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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 4. No. 2

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The Colonel’s Vision Statement By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer

August 2008

City Denies Challenge to GGPNC Election Board Member Issuing Challenge Resigns By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer

could unwind and relax. “It must be made a place of recreation and rest for the masses, a resort for the rank and file, for the plain people,” Griffith told city officials that year. “I consider it my obligation to make Los Angeles a happier, cleaner and finer city.

LOS ANGELES—The office of the Los Angeles City Clerk has denied a challenge filed against the June 21st elections of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) that could have reversed a political newcomer’s narrow, three-vote win over the longtime council president. The July 18th decision ended three weeks of political upset that threatened the stability of the new council board and saw the challenger, a member of the GGPNC, resign. Former board member Cheryl Johnson alleged in a challenge June 30th that she and four other stakeholders did not receive mail-in ballots from the City Clerk’s office

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see Election page 18

Portrait of Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. First published in the book, La Reina, by Laurance Landreth Hill,1929. Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

LOS FELIZ—Ask a sampling of early-morning hikers how they feel about Griffith Park, and almost all will smile and wax effervescent. “I love it up here,” said Rose Burcz, 63, of Hollywood, as she wound her way up the Charlie Turner Trail above Griffith Observatory on a recent Tuesday morning. “It’s quiet and peaceful, and one of my favorite places to be.”

An unidentified woman enjoys an afternoon walk in Griffith Park. Photo Credit: JuanCarlos Chan, Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks

Ask even the most frequent visitors how much they know about the park’s history, however, and most give a much less enthusiastic response. Offering 4,218 acres of natural parkland, 53 miles of hiking trails and an unquantifiable sense of city-defying calm, Griffith Park is rarely

recognized for its unique founding mission. Col. Griffith Jenkins Griffith, the park’s eccentric namesake, granted a generous swath of his Rancho Los Feliz estate to the city of Los Angeles in 1896 with a vision in mind: to establish an urban haven where city residents of all classes

SLNC: Community Motion Forcing a 2008 Election Fails

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By Allison B. Cohen

By Sarah Dryden Ledger Guest Writer

SILVER LAKE—A community vote to decide whether the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) should hold an election in 2008—rather than 2010 as is currently called for in the council’s bylaws— failed at the group’s regular

board meeting, July 2nd. The change in bylaws required a two-thirds vote. A total of 163 so-called stakeholders—many of whom were in favor of a 2008 election and wore “Yes for Desee SLNC page 17

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Darion Enriquez (center) reveals the ESP card while Daniel Aguirre (left) and Luz Enriquez (right) look on in the weekly Magic class, taught by the Senior Center’s director, Mark Edward Wilson. Here, Mark used ESP to read the pattern on the card, which was hidden in Darion’s pocket.

Sunset Junction Street Fair SILVER LAKE—When I think of a Street Fair a few notable images come to mind, like children getting their face painted, $4 ice cold lemonade, an array of food items you can eat on a stick and an overzealous local band playing Jimmy Buffet covers made up of guys my dad’s age. Now, when I think of the Sunset Junction Street Fair, a few more notable images come to mind, such as kids who prefer tattoos to face painting, $6 ice-cold lemonade, veggies on a stick, and past local acts like Beck playing tracks from his acclaimed album Odelay. Needless to say this Street Fair packs a bit of a bigger punch than your average summer time community gathering. The Sunset Junction Street Fair usually attracts a horde of eclectic residents from families to “hipsters.” This year will mark the Fair’s 28th year, most likely making it older than the average age of attendees, many of whom have little to no idea

Sunset Junction, 2007.

how the Fair even originated. The Silver Lake area wasn’t always lined with quirky boutiques and quaint coffee shops; in fact Sunset Boulevard wasn’t lined with much except a few corner liquor marts and dank bars. Back in the 1970s the area’s residents were made up of three very distinct and diverse socioeconomic and ethnic groups— abiding working class Latino families, gang members and an influx of gays—all of which harbored a great distain for the other.

For years the neighborhood virtually became a tug of war of sharing pavement. As time passed there was suddenly an effort to facilitate positive change and peacemaking between the unlikely friendly sides. In 1980 the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance organized the first Sunset Junction Street Fair as a way to bring the opposing sides together to enjoy two days of live music, food and activities. This attempt worked beautisee Sunset Junction page 4

Los Feliz Ledger [ letter from the publisher ] A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting at City Hall rega rd ing the airing of issues, problems and concerns regarding the Los Angeles City Clerk’s performance of this year’s citywide Neighborhood Council elections. This is the first time the City Clerk has overseen Neighborhood Council elections. And there were plenty of complaints from the 25 or so—either elected or, as the case may be, not elected Los Angeles citizens— that showed up. The feedback, lasting more than 2 ½ hours was plentiful—everything from candidates campaigning too close to the polls; voter information sent to the wrong

places; complaints about the timeline of candidates filing for a seat; even one gentleman who claimed the criteria for what constitutes a voting “stakeholder� is so lax he voted in multiple elections, at various places throughout the city, all on one day. “If I am a resident of the plant Earth,� the San Pedro man said, “then I was able to vote.� Closer to home, well respected and long time member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council board, Cheryl Johnson filed a challenge to the GGPNC election (see story, page 1) claiming she was deprived her right to vote because the City Clerk’s office did not mail her a vote by mail ballot in time. Johnson’s challenge was denied; but had it been accepted, her vote (along with four others she had re-

quested for her family and two neighbors) could have altered the results of the election— pushing out a newcomer to the process, Mark Mauceri. Mauceri campaigned vigorously— with flyers (in English and Armenian); with a crimson banner affixed to the fence at the polling place and by handing out imprinted pencils with his name. Johnson is right that the City Clerk’s office has a lot of work to improve future elections—and that vote by mail should be able to be accomplished, easily, online. But to make this challenge formally and possibly disenfranchise a fresh newcomer to the party, was poor judgment especially when Johnson and the other GGPNC board members knew a formal airing of grievances would occur post election.

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Los Feliz Square Neighborhood Assoc. Formed LOS FELIZ—A new neighborhood association formed in July to focus on issues associated with homeowners and apartment dwellers south of Los Feliz Boulevard, according to founder Dana Cremin. The boundaries for the new association—called the Los Feliz Square Neighborhood Association—are Normandie and Vermont avenues and Los Feliz and Hollywood boulevards. The area designated is currently served by the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA), founded in 1916. Members of the new association would additionally continue to be served by the LFIA. Cremin said she envisions that Los Feliz Square and the LFIA can “complement” one another, with the new association tackling a different set of issues. “We probably won’t spend much time on [Griffith Park] renovation as a group,” said Cremin, “but we will spend a lot of time on tagging because that is what we deal with daily.” Cremin has been recently outspoken about the need for a preferential parking district in her neighborhood. The group will have its next meeting Thurs. Sept. 11th at 7 p.m. For information: Los Feliz Square Neighborhood Association, 2046 Hillhurst Ave., Box 61, LA, CA 90027 or

Children’s Festival for the Arts Set for Aug. 10

[ POLICE BLOTTER AUGUST 2008 ] Burglary: 3200 block of Los Feliz Blvd. Suspect cut the lower portion of the window screen and removed the sliding window off track. Suspect entered property and removed property. Aggravated Assaults: 2 Burglaries: 16 Burglary Theft From Vehicle: 65 Robberies: 5 Grand Theft Auto: 25 Burglary: 2500 block of India St. Suspect removed doggie door, enter residence and removed property. Robbery: Hillhurst Avenue and Russell Street. Suspect approached victim with knife, pointed it and demanded property. Burglary: 5200 block of Los Feliz Blvd. Suspect entered garage, used tools in garage to pry side door open, entered residence and removed property. Robbery: Montana at Glendale. Suspect approached victim, punched him in the head and demanded property.

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Attempted Burglary: 2300 block of Glendale. Suspects pried open the rear door causing an alarm activation. Suspect fled without property. Assault with Deadly Weapon: Mohawk and Effie. Victims were standing on the sidewalk when they heard shots being fired. One victim was struck on his arm and leg. Gang related. REMINDER: Do not leave children, elders or animals in vehicles. Do not try and leave windows slightly open. Temperatures rise in vehicles very quickly. Be alert for this crime and immediately call 911 and be prepared to take action. Their lives depend on you. Please note: Police Blotter does not include the usual date of activity this month. We regret this omission.

