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Vol 6. No. 2
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Ennis House Languishes
Price Reduced 50% From Original Asking Price by Hilary Scurlock Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—For sale and recently reduced! 6,000 square foot Los Feliz mansion in a pre-Columbian style evoking the mystique of a Mayan temple. This fixer-upper was “renovated” in 1994 by the Northridge earthquake, and recent flooding has added an aquatic element to the site. But, with a bit of elbow grease, you can dig out some of the old Hollywood glamour under this pile of concrete bricks. It can all be yours for the bargain price of $7.495 million. Why would any buyer be crazy enough to go for this deal? Because this is the Ennis House, meaning Frank Lloyd Wright designed these concrete ruins, and this is the property’s second price chop, after it was reduced from $15 to $10.5 million in February. This latest reduction, announced in June, brings it to 50% off the original asking price.
Everyone knows Frank Lloyd Wright and his iconic work, and one would expect properties like the Ennis House to be snapped up in an instant, by virtue of Wright’s name alone. However, Wright’s four concrete textile-block houses in Los Angeles (the Ennis, Millard, Storer, and Freeman houses) are well known for creating more headaches than headlines, due to expensive and ongoing conservation issues. Wright’s Millard House in Pasadena has also languished on the market, and both properties are considered to need significant updating and maintenance. The first Ennis House reduction, announced by Christie’s Great Estates in February, was intended to underscore “the foundation’s commitment to finding the right buyer and enabling that buyer to reinvest see ENNIS page 4
A Higher Calling Cell Phone Provider Finds Ingenious Way to Hide Tower in OMGC’s Bell Tower: But Is It Safe?
Atwater Village Struggling as Businesses Close By Caitlin M. Foyt Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—If Evita Corby didn’t have more than the local foot traffic generating income for her Glendale Boulevard business, she would definitely be worried. The owner of Velvet Threads, a vintage and designer clothing store at 3203 Glendale Blvd., also commissions clothing rentals for movie studios, which, she said, is what is keeping her in business. “I’ve seen three boutiques close in the last year,” she said. “Business has definitely changed. I was doing double what I’m doing now. People are being more savvy with money and as cheap as my prices are, I’ve had to drop them.” Earlier this year, local business owners began to notice that some of the staple women’s clothing and accessory boutiques on Glendale Boulevard were closing their doors. Movements, 3125 Glendale Blvd., left in early January, with Violet Willow, 3127 see ATWATER page 9
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SHUTTERED: A store sits empty at the edge of Atwater Village’s business district on Glendale Boulevard. The shuttered business, along with a few others, signify the neighborhood’s struggle to balance trendy boutiques and restaurants with an economy that may not be ready to support them. Though the area still sees plenty of foot traffic, it wasn’t enough to keep some businesses afloat.
By Sydney Shatsky, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Recently, Our Mother of Good Counsel (OMGC) church’s bell tower has been encased in scaffolding. The work being done is not for repairs, but rather to hide a cell phone tower along the church’s structure. Cell phone users locally and elsewhere, demand strong coverage. But homeowners groups complain heartily about the unsightly towers cell providers must erect to provide strong signals. The church’s new cell tower, according to Father Jim Mott, is to provide better cell reception for all in the area and more importantly, those at Our Mother of Counsel church, which previously had poor reception. “I feel wonderful about it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a great help to our community. The reception around here is very bad and we keep getting dropped calls so this
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“Guerilla Gardening” Not Vandalism, They Say, but Beautification By Sharon Yi , Ledger Contributing Writer
The new cell tower during construction.
will facilitate people using their cell phones.” However, some are concerned that the cell tower could increase the risk of cancer or other health issues of OMGC students and neighbors. “I’d be concerned for the children at the school and for people within a block radius,” said Andrew Lasky who lives near OMGC. “It’s like sleepsee CELL TOWER page 5
Two unidentified persons snuck through the L.A. streets with their weapons of choice: a shovel and a pickaxe. Under the patchy lighting of the streetlights overhead, they led a pack of similarly covert individuals to the desired location. The party members referred to each other by their aliases. Their leaders were known to them simply as “Mr. Stamen” and “Roly Poly.” The mission was to plant a “guerrilla garden.” The “gardeners” pick their spot, whether it’s a plot of land next to a freeway bypass or on a city sidewalk, and without a permit or any rights to the land, they start digging and planting. LA Guerrilla Gardening (LAGG) is a nonprofit organization that began two
summers ago in Hollywood. It all started when a group of friends were meeting for “Mr. Stamen’s” 27th birthday party. “Mr. Stamen” rejected the
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notion of a typical party bar venue for the occasion and chose to plant a garden instead. The party guests were suddenly reborn as “guerrilla gardeners.” “We had no intention of making it a big thing,” said “Roly Poly,” co-founder of LAGG with “Mr. Stamen.”
