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City Starts Floating “Bird Balls” By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Ivanhoe Reservoir is beginning to resemble a Chuck E Cheese ball pit as Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power officials have begun placing plastic “bird balls” in 100,000 ball increments on the reservoir’s surface to protect it from a harmful chemical reaction that could contaminate the city’s water supply. The department plans to float about 3 million of the balls each over Ivanhoe and possibly Elysian Reservoir to shade them from sunlight, in an effort to prevent ultraviolet rays from reacting with natural groundwater bromide and chlorine to form the carcinogen bromate. DWP officials discovered unusually high levels of bromate in the Silver Lake and Elysian Reservoirs last fall and took them out of service in December. Long-term exposure to bromate can pose a slight cancer risk. “We’ve been talking to the Silver Lake community for a long time and we’ve always said we’re not going to cover Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs,” Water System chief operating officer James McDaniel told locals Feb. 27th at Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s 4th District Community Congress. “This bromate is something we did see Reservoirs page 5
[ What’s Inside ] Childrens Hospital $2 Million Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jonestown: 30 Years Later . . . . 4 Bukowski’s Home Given Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Focus: Indochine . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Real Estate Sales . . . . . Su Casa B Restaurant Review: Osteria La Buca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Religion: Pastor Builds “Green” House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Editorial-Open Mike . . . . . . . . . 22
Spring: One Season Closer to Summer–Winter rains have made way for warmer temperatures and the promise of a bountiful summer. Photo: Yosemite National Park, Summer 2007, Allison B. Cohen.
Autry Traffic Study Flawed Groups Say
SLNC’s Election Move to 2010 Generates Heated Debate
By Rachel Heller, Ledger Contributing Writer
By Catherine Billey, Ledger Contributing Writer
GRIFFITH PARK—Local community groups have said a draft Environmental Impact Report the city commissioned to study the effects of the proposed expansion of the Autry National Center inaccurately shows low traffic levels at seven major intersections around Griffith Park. As a result, some want the Autry to take steps to mitigate a potential increase in traffic as the museum moves forward with plans to remodel and expand its facilities. Last year, the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) joined the Hollywood United and Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood councils and funded an independent peer review of the city’s report by a transportation consulting firm that found higher traffic levels. Some also said the city’s report failed to account for traffic that would be generated by the recently opened Griffith Park Adult Community Center and new exhibits at the Los Angeles Zoo during construction. “We approve all these projects, and then one day we wake up and we can’t even get out of our driveways,” said Chris
Laib, parks committee co-chair for the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA). Members of the GGPNC’s transportation committee, the LFIA, and representatives of city and state officials met March 8th to discuss traffic issues that might arise from the Autry’s 129,000 square foot expansion that would double the museum’s yearly visits to about 298,000. Autry chief operating officer Faith Raiguel said the museum’s plans would foster a “much-improved park experience” and said the expansion would not significantly impact local streets. “The Autry is not the cause of traffic in Los Feliz,” Raiguel said.
SILVER LAKE—The validity of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s vote on Jan. 19th to push all current board member’s terms to 2010 was heatedly questioned by a handful of stakeholders at the March 5th general board meeting, even though the deadline for reconsideration passed on Feb. 6th and a city Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment representative has stated unequivocally that “the vote is valid.” Some stakeholders com-
plained that the special meeting in which the vote took place had not been properly communicated to the public and was therefore in violation of the SLNC bylaws as well as the Brown Act, which requires open meetings. Others, including Marty Hittelman, past board member and former co-chair, argued that the decision appeared to conflict with SLNC election rules, which state that a term see Election page 8
Local Charter School Considers Site of Once Toxic Ceramics Factory By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—The Los Feliz Charter School for the
March Madness for Ivanhoe: Silver Lake’s Ivanhoe Elementary won the Los Angeles Unified Citywide “Beyond the Bell” basketball tournament in March. The program has about 550 girls and boys teams citywide.
