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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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, I’ve long tired of flavorless merchandise churned out on assembly lines and blandly displayed for mass consumption. I’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 “Ghetto Targetâ€? which is oddly accurate considering they really do have

everything. However, the big score here is the “5 T-shirts for $10� deal they proudly advertise on the window outside. In all styles and colors, these tees are a must have. Speaking of designers, I’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 men’s shirts from English Laundry, cool Kill City denim, and an impressive selection of hats are just some of the enticing items they carry. It’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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Juvie: For Your “In-Betweeners”

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Silver Lake elementary schoolers can be tough customers—literally. With the exception of chains like Target and Old Navy, few stores in the area offer a deep selection of clothing for older children. That’s what drove local mom Kristen Taylor to open Juvie, a clothing and gift shop for children ages 7-14. “The kids in this area dress a little sharper and hipper,” Taylor said. “Girls shy away from anything excessively frilly or pink, and boys shy away from anything East Coast prep school.” This year, she says, “rocker” has replaced “surfer” for boys, and owls and robots have replaced skulls for girls. Even if they can’t drive themselves to the store, located near the corner of Glendale and Silver Lake Boulevards, you can’t help envying Juvie’s young and fashion-forward

customers. Girls can thumb through a rack of authentic vintage blouses, while boys can pick up uber-hip shirts made by Kingsley—whose clothes have appeared on Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. Emphasizing that school-age children have a packed schedule of birthday parties to attend, Taylor makes sure Juvie also offers a selection of designconscious gifts, like a sponge shaped like a microphone— ideal for singing in the shower. The store has had “slow and steady growth” since it opened last year, with a promising future: A new public library is about to move in next door. The store already hosts book club called “Book Blab,” and events like Halloween costume designing. Juvie is an experiment for Taylor, whose roots are in academics: She has a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology and worked previously as a research assistant. She also wrote parenting columns freelance for local and national publications. “I hope the store is a problem solver for parents and kids,” Taylor said. “It can making shopping fun and not a chore.”

Micheltorena Elementary School honors “Movies by Kids” by teaching students the process of making a movie. “Movies by Kids” is a program for students who have been assigned to the Gifted Program and other high achieving students. This presentation teaches young children the process of making their own animation movie. The program gives you an idea of how directors, actors and writers make cinema. There are many steps to making a movie. The first thing is writing down all your ideas. The second part is writing down everyone’s jobs, such as: characters, settings and dialogue. The third thing is creating your own characters with arts ‘n crafts. The fourth phase is building your own sets and props. Finally, when you’re done with all the work, you can start filming your animation. This process takes time and commitment. This program could change the way you think about making films. Others assume that making a movie isn’t hard, but it’s more then just using a video camera. There’s lots of work that need to be done before creating a film.

New Principal at King SILVER LAKE—Kristen Kaiser Mendoza has been named the new principal at Thomas Starr King Middle School, replacing outgoing principal Charlene Hirotsu who retired at the end of June. Kaiser Mendoza was most recently a coordinator with the LAUSD where she helped, in part, review schools that that were on the district’s “Program Improvement” list. She additionally has served as assistant principal at San Pedro High School and as principal at Avalon Continuation High School— both with the LAUSD.

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Los Feliz Ledger [family matters]

Camping with Kids By Kathy A. McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer Each of the last six summers, my sons and I have camped at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We all look forward to the week of living outdoors in the oak-andredwood studded campground that’s tempered by cool, foggy mornings, brilliantly warm afternoons and starry nights. After so many years, our camping skills are proven. Prep is down to a science. Since we typically share a site with another family, we decide all our menus in advance. I have detailed lists for both equipment and food shopping that I refine each year.

Yes, we have hot dogs and hamburgers, but we’ve also advanced to shrimp cocktail, pesto, bruscheta and everyone’s favorite, a buffet-style burrito night. We’re part of a local group of approximately 25 families that reserve spots each year at Big Sur. For my sons it’s been an ideal annual vacation. They pitch their own tents, “cheerfully” help with camping duties, transport themselves via bike and sociably hang out. Now that they’re older, they manage their own day, whether it’s a swimming trip to the famous gorge, board games or other woodsy activities. They’ve experienced nature’s unpredictability firsthand. Foxes, aggressive squirrels, loudmouthed stellar jays and crows, have all pillaged our supplies. Once the squirrels managed to open a jar of blue-cheese-stuffed olives and ate the blue cheese, but curiously left the olives. We now keep all food in oversized, plastic container boxes, with

tops snapped shut and secured with a small boulder. There are hazards—poison oak, inconsiderate campers and serious bike mishaps, among them. But the payoff includes daily hikes through bio-zones of redwood forest, coastal oaks, laurels and sycamore. Visits to driftwood populated beaches, sunsets

that turn Mt. Manuel crimson and plentiful wildlife sightings from those beady-eyed foxes to deer to grey whales offshore. Though the campground may be heavily used, each year we find the trees and trails still there. The rushing water of the Big Sur river continues to polish granite rocks. There’s a feeling of

permanence, of quiet, of grandeur. Both parents and children relax, slow down and take in the sky. It’s a good day when you can lie on a warmed rock in the river or drift downstream on a raft amiably with your teenager, when the only pressing concerns are making a fire and watching shooting stars.

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Spay and Neuter Bill Withdrawn from State Senate By Jennifer Clark / Ledger Columnist The spay/neuter bill also known as Assembly Bill 1634 was withdrawn by sponsor, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine mid-July. This was the seventh version of the bill since February of this year. The bill would have instituted mandatory spaying and neutering for dogs and cats over six months old. Currently, animals receiving exemptions from this bill would be licensed breeders and certain breeders with an “annual intact permit” for each animal they want to keep “unaltered.” Owners of mixed dogs would be allowed to breed their animal once before 2012 (and only if their local jurisdiction allows it). Finally, certain animal dealers would also be exempt. Those who opposed the bill believe Levine’s proposal would take away the owner’s right to make a choice about their pets. Risk of surgery is another factor fueling the opposition as

well as the exemptions that some believe are too limited. Standing firmly behind the bill are animal welfare, animal control and most animal rights communities. According to the Los Angeles Times, $300 million is spent yearly at the state and local governments levels for shelters. These shelters are filled with un-neutered and un-spayed dogs and cats. Currently, in the state of California 454,000 dog and cats are put to death each year. Perhaps an alternative to the bill would be offering a more low-cost vaccine in order to make the process of sterilization more affordable to pet owners. Currently, these procedures can reach as high as $250. In Los Feliz, Gateway Hospital charges $90 for neutering and $110 for spaying a 40 pound dog. These prices are considerably lower than most. Levine is expected to rein-

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“A Noise Within” Partners with Kidspace Children’s Museum For Summer Day Camp

By Pat Saperstein Ledger Columnist Silver Lake got its own fancy bakery with the opening of Lark Cake Shop at 3337 W. Sunset Blvd. The bakeshop bakes stylish cakes, cupcakes, cookies, scones and mini whipped cream cakes. ***

Joseph Cordova was working in the wholesale fish business when he tasted what he thought was the best fish taco in Ensenada, Mexico, a city renowned for its tasty tacos. So The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada at 1650 N. Hillhurst Ave. replicates the lightly-battered fish and shrimp tacos he found in Mexico, adding an array of salsas and relishes to spice things up. ***

Short takes: Valerie Confections, known for unusual handmade toffees in flavors like almond fleur de sel and ginger toffee, has moved into the former Picholine spot at 3360 W. 1st St. It’s not quite a trip to Oahu, but L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, coming to 4414 York Blvd. in Eagle Rock, will have to suffice until a visit to the islands is in the offing. Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at EatingLA.com Page 10 LIFESTYLES

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The theater troupe, “A Noise Within” out of Glendale and Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena will partner to offer summer day camp for children ages 5 through 8 from Aug. 13 through Aug. 18th. The theme of the camp will be the “Shakespeare’s Fairies and Spirits.” During the week long camp, artist instructors from A Noise Within will engage children in theatrical activities such as mask-making, character work, stage combat and acting. The program culminates in a performance for family and friends at the Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Pasadena. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon daily and is $175 per child. Information or to register online: www.kidspacemuseum.org

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Los Feliz Ledger [good life]

Value Wine By Chris Rubin Ledger Wine and Spirits Columnist Finding good wine is easy—if money is no obstacle. But the cha l lenge for most of us is just the opposite: tracking down bottles we enjoy that don’t break the budget. Most inexpensive wines don’t taste like the grapes that go into them; they have a far more generic quality. What I want is a wine that tastes like the grapes it’s made from and rivals wines costing $20 or more, but actually sells for much less. And that’s what I’m finding in the new re-

leases from Cycles Gladiator— delicious, fruit-forward wines that taste expensive but aren’t. The Central Coast-based label is part of Hahn Estates, which has extensive vineyards on the coast. Their best fruit ends up in premium offerings like their Smith & Hook Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon ($25), but there’s apparently more than enough quality juice left over to produce impressive wines for this lower-priced label. The Cycles Gladiator Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, retailing for less than $10, is what caught my attention. It’s a lovely wine, with medium to heavy body and impressively complex flavors and aromas for the price. You can also find Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio—under the same label—and all for about the same price. While these wines are bargain priced, what distinguishes them

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from other cheap wines is that they are produced from estate-grown fruit from the parent company’s 1,000 acres in Monterey and Paso Robles, not juice purchased on the bulk market and vinified in a state of the art winery. While they must cut corners somewhere, each vineyard lot is handled separately. The Cabernet ages in mostly new French oak, not cheaper barrels, while the Chardonnay uses a mix of new French oak and stainless steel. Total production for Cycles Gladiator is about 125,000 cases annually—15,000 of those going to Cabernet. So unlike the occasional “finds� at Trader Joe’s that are so often gone when you go back for more, these wines should be around for a while. Cycles Gladiator wines should be available at Cost Plus, BevMo and other local outlets. For more information, check www.cyclesgladiator.com.