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Child’s Birthday Party Raises Funds LOS FELIZ—Los Feliz residents Kathy Kelley and Billy Brockway Jr. recently raised thousands of dollars to donate to the “Los Feliz: A Community that Cares Campaign,” currently underway at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The couple turned their daughter’s 4th birthday party— held at Camelot Kids in Silver Lake—into a fundraising event. In lieu of gifts for their daughter, Parker, they asked friends and family make a donation to the hospital instead. The hospital has begun an outreach in Los Feliz and surrounding areas to raise funds for the construction of the New Hospital Building and to raise awareness of its services available. To learn more, contact Karen Wirick, at (323) 361-1711.

SLNC Hosts Emergency Drill SILVER LAKE—Initiated by a mock announcement last month that a serious earthquake had overtaxed department resources requiring a call out of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), more than 50 volunteers from the community enacted a medical operations drill. CERT members from Silver Lake, Montecito Hts., Eagle Rock and Echo Park; 18 “victims” and five members of the L.A. Fire Dept., participated in the disaster training drill. The group practiced the techniques of triage and reported by hand-held radio to the Incident Command Center, as would be done in a real disaster. This is the second drill that the SLNC’s Public Safety Committee has sponsored. For information or to participate: contact Barb Dakin (213) 413-4221 or

LOS ANGELES—The 23rd annual Children’s Festival of the Arts will be Sun., Aug.10th from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. at Paramount Studios. Admission is free. The festivities will include music and dance from around the world, arts workshops and costumed characters, face painting and food for purchase. The festival is presented by the Hollywood Arts Council and is sponsored in part by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Paramount Pictures, Sunset Gower, ABC 7, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Barnsdall Arts, Discover Hollywood Magazine, Utrecht Art Supplies and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. Paramount Studios is located at 5555 Melrose Ave. between Van Ness Ave. and Gower St. Free parking on site. Enter at Bronson Gate. For information, call (323) 871-ARTS or visit COMMUNITY NEWS

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Tim Campbell & Steve Machado Tie the Knot in Downtown Ceremony By Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent LOS ANGELES—Celebrity architectural designer Tim Campbell married his long time partner, Dr. Steven Machado at Campbell’s office in the downtown arts district on Sat., July 12th. Los Angeles Councilmember Jan Perry, who has known the couple for years, officiated at the private ceremony attended by a few close friends. The couple, who have been together for 21 years, wanted to be amongst the first to take advantage of the court ruling allowing same-sex marriages in California that went into effect on June 16th. “Although I have officiated civil unions before, it was

my first time for a same-sex couple,” said councilmember Perry. “Tim and Steve are longtime friends and are an amazing and gifted couple who bring so much love to each other and give back in such an extraordinary fashion to their community. I really wanted to do this from the start. It’s an honor to be a part of this historic occasion,” she said. The newlyweds live in a striking four-story home in Silver Lake, designed by Campbell in 2004. The pair are avid patrons of contemporary political and social art; the home was designed to display their extraordinary—and sometimes disturbing—collection.






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fully, and all three soon realized to either agree to disagree or to say “hey, we’re actually not that different after all.” Surprisingly, the first Street Fair was predicted to only have a few hundred people in attendance, but it drew in thousands. Today, the Street Fair has become one of the largest attended Street Fairs in Southern California bringing people from all over greater Los Angeles, not just area locals. This year’s event will be held on Sat. Aug. 23rd and Sun. Aug. 24th. The admission fee is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under and adults 65 and older are free. Proceeds support The Sunset Junction Youth Program, created in the 1990s to help atrisk youth get involved in their

community and free from gangs, drugs and violence. Michael McKinley leads the Sunset Junction Youth Program and is the heart and soul of the Street Fair. McKinley has worked tirelessly to bring something new to every up and coming Street Fair. This year he revealed one word: “elephants.” To live in harmony with our neighbors and enjoy great music from performers that includes Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids and The Black Keys, while enjoying food on a stick, pricey ice-cold lemonade and “elephants?…” I can’t wait!

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Two LaBonge Park Projects Funded LOS ANGELES—Councilmember Tom LaBonge has announced the awarding of $3.7 million in grants for the creation of a new park in Council District Four and the expansion of North Atwater Park. The new park will be called Sunnynook River Park and will be located between the 1-5 Freeway and the Los Angeles River, just north of the Hyperion Bridge. The city will lease the five-acre Sunnynook site from CalTrans and re-landscape it with native plants, according to LaBonge. The park design will include walking paths to encourage Griffith Park visitors to take the Sunnynook Pedestrian Bridge across I-5 to the park and walk along the river. The $1.7 million project was awarded $350,000 through the State of California’s A.B. 471 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program as well as $1.35 million from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. For the North Atwater Park expansion, a city storage area will be re-developed as park space with a $2 million state grant. About 1,800 feet of new biking and hiking trails will be landscaped with native plants and trees through Proposition 50— a statewide ballot approved by voters in 2002.

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so many people living in apartment buildings that don’t even have a yard, it’s fabulous for them to be able to go into the park and have a picnic or do whatever they want to do.� Recent proposals for development in Griffith Park—such as those outlined in a city-commissioned new Master Plan the public vocally opposed in 2005 – have spurred the Trust to seek Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument status for the park, he said. The draft Master Plan proposed a hotel, culinary school and sports complex on park grounds. “A lot of people want to turn the park into a moneymaking, Disneyland type of destination,� Griffith said. “You have Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm if people want to go somewhere like that, but most people want to keep the park as an urban wilderness where they can hike or ride their bikes. Making it an Historic Cultural Monument would make it a lot harder for developers to commercially develop the park.� In fact, commercial amusements were what Col. Griffith sought to bring people away from when he established the park, according to his 1910 self-published book, Parks, Boulevards and Playgrounds. In the book, he argues “that there must be an outlet for the population that chokes in the streets and alleys of our cities; that fresh air, communion with nature and

I wish to pay my debt of duty in this way to the community in which I have prospered.� Many of the philanthropist’s predictions came true—the city slowly grew around the park, and Los Angeles residents would come to cherish its chaparralcovered ridges as a refuge from urban life. But Col. Griffith might not have envisioned his words becoming a source of reinterpretation and debate in the evolving discussion over how to preserve and manage the park in the 21st century. “We don’t have enough park space in the city of Los Angeles,� said Louis Alvarado, who was dubbed the honorary mayor of Griffith Park by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. “We should keep the park oriented to people. A park is not a park without people.� Alvarado and other park advocates want to protect the majority of the land as “urban wilderness.� The best way to preserve the park for future generations, they say, is to champion its open spaces and oppose any further development. Griffith Van Griffith, who heads the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust, believes that’s what his great-grandfather would have wanted. “[Col. Griffith] foresaw that Los Angeles was going to become a big city, and this would be an urban outlet for people that didn’t have anywhere else to go to see nature,� Van Griffith said. “Now, with

amusements other than those afforded by the cheap theater, moving picture show or

Griffith’s statue in Griffith Park.

saloon, are requisites of public health, and worth spending money on.� The landowner’s emphasis on outdoor recreation has led to an ongoing debate over the con-

struction of sports fields in the park, said Alvarado, who is also a member of the Griffith Park Master Plan working group. The group, a coalition of neighborhood leaders and park advocates, has worked for three years to complete a revised version of the original draft Plan that they feel would better preserve the park’s open spaces. “Some people want soccer fields, but not everyone can enjoy a soccer field,� Alvarado said. “We have to be careful with what we do. It’s a question of losing open space.� Other points of contention, he said, have included maintaining a fair balance between the varied recreational uses of the park, and the expansion of existing park facilities such as the Autry National Center. The bouts of controversy that have defined recent talks

on the future of the park could be seen as a fitting reflection of its donor, whose own life was marked by scandal. Col. Griffith was born into a poor family in South Wales, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1865 as a teenager. He worked as a journalist in San Francisco covering the mining industry, and eventually parlayed his knowledge of the mines into profitable work as an investor and private consultant. When he moved to Los Angeles, a stint at the forefront of the 1880s land speculation wave further lined his coffers. Col. Griffith enhanced his personal wealth through his marriage to Christina Mesmer, a high-society woman from one of the leading families in the city. But as the years went on, his growing paranoia over losing see Vision page 13

Atwater Chamber Election, Aug. 13 The Atwater-Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual general meeting, summer mixer and election for its board of directors, Wed. Aug. 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Tam O’Shanter Inn, 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Members can renew their membership at the event or call (323) 661-9893 for information.