Arts announced in February their intent to lease and share facilities at the New Hope Chapel located on Los Feliz Boulevard behind the Best Buy and Costco Shopping center. The school, in its second year, is forced to leave its current facilities at Saint Ambrose Church in West Hollywood because Larchmont Charter School will be returning to the space. The announcement raised red flags in the Atwater Village community about the proposed site that is the former see Charter School page 4
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Let the Autry Be At the M a r c h Greater Griff ith Park Neighborhood Council meeting, a representative of the Autry National Center said: “A great day at the Autry is 400 people. A great day at the zoo is 11,000 people.” Why, then, is the Autry being taken to task for creating an increase in traffic in the area because it wants to move its parking lot underground (and away from its entrance at Crystal Springs Drive) and expand its exhibit and storage facilities within its existing space? Autry representatives have said they project attendance to the site will double if the expansion goes through. So, what does that mean? The Autry will draw 800 people a day? The Autry’s expansion may increase traffic in the area perhaps for a short time, as what was expected but never materialized, with the Griffith Observatory re-opening in November 2006. (For the record: attendance after the observatory reopened was considerably lower than projections, essentially because community groups in the area demanded the facility operate on a “reservation only system” which was advertised heavily with a $1 million media campaign throughout Southern California. People, simply, were put off by the procedure and stayed away.)
But why should the Autry—that draws so few people a year—take the brunt of every traffic woe in the area? To understand the traffic problem in Los Feliz, we must look back to the 1950s when the city purchased—after lawsuits and appeals from
frustrating, I quit coming). In Los Feliz, we enjoy having many of the city’s most cherished institutions in our back yard: the Griffith Observatory; the Los Angeles Zoo; Griffith Park, The Greek Theater and the Autry National Center. Thousands of Angelenos visit these places each year and, perhaps, an increase in traffic is the price we pay.
Why should the Autry—that draws so few people a year—take the brunt of every traffic woe in the area? Col. Griffith J. Griffith—a swath of Griffith Park to build the 5 Freeway. Most traffic in Los Feliz seems to be that of 5 Freeway commuters using Los Feliz as a shortcut to mid-city or Hollywood. Or the reverse: folks from mid-city and Hollywood using Los Feliz as a way to get to Atwater’s Costco Shopping Center (I was guilty of that before I moved here, until I found the traffic so
But don’t punish or blame the Autry for a traffic problem that was created decades ago. If you don’t want a parking structure built in the park, say so. If you think the Autry has not been fair to the Southwest Museum (a sad story, to be sure, but not really any of our business) say so. But don’t look for an excuse, like traffic, and place blame on a relatively minor player.
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We asked: “Do you care if the Autry National Center goes through with its expansion plans?” “I think it’s a good thing. Maybe with the underground parking it won’t be such an asphalt jungle. Between the museum parking and the zoo lot, if they make room underground there may not be such a black spot in the park.” Dale Skorcz, Sunset Blvd. “There are two main points—demand for more museum and keeping the green landscape. It’s not a bad thing. It’s going to create traffic, but it’s going to bring people for an educational purpose. If it was a mall I’d be opposed. Tigran Avakyan, Melbourne Ave. “I care about it. I think it’s a good thing. I haven’t had a chance to go over there yet. I want to go there and check out the museum.” Michael Ortiz, Bonvue Ave. (pictured with son Diego Ortiz)
“I didn’t know about the expansion. I’m not concerned about it. The Autry is a nice museum.” Morris Boxer, Los Feliz Blvd.