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Elf CafÊ By Pat Saperstein Ledger Restaurant Critic ECHO PARK—When Elf CafÊ last year, the area’s vegetarians and vegans felt like their own private club had opened. With a menu of Mediterranean-influenced Dishes, Elf leaves you feeling light, healthy and hipper, too. Out front on Sunset Blvd., a punked-out young couple enjoy a leisurely dinner while their infant slumbers away in a stroller. Several parties show up with wine bottles in hand, taking advantage of the $5 corkage and quickly fill the restaurant’s nine tables. Elf is the quintessential Echo Park restaurant: no sign in front, no reservations and cash only. The service is genuinely friendly and attentive and the

food is clearly made with care. Chef Timothy Maloof is from a Lebanese background, but the menu ranges beyond the Middle East to a few Greek-inspired dishes, Moroccan vegetable tagine and French vegetable tarts. There’s plenty of attention to detail, with cucumber flavored water and dishes of olives and almonds to start out the meal. If you don’t bring wine, there’s a refreshing minty iced tea, organic soft drinks and espresso. Some dishes have a hint of hippie cooking, like a sturdy brown rice pilaf with the roasted fennel and beet plate. Others are light and modern, like the cool Greek cucumber and dill-laced yogurt soup. Elf’s Greek white lasagna, a version of pastitsio, is satisfying with garbanzo beans and potatoes standing in for the usual ground lamb, a good choice for those used to meaty dishes. see Restaurant page 12

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and board member Bob Young, spoke in favor of the ICO at a hearing held by the Planning Commission prior to its vote on the matter. Young drafted the proposed ordinance last year; Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge then moved to have it taken up by the city. “It was the community that started advocating for this,” Kendrick said. “They really wanted this.” “I think we just got tired of talking about it all our meetings,” agreed another Homeowners Association board member, Holly Purcell. “We finally just decided to do something about it.” Now that it has been approved by the Planning Commission, the ICO will go to the City Council for consideration, where Purcell hopes it will be approved quickly. “Some of these projects take up every inch of the lot,” she said. “They’re practically hanging off a cliff. So something really needs to be done.”

Neile Adams to Perform At Silver Lake’s Cavern Club Theater

RSVPs are recommended. The show will include popular songs by composers and lyricists like: Peter Allen, Irving Berlin, Marvin Hamlisch, Jerry Herman, Kander and Ebb, Mercer and Arlen, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. Neile Adams started her career as a teenager at Billy Rose’s Ziegfeld Theatre in the original production of “Kismet.” She came to national attention as a featured performer for noted choreographer/director, Bob Fosse, starring in the Broadway production of “The Pajama Game.” In 1986, Adams wrote her best selling book entitled, My Husband, My Friend about her life with her former husband, Steve McQueen. In recent years Adams has created and presented he own cabaret shows, which have received rave reviews in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago and Palm Springs.

construction to a minimum. Now that rising property values have made developing the properties more lucrative, many of the old homes have been replaced by newer—and much larger—structures. The result, according to area residents and city officials, has been a “mansionization” that disrupts the neighborhood’s character, creates environmental problems and puts too much pressure on roads and infrastructure. “Unfortunately, because the lots are so small and steep, there are problems with grading and erosion,” said Kendrick. “A lot of the streets up there are very narrow and have insufficient access for emergency vehicles. And, of course, there’s also a concern for the landscape features and character of the neighborhood. A lot of those homes were built in the 30s and 40s, and there’s a certain architectural style.” Several members of the Oaks Homeowners Association, including president Gerry Hans

SILVER LAKE—“I Am What I Am,” a new cabaret show, will be performed Fri. Aug. 10th at 9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 11th at 9 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 12th at 8 p.m. at the Cavern Club Theater at Casita del Campo restaurant, 1920 Hyperion Ave., in Silver Lake.

The show is directed by Ted Sprague with Andy Howe serving as musical director. The show stars Neile Adams in the 60-minute show. Admission is $20 and advance Restaurant from page 11

Confirmed greens lovers will like the kale salad with avocado, hemp seeds and a bright citrus dressing, although it might be easier to eat with smaller pieces of kale. A raw plate offers a tasting of Mediterranean dishes, which also turn up in hummus and avocado/tahini starters. As the restaurant evolves, the chef might try varying the ingredients more with the seasons (an autumnal pear tart stays on the menu even Page 12 LIFESTYLES

For further information, call Cavern Club Theater at 323969-2530, or RSVP online at www.cavernclubtheater. com. Valet Parking, as well as street parking, is available. in prime summer fruit season) and creating some more imaginative presentations, but for now it’s enough just to have a pleasant restaurant in the neighborhood. Dinner for two with two starters, two mains and one dessert ran about $60.

[people in my neighborhood]

“Woodie Wonka” The Mayor of Lowry Road By Colleen Paeff / Ledger Contributing Writer LOWRY ROAD, LOS FELIZ— The residents of Lowry Road, just north of Los Feliz Boulevard, have something to brag about. His name is Woodie Wade. Wade moved into the neighborhood in 2000 and, as resident Geert Jensen put it, “…made the neighbors into friends.” Unbeknownst to Wade, eleven of those friends recently met at the Alcove on Hillhurst to sing his praises to the Ledger. “He is a magnet,” Barbara Garmon said. “He brought us all together.” For 18-year-old Quao Li, Wade has served as surrogate parent when her own cannot be there. “The first time I went to a prom,” said Li, “it was the year after I moved from China… He did my make up… He taught me how to go out with friends and be with my peers. And when my parents are away in China he will cook a meal for me and just drop it off in front of my gate.” Li isn’t the only one savoring

Wade’s culinary creations. “Almost every week I’m enjoying Woodie’s goodies,” said Amanda Fairey. In the fall and winter the neighborhood lines up for Wade’s famous “Mutza” Ball soup—named after his dog, Mutza. And in the spring, Wade and his partner, Steve Mateo, treat everyone to an annual Easter egg coloring party. Wade’s kindness is infectious. Many of his neighbors have accompanied him to the Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage

in Mexico, where he cooks for ninety-seven children each month. At the end of his visit “Woodie Wonka” fills his chef’s hat with treats for the kids. He becomes a human piñata as the children try to knock the hat and its contents to the ground. An accomplished actor, Wade has combined his love for children with his culinary expertise to create a cooking show for kids called “Woodie’s Kitchen.” The pilot will begin shooting in September. “Every neighborhood needs a Woodie,” said neighbor Jenna Perlstein, “but they can’t have ours!” Donations to Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage can be made through the Friends of El Faro at http://www.friendsofelfaro. com/. It’s the orphanage in Mexico where Wade volunteers every month.

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Are You Getting Value for Your Commission Dollar?

By Richard Stanley Ledger Columnist It’s an old adage: You need to spend money to make money. Astonishingly, many realtors never seem to have heard this one. In fact, some of them are downright cheapskates when it comes to paying to market their sellers’ properties. If I were a seller, here’s what I would expect to see, marketing-wise, from my realtor: • Run ads in the Los Angeles Times: Your property should have a black and white photo display ad in the local edition Saturday pull-out real estate section. This ad is a good value, as the property will appear on the Times web site, plus it will have a classifiedstyle mention in the following Sunday Times full-sized local section (in Los Feliz, it’s the Westside Edition). Your property should also appear in the Sunday Times’ real estate pull-out in a photo ad, preferably in color—and a classi-

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fied-style mention, especially if there’s an open house—in your agent’s company ad section. These ads should continue each weekend, as long as your property is for sale. If your agent’s company does not have prominence every week in the Los Angeles Times, you are getting shortchanged. • Place your property on the Internet: Because almost all buyers surf the Internet, your agent should have your property on as many web sites as possible, e.g., www.thelatimes.com (see above); www.themls.com--the public may use the local broker multiple listing service (mls) site as a guest (amazingly, there are agents, usually from outside the local area, who do not place their listings in the local MLS); www.realtor.com --this site is the largest real estate site in the world. It’s a no-brainer necessity to get on here. Your agent can supply you with how many hits per week your property is getting. Your agent’s company web site(s) should show off your property. Your agent may have a personal domain or set up a unique site for your property. Ask about these. • Get good photos and lots of them: There’s something radically wrong if your agent doesn’t have your property well photographed. It’s essential that your property’s photos excite buyers to see it. Also, make sure that every web site has lots of photos.

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• Send direct mail: Many agents do a phenomenal job of filling your mailbox with brag mail about themselves and the properties they already sold. But what mail do they send out to promote the properties they have to sell now? Demand a commitment from your agent to mail to the neighborhood at least 500 pieces of direct mail specific to your property that will reach mailboxes at the time your property comes on the market. • Support local publications: Like direct mail, placing ads in local publications, such as the Los Feliz Ledger, reaches out to the neighborhood. Relative to the circulation, the readership of these publications is high, as more than one person usually reads each copy. • Do the open houses: Most brokers receive a weekly magazine published by our local MLS that advertises the week’s open houses. Demand that your property receive a proper launch with a full-page ad in this magazine. Also, have color “display”-sized ads on both the Tuesday and the Thursday of your property’s launch week. Demand that your agent hold your property open both days during the full, usual time periods—and have your agent serve lunch! The lunch slows agents down so that they can savor your property’s attractiveness. see Commissions page C

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Los Feliz Ledger [city sleuth]

The Days Before Landfills Backyard Incinerators

By Diane Kanner Ledger Columnist

1948 with the formation of the Air Pollution Control District. “Tests Establish Pollution role of Incinerators in backyard,� the Los Angeles Times reported July 27, 1950. “Garbage Disposal Confounds County� read a headline that December. “Battle Royal Looms over getting rid of 470 Tons of Waste Daily.� If incinerator burning was to be outlawed, as both the Board of Supervisors and City Council mandated, and trash collection and land fill disposal to become the alternative, where would trash find its resting place? “Antelope Valley residents all the way past Palmdale and Lancaster are screaming about being converted into the county’s ‘slop bucket,’� the story reported. Seven years passed as landfills were established for large scale dumping and kitchen

