Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 2
Once Free, Fair Is Now $15
Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 32,500
A Real American Pie
By Judy Coleman Ledger Contributing Writer
By Kristen Lee Kelly Special to the Ledger
This year’s Sunset Junction Street Festival, set for August 18th and 19th, will feature the O’Jays—as well as 250 vendors, three beer gardens, carnival rides and street performers. But the fair already has the neighborhood humming: organizers have decided to charge a mandatory $15 entrance fee. In the past, sponsor Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance requested only a donation for entrance. The problem, according to organizer Michael McKinley, was that only about one-third of attendees would donate. The festival would not earn the money it needed to support the alliance’s programs, he said. “We feel that it’s more than fair,” said McKinley. “Most [festivals] cost more and are not offering what we’re offering.” Proceeds go to the alliance’s projects, which include youth outreach, job training and the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market. “We certainly don’t want to turn anybody away,” said McKinley. “We’re about bringing entertainment to people who can’t afford it.” The fee won’t apply to everyone. Children ages 12 and under and those 65 and over are free, as well as 200 low-income families living in the area. Tickets purchased online in advance are $12. Reaction from local businesses is mixed. One local storeowner—who asked to remain anonymous—said he would close both days because his numbers go “way, way down” during the festival. His regulars won’t pay the fee, and festival visitors just “look around and leave.” McKinley remains optimistic that this year’s festival—now in its 27th year—remains one of the city’s best events. For all the grumbling about fees, McKinley said, “Nobody has said they don’t want the festival.”
VERMONT AVE—It’s 10:30 a.m. I slide on my rubber soled, slip resistant shoes and pull my hair back into a single well coiffed ponytail—as per state regulations. I am prepared for my adventure. What will I encounter and whom shall I serve? Arriving, I stand before two large oak doors complete with their resplendent golden handles and detailed etched windows. It is the House of Windsor? The House of Wax? The House of Dereon? Oh no—I stand before the palace known as The House of Pies! Upon entering, I’m greeted by a rotating dream. Pies and cakes of every creed and color spin in glorious harmony. I catch my breath as before me is the master baking oven. I’m a fool. Who was I, in this moment standing before this pristine, stainless steel oven, to think I had the right to wait tables at The House of Pies? It’s too much to take in at once. A bit dizzy, I stumble and take a seat at the vast counter where I meet Sylvia Navarro— waitress extraordinaire.
[ What’s Inside ] Roving Reporter: How Green Are You?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Volunteerism: Baby2Baby . . . . 5 Family Matters: Camping With Kids. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 9 Restaurant Review: Echo Park’s Elf Café. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Local Real Estate Home Sales. . . . . . . . . . . Su Casa E New! [She Said What?]: A Night at the Dresden. . . . . 14 [open mike]: Letters on Span School & Fritize’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
The Waitress: Sylvia Navarro Sylvia has been working at House of Pies for 29 years. “I filled out an application and the next day they called me to work. I am from Chihuahua, Mexico. I came to America to find a better life and then I started working in a factory but I didn’t like it so then I started
Kids Tardy? Blame it On Construction By Paria Kooklan Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Several new construction projects are in the works near Ivanhoe Elementary School, located on Herkimer Street and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake. The planned construction has sparked concern among local residents and community groups about traffic, safety, noise and dust pollution, as well as about the long-term effects of increased development in the neighborhood.
The Customer: Adam Cobb As Sylvia is about to lead me into the kitchen, one of her regular customers speaks up to tell me if Sylvia were not married he’d be her boyfriend. Sylvia smiles and makes him promise not to tell her husband. I ask this young handsome man, by the name of Adam Cobb: “Is Sylvia the only reason he frequents the House of Pies?”