[ POLICE BLOTTER APRIL 2008 ]
Aggravated Assaults: 9 Burglary Theft From Vehicle: 52 Burglary: 13 Grand Theft Auto: 18 Robbery: 7 Robbery: March 1st at Russell and Rodney. Suspect approached victim from behind and forcibly grabbed her purse. Suspect fled on foot with property. Burglary: March 3rd on the 1700 block of Westerly Terrace. Suspects smashed the rear bathroom window, entered and took property. Elder Distraction Burglary: Feb. 29th on 2600 block of Ivan Hill Terrace. Suspect approached 81-year-old victim in front yard. Suspect told victim he was a tree
trimmer and asked for access to the backyard. Another suspect approached and inquired about buying the residence. Both suspects entered the home and roamed about for 45 minutes, taking cash, jewelry and credit cards. Elder Distraction Burglary: March 5th on 1600 block of Waterloo St. Two suspects knocked on victim’s door and told her that they had a package for her husband. One suspect told the victim she needed to use the restroom. One suspect distracted victim as the other suspect roamed the property and took credit cards jewelry and currency. Burglary: March 1st on 2300 block of Glendale. Suspect pried open front door, entered and took cash register. Burglary: March 10th on 2100 block of Hillhurst. Suspect smashed front glass door, entered and took property.
Los Feliz Lions Club Annual BBQ Fundraiser Set for April 27th The Los Feliz Lions Club annual fundraiser-barbeque will be Sunday, April 27th from 12 noon until 4 p.m. at Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. The cost is $10 and includes a barbeque plate and live entertainment. Roger Connelly and the Blue Merchants are scheduled to perform. Randy Meisner, of the Eagles, will be a special guest. The event will also feature a silent auction, and there will be beer, wine and soft drinks for sale. For tickets: (323) 206-7248 or they can be purchased at the event.
Childrens Hosptial Kicks Off Campaign to Raise $2 Million Locally LOS FELIZ—Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles kicked off their “Los Feliz: A Community that Cares,” campaign to help raise $2 million locally at an evening affair March 19th. The event—attended by 160—was held at the Letts Estate and home of actress Ronnie Claire Edwards. The campaign is to help fund Childrens Hospital’s new building—under construction and expected to open in 2010— that will provide 317 beds in mostly private rooms. The entire project requires $250 million in philanthropic support. Local community members are invited to tour the hospital and learn more about the new construction by calling (323) 361-1711.
“I love the museum. My parents loved it. It is kind of small. We don’t want people building the park up, but we do love the museum. The main thing we’re for is keeping the park a wildlife area.” Jennie Taylor, Griffith Park Blvd. “That doesn’t sound as bad as other things that they’ve talked about putting in the park… I used to cycle in the Griffith Park, and didn’t see much traffic, so I don’t imagine it would be a great difference.” Ben Warwas, Griffith Park Blvd. “I think pieces taken from the Southwest Museum and putting them into the Autry museum is good because they’ll get more exposure there.” Joe Gilbert, Avenue 50 COMMUNITY NEWS
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A Local Reminder of Jonestown, 30 years Later By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer
Micheltorena Street homeowner Barry Isaacson with the found briefcase.
SILVER LAKE—When Barry Isaacson and his wife, Jenny bought their home on Micheltorena Street in 1993, they were told that the house had once belonged to Dr. Herbert Alexander, a former Los Angeles City College professor and his wife Frieda. The mid-century modern architectural had recently been restored to its original grandeur, having fallen into serious disrepair after the Alexanders suffered the loss of their only daughter, Phyllis Chaikin; their son in law, Gene and two grandchildren in the 1978 Jonestown Guyana tragedy, the mass suicides and murders of 900 men, women, and children by the ingestion of potassium cyanide mixed with punch and in tranquilizers at the order of the Rev. Jim Jones, leader of the People’s Temple.
