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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 10

Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500

April 2008

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


Los Feliz Ledger [ letter from the publisher ]

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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Los Feliz Ledger [ roving reporter ] By Krista Carlson

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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[ SILVER LAKE correspondent ]

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.

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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 bdakin@pacbell.net.    

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-

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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. “For some reason,� he said, “you’re changing the rules of the neighborhood council.� The city clerk decided in late 2007 to take over neighborhood council elections because of the city’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 clerk’s office sanctioned moving up the date of the SLNC’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 clerk’s office has stipulated that revised SLNC bylaws— detailing the election cycle change—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.

“All that chance for exposure—to get people engaged with us and come vote and realize we’re doing things that can affect them—that’s gone,� 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. “All they had to do is make the motion,� 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 month’s agenda to allow for a fuller airing of the issue before the community. “To me,� said board member Paden, “the 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 didn’t.� For board member Renee Nahum, knowing the procedures could have avoided the problem all along. “We have real problems on this board, and they’re going to continue until we have someone who knows the rules and enforces them,� she said.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ family matters ]

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 couldn’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 who’s already “friended� you. Yes, “friend� 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? “That’s my space,� she said. “That’s why they call it MySpace.� 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 what’s happening in your kids’ 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 programs—my daughter has twice as many Facebook friends as I do—but in the end it’s parents who are responsible for seeing that they’re used safely.

[ being whole ]

Where’s the Remote? By Elma Mayer, Ledger Columnist The TV remote is a gadget we take for granted, until it’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 decades’ cellphones, and Internet, it created implausible possibilities. Instant communication, effortless change, unlimited access to information—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 senses—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 wiring’s already there. As we compile the owner’s manuals for our biological equipment, we can integrate our psychic senses with our physical senses. Where’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. “As we build new housing and retail space, it’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,� 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 ’10 and Heidi Slojewski ’10 IH Students are eagerly anticipating several events, including the junior-senior prom, April 18th at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s prom theme is “A Day in Versailles� 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 school’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 “ocean motion.�

Third, look for golden nuggets! It was easy once we got the hang of it. We also found fool’s gold. It looks like silver and can be smashed. If it’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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My Virtual Field Trip By Hector Guerra Mr. Hummer’s 5th grade class went on a virtual fieldtrip, a teleconference in real-time where you can talk to people and experience places that you can’t visit in person. Through a camera and the Internet, we talked to Robert Storm at the Glenn Research Center of NASA in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a scientist who helped us understand weather, which was really great because we were studying it in science. The camera operator was Dave Mazza. When Mr. Storm explained something, he used technology to show examples, such as a video of a falling meteor. We learned that when meteors are falling through the atmosphere, they break into pieces, burn up, and when they hit a planet, they can sometimes do more damage than a huge car accident. The school’s coordinator, Marilyn Missoni, who arranged the virtual fieldtrip said: “Videoconferencing gives your class the opportunity to use technology to connect classroom learning to the real world.”

April 2008

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Ribet Annual Science Fair Ribét Academy hosted its 7th Annual Science Fair on March 6th. Grades 5 through 12 participated. Each class was divided into different groups according to project topic. The 5th grade projects were in Physical and Life Science. Middle school and high school had different categories: Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Psychology and Physics.

One 5th grade student tried to figure out which mouthwash worked the best on bad breath. Another concluded that the 10-second rule was false. That rule says that if you drop food on the ground for less than ten seconds, it is still safe to eat. The Science Fair was a great success. Many students are now moving on to the L.A. County Science Fair. Wish them luck!

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Outdoor Fun and Learning at Clear Creek Camp By Alayna Myrick Fifth graders here get to go on a lot of educational field trips. The 5th grade got one very special offer for an Outdoor Educational Camp. On Nov. 26th a bus full of 20 students from Mr. Wong’s class and 22 from Ms. Brandt’s class were off to Clear Creek for five days of awesome fun. Clear Creek has a great staff! Although camp was fun we still had jobs. On Wednesday night we had a backwards scavenger hunt. We also went

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Indochine Vien By Heather Downie, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—It’s 9 p.m. on a weeknight and Atwater’s Indochine Vien is quietly bustling. A waiter in torn jeans and a snug black t-shirt whisks away an empty plate of goi cuon from a laughing couple. His sneakers squeak as he runs a bowl of hot pho to a woman in a plaid beret on her cell phone at the counter. Steam from her soup jets above the yellow lanterns and disappears into the large lime, orange and green squares painted on the walls. The mastermind behind this vibrant, hip Vietnamese restaurant is a family: Paul Kim; Paul’s mother, Pauline Kim and Sameh Fanous. Even though Fanous isn’t family, Fanous claims he’s a “brother from another mother.� This trio brought Indochine Vien to Atwater in 2005 and has been serving simple, authentic Vietnamese food with an L.A. twist every since. Their story is simple. A few years ago, Paul Kim was running an auto body shop in New York; Fanous was working at a software company in New York; and Pauline Kim was living in Southern California. The three decided to scrap everything and take a gamble on Glendale Boulevard. At the time, the stretch was a “less than appealing area with little foot traffic� according to Fanous. But only a few weeks after they opened, the place was packed and they had a positive Los Angeles Times review in their pocket. “They’ve managed to turn a nondescript store

front locale into something lively and inviting� claimed the article. A large part of their success has been the family inspired food. Pauline, who grew up in Vietnam, is head chef. She created the menu and makes sure everything is cooked from scratch. This includes their trademark dishes, the pho, bun and Vietnamese crepes—mung bean and coconut milk batter, chicken and shrimp, sautÊed with onions, delicately wrapped around steamed bean sprouts. Two diners ensure they’re tasty. Not surprisingly, the dÊcor was also a kinfolk’s affair. Paul’s brother, a lawyer with an artistic eye, transformed the long and narrow space into a colorful, vibrant room full of imported bamboo stalks and lime and grey chairs. Less than three years after opening, the wager on Indochine Vien has paid off—so much so that the Kims are spending the next month in Vietnam scouting locations for a second restaurant there. Fanous, who lives in Los Feliz, stayed behind. He’s sautÊing and chopping for a young family of four drawing pictures on their placemats, two women in smart glasses discussing politics, and three new customers in Converse shoes breezing through the front door. 3110 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village. Nothing is over $10 and they’re open six a week. www.indochinevien.com.

