integrity. Drummond has competed in soccer and track for four years and served as captain for both varsity teams. Drummond graduated as an AP Scholar and a California Scholarship Federation Sealbearer and will attend the University of Nevada at Reno on a full soccer scholarship.
Madison’s Award SILVER LAKE—Resident Madison Bradfield-Davis, 14, has received an award of appreciation from Los Angeles city council president Garcetti for her work as a block captain reporting graffiti as well as the Distinguished Finalist Medallion for the national 2007 Prudential Spirit of Community Award recognizing her volunteer work. “This is a great honor for you, your school and your community,” Prudential award organizers told Bradfield-Davis, who is a student at Campbell Hall. “You are an exemplary role model for your peers”. For her hours of community service, Bradfield-Davis also received the Campbell Hall Service Award and has been recognized by President George W. Brush with the “President’s Volunteer Service Award.”
King Takes Steps To Repair After “Incident” By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer
ince the May 25th incident at King Middle School where an altercation between two students turned into a racially charged flare-up that sent the school into “lockdown” mode, the school community has been taking steps towards healing from the incident that initially kept some families from sending children to school for fear of their safety. Some student’s parents said that the clarifying of misinformation and rumors has reduced their anxiety and they are willing to take part in bringing the community together. Still others believe the incident has finally brought attention to tensions that have been building after years of overcrowding and cultural group isolation. In a coordinated effort with, in part, the LAUSD, Los Angeles School Police and Los Angeles Police Dept. district officials are talking with students, parents and staff to learn how to best move forward. “Every community is different. We can’t build a solution, it has to be what they think it is,” said Holly Priebe-Diaz of Los Angeles Unified School District office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity. On campus, school officials have assembled a working group of students—chosen for their leadership ability among their peers— representing different ethnic backgrounds. “We [are] just basically talking about what happened and what we can do about it,” said Clementine Gamson Levy, a 6th grader in the King Magnet Program. To Louise Gill, a community activist, the need for Armenian students to have someone on staff who speaks their language, is a must in helping to ease tensions. Others blame budget cuts. “We used to have classes stressing American values and similarities of culture,” but budget cuts did away with such classes said Louis DePace, a union representative for the teachers on campus. “We needto set up these workshops again that teach kids that America is a melting pot and give them a chance to work together.” By bringing students, parents and staff together, district officials are hopeful that everyone can take part in the solution. “Anytime you have some sort of major incident it opens up the door to bring healing and attention to a matter that has been on the minds of many people,” said Priebe-Daiz. More News On Student Awards and Achievement In the August Edition!
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the east bank of the Los Angeles River,” they
wrote. But the namesake of the park, Van Griffith—the son of Griffith J. Griffith—could be counted upon to go further and sue the city. He did so a dozen times in his 86 years. Griffith along with the general manager of the Recreation and Parks Commission and longtime member of the board of the Los Feliz Improvement Assoc., George Hjelte, thought a freeway through Griffith Park was a mistake and campaigned against it. “Why have they waited until this late day to make up their minds?” Los Angeles City Councilman Ernest E. Debs said, according to the Nov. 20th, 1954 Los Angeles Times. “Here the State Highway Commission is ready to start work on a second freeway in the San Fernando Valley—a freeway desperately needed—and at the last moment a city commission wants to throw a monkey wrench into the whole deal. I don’t like to use harsh language, but I say they’re either asleep or stupid.” Councilmembers and the commissioners toured the park where the proposed freeway would elimisee Freeway page 18 [ LYCEE ]
Local Student’s Film Shown on Newsweek Website LOS FELIZ—Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA) 9th grader Chloé Grison had no idea when she started collecting images for a school video, that her project would end up on an international magazine website and earn her recognition from the Los Angeles City Council. “ I was asked to put together a short video about LILA for the school’s annual fundraising gala,” said the 15-year-old. “I knew that I wanted to explain how special LILA is, and what it means to all the students as well as the teachers and parents. It is a unique community, and I wanted to show how much we all love it. ” Based on this premise, the
project became “ My LILA,” a 5-minute film tracing Grison’s 10 years at the school, from kindergarten to 9th Grade. After the film was shown at the April 27th LILA fundraiser at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grison read in Newsweek magazine that high school students were being invited to send in films about their schools. Less than two weeks after sending in her film, she was notified that her film had been selected, and would be shown on Newsweek.com. Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge will present Grison with a certificate of recognition to acknowledge her achievement at a Los Angeles City Council meeting on June 29th. To view “My LILA” go to: http://www.brightcove.com/ title.jsp?title=823374320&c hannel=16991917
Principal of King Middle School to Retire By Vartui Elechyan Charlene Hirotsu, the principal of Thomas Starr King Middle School, is retiring at the end of June. Hirotsu has been a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 36 years. She started out as an English teacher and has held positions as a dean,
assistant principal and in 2004 took on the position of principal. “I was so impressed with the school, when I first visited it. I was impressed with the students and the staff. The school is located in a beautiful neighborhood and is filled with diverse students. I think this is why I chose to become principal at Thomas Starr King Middle School,” said Hirostu. As principal, Hirostu has accomplished many things. She has brought the staff together to work as a team to provide the students with a good learning environment. She has also com-
pleted many school improvement projects such as Beautification Day. “King Middle School has been around for quite some time, ever since 1926. It makes me really happy to create projects that improve the school,” she said. In addition, last year, King improved its California Standardized Testing scores by moving from a Decile two school to a Decile three school. “If I could change one thing, it would be to have come to King Middle School earlier so that I could be principal for a much longer time. I hope that the next principal will continue the hard work with the King staff in order to make students excel in academics and in the end, help students graduate. I am retiring because I have reached the end of my career and right now I want to be able to relax, travel with my family, and baby-sit my four-month old grandchild. I’m going to miss the school tremendously, especially the kids. The bright spot of my day is talking to the students here at King and enjoying their company,” she said. The staff and students will miss Mrs. Charlene Hirostu very much and hope that she enjoys her well deserved retirement.
Marshall Student Wins Scholarship to Culinary Institute By Kathy McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer
From left to right: Cristina Tarankow, Prince DeLa Cruz and Isaac Castellanos.