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Will Work For Clothes By Kristen Taylor, Ledger Columnist My daughter just got her first job. Sure, paid work is mostly illegal for 12-year-olds. But working for free? That’s called an internship, and it’s completely legit. She’s doing general office work at a fashion showroom in the California Market Center a couple of days a week. She is compensated in clothing— which is actually worth more to her than cash. Forget the gold standard; Lola is on the style standard. The national trend is that fewer high school kids are in the workforce these days—down 11% since 1989, according to the United States Dept. of Labor—but I hope that won’t be the case at our house. Having

grown up working, I’m happy for the lessons I learned and I would like to pass those along to my children. This summer Luke is washing windows, watering the plants, and generally doing anything that pays cash toward more Wii games. But being your kid’s boss is not ideal. There’s a reason that companies have nepotism clauses, and it’s not because people favor their relatives in the workplace. It’s because it’s really hard to get your relatives to do anything they don’t want to do. If there’s one person-ofauthority your kids don’t mind letting down, it’s you. If your kids are feeling flush this week, you can forget about the garbage getting taken out without some major haranguing.

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More important than the responsibility that working outside of the house instills, jobs teach kids about the culture of the workplace. It takes a job to learn that sometimes hours can feel like years; that just because you don’t want to do something is no reason not to do it well; and that the trick is to find work that you love so much that you’d do it for free. Along the way there’s also the old lesson that money doesn’t grow on trees. And neither do cute dresses.

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May 27th marked the 6th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Afternoon of Debateâ&#x20AC;? by the 5th grade class of teacher Mark Hummer. The academically rigorous event, comprised of four debates in the Lincoln/Douglas style, included lively exchanges on a traditional topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should elementary school students be required to wear uniforms?â&#x20AC;? as well as topics concerning the use of animals for medical research, the seriousness of global warming and if children should be jailed if they are gang members. The judges were Irma Mendoza-Gonzalez, an elementary literacy expert; Maura Crossin, an elementary science specialist; and Nurit Siegel, the director of strategic planning and marketing for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Joining them in bestowing awards was Karlee Decima of WebPlay. For the first time, the side arguing the negative position won each debate. The winners debating the school uniform issue were named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outstanding Debate Team.â&#x20AC;? Members included Daniel Garcia, Joshua Gomez, and Samantha Martinez, who also won the award for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outstanding Individual Debater.â&#x20AC;? Winning honorable mentions were Kimberly Zatarain and Ana Gomez. A reception followed where debaters were congratulated by parents and guests.

A Familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey with Cancer by Debru Petrov Ledger Contributing Writer Natalie LeRaybaud, a courageous eight-year-old and patient of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) needs help in her personal battle against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition has relapsed,â&#x20AC;? said her father, Patrick LeRaybaud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is unable to swim [this summer] due to the line placed in her arm so she can receive her medication.â&#x20AC;? Natalie also missed the entire 3rd grade this past year at San Gabriel Christian School. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia is the most common of blood cancers among children under 15, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1950, children had a 50 percent chance at survival,â&#x20AC;? said LeRaybaud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival rate is up to 85 percent.â&#x20AC;? The LeRaybaudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family journey with cancer began when Natalie was diagnosed in 2004. She was 4 when the cancer symptoms flourished. She underwent 2½ years of chemotherapy at CHLA. In the United States, there are 3,000 annual diagnosed cases of pediatric ALL. Treatment outcomes after relapse remain poor, especially for patients with early bone marrow relapse within three years of their initial diagnosis, according to Dr. Theresa Harned, with CHLA who treated Natalie.â&#x20AC;Ż â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natalie relapsed more than three years from her ini-

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Los Feliz Ledger [ senior moments ]

Act II: Retirement By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist Walking along Griffith Park Boulevard, I struck up a conversation with a woman in her late 70s who announced she was going to work until she dies. She does alterations in her home and loves her work even though she no longer can do garment creation or embroidery as in the past when her eyes were sharper. She said she is doing something useful, and

one in five people aged 55 to 64 and about one in four aged 45 to 54 planned to delay retirement because of the recent economic downturn. The other trend is the potential longer life span. In 1935 when Social Security was established, the average life expectancy was 61. Today, many live 20 to 30 years longer. As of 2005, according to Nation-

In 1935 when Social Security was established, the average life expectancy was 61. Today, many live 20 to 30 years longer. has a routine that suits her. For her, there was no such thing as retirement, but obviously, as she got older, her “work” had to change as she aged. It started me thinking about the word “retirement.” You are no longer in the job market, and with a pension or savings, you enjoy “doing nothing” after years of hard work. Now you just watch the world go by. For some this may be so, but today there are changes and trends indicating that this concept of retirement may itself be retiring. Retirement may actually be “Act 2 of Life” as suggested by Jane E. Brody in a recent column in the New York Times. Several changes are currently happening regarding retirement: a reduction in assets that retirees expect to support their retirement; a longer life span; and all those baby boomers born between 1944 and 1964, who may opt to work beyond the usual retirement age. According to an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) survey taken in April of this year, nearly

al Center for Health Statistics data, men aged 65 can expect to live until the age of 82. And for females, it is 85. Thus, continuing to work, if not fulltime, but on a part-time basis, becomes very attractive. If the work is interesting and provides a sense of purpose, this new life phase can be exciting. And meaningful work does not have to involve a paycheck. If that unpaid work is enjoyable, provides an opportunity to be engaged with other people, and uses your creative skills and experience, you are bringing Act II—benefiting yourself and your community. And like the woman who does alterations, you can “work” until you die.

More Options Than Ever By Carol Stewart Ledger Guest Writer Many seniors don’t realize that there are more possibilities than ever regarding their living situation. For many, the aging-inplace option is preferable. For those with financial pressures who own a home, a reverse mortgage can provide cash immediately by tapping a home’s equity. These mortgages have many benefits, and the costs have come down recently, making them an attractive financial tool that can keep a “senior in place.” There are also government grants for seniors to help with home repairs and improvements. Also, a charitable donation—payable at the time of death, but promised while still alive—can provide financial security to also keep a senior living at home. A financial planner can provide more information on the various options. Mealtime—three times a day—can be difficult for many seniors. Meals on Wheels offers tasty, inexpensive meals delivered to the home daily. For those with less financial restrictions there are many other services that deliver delicious gourmet or diet-specific food to the home. In-home care providers also come with a variety of skills, and can be utilized for cooking and grocery shopping. Our local Griffith Park Adult Center (GPACC)

Senior offers lunches daily and the opportunity to socialize at the same time. Social contact can be difficult for seniors whose mobility is not what it once was. Many seniors feel resistant to in-home care services. My own parents did not want a ‘stranger’ in their home, but after begrudgingly agreeing to try it, they are very happy and can’t imagine doing without Cindy. She takes them shopping, runs errands, accompanies them to doctor visits or the beauty salon, and provides welcome social interaction. In our area, the Griffith Park Adult Center is brainstorming ways to help support local seniors, from a phone net-

work for outreach, to coordinating a service-swapping network where seniors can offer their skills in exchange for others. When it is time to move from the home, there are many services available to help with that process as well. There are people to help sort and pack prized possessions, estate sale experts, living and home placement counselors to assist with finding just the right solution, financial planners, and real estate experts who specialize in seniors’ issues. You don’t have to do it alone. Carol Stewart is a real estate professional specializing in senior issues. She works for Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Contact Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) at (323) 644-5579 or stop by 3203 Riverside Dr., in the parking lot of Friendship Auditorium south of Los Feliz Blvd to get a schedule of classes and events. Silver Lake Recreation Center at 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr. (323) 644-3946 will also have classes. Call for summer program. The Lunch Program: Lunch is served 5 days a week at the Center. $1.75 is a donation for those over 60 years. Daily lunch is served at 12 pm and you can come in for coffee and check in at 11:30 a.m. For Information on the Griffith Park Adult Community Club and to receive a newsletter, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!  

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Los Feliz Ledger


A special edition dedicated to the needs of seniors— our fastest growing demographic.

Public Resources You Should Know About


Care for A Giver

By Stephanie Vendig

“Aging in place” is a phrase used to describe people who want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, for most of us, help in the form of resources are needed in order to maintain a desired life style in spite of limitations we may have in our older years. The following two major public resources exist in our area. Through these two Los Angeles city departments, you can access resources matching your need.