You see dirty, sooty air in China and you see it in Italy. In far away places, the burning of agricultural refuse remains an everyday occurrence. Here in Los Angeles, where the word “smog� was coined by a physicist at Cal Tech to describe the byproducts of burning trash, indiscriminate rubbish disposal was still the norm after World War II when residential subdivisions, from La Habra The beginning of the and Whittier to Van end of the incinerator Nuys and Encino, came in 1948 with the touted new incinerators in advertisformation of the ing. The outdoor fire Air Pollution Control device served home District. and apartment residents as the quickest sink garbage disposers were inway to dispose of household stalled to resolve more immedicastoffs. ate food disposal. “Incinerator “Everyone had an incineraDeadline Just a Week Away,� tor in the backyard,� Gary Mohi the Times reported Septemrecalls of life on Ben Lomond ber 23, 1957. It was the end Drive when he was a kid. “We of burning, but not the end of routinely burned paper and the incinerators. trash people picked up the ash“There are several on Canes when we emptied it.� A few yon Drive,� Holly Purcell of blocks away on Lowry Road, the Prudential California Realty Lund family relied upon a prehas found. Fellow Prudential fabricated concrete incinerator broker Chris Laib reports a as welcoming as a Grimm’s fairy listing on Cadman Drive with tale oven. “Of course it couldn’t a vintage 1930 incinerator you handle our green waste,� Leval know where. Richard StanLund recalls, “and it was not ley of Coldwell Banker says large enough to consume our “incinerators can be found in dry waste.� corners of gardens throughout The beginning of the end Los Feliz.� of the incinerator came in

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• Make the fliers work: Some agents have small numbers of lovely color fliers printed up that see minimal duty. These fliers sit on the dining table for people who are already through the front door and can see with their own eyes what is on the flier. Wouldn’t it be better to have fliers at the curb? Make sure that your agent has a wellsupplied flier box out front of your property. • Sell no property before its time: Ideally, a property should be launched on a Tuesday, held open on the next Thursday and Sunday and sold the following week. Some agents want to rush the process possibly to sell the property themselves and/or to save marketing expense and time. Remember: marketing shortcuts short-change you.

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The House of Art by Vincent Brook Ledger Guest Writer SILVER LAKE—I can think of no more exhilarating case of “house imitating art imitating house” than Lea Lim’s domestic masterpiece at 1303 Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake. Every nook and cranny of the place—from landscape and fencing to steps and walkway to garage and shed to the house itself (inside and out)— have been lovingly transfigured, individually and in combination, into a cornucopia of color, pattern and symbol. The marvelous creation is the work of Lim, who has lived with her husband Jeff in the ranch-style house since 2000. The house is perched atop a mild slope at the corner of Micheltorena and Descanso, and with no large trees to block the sunlight or obstruct the view,

this House of Art is on dazzling display for all. What is most remarkable about the entire abode’s unique design is its holistic unity—how every flowering shrub; every mosaic tile; every filigreed staircase; every painted mural, roof beam,

health, good fortune, good luck,” are inscribed beneath a welcoming angel painted on a wall as one enters the house from the side patio. This angel is one of a consort decorating walls and ceiling by the side door. “The whole place is about life,” Lim said, “so these Harmony is one of the key angels are meant to guide as you go out… into words Lim uses to describe you the world beyond.” her artistic philosophy. Several more angels adorn the interior, piece of furniture and canvas almost always in pairs, as are (inside and out) fits together in all the painted butterflies, birds shimmering and transcendent and other living things. “Two harmony. is a symbol of love,” Lim said. Harmony is one of the key Another recurring motif words Lim uses to describe her is the “lucky tree,” festooned, artistic philosophy. like some of the angels, with “When I look at things real coins. and my eyes are unhappy, my Given her work’s sophisheart is unhappy. I want to tication and skill, it comes as create an environment that a surprise to learn that Lim is radiates harmony, peace, hapentirely self-taught. Art was piness and love,” she said. her favorite subject at school in These ideals, along with “good Penang, Malaysia, but instruc-

Keller WilliamsLos Feliz Office Holds Fundraiser for Taste of Los Feliz LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz office of Keller Williams Realty held a fundraiser in July to raise money for the upcoming “Taste of Los Feliz.” In all, the Friday evening event—which featured the realty office’s own in house musical band called “The Agents”—raised $3,500 for the Sept. 30th charity event which benefits Hope-Net, a non profit that operates food pantries in the Metro Los Angeles area. “The Agents” rock band consists of Keller Williams agents: Pinky Jones, Brian Moore, Bruce Seid, Paul Visconti and Sky Minor. Outback Catering provided the food for the event— which was sponsored, in part, by Wells Fargo, Keller Williams in house lending agent. About 130 attended the event enjoying the music, food and a silent auction.

tion was spotty and she didn’t realize until she came to the U.S. that this was her calling. Even then, it took awhile. At the beginning, she felt a bit lost in this strange new world with its alien customs and its people enclosed in their private worlds. The epiphany came while walking along the beach at Malibu, where she and Jeff liked to go on weekends. In a dark moment, Lim looked out to sea and asked God why he had brought her here. Then she looked down to the sand, where she spotted a small rock. She picked it up,

took it home and started painting on it. This led to painting furniture and other objects and eventually everything in sight. What did Lim’s husband think of his wife’s highly unusual pastime that was so utterly transforming their living see House of Art page G

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Los Feliz Ledger [angles on architecture]

The Vista Theater By Laura Massino Smith and Karen Numme Ledger Columnists

One of the few remaining single screen theaters in Hollywood—the Vista Theater— originally began as “Lou Bard’s East Hollywood Playhouse.” It was renamed “Vista” in 1927. The first film shown at the location was “Tips” starring child actress Baby Peggy in 1923. The “B” for Bard’s is still visible in the facade right above the decorated central window, however a “V” is also visible in the cartouche at the very top. The Vista was designed by L.A. Smith (otherwise known as Lewis Smith) who also designed the Beverly Theater on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. Smith designed more than 20 theaters of which only a handful remain intact and open. The Spanish Mission Revival style seen in the Vista was one of the popular architectural styles of the 1920s inspired by the Spanish Missions of the

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1700s, characterized by a flat facade with arches and decoration on the trim. The entrance, lobby and interior of the theater is in the Egyptian style. The Egyptian influence started in the Western world as far back as the 19th century. However the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 influenced designs here of the early 20th century. Egyptian hierogylphics, images of pyramids, papyrus and desert scenes were painted on the interior lobby walls and bathrooms of the Vista Theater when designer Ronald Wright completed a restoration of the build-

ing after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Also painted during the restoration in the alcoves of the auditorium were Pyramid block-shaped pilasters topped with gold painted busts of sheiks, a la Rudolph Valentino style. The theater was purchased by Lance Alspaugh and 5-Star Theaters, Inc. in 1992 and is currently in pristine condition. Laura Massino Smith is a Mater of Architectural Histroy-Architectural Historian and author of a series of guidebooks of Los Angeles architecture. www.architecturetoursla.com Karen Numme holds the title of Master of Architecture & Landscape Landscape Architecture and is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Los Feliz. www.karennumme.com

[ SELECT HOME SALES AUGUST 2007 ] 90026 Single Family Homes 1781 N BENTON WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $926,000 1934 FALL AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 835,000 2143 LEMOYNE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 773,000 1474 SILVER LAKE BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 766,000 1307 MCCOLLUM ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 723,000 1619 MCCOLLUM ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 645,000 827 N LA FAYETTE PARK PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640,000

90027 Condominimums 4301 4555 4555 4455

LOS FELIZ BLVD 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $745,000 FRANKLIN AVE 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660,000 FRANKLIN AVE 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 639,000 LOS FELIZ BLVD 902 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560,000

90027 Single Family Homes 2651 4744 3690 4930 2373

ABERDEEN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,850,000 LOS FELIZ BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,900,000 SHANNON RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,595,000 FINLEY AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,545,000 LYRIC AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,235,000

90039 Condominimums 2354 FLETCHER DR 124 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $399,000 2929 WAVERLY DR 104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433,000

90039 Single Family Homes 2409 LAKE VIEW AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $752,500 4053 BRUNSWICK AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 749,500 2738 IVAN HILL TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 729,000

90068 Condominimums 3401 BARHAM BLVD 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $704,500 2260 N CAHUENGA BLVD 207 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640,000 2260 N CAHUENGA BLVD 108 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440,500 1922 TAMARIND AVE 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410,000 90068 Single Family Homes 6445 6201 2410 3479 2537

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3037 St. George Street, Los Feliz Thomas Inatomi

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1807 W. Silver Lake Drive, Silver Lake Michael Slater

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2 separate homes in Los Feliz. Gorgeous 1930's Spanish w/3BR (including master suite),2BA, wd floors, FP, huge kitchen & A/C. Adorable Cottage w/2BR, 1.75BA, wd floors, A/C and darling rear landscaped patio. Ivanhoe SD. www.thomasinatomi.com

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Remodeled 1920s Spanish two-story home in prime Silver Lake. This 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is set back from the street with new kitchen and baths, wood floors, and large back yard. Conveniently located to shops and restaurants. SpanishInSilverlake.com

Redone Silver Lake Spanish close to trendy shops and restaurants. Peg & groove oak floors, redone kit, & lrg patio w/ views. Bonus non-permitted space w/2 additional rooms & bathroom. 2+2. www.1807westsilverlake.com

SOLD $99,000 over asking! Multiple offers 5619 Park Oak Place, Los Feliz $1,995,000 Tess & Gary 323-671-1215/323-671-1216

This stately East Coast traditional exudes a refined elegance with 4 bdrms, 4 baths, gourmet kitchen, huge family rm, separate office + expansive bricked entertaining & gardens areas w/BBQ & spa. Quietly located on a cul-de-sac in the Los Feliz Oaks

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2070 N.Edgemont Street, Los Feliz $1,199,000 Tess & Gary 323-671-1215/323-671-1216

808 N. Melrose Hill St, Hancock Pk. $1,090,000 Michael Slater 323-671-1239

717 Vendome Street, Silver Lake $750,000 Eugene Ridenour 323-855-4380

2347 Moreno Dr., Silver Lake Gail Crosby

French doors & light, this fab gated home has a lrg, contemp. kit. LR is pretty & pvt. Media rm has a FP, flat screen TV & surround sound wired to play thru-out. Stunning pool & spa. Yard-perfect for entertaining. Ivanhoe school district. Dynamic & fast appreciating area in L.A. Close to downtown, easy west side access, Pasadena & the valley.