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Your realtor will probably learn more about you in a shorter amount of time than any other service professional. As in any relationship, realtor relationships can get off-track, and even end prematurely. Here are some reasons why:

• Ethics – The National Association of Realtors, an association to which most, but not all, real estate licensees belong, has a body of standards for realtors’ ethical behavior. This “Code of Ethics” may be found at www.realtor.org/ mempolweb.nsf/pages/printable2008Code.

• Communication – A good realtor must convey information accurately and in a timely manner. If you don’t understand a part of the sales process, ask questions. Your relationship will be stronger for the effort.

Generally, if realtor behavior doesn’t pass the “smell test,” it’s probably unethical. For example, it is unethical for one realtor to solicit a listing from another realtor’s seller until the expiration of the existing listing period.

Remember that communication works both ways. Even the best realtor will fail if the client does not respond to information sent to her or him. Let your realtor know what you think of marketing efforts or of prospective purchase ideas. Little, or no, feedback dooms any relationship.

• Expectations vs. Results – Nothing spoils a client/realtor relationship more than a realtor’s over-promising and underdelivering. For example, some realtors are gamblers who take over-priced listings. If you’re a seller and you hire this kind of realtor in today’s market, get ready to be hammered for price reductions later.

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• Attention – Some realtors start relationships with clients and don’t follow through or they become ill or disappear on vacation. Such lack of diligence is cause for cancellation of a listing agreement. If you feel your realtor is not working diligently on your behalf, talk to the realtor’s manager immediately.

How to get a realtor divorce: If your realtor relationship is strained, call the realtor’s manager and explain the problem. One of the talents of a good manager is to mediate problems between realtors and clients. If you’re a buyer who has not signed a buyer’s loyalty agreement, you can move on to another realtor easily. Be courteous to the first realtor and notify her or him of your plans without getting personal. If you’re a seller, your listing agreement defines in writing when the term of representation expires. Remember, the listing agreement is with the brokerage, not the sales agent. You could ask that your listing be assigned to another agent. Any good realtor takes great pride in his or her reputation—personally and professionally. No realtor wants unhappy clients in the neighborhood. As loyalty is a deep bond, personally and professionally, the highest compliment a client can pay a realtor is to offer repeat business. Richard Stanley is a 20-year veteran of local real estate. rstanley@ richardstanleyrealtor.com.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ city sleuth ]

The Letts Estate By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist LOS FELIZ— Los Feliz’s first distinguished mansion at 4900 Los Feliz Blvd. is still standing 95 years later. Hardly an alteration has been made to the Renaissance style home, while the original four acres of land on which the home was situated were subdivided into eleven parcels. For 22 years, its secluded location has provided Ronnie Claire Edwards with the calm the television and stage star required. Within its walls she wrote her memoir, The Knife Thrower’s Assistant. Copies of the book were available at her home on the evening of March 19th, when representatives of Childrens Hospital joined the actress in welcoming about 160 guests. The party was the jumping off point for the hospital to announce its campaign to raise $2 million locally to help complete the seven-story 317bed hospital building now under construction on the Sunset Blvd. hospital campus. Both the house and the hospital owe their existence, in part, to a man who lived here 100 years ago, Arthur Letts.

According to a new book, Houses of Los Angeles, 18851916 by Sam Watters, Letts purchased 60 acres from park donor Griffith J. Griffith in 1904 when Griffith was settling the lawsuit brought against him by his wife. It was the year Griffith went to San Quentin State Prison for shooting Mrs. Griffith in a drunken rage. Letts endowed many charities, including Childrens Hospital, with fortunes gained from the department store he founded, the Broadway. Letts and his wife built a manor on the site east of Normandie and north of Franklin Avenue. Most of the rest of the property was intended for development, except four acres transferred to daughter Florence Letts. She and her new husband Malcolm McNaghten built the house which is today Ronnie Claire Edwards’. The Arthur Letts home was demolished after his death and a subdivision called Los Feliz Square went up in its place. Today sidewalks bear the imprint of the subdivisions’ developer, the Janss Corporation. Letts’ other daughter Gladys, you see, married one of the Janss development dynasty family.

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Originally built as the family home for Earl Anthony, the complex of buildings on Waverly Avenue, near Griffith Park Blvd. now serves as a monastery. Anthony once had the sole California dealership rights for the Packard automobile. He lived in a Craftsman style house in Beverly Hills before moving to Los Feliz. The house in Beverly Hills was designed by prominent early 20th century architects and brothers Greene & Greene of Gamble House fame. When one of the Greene brothers decided to buy a Hudson auto- The monastery on Waverly Drive is also used as a retreat house. mobile instead of a Packard, information and photos visit final cost was $500,000. In 1928 Anthony terminated his relawww.sistersihmla.com. dollars, that was a fortune. tionship with the brothers and The house was subsehired San Francisco architect Karen Numme, holds the title quently owned by Sir Daniel Bernard Maybeck. of Master of Architecture and Donohue and his wife and at Maybeck is best known Landscape Architecture and is a that time was called Villa San for his design of the Palace of realtor with Keller Williams ReGiuseppe. Donohue was deepFine Arts in San Francisco. alty in Los Feliz. www.karenly involved with the Catholic He also designed automobile numme.com Church and grand functions showrooms for Anthony so he were held there. An Aeolian seemed like the logical choice, Laura Massino Smith holds a organ, one of only three in Los in Anthony’s view, to design a Master of Architectural History Angeles at the time, was the new house. degree, is an Architectural Hisstandard musical accompaniAnthony wanted an Italtorian and author of a series of ment for these functions. ian Villa style home, but his guidebooks of Los Angeles archiIn the 1960s, the house wife wanted a French Chateau. tecture. She is also the director of was donated to the ArchdioMaybeck combined elements Architecture Tours L.A. www. cese of Los Angeles and now of each style as well as adding architecturetoursla.com sits among peaceful gardens