John Marshall High’s Prince DeLa Cruz has won an $85,000 scholarship to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. In May, DeLa Cruz, a senior, and two Marshall juniors, competed in the annual CCAP—Careers through Culinary Arts Program—cook-off for scholarships. As part of the national program, 21 local public high school culinary arts’ students train throughout the year for an opportunity to compete. DeLa Cruz’s winning dish was poulet chasseur (hunter’s chicken with mushroom glaze). Additionally in May, DeLa see Culinary page 9
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Red, Yellow or Green? What Color is Your Mood? By Elma Mayer Ledger Columnist If you donâ€™t like the mood youâ€™re in, just change it! Itâ€™s easy. A mood is just a vibration, like a chord ringing on a guitar. If you donâ€™t like your mood, donâ€™t just let it play on and on. You can choose to put your hand over the guitar strings, dampen the sound, then strum a new, better-sounding chord! You can even shift difficult states, like depression and chronic anxietyâ€”without medication. Medication changes brain chemistry. But brain chemistry imbalance is not usually the cause of depression or anxietyâ€” it is an effect. Change the vibrational pattern of the brain, and the chemistry will self-correct. Imagine a mood scale, like a thermometer, that gradually [ FAMILY MATTERS ]
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moves between three colors. At the bottom is redâ€”the low emotions, like despair, dread, remorse, or self-righteousness. In the middle is yellowâ€”worry, boredom, mild irritation, routine contentment. At the top is the green zone, with higher emotions like joy, true purpose and unconditional love. Your mood level constantly changes. You may wake up with in a yellowish-green zone mood, a mildly contented feeling. An hour later, it may dip to lower orange-yellow as you sit in traffic, frustrated. How do you avoid carrying that frustration throughout the rest of your day? Itâ€™s simple. Ask yourself what color your mood is. Red, yellow or green? The first answer that pops into your head is the correct oneâ€”go with it, donâ€™t try to second-guess. If you donâ€™t like to use colors, use a number from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest mood. Now, visualize your mood scale moving up to green (or 10), and as you do so, place your attention on your spine for a moment. Then, re-check whether it has moved, by asking where it is now. It should have moved up the scale. If you havenâ€™t gotten all the way to green, do it a few more times. Give it a try now! one close by. Dr. Davitz and his covering doctors were always easily reachable after hours and the office ran smoothly. Regrettably, he left private practice. Our doctor, for the last twelve years, Ellis Beesley, practices through Good Samaritan. His low-key manner is reassuring and neither my kids or I are afraid to ask him questions. New mom Tamir Halaban found her pediatrician, George Nakashima, through a recommendation from her obstetrician. She considered others in the area but wanted to be on the same page regarding vaccinations. â€œHe has a terrific practice,â€? Halaban said. â€œItâ€™s very well run. No waiting. . . and no other kids to get our child sick in the wait room,â€? she said. But with more and more doctors in private practice refus-
Notice how your mood changes. If youâ€™re in a really foul mood, try this technique, even if you canâ€™t possibly imagine that it could help. It will make a difference. Elma Mayer, MA, Certified Practitioner of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics, founded Now Healing in Silver Lake. www.nowhealing.com (323) 309-7687. ing to take medical insurance, finding a physician that melds with your philosophy and medical plan is not easy. An important resource for local parents is Childrens Hospitalâ€”the non-profit institution was established in 1901 and has 25 physicians in general pediatrics. For those that have visited Childrensâ€™ emergency room, where long waits are a daily ritual, consider that the ER is used by many for primary care. According to Childrensâ€™ spokesman Steve Rutledge, some 62,000 patients utilized Childrensâ€™ ER in 2006. In 2010, the hospital will open its new, $540 million sixfloor facility, now under construction, which will have 317 beds and an expanded ER. Donations and volunteers (over 16) are welcome.
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Zinfandel: Perfect for Summer By Chris Rubin Ledger Wine and Spirits Columnist If there were one wine you could call “all American,” it would have to be Zinfandel. Perfect for picnics, including 4th of July festivities, zinfandel was long thought to have originated here in the United States. While recent advances in DNA testing revealed that the grape actually comes from Croatia, where it is known as Crljenak Kastelanski, Zinfandel nonetheless retains its American place of pride and ranks as the wine of choice for barbecues with its fresh, fruity flavors— often described as “jammy”— soft tannins and a hearty dash of peppery spice. Pre-Prohibition, Zinfandel was the most widely grown grape in the country, and today it accounts for nearly one quarter of all vineyard plantings, with more than 200 wineries produce the stuff. A hot climate Page 10 LIFESTYLES
grape, it flourishes in the warmer wine regions of central and northern California, including Dry Creek and Paso Robles. There’s an old saying in the wine biz that any winery beginning with the letter “R” makes good Zin. That owes to a long history of first-rate bottles from Ridge, Rosenblum and Ravenswood. But don’t feel bound by that concept—experiment with wineries with all letters of the alphabet. Dashe doesn’t start far from the Rs, though, as Michael Dashe was an assistant winemaker at Ridge when he met and married Anne, also a winemaker, and the two started Dashe Cellars, dedicated to single vineyard wines, just over a decade back. Their Dry Creek, Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vines, Big River Ranch and Louvau Vineyard Old Vines Zins are exceptional interpretations, each reflecting its unique place of origin as well as the common characteristics of the grape. Dry Creek Vineyards produces another fine example. Winemaker Bill Knuttel focuses on balancing fruit and acidity so the wines will pair with food. While virtually all Zins are high alcohol these days, the Dry Creek bottles—Heritage, Old Vines, Somers Ranch and Beeson Ranch—never seem “hot” or overly alcoholic, and
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Pinkberry, Poâ€™Boys and Pizza By Pat Saperstein Ledger Columnist Thereâ€™s no shortage of frozen concoctions in the neighborhood these days, as the Silver Lake location of Pinkberry (Rowena at Hyperion) joins the Los Feliz outpost of the ubitquitous chain. Just donâ€™t call it â€œyogurtâ€? quite yetâ€”the jury is still out on whether Pinkberry contains actual live yogurt cultures, and a civil suit has been filed seeking to settle the matter. *** After months of test meals, Larkinâ€™s is open in Eagle Rock for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Contemporary soul food is on the menu with dishes including catfish poâ€™boys and fried chicken with red velvet strawberry shortcake and banana pudding for dessert. Larkinâ€™s (1496 Colorado Ave., Eagle Rock (323) 2540934) is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for brunch. A beer and wine license is in the works; for now itâ€™s BYOB. *** The pizza wars are heating up with the opening of Crispy Crust next to the new Starbucks in Atwater. Fun fact: Crispy Crustâ€™s first restaurant in Hollywood, The Ponchik Factory, started out making Russian doughnuts (ponchiks) until owner John Melkonyan decided to focus on chicken, burgers and pizza instead. Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at EatingLA.com