By Wendy Caputo Ledger Contributing Writer

LA Department of Recreation and Parks ( or: 888-laparks or 311) Los Angeles operates some 30 senior centers dedicated to the 50+ population. Each center has its own character, but in general, all of the centers offer opportunities for socializing and recreational activities ranging from physical fitness to the arts, as well as trips—day and overnight. The centers also offer the senior lunch program, food offered at a greatly reduced price. You do not have to reside in the area to participate in any of the activities. Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) 3203 Riverside Dr. on the parking lot next to Friendship Auditorium Mark Wilson, Facility Director (323) 644 - 5579 Hours 8:30 - 4:30 Mon-Fri Griffith Park Adult Community Center is the newest center and serves the areas Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Las Palmas Senior Center 1820 N. Las Palmas Ave. Franklin Ave. & Las Palmas (323) 465-7787 Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Las Palmas serves the areas of East Hollywood to Hollywood.

ters and over 100 community dining centers in the Los Angeles area. Each council district has one multipurpose center. In our area it is the Hollywood Multipurpose Center. At these centers for a $1.75 donation, seniors can have a nutritional lunch five days a week. The multipurpose centers serve as community focal points for senior services, particularly for the frail. For example, Case management, inhome services, adult day care and home-delivered meals are provided by the Multipurpose Center, in addition to recreational activities that are provided by the general senior centers. Other resources through the Dept. of Aging or the local multipurpose center: • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy program for Medicare enrollees • Emergency Alert Response System—providing a telecommunication device to get assistance in an emergency • Elder Abuse Community Education • Senior Employment Training Information • Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Centers • Legal Assistance • Housing information • Transportation Assistance Hollywood Multipurpose Senior Center 1360 N. St. Andrews Place (323) 957-3900

LA Department of Aging ( 800-510-2020 or 213-252-4030 or 311) The Los Angeles Dept. of Aging receives funds from the Federal Government. Part of this contract is to operate 16 multipurpose cen-

Seniors play Mah Jong at GPACC. Photo by Marie Chao

Many accept the role as “primary caregiver” to someone they love. I know several who provide care for a sick or frail spouse, sibling, parent, child, or grandchild; perhaps for more than one person. The complexities associated with a caregiver’s role vary greatly. Caregivers are at increased risk for a variety of physical and mental illnesses, which are rooted in stress, self-neglect and exhaustion. For caregivers, advocating for the needs of their charge tends to be a natural instinct, yet caregivers often don’t take time to advocate for themselves. Look for support through family, friends, physicians, professional agencies, social workers or teachers. When others offer to help, accept it. Tell them specifically what you need and when you need it. With a support system, you can have help with cleaning, transportation, running errands, and even a small respite for yourself.


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Los Feliz Ledger

Eavesdropping: Jon Douglas Words to Live By

By Richard Stanley, Ledger Columnist Years ago, not long after I began my real estate career, I had the good fortune to join the Jon Douglas Company. Jon Douglas, or “Jack” as he was always known affectionately, held the highest standards in the industry. As one realtor with another company once confided to me: “You don’t need to explain who you are if you have a Jon Douglas business card.” Amen. What kept this esprit de corps alive was Jack’s innate charisma, business acumen and intelligence—his leadership ability. Jack came out of retirement recently to address a group of senior agents, many of whom were Jon Douglas alums. What he said that day was to be a superior realtor, one must first be a superior person. Here’s Jack’s path to superiority: • Acquire “Random Knowledge” – expand your interests; read more; know current events; know “what and why” about everything. If you are more interested in more things, you will become more interesting yourself.

• Contribute to your community – realtors get a lot from their communities. Give back both in money and with your own time, too. Teach others what you know. Giving of oneself is good for the inner self. • Embrace the arts and sports – do things you haven’t done before. Just try something new. You’ll meet new people—and potential friends and clients.

Take losses, as well as wins, graciously. Do what you do better than the competition. • Communication is key – stay in touch even if the news is bad. Regular communication shows caring and cultivates a partnership. • A good attitude is everything – believe that you can

do it. Anything is possible with a positive attitude. • Be interesting – a person who is interested is interesting. Be interesting, and you will be magnetic.

he added his personal credo: “Always do the right thing.” Whether another can claim first rights to this slogan, or not, in my view, Jack has always said it best.

In summation, Jack paraphrased Winston Churchill, “Never give up; never give up; never give up—trying to invent yourself!” Finally,

Richard Stanley is a 20-year veteran of local real estate. He can be reached at Coldwell Banker-Los Feliz, (323) 9062417.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ angles on architecture ]

Philosophical Research Society

By Karen Numme and Laura Massino Smith The Philosophical Research Society (PRS) at the corner of Griffith Park and Los Feliz boulevards was designated a city of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1994. The structure was designed by Robert Stacy-Judd in the mid-1930s in the style “Mayan Revival” and “Modern.” The architect may have been influenced by the work of other architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr.—also known as Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, constructed of ”textile blocks” in the hills of Los Feliz was completed in 1924 and the Sowden House on Franklin Avenue near Normandie Avenue, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr., was completed a few years later. Both also show the influence of Mayan or Aztec architectural styles.

Wherever the idea came from, Stacy-Judd created a unique building with cast bead and reed decoration, Mayan-inspired columns and decorative concrete block, visible from the inner courtyard. The most prominent structure on the property is the auditorium building, which was added in 1959. The yellow-painted concrete block structure has subtle details that have been turned on end to create surface decoration, walls angled slightly to create

an interlocking block pattern at the corner of the building and the truncated pyramid relief form of the blocks on the retaining wall. A little background on PRS. It was founded in 1934 by Los Feliz resident, Manly P. Hall. Hall never had a formal education, but he traveled extensively and wanted to bring

to Los Angeles what he had discovered, through travel, about religions and alternative ways of thinking and philosophies. PRS presents these ideas to the community through lectures, a library and the University of Philosophical Research. For more information, visit or call (323) 663-2167. Karen Numme, holds the title of Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Los Feliz. Laura Massino Smith holds a Master of Architectural History degree, is an Architectural Historian and author of a series of guidebooks of Los Angeles architecture. She is also the director of Architecture Tours L.A. www.

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Summer Reading Leads to Loving Frank By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist What greater pleasure is there than getting lost in a book on a summer day? The answer is allowing the book to broaden your horizons. This cause and effect relationship is playing out in our neighborhood at Barnsdall Park where readers of the popular historical fiction novel, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, are making the journey to the park to better understand the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Hundreds of books on his work have been written over the years, but it took a fictional account of an actual relationship to put the architect on the bestseller list. Forty-two year old Wright sailed for Europe in 1909 with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, leaving his wife of 20 years with their six children, ages 6 to 19. Cheney also left her husband and children as well. Loving Frank is based upon a handful of Cheney’s letters and a wealth of newspaper accounts, and it is currently number 16 on the New York Times Trade Fiction bestseller list. “This book has been very good for us,” tour attendanceAugust 2008

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wise said Barnsdall’s Sara Cannon, director of Museum Education and Tours. Wright’s Hollyhock House is open for tours every hour on the half hour from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. The 13-acre site, which includes several other Wrightdesigns, was recently named a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior. The increased number of visitors has meant a growing need for docents and Cannon has just completed an evening training series for volunteer guides. It may be years before Wright’s Ennis House on Glendower Avenue is open again for tours, while Hollyhock House at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard remains available, filled with original and reproduction furnishings and some of Wright’s famed leaded glass. Admission is $7, and $3 for seniors and youths 12 to 17. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. Tickets for admission may be purchased at the nearby Municipal Art Gallery. For reservations for groups of 10 or more, contact (323) 644-6269.


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his immense fortune prompted the notorious 1903 shooting of Christina that landed the colonel at San Quentin State Prison for two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was an eccentric fellow,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Michael Eberts, a board member of the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust, mass communications professor at Glendale Community College and noted Griffith Park historian. Domestic problems aside, however, Col. Griffith was also a forward-thinking benefactor who spoke often in favor of recreational opportunities for Los Angeles residents, Eberts said. Near Christmas in 1896, the colonel granted a plot of land the equivalent of five square miles to the city for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;public park for purposes of recreation, health and pleasure,â&#x20AC;? according to the deed, which now hangs on a wall in the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitor center. He specified that Griffith Park remain open to allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for freeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;forever.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a reformerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Col. Griffith saw the park as a place for folks of modest means,â&#x20AC;? Eberts said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a feeling at that time that as more and more people moved into the city, they needed open space where they could breathe and simply relax. Col. Griffith felt that eventually, the park would become this oasis in the middle of a great city. That was a visionary commentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he very much believed in the city.â&#x20AC;? Attitudes toward development in the park have changed over the past century, Eberts said. The colonel left instructions through his trust fund to build the Greek Theatre (completed in 1930) and the Griffith Observatory (completed in 1935). As for the other structures in the park, Eberts added, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess whether he

would have approved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were times when it looked like development in the park was going to really destroy it,â&#x20AC;? Eberts said, such as when the Golden State Freeway sliced through the property in the 1950s, cutting it off from the Los Angeles River. An â&#x20AC;&#x153;environmental consciousnessâ&#x20AC;? of the park began to take hold by the early 1970s, said Eberts, planting the seeds for the preservationist mentality common among park advocates today. Asked whether modern uses of the park adhere to Col. Griffithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original vision, Eberts said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;a mixed picture.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think for the most part, Col. Griffith would be gratified that his park is so well-used and has become so woven into the fabric of Los Angeles,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at the same time, I think he would look at some of the proposals for development and be a little dismayed.â&#x20AC;? Any new structure designed to generate revenue would contradict the colonelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire for the park to remain free, he said. Van Griffith said he feels the park should be kept the way it is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to see fewer cars allowed in the park to keep it as more of a walking or biking area,â&#x20AC;? he said, but added that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booming population makes that difficult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t restrict people from coming in the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that was never my great-grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fortunate that with over 4,000 acres, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for everybody.â&#x20AC;? These days, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everybodyâ&#x20AC;? encompasses over three million visitors per year, said Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks spokesperson Jane Kolb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extremely popular destination,â&#x20AC;? she said.