On July 18th, both the Los Feliz and Silver Lake branches hours were reduced and staff was laid off as part of a system wide $22 million cut of the library’s budget. Overall, 328 positions were also eliminated. This will be the third time that the city’s library hours have changed since last December. Overall, some 100 library employees lost their jobs system wide in the recent rounds of cuts. This means that local library users will have access to fewer books, fewer CDs and DVDs and less Internet access and fewer activities for children and teens. “[The budget cut] cut ser-
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Los Feliz Ledger [letter from the editor] Since the Silver Lake “ Wa l king Man’s” death, July 21st, much has been said and written about this enigmatic man. Only time will tell the truth behind the Los Angeles Times story that the 58 year old was being investigated before his death for the illegal distribution of drugs. Only time will tell about how this man, who seemed to live a life of contradictions, died. He was a physician who basked in the sun for
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Town Hall Set for Oct. 2nd By Caitlin M. Foyt Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—A town meeting in October will reach out to a different suspect of stakeholders in the Atwater Village community: The people who are not on the internet. “We have to make sure it’s people in far north Atwater Village and far South Atwater Village and those who for years and years—are for whatever reason—not online have the opportunity to let us know what they think,” said Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) Co-Chair Leonora Gershman-Pitts. The meeting will take place Sat. Oct. 2nd, at 1 p.m. at Christ Church of Griffth Park, 3852 Edenhurst Ave. The meeting will serve as an informal means of “checking in” with the people of the community, offering stakeholders the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions of local politicians.
Los Feliz Village Street Fair, July 31st LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Street Fair—organized by the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID), will be July 31st. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Trolleys will shuttle attendees up and down Hillhurst and Vermont avenues. Life entertainment. Food.
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Compiled by Gina Chovan, LAPD Aggreviated Assaults: 1 Burglary: 16 Robberies: 8 Thefts: 5 Homicide: 0 Burglary Theft from Vehicle: 54 Grand Theft Auto: 11 Theft: 07/17/10, at 1300 block Glendale Blvd. The suspect took the victim’s property from in front of location. Theft: 07/14/10, at 2000 block Rodney Dr. Suspects cut the lock off bicycle and fled location with property. Property was under apartment garage. Burglary: 07/17/10, at 2600 block Glendale blvd. Suspected pushed open the front door, enter and removed property.
Burglary: 07/17/10, at 4300 block Los Feliz blvd. Suspects pried open rear sliding door, entered and removed property. Burglary from car: 07/12/10, at 4300 block of Los Feliz Blvd. Suspects opened unlocked passenger side door, entered vehicle and removed property. Burglary from car: 07/10/10, Finely and Catalina. Suspects entered property by smashing window. Suspects removed property and fled location. Burglary from car: 07/14/10, 2000 block of Hillhurst Ave. Suspect smashed passenger window of vehicle and removed property. Safety Tip: Lookout for each other and report suspicious activity immediately to the Police Department.
Children’s Festival Set for Aug. 8th HOLLYWOOD—The 25th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts will be held Sunday, August 8th, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The free event will have dance and music from around the world, family art workshops, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck from Six Flags Magic Mountain, puppet making and more. Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave. Information: (323) 871-2787 or www.hollywoodartscouncil.org. Sponsors include: Barnsdall Arts, Los Angeles Childrens Hospital and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti.