Colonial Revival Cape Cod featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, den, formal dining room, newer kitchen & easy flow to the large patio & flat yard. Located in the heart of prestigious Los Feliz, this clean-lined classic is sure to please.

SOLD AT FULL PRICE! 1742 Redcliff Street, Silver Lake $1,199,000 Eugene Ridenour 323-855-4380

Steven Hill Architectural in prime Silver Lake. 3bed/2.5ba Large Living Room, wd floors, hi ceilings, open floor plan, built in shelves. Spacious Mstr Suite w/ frplc & walk in closet. Central AC. New garage & front door, front & rear landscaping done. www.1742redcliff.com

Beautifully preserved and upgraded historic California Bungalow in Melrose Hill HPOZ. Features wd flrs, lrg living room w/ fireplace, formal dining room, and updated kit. 3+2.5. www.melrosehillbungalow.com

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Los Feliz Ledger [gardening]

MANGIA! PRESTO! PESTO! By Melissa Berry

There are few of us who don’t like basil and all its varieties in all its various forms, but basil doesn’t mean pesto. Pesto comes from the Latin to crush or pound, and almost all herbs can be pounded and turned into a pesto for all occasions! With the abundance of herbs here in the summer, you can create pestos to sauce anything by only changing a few ingredients to accommodate your culinary dreams. “Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme”… arugula, dill, dandelion greens, lemon thyme, tarragon, sweet marjoram, greek oregano, garlic chives, cilantro, chervil…can all be used as a base to create your “non-traditional” pesto recipes. Pestos also do very well with various substitutions for the other traditional ingredients of pine nuts, Pecorino Sardo cheese and olive oil, as long as you keep the ratio the same: Traditional Pesto Ratios 4 parts basil (or whatever leafy, green herb you’re using) 1 part Pecorino Sardo cheese (or substitute) 2 parts olive oil (there are substitutions) Make sure to use only the leaves of the herb. With garlic scrapes (the curly stems of the

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flower heads picked right before they flower) use them just as they emerge. After grating, save the rinds off your hard cheeses and freeze them for that special addition to winter vegetable minestrone. Method With the food processor running or by crushing with a mortar and pestle, combine the following ingredients in order: 1) herbs, garlic, nuts and cheese one at a time in order until smooth 2) slowly drizzle in the olive oil until smooth 3) store with a thin layer of olive oil on top to preserve. Substitutions Consider these substitutions if you don’t have ingredients handy: • parsley & walnuts for basil & pine nuts • spinach & cilantro with hazel nuts

space? Initially he had his druthers. So Lim started slowly, with a traditional Asian design in the bathroom, and what can you do when your wife has found her bliss and turned your home into an ode to love, mirth, and beauty. “Jeff has been wonderful about it,” Lim said. “And I’ve come to embrace my new country as well. It has truly been a land of opportunity for me. There’s so much more freedom here than where I came from. You may not appreciate it if you were born here, but I sure do.” This article originally appeared in the Silver Lake Improvement Association Newsletter. To view Lim’s personal art work, visit www.angelpainting.net. Contact her at: lea@angelpainting.net.

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• basil & mint, walnuts, 2 tbsp. orange juice • basil, mint & cilantro, peanuts, chopped ginger, olive oil and sesame oil • spinach & parsley, walnuts, 4 anchovy filets • garlic scapes & small head of lettuce, sunflower seeds (for nuts), safflower oil & olive oil Remember any pesto can be frozen in ice cubes trays and covered with plastic wrap to be thawed for that last minute addition to dinner. Parmesan is the original cheese used, but any hard cheese with a rind can be grated and used, and any nuts used in pesto are better when they’re slightly toasted.

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2340 N VERMONT AVE: Los Feliz. Gated 5bd/5½ba Med includes huge master suite, sep guest house, pool, and grassy yard. $3,750,000. WEB: 0024814 Richard Klug 310.786.1817

4100 DUNDEE DR: Los Feliz. Paul Williams Medit. Estate on over 1/2 acre. c. 1928. 5bd/3ba, pool, vus, orig. det, 4 beds on one flr. Private. $3,395,000. WEB: 0282952 Ruben/ Goldsmith 323.671.2310

3701 SHANNON RD: Los Feliz. If Los Feliz were Paris, this private estate would be the Louvre. c1930 4bd/3.5ba Park-like grounds. www.3701ShannonRoad.com. $3,250,000. WEB: 0282957 Patricia Ruben 323.671.2310

3257 WAVERLY DR: Los Feliz. Restore/create the estate of your dreams! Rare 35,000+sf lot, private & gated, park-like grounds. www.3257Waverly.com $2,295,000. WEB: 0282398 Karen & Marc 323.804.8043

WWW.2114ROCKFORD.COM: Silver Lake. Loft-like 5000sqft of modern living. Light infused, awesome reservoir views. Designer done. Offers live/work solution $1,495,000. WEB: 0282953 Karen & Marc 323.804.8043

1551 SILVERWOOD TER: Silver Lake. Charming French Normandy dplx. 2 units & studio.Vus to the ocean! Hdwd flrs. 5 bd/4ba. Huge rms, tons of character. $1,269,000. WEB: 0282949 Joseph Lightfoot 323.665.1108

1303 MALTMAN AVE: Silver Lake. Gorgeous 1906 Craftsman loaded w/original details. Separate guest/home office. A bit of history. www.1303maltman.com. $1,099,000. WEB: 0283019 Karen & Marc 323.804.8043

3813 EVANS ST: Los Feliz. Turnkey 3bd/2ba home w/views & yard. Hdwd flrs, 3 fpl, updated kit, Lg.all purpose room. Ivanhoe sch. www.3813evans.com $995,000. WEB: 0282973 Rick Yohon 323.671.2356

845 WATERLOO ST: Echo Park. 2 units w/full updates, 2bd/1bd~cent air/heat+ laundry. 1bd/1ba has updated kit. Copper/elec./roof/. Great owner/user. $799,000.WEB: 0282975 Fred D’Amico 323.665.1700

2018 GRIFFITH PARK BL #223: Silver Lake. www.CedarLodge223.com 2bd/2ba. Private deck. Living rm w/frpl. Fresh contemporary vibe. Pool, spa, park-like grounds. $495,000. WEB: 0282932 Karen & Marc 323.804.8043

3923 CLAYTON AVE: Los Feliz. ShangriLa in Franklin Hills. Private w/ incredible views.2bd/1.5ba+library. Lease Furnished. www.3923claytonavenue.com $5,500/mo.WEB: 0283044 Goldsmith/Tager 323.671.2327

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Los Feliz Ledger [senior moments]

Grandparent’s Day: Sept.9th Honor their Changing Role By Stephanie Vendig Ledger Columnist Now, you know Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but did you know that there is Grandparents Day? Grandparents Day is Sept. 9th (the first Sunday after Labor Day). Marian McQuade of Fayette County, West Virginia, who lobbied for this day, believed that the observance “might persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents.” The first proclamation was issued in 1978 and the proclamations have been issued every year since. Becoming a grandparent is special. For me, as I imagine for others, it is a source of pride since the family story continues. And I saw it as a concrete indication that my children have arrived into adulthood, taking on the business of family and its responsibilities. It’s as if you, the parent, successfully completed your job. For grandchildren, it is an 07-GSH-002 GoodBestAd.4.0.qxp opportunity to feel protected

and supported by others in addition to their parents. An extended family is comforting. And as McQuade envi-

In the U.S. there are 5.7 million children younger than 18 who live with their grandparents, amounting to 8% of all children. sioned, it is an opportunity to learn about life through the eyes of an older person who will listen to you or play with you. Grandparents can spoil you somewhat, for they are not raising you. That’s the parent’s job. Most grandparents are a valuable support for parents, a backup for care, and a provider of opportunities and gifts beyond what parents provide, 6/18/07 PM Page 1are even when4:02 grandparents

not living in close proximity. They deserve recognition for what they offer their grandchildren. But, not all grandparents have the same customary relationship of living separate from their grandchildren, relying on visits for engagement. In the U.S. there are 5.7 million children younger than 18 who live with their grandparents, amounting to 8% of all children. The majority—3.7 million—live in the grandparent’s home. And for 2.5 million of that group, the grandparents are responsible for most of the child’s basic needs. Grandparents are also the caregivers for 28% of preschoolers with employed mothers during the hours their mother works, not to speak of grandparents who regularly provide after-school care for school-age children. Then, there are the grandparents who end up raising their grandchildren, due to the incapacity of the parents. Recently, due to increasing numbers of children (4 million abandoned children) and the declining pool of foster families, states have been promoting kinship care programs designed to support relatives in their capacity to care for these children. Put “kinship

programs” in your Internet browser and you will get information about all these programs. Half of the grandparents in this category are over 50 years old and 40% of these grandparents have been responsible for their grandchildren for more than 5 years (census 2000).

If it weren’t for these special people, this country would experience a tragic consequence of large numbers of its children who do not experience a stable, nurturing childhood, and therefore become high risk for a destructive or impaired adulthood. These grandparents and other relatives are really the unsung heroes.

Silver Lake Senior Club Calendar General Meeting: No meetings during the summer. Trips: Call Doris Slater at (323) 667-1879 or Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681 for more information on trips starting in September.

Summer Classes Wednesdays: Tai Chi with Susan Quon,

Fridays:

8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., $4/ session West Lawn Yoga and Thai Chi with Susan Quon 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., $4/session Craft Workshop, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., free Painting 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., free At Silver Lake Recreation Ctr, 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr

Mondays: Life Story Writing, 12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m., free

At Silver Lake Community Church, 2930 Hyperion

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Line Dancing, 10:15 a.m –11:30 a.m., $16/4 sessions or $5/session

At Chevy Chase Recreation Center, 4165 Chevy Chase Dr.