The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) recently voted to support the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application for Historic Cultural Monument status. Through its backing, the council hopes to maintain the park as the accessible oasis the colonel envisioned amidst the â&#x20AC;&#x153;densely-developed metropolisâ&#x20AC;? of Los Angeles, said

Bernadette Soter, chair of the GGPNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks, River and Open Space Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am hopeful that an Historic Cultural Landmark designation for Griffith Park will help ensure that the colonelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for the park continues and thrives in the 21st century,â&#x20AC;? Soter said. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will look into granting Griffith

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Los Feliz Ledger [ theater review ]

The Bard Now Playing at Barnsdall By Marilyn Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic This summer, it seems as though everyone is watching pennies, so it’s great to know that you can still enjoy an evening at the theater without breaking the budget.    We have our own Shakespeare company right here in Barnsdall Park. Best of all, the ticket is free, and you don’t even have to pay for parking. This is not a fly-by-night company. The Independent Shakespeare Co. is in its fifth year of producing plays in the park,

and comedy has a cast of over 40 characters and is not often performed in Los Angeles. “Henry IV, ” explores the history of England during the Wars of the Roses. This production incorporates parts I and II, for a full 2 hours and 40 minutes. I recently saw “Twelfth Night.” As in many of Shakespeare’s comedies, there are mistaken identities, humorous characters and a lot of romance. Because of the outdoor setting, it was sometimes a little difficult to hear some of the actors—a problem which Melville says has been corrected.  Nevertheless, expect some noise from the streets below and the occasional heA scene from the 2008 season: Twelfth Night. licopter or small plane Feste played by Bobby Plasencia. Photo by Alex Pitt from above.   and it’s an equity company A high point of the prowith professional actors. duction was the clever reparThe company is the braintee between Sir Toby Belch, child of David Melville and played by Melville and Sir Anwas formed in 2001. It is drew Aguecheek, portrayed by funded through grants and Thomas Ehas. public donations. After each The audience was filled performance, the actors minwith families enjoying picnics gle with the audience to gather and included both young chilcash and checks. Last year an dren and dogs.  estimated 11,000 people enThrough Aug. 24th at 7:30 joyed the plays in the park. p.m. with several staged sumThis year’s offerings are mer readings on July 30th, Aug. “Twelfth Night,” “Henry 6th and 13th. Curtain raisers IV, parts 1 and 2;” and “The by guest artists an hour before Tragic History of Dr. Faustus,” the evening’s main perforby Christopher Marlowe.  Marmances are on Aug. 2nd, 7th, lowe’s play is a slight departure 8th, 16th and 20th. Parking is from the company’s history of free on the hill. Some seating producing Shakespeare. is provided, or you can bring Although the play is seyour own blanket or chair. See rious, there are elements of the full season: www.indepenfantasy and comedy. The Reserma—with elements of fantasy vations: (323) 836-0288.

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Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist The visionary modern architect, John Lautner (1911-1994), now has his first major career retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. An apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner practiced principally in Los Angeles. Some of his most iconic works were built in Silver Lake and Los Feliz: Silvertop which straddles the ridge above the reservoir, the Midtown School—now the home of the Lycee International de Los Angeles—and the circular Harvey Residence at the height of the Los Feliz Oaks. Displaying the architect’s own drawings and sketches, the show illuminates Lautner’s career from his midwestern upbringing to his final commissions. Helping establish his national reputation in 1938, was the only house he built for himself and his family, in Silver Lake on Micheltorena Avenue. A much later commission, 1963’s Silvertop, also known as the Reiner/Burchill Residence, came at a very piv-

otal point in his career, according to the exhibition’s co-curator, architect Frank Escher. “It’s not just a house, it’s part of the landscape,” Escher said. “It is an absolute masterpiece and a very important house in 20th century architecture.” A number of projects featured in the exhibition should have local interest. An important unrealized commission, the Griffith Park Nature Center, was never built; plans and leafy drawings detail what could have been. However, Lautner’s design for the Beachwood Market is still in place today, though hardly a signature work. And while the buildings of the Midtown School are still extant as the Lycee in the Franklin Hills, the ambitious curriculum and innovative programs for the campus, which Lautner championed, are a thing of the past. In addition to the exhibition, numerous panels, film series and programs are ongoing at the Hammer. Exclusive home tours also allow visitors to experience Lautner’s transcendent architecture first hand. For further information call (310) 443-7000 or visit

John Lautner Home Tours Tours of select Lautner homes, presented in collaboration with the MAK Center for Art + Architecture at the Schindler House, Aug. 24th, Sept. 14th (includes the Harvey Residence and Silvertop) and Oct. 12th. Information: (323) 651-1510. Los Angeles Forum for Architecture & Urban Design A discussion and tour of the Lycee International de Los Angeles (4155 Russell Ave.), designed by John Lautner, 7:30 p.m., Aug.14th.www. for information. Municipal Art Gallery @ Barnsdall Art Park Los Angeles Juried Exhibition. The 2008 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition is a biennial event where artists competitively exhibit their work. July 31st – Sept. 7th. Reception: Sun., Aug. 3rd, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Information: (323) 644-6269.

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SILVER LAKE—Addie Daddio was honored this year with a NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) nomination for her work in Levy Lee Simon’s play “The Bow Wow Club.”   Daddio did not win, but she said she was thrilled to be recognized for her work.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ AUGUST 2008 events calendar ] Edited by Debru Petrov Art Black Maria Presents: Sandi Castro Aug. 2nd thru Aug. 12th 3137 Glendale Blvd.   “The Sleep of One Hundred Years,” solo exhibition by Luke Feldman. Artist Reception: Aug. 16th, 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 16th thru Sept. 20th 3137 Glendale Blvd. (323) 660-9393   LittleBird Gallery Presents: Michael Sherman, through Aug. 5th.   “A New Frontier,” solo exhibition by Kelly Lynn Jones Artist Reception: Aug 9th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Aug. 9th thru Sept. 9th 3195 Glendale Blvd. (323) 662-1092   “All the Saints of the City of the Angels,” solo exhibition by J. Micheal Walker, through Sept. 7th. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000 “Cowboys and Presidents” explores the intersection of the American cowboy culture with presidencies from Theodore Roosevelt to the George W. Bush Administration. Through Sept. 7th. 4700 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000

Books Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale Aug 16th, 10:00 a.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353

Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club, Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m.9:00 a.m. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome.   Atwater Village Library Book Club Aug 12th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353   Atwater Village Scrabble Club Aug 23rd, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353

  Atwater Village Summer Reading Club Aug 12, 26th, 3:30 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353   Echo Park Library Crochet & Knitting Club Beginners welcome. Aug 2nd, 11:00 a.m. 1410 W. Temple St. (213) 250-7808    Los Feliz Library Book Club Aug 2nd, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710

Dance Summer Dance Party Series Orchestra Son Mayor, Aug. 7th Orquestra Charangoa, Aug. 14th Los Compadres, Aug. 21st Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad, Aug. 28th Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way (323) 667-2000   “Dance Downtown” Summer Season TLou & Zydeco Band, Aug. 8th Cha Cha & Salsa, Aug. 22nd 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Beginner dance lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. Free Admission Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. (213) 972-7211

Films “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” (1971) Aug. 20th, 7:30 p.m. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets: (818) 243-2539   The Big Picture: The Films of Warner Bros. Movie scenes projected on the big screen featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Aug. 31st, 7:30 p.m. Hollywood Bowl 2301 N. Highland Ave.