Skylight Books Announces Literary Event, Oct. 24th LOS FELIZ—PEN USA West, a literary organization, will partner with Skylight Books and other neighborhood organizations and businesses to present an allday literary-related event at Barnsdall Park on Sunday, October 24th. It will be a free event involving authors, schools, possibly interactive events for adults and kids, films and music. Advertise in the
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Shakespeare Co. Moves to Griffith Park GRIFFITH PARK—After six seasons in Barnsdall Park, Independent Shakespeare Co. has moved its summer festival of free performances to Grifﬁth Park. In 2009 despite diminished funding, the festival played to its largest audience ever: nearly 12,000. Audience members were routinely turned away due lack of space. The new site in Grifﬁth Park, at the Old Zoo, can accommodate twice as many people. William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed through Aug. 5th-29th. Old Zoo, near 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Free admission. Bring blankets and low-backed chairs as there is no seating at the site. COMMUNITY NEWS
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National Night Out Is August 3rd
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By Michael Locke Ledger Contributing Writer August 3rd is â€œNational Night Out.â€? This event involved 36.7 million people last year in over 14,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. Â The program is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out is celebrated with outside and front porch vigils, block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs and youth events. Â The event provides a great opportunity to â€œsocialize with your neighbors by bringing whatever you would be doing in your backyard to the front of your propertyâ€?, she Monique Frese, a resident of Los Feliz. Â â€œBrighten your street by leaving the porch light on at night, take a walk through your neighborhood with some neighbors and in so doing, make your own neighborhood a progressive party.â€? For free registration materials call 1-800-NITE OUT or visit the National Night Out website at www.nationalnightout.org.Â
in the homeâ€™s preservation,â€? according to Ennis House Foundation President, James DeMeo. Now, even at the â€œbargainâ€? price of $7.5 million, it is doubtful many buyers will be able to afford the necessary renovationâ€”the house is rumored to need upwards of $7 million in additional structural repairs and maintenance. From one particularly picky sellerâ€™s point of view, these properties are still rare works of art, and should be treated as such. Yet, from the buyerâ€™s perspective, the evocative allure of owning a Wright house no longer outweighs the conservation concerns, despite the propertiesâ€™ history and legacy in Los Angeles. â€œIf you live there, you have to be totally dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright and be willing to spend a lot of money to keep it from floating down the hill,â€? explained Wim de Wit, Head of the Gettyâ€™s Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art. â€œIt demands quite a bit to live in a landmark building.â€? But how low must the prices go before these expensive fixer-uppers are again appreciated for their true value? For now, there is at least one person invested in the future of one of Wrightâ€™s homes: its realtor. Crosby Doe Associates, out of Beverly Hills, owns the listing for the Pasadena Millard House (current asking price: $4.9 million), as well as listings for homes by famed L.A. Modernists such as John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler and Craig Ellwood. In fact, Crosby Doe deals only in so-called â€œcapital Aâ€? architecture, and would surely balk at being described as a
â€œrealtorâ€? by profession. Doe considers himself to be a conservationist and architecture historian rather than simply a real estate broker, and takes great care in ensuring that the architectural integrity of his listings are continued from one owner to the next. He is as selective with his buyers as he is with his listings. Doeâ€™s care in the sale and
maintenance of each listing has even developed an unofficial catchphrase in real estate circles: â€œWWCD: What Would Crosby Do?â€? Many buyers seek Doeâ€™s advice about how to maintain the architectsâ€™ intent in their homes. Even if they do not, he is not shy about letting them know what he thinks. Of a Richard Neutra
house recently sold, Doe complained: â€œThe new owners have ruined it. Inside there is almost nothing left. And worst of all, they think they have improved on Neutra. Itâ€™s as if someone bought a Monet and then said, â€˜I donâ€™t like the sky here and I want more flowers there.â€™â€? He has even ruffled the feathers of high-profile clients see ENNIS page 12
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ing within close proximity to a microwave.” But according to the American Cancer Society, there is little evidence that the radiofrequency waves (RF) emitted by a cell tower base are harmful. According to the organization’s website, the energy level of a cell tower’s RF waves is low compared to
HOLLYWOOD—Pat Boone received a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the City of Los Angeles, designating July 12th as “Pat Boone Day.” The actor, singer and author met with LaBonge’s constituents at the Las Palmas Senior Center where adoring fans created their own Pat
other types of radiation; the lengths of RF waves are long creating a situation where they are not concentrated enough to affect individual body cells and the level of RF waves at ground level is very low and are not significantly different than the levels of radiation from other sources, such as those from radio and television broadcast stations. “For these reasons, most
scientists agree that cell phone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer,” the site states. Father Mott said he feels comfortable the cell tower is completely safe. “When the public hearing was held, there was only one or two people that even came to voice a concern and evidently it’s not a problem,” he said.
Boone Day, paying homage to the actor by screening “State Fair,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. “Pat Boone is a Hollywood legend and an American icon,” LaBonge said. “More than a part of Americana, he has become a huge part of Los Angeles through his charitable efforts. Los Angeles loves Pat Boone.”
Kids’ Nutrition Program Gets Funding from AVNC By Caitlin M. Foyt Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Lisa Fontanesi spoke to the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) last month requesting funds for her after school nutrition program “Kidding Around The Kitchen.” In an hour-long debate, the board granted Fontanesi half of her request, $3,100. Fontanesi had originally asked for $6,300 from the board to curb the overall costs of the program, which run $220 per day. During the two full rounds of discussion, the board unanimously agreed that the program was very important, but because the
annual budget has been cut down so drastically the council gave only what it felt it could. “I’ve lost sleep over this,” said AVNC Co-Chair Lenora Gershman-Pitts said, her eyes brimming with tears. “I’m a proponent of this, I think that nutrition is the most important thing that we can teach people because nutrition is the basis of health.” The board intends to revisit the topic and possibly give Fontanesi more funding in September, when the group will have a clearer picture of what the remainder of the year’s spending will be like.