Widows and Widowers Group, No August Meeting Call Bob Friedman at (323) 662 – 9686 for information For Information on the Silver Lake Senior Club, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043 or e-mail at vendig@sbcglobal.net

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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

Summer’s End Offers Theater Fare from Light to Serious By Marilyn Oliver Ledger Theater Critic    The comedy of “Twentieth Century” at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood is the right play for a hot summer’s night. The 1934 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur—with a new adaptation by Ken Ludwig—takes us back to the 1930s when the glitz of film vied with the glamour of Broadway.       The action takes place on the Twentieth Century train traveling between Chicago and New York City. Sets revolve to allow action to unfold both on the platform to inside the train’s compartments. Aging producer Oscar Jaffe—portrayed by Henry Olek—and his entourage have taken a compartment on the train with the motive of luring Jaffe’s former lover and now Hollywood star Lily Garland to take a leading role in a Broadway play. Various subplots add to the ensuing confusion and comedy.       The actors are up to the challenge. Olek is pompous and overbearing. Susan Priver portrays the self-involved Lily to a tee. The play is directed by award winning director Rick Sparks.           Also consider one or more of the productions of the Independent Shakespeare Company at Barnsdall Park. This year’s offerings are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the rarely performed “King Richard II,” and “Macbeth.”       “We want to create something like the Free Shakespeare Festival in New York,” said David Melville, manager of the company and lead actor in the company who will star in both “King Richard II” and “Macbeth.” “Our goal is to be like England’s Royal Shakespeare Company.”      Last summer I saw the company’s production of “Hamlet” and was struck by the close interaction between the audience and the actors which reminded me of the way the play might have been presented in Shakespeare’s time.         “We work hard to get a relationship with the audience,” Melville said. “We can see them and can set up a direct communication with them. We try to capture the irony of the plays and Shakespeare’s great sense of humor.”  “Twentieth Century” through Aug. 18, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood. $20. (323) 960-4441 or www.plays411.com/twentieth  

     

The Independent Shakespeare Co. through Sept. 2nd at Barnsdall Park on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Free. Some seating is available or bring a blanket.   

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“Stayin’ Alive” at the Dresden

By Stella Matthews Ledger Columnist My name is Stella. I wear hot pink stilettos. Martinis are my drink du jour. I am a natural blonde. Some call me an indie music snob. I should’ve been a rock star, I just can’t sing. I love music, bars and nightlife. I live in Los Feliz. I go out. A few weeks back, some friends of mine were in town from Nashville. After a couple starter drinks at my place, we decided to make our way to The Dresden on Vermont, just a few convenient blocks away from my humble abode. Seeing as I never say no to a good martini, the drinks started flowing right away. And Johnny the Bartender, who’s been a staple to the lounge bar for longer than I’ve been alive, knows how to pour. First a Sour Apple Martini… then a Cosmopolitan… then on to the whiskey filled Washington Apple… As we made our way from the slick, white leather booth in the back corner of the restaurant to the crazy, crowded, yet enticing bar, “Stayin’ Alive” rang through our ears. Mind

you, this was no ordinary rendition of The Bee Gee’s #1 hit...it was being recreated in the tried and true Marty and Elayne style.

From Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” to Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife,” classics from the 40s, 50s, and an occasional treasure from the 70s give this vintage bar a true nostalgic feel. Elayne with her smile stretched from cheek to cheek as she so enthusiastically strikes the piano keys and Marty with his mellow, nonchalant drum playing can always be guaranteed to have some sort of

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matching, homemade outfits on. From Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” to Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife,” classics from the 40s, 50s, and an occasional treasure from the 70s give this vintage bar a true nostalgic feel. Too soon, the dreaded moment came and the last call lights flickered on. The sunglasses I stole off of a buddy’s head came in handy at this point, though I’m usually opposed to any sort of sunglass wearing indoors. Needless to say, it’s a good thing my place was only a few blocks away. It was a night to be remembered. . . another night on the East Side. You can check out Marty and Elayne getting their groove on at The Dresden Room every Monday through Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. Be sure to tell Johnny that Stella sends her love.

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Los Feliz Ledger [august 2007 eventS calendar] Art Events

Dance

Black Maria Gallery

Salsa Bands at the Autry National Center

“Re-run”, features numerous works from memorable past exhibitions. This series is part of The Summer Party in conjuction with jFerrari Gallery, Little Bird Gallery, Pounder Kone Art Space. Through September 2nd., 3137 Glendale Blvd. LA, CA 90039 Information (323) 660-9393 www.blackmariagallery.com

LittleBird Gallery “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams:” Artist Thomas Mulvane depicts his abstract paintings with a splash of color. Through August 10th., 3195 Glendale Blvd. Atwater Village Info. (323) 662-1092 www.littlebirdgallery.com

Every Thursday in August, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way. (323) 667-2000.

Drama Drama West offers five new plays. FREE PERFORMANCE Edendale Branch of Los Angeles Public Library August 4th, 2 p.m. 2011 W. Sunset Blvd. Information: (213) 207-3000 or e-mail eden@lapl.org  

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Metro Gallery “Pattern Language and Paper Cuts”, Solo artist Tm Gratkowski combines layer upon layer of printmedia, “painting” to create pieces that question popular influences of everyday media. Through August 18th., 1835 Hyperion Ave. Info. (323) 663-2787 www.metrogallery.org

S B LONDON “REALization: Leaf Relief Landscapes”, Showroom of industrial art, showcasing works which are inspired by microscopic patterns from nature. Through August 24th. 3740 W. Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake Info. (323) 668-0734

Natural Hormone Replacement for Menopause Seminar on Natural Hormone replacement for Menopause by Dr. Anju Mathur, Wednesday August 15 & August 29 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Limited Seating. (323) 661-7661

35th Annual Cancer Convention on Alternative Therapies and Nutritional Approaches to Cancer and Other Diseases Sheraton Universal Hotel, Labor Day Weekend, September 1st-3rd. For programs, doctor referrals and patient lists contact the Cancer Control Society Info. (323) 663-7801. www.cancercontrolsociety.com

Music

Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome.

Live Summer Concert Series at The Greek Theatre Clay Aiken performs August 4th., 8 p.m.; Dariush & Mansour performs

August 11th., 7:30 p.m.; Squeeze with special guests Fountains of Wayne performs August 13th., 7:30 p.m.; Tony Bennett, “The Best is Yet to Come,” tour, performs August 16th., 8 p.m.; Los Lonely Boys with special guest Toots & The Maytals performs, August 17th., 7:30 p.m.; 80’s Funk Fest featuring George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, Zapp, Lakeside, Mary Jane Girls and Force MD’s, performs August 18th., 7: 30p.m.; Beastie Boys, presented by KROQ, performs August 19 & 20., 7:30 p.m.; Micheal Buble with special guest Jann Arden performs August 21, 22, 23 8: p.m.; Gipsy Kings perform August 24, 25 8: p.m.; UB40 with special guests The English Beat, Elan performs August 26th 7:30 p.m.; Joss Stone with special guests Raphael Saadiq, Ryan Shaw performs August 27th 7:30 p.m. Crowded House with special guests Pete Yorn, Liam Finn performs August 28th 8: p.m. KCRW 89.9 FM presents Wilco with special guests Richard Swift performs August 29th., 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information visit: www.greektheatrela.com or www.ticketmaster.com

Spectacular Summer Performances at the Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles Philharmonic performs the American classics of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and George Gershwin. August 2nd., 8: p.m.; South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell. August 3, 4th., 8:30 p.m. and August 5th., 7:30p.m. The Grand Tour: London features the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform an evening of classical music. August 7th., 8: p.m.; Quincy Jones

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

hosts Benny Carter’s 100 years of Music featuring Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guests. August 8th., 8: p.m.; The Grand Tour: Venice features an evening with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. August 9th., 8: p.m. Sgt. Pepper’s at 40...a Beatles Celebration featuring Cheap Trick performs with special guests. August 10, 11th., 8:30 p.m.; Reggae Night VI featuring Burning Spear with special guests. August 12th., 7: p.m.; The Grand Tour: Paris features the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform an evening of classical music. August 14th., 8: p.m.; Lee Ritenour & Friends performs August 15th., 8: p.m. The Grand Tour: Mozart in Vienna features the Los Angeles Philharmonic. August 16th., 8: p.m.; From This Moment On Tour: An Evening with Diana Krall performs August 17, 18th., 8:30 p.m.; JVC Jazz featuring Dave Koz and Friends with special guests. August 19th., 6: p.m.; Dvorak and Prokofiev performs August 21st., 8: p.m.; Dave Brubeck with special guests Bruce Hornsby Trio and Madeleine Peyroux. August 22nd., 8: p.m.; French Masters featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs August 23rd., 8: p.m.; Jump, Jive and Swing! with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs August 24, 25th 8:30 p.m.; KCRW 89.9 FM presents Macy Gray with special guests Zap Mama and Brazilian Girls performs August 26th., 7: p.m.; The Russians Are Coming featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs August 28 & 30th., 8: p.m.; Nancy Wilson 70th Birthday Celebration with special guests. August 29th., 8: p.m.; The Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks featuring the Los Angeles

Philharmonic. August 31st., 8:30 p.m. For tickets and information visit: www.hollywoodbowl.com or www. ticketmaster.com

Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council August 14th, 7 p.m. 1965 Hillhurst Ave, Los Feliz Community Police Center www.ggpnc.org

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council August 1st, 7 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Street Elementary School www.SilverlakeNC.org  

Lectures & Learning Skylight Books Book signing:  Author Brian Leung shares his literary novel, Lost Men. August 4th, 5 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Avenue (323) 660-1175

FREE PUBLIC STAR GAZING PARTIES   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. August 18th., 2: p.m. to 10 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. Reservations: (213) 473-0800 or www. griffithobservatory.org

COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation The City's zoning administrator allows political fundraisers lasting to 1 a.m. at the Observatory; the Parks Department allows the closing of the Observatory for any event sponsored by a contributor of $150,000. Is this your vision for the Observatory? See our website to learn how you can make your views known to the Planning Commission.

Parks, River & Open Space The PROS committee has requested an increase in the number of Park Rangers at Griffith Park. They have also requested a budget increase for Park Division vehicles and equipment. This committee has asked that there be a public notification campaign to educate the public on the current restrictions on smoking and open flames in Los Angeles City Parks.