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Aug 6th, 7:00 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Street Elementary School,

Music The Greek Theatre Summer Concerts George Thorogood, Aug. 1st, 7:30 p.m. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Aug. 2nd, 8:00 p.m. Dolly Parton, Aug. 3rd, 8:00 p.m. Funk Fest, Aug. 9th, 7:30 p.m. Gipsy Kings, Aug. 15, 16th, 8:00 p.m. Jethro Tull, Aug. 17th, 7:30 p.m. Cafe Tacuba, Aug. 22nd, 7:30 p.m. 2nd Annual LA Salsa Music Festival, Aug. 23rd, 7:30 p.m. Melissa Etheridge, Aug. 29th, 8:00 p.m. The Greek Theatre 2700 N. Vermont Ave. or   Hollywood Bowl Summer Concerts Eric Idle, Aug. 1st & 2nd, 8:30 p.m. Reggae Night VII, Aug. 3rd, 7:00 p.m. Nothing But Bethoven, Aug. 5th, 8:00 p.m. French Masters, Aug. 7th, 8:00 p.m. Les Miserables, Aug. 8, 9th, 8:30 p.m. & Aug. 10th, 7:30p.m. Glass & Elgar, Aug. 12th, 8:00 p.m. Etta James & The Roots Band, Aug. 13th, 8:00 p.m. Percussions, Planets, Pictures, Aug. 14th, 8:00 p.m. A Night in Old Havana, Aug. 15, 16th, 8:30 p.m. JVC Jazz, Aug. 17th, 6:30 p.m. Joshua Bell a la Francaise, Aug. 19th, 8:00 p.m. Jamie Cullum & Count Basie Orchestra, Aug. 20, 8:00 p.m. Thibaudet Plays Khachaturian, Aug. 21st, 8:00 p.m. Donna Summer, Aug. 22, 23rd, 8:30 p.m. Radiohead, Aug. 24th, 7:00 p.m. & Aug. 25th, 7:30 p.m. German Romantics, Aug. 26th, 8:00 p.m. The Russian Soul, Aug. 28th, 8:00 p.m. John Williams, Aug. 29, 30th, 8:30 p.m.

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Lectures & Learning Meet the Author “All about Lulu” a novel by Jonathan Evison. Aug. 14th, 7:30 p.m. Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 660-1175  Introduction to Basic Web Design Learn HTML codes to create a simple web page. Aug. 14th, 4:00 p.m. Echo Park Branch Library 1410 W. Temple St. (213) 250-7808   Free Computer Classes for Seniors Learn how to navigate through the Internet. Aug. 12th, 3:00 p.m. Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710 Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur

astronomers. Aug. 16th, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. (213) 473.0800 or

Theatre Shakespeare in Barnsdall Park Series: Dr. Faustus: Aug. 1,2,10,14,17,21, & 24th Henry IV Part 1 & 2: Aug. 3, 9, 15, & 22nd Twelfth Night: Aug. 7,8,16,20, & 23rd Free Admission All plays begin at 7:30 p.m. Barnsdall Gallery Theatre 4800 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 857-6000 or (323) 836-0288 or www.independentshakespeare. com   “Rabbit Hole” Directed by Allen Barton Through Aug. 17th. Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. Tickets: (310) 358-9936 

Coldwell Banker Charitable Event Scheduled for Sept. 12 LOS FELIZ—Coldwell Banker Los Feliz will present a Silent Auction & Autumn Mixer, Fri. Sept. 12th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the outdoor patio of their offices at 1917 Hillhurst Ave. The event will benefit the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Charitable Foundation that raises funds to provide financial assistance to causes that benefit the needs of the community. Past beneficiaries include: Aids Project Los Angeles, the

Los Angeles Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and Save the Children. Admission is free. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Auction items available include gift certificates from retail, spa services and restaurants. For information: www. or call Chris Corkum or Candace Kentopian at Coldwell Banker (323) 665-5841.

Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Aug. 17th, 7:00 p.m.                  Los Feliz Community Police Center, 1965 Hillhurst Ave., 2nd floor New board members to be seated Sept. 16th, 7:00 pm

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

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Los Feliz Ledger [ restaurant review ]

Sgt. Recruiter Enlists Wine Fans By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Restaurant Critic Sgt. Recruiter may sound like an odd name, but it’s actually inspired by an atmospheresoaked historic tavern, the Ile St. Louis, in Paris. Joined at the hip to the popular Cobras and Matadors, it’s not a fullscale restaurant but an intimate wine bar, perfect for a glass of wine before a meal at Cobras or for a light dinner. With just 14 stools, it’s likely to fill up on busy nights, but the bar is fairly calm earlier on weeknights. Sgt. Recruiter is only eight months old but the cozy bar looks like it’s been there forever, with walls lined in white subway tiles, flickering light bulbs in artistically industrial fixtures and a long coppertopped bar. While Cobras goes for a Spanish tapas theme, Sgt. Recruiter is thoroughly French, with mostly French wines and a short bistro menu painted on the mirror over the bar. Beers include Belgians Chimay Red and Duvel and of course French Stella Artois. A spicy Qupe Syrah, ($12) one of the only California reds available by the glass, is a good match with the steak frites. If you’re with a group, try a bottle of Domaine Tempier du Bandol on a warm summer evening for a real taste of Provence. Continue the Provencal theme with the socca cakes appetizer ($6), a street snack from Nice made from garbanzo flour. While the street food version is as big as a pizza, here they’re served three to an order as small savory pancakes with a cilantro sauce, and are ideal for sharing. This is one of the only places east of the Hungry Cat and west of the Water Grill to order an iced platter of raw


oysters, with Kumamoto and several East Coast varieties available most days. A glass of champagne and a half dozen oysters makes a luxurious snack, but watch the price on the oysters—a half dozen can run $18 depending on the market price. There’s always steak frites ($22) and moules frites ($13) on the menu; the steak a goodsized piece topped with roquefort herb butter and paired with irresistible steak-cut fries with a slightly sweet taste, perhaps from Yukon Gold potatoes. The mussels don’t seem quite up to French bistro standards, with an under-seasoned, lukewarm broth, but that crock of fries makes up for a lot. Each night, a few specials round out the petite menu: bouillabaisse, pork rillettes or trout on a baguette. It’s also possible to order from the Cobras and Matadors tapas menu, which includes the popular green lentils and grilled asparagus with Manchego cheese. Desserts are also shared with Cobras—there’s the famous churros with chocolate dipping sauce, marmalade creme brulee, chocolate cake and dessert French toast. Restaurateur Steven Arroyo’s restaurants are always fun gathering spots with solid, if not memorable food, and Sgt. Recruiter is just that—a lively, sweet space for a little nibble and a nice glass of wine.

[ Restaurant News ] By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Contributing Writer After several management changes, Asia Bistro, formerly Asia Los Feliz, is now trying another concept with Kuma Sushi, at 3179 Los Feliz Blvd. *** The Park in Echo Park is now open for brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dishes like brioche French toast, carnitas hash and organic eggs as well as several vegetarian choices…and no corkage fee. *** Garage Pizza, serving New York style pizza, has opened at 4339 ½ Sunset Blvd. in the Tang’s Donuts plaza. Delivery is available (323-6691190) and Garage stays open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and until midnight on other nights. Specialty

pies include the Garage, with ground beef and pickles, the Cholo, with jalapenos and the Tree-hugger, a vegan pizza. *** Café Bravo is opening soon next to Hard Times Pizza at 2662 Griffith Park Blvd. An offshoot of a popular Glendale kebab spot, the casual cafe will offer chicken, beef and lamb kebabs, hummus, tabbouli, stuffed grape leaves, sandwiches and salads. *** Chef Jason Michaud, formerly of Three Drunken Goats in Montrose, will open Local at 2943 Sunset Blvd. “Ethnically eclectic” dishes, made from local ingredients, of course, will be the focus. Next door, the former Johnny’s beer, wine and soju

bar will become Stinkers (could it be because there’s so many skunks in Silver Lake?), from Bigfoot Lodge’s Bobby Green. *** 55 Degree Wine in Atwater Village is hosting wine and beer-themed events several Monday evenings each month. On Aug. 11th, a sushi and champagne evening is planned. 3115 Glendale Blvd. *** SiLa Bistro—a new restaurant from Frank Boyle— in Fritzie’s former spot in Silver Lake—is having a grand opening Aug. 14th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fare is California Bistro featuring small lot California wines. 2630 Hyperion Ave., (323)-664-7979.