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“[We] weren’t trying to start anything, but it snowballed from there.” Today, the organization has over 900 members. Its mission is to change Los Angeles one garden at a time. The “Gorilla Gardners” mostly plant succulents, which are better adapted to Los Angeles’ mostly arid climate. Cuttings are donated from members’ own gardens. They don’t seem to mind that what they are doing is considered vandalism. For “Mr. Stamen,” the right and wrong of “guerilla gardening” is rather gray—that’s what he
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“La Fleur,” 35, a real estate consultant, planted eight “guerrilla gardens” in May. Recently while visiting the gardens to water them, he said he experienced a bit of nostalgia. “There was a familiarity with the plants. I was like, ‘I planted that one, I remember that one, I had to help that one out’. In a sense, they are our friends,” he said. In all, the organization has planted at least 20 impromptu gardens throughout the city. Though their altruistic acts of vandalism are illegal they have never received punitive measures. Even Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge has shown support by coming to one of the digs and offering high fives and ice cream. Defending LAGG, La-
Bonge said that they aren’t “altering” the land, but “enhancing” it instead. “I applaud anyone who enhances any public space,” he said. LaBonge himself—along with a few of his city beautification team members—also have undertaken a few “guerrilla gardening” projects of their own. “In my office, we’ve picked a few projects in a guerrilla effort,” he said. One of which will very soon on the northwest corner of Glendale Boulevard and Riverside Drive. “We’re going to transform that little space to make it more appealing,” LaBonge said. “Anytime you put a little color, a little love, a little care to a bit of land, it reaps a lot of benefits to the people who see it.”
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There are two guerrilla gardens in Los Feliz. One is in front of Club Spaceland on Silver Lake Boulevard and the other is at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Bates Avenue. For the “guerilla gardeners” the door is always open for new members. If ever you find yourself walking by, they said, feel free to water them. And if you feel a little rebellious, you can go out to LAGG’s next dig. “There’s a misconception that you need to know how to garden [in order to be a guerilla gardener]. But when it comes down to it, you put a seed in the ground and water it,” said “Roly Poly.” “It’s not that intimidating.” Visit www. laguerrillagardening.org.
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SurveyLA: Shaping the Future by Documenting the Past By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist History buffs, come forward! The city needs your help in uncovering cultural assets, places that matter to Angelenos, which might otherwise be lost to demolition. “Information will give property owners and developers greater up-front certainty about the historic significance of a place so they can plan accordingly,” said Silver Lake resident Janet Hanson, who is also the director of SurveyLA, with the Dept. of City Planning. “Parks, stores, social halls,
the building then located at 3201 Los Feliz Blvd., would be noted. Hollyhock House at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Barnsdall Park, would be recognized not only for its revolutionary design, but the significance of its first owner, Aline Barnsdall to 1920s and 30s Socialism. The hardware store at 1801 N. Western Ave. would be recognized as the former location of Flower View Gardens. The Ito family who built it was among the first Japanese Americans in Los Feliz to tend flower farms in the foothills below Griffith Park from 1917 to 1942. Also, SurveyLA would
Can you recommend a neighborhood or structure important to a Los Angeles trend such as race relations, film, transportation and aerospace? Survey LA has already received some 1,000 nominations. canals and bridges are being documented. Historic districts range from residential neighborhoods to industrial complexes,” she said. SurveyLA seeks to uncover sites where significant social events occurred. For example, a 1964 demonstration by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which prevented members of the White Citizens Council from leaving
Surge of Car Break-Ins And Stolen Bikes FRANKLIN HILLS—A surge of vehicle break-ins and bicycle thefts were reported from July 11th though July 17th, according to the Franklin Hills Residents Association’s newsletter. Most of the bikes taken were from under car apartment garages, according to the newsletter, that had locks on them. Items taken included cameras, lens, bikes, electronic devices, computers, garage door openers, laptops, television and cell phones. The newsletter reports that some locations where the thefts occurred were: 1900 and 2000 block of Rodney Drive; 3900 to 4300 block of Los Feliz Blvd., 2000 block of Hillhurst Ave., 4600 block of Clarissa and 1300 to 2600 block of Glendale Blvd. August 2010