known for hours afterwards. The Caesar salad, on the other hand, could be dressed more assertively, and whereâ€™s the croutons? One of the specials is black By Pat Saperstein fettuccine with shrimp in a Ledger Restaurant Critic garlic butter sauceâ€”itâ€™s the best dish of the evening with Every neighborhood three large butterflied shrimp. has a few Italian eateries But it seems like the kitchen with a faithful local folhas a very limited selection lowing, and one of Silver of ingredients to play withâ€” Lakeâ€™s long-time restaunearly every item on the menu rants recently made the combines garlic, lemon, olives, switch from Da Giannino to mushrooms or artichokes in a Fritzieâ€™s Pasta & Grill. not-too-interesting way. The Fritzieâ€™s crew spruced Fritzieâ€™s owners said more up the interior a bit and engrilled items would be added larged the sidewalk dining to the former menu, but the area, but the menu remains rib-eye steak is a sad emissary similar to Da Giannino. from the grill. It arrives bloody You wonâ€™t find checkered rare instead of the medium tablecloths at Fritzieâ€™sâ€”the requested, and drowned in so room is cozily decorated with much marsala sauce and mushposters from musical theater rooms that it somehow tastes soggy instead of grilled. Our teenager is bemused You wonâ€™t find checkered by the grilled rectangles tablecloths at Fritzieâ€™sâ€”the room is cozily decorated with of polenta alongside the posters from musical theater steakâ€”he probably would have preferred potatoesâ€” and the menu is more but they are indeed perCal-Italian than Sicilian or plexingly tasteless. Northern Italian. Veal piccata is pounded and the menu is more Cal-Italso thin that the meat doesnâ€™t reian than Sicilian or Northern tain much texture or flavor, and Italian. itâ€™s also drowned in a strictly old Thereâ€™s a long list of pasta school sauce, again heavy on the dishes with various Fettucgarlic and lemon. Garlic and cinesâ€”Alfredo or with artilemon are wonderful thingsâ€” chokes, chicken or sausage; so are olives and artichokes, for penne with julienne vegetables that matter. But Fritzieâ€™s seems in a cream sauce or penne with to have missed the last 20 years diced shrimp in a creamy safof Italian and California cookfron sauce or spaghetti Bologing, which emphasizes very fresh nese for traditionalists. Mains ingredients prepared so their include several old favorites taste shines through. like chicken marsala, veal picTraditional Italian places cata and shrimp scampi. can be fun, but Fritzieâ€™s is more The house garlic bread is 1980s Italian, which isnâ€™t nearfor garlic obsessives onlyâ€” ly as funâ€”at least not at 2007 made with large chunks of Silver Lake prices. A plate of garlic and olive oil on slices of plain spaghetti for the notoridecent bread. Itâ€™s hard to stop ously picker eater in our group eating, but makes its presence was $10â€”which would buy at least five or 10 boxes of spaghetti. Sometimes neighborhoodm restaurants can be salvaged by a warm welcome and lots of attention, but Fritzieâ€™s servers seemed fairly disinterested and dessert choices were never recommended. Fritzieâ€™s offers beer, wine and soju cocktails, and is now offering brunch on weekends. [ RESTAURANT REVIEW ]
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Wheelchair Bound Local Remembers Rich Film Career By Colleen Paeff / Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Larry Larson jokes that he brings the average age at the Skyline Healthcare Center down by about twenty years.
Multiple Sclerosis keeps him wheelchair bound in this nursing home on Rowena Avenue, but he credits the staff at Skyline for keeping him in
good spirits. “This place is great. [They] actually made some heroic efforts to get me to walk,” Larson said. “But as soon as I got the wheelchair I never got out.” Larson was born in Oakland, California in 1953. One of his first memories involves watching a photograph of himself materialize in the chemical bath of his father’s darkroom. He says it was this early fascination with pictures that led to his later career in film and television. His career began in 1972
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Pictures in Los Angeles. “Roger was a trip,” Larson laughed. “But he was cheap. In fact, when he hired me he asked how much I made and he said ‘I can’t pay you that.’ But he did. He just paid me under the table.” In 1983 a chance meeting with producer Anant Singh led Larson to South Africa where he wrote and directed his first feature, “Deadly Passion.” He stayed in South Africa for another eight years, married a local business owner and continsee People page 22
COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation We’re keeping an eye on the plan called S.N.A.P. SNAP includes plans whereby development can be undertaken on Vermont and Hillhurst and in other parts of our area. The idea of “Smart Growth” has made its way to our community and “density” will have a positive impact!!! So we’re told. Come sit in with this committee and help us stay on top of this issue.
Parks, River & Open Space Also known as the PROS committee. They have reported on the expansion of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. What does the term “footprint” mean anyway? Did you know the Autry pays a lease fee of $1 to be in the park? Check out both the Autry and GGPNC websites for more on this upcoming development. While you’re at it visit www.FriendsOfTheSouthwestMuseum.com
Neighborhood Improvement The GGPNC board approved this committee’s request for $5,000 to benefit Barnsdall Art Market. This event was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Cultural Affairs. The board requested that the artists in attendance would be local artists from our area. The first event takes place August 18th. Call Julie Rasmussen at the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation for info. Artists booths are just $75!!
Education The committee recommended $5,000 in matching funds to benefit the Los Feliz Elementary School for a series of after school art workshops this summer. The series will serve 250 to 400 children. Art instruction will include photography, puppetry, dance, mask making and many other artistic undertakings. Visit GGPNC website for more info!
Did you know? To put out the fire at Griffith Park helicopters performed 900 water drops! The helicopters could load 500 gallons of water in fourteen seconds! Also, our councilman, Tom LaBonge is looking into the possibility of making Griffith Park a smoke free park. What do you think?
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By Richard Stanley Ledger Columnist At a recent Los Feliz Improvement Association meeting, Jay Platt, of the Los Angeles Conservancy, reviewed a list of architectural jewels in our neighborhood that survived the May fire. The roll of city Historic and Cultural Monuments in Los Feliz is impressive and ever-growing, from Frank Lloyd Wrightâ€™s Ennis House to Modern masterpieces such as
Richard Neutraâ€™s Lovell House and a more-recently-designated Ed Fickett-designed home. His presentation called to mind a visit to Oakland I made some years after that cityâ€™s catastrophic fire. Gone were the oak-canopied streets and craftsman homes that defined Oakland and California a century ago. To my shock, what I found instead was an odd collection of giant, cheaply-built, stucco boxes on treeless streets. Our recent fire reminded me that, unlike the park itself, which will grow anew into familiar chaparral, historic neighborhoods like Oaklandâ€™sâ€”and like Los Felizâ€”once gone, are gone forever. A newly-rebuilt Los Feliz will not be the Los Feliz we now love. That we continue to support the work of our fire, emergency and park personnel is a given, but the loss of our neighborhood can occur in ways other than
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by catastrophic fire. We must be watchful in other ways. Catastrophes occur slowly, too. Just as books printed on acidic paper succumb to the â€œquiet fireâ€? of oxidation, so too,
There are ways to protect Los Feliz from incremental catastrophe. We should support Los Angeles City Councilmember LaBonge in his effort to pass city ordinances that ban
Our recent fire reminded me thatâ€“unlike the park itselfâ€“which will grow anew into familiar chaparral, historic neighborhoods like Oaklandâ€™s, and like Los Feliz, once gone, are gone forever. A newly-rebuilt Los Feliz will not be the Los Feliz we now love. can a neighborhood like Los Feliz quietly disappear, bit by bit through tear downs, the building of â€œMcMansions,â€? and excessive exterior remodeling.