Neighborhood Improvement The GGPNC board supports the Barnsdall Art Market, which was co-sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. As noted last month the board has requested that the artists in attendance be local artists from our area. Local artists should e-mail Julie Rasmussen at julie@alittlebirdytoldme.com – It’s only $75 per booth! -- Keeping it local at the GGPNC.

Transportation On July 1st, there were 16 cars for sale on Los Feliz Blvd., between Hillhurst and Duncan. If anyone notices further car sales on Los Feliz Blvd. or Franklin Ave. please notify local law enforcement via email -- LAPD SLO Gina Chovan: 30347@lapd.lacity.org -- Paul Goodman, Investigator, DMV: pgoodman@dmv.ca.gov

Did you know… …our area State Assemblyman is Paul Krekorian? If you have questions about: renters assistance programs - or - consumer complaints - or - issues with the State Franchise Tax Board - or- any legislative issues - give him a call at 818-240-6330. Now that’s Public Service!

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Summer Fun Close to Home

are some easily accessible oases in the city. Ferndell is one of them—cool, green and restful. Open until sunset. • Visit the Los Feliz Branch Library on Hillhurst Avenue. The library staff is dedicated and friendly, the contemporary architecture is worth seeing and it’s a great place to read a book or magazine. They have a great speaker series too.

By Tom LaBonge Los Angeles City Councilmember In the summer, when the days are long, the evenings warm, we contemplate about all of those fun activities close to home we have always wanted to do. Since I’m out and about so much, I thought this would be a great opportunity to suggest some places to visit right here in our own greater Los Feliz neighborhood. In no particular order, I’d recommend: • An evening walk around the Silver Lake Reservoir complex. You’d be amazed how many people are out in the twilight hours pushing strollers, walking and talking, exercising their dogs. West Silver Lake Drive, with its dedicated walking path, is the mellower side. • Walk through Fern Dell, north of Los Feliz Boulevard. We think of urban Los Angeles as dry and dusty, but there

• Get a bite at Los Feliz Café (formerly Eatz) on the east side of the Los Angeles River on Los Feliz Boulevard and then take a stroll along the river walkway heading north toward the Valley. This stretch of the river has a natural, not concrete, bottom and features islands of trees and rushes. • Cycle along the Los Angeles River Bikeway from Fletcher Drive to Travel Town, a dedicated bike path that adjoins the river at its prettiest sections. • Experience the Barnsdall Art Park complex on Hollywood Boulevard that includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently-restored Hollyhock House as well as a city cultural arts building for art, performance and other activities. Also great views of the Hollywood Hills. • Visit the Autry National Center, a museum dedicated to the history of the Ameri-

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can West. The museum features special exhibits and screenings throughout the year and salsa dance nights on Thursdays. • Revisit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden that gets better with each passing month. New exhibits, new attractions and newborns enhance the experience.

21st Century LA: The Green City

• Take a hike with the Sierra Club in Griffith Park, which conduct regular weekday evening escorted hikes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. After the devastating May 8th fire when some trails were closed in the burn areas, hikers rediscovered trails on the north side that were as vigorous and offered as good views as those on the east and south sides.

By Eric Garcetti Los Angeles City Council President

• Take a long stroll in the Los Feliz Village business district that’s hopping all hours of the day. Check out what’s new—there’s always some new place to eat or shop— and you’ll be sure to see a friend doing the same. And, for that day when you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take Amtrak from the Glendale Station and either head north to Santa Barbara or south to San Clemente or San Diego for the day. Let someone else do the “driving,” and experience some beautiful California scenery along the way. Enjoy the rest of your summer and enjoy the love the great City of Los Angeles!

ways clog and we spew greenhouse gases. Recent successes aside, we still lack open spaces in our city. Without more recreational opportunities for our youth, childhood obesity grows and we have fewer opportunities for gang prevention programming. We must redesign Los Angeles for the pursuit of a sustainable life. What does this look like? In the more urban parts of our city, mixed-use development can bring housing, jobs and open space together at projects located near public transit. Pedestrian-friendly streets, drawing inspiration from walk able village districts like Los Feliz and Silver Lake, will reshape the city’s infrastructure, and new green building standards will help us reduce our collective ecological footprint while improving our quality of life. A sustainable Los Angeles will prepare us for the 20% growth in population expected over the next 25 years.

Los Angeles is a thrilling place to live but is also first in line to stare down the challenges of the future. We live at a crossroads where we can choose to build a sustainable city or we can be overcome by failing to make that choice. How can we build on our strengths? L.A.’s sunshine should be at the top of our list. It can beat down on our rooftops and overheat our asphalt parking lots—or we can use it, as many forward-looking property owners have done, to power our homes and even return power to the grid. The Los Angeles River, not exactly famous for its verdant good looks is soon to become the backbone of a new Los Angeles, creating open space and fostering economic revitalization along its entire 32-mile stretch. Beyond removing toxins from our environment and our bodies, we can plan our city with sustainable living in mind. Without affordable housing near jobs, our commutes grow longer. Our free-

*** I’d like to welcome Ryan Carpio, my new field deputy for Silver Lake. He most recently worked for Los Angeles’s Children, Youth and Family Collaborative. Ryan joins my office as we say farewell to Joseph Bernardo, who served many of the Ledger’s Silver Lake readers for the last four years. To reach Ryan or any field representative, call (323) 957-4500 or email councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org.

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5 Reasons To Serve On The SLNC By Douglas Dickstein / SLNC Co-Chair In high school, I taped episodes of David Letterman and then watched them the next day after school. So I’ve decided to take a page from Letterman and come up with my own Top 5 (the column can’t fit 10) reasons Silver Lake stakeholders should run for the SLNC. 1) It’s a great way to learn how the city works You may feel frustrated over city services that affect your life. When serving on the SLNC, you’re privy to information from the LADWP to LADOT and more that help you understand how the city works. “It was an eye-opening experience being exposed to all this information,” comments SLNC member Jens Kohler. 2) You’re not just talking about it, you’re doing it If there’s an issue (or issues) in your neighborhood, you can either talk about it or you can do something about it.

A Simple Task To Beautify the Area By Charley M. Mims, President Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council We often hear of projects that local volunteers complete to help improve our neighborhoods and occasionally think that we want to help too. Well, Nyla Arslanian, the Chair of the GGPNC’s Neighborhood Improvement Committee has come up with a simple way for you to help beautify your own neighborhood!!

Have you ever driven up one of our hillside streets while dodging empty trash containers? And trash pick up day was several days earlier? Well, we can all take action to improve both traffic and neighborhood ambiance by making sure that we wait until the evening before trash day to set out our containers. Step two is to pick them up the evening of trash day and place them back on our own property where they will not be in

the way of us or our neighbors as we drive home, and it will improve the way our local area looks. This is such a simple way to improve the appearance of our home and block and it takes little effort. We just have to remember to do this simple task timely. If you want to do more, after setting the example, talk to your neighbors about joining this neighborhood beautification effort. You will find yourself becoming a neighborhood leader in pride and accomplishment. If you want to do more to improve our neighborhoods, go to our web site at www.ggpnc.org and email Nyla Arslanian.

3) SLNC Board Members are Swell People It’s true that board members can have disagreements, but I’m here to tell you that the vast majority of SLNC board members are some of the nicest folks I’ve met in town. 4) It’s not as time consuming as you might think The basic time commitment for being a SLNC board member is one two-hour meeting per month plus reviewing that meeting agenda— about 45 minutes. The time it takes you per month to commit to the SLNC is equal to the length of watching three Law & Order episodes on TNT (and haven’t you seen all those by now anyway?). 5) Running for Office is fun Some people feel nervous about running in an election. However, most SLNC members agree that the few weeks spent campaigning is a blast. “Running for the board” says SLNC member Bea Gold “was some of the most fun I’ve had.” Run for a seat on the SLNC Governing Board. The deadline to declare your candidacy is August 17th. The elections are Sept. 29th. For information, including candidate declaration forms, log onto www.silverlakenc.org/committees/election.php.

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Back To School Planning: Don’t Forget Religious School By Roberta Morris Ledger Religion and Spirituality Columnist During the summer, parents may turn their minds to one of their weig ht ie st obligations, their children’s religious education. Now ís the time to enroll the kids, and most congregations throughout the Greater Los Feliz area offer wonderful programs for young faith seekers. If you’re Jewish, what better way to prepare for Rosh Hashana, the New Year 5768 and Days of Awe, than enrolling your child for study at Temple Knesset Israel. It’s one of Los Angeles’ oldest conservative Jewish congregations, serving the communities of Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake since 1926. Sunday School at Knesset Israel begins again this September with three separate classes for kids of different ages and different previous levels of study. Temple Knesset Israel prides itself on the small friendly Sunday School classes welcoming chil-

dren 5-14, regardless of Hebrew proficiency. Registration also remains open at Chabad Hebrew School, a project of Chabad of Greater Los Feliz, Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. The Self-Realization Fellowship Temple and Ashram Center on Sunset Boulevard has a Sunday School starting at 9:30 a.m. and a lecture class that parents with children can hear from an adjacent building beginning at 11 a.m. Sundays. Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church, on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Rodney Drive, provides Sunday School classes simultaneous to the Sunday service for children of all ages. Check out their website, www.mthollywood.org. Parents are understood that they are the primary religious educators, and many Roman Catholic parents exercise their responsibility in part by seeing that their children attend the Catholic school attached to their parish. Blessed Sacrament, Our Mother of Good Counsel, St. Casimir’s and St. Francis schools all still have open-

ing for students. The parishes also offer Saturday Catechism classes for students attending public schools. OMGC also has a particularly active Youth Ministry, and most Roman Catholic parishes offer high school students a two-year program in preparation for confirmation. Even parents estranged from their own religious tradi-

tions may want their children to get at least a basic religious education. Often, parents may wind up following their children back to travel together on an authentic spiritual path. If you want your congregation’s youth activities reported here, please contact the Los Feliz Ledger or email me: rmorris@mediare.org.