The projects include: • 2748 N. Auburn Street: A seven town home project broke ground in early July, with construction planned to last approximately nine months. The site is 200 feet from Ivanhoe Elementary. • 2920-2930 Rowena Avenue: Set to break ground in September, this mixed-use development will build 55 condominium units in a 54,000 square foot area with retail space on the ground floor. The project will entail demolition on three adjacent lots situated less than 300 feet away from Ivanhoe Elementary; the City Planning Commission has also approved
see House of Pies page 20
see Construction page 20
Los Feliz vistor, 5-year-old Sarah Hernandez, from Irvine, has her eye on House of Pies delicious chocolate cream pie. Photo by Jacob Hernandez
looking in the restaurant industry and I found this one. I started as a cashier and then the manager asked me if I wanted to become a waitress so I told him: ‘I don’t know how to wait on tables but if you give me a chance I will.’ And… I’m… still here.” My first reaction is she stays for the free pies but I’m wrong. It’s about family: “You know—usually when you work at a place you have a manager or assistant manager or supervisor (and I don’t know how many others) on your back but here – they let us do our job. They leave us alone. As long as we take care of the customers and everything they don’t bother us. It’s a family here. We all take care of each other. I look forward to seeing my regular customers as well as working
with my fellow workers. This is a good place.”
THE “WOODIE WONKA” OF LOS FELIZ: Residents on Lowry Road in Los Feliz thank Woodie Wade for being such a great neighbor. See Colleen Paeff’s August installment of [people in my neighborhood] on page 12.
“Mansionization” Ordinance for The Oaks To Be Heard by City Council By Paria Kooklan / Ledger Contributing Writer THE OAKS, LOS FELIZ—An Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) was passed in July by the Los Angeles City Planning for the hillside neighborhood known as The Oaks, located at the base of Griffith Park. If passed by the City Council, the ordinance will prohibit the construction of buildings in excess of a certain floor area and would remain in place for at least one year. “The ICO would be a temporary restriction on what
you could build,” said Blake E. Kendrick, an assistant with the Dept. of City Planning. “It would give us time to do research and recommend permanent regulations for development in the area.” Like many hillside neighborhoods, The Oaks is comprised of small, steeply sloped lots that were subdivided in the 1920s and 30s. For years, the high cost of building on such lots kept new see Ordinance page 12
Advisory Group’s Recommendations Expected By Year’s End By Kimberly Gomez / Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—Angelenos watched with grave concern while the May 8th blaze in Griffith Park raged for over two days threatening nearby homes, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Greek Theater and perhaps the city’s most famous icon, The Griffith Observatory. After the smoke had cleared, a multi-agency task force led by
the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks had already begun emergency assessments of the 800 acres of fire damage. But long before the fire recovery effort, has been the Griffith Park Master Plan Working group—selected in 2005 by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom Lasee Advisory page 20
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After 12 years of driving various SUVs, I finally gave up the habit last spring and purchased a Toyota Prius. Overnight, I went from averaging 14 miles per gallon to 45—and the cost to fill up my tank went from $72 to $30! The purchase helped me evaluate other things I am already doing/can do to help the environment, including: bringing my own bags to the grocery store (Trader Joe’s has some good ones for $1 each); using cloth napkins for meals; ridding myself of my “bottled water” habit; changing light bulbs to the more energy efficient variety and re-establishing composting bins in my back yard. I have also recently been reading a book (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver) that details, in part, the long distance food in our grocery stores must travel to get to us. Wouldn’t it be wiser to purchase locally made and grown food rather than that which has traveled by truck for hundreds of miles? Recently, the Silver Lake Chamber announced they have a “green” committee dedicated to helping businesses in Silver Lake become more environmentally conscious. The chamber is striving to establish a food-recycling program for all Silver Lake restaurants in the hope of eliminating all stryofoam and polystyrene take-out products and replacing them with compostable products. And the chamber is encouraging a “bring your own cup” campaign—where users would bring their own beverage containers to restaurants and cafes for their take-home tea or java. It feels great to make these changes! What are you personally doing to be more environmentally conscious? We asked some readers (see page 3) for their input.