â€œMcMansions.â€? These monster houses are already chewing away at the fabric of Los Feliz and dragging down surrounding property values.
We should also support the Los Feliz Improvement Association and the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council in their efforts to review new developmentsâ€™ effects upon the existing neighborhood context. Several years ago, the city chose Larchmont Village, Windsor Square, Hancock Park and Los Feliz to study as potential Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs). To date, all the study areas have become HPOZs, save Los Feliz. In Los Angeles, an HPOZ is the only way that a neighborhood can control directly the look of its future development.
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FANNING ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,131,000 LEMOYNE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,099,000 MALTMAN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 799,000 LUCRETIA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 727,000 N OCCIDENTAL BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 716,500 EFFIE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 655,000 CHAMPLAIN TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640,000 N BENTON WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600,000 N CORONADO ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 590,000 EFFIE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 580,000 LONDON ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 576,000
90027 Condominimums 4315 LOS FELIZ BLVD 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $679,000 4455 LOS FELIZ BLVD 908 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 580,000 1750 N HARVARD BLVD 104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445,000
90027 Single Family Residences 3828 3356 3756 5150 3801 3710 3657 1917 1934 3980 2012
AMESBURY RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,400,000 LEY DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,050,000 PRESTWICK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,665,000 LOS BONITOS WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,525,000 DE LONGPRE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,380,000 EFFINGHAM PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,224,000 AMESBURY RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,200,000 N OXFORD AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,140,000 N SERRANO AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 925,000 PROSPECT AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 835,000 SANBORN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 805,000
90039 Condominimums 2018 GRIFFITH PARK BLVD 116 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $520,000 2018 GRIFFITH PARK BLVD 121 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500,000
90039 Single Family Homes 2413 2373 2236 3659 3201 2975 2844
LAKE VIEW AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,030,000 SILVER RIDGE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,020,000 EARL CT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 680,000 GLENFELIZ BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 619,000 LA CLEDE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575,000 INGLEDALE TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503,000 PARTRIDGE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412,000
90038 Condominimums 6748 3882 2260 6700 2700
HILLPARK DR 305 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $710,000 FREDONIA DR E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 647,000 N CAHUENGA BLVD 304 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 540,000 HILLPARK DR 203 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 532,500 CAHUENGA BLVD E 2314 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517,000
90068 Single Family Homes 2151 3311 2172 7104 3382 3203 5757 6755 6454 3140 7225 2754
HOLLYRIDGE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,995,000 LEDGEWOOD DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,607,500 W LIVE OAK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,525,000 MACAPA DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,500,000 TARECO DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,165,000 TARECO DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,845,000 VALLEY OAK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,650,000 WEDGEWOOD PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,525,000 INNSDALE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,399,000 HOLLYRIDGE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,350,000 SUNNYDIP TRL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,255,454 WOODHAVEN DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,200,000
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The House of the Hill By Karen Numme and Laura Massino Smith
“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” –Frank Lloyd Wright Hidden high in the hills of Los Feliz, just south of Griffith Park, sits one of the most important examples of American architectural history—the “Ennis House.”
The house is a monumental architectural wonder that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 for Charles and Mabel Ennis, who owned a clothing store in Downtown L.A. The home was completed in 1924. If you drive up Vermont Avenue and look up toward the hills you will view a home inspired by Pre-Columbian Mayan temples and an example of Wright’s “California Romanza” period where he sought to create a style unique to southern California. The largest and the last of
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four “textile block” houses designed by Wright in the 1920s, the Ennis House is considered by many to be Wright’s masterpiece in Los Angeles. At 6,900 sq. ft., the house was originally constructed entirely of 16-inch textured concrete blocks without mortar and instead with steel reinforcing rod inside to connect them. “Aesthetically concrete has neither song nor any story,” Wright has said of his use of the materials. “Nor is it easy to see in this conglomerate, in this mud pie, a high aesthetic property, because in itself it is amalgam, aggregate compound. And cement, the binding medium, is characterless. Concrete is a plastic material—susceptible to the impress of imagination. I saw a kind of weaving coming out of it—lightness and strength! Steel the spider spinning a web within the cheap, molded material and
wedded to it by pouring an inner core of cement after the blocks were set up. The block construction repeated throughout the house is seen on the interior walls, in the columns and surrounding the windows. Using concrete, a common industrial material, which is elevated to a work of art, the architect makes a dramatic impression. Wright’s signature Art Glass used on the windows and doors emphasizes the overall geometric motif. The house has had many owners through the years. The two most prominent were the Ennis family and Augustus Brown, who bought the house in the late 1960s. Currently, there is a desire to rename the house only for it’s original owner. The house is now owned by The Ennis House Foundation and they are
overseeing the massive restoration project, which will repair the damage to the home incurred by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and the record rains of 2005. The house has been used as a setting in numerous films including “House on Haunted Hill” with Vincent Price, “Blade Runner,” “Rocketeer” and “Black Rain.” For more information: www.ennishouse.org http:// www.world-heritage-tour. org/america/us/california/ennisBrownHouse/diningRoom. html 360views of house. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or questions for future articles. Test your architecture knowledge go to www.karennumme.com/quizpg.html. Email me with the answer to the monthly quiz question and win a great gift.
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Restored 2-story Hollywood Traditional. Authentic details, antique hardware, original tile, & wd flrs. Lrg living room w/ firplace, enclosed porch w/ views, den, and updated kit. Lrg private landscaped yard. 4+3.5. www.1743northstanleyave.com
Stunning Triplex on lovely corner lot. The 1850 s.f. Townhouse style owner's unit has courtyard entry, direct access garage, 2 fireplaces, walnut floors, open living / dining room and kitchen with fire-blown granite counters & bamboo cabinets. Spa-like master bath has separate tub & party shower. Two more units are 2+1 renting for $2195 each. Rebuilt and filled with character. Newer systems, roof, landscaping. A true winner.
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Beautifully done Mid Century home by noted designer/developer Wade Co. Perched on a private knoll with views and a yard, this sublime 3 bedroom 2 bath home boasts an open living / dining room, wood floors, a to-die-for kitchen and perfect baths. Style and quality don't get any better than this, up in the hills at this price.