Chillingly, the Isaacsons were told that a cache of letters between the Alexanders and their daughter may be hidden away on the property—left behind when the Alexanders moved to West Los Angeles. Through the years, Isaacson had kept a half-hearted eye out for the described secreted treasure but was surprised in February when a handyman made a discovery in his home’s crawl space. “Part of me didn’t want to intrude on this tragedy,” said Isaacson. “Now I have to get into this since the handyman dug it up.” What Isaacson found was a vinyl hard-sided brief case, its lock closures rusted through the years. Inside were letters, from Phyllis Chaikin and also some from the teenaged Gail, who was 13 when
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she perished. Countless newspaper and magazine clippings of the Nov. 18th event were also found. One found letter was a copy from the Alexanders to their daughter. The letter was dated Sept. 21st, 1977 and signed “your mother and father.” “We have tried in every way to make an adjustment to an extremist radical movement that has swallowed you and your family… This adherence to a religious oriented radical movement which isolates your children… is not our conception of Socialism, Christianity and social reform,” the letter read. “I think the letters represent an important find,” said Jonestown expert, Fielding McGehee, a journalist who oversees the Jonestown Institute and whose sisters and nephew died in the tragedy. “It shows that the people on the outside were very concerned and frustrated and how that contributed to their own devastation.” In the 1970s, the local branch of the People’s Temple was located at the corner of Hoover Street and Alvarado Terrace. At the time, it had more than 2,000 members recruited largely from the communities of Compton and Watts. The Chaikins were members of the San Francisco Bay Area People’s Temple and used to travel by bus caravan with Jim Jones for church-wide services in Los Angeles. see Jonestown page 8
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Franciscan Ceramics factory and one of the state’s biggest environmental cleanup sites. “We would love to have another school in the neighborhood—it’s just one more option,” said Tim Warner, Atwater Village neighborhood council schools representative. “It comes down to do the parents trust the location or not?” According to the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Franciscan Ceramics operated for 70 years on the site leaving elevated levels of zinc, cadmium and lead in the soil. Over 6,000 truck loads of soil had to be removed at a cost of $20 million before the site was certified safe for limited use in 1990. The DTSC verified the site that has been used by the church as fully open for development. A much larger portion of the site was sealed with asphalt and deemed acceptable for parking. “We have reviewed all of the verification results and they all back up the DTSC statement that anything outside of the asphalt were fully remediated,” said Kevin Mul-
cahy, architect and general contractor heading up the project and a parent at the school. LFCSA officials told local residents at a March meeting that the choice of site came after an extensive search in the area and the scrutiny of more than a half dozen other properties. The New Hope Chapel facility remains the school’s first choice and would allow a 10year lease. Plans were presented to add several modular buildings for school use, which the church could use when school is not in session. LFCSA representatives said they will hire an independent consultant to re-test the site before making a final decision. If a decision cannot be made in time for the start of school this September, the LFCSA—and its 200 students— will have to share space with another Los Angeles Unified School District campus—as required by law. The school must also receive a conditional use permit from the city as well as building and safety permits and undertake a full environmental review.
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not see coming,” and that has never been found in the city’s water supply before, he said. “We had to act immediately.” Hollywood and Silver Lake residents were among those gathered at the DWP building in downtown Los Angeles for the quarterly meeting, where DWP General Manager David Nahai and other officials discussed the state of the city’s water and power infrastructure. The 93-acre Silver Lake Reservoir is now completely drained—a process that started in January. By June, it will be cleaned and refilled, while Ivanhoe will be covered with the dark-gray balls for at least four years, McDaniel said. The balls – called “bird balls” for their common municipal use as a deterrent to birds roosting on lakes near airports—are a quick fix, according to DWP officials, as there isn’t enough time to build solid covers over the reservoirs since summer is approaching and the strong sunlight threatens to help breed bromate again. “We’ve done tests and we know that we’ll have the problem again if we don’t get [the reservoirs] covered,” Mc-
Daniel said. “This is really an emergency situation.” The balls will cost $1 million each for Ivanhoe and Elysian, which provide drinking water to downtown and South Los Angeles. To keep sunlight off the water before all 6 million balls arrive, officials will place temporary, UV ray-blocking plastic covers over the reservoirs along with the balls, the department said. Once all the bird balls are applied, the plastic covers will come off. Rusty Millar, co-chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, said the city should take any steps necessary to protect local residents. “If this has to do with water quality and public safety, then it’s just one of those things we have to live with,” Millar said. Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs will be decommissioned when the DWP completes an underground replacement water storage facility near Forest Lawn, “a big, covered, concrete box reservoir” that will be topped with sod and native plants for aesthetic purposes, McDaniel told local residents. The open-air reservoirs will then function as lakes surrounded by public parkland – similar to Echo Park – un-
connected to the city’s potable water supply, officials said. “Ultimately, we’d like to
work with the community and figure out a way to transition that into true recreational
space,” said McDaniel. LaBonge called City Counsee Reservoirs page 14
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Neutra House Threatened with Closure by Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKE—Modernist Architect Richard Neutra built a radical glass house here 75 years ago with rooftop and balcony gardens that he named the VDL Research House in honor of his benefactor, Dutch industrialist Dr. CH Van Der Leeuw. The Neutras lived in the house and created their groundbreaking architectural designs at the site for over three decades up until the architect’s death in 1970. His widow, Dione Neutra, continued to offer the home for cultural events until her passing in 1990. After her death, ownership passed to the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design, with an endowment of $100,000 for the maintenance of the facility. In 1997, the house was designat-
The Death of Anthony Escobar By Sean Mahoney, Echo Park Correspondent
Photo credit: J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.