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Los Feliz Ledger [ senior moments ]

We’re Not Park La Brea, Yet By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist The Los Angeles Times in their Health Section on March 3rd reported on a growing interest in services helping seniors to continue to live in their homes as they age. Addressing this important issue is vital since the population of people over 65 in the United States is growing fast as the baby boomers move into this age group. According to a 2006 AARP study, 90% of adults 60 and older want to stay in their home or community. Another article describes the LIFE program (Living Independently in a Friendly Environment) at Park La Brea. This program functions as a support for seniors living independently within this community. Park La Brea is considered a “naturally occurring retirement community,” not one which was organized intentionally for seniors, like a “Leisure World.” And Federal funding has helped to support many of these programs. With these supportive services, people will be able to maintain their independence much longer than expected, but also be able to avoid isola-

tion, and stay connected to their community. Park La Brea is definitely an ideal place for this kind of program. In fact, their location has advantages that are literally nonexistent in most of Los Angeles. For example, if you live there, you do not need to have a car. Public transportation is widely available. You can walk to shopping, and what can beat the Grove and Farmer’s Market? You even have museums within walking distance. As we know, older people range widely in the ability to be independent and their ability to take advantage of what the broader community can

offer. The idea that our homes are the best choice for us in our later years is problematic. People should not have to view moving to other settings as a failure of self or as the end of the road. I also am troubled that some people believe by going into group settings, such as retirement homes, assisted living centers, and even skilled nursing facilities, they are abandoning their independence. Actually, continuing to live at home may be a greater loss of freedom than having to compromise by having a meal not on your schedule of choice. If you have no access to transportation, or can’t easily prepare your meals, maintain your house or even have access to social situations, your home might be considered a prison! Our community is not Park La Brea, but within it,

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the over 65 population ranges from 11% to 13% according to the 2000 census. If we have a program like LIFE connected to our Hollywood Multipurpose Center or to the Griffith Park Adult Community Center, we could call ourselves a “Naturally Occur-

ring Retirement Community” and seniors within our midst could feel there is a place and services close by that will help promote staying in their homes or community in a healthy way, not as a choice based upon an idealized but not realistic notion.

Griffith Park Adult Community Club Calendar General Meeting and Luncheon: Wednesday, April 16th, 12 pm - 3 pm, Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Luncheon is part of the Nutrition Program served 5 days of week at the Center. $1.75, recommended donation for those over 60. Daily lunch is served at 12 p.m.

Trips April (Date to be announced) – Camp Seeley, a camp operated LA Department of Recreation & Parks in the San Bernardino Mountains May 7th – San Juan Capistrano by Amtrak Train Call Doris Slater at (323) 667- 1879 or Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681 for more information on trips

April Classes Contact Griffith Park Adult Community Center at (323) 644-5579 for a schedule of classes or visit at 3203 Riverside Dr., in the parking lot of Friendship Auditorium south of Los Feliz Blvd. For Information on the Griffith Park Adult Community Club, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail at vendig@ sbcglobal.net or call Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681

By Wendy Caputo, Ledger Columnist Modern technology dictates the need for people of all ages to learn how to use computers. For seniors, introductory classes on PCs or the Internet are a great way to have a hands-on learning experience. There are endless websites designed for seniors addressing health and wellness, politics, hobbies, finances and anything else of interest. Email is a great way to stay in touch with family. You don’t need to be a wizard to become a savvy “Tekkie”! Prices for computers vary, though you don’t need to own a computer to have access to one. Local libraries, senior centers and coffee houses often have public computers.

Sunday May 4, 2008, 1:30 pm, the annual Sunset Hall Garden Party at Paramount Studios. Join us to honor: Jim Hightower, America’s most popular populist, best-selling author, radio commentator and public speaker; and Los Angeles’ own Jackie Goldberg, educator; former LAUSD Board member, L.A. City Councilperson, and California Assemblymember; political and social activist. Reservations must be made by Monday, April 28th. Call Wendy Caputo at (323) 962-5277. Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!   To learn more about our current calendar of classes, concerts and cultural events, visit www.sunsethall.org. For information: Wendy Caputo (323) 962-5277

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Los Feliz Ledger [ a dog’s life ]

[ the good life ]

I Left My Bark in San Francisco

Barolo – A Taste of Italy

By Jennifer Clark, Ledger Columnist

By Chris Rubin Ledger Wine and Spirits Columnist

San Francisco boasts 120 acres of official off leash space for dogs. Most of these free-to-roam areas can be found in McLaren Park and on Bernal Hill. Dogs who prefer water to land can make themselves at home at Ocean Beach where they can swim in the saltwater, located near the famous Cliff House. Less adventurous water types can race over to Pet Camp’s Dog Pool, an indoor pool for dogs. Human lifeguards are on duty at this doggie pool which offers an “artificial current to swim against.” Dogs are also allowed on the area’s BART (the Bay Area Rapid Transit) at all times, but they have to be in a kennel or carrier. Same goes for public buses, although dogs are only allowed during non-peak hours. You can also find treats for

your pup at Bella and Daisy’s Dog Bakery and Boutique on Union Street. Here, they serve healthy versions of human edibles made with wholesome ingredients such as chicken broth, wheat germ and carob. Dog owners can sip on free coffee and “Yappy Hour” is Friday at 5 p.m., an off-leash time for dogs where owners can converse over wine and cheese. The Serrano Hotel offers the Pet Palace Package which includes mineral water, doggy biscuits and clean up bags. The W includes a doggy bed, dog walking and grooming services. They’ll even concoct a doggy birthday cake for your four legged friend. And what better way to end your San Francisco get away than a three mile walk across and back over the Golden Gate bridge? This walk is not for skittish dogs; there’s wind, traffic and the suspension bridge really does sway.