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Traditional - Circa 1939 - features 3 beds/4 baths, den, office. Nestled in the hills of Griffith Park w/mountain & city views. Pool, brick patio & deck are ideal for entertaining or relaxing in a serene setting. Updated systems, fireplace, private setting. www.chrislaib.com
Spanish Villa nestled amongst magical, lush gardens. 3 bed, 3 bath, dramatic living room & formal dining room. Awarded for outstanding colorful, hand-painted Spanish tiles. Truly an architectural statement.
Hillside tri-level Mid-Century w/ ocean & Griffith Park views. 4 bed/4 bath. Sauna & indoor spa. Open floorplan w/easy indoor/outdoor floor. Large outdoor patio w/ built in BBQ ideal for entertaining. Newer cooks kitchen with Sub Zero and Viking appliances. www.chrislaib.com
Mediterranean Villa set behind gates with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sitting room. Boasting euro style kitchen, wood and tile floors throughout, living room with vaulted and open truss ceiling, central heat/air, fireplace. Terraced yard with lush landscaping an outdoor spa. Romantic patios. www.chrislaib.com
East Coast traditional exudes refined elegance w/4 bdrms/4 baths, gourmet kitchen, huge family rm, sep. office + brick entertaining & gardens areas w/BBQ & spa. Located on a cul-de-sac in the Los Feliz Oaks.
2bed/2.5bath CLIFFHOUSE is a 1960 mid-century home with bi-level balconies that offers sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mtns. Located in Verdugo/Woodlands area. www.cliffhouseglendale.com
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A Local Map of Old Hollywood Stars
By Diane Kanner Ledger Columnist Fascinated by where members of the Los Feliz Women’s Club lived? Probably not. Curiosity more often revolves around film stars and where they live or once did in the neighborhood. Here are a couple tidbits to whet your celebrity fascination. Prize fighter Jack Dempsey resided in the 5200 block of Los Feliz Boulevard, south side of the street, for at least 20 years, an early example of a bicoastal celebrity who lived in New York City as well. Up the hill in Laughlin Park were Cecil B. DeMille and W.C. Fields in the 2000 block of DeMille Drive, and Antonio Moreno, a silent film heart throb, on the street’s 1900 block. Deanna Durbin’s family lived in the
same enclave in the late 1930s on Linwood Drive. She sang in Paramount films and Paramount Studio’s close proximity to Los Feliz meant that a number of its employees lived here. The one with the greatest villa with the greatest Art Deco bar was Travis Banton in the 2500 block of Nottingham Avenue. He preceded Edith Head as Paramount’s director of costuming, and he did well enough to build his grand estate in 1931, when the Depression was sinking many of the area’s mortgages. On the top of the same street, actor Adolphe Menjou built two Tudor-revival homes next to one another, the first in 1927, and the second in 1934. Two notable character actors lived in Los Feliz: Gene Lockhart and Louis Stone. Lockhart raised his daughter June in style in the 2200 block of Catalina Street. Stone, best known as the judge in Andy Hardy films, lived in the 2500 block of Aberdeen Avenue in a home later purchased by one of the Three Stooges, Larry Fine. Moving east on the Los Feliz map, Victor Schertzinger, director of Hope and Crosby “Road” films, resided in a sprawling Spanish style estate
in the 4100 block of Cromwell Avenue. Schertzinger is credited with composing the first original score meant to accompany a motion picture. The most frightening story I know of involves Judy Canova. Access to her home on the east side of Dundee Drive was from an elevator, at the end of a tunnel. If one wanted to get to the house from the garage in the quickest manner, (since the house has a multitude of steps from the street), the elevator was the solution. According to Charles Higham, the noted film historian who lives on a street overlooking Dundee Drive, Canova was stranded in the elevator for 48 hours, unable to get out. She used the experience to good effect in a sequence in one of her comedies. Specific addresses for most of these homes may be uncovered in four 3-ring binders on the reference shelf of the Los Feliz Library. The document is the “Historical Survey of Los Feliz.”
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Spectacular hillside villa with expansive living areas, five bedrooms, four baths, two master suites, game room, wine cellar, marble and hardwood floors, pool, spa, stone waterfall and views of the city below. See this one and fall in love!
Above the rhythms of the city, this beautiful traditional home serves as a stage for ultimate entertaining. Suitable for any setting, this stylish residence offers vws from dwntwn to the ocean. Lounge in spaces from the dining and family rms to the cozy brkfst nook. Host parties in a spacious LR w/frplc & lead your guests to a lrge outdoor patio complete w/cooking & bar facilities. Two master suites w/private baths provide the most enviable space to indulge in.
2+1.25 Modernist cottage deep inside the Los Feliz Oaks. Long, sweeping driveway; two-car garage. Sympathetic updates enhance today's livability, while preserving the home's original integrity and warmth. Updated systems. Impressive, head-on views of downtown. Xeroscape garden.
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Lrg living/ dining area w/ HW firs, beamed ceilings, a FP,& French drs to a Lrg terrace w/ views along the front. Open kit/familyrm w/ center island & appliances included overlooking the main living area. 2 large BR's and a bath on one end of house & master suite and 4th or ofc w/ a 3rd bath on other. Rear terraced patios for outdoor fun w/ bonus/ storage room on upper terrace. 3 car attached garage w/ laundry& storage. Fresh paint & landscaping.
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Warm & inviting 1907 Echo Park original situated at the top of Laveta Terrace. Highlights include 3 beds & 1 bath PLUS an attached private studio below w/1 bed & 1 bath. Bright hilltop views accompany appropriate aesthetic renovations, new operating systems, updated kitchen & baths & a huge grassy backyard for Fido to run.