recognize Los Feliz for its significance to early 20th century film production. Today’s reminders, such as DeMille Drive in Laughlin Park and KCET’s brick studios on Sunset Drive, have already been noted by SurveyLA, according to Donald Seligman, through the efforts of the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) which Seligman serves as president. “The LFIA is very supportive of this project and we provided SurveyLA with a trove of research formatted on DVD and hardcopy. We provided lists of important architects’ works, celebrity addresses through the last 100 years, as well as our oldest housing stock. I would be surprised if they have any more material from any other part of Los Angeles than what they have for Los Feliz,” he said. Can you recommend a neighborhood or structure important to a Los Angeles trend such as race relations, film, transportation and aerospace? Survey LA has already received some 1,000 nominations. Visit www.SurveyLA.org to fill out the “My Historic LA” form. Identify a resource which warrants evaluation by professional consultants and you will lead the way to preserving history. And watch footage of 1930s era Olvera Street, 1940s era Venice and 1950s era Hollywood at the SurveyLA.org site. www.losfelizledger.com
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vices especially for kids and everyone that is looking for jobs,” said Melissa Potter, senior librarian at the Silver Lake branch. “The change in hours will cause a huge inconvenience for people who use the library facilities on a regular basis, [like] people who come to the library to apply for jobs and check their e-mail.” One of the most popu-
expensive,” she said. According to Mark Stong, president of the fundraising group “Friends of Los Feliz Library,” there has been a 30% staff cut systemwide and a 38% cut in hours in programs to the general public. Since December 2009, Friday morning hours were eliminated and in April 2010, Sundays were as well. “Time will tell,” said
“The change in hours will cause a huge inconvenience for people who use the library facilities on a regular basis…” — Melissa Potter, Silver Lake Library lar programs at the Los Feliz branch is story time for children. With the new budget cuts, story time will not be as often and when it does happen, will be shorter in duration. For some, the impact will be felt each week. “We come to story time almost every Wednesday. It’s great to have free programs,” said Devin Dworsky, a nanny of two children, Chloe and Ryan. “Ryan loves books and reading and he’s met a lot of his friends here. It’s a good social atmosphere and it’s nice to have something to do that isn’t
Stong, “the impacts on the community. . . we don’t have a crystal ball to see how this will all turn out.” Stong said the cuts will not affect the work of the fundraising group, including its popular monthly book sale. “We’re positive thinkers,” he said. The system includes the Central Library downtown, eight regional libraries and 64 branches. For information about locations and hours visit: http:// www.lapl.org.
Several Long-Standing Members of GGPNC Board and Committees Resign By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—In rapid succession, several members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) board and its committees have tenured their resignation. Bernadette Soter, Kenneth Owen and Dan Hooper have all stepped down from their positions since April. Each resignation was tenured separately, and the three seem to be unrelated. Owen, who served as chair of the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation (PZHP) committee, sent his resignation letter to former president Charley Mims on April 10th of this year. He had held the position for nearly four years, and stated in his letter that he felt it was time to move on. “The current situation facing the committee, because of the economic malaise, is less critical than it has been during the last five or six years,” he wrote, “and thus this is an appropriate time to pass the chair to another.” During his time as chair, the PZHP committee worked on such issues as the expan-
sion of local businesses, the commercialization of Griffith Observatory and affordable housing. In his letter, Owen also reiterated the current status of several matters that are currently in front of the board, including pending requests for the committee’s support of liquor licenses for several local restaurants. Owen was unavailable for comment. Bernadette Soter, longtime activist on issues surrounding Griffith Park, submitted a letter to a group of undisclosed recipients on July 2nd announcing her resignation. Soter did not run for reelection to the GGPNC board this year, instead opting to serve only as the head of the neighborhood council’s Parks, River and Open Space (PROS) committee. Soter did not respond to repeated attempts by the Ledger to reach her for comment, however members of the PROS committee expressed their sadness over her resignation. “It’s a huge loss,” said
Laura Howe, who also serves as co-chair for the PROS committee. “She’s one of the most dedicated people that have ever participated in the community.” After joining the GGPNC in 2004 as the chair of the PROS committee, Soter, a longtime environmental activist, was an outspoken advocate for open space in Griffith Park. Beginning in 2005, she was a key player in drafting the Griffith Park Master Plan as part of a city-appointed team called the Griffith Park Draft Master Plan Working Group. Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, with whom Soter worked closely on matters concerning the park and surrounding areas, expressed his surprise and disappointment over Soter’s resignation. “Bernadette Soter has had a great impact on the betterment of Griffith Park,” he said in an e-mail statement, adding that her “love of the park” was evident in many of her endeavors. see GGPNC page 22
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