Volunteers Needed for Youth Job Fair The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office is partnering with Jewish Vocational Service, the mayor’s office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, councilmembers Ed Reyes,Tom LaBonge, Eric Garcetti and Jose Huizar to create the 2008 Northeast Youth Job Fair. The fair is scheduled for May 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Glassell Park Com-

munity and Senior Center, 3750 Verdugo Rd. Organizers are asking for volunteers to assist in numerous areas.

I know my California wines, and I’m not bad on Burgundy, Bordeaux and the northern Rhône. But I have to admit that I’m pretty weak when it comes to the wines of Italy. While France and California (and let’s throw in Australia, South America, Oregon and Washington, too) winemakers typically focus on just a handful of grapes (notably chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, malbec and syrah), producers in Italy have hundreds of different varietals available. And they use them all. A recent local tasting offered me the chance to improve my knowledge of nebbiolo, a grape grown in Piedmont to produce Barolo, Barbaresco and a couple of other wines as well. Just over 2000 acres in the regions are planted with nebbiolo, and high quality wineries only get about one bottle per vine, which helps explain its high cost. And Barolo, with its red fruit flavors and aromas

of spice and tar, is a wine connoisseurs seek out, sending prices higher each year. It’s potentially an enormous wine, one that will age well for decades. Vietti offers a range of Barolos, everything from a

ti’s Barolo Castiglione 2004 ($45), a blend from several vineyards, as an introduction. There’s impressive complexity and finesse for the price. Aficionados might want to try Vietti’s Brunate, Lazzarito or Rocche single vineyard bottlings ($130), each of which has its own distinctive flavor profile – and each of which is absolutely delicious. And those with deep pockets should consider Vietti’s

Barolo, with its red fruit flavors and aromas of spice and tar, is a wine connoisseurs seek out, sending prices higher each year. (relatively) reasonably priced bottle for those new to the wine, to an older vintage for connoisseurs looking for a trophy wine. Look to Viet-

Barolo Riserva Villero 2001 ($400), an intense, deeply concentrated expression of the grape and the place it was grown.

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Daniel said he would consider alternatives to the potentially unglamorous plastic balls. “I’m open to other ideas. We have certain criteria for sanitation and cost,” he said, “but if people could come up with ideas that give us the shading and it’s less visually unattractive, I’m not ruling anything out.”

cilmember Eric Garcetti’s recently unveiled plan to open about 70 percent of the “Silver Lake Meadow” the first step toward achieving that goal. “This is a transformation,” LaBonge said of the push to create public parkland. In the meantime, Mc-

For further information about how to get involved, contact the Northeast Neighborhood Prosecutor Community Resource Specialist, Armida Bayliff, at (310) 575-8548, or via email at armida.bayliff@ lacity.org.  

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Los Feliz Ledger [ restaurant review ]

Osteria La Buca Grows up By Pat Saperstein Ledger Restaurant Critic The original Osteria La Buca was everyone’s favorite secret, a tiny trattoria just like the one you once stumbled into in Trastevere, where diners jostled you on either side and mamma was in the kitchen rolling out pasta. Its cult reputation was enhanced by the once-free corkage and the fact that two people could dine satisfyingly for around $50.

your fellow diners. It’s a molto Italiano kind of place, with bello, charmingly-accented waiters who are unfortunately saddled with kitschy polo shirts touting Mamma’s pasta on the back. Pizzas and pastas form the foundation of the menu, with salads and antipasti to start and daily specials for the carbwary. La Buca was the first place many diners tasted bur-

The homemade pastas are unfailingly good and many sing the praises of the gnocchi, which like the ravioli, can be paired with several sauces. And there really is a Mamma, owner Filippo Cortivo’s mom Loredana Cecchinato, who prepares fresh pasta each day from specially-sourced flour. But times have changed, as La Buca has taken over a much larger space next door and invested in an impressive upgrade. The new, more cosmopolitan La Buca is still a good choice for rustic Italian cooking, even if it has lost some of its hidden-find cachet. A long bar runs along one side of the high ceilinged dining room decorated with clever wine-bottle chandeliers, and the cozy upstairs dining room has a fireplace, skylight and picture window overlooking the action below. There’s certainly more seating than before, but it’s a modest sizedrestaurant where there’s still a chance of getting to know

rata, when the alarmingly rich and creamy cheese was just becoming popular. It’s available in two appetizers, the Burrata Padovana, on a large plank with a heap of arugula, olives, bresaola and salami; and a vegetable version with tomatoes. Grilled chicken or steak are the only constant main dishes, but specials usually include fish dishes and special pastas. Tender monkfish with shrimp and tomatoes slumbers on a queen-sized bed of sautÊed spinach, although the flavorful juices would be even blanketing a side of spaghetti. The homemade pastas are unfailingly good and many sing the praises of the gnocchi, which like the ravioli, can be paired with several sauces. Carbonara is made with fresh linguini rather than the usual dried spaghetti, which doesn’t

Look for our May 2008 Edition Thursday, May 1st [ restaurant news ] By Pat Saperstein Ledger Contributing Writer Andiamo is open at 2815 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake, offering delivery on scooters of pizza, pasta, salads and paninis. Pizzas are available with whole wheat or hand-tossed New York style crusts, with specialty pizzas including the Greek with lemon chicken and garlic sauce and the Frutti di mare with baby clams, shrimp, calamari and anchovies. www. andiamotogo.com