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Los Feliz Ledger daily needs, financial obligations, and even the ability to socialize. A longer life also means more people are suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia, By Stephanie Vendig/Ledger Columnist heart disease, pulmonary disease, and diabetes over a longer Everyer stage of life in which we are period of time, affecting both one could vulnerable. And our children the patient and the caregivers. use a case or spouse or other relatives may Recently, Newsweek’s cover m a n a g e r, be suddenly confronted with story (June 18th) and the Los or a care a problem. Adult children, in Angeles Times Health Section manager to particular, may be unprepared, on June 11th addressed those get through as they are used to viewing their issues. Of the estimated 5.1 those periparents as capable, like they have million Americans with Alods when life is difficult. When I always been. Often children zheimer’s, 87% are cared for by was working with pregnant and who may see functioning probrelatives. Although most would parenting teens, I was exposed lems hate to initiate dialogue regard their time caring to a concept relevant for their relative as beFamilies (parents and children) to seniors also. These ing worthwhile in many young women were as- should have access to a professional ways, it comes at a cost, signed a case manager who can help relate medical direcin terms of family income, helping them to mantions with everyday functioning. and negative effects on the age both the challenges That person would seek out needed physical and mental health of an infant and their resources to make life more manageof the caregiver. The stress own growing up. The able or help with decision-making to of care-giving can depress case managers didn’t an immune system, risklessen the burden of care-giving. just tell them what to ing deterioration of health do. They assessed their in the course of these responsifunctioning—their coping abiliunless the parents bring it up bilities. ties, the obstacles in their way, themselves. How can you tell Thus, in my idealized world, their school functioning. The your parents that they are not the role of a “case manager” case manager connected them to doing well, and something must should be a part of the caregiving resources, and problem-solved change? model. Families (parents and with them. They were not theraIn this country, living longer children) should have access to a pists, but certainly they were than ever before is a fact, but it professional who can help relate therapeutic. And these young is also a fact that chronic health medical directions with everywomen were not left alone with conditions can decrease our day functioning. That person their journey. functioning, such as with drivwould seek out needed resources Our older years are anothing, ability to manage a home, [ SENIOR MOMENTS ]
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By Marilyn Oliver Ledger Theater Critic Summer is a time for light-hearted amusements and family fun. A great way to spend a balmy July evening is to load the kids and grandma in the car and trek over to Glendale where the Glendale Centre Theatre is offering their version
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of “Hello Dolly.” Based on the 1938 play, “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder and winner of ten Tony awards, the musical is the timeless story of Dolly Levi, a New York based yenta who likes to control the lives and fortunes of everyone around her. Her specialty is arranging marriages including her own because after years of widowhood she is determined to remarry. To achieve this goal, she contrives to catch a wealthy Yonkers merchant in her romantic web. The ensuing complications make for great comedy. While you may have seen the stage production with Carol Channing or the hit movie starring Barbra Striesand, Walter Matthau, and Louis Armstrong, you will find the current production at Glendale Centre Theatre to be great summer fun. Although the stage of the 440 seat theater in the round is small, it comes alive with a large cast of enthusiastic performers. Some of them even double as stage-hands as they roll the minimal sets on and off the stage, creating the illusion of New York in the early 1900s. Because the performances of Channing and Streisand are so iconic, it takes awhile to erase those images from one’s mind. However, actress/ singer Alison England portraying the title role, soon takes command of the show and offers an amazing performance. Recently returning from Paris where she headlined a tour of The Merry Widow, England who has also performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, has the energy and voice to do credit to the score. Richard Malmos who portrays the skinflint half millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, is no Walter Mathau, but he makes the character credible. Malmos’ voice is familiar because of his scores of commercials and from his stint as announcer of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. Cynthia Marty portrays the romance seeking milliner Irene Molloy. Her credits include performances with Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews as well as leading roles in The Music Man, My Fair Lady and Will Rogers Follies. These three professionals are the backbone of a large ensemble cast made up of amateur, semi-professional and student actors. After all, this is a community theater that provides a venue for aspiring actors. Although the performers sing against a recorded background musical score, the voices are generally strong and the dancing is above average. The sets are sparse due to the limitations of space, but the costumes are smashing and are accurate to the time period. This is a show for all ages, and at the modest ticket price you can
afford to bring the whole family. There is a homey touch, and at the conclusion the audience gets an opportunity to meet and chat with the actors in the foyer. The Glendale Centre Theatre continues to draw mostly local audiences who like to enjoy a predictable evening at the theater without the complications of avant-garde plots and questionable language. On the evening I attended I ran into a number of my Silver Lake neighbors. The proximity of free parking and nearby restaurants make the venue particularly appealing.
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Los Feliz Ledger [ J U LY 2 0 0 7 E V E N T S C A L E N D A R ] Art Events Black Maria Gallery “Twisted Portrait”, A “fresh take” on the age-old tradition of portraiture, by Jane Gotts and Ron Velasco. Through July 15th 3137 Glendale Blvd. LA, CA 90039 Information (323) 660-9393 www.blackmariagallery.com
S B LONDON “REALization: Leaf Relief Landscapes”, Showroom of industrial art, showcasing works which are inspired by microscopic patterns from nature. Through August 24th., 3740 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. Info. (323) 668-0734 www.sblondon.com
LittleBird Gallery “Mourning Medication:” Los Angeles based photographer Kevin Paine. Series of black and white images questions the human condition rather than an attempt at answering it. 3195 Glendale Blvd. Atwater Village Info. (323) 662-1092 www.littlebirdgallery.com
Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7-9 am Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome
Dance Ford Amphitheater “Unearthing Sleeping Beasts” July 6. Culminates the efforts of three L.A.-based female choreographers: Kate Hutter and two of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch,” Maria Gillespie and Holly Johnston. $25 and $20. Full-time students with valid ID and children 12 and under, $5. Cahuenga Blvd. East. Information & Tickets: (323) 461-3673. 2580 www.FordTheatres.org
Film Alex Theater, “Forbidden Planet”, the movie starring Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and Ann Francis, Slated to appear is cast member Warren Stevens and Robby the robot’s creator Robert Kinoshita. Presented by the Alex Film Society. July 7th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $9.50 general admission, $8 seniors and children, $7 Film Society members. 216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale. Information (818) 243-2539
Health 35th Annual Cancer Convention on Alternative Therapies and Nutritional Approaches to cancer and other diseases. Sheraton Universal Hotel, Labor Day Weekend, September 1st-3rd. For programs, doctor referrals and patient lists contact the Cancer Control Society Information (323) 663-7801 www.cancercontrolsociety.com
Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, annual “Issues Meeting and Election Kidk-Off,” Sat. July 14th. 9 a.m. breakfast with the board and SLNC mid-year goals review. 10
a.m. “Issues” meeting—open forum for attendees. 11:30 a.m. Election kick-off celebration with interested parties available to declare their candidacy. Bellevue Recreation
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Music “Music In the Zoo”—Tues, July 10th, World Music Night and Latin and Jazz Night, Tues. July 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. $12 for GLAZA members for adults and $7 for children ages 6 to 15. Non-members, $16 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 15. Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Tickets: (323) 644-6042 or online at www.LAZoo.org. Salsa Bands at the Autry National Center, every Thursday in July and August, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way. (323) 667-2000.
Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, board of directors meeting, July 17th, 7 p.m., 1965 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz Community Police Center. www.ggpnc.org
Summer Camp at the Autry National Center Join us for an exciting summer of fun and learning with some new classes and some old favorites. Morning and afternoon sessions and pre- and post-camp care are available.