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St. James Episcopal Offers New Alternative Service “Saturdays at Six� LOS ANGELES—For those seeking an alternative to typical church services, St. James’ in the City is offering “Saturdays at Six� as a casual spiritual encounter filled with song and prayer. “We’re reaching out to those who feel a spirit burning within, but don’t feel comfortable with the trappings of a formal Sunday morning service,� said the Rev. Paul Kowalewski, Rector of St. James’. The service features a rich variety of music in a casual setting—the parish hall next to the main church. The service lasts about 45 minutes and is usually followed by a special event, like a cooking class or African drumming. Everyone is welcome, dress is informal and the service is free. St. James’ is located at 3903 Wilshire Blvd., two blocks west of Western Avenue. The church is an easy walk from the Wilshire/Western station on the Metro Red Line with access to free parking.

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plan, some recommendations included the building of two aerial tramways, a possible destination restaurant at the Griffith Observatory—and the development of softball, baseball and soccer fields at the former landfill site in the park, Toyon Canyon.   “I think [the working group] probably set the boundaries and enabled a modern recommitment and an update of the fundamentals principles of Griffith,� said Craig Kessler, a working group member referring to the park’ donor, Griffith J. Griffith’s wish that it be “a place of recreation and rest for the masses, a resort for the rank and file, for the plain people.�  The group is expected, as one of its final recommendations, to include the creation of a community group to serve as an oversight committee or park advisory council.   Kevin Regan, assistant general manager of the city’s Recreation and Parks department—who has met with the group from the beginning but will now be turning those duties over to acting eastern assistant general manager, Vicki Israel—said the community will continue to have a say in the park’s future. “Their document becomes a part of the overall puzzle,� said Regan. “It is a piece of the whole master plan process being led by the Department of Recreation and Parks.�     

“I started coming here Bonge and city Recreation and when I first moved to LA about Parks Dept. General Manager Lunch Rush: three years ago,â€? said Cobb. Jon Kirk Mukri. The goal of I’m from Chicago and it really Customer Fred Dean the group was to make recomreminded me of a Mid-WestBy now the lunch rush mendations and revisions to ern diner. It’s a place without is in full force. I’m impressed the city’s Griffith Park Master pretense where a bunch of with the customers. They are Plan, a controversial blueprint people can all different developed by a city-hired outsit down and ages and ethIn LA a lot of folks side consulting firm—at a cost read their nicities. This waiting tables are of $400,000—to take Griffith n e w s p a p e r. is not some I sometimes aspiring to do something trendy, retro Park well into the 21st century.  order pies joint where Last month marked the twoelse whereas these but I usually hipsters year anniversary of the adcome for the are folks that have gather to visory group. Estimates are French toast be seen and that the group will finalize its been doing this all with bacon tourists come recommendations—and prestheir lives. and eggs. to celebrity ent them to the city—before And I come w at c h — a lthe end of the year.   here for the staff—they are a though many a celebrity is Since its inception in real hard working bunch. In known to haunt the outdoor 2005, the group’s mission LA a lot of folks waiting tables patio. I’ve only been here an are aspiring to do something has evolved. hour and I’m beginning to else whereas these are folks “Two years ago it was a understand why someone like that have been doing this all Sylvia or Ramiro would stay different scenario— a differtheir lives. They are really dedfor over thirty years. Sylvia inent set of priorities,â€? said Jeff icated to it.â€? troduces me to another regular Gardner, a  working group customer—Fred Dean. He’s member. “People are thinking The Baker: been coming here since the a little differently today with a 1970s: Ramiro Gonzalez shift towards the environmen“You see the same people Soon, the lunch rush artally sensitive.â€?   here so it’s comfortable and it’s rives. It’s overwhelming. HowThe working group ina relaxed atmosphere. I come ever, there is no stress here, tends to include recommendain a couple of times a week and no manager barking orders or tions on procedures for when although the food is good it’s bus boys dropping plates. It’s fires do occur in the future, the people that keep bringing a well-oiled machine and the me back. There’s a new ownstaff is remarkable. but for now, said city offier here now and I hear they Then, I meet him—the cials, the fire recovery effort is have some plans – I hope they baker. separate from the master plan don’t plan to change the amRamiro Gonzalez, with working group.   biance of it. I think we need his kind eyes and humble presInstead, the group cona place like this. Los Feliz is ence, welcomes me into his tinues to focus on keeping the getting kind of trendy and kitchen. He’s been working at park an “urban wildernessâ€? it’s not that I don’t like that The House of Pies since 1969 speaking out strongly against but it’s nice to have the older, starting as an apprentice and any new development in the cozy kind of coffee shop. This working his way up to head park. In the original master is one of the few.â€? baker. Nervously I ask a stupid question: “So, Mr. Gonzalez, what is your favorite pie?â€? He smiles and graciously answers: “Most definitely the strawberry cheesecake! I bake over 150 pies a day and, although /&$/7.4/7.,/3!.'%,%3 sometimes it can get a little boring, I like the work I do and that it keeps the customers happy. I come in around six o’clock and work until three or four. It’s a long day but I don’t i(FUUP,OPX6Tw mind. It’s less on the weekends. Oh— and please call me 30%#)!, Ramiro.â€? I proceed to ask an even dumber question: “OK, Ramiro: How do you stay so thin making pies all day?â€? I EPFTOPUJODMVEFTZOUIFUJDPJM cringe at the sound of my own .VTUNBLFQSJPSBQQPJOUNFOU voice but it’s an honest concern &YQJSFT of mine. If I worked here full time I’d be living in stretch jeans and housecoats. Ramiro TUUJNFCVZFST laughs. “I’m on my feet all day! EVSJOHSFNPEFMJOH And I don’t eat pie everyday although I have to taste it to make sure the flavors are there. .BSDPo4BMFT%FQBSUNFOU Growing up I was always thin. +PIOo4FSWJDF%FQBSUNFOU It’s just they way I’m made I guess. I just like it here. I’m 5PMM'SFF sure I’ll be making pies up 4'JHVFSPB4U -PT"OHFMFT $" into my 70s – which isn’t too MPDBUFEOFYU-"DPOWFOUJPO4UBQMFTDFOUFS far away!â€?

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the hauling of up to 25,000 cubic yards of materials at 50 trips per day past the school. • 2755-2753 Waverly Drive: A 63-unit condominium development is slated to break ground at the end of summer, according to a representative from the Waverly Group. The 127,826 square foot site is located 700 feet away from Ivanhoe Elementary School. Elizabeth Bougart-Sharpov, who heads the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Planning and Preservation Committee, said her group works to mitigate the negative effects of such new development on the community. According to BougartSharpov with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Planning and Preservation committee has asked the city to reduce the permitted hours of construction along Rowena Avenue and several other streets, to require projects to be enclosed during demolition for safety purposes, and to require frequent “wettingâ€? to reduce dust. According to Pagnone Realty head Paul Pagnone, his company has agreed to build a screened fence around the Rowena construction site—where the Coffee Table restaurant currently is—and to refrain from having trucks on the street. “We’re going to run a clean site,â€? Pagnone said. “We want to keep the community happy, and we’re going to follow all the rules.â€? In addition to the new residential developments, Rowena Avenue will soon be under trench construction as part of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power project to replace the river supply conduit. This major public works project will entail 15 months of construction beginning in early 2008, as the DWP installs a 9-foot-wide pipe underground. According to Sharpov, the pipeline project is “inconvenient, but unfortunately necessary to update our crumbling infrastructure.â€? Another project—the widening of the Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct Complex, otherwise known as the Waverly Bridge—is in the planning stages and would impact Ivanhoe and Rowena Avenue traffic greatly. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has opposed that project. Nevertheless, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge supports the project. Construction on the bridge has been tentatively scheduled for 2009. An environmental impact report is currently underway. August 2007


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Recent Population Growth Estimates Demand New “Span” School for Area By Mary Rodriguez In response to Fewer Students Ease New School Need, District Says (July, 2007 by Kimberly Gomez) we need the Los Angeles Unified School District to follow through with its promise to build the Central Region Span School from grades 6 through 12. Students, parents, and teachers of John Marshall High School and Thomas Starr King Middle School have suffered from severe overcrowding on year- round calendars and overused facilities for too many years. Building the span school would put both King & Marshall on traditional calendars, with summer off, and allow students to experience a more peaceful academic environment. In addition, the surrounding communities will get relief from the severe traffic and congestion associated with the overcrowding. The LAUSD’s campaign to kill the Central Region Span School is misguided. The District claims “declining enrollment” justifies eliminating the Span School. They base this claim on shortsighted fiveyear demographic projections. The projections defy common sense. The District ignores the recent and continued increase of high-density residential construction occurring in our neighborhoods. I see many new multi-story residential developments along every major street in my community; Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd., Glendale Blvd., Vermont, Western, Rowena and Myra avenues and much more is being planned. In 2002, the Los Angeles City Council passed new laws, which allow projects with affordable housing to exceed existing density limits if they are built on a bus/rail route. Additionally, developers can build projects twice the size previously allowed if they combine housing and businesses in the same building. That is the new construction we are now witnessing throughout our entire community. The District’s “declining enrollment” projections completely ignore the tremendous demographic impact that this growth will have on school enrollment in our neighborhoods. According to the Los Angeles Times (July 12, 2007), Los Angeles County

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Congrats on Ledger 2 Year Anniversary Just wanted to congratulate you on your two-year mark and say thank you for doing a great job with such well rounded coverage. When I get the paper delivered to my front door I read it cover to cover and when I’m done, I feel connected to the surrounding neighborhoods. You’ve definitely have filled a niche. Thanks for including Atwater Village in your distribution.