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work quite as well as some of the other nicely-textured pastas, like a hearty tagliatelle verdi with artichokes special. The pizzas deserve special mention. The crust isn’t quite up to the finest pizzerias in town, but the delicious toppings make up for it. Standouts include the Jijo with mozzarella, speck, walnuts and truffle oil and the Celentano, with mozzarella, blue cheese, pancetta, egg and shaved parmesan. A creamy, not-too-sweet tiramisu is one of the city’s better versions, while coffee panna cotta and ricotta cheesecake are also good choices to end what has likely been a fairly rich meal. While the menu has remained similar, prices have crept upward since La Buca was first discovered five years ago, and several popular pasta dishes are approaching the $20 mark. Corkage is now a whopping $18, but the all-Italian wine list has quite a few interesting choices in the under$50 range, like the unusual Lagrein Hofstatter the waiter recommended as being similar to Pinot Noir. Dinner for two will now run closer to $150 including a bottle of wine. Fortunately for employees of Paramount and Raleigh Studios, Osteria La Buca is open every day except Saturday for lunch, when panini and larger-sized pizzas are available, and every night for dinner.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ APRIL 2008 events calendar ] Edited by Debru Petrov Art   “Cowboys and Presidentsâ€? explores the intersection of the Americancowboy culture with presidencies from Theodore Roosevelt to the current George W. Bush Administration. April 12th through Sept. 7th. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way (323) 667-2000 www.autrynationalcenter.org   “Common Groundâ€? exhibition includes African American and Latino contemporary artists who explore the relationship between the Black and Brown communities of California.  California African American Museum 600 State Dr., Exposition Park (213) 744-7432, www.caam.ca.gov    “Menace & Charm: The Nostalgia of Childhood.â€? Opening reception: April 26th, 7: p.m. to 10:30p.m. Through May 24th. Black Maria Gallery , 3137 Glendale Blvd., www.blackmariagallery.com   “Beyond The Iconic: Comtemporary Photographs of Paris,â€? features the works of 24 French photographers. Through June 1st. Free admission during regular library hours. Los Angeles Central Library Getty Gallery, 630 W. 5th St. (213) 228-7000, www.lapl.org/events   â€Żâ€œAnother Green Worldâ€? solo exhibition by Sarajo Frieden. Through April 6th. 3195 Glendale Blvd. (323) 662-1092 www.littlebirdgallery.com   LittleBird Gallery presents Rolina Nell in her solo exhibition “Been Everywhere, Seen Everything.â€? Opening reception: April 12th. 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Through May 3rd. 3195 Glendale Blvd. www.littlebirdgallery.com   

Books   Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale April. 19th, 10:00 a.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353   Edendale Branch Friends of the Library Book Sale April 2nd, 2:00 p.m. 2011 W. Sunset Blvd. (213) 207-3000   13th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Free admission. April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. April 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. UCLA Main Campus www.latimes.com  

Clubs   Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale April 8th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353   Echo Park Branch Library Crocheting Club Beginners welcome. April 5th, 19th, 11:00 a.m. 1410 W. Temple St. (213) 250-7808   Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome.

  Los Angeles Garden Club “Learning the Basics and Mechanics of Floral Design.â€? 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Visitors’ Auditorium April 14th, 10:00 a.m. Public welcome.   Los Feliz Library Book Club April 12th, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710   Los Feliz Library Scrabble Club April 12th, 1:00 p.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710   

Dance   Media City Ballet presents “Ballet Russe Rememberedâ€? April 27th, 7:30p.m. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets: (818) 243-2539 www.alextheatre.org   

Films   “Annie Get Your Gunâ€? (1950) starring Betty Hutton. April 26th, 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Alex Theatre , 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets: (818) 243-2539 www.alextheatre.org   

  7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California April 5th, 10:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. April 6th, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission Little Tokyo District San Pedro Street Between 1st and 3rd St. www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org   Free Poetry Month Workshop led by poet Terry Wolverton April 6th, 2:00 p.m. Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 660-1175 www.skylightbooks.com   Free Computer Classes for Seniors Come learn how to navigate through the Internet. April 15th, 3:00 p.m. Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710   Introduction to Basic Web Design Learn about HTML codes to create a simple web page.

April 10th, 4:00 p.m. Echo Park Branch Library 1410 W. Temple St. (213) 250-7808   Feed Your Brain Lecture Series presents: Religion & Politics: Can they Coexist? April 6th, 11:00 a.m The Apologists of Islam April 20th, 11:00 a.m.   Center for Inquiry-West 4773 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 666-9797 www.cfiwest.org   Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers invites all to come take a closer look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur astronomers. April 12th, 2:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800 or www. griffithobservatory.org   

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Theater   “My Fair Ladyâ€? (1956), a new version starring Christopher Cazenove and Lisa O’Hare. April 9th through 27th. Ahmanson Theatre  135 N. Grand Ave. (213) 628-2772 www.centertheatregroup.org   “The Night of the Iguana,â€? by Tennessee Williams. Preview Days: April 20th, 7:00 p.m. April 19th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 8:00 p.m. Opens: April 26th, 8:00 p.m. April 27th, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00p.m.  A Noise Within 234 S. Brand Blvd. Tickets: (818) 240-0910 #1 www.anoisewithin.org   Edendale Puppet Theatre Children of all ages and their families are welcome. April 7th, 2:00 p.m. Edendale Branch Library 2011 W. Sunset Blvd. (213) 207-3000

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Politics   Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council April 15th, 7:00 p.m., Los Feliz Community Police Center, www.ggpnc.org   Silver Lake Neighborhood Council April 2nd, 7:00 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Street Elementary School www.SilverLakeNC.org  

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Lectures & Learning   “Body Worlds 3 & The History of the Human Heart Experience,â€? by Gunther von Hagen features over 200 authentic human specimens including body plastinates and organs.  Through Sept. 7th. California Science Center Weingart Gallery Exposition Park 700 State Dr. (323) 724-3623  www.californiasciencecenter.org

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April 12 through September 7 What is it about cowboys that evokes such diverse emotion and imagery? The intersection of cowboy culture and presidential politics is explored in the Autry’s new exhibition Cowboys and Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt helped redefine the cowboy’s character and carried both sides of the cowboy image into the White House, where it has remained for more than a century. Groups of 10 or more save over 25%! Tour group leader and bus driver get in free! For more group tour information and a free brochure, call 323.667.2000, ext. 336, or visit AutryNationalCenter.org.