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Griffith Park Volunteer Day There is so much good will from people in the wake of the Griffith Park fire. I’ve received countless calls and e-mails from people all over Los Angeles wanting to do something to help in the park’s recovery. The park means a lot to a great number of people. It’s very heartening. Others wish to give a donation and we can thank the Dept. of Recreation and Parks for establishing a non-profit entity in a relatively short amount of time to collect funds that will be earmarked for restoration efforts. When it was announced last week that the Goo Goo Dolls would hold a benefit concert in September, I knew that the love for the park was even more extensive that any of us could ever imagine. There are also many of you who want to get your hands into the soil and replant. We want to capture this enthusiasm and energy. In my 30 or so years of be-
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ing involved in park activities, including as the keeper of Dante’s View after the death of Charlie Turner, I’ve come to know lots of park lovers and I’m eager to see our forces expand. The park is already showing signs of life amidst the ash. I am in the park nearly every day hiking and continue to marvel at the green patches of chaparral I see sprouting up all through the hillsides. It will take likely years for these scorched areas to look anything like they did the morn-
The park is already showing signs of life amidst the ash. ing of the fire on May 8th. But one thing is certain, Dante’s View, Captain’s Roost and the upper portion of the Bird Sanctuary will not recover to their pre-fire form without our intervention—and this is where your volunteer efforts come in. These gardens are the hikers’ oases on their way up or down the trails, offering shelter from the sometimes ravishing effects of hot sun. They were planted with a variety of tree and shrubs, including non-native species. They offered a place to sit out of the sun to admire the city view be-
low. Now, sorry to say, they are mostly clumps of charred tree trunks burned to oblivion. My proposal is to establish a Griffith Park Volunteer Day the second Saturday of each month to rebuild/replant these oases. Right now, the parks department is drawing up landscape design schematics for us to follow when we replant. I already have a commitment from the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power to restore water service to Dante’s View. Within weeks, I hope to announce the first of these regularly-scheduled volunteer days. Areas that are unsafe due to high danger of erosion will continue to be closed to the public, but this should not affect our work at Dante’s, Captain’s Roost or Bird Sanctuary. Go to www.laparks.org, click on Griffith Park Recovery for the latest information regarding what remains closed and what’s now open. I look forward to seeing you. Donations can be sent to: City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Recreation and Parks 3900 Chevy Chase Drive Los Angeles, CA 90039 Attn: Griffith Region Superintendent. Make checks payable to “City of Los Angeles/Griffith Park Restoration Fund.”
Barnsdall’s “Great Lawn” To Open By Eric Garcetti Los Angeles City Council President/CD 13 Two years ago, many of you joined me at a small celebration for my second inauguration at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Barnsdall Art Park. The 36-acre park’s history stretches back nearly a century: Bohemian single mom, heiress and feminist activist Aline Barsndall purchased the land in 1919, then persuaded Frank Lloyd Wright to help her create an artists’ colony there. She donated the hill to the city in 1927 and generations of Angelenos grew up attending arts classes, gallery exhibits and theatrical performances at Barnsdall, now run by the city’s Cultural Affairs Department. This spring, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced the selection of the Aline Barnsdall Complex (known as Hollyhock House) as a National Historic Landmark. Fewer than 2,500 places have earned that distinction: Hollyhock House, built between 1919 and 1921, has taken its place alongside Washington’s Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s Monticello as American architectural monuments. I’ve been proud to oversee great restorations to Hollyhock House and ever increasing use of the park, but our work there is not done. This month, we’ll be opening up the park’s Great Lawn, just in time for summer. The new lawn will have drought-resistant landscaping, 28 new native trees and a semi-circle imprint that completes Wright’s original vision. Both the Dept. of Water and Power and the Metropolitan Water District provided funds for the lawn; the hybrid grass will reduce water use by 21%, and the native plants will achieve a 75% reduction of water use. One of the buildings designed by Wright, “Residence A,” requires an Historic Structure Report before any renovation can occur. Working with the Community Redevelopment Agency, I’ve found funding to complete that report. With it, we can apply for grants to restore the long-neglected residence and see even more of the architect’s work on top of Olive Hill.
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Guidelines for Observatory Events By Charley M. Mims, GGPNC President On June 20th, the City’s Re c re a t i o n and Parks Commission heard from community members regarding the department’s proposed “Guidelines” for catered special events at the Griffith Observatory. Marian Dodge, President of the Los Feliz Improvement Assoc., gave an historical overview of the site including the express conditions made by Colonel Griffiths in deeding the land to the city. Ken Owen, chair of the GGPNC’s Planning Committee spoke on considering the impact of denying “plain” people access to the observatory by partially or
completely closing it down during these special events. And I spoke of how certain guideline details failed to consider the impact on local residents. Seven other speakers commented on the weaknesses of these guidelines including Tom Ford, Bruce Carroll, Tom Wilson, Joe Cisneros and Lucinda Phillips. While one commissioner expressed concern about public access and neighborhood impacts, in the end the commission adopted the staff report without any changes. They did however direct city staff to report back to the commission within a year on how the adopted guidelines were working and what, if any, changes would be needed. The GGPNC will closely monitor the impact of these “guidelines” on the general public and on the local residential community. To review the guidelines, please visit our website: www.losfelizleger.com
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prepare when disaster strikes as well as to hear concerns and ideas stakeholders have on this topic. Afterwards, we open the floor to anybody in Silver Lake to step up and let us know what’s important to you. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard and we hope you’ll join us. The SLNC’s Annual Issues Meeting is Saturday, July 14th at 10 a.m. at Bellevue Park. It’s immediately followed by the Annual SLNC Election Kick-off where people can announce their candidacy to run for a seat on the SLNC Governing Board.