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What steps are you taking to help reduce global warming and be more environmentally conscious? By Colleen Paeff Ledger Contributing Writer I recycle everything. I reuse containers and Ziploc baggies, if at all possible. And I have a diesel engine car that runs on biofuel, soon to be running on ethanol. Christopher Grosset To save energy in the summer, we use fans and have sunshades on all the windows which really keeps the temperature down inside the house. We hand wash and air dry clothes when possible, otherwise we only use the washer and dryer at night, and only for full loads. We use the “water miser” cycle on the dishwasher and no drying cycle. We use canvas bags at the supermarket. Angela Barton
[ POLICE BLOTTER AUGUST 2007 ]
Aggravated Assaults: 9 Burglaries: 14 Homicides: 0 Burglary Theft From Vehicle: 32 Robberies: 5 Grand Theft Auto: 29 Robbery: Los Feliz and Commonwealth. Victim was walking when approached by suspects. Suspect threatened victim. Another brandished a weapon. Suspects fled with victim’s property. Aggravated Assault: 1400 block of Glendale. Suspect detained for theft by victim. Suspect broke away from victim and slashed victim with knife on left leg. Suspect fled on foot. Aggravated Assault: 2900 Hyperion. Suspect fired shots at victims. Victim #1 was struck on both legs while victim #2 was struck on
right hand and right leg. Suspects fled unknown direction. Robbery: Three occurred on the 2400 block of Lyric, Griffith Park and Monon and Hillhurst and Finley. Suspects grabbed victim’s property and fled in different directions in a stolen vehicle. During broadcast of robberies, officers heard vehicle description. Officers drove in the direction of stolen vehicle and observed three suspects walking away from the vehicle. Suspects became nervous and walked away from stolen vehicle. Officers observed victim’s property in vehicle. Suspects taken into custody. Victims identified all suspects and identified their property. Burglaries: 1900 block of Hillhurst. Suspect pried front door open, removed cash register and took safe. Suspect fled location in a vehicle; 2200 block of fair Oak View Terrace; 1900 block Hoover Street; 3800 block of Carnavon Way; 3700 block of Prestwick.
Improving Street Fair and Opening the Meadow Discussed at SLNC “Issues” Meeting By Paria Kooklan Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council held its annual Issues meeting at the Bellevue Recreation Center on Sat., July 14th. Roughly sixty people attended the meeting to discuss issues as wide-ranging as the opening of the Silver Lake Meadow to the public, the upcoming Sunset Junction Street Fair and the expansion of bike lanes. SLNC Co-Chair Douglas Dickstein said the meeting was a success in his view. “I think anytime you can get people from the community together to talk about what’s going on in the area, it’s a good thing,” he said. “Our job on the Neighborhood Council is
to represent the views of the community to city officials. So it’s good to get people’s opinions. That’s why it’s important to have these kinds of events.” The meeting opened with a presentation on emergency preparedness by local firefighters and members of the SLNC Public Safety Committee, who highlighted the work of local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and stressed the importance of ham radios in case of a fire or other disaster. According to Dickstein, seven new volunteers signed up for CERT training as a result of the presentation. see SLNC issues page 4
I don’t like the idea that we live in a desert and our water is pumped in from northern California and is too precious for growing a front yard of plants that would not normally live in this climate. So, I’m planting all natural, desert-type plants also rocks and some cactus. I gave up beef three years ago because raising cattle is so destructive to our land and water out here in the west and on the planet for that matter. I’m therefore limiting my meat intake to chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, pork, and maybe buffalo… I’ll probably give up buffalo too.” George Cunningham I don’t drive my car much anymore. Francisco Ortega
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Los Feliz Ledger by Los Angeles city councilmonths, but warned that the “From a practical standmember Eric Garcetti. Howlack of community consensus point, that was great,” he said. “It ever, at the meeting, attendee on the issue means the vote makes our community safer.” Paul M. Newman—a memmay not have much impact. The meeting was thereafber of the local community “Right now, the commuter conducted as a public fogroup Silver Lake Friends and nity is really divided on this isrum, with local residents conNeighbors—urged the Neighsue,” he said. “And without an tributing their thoughts on a borhood Council to oppose it. overwhelming consensus one variety of issues. way or the other, I Several attendees Dickstein said the SLNC plans to vote don’t think Council brought up concerns District 13 can look on the Meadow opening about the annual Sunat us as really represet Junction Street within the next few months, but senting one view.” Festival. Specifically, Where the warned that the lack of community they complained SLNC could play a that the event is ex- consensus on the issue means the valuable role, Dickcessively noisy and vote may not have much impact. stein added, would that more security is be in forging a com“Right now, the community is really needed, both during promise between and after the festival. the opposing comdivided on this issue,” he said. They also expressed a munity groups. desire for better trash Dickstein said the SLNC “There are potential comcleanup and discounted adplans to vote on the Meadow promises that could be worked mission to the festival for local opening within the next few out,” he said. residents. Dickstein said the SLNC has established a dialogue with festival organizers about these and other issues. “We had a working group talking to them this year,” he said. “It’s something that we want to get even more involved with in the future.” Another topic discussed at the meeting was the city’s decision to open the Silver Lake Reservoir Meadow to the public for the first time in 60 years. The project is supported SLNC issues from page 3
Taste of Los Feliz Set for Sept. 30 Event sponsors include: Prudential California Realty/ Los Feliz; Keller Williams Realty/Los Feliz; the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council; Silver Lake Wellness Association; Black Maria Gallery; Heartbeat House Dance Studio; Scott Cain with Sotheby’s International Realty; the Islamic Center of Southern California; Blessed Sacrament Church and Wilshire Blvd. Temple.