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Henry IV Part I and Orange Lemon Egg Canary: A Trick in Four Acts By Marilyn Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic As this election year aten up with the errant knight, tests, nothing is quite so scinSir John Falstaff, whose detillating as political intrigue. bauchery is as extravagant as This fascination with power his tall tales. The prince, howand those who wield it is as ever, claims that he will fulfill old as history, and no one is his royal duties in time. so great a commentator on the When the throne is phenomenon as was William threatened by a conspiracy led Shakespeare. That is why the by Prince Hal’s cousin Henry current production of his popPercy, the young prince recogular historical drama, “Henry nizes his duties as heir apparIV Part I,” at Glendale’s A ent to the throne. The action Noise Within is both timely culminates at the fateful battle and entertaining. at Shrewsbury where the prinCo-directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott created a production that takes the audience into the complex world of late medieval England. King Henry IV has usurped the throne from King Richard II, and his kingdom is roiled with rebellion and turmoil. His former allies are plotting against him, and his son, Prince Hal (Freddy Douglas) is a (l to r): Elizabet V. Newman (Trilby) and Ann Moller (Henrietta), in “Orange Lemon Egg Canary.” playboy who has tak- Photo by: Ed Krieger [ eastside eye ]

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ciples fight it out with spectacular, acrobatic sword fights. It takes a large and able cast to pull off this complicated plot. Director Elliott portrays Falstaff with great sensitivity. Standouts are Douglas as Prince Hal and the athletic J. Todd Adams who fascinates as the energetic, magnetic Henry Percy who is both sensually impulsive and anger filled. Special kudos go to Kenneth R. Merckx whose fight choreography fills the stage and composer Laura Karpman whose original music creates the ambience of a medieval court adding to the drama between scenes. “Orange Lemon Egg Canary: A Trick in Four Acts,” by Rinne Groff, is a love story interwoven with magic tricks

and the paranormal. The play is in its Los Angeles premiere. This story of love, obsession and revenge involves Great, a young magician who is running from his past and the beautiful assistant who betrayed him. His new girlfriend, Trilby, has a passion for magic and yearns to be initiated into his mysterious world but she has to contend with the ghosts of the past. The play’s title comes from the magician’s illusion that can transform an orange into a lemon, a lemon into an egg and an egg into a canary. Magic enthusiasts will enjoy the many slight-of-hand tricks and illusions performed by Brett Schneider who portrays Great. The standout performance comes from Ann Moller who

appears as the witty and illusive ghost of the magician’s former assistant. Although the magic contributes to the fun, the play’s sexual content makes it not suitable for children. “Henry IV, Part I” with “DonJuan” by Moliere and Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana,” A Noise Within, Glendale ending May 18. Tickets: $36$40. (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1. www.anoisewithin.org “Orange Lemon Egg Canary” Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays through April 5th at 8 p.m. at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets: $25 at www.plays411.com/orange or at (323) 960-7826.

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is for things that have been un-built, which previously existed only in the digital realm or someone’s imagination.” She and co-director Oliver Hess give participating designers free reign at the non-commercial and unconventional venue. Exhibits are durable and can be touched (unlike most museums and galleries) with the space open 24 hours a day most of the time. The neighborhood has enthusiastically accepted the gallery; M&A welcomes volunteers. Didier explains, “M&A is about community building, sharing resources and knowledge. Previously, those who felt excluded from art and architecture, now feel included.” Jimenez Lai’s metal installation “Phalanstary Module” will open April 4th. Didier describes it as “a rotating space capsule—a living unit designed to maximize a floor plan but the floor plan keeps shifting.” You’ll just have to experience it yourself.

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mothers were eager for information about child development and becoming more loving parents, but a lack of available information meant that most of them fell back on the style of parenting they had grown up with, which often involved screaming and spanking. She started teaching nonviolent parenting practices to the parents at her child care center. “It’s one of my commitments to eliminate the spanking of children,” Beaglehole said. Her dedication to breaking the cycle of violence within families, and a desire to reach out into the community, led her to create the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting (CNVEP) upon her retirement from LAUSD.

Housed in the basement of the Echo Park Methodist Church, CNVEP’s mission is “to teach effective nonviolent child raising practices based on empathy and compassion in order to deepen adult-child relationships and move towards a culture of peace and understating.” “It started out with me and a 10-hour a week office person,” Beaglehole said. “I had a vision of having parenting classes but I never imagined where we’d be in 7½ years.” Since 1999, Beaglehole’s organization has served over 20,000 people through parenting classes, trainings and home visits conducted in English and Spanish. Eightyfive percent of those served are on a no-fee basis, thanks to Beaglehole’s promise that no one will be turned away

for lack of funds. The center has received grants from such distinguished sponsors as the Annenberg and Ahmanson foundations, allowing for a staff of 24 full-and part-time employees and an annual budget that has doubled in the last two years. Also in 2006, the California State Assembly named 8UBC4773RTL_Free Ckg_LFL_.indd Beaglehole a “Woman of the LOS FELIZ LEDGER_04_01_08__5.9

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Beaglehole’s philosophy in action at CNVEP’s 9th Annual Festival of Childhood on Saturday, April 26th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Reservoir Street at Alvarado in Echo Park. In describing this free, open-air street festival, Beaglehole said: “we celebrate children’s innate creativity in a safe, healthy, and loving environment.”