ed a Historic-Cultural Monument by the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles (No. 640). Sadly, endowment funds have been insufficient for the maintenance of the proper-
ty. The college needs to raise $30,000 for maintenance by Oct. 1, 2008 to avoid closure of the site. They are also seeking an institutional co-steward who will commit to development and curatorial staff to endow and run the site, and hoping the community will support their efforts with pledges. The VDL Research House is open to the public without reservations on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except on March 29th, 2008). Admission $10 per person. For large groups (10+), the house is open by appointment. Group tours are available in English, Spanish or French. Call (323) 953-0224 for information. To assist in any way, please contact Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra at raymondneutra@ gmail.com or visit the Friends of the VDL Research Site at www.Neutra-VDL.org.
ECHO PARK—On March 6th around 8 p.m. Anthony Escobar or “Chuco” as he was known to his family was fatally gunned down by a suspected gang member while crossing his Echo Park street to pick lemons from a neighbor’s tree. When I saw this story on television, the people interviewed were not the soy latte-gallery types in sprawling houses in the hills but every day folk living on one of the neighborhood’s oldest streets. Modest bouquets of flowers, small votive candles and photocopied portraits decorated the driveway of the boy’s home. Classmates and family members gathered together seeking comfort and answers. For all of the progress and change my neighborhood has seen, the fact remains that violence, sadness, and tragedy refuse to be gentrified. Still, we’re all guilty of blissful apathy when it comes to our neighborhoods. There’s an overwhelming instinct to feel safe, nightly news be damned. We tell ourselves “Well, it didn’t happen on my street” even though we know that in reality that it could. A few years ago, a young man was shot and killed on the street literally in front of my house. I was shaken but deeply in denial. I couldn’t possibly believe that such a horrific
act could occur so close to my home. Prior to this moment, I had believed that the notorious violent past of Echo Park had magically vanished when I moved to the neighborhood. A week later as the initial shock of the event started to wear off, I noticed the blood stained sidewalk. Refusing to be washed away, the stain stayed there for weeks. Eventually, I had to face the fact that my safe-haven wasn’t so safe and ignoring its faults only made things worse. While the family and friends of Anthony Escobar continue to grieve and process this senseless tragedy, a neighborhood is left wondering: “What can we do?” Reporting suspicious activity to the police and voting for local politicians with tough on crime track records are good places to start. Attending neighborhood council meetings is also a good idea. In lieu of community involvement, however, I believe that easiest thing we can all do is truly act like good neighbors. Good neighbors treat one another with kindness, protect on another, and keep aware of surroundings. Could simply taking a moment to be a more thoughtful neighbor actually stop tragedies like Anthony’s from happening? It’s hard to say but it couldn’t hurt.
“I have lived in Los Feliz for 20 years and raised three children there, all of whom received their care at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, not because I am a doctor there, but because I wanted the best medical care for them, and that is precisely what Childrens Hospital Los Angeles offers to the children and families of Los Angeles, and far beyond. We are fortunate to have this world class medical center virtually in our own neighborhood.”