LOS FELIZ—The second annual Taste of Los Feliz will be held along Vermont Avenue on Sun., Sept. 30th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., event planners have announced. The charity event is presented by the Los Feliz Ledger. Last year—approximately 500 attended enjoying “tastes” from over 20 local restaurants on Vermont Avenue. The event raised $26,000 for HopeNet—a non-profit that operates food pantries in the metro Los Angeles area. Proceeds from this year’s event will again benefit Hope-Net.
Tickets are $35 per person and $15 for children under 12. Information: (213) 3989989 or www.hope-net.info.
Beastly Ball Raises $1.2 Million for Zoo The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) raised $1,208,474 at the 37th Annual Beastly Ball on Sat., June 16th. The event was chaired by Emmy-award winning actress Betty White and honored Nickelodeon and Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh, the creators of its top-rated preschool show Go, Diego, Go! On hand for the evening were Gifford, Walsh, and Brown Johnson, executive vice president and executive creative director of Nickelode-
on’s Pre-School Division, plus Nickelodeon characters “Diego” and “Dora the Explorer.” More than 1,000 guests attended the party, which featured “Animal Walkabouts” and animal feedings, fare from top restaurants, live and silent auctions and entertainment. “The substantial community support for this event is so important to the Zoo and its ongoing development,” said Los Angeles Zoo director John Lewis. “Our gratitude to GLAZA for the funds raised at the Beastly Ball is enormous.”
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Mothers Give Back To Other Mothers In Need By Kimberly Gomez / Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ— Baby2Baby was lovingly created by three women, Karis Jagger, Lee Michel and Marnie Owens w i t h s e l f- d e scribed life-long histories of community involvement. The three Baby2Baby founders (left to right) mothers of Karis Jagger, Marnie Owens and Lee Michel. young children, all fairly new to Los Angeles, rel Canyon and Bel Air, the talked a lot about the abunwomen have even involved dance of baby clothes and their children where possible goods they alone had between to package, collect, inventory, their families and took it upon clean, sort out and deliver themselves to get those items in the donations to the various the hands of people in need. charities. With some assistance from The response has far-exLos Angeles-based Communiceeded their expectations ty Partners, a non-profit that with 3,000 items, so far, prohelps with the business end of vided to grateful L.A. organicharities, Baby2baby was born zations. to collect and distribute gently Looking ahead, the womused baby clothes and goods. It en hope to spread the word was modeled after Baby Buggy, and grow their organization a New York City non-profit orinto a central location for their ganization that was founded offices and storage space. after the 9/11 attacks. We’ve learned to “be bold “We didn’t think there was in asking people for help,” said anything in Los Angeles like member Lee Michel. that to help in the communiAnd they particularly enty,” said Marnie Owens. joy that their experience has Indeed there is a void in Los had added environmental adAngeles where, according to vantages. the U.S. Census Bureau, well “It’s really important to over half a million children in us that the gear and clothing Los Angeles County fall below gets recycled and is making a the poverty line and lack the green difference,” said Owens. most basic necessities. Using their own garages as For more information please drop off points in their neighvisit www.baby2baby.org or borhoods of Los Feliz, Laucall (310) 476-4547.