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Mr. LaBonge Goes to Washington sit; extending the Los Angeles River bikeway through Universal City to the Sepulveda Basin; restoring the Los Angeles River and purchasing Cahuenga Peak so that it can be preserved as open space forever. I also took time out to visit the D.C. offices of Sister Cities International. As many of you know, I serve as president of the Los Angeles chapter. In recent weeks, the Chicago-based owners of this 138acre Cahuenga Peak parcel just to the west of the Hollywood Sign put the property up for sale for $22 million, pitching it as a unique property upon which to build a single home or subdivided into several parcels. This undeveloped spread is west of There is nothing like meeting the Hollywith our federal representatives wood sign and very in person to advance an agenda visible from both metro on behalf of all Angelenos. Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando to promote partnerships beValley. I spoke to Congresstween municipalities and the woman Jane Harmon and federal government. Congressman Henry Waxman There is nothing like meetabout the need to preserve the ing with our federal representaopen space on one of the most tives in person to advance an important hillsides in Ameriagenda on behalf of all Angeca. As I left, Henry called to lenos. Phone calls and letter are me: ‘Save Cahuenga Peak, fine, but pressing local issues Tom.’ As I said to Henry, and with our “electeds� on Capitol as I pledge to you, you know, I Hill is so much better. Our goal will do my very best! is to secure funding for Los AnOther colleagues on the geles. It once was that Los Antrip included City Council geles received 33 percent of its President Eric Garcetti and funding from federal sources. Councilmembers Ed Reyes, More recently, that figure has Wendy Greuel and Dennis dropped to only 17 percent. Zine. We had some time with I was able to discuss fedSen. Dianne Feinstein to speak eral support for several imabout Los Angeles Internationportant initiatives including al Airport operations and plans extending the subway to Santa at the Port of Los Angeles. Clarita via an aboveway tranI don’t often travel outside my district on city business unless it is to represent our Los Angeles at an International Sister Cities event, such as my two trips to Berlin last summer when we marked the 40th anniversary of the L.A.-Berlin Sister Cities relationship and a conference in Bordeaux, France on race relations in March of 2007. But this changed last month when I attended a Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. sponsored by the National League of Cities where I joined more than 2,000 city officials from across the United States. The goal of the three-day conference was

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Let’s Work Together to Stop an Alarming Trend One of my top priorities is making sure that our neig hborhoods are safe places where families can thrive. Last year, our violent crime rate was the lowest it has been in 50 years— a significant achievement that we reached because of the hard work of the Los Angeles Police Department and community residents, organizations and business leaders that are fighting to clean up their neighborhoods. This year, however, we are seeing an alarming trend. Homicides are up compared with the same period as last year. In March, a 13 year-old boy was shot dead while picking lemons in a family member’s front yard in Echo Park. In February, there was a deadly shootout involving gang members in the Glassell Park area of my district. Across the city we see our kids being shot at home, near school, or waiting at a bus stop. One of my highest priorities is protecting funding to hire additional police officers in this year’s budget. Because of our concerted effort to recruit and retain officers, the number of officers on our force is at a high. We are on track to reaching our goal of 10,000 officers by the year 2009, but we need to maintain our hiring plan. With our economy experi-

encing a downturn, this is going to be a tough budget year. However, the City Council has been working closely with Mayor Villaraigosa and his staff toward a budget that will maintain our police-hiring plan while also balancing our budget by cutting costs and generating revenues. We are also working to give young people more things to do so that they have posi-

years on the City Council, I have held Leadership Academies to bring people in neighborhoods together to learn how to become effective advocates. In February, we held a Leadership Academy on public safety in the East Hollywood community. In March, we held one in Glassell Park. As part of these events, workshops are held by representatives of the Los Angeles

The City Council has been working closely with Mayor Villaraigosa and his staff toward a budget that will maintain our police-hiring plan while also balancing our budget by cutting costs and generating revenues. tive alternatives to joining gangs. Last summer, I started a program called “At the Park After Dark,� which kept the recreation center at Glassell Park open until 11 p.m. Key to the program’s success was providing activities that would actually draw at-risk teens off the street. In partnership with community-based organizations, “At the Park After Dark� offered participants activities such as graffiti art, soccer, swimming, skateboarding at a mobile skate park, basketball and boxing. We are planning to continue this program and expand it to other neighborhoods this summer. Throughout my seven

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Los Feliz Ledger [religion]

Green Goes the Pastor

Hollywood Lutheran’s Dan Hooper To Build A “Green” House by Roberta Morris, Religion and Spirituality Columnist SILVER LAKE—To say that God created the world does not imply that there might be a spare; that we can wear this one out and he’ll create another one. That’s how Pastor Dan Hooper of Hollywood Lutheran Church explains his most recent building project—a new ecofriendly home in Silver Lake. He and his life partner, Carl Hunter, hired architect Russell K. Johnson to build a “green” home on the half-acre site overlooking Trader Joe’s. A cistern on the property will capture 15,000 gallons of rain water, the average rainfall for a year that would otherwise run off into storm sewers. The rainwater, according to Hooper, will be used to water the fruit trees and the home’s landscaping. But what about Hunter’s chicken? Hooper assured the chickens will remain a part of their green household. Hunter raises Ameraucana hens because of the variety of eggshell colors, from white to pink, pale blue, green or olive, and light brown to dark chocolate brown. The eggs are raffled off at Hollywood Lutheran Church, so that those who get these free-range eggs are, at the same time, making generous donations to the church’s food pantry, to feed the poor and hungry. The walls of Hooper’s new home are being constructed with Rastra, a building material made of 100% recycled Styrofoam mixed with concrete. The 12-inch thick blocks are soundproof, fireproof, termite-proof

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and nearly earthquake-proof. A photovoltaic solar system on the garage roof will generate the couple’s electrical power and will be connected to the “grid” through a voltage-regulating inverter.  The inverter allows the electric meter to run backwards, feeding electricity into the grid when the residents aren’t con-

be “water miserly” to use those 15,000 gallons stored in the cistern wisely. When the couple move in, they intend to continue composting, shredding and mulching all garden waste, which is already their habit. “Part of our commitment to a life with integrity is to do

The building of Pastor Hooper’s “green” dream house, at 2945 Angus, will break ground in April.

suming the electricity during the day. They hope to install one or more small-scale windmills to supplement the electric generation. Recycled materials in the project include doors and windows, garden gates, ornamental iron work, antique lighting fixtures, hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, garden trellises and paving bricks.  Even some of their high-efficiency kitchen appliances they found used will be re-installed. “That’s good ecology,” said Hooper. “Just find something that can be used again.” The new home’s landscaping will preserve many trees already on the site, including several varieties of fruit. New landscaping will

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no harm to the world,” Hooper said. The groundbreaking to begin building is April 22nd. For more info about the green house, including a list of links for green products and zoning regulations go to www.2945angus.danhooper. info. To learn more about Carl Hunter’s chickens go to www. ijustlovemychickens.info.