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“Hollywood’s Wedding Chapel” at Hollywood Lutheran Church by Roberta Morris / Ledger Religion and Spirituality Writer Straight or gay, “churched” or “unchurched,” Hollywood Lutheran Church has established “Hollywood’s Wedding Chapel” to help people celebrate their love. It’s a one-stop center for planning and holding weddings, and part of the church’s ministry. “We just want to be a community service and we want to respect people’s relationships,” said Pastor Dan Hooper. With their stunning chapel, and space for a reception, they can also refer wedding couples to florists, caterers and musicians. Eldon Turner and the church’s organist, Janet Weber, can also provide music with a new concert harp donated to the church and with a harpsichord and flutes. The church also provides spiritual guidance and pre-marital counseling. Hooper faces controversial issues about these celebrations straight on. “There are two points of view among clergy about marrying people who aren’t in your congregation. Some feel that performing marriage ceremonies is great outreach, a point of entry back into the church for some people. Others say it’s a bust, that we never see the couple again,” he said. “I’ve had to come down on one side and I’ve decided to come down on the side of openness. We have a couple here who picked us out of the phone book and they’re still here twenty years later. You never know.” There are issues particular to gay couples, Hooper said. Often, he said, they’ve been living between two worlds. Now the state is going to give these couples the rights enjoyed by straight married people, and they have to take seriously the responsibilities as well. “It’s a contract,” he said. “People have to be clear that you get something from this and you’re bound by it. I told a couple lately: they need to go do their domestic partnership agreement first.” In 2002, the council at Hollywood Lutheran Church adopted a policy to permit lesbian and gay couples to hold weddings in the sanctuary, “believing where there is love, there is God. And that God so loves this world that God blesses those who unite their spirits in love.” Being able to plan the entire day in one place can be a huge advantage. The chapel at Hollywood Lutheran is fully wheel-chair Freeway from page 7
nate a clubhouse, a half dozen tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, a maintenance yard, two fairways and two greens of one golf course, the Travel Town Museum, archery grounds, part of the miniature train area, pony rides and bridle paths. Early in 1955, city Councilmember John C. Holland chaired a hearing to propose the feasibility of shifting the route to the other side of the Los Angeles River as the Recreation and Parks Commission suggested. “I am as anxious as anyone to see the Golden State Freeway. . . built,” he told the then local paper, the Los Feliz Hills News. “No doubt this issue will be tested in court, so there should be plenty of time to explore the possibility of saving these many acres of flat land to be used for the pleasure and safety of coming generations.” Then on April 22nd, Van Griffith filed a lawsuit that claimed that under the terms of his father’s gift, the land would revert to the donor—or his Page 18
heirs—if ever it was devoted to other than park purposes. But on September 20th, the court ruled against Van Griffith saying the state’s right under condemnation could not be limited by contracts of third parties, including the terms of an original bequest. Van Griffith’s appeals fell on deaf ears, including the State Supreme Court. In the end, the city of Los Angeles received nearly $3 million for the use of the land and for relocating the doomed tennis courts and amenities. The city was also awarded nearly $1 million for an additional 36-acres of northeastern parkland also taken, this time, for another traffic route, the Ventura Freeway. Van Griffith held that the entire 209.6 lost parkland was worth $15 million, but his quixotic battle had been lost. The Golden State Freeway, including the lanes between Los Feliz Boulevard and Stadium Way, was ready in 1962 for the opening of Dodger Stadium.
accessible, has a capacity for 250 people and 200 in the reception hall, with a full commercial kitchen. Across from Bansdall Art Park and in the heart of Los Feliz Village, there are also many options for holding a reception right in the neighborhood. Three priests are available to preside at Hollywood’s Wedding Chapel: Father Hans Kroneberg, of St. Michael’s Apostolic Old Catholic Church can preside in English, German and Spanish. Father Eric Ong-Veloso, also of the Apostaolic Old Catholic Church and American Orthodox Catholic Church, speaks Tagalag, Fugan
(Chinese) and English. Also Bishop Adrian Ravarour of the American Catholic Church has studied Buddhism and is open to many spiritual expressions and services. Hollywood Lutheran Church, 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave. (323) 667-1212 www.hollywoodwedding.org
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Los Feliz Ledger New Schools from page 1 School District officials. tary school at the intersection to the [department of transThe so called â€œspan schoolâ€?â€”so named as enrollment â€œspansâ€? of W. Silver Lake Drive and portation] are way low and cidents with Rowena Avenue from middle school to high schoolâ€”has been part of the school Rowena since last September. completely inaccurate,â€? said where they intersect. A total districtâ€™s plan to provide more space for students in adherence to And, the traffic signal at Kerr. â€œThey donâ€™t have the reof six pedestrians being hit a California class action settlement that requires all schools revert Hyperion and Rowena avenues cords,â€? to justify traffic mitigaby a car occurred on Rowena back to a traditional calendar by 2012. was changed to better respond tions. Avenue during the same time However, due to a trend of declining enrollment locally and to changing traffic conditions Community leaders in Silperiod. throughout the school district, officials say, King, which has been to reduce traffic congestion. ver Lake are looking at other Sadly, three quarters of on a multi-track schedule since 2001, may be back on a traditional And this August, a traffic cityâ€™s examplesâ€”such as Old these accidents were found to schedule by 2008 through its own attrition. Marshall has had a signal for the intersection of Town Pasadenaâ€”of how to be pedestrian violations and multi-track schedule since 1993. Hyperion Avenue and Monon combine a growing vibrant five were fatalities. The project to build the â€œspanâ€? school that would serve 750 stuStreet, that was approved last street life and the traffic it Mitigation measuresâ€” dents has been stalled while LAUSD officials negotiated unsuccessyear, is exbrings with the such as speed bumpsâ€”on fully with Los Angeles City College to buy property for the school pected to safety of pedessuch so-called â€œsecondary A total of six pedestrians where a golfing range currently stands. be installed. trians and hohighwaysâ€? arenâ€™t possible, acbeing hit by a car occurred Out-going LAUSD school board member, David Tokofsky, That is the meowners. cording to Glenn Ogura, a city on Rowena Avenueâ€ŚSadly, however, said he would continue to recommend the board acquire a same inâ€œWeâ€™re tryDept. of Transportation engithree quarters of these site by eminent domain, if necessary. tersection ing to make neer. â€œWeâ€™re not able to [add accidents were found to be Mary Rodriguez, education deputy for Los Angeles city council where actor more areas pethose] because the [volume of pedestrian violations and district 4 and a local resident, is encouraging members of the comBill Wingard destrian friendcars is] so huge.â€? five were fatalities. munity to sign a petition to keep the project from being scrapped. was struck ly and working Additionally, even though According to Rodriguez, local voters approved some $300 miland killed on bike lane the community has demanded lion from Measures â€œRâ€? in 2004 and â€œYâ€? in 2005, to build the while walking in the crosswalk extensions,â€? said Rusty Millar, some sort of safety measures â€œspanâ€? school and to construct a new middle school in Hollywood. last January and where a Tradchair of the Silver Lake Neighalong Rowena Avenueâ€”such According to Rodriguez, the idea for a new middle school in Holerâ€™s Joe employee was struck borhood CouncilTransportaas more traffic signals, signallywood has already been abandoned by the district. last spring. tion committee. ized crosswalks and permaâ€œVoters in this area believed they were getting money for new These were two high profile â€œYou have to make it so nent speed display signs to schools,â€? said Rodriguez. â€œWhereâ€™s that $300 million dollars?â€? accidents. But many accidents, people arenâ€™t afraid to walk discourage speedingâ€”the city according to the transportaand move around the street.â€? has opted to not implement tion committee chairperson As with any growing area, those as a study conducted by of the Greater Griffith Park everyone is feeling the congesthe city earlier this year, found $)3#)0,%3 /&