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Bukowski’s Home Given Landmark Status By Chris Nelson, Ledger Contributing Writer HOLLYWOOD—Despite claims of supporting Nazism from the former owner and protests from no less than the man’s widow herself, Charles Bukowski’s house at 5124 DeLongpre Ave. was designated a cultural landmark by Los Angeles City Council in a unanimous vote late February. The four-unit building where the author of “Post Office” and “Factorum” resided between 1963 and 1972, along
kowski was a Nazi sympathizer. Konovalov has fought the designation since his unsuccessful attempt to sell the property as a teardown for $1.3 million. Bukowski’s neighbors see it differently. “I’m really glad they’re preserving it instead of tearing it down,” said Sina Taylor, a 37-year resident of the area and former neighbor of Bukowski.
SLNC Installs Signs to Discourage Speeders By Catherine Billey, Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Prompted by stakeholder concerns about speeders on Mitchell and from Landa down to Griffith Park Boulevard, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted during their March 5th meeting to purchase “Watch the Road” signs for $1,504.68 to encourage drivers to slow down. Rusty Millar, chair of the Transportation Committee, presented the all-weather signs prior to the vote. While acknowledging that signs such as these do help neighborhoods, council member Spencer Strauss questioned the expense and said they should be uncluttered. Another councilmember, Scott
Crawford, asked whether they could also appear in Spanish. But councilmember Patricia McGrath argued that when stakeholders have a specific request such as this, the neighborhood council should be swift in its response. The signs were ordered by Millar as designed.
New sign to help slow traffic.
CERT Community Drill, April 14th The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) team will hold a community exercise on Apr. 14th at the Rowena Fire Station, 2759 Rowena. All CERTtrained residents are urged to
participate in this drill devised to refresh skills learned during CERT classes. For information contact Barbara Dakin at 213-413-4221 or email email@example.com.
5124 DeLongpre Avenue, where Bukowski once resided.
with several Spanish-tiled bungalows on the same property, is now protected by a special, city-monitored approval process should the undisclosed new owner of the building wish to make any major changes. “There’s a lot of great history in Hollywood, and we’re working to identify it and preserve pieces of it. Bukowski is certainly a well-known and respected literary figure. Now, his home in Los Angeles will be protected and promoted as a cultural landmark,” said Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. Aleksandr Konovalov, the owner of the property until a month ago, alleged that Bu-
The neighbor described Bukowski as an extremely shy, socially awkward man who “looked at you like you were going to kill him if you made eye contact with him.” He used to read his work to an elderly woman on the steps of the building next door, she said, portraying a softer side of the man she called an interesting neighborhood character who shunned fame and recognition. “He would have thought it was the stupidest thing,” Taylor said, echoing statements made by Linda Lee Bukowski to the press about what her husband would have made of all the fuss.
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shall be for only two years. By pushing new elections to 2010, some who have been on the board for a year or longer will have vastly lengthened terms. â€œFor some reason,â€? he said, â€œyouâ€™re changing the rules of the neighborhood council.â€? The city clerk decided in late 2007 to take over neighborhood council elections because of the cityâ€™s greater resources to perform outreach to stakeholders. Now, all 87 Los Angeles area neighborhood councils will uniformly hold their elections every other year in June rather than at varying times each year. Consequently, the city clerkâ€™s office sanctioned moving up the date of the SLNCâ€™s next election to 2010, as no neighborhood council elections will be held in 2009, or in any future odd-numbered year. Complicating matters, the city clerkâ€™s office has stipulated that revised SLNC bylawsâ€” detailing the election cycle changeâ€”must be formally amended at a later date. For such a bylaw change, at least 100 stakeholders must vote. Changes also require a twothirds vote to pass. Some board members have come to regret their vote, primarily because it means there will be no new members to the neighborhood council until 2010.