I would like to strongly refute the review of Fritzie’s Pasta and Grill (Los Feliz Ledwill experience a 36% populager, July 2007). tion increase by mid century. I am a long time Silver LAUSD appears to base its Lake restaurant-goer. I love “declining enrollment” proour small, locally owned spots Netty Carr for a terrific meal, good service jections on those leaving Los and at a reasonable price. FritAngeles while ignoring the zie’s is all of that and more! greater numbers who will be A New Idea for Hyperion Road Safety Frank Boyle and Ray Lomoving here and taking resiRegarding Silver Lake’s Deadly Stretch of Road, (Los Feliz pez have retained the “good” dence in these new multi-use Ledger, July 2007): traffic is already horrendous on Hyperion, a from Da Giannino’s and adddevelopments. signal in front of Trader Joe would only exacerbate conditions. ed a fantastic fish grill (not In the 2004 and 2005 Why not a tunnel connecting the Trader Joe’s parking lot diagoadequately mentioned in Pat bond measures, the LAUSD nally to the Gelson’s parking lot?  Or else a lazy overpass with Saperstein’s article), an exspecifically sought $100 milwheelchair on-ramps? panded pasta menu and delilion each time, $200 million in Back in the 1950s, kids going to Ivanhoe used a pedestrian cious homemade desserts to total, to build Central Region tunnel. It is still there as an eyesore.  The entrance on West Silver make it a new “Fritzie’s.” Lake drive is cemented shut and the entrance on Ivanhoe’s side Span School 6-12 #1. We vot I’ve always had top chain-link locked. There is another one on Sunset Blvd. in front ed for both those bond meanotch, gracious Silver Lake of Mitcheltorena Elementary School. These underpasses were style service. My evenings sures so we could get the Span sealed some time ago probably because they invited criminal acthere with friends have been School built. We need that tivity. However it is now 2007 and we have web-cams that could fun, delicious and easy. I money to relieve overcrowding monitor activity in these tunnels.    Moreover, if there is already a might add that Frank and Ray at Marshall and King and not guard stationed at the Ivanhoe street crossing, why couldn’t that have been especially generous go elsewhere. same guard patrol the tunnel instead? and community-minded. You Yes, King and Marshall Undoubtedly there are hundreds of these tunnels throughout might have seen them supSolution - Crossword Aug. 2007 have somewhat lowered their Los Angeles. Why can’t these pedestrian tunnels be reopened now porting the Ivanhoe School enrollments, but their enrollthat we have the technology to make them safe? World’s Fair or the Center for ments are nowhere near optiNon-Violent Education and Ronald van Ammers, 2300 Moreno Drive mal levels. Marshall’s enrollParenting’s Festival of Childment has declined from almost hood—just to mention a few Answers to Crossword Puzzle from page 19 5,000 students to around with such a short time as new 4,500. The campus was conowners. 3 5 # ( - ! 0 , ! - " You can have it all at Fritstructed to optimally handle ! ' ( ! ! , % ! 2 % ! 3 zie’s...try it and see! about 2,000 students. King 7 ( ) : $ ! 2 + ( / 2 3 % 3 has declined from 3,300 stuDr. Cheryl Revkin ! ' % 3 % 4 ! % . % Silver Lake dents to 2,870 students, with a 9 % ! 2 . 3 2 ) / " / % capacity of about 1,000. , ) ! 2 3 / , $ $ 5 & & % 2 This kind of severe overI look forward to receiving ' ! , / 4 0 ! , , crowding has aggravated tenyour paper every month. You of! . ) " / " 3 , % $ , 4 $ fer a wonderful service to the Los sions at King and Marshall 2 / 5 % ( / % " / / Feliz area and surroundings. and created difficult safety ! , ! 2 # / 5 2 4 ' ! - % On a side note, I was little concerns. Can you imag- ) , % ( ! 4 / ! 4 % 2 taken aback by the restaurant ine how much the quality of " ! 2 3 % - ) ! - 3 review written by Pat Sapereducation for our students ( / # + % 9 0 5 # + . % 3 4 stein on Fritzie’s (Los Feliz would improve if both of these 3 5 % $ % 4 / % % 2 ) % Ledger, July 2007). schools were operated at their 0 ! 3 3 % 4 3 2 % . 4 It felt awkward to read originally intended enrolla less than generous review ment? while a 1/4 page ad of the resWhere did our $200 miltaurant lay next to it. lion of bond money go? I live Wouldn’t it be better to across from Marshall High support your supporters than School and I see young parents not? We may be a large population, but in the end, we are with newborns & toddlers just a community of people. taking a stroll every evening and several young couples are Mia Johnstone, Los Feliz expecting to give birth this summer. There seems to be a Credit Where Credit baby boom happening in my is Due neighborhood. I believe peoI am taking the liberty of ple move to this neighborhood passing along some informabecause it’s a great place to identity tion regarding June’s “Kites live and we have good public advertising Over Silver Lake” festival at elementary schools. Thomas Bellevue Park (Los Feliz Ledpublication Starr King and John Marshall ger, July 2007). package deserve better than LAUSD The event was the brainis planning. Our children deweb child of Dorsay Dujon, the serve better. illustration Silver Lake Neighborhood Mary Rodriguez is with the Council’s Arts and Culture Los Feliz Improvement AssoCommittee’s Co-Chair (along ciation Schools Committee. Her with Michael Menjivar).  Ms. children attended Franklin Ave. Dujon worked tirelessly over Elementary, Thomas Starr King the course of many months to realize this occasion. Middle School and John Mar.com shall High School. Andrew Leranth

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Amazing redone Moorish Mediterranean villa w/panoramic vus of downtown. Updated w/ authentic character including tile roof, dark wood flrs & high ceilings. Large open eat-in kit w/wood flr. Cook’s island & stainless appliances. Master w/ French drs, large dressing area & balcony. 2 additional bdr/views + convertible den.Terraced landscaping w/ wonderful garden. Cabana/ hideaway room. Could be for gst or media room.

(323) 300-1033

18802 CHAPAE AVE

$414,000

Wonderful 4 bedroom 3 bath custom home 2,483 sf a nice master suite, fireplace in living room, 3 car garage a very desireable area of Apple Valley with view of the city on 29,600 sf lot.

(323) 300-1033 ANGEL AGHAMALIAN HEINECKE

(323) 300-1137

CONSIDERING A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE?

2218 N NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE

$8,800/mo 4011 Scandia Way

$975/mo

Lease $8800 month. Moorish influenced Medit. full of old world details & new upgrades. Huge step-down liv. room w/FP. New cherry wood kitch. open to fam.room. French doors to pool & grassy yard. Oval dining room lined w/french doors to front garden. Light & airy master w/private deck & lots of windows. Porches, verandas, & gardens. Walk to Los Feliz Village.

Studio Apartment attached to hillside home in Glassell Park. Full Kitchen, 1 Bathroom, Freshly Painted & New Carpet. $975 per month. Non-Smoker Please. Do not disturb occupants. Contact Karen Sanchez for details at (323) 383-3753.

Dorothy Carter/Michael Orland

Karen Sanchez

(323) 300-1025

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(888) 291-PASS WWW.G2PASS.NET

(323) 383-3753

4652 Hollywood Boulevard Between Vermont & Hillhurst August 2007

GUARANTEED TO PASS REAL ESTATE SCHOOL

323-300-1000 phone 323-300-1001 fax

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2150 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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2456 Lake View Ave – Silver Lake $995,000 Wonderful 5 + 4 Contemporary w/views & pool. LR w/natural lighting, high vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors, F/P & balcony. Cook’s kitchen w/ ss appl & granite tops. Great floor plan for home offices or guest apt w/2nd LR 2bds/2bths & 2nd kitch downstairs. Deck w/resistance pool.

2616 Glendower Ave. – Los Feliz Hills $2,395,000 Gorgeous 5bd+5bth Architectural + guest apt w/sweeping city views! Spacious LR that leads to lrg view deck, formal DR, Cook’s kitch opens to wonderful family rm. 3 F/P’s. Large master suite & bathrm w/oversized spa tub & shower + a sauna. Possible rm for a pool. 3 car garage.

2020 Hoover Street – Los Feliz $4000 Month 3 + 2.75, Gourmet Kitchen, Fam Rm, Lovely Yard.

Sold

3681 Holboro Dr. Los Feliz Hills $995,000 3 Bed, 1.75 Bath Post & Beam, Great Views.

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3320 Berkeley Avenue – Silver Lake $559,000 Charming and gated 2 Bedroom and 1 bath Spanish cottage. Beautifully landscaped front & rear yard and cozy front porch. Charming kitchen with new tile. New hardwood floors. Bonus room off kitchen for possible home office. Located in the heart of Silver Lake.

2114 India Street – Silver Lake $695,000 Nicely renovated duplex on a quiet Silver Lake street. Each unit with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Newly remodeled kitchens and baths. Some view. Large yard. Two car garage with direct access into lower unit. Lots of additional parking. Owners unit will be delivered vacant.

For Sale or Lease

2510 W. Silver Lake Dr. – Silver Lake $1,165,000 1938 Traditional on a lovely corner location w/original character w/lots of potential! Spacious beamed ceiling living rm w/fireplace, hardwd flrs & French doors & windows. Formal DR & enclosed sleeping porch for hm office. Walk to reservoir, restaurants, shops & Ivanhoe School!

In Escrow

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Coming Soon

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For Sale

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Silver Lake

4229 Tracy Street – Los Feliz $1,095,000 Impressive 3+2 English Manor w/pool offering a dramatic living rm w/picture window, fireplace, hardwd flrs & a high barreled ceiling & views. Spacious formal DR & cozy den or hm office area. Beautifully renovated kitchen & baths. A/C. A great corner lot location! Also for lease.

In Escrow

$1,095,000 2700 Glendower Ave – Los Feliz Hills $1,595,000 2441 Earl Street – Silver Lake Brick & Glass Masterpiece 3+3+gst unit & views! Mid-Century Flair, 2 Bed, 2.5 Bath, Lovely grounds.

Sold

1901 Berendo Street – Los Feliz $970,000 Spanish Charmer 3 Bed, 1.75 Bath, fam rm, yard.

Sold

In Escrow

1820 Redesdale Avenue – Silver Lake $845,000 Enchanting Spanish 2 Bed 2 Bath & Den, + View.

Sold

142 North Edgemont St. – Koreatown $715,000 1474 Silver Lake Blvd. – Silver Lake $765,600 4 Unit Building with 1 Bed, 1 Bath Units. Stunning 3 Bed, 2 Bath Restored Craftsman.

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August 2007