Filipinotown Festival Scheduledfor Aug. 4th and 5th The Filipinotown Festival will take place Aug. 4th and 5th, from 9.a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1740 W. Temple St., in Los Angeles (between Alvarado Street and Glendale Boulevard. There is free parking available at the City of Angels Medical Center.
Featured performers include: A.J. Tabaldo, Joseph Gelito, Lara Avengoza, Ivory Cunanan, Pam Darden of the Marvelettes, Proyectos Saluda Hispanic Folklorico Coalition, Caroline Oguma and the USC Try Philippines, to name a few.
The event is sponsored—in part—by the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) and Los Angeles City Council District 13. For more information, contact: (213) 382-0488 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Where to Shop on the Cheap By Sean Mahoney Echo Park Columnist As Pinkberry stores continue to pop up like dandelions and a new Wa l-Mart is built every two minutes, it seems like patronizing chains is unavoidable. Personally, Iâ€™ve long tired of flavorless merchandise churned out on assembly lines and blandly displayed for mass consumption. Iâ€™ve already sold my soul to Starbucks so I try to buy everything from gifts to fashion within walking distance of my apartment. With-
out a superstore in sight, the results are unique and surprisingly affordable. Take for example Jumbo Bargain at 1555 Sunset. When decorating for a loved ones recent birthday bash, I furnished the entire dĂŠcor from this quirky discount store. My haul, which included tablecloths, noisemakers, napkins, banners, and birthday tiaras for ten, was under $20. This place also stocks gift-wrap, pink vinyl Marilyn Monroe totes bags and even potted bamboo plants. Directly across the street is Buy and Save, another independent discount store. Some of my friends lovingly refer to this treasure trove of bargains as â€œGhetto Targetâ€? which is oddly accurate considering they really do have
everything. However, the big score here is the â€œ5 T-shirts for $10â€? deal they proudly advertise on the window outside. In all styles and colors, these tees are a must have. Speaking of designers, Iâ€™ve recently discovered MediaNoche which resides in the old Labor Fruit space at 1200 North Alvarado. This boutique specializes in smaller designers without the hefty price tags. Great menâ€™s shirts from English Laundry, cool Kill City denim, and an impressive selection of hats are just some of the enticing items they carry. Itâ€™s worth checking into MediaNoche periodically as they have frequent sidewalk sales and discount racks. My last shopping destination is one I share with reservation but if sharing it means
saving one person from going to the mall, then so be it. BBC Vintage at 1707 Sunset has been my little thrift store secret for many years. Nearly all of my favorite shirts and jackets have come from this gem of a store. Newly remodeled and re-merchandised, BBC Vintage harkens back to the Melrose thrift stores shops of yesteryear. Local
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Local Restored Home Featured on HGTV Aug. 8th By Michael Locke / Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKE— Home & Garden Television (HGTV)’s “ W h a t ’s With That House,” will feature a Silver Lake residence that was recently transformed from a crumbling Spanish-style fourplex into a stylish Moroccan-Mediterranean home that world-renowned Architectural Photographer Julius Shulman called “a stroke of genius” during a recent visit. The show, which highlights the unusual houses that “just don’t fit in,” takes viewers behind the closed doors of the most talked about houses in the neighborhood to meet the interesting people who live there and tour their unique surroundings. Designers Guy and Karen Vidal, who have completed twenty restoration projects in the Silver Lake/Echo Park vi-
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cinity, will be featured on the show, along with Mosaic Designer Patricia Callicott, Silver Lake-based Architect Gustavo Gubel and yours truly. About the house, styled “Elevado Castillo”—due to its hillside prominence on Elevado Street—the show’s co-executive producer Christopher Poole, commented “the Elevado house is unique and exotic, something you don’t see ev-
eryday, even in a community as innovative as Silver Lake. When you see the before pictures (which will be featured on the show), our viewers will find the transformation to be absolutely stunning.” The show is hosted by popular TV personality George Gray (“Weakest Link”). The show will air on HGTV on August 8th at 11:30 p.m. Don’t miss it!
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