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By Anthony Cook Griffith Observatory Astronomer Venus, the or two meteors per minute brightest planuntil dawn begins to interfere et, emerges from the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glare at 4:45 a.m. The meteors can early this month, and is briefly appear anywhere in the sky, visible close to the western and seem to stream from the horizon starting half an hour direction of the constellation after sunset. On the 12th, binPerseus the Hero, high in the oculars may help to see Saturn northeast before dawn. They only one moon-diameter (half are best watched by travela degree) to the right of Venus, ing to a location free of artiwhile Mercury is twice as far ficial lights and reclining on away (one degree) to the lower a lounge with your gaze tilted left of Venus. high overhead. The giant Jupiter, now in The moon is new durSagittarius the Archer, domiing the pre-dawn hours of the nates the southern sky during 1st and coincides with a total the night and early morning eclipse of the sun that is visible hours, moving from the southfrom a narrow path that cuts east during evening twilight though the Arctic, Russia and and setting in the southwest China. The full moon on the before dawn. Binoculars are afternoon of Aug. 16th passes sufficient to see its four largest through Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shadow, promoons and a small telescope ducing a total lunar eclipse viswill enable you to see its parible from a hemisphere centered allel cloud belts. The waxing on Madagascar. Neither eclipse gibbous moon is near Jupiter is visible from Los Angeles. on the 12th. On the 28th, from 4:30 The Perseid meteor shower a.m. to 5:00 a.m., California reaches its peak on the night observers using binoculars can and early morning hours of see the sender waning crescent Aug. 11th and 12th. After moon approaching the beauthe moon sets at 1:57 p.m., tiful â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beehiveâ&#x20AC;? star cluster of you may see as many as one Cancer the Crab.

Lake community since late December 2007â&#x20AC;&#x201D;when the Los Angeles City Clerk notified the council that it was taking over all Los Angeles neighborhood council elections in 2008. The problem was that the SLNC had just had an election in September 2007 and had only seated its new board in December 2007â&#x20AC;&#x201D;late due to the resolution of two election challenges. If the SLNC had agreed to operate on the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new election timetable, meaning holding another election in 2008, some board members would have had greatly truncated terms. Conversely, if the SLNC decided to wait until the City Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next election year for neighborhood councilsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201D;some board members would be serving too long.





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Los Feliz Ledger Election from page 1

despite sending in their applications for the ballots days before the deadline. Interim City Clerk Karen Kalfayan in a letter July 18th refused Johnson’s request for a second chance to cast votes, claiming staffers did not receive the applications on time. “This decision highlights the fact that there are problems with the election process,” Johnson said. “The city needs to enable people to vote. The procedure they came up with is very cumbersome and obviously has glitches in it.” The procedure for mailin ballots, however, has not changed since the GGPNC administered its own elections prior to the City Clerk’s office taking them over this year. Johnson, who was traveling in Turkey at the time of the election, said she mailed five applications for mail-in ballots to the City Clerk’s office on June 9th, five days before the June 14th deadline. The ballots would have been for herself, her husband and daughter and two neighbors. But Isaias Cantu, senior project coordinator for the election division of the City Clerk’s office, said the city didn’t mail Johnson the five ballots she applied for because her applications were received late. He said the envelope she sent was postmarked June 9th, but the applications didn’t reach the City Clerk’s office until June 17th, three days past the deadline. “We’re not sure what could have accounted for that delay,” Cantu said. The City Clerk’s decision notes that the applications Johnson sent “were considered late and thereby not processed.” It is not clear at this time if the City Clerk’s office had other mail-in ballot

requests postmarked before the deadline—as was Johnson’s— but not received in time. If the City Clerk had decided to grant the would-be voters a second chance to cast ballots, their five votes could have upset challenger Mark

Former GGPNC Board Member Cheryl Johnson

Mauceri’s unexpected win over GGPNC president Charley Mims in election District E. Mauceri, a “write-in” candidate, filed to run for a seat just three days prior to the election. Mauceri agreed with the decision that Johnson should not be given make-up ballots. “I think the city ruled correctly,” Mauceri said. “She was sent an application [for mailin ballots] with enough time before the election. She chose to file on June 9th. The onus is on the voter to ensure that they get the vote in on time.” Applications for mailin ballots were mailed out to all stakeholders in the neighborhood council area at least 30 days prior to the election, Cantu said. Mauceri last month also questioned whether Johnson, who is a deputy attorney general for the California Dept. of Justice, should have used her state government email address to file the challenge with the City Clerk. A state ethics code prohibits government employees from using state facilities, time, equipment, supplies or influence for private purposes.

The challenge could have been construed as coming from the California Office of the Attorney General, Mauceri said. Johnson, however, said the office of the Attorney General had no involvement in her challenge and cleared up the issue with the City Clerk. The City Clerk’s office did not consider Johnson’s email address as a factor in the validity of her challenge, said Cantu. But less than two weeks after filing the challenge, Johnson—a founding member of the council who served both elected and appointed terms— resigned from her seat on the GGPNC board. In a July 12th email to council president Mims, she said she decided to step down to pursue other community activities, including her commitments as presi-

Mark Mauceri and son Ryder at a Dodger Game last May.

dent of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. “The election brought out a lot of energetic people who are willing to serve, so this seemed like a good time” to step down, Johnson said in a telephone interview afterward. Other council members

were still reeling from the announcement at the GGPNC’s monthly board meeting July 15th. Outreach Committee chair Rosemary DeMonte said Mauceri’s claim that Johnson could have tried to use her state government position to influence the City Clerk’s decision might have contributed to Johnson’s resignation. “I’m very sorry that I encouraged Cheryl to put in her challenge because now she is no longer on the board, and I think she was unfairly characterized for her actions,” DeMonte said. DeMonte will soon begin outreach efforts to drum up candidate interest in two open board seats, she said—Johnson’s, and that of newly elected member Wendy Michels, who recently told Mims she would not be able to serve her term. The council board would then appoint two new members to the open seats. Johnson said she hopes her challenge will raise awareness of issues the City Clerk should iron out before future elections. She wants the city to eliminate the requirement that stakeholders apply for mailin ballots, and simply make the ballots available online for easier access. The application step is just another window in which mistakes could be made, she said, and adds a layer of disincentive to voters who might not be in town on election day. “Such a low percentage of people vote in these elections anyway,” Johnson said. “You want to broaden the number

of people who can vote, not limit it.” Senior project coordinator Cantu said making mail-in ballots available on a website is something the City Clerk’s office could look into for the next wave of elections. “To develop that web function would take time,” he said. “Conceivably in the future, that is something we could consider.” SLNC from page 17

According to SLNC cochair Rusty Millar, the board learned of the dilemma shortly before the Christmas holiday in 2007 and were given only weeks to decide the issue. Not able to get the issue on the board’s January 2008 meeting agenda, the council voted on the issue at a specially called meeting in mid January and held a second vote on the matter in March. For both votes, the board opted to wait until 2010 for its next election. They cited a lack time to go through the public process of changing their bylaws to meet the City Clerk’s 2008 election timetable and a desire to not waste funds with another election. According to Millar, approximately 25 neighborhood councils of Los Angeles’ current 88, voted similarly to hold off elections until 2010. “I don’t like this community to be so divided,” said Elizabeth Bougart Sharkov, who has been on the board since 2003. “We had no choice,” she said. “There is no wrong doing here at all.”