â€œAll that chance for exposureâ€”to get people engaged with us and come vote and realize weâ€™re doing things that can affect themâ€”thatâ€™s gone,â€? said board member Joanna Paden. But to some board members, the council was given little choice, as pushing back elections from later this year until 2010 would save roughly $8,000 that could be used for community causes and needs. Some questioned why the board, especially those who said they regretted their vote, let the Feb. 6th deadline for reconsideration pass. â€œAll they had to do is make the motion,â€? said Doug Dickstein, who attended the March 5 meeting and was once co-chair of the SLNC. Some on the board wonder why board co-chair, Rusty Millar, who oversaw the February meeting, did not put the item on that monthâ€™s agenda to allow for a fuller airing of the issue before the community. â€œTo me,â€? said board member Paden, â€œthe story is the failure of Rusty who was chairing the board meeting last month [February]. He could have put it on the agenda correctly. He didnâ€™t.â€? For board member Renee Nahum, knowing the procedures could have avoided the problem all along. â€œWe have real problems on this board, and theyâ€™re going to continue until we have someone who knows the rules and enforces them,â€? she said.
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Are you Ready for Web 2.0? By Kristen Taylor, Ledger Columnist My daughter is no longer my friend. She decided that it was weird being friends with her mom, so she dropped me. I was sad when I stopped getting her daily updates. When I tried to ask her something, I couldnâ€™t communicate with her at all. Not on Facebook, anyway. She had terminated our friend status. Facebook is one of the fastest growing companies behind Web 2.0, the wave of websites designed to document and broadcast as much of your daily life, beliefs, and shopping habits as you deem fit. Sign up with Facebook, and within a few days you will be in easy contact with old friends, family, and local pals. Anyone with a Facebook account can share as much information as they want, filling their page with personal photos, virtual cupcakes, political rants, or just a simple listing of vital stats. Privacy settings can prevent anyone but friends from seeing your page, but anyone can request to add you as friend, or view a list of whoâ€™s already â€œfriendedâ€? you. Yes, â€œfriendâ€? is now a verb. All of this sharing, coupled with accessibility, is a red
flag for parents, who worry about predators and usually have a different notion of what should be private in the first place. Besides, Internet privacy is subjective. Just ask the Oregon mayor who was recalled over her saucy photos on MySpace. Her defense? â€œThatâ€™s my space,â€? she said. â€œThatâ€™s why they call it MySpace.â€? We may worry too much about our kids being victimized on social networking sites. A recent study in Pediatrics showed that children are more likely to be harassed via instant message than on social sites like Facebook. Banning IM or social networking may not work in your house, but staying on top of whatâ€™s happening in your kidsâ€™ world always will. Children who get into trouble online are often having difficulties offline as well. Kids may be better at the ins and outs of these programsâ€”my daughter has twice as many Facebook friends as I doâ€”but in the end itâ€™s parents who are responsible for seeing that theyâ€™re used safely.
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Whereâ€™s the Remote? By Elma Mayer, Ledger Columnist The TV remote is a gadget we take for granted, until itâ€™s lost in the recesses of the couch. Back in the 1970s, I thought remotes were ridiculous. The miracle of television was dazzling enough. Any improvement seemed superfluous, almost greedy. But once I held that remote, I felt its power. Like the next decadesâ€™ cellphones, and Internet, it created implausible possibilities. Instant communication, effortless change, unlimited access to informationâ€”these thought forms exploded into the collective conscious, evolving from science fiction into utter normalcy within just a few years. This expansion continues apace. We are in the midst of an inner-technology revolution. Folks everywhere are discovering expanded awareness beyond the five physical sensesâ€”awareness that mirrors technological leaps in instant communication and information processing. We already see and hear at a distance, without physical contact. Information travels, miraculously, on light and sound waves. But science is slow to ad-
mit sense perception without an obvious corresponding physical organ. So implausible senses, like intuitive knowing, telepathy, and remote viewing have not yet precipitated into mass consciousness. Remote viewing was studied intensively by the Stanford Research Institute, the U.S. military and the CIA in the 1970s and 80s. Today, the Institute of Noetic Sciences conducts research on perception, consciousness and distance healing. Notwithstanding popular TV shows on psychics, lots of normal, educated people are learning to use their innate psychic abilities in systematic, down-to-earth ways. The wiringâ€™s already there. As we compile the ownerâ€™s manuals for our biological equipment, we can integrate our psychic senses with our physical senses. Whereâ€™s the remote? We are the remote! Elma Mayer, MA, is a Certified Practitioner of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics. www.nowhealing.com (323) 309-7687.