Local Synagogues Host Community Seders by Roberta Morris, Religion and Spirituality Columnist At Passover, the Festival of Freedom, Jews celebrate their exodus from slavery. It begins this year at sunset on April 19th. Preparations begin earlier with the purification of the household, a big housecleaning to remove traces of chametz, a food that’s made of grain and water, like bread, cereal, cake, cookies, pizza, pasta and beer. The festival begins with two nights of Seder, a meal where the Haggadah, with the story of the Exodus, is read and the ritual meal with great food and wine is shared. It’s all explained on a helpful website designed by Chabad of Greater Los Feliz (www. chabadlosfeliz.org) including instructions for preparation and the celebration of the fes-

tival itself: “Passover A to Z.” On April 19th and 20th Chabad of Greater Los Feliz, 1930 N. Hillhurst Ave., will host a public community Seder at 8 p.m. Make reservations by April 15th online or by phone: (323) 660-5177. Tickets are $36 for adults and $25 for children, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Temple Knesset Israel will also be holding a community Seder on Sun. April 20th, at 6 p.m. Reservations must be made by Fri. April 11th with payment: $40 for adult members, $45 for adult non-members, and $25 for children under 12 years old. Temple Knesset Israel is located at 1260 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles. (323) 665-5171.

Relay For Life: May 17th and 18th By Catherine Billey, Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—A 24-hour American Cancer Society “Relay for Life” will be held for the first time in Silver Lake at John Marshall High School, beginning with a survivors lap at 9:00 a.m. on May 17th and followed twelve hours later by a luminaria ceremony in which those who have passed on will be remembered as people take silent laps. In a special presentation at the March 5th Silver Lake

Neighborhood Council meeting, Nina Sorkin, chair of the Pasadena Relay for Life and a Silver Lake resident for over 40 years, noted that 50-60% of all cancers can be prevented through lifestyle changes. “Fight back,” she said.” For $500, sponsors will receive a name of their choice in purple letters on the back of a white t-shirt. All honored cancer survivors will receive purple shirts.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ open mike ]

Confessions of a GGPNC Board Member By Tom Wilson I was laying on the couch cursing a lying politician on C-span when my wife told me to get off my rear, stop complaining and go do something about the world’s problems. Later that day, I stumbled along a copy of the Los Feliz Ledger. In it I saw an ad about elections for something called the neighborhood council board. Serendipity? Maybe. But who was this neighborhood council? What was this Neighborhood Council? In the interest of pleasing my wife, I called the number in the article. I spoke with a neighborhood council board member named Bruce Carroll. He informed me that the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) is a group of stakeholders (essentially neighborhood residents) who meet monthly about community issues and advises our local political leaders on issues that are important to the community. The man explained how I could run for a seat on

the board—and it was pretty simple. I thought: why not? I might be able to help with the preservation of Griffith Park and stem the tide of what I perceived was unchecked development. I prepared my first political speech and headed over to Our Lady of Good Counsel. When my turn arrived, I rose up and spoke to my neighbors about why I should be elected to represent our community on the GGPNC Board. I cared! There were no election returns on MSNBC or Fox, but there on the GGPNC website, it indicated I had won—and with 137 votes. I’ve since become a mem-

ber of the GGPNC’s Zoning Committee. I developed and write the GGPNC monthly ad for this newspaper. I’ve voted on issues ranging from the height of a residential fence to the Autry expansion to AT&T’s placing cell towers on local apartment buildings. And the only sacrifice I’ve made along the way is in giving up a few hours of television a month. Small price to pay and the truth is the entertainment value I get from the GGPNC experience is far superior. If you are feeling frustrated; if you want to get involved. . . you can. In June, the GGPNC will be holding elections for new board members. Go to www.ggpnc.org for more information. Tom Wilson is a member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council.

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Elma’s Take on the Market I am new resident in the Los Feliz area and received your newspaper for the first time. I would like to congratulate you on an interesting publication. I especially liked the comment about the stock

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market in “It’s Not a Market Correction” (March 2008). With a columnist like Elma Mayer you can compete with the Wall Street Journal. – Zigmas Viskanta, Los Feliz

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Story on Cahuenga Peak Was Biased Regarding “$4 Million Identified to Save Land Around Hollywood Sign,” (March 2008), with all due respect, the article was not evenly written. [The story] mentions “saving” the land. That term is biased compared to “keeping the land empty.” “Saving” implies some kind of rescue action is needed. (Also) Mr. LaBonge says he wants a “pristine” hillside. That is what we call “doublespeak,” because the sign itself violates the pristine hillside. (Your article) did not

point that out. Mr. LaBonge says he doesn’t want homes there. The sign was put there to sell homes. The sign “Hollywoodland” was a 100% real-estate marketing gimmick. Even if Mr. LaBonge has nothing better to do (such as gangs, traffic, schools, homeless people, potholes, and foreclosures), his logic actually suggests removing the sign completely. And again, the paper’s use of the term “save the land” carries bias. – Barbara Richards, Los Angeles

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Remembering Ramona Regarding “Fate of Historic Theater Remains a Mystery,” (March 2008), I just read this column to my husband, Lawrence Clark, who grew up on Echo Park Avenue and worked as an usher at the Ramona Theater circa 1941-42.  He also worked, at the same time, at the Ramona’s sister theater, The Hollyway, also on Sunset Blvd.  In fact, he was at work there when he first heard of

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the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.  The following year, he joined the Marines where he saw action in the Pacific and was in the landing on Iwo Jima. Larry is legally blind now and doesn’t go to the movies any more, but every time we drive Sunset, he points out the Ramona and the Hollyway theaters. – Carol Clark, Los Feliz

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