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Los Feliz Ledger [ councilmember tom labonge ]

Brigid’s Story: “Neither Greater or Smaller Than Yours” By Brigid LaBonge

It would be natural for me to tell my own story—when I was diagnosed. How it sounded when they told me. What I did; who I saw; how I felt. But my story is neither greater nor smaller than yours; we’ve all had cancer. We all know how it feels. Families included. When I say I, I mean we. When I say my, I mean our. When I say me, I mean all of us. Five days after diagnosis, I decided to figure out why this was happening to ME. I played a game, and over the next month—prior to my surgery—every day, I looked for a sign that would tell me everything would be OK. And nearly every day, someone or something came into my life to let me know it was OK. Something beautiful would happen to me every day. I was looking; perhaps these things had always been

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there, but I simply never needed to look before. I meditated; I prayed. And in nine months, which began with surgery and ended with my last radiation therapy, I had witnessed the beauty of people that this adversity had brought to my life. Flowers; plants; food; music; jewelry; rosaries; lucky charms; holy water; water from Lourdes; phone calls; cards; letters from high school friends. It was spring, and I said the rosary at mass every Tuesday and Thursday with women who were 50-year friends with my mother-in-law. Masses were being said; monks in Hollywood, nuns in St Louis and priests in Italy were praying for me. My kids’ friends made cards. Neighbors brought dinner. My son’s school—Ivanhoe Elementary—fed my family for months on end. And so I practiced gratitude; I held my own hand. I kept myself company. I congratulated myself at the end of a tough day. Without the help of family and friends, life with cancer would have been much, much harder. In nine months of treatment, I experienced the

richest depth and texture of life than I had before—as a statistically healthy woman. On my worst days, I remembered the compassion of people. And the beauty of life people brought to me bowled me over. People were that faithful—that kind. As a statistically healthy woman, I could never imagine the gravity of cancer; I could never imagine what a person could endure as someone diagnosed with a lifethreatening disease. But when it came down to it, I defied every single fear I had ever had about cancer. I made a conscious effort to stay enlightened knowing as days passed, my bravery and selfreliance would bring me grace and wisdom. I could become bigger than the cancer that was trying to take me and my family. I walked into Norris on my first day, anxious but hopeful, almost too frozen to move. And on my last day of treatment, I jumped off the radiation table and bounced out the door, so proud and filled with joy that I had made it. My movements were big and broad. Today I walk stronger; I smile broader; I laugh louder; I

care deeper; I listen carefully; I drive slowly; I give generously; I live fully. I am on a mission to pay it forward. The following is a short poem, sent to me by a friend whose husband happened to be in surgery the same day I was, at Norris. I am happy to tell you he defied his colon cancer and is back at his life today.

Thank you for allowing me to tell you “our” story, which is neither greater nor smaller than that of any other cancer warrior. Brigid LaBonge is Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s wife. She was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2006 and is now cancer free.

The Oak Tree by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr. A mighty wind blew night and day It stole the oak tree’s leaves away Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark Until the oak was tired and stark But still the oak tree held its ground While other trees fell all around The weary wind gave up and spoke. “How can you still be standing Oak?” The oak tree said, I know that you Can break each branch of mine in two Carry every leaf away Shake my limbs, and make me sway But I have roots stretched in the earth Growing stronger since my birth You’ll never touch them, for you see They are the deepest part of me Until today, I wasn’t sure Of just how much I could endure But now I’ve found, with thanks to you I’m stronger than I ever knew


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was all over the countryâ&#x20AC;Ś and other churches offered large congregations, more money, but my experience with Mt. Hollywood was unlike any other.â&#x20AC;? As Ciupek-Reed explained the process of receiving a call to serve as pastor, she offered a glimpse into the heart of Mt. Hollywood Congregational. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sent two DVDs of me preaching. One was the standard sermon Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sent to everyone, and the other was of me preaching at Pacificâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual celebration of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Coming Out Day.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; All of us have some coming out to do, something hiding that has to come to light. What I came out about was the hour I spend in therapy every week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one-hour I keep accountable to myself. The search committee absolutely loved it.â&#x20AC;? The chairperson called Ciupek-Reed and asked her to come to Mt. Hollywood to be interviewed.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to waste their time and mine,â&#x20AC;? CiupekReed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I asked if they had any problem with the fact that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not heterosexual and that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been HIV positive for 15 years. The chair exclaimed, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh God, No. That isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a problem here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? On August 3rd, CiupekReed will preach on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powerâ&#x20AC;? and on Aug. 10th on the subject of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body.â&#x20AC;? Mount Hollywood Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming United Church of Christ, located at 4607 Prospect Avenue, between Vermont and Hillhurst.

Temple Sinai Hosts Open House

OMGC Fall Festival Set for Mid-October

Temple Sinai of Glendale will host open house tours Sun. Aug. 17th at 10 a.m. for breakfast; Wed. Aug. 27th at 7 p.m. for refreshments; and Fri. Sept. 5th at 6 p.m. for Shabbat Dinner and family night services. RSVP is required for Sept. 5th. The synagogue is a Reform Jewish Congregation celebrating its 80th year. The congregation is led by Rabbi Rick Schechter who has interests in spiritual growth, the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah and the power of community. He is joined by Cantor Mariana Gindlin, who has a background in psychology and hails from Argentina. Contact Aaron Solomon, (818) 246-8101 for more info.

Our Mother of Good Counsel church and school will host their annual Fall Parish Festival, October 17th through 19th. Back by popular demand will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attic Rummage Sale,â&#x20AC;? as well as rides, food, a beer garden, games, prizes, confections, espresso, books, collectibles, furniture, antiques, jewelry, live stage entertainment nightly and a raffle drawing. For information on event or raffle tickets, or how to donate items to the rummage sale, contact (323) 664-2111 or visit Our Mother of Good Counsel is located at 2060 North Vermont Ave.








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Los Feliz Ledger [ remembering hurricane Katrina ]

Light and Love in Louisana By Catherine Moyers On Aug. 28th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States—and nearly decimated New Orleans, LA. More than 1,800 lost their lives and $81 billion in damages occurred. The New Orleans Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team, was used as an evacuation center for 30,000. News reports out of the Superdome, including confirmations from the city’s mayor and police chief during the days and weeks after the hurricane, included that of killings, rape, and dead bodies, stacked upon dead bodies. Those reports later turned out to be embellished. Still, this image of the Superdome as a lawless, Cormac McCarthy post-apocalyptic hell remains. Local Yoga teacher Catherine Moyers, however, was part of a recent event to help heal the Superdome. I taught yoga in the Super Dome. Every time I say that sentence since coming home, the weight of the words still hits me. I taught yoga at the Super Dome in New Orleans. Eve Ensler’s play about violence against women “The Vagina Monologues” celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Super Dome last April. The huge, free celebration, called V to the Tenth, brought activists from all over the globe to participate in changing the energy of one of the icons of suffering that occurred almost three years ago during the tragedy wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Amongst the speakers were Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Donna Karan, Sojourner Truth and Jane Fonda, with a rousing opening speech given by Ensler. A taste of the host city was provided by the Voices of New Orleans Gospel Choir and Mardi Gras dancers wearing brightly colored and feathered costumes. On the floor of the arena was a beautifully decorated meditation tent and a softly lit altar that was separated from the rest of the activities by a scrim, where mourners could pray for their lost loved ones. There was a sound-proof radio box for the Oprah & Friends XM radio show. A lively feminist art installation hung on the walls, as well as a history of the ten years of participants in the traveling show of “The Vagina Monologues.” The Super Dome was transformed. I was selected by Karma Krew, a non-profit organization that believes in activist yoga, to be one of 20 yoga teachers to bring healing to the “forgotten Page 22 EDITORIAL

women of New Orleans.” It was an incredible sight walking into the cavernous dome the first morning seeing all the colorful decorations and lights. But I was feeling a chill and felt the ghosts of the people who died there and the voices of those who lived there for six horrific days. The Karma Krew yoga lounge was on the second floor and provided a sanctuary from all the busyness around us. Some women who came into our lounge had waited in lines for food and water the last time they were there, so it was stressed that they would not have to wait for yoga. There were heartfelt stories, long-held hugs and often tears. But there was also laughter, and many women walked out transformed, shining as though

they’d had a makeover in the next lounge over. There were people from all over the country both volunteering and receiving treatment. I recall one woman who affected me greatly: a white, middle-class attorney who had lost everything (that phrase was far too common) and the mother of three girls. They were her main priority and her salvation. She said that every time now when she had clients fly in for meetings, she put them in her car to take them to see the 9th Ward and St. Bernard’s parish, and get away from the tidy Central Business District and the French Quarter. I told her that I had a Post Katrina tour scheduled for Sunday after I was done with Karma Krew. She teared up, I did too, and then she didn’t leave our lounge for quite some time. I truly commend Scott Feinberg and Amy Lambordo, co-founders of Karma Krew, for taking care of us, their vol-

unteers. We got together the Thursday afternoon before the event to discuss logistics and to share who we were and why we were there. Then we meditated on opening our hearts and trusting in our abilities. We did the same kind of thing, a satsang, at the beginning and end of both days and before dispersing Sunday. Karma Krew’s motto is “Turning Inward, Reaching Outward.” They take yoga off the mat and pick up a paint-

brush. They began in New Orleans two years ago and now have 30 “Krew Kaptains” across America. I was so humbled to be there, and am very glad to have been part of it. It was truly an unforgettable experience. For more information about this event, go to Learn more about Karma Krew at Catherine Moyes is a yoga teacher who lives in Atwater Village.

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