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti recently announced the allocation of more than $4 million in funding for park projects in his council district. The funding comes from the so-called Quimby funds collected from residential developers for outdoor improvements in the same neighborhood. â€œAs we build new housing and retail space, itâ€™s important that we also provide green space and recreational opportunities for families in the area. These new projects funded by developer fees will help us do that,â€? said Garcetti. The projects that will receive the funding are: the Echo Park Tennis Courts for lighting and repair; the Glassell Park Recreation Center to upgrade a new walking and jogging path; the Lemon Grove Recreation Center, with new landscaping and outdoor fitness stations; the Hollywood Recreation Center to build a new, state-of-the-art recreation facility and Rockwood Park, for clean-up and to transform the abandoned brownfield into a new pocket park.
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Los Feliz Ledger [ immaculate heart high school ] By Lauren Aleman â€™10 and Heidi Slojewski â€™10 IH Students are eagerly anticipating several events, including the junior-senior prom, April 18th at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This yearâ€™s prom theme is â€œA Day in Versaillesâ€? and promises a glamorous evening. Also, the Genesians will stage their spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, for four performances beginning Thursday, April 10th, at 7:30 p.m. and ending with an afternoon matinee show on Sunday, April 13th. Tickets are available through the school office. Finally, the schoolâ€™s scholar athletes will celebrate their hard work and accomplishments with a luncheon in their honor on April 22nd. This is a special event for our many athletes who excel in their studies and in cross country, volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, softball and swimming.
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4th Graders Travel to Sacramento By 4th graders Stella Royo, Eden Hain, Max Burrough, Devon Rosen and Pauline Kern In 1848, the California Gold Rush had people from all over racing to Sacramento hoping to strike it rich. Today, in 2008, we had the same experience that the settlers had long ago: on an all-day school trip to the long valleys of Sacramento striking it rich with history lessons and real adventures. Forty students learned about the miners who came to California to strike it rich, and we got to try our luck, too. Our guide was dressed like a real miner and told us the three easy steps to finding gold: First, scoop it up. Second, rock the pan back and forth in an â€œocean motion.â€?
Third, look for golden nuggets! It was easy once we got the hang of it. We also found foolâ€™s gold. It looks like silver and can be smashed. If itâ€™s real gold you cannot break it. All of us found real gold. We also visited the Railroad Museum. We learned about how people built the railroad, and how the Chinese workers also helped dig through the Sierra Nevada and other mountains. They actually used explosives to make holes in the mountains for the railroad. They carried the rocks that fell from the mountain into a wagon and the workers continued doing the same thing over and over again.
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Academic Decathalon By Hillary Peregrina 8th grade Being the team captain for our schoolâ€™s Academic Junior High Decathlon team has been a huge honor. The team has given us all a sense of pride, accomplishment and respect for each other. We have also gained knowledge in the areas of Science, Literature, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Current Events, Religion, Math, and English. We were able to accomplish one of the challenges we had as a team, the Logic test. We learned how to work together as a team in the Super Quiz. We also learned the meaning of teamwork. It was a very memorable experience. We made new friends and the value of teamwork. Go St. Teresa of Avila Panthers!
Looking for Ivanhoeâ€™s Class of 2001 Did you graduate from Ivanhoe Elementary in 2001? Or were you part of the class of â€˜01 for any grade levels? As you get ready to graduate from high school, we want to bring you together to celebrate your achievements and remember the glory days of elementary school. A reunion is scheduled for May 4. For information, please contact Mary Lou Dudas at email@example.com or (323) 356-7681.
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