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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?

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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.    

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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.

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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 “National Night Out.� 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.   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.   The event provides a great opportunity to “socialize with your neighbors by bringing whatever you would be doing in your backyard to the front of your property�, she Monique Frese, a resident of Los Feliz.  “Brighten 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.� For free registration materials call 1-800-NITE OUT or visit the National Night Out website at www.nationalnightout.org. 

in the home’s preservation,� according to Ennis House Foundation President, James DeMeo. Now, even at the “bargain� price of $7.5 million, it is doubtful many buyers will be able to afford the necessary renovation—the house is rumored to need upwards of $7 million in additional structural repairs and maintenance. From one particularly picky seller’s point of view, these properties are still rare works of art, and should be treated as such. Yet, from the buyer’s perspective, the evocative allure of owning a Wright house no longer outweighs the conservation concerns, despite the properties’ history and legacy in Los Angeles. “If 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,� explained Wim de Wit, Head of the Getty’s Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art. “It demands quite a bit to live in a landmark building.� 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 Wright’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 “capital A� architecture, and would surely balk at being described as a

“realtor� 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. Doe’s care in the sale and

maintenance of each listing has even developed an unofficial catchphrase in real estate circles: “WWCD: What Would Crosby Do?� Many buyers seek Doe’s advice about how to maintain the architects’ 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: “The new owners have ruined it. Inside there is almost nothing left. And worst of all, they think they have improved on Neutra. It’s as if someone bought a Monet and then said, ‘I don’t like the sky here and I want more flowers there.’� 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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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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The Dog Days of Summer By Jennifer Clark Ledger Contributing Writer Want to sneak in one last weekend getaway with your dog before Labor Day? Here are some Fido-friendly choices. If you’re looking for a river respite, Russian River Getaways may be the place for you. Located in Guerneville along the Russian River, these rental homes are all dog friendly. Not only can your pet frolic in the relaxing River, but you can also take in the stunning redwoods, wineries and leash-free beaches all just 70 miles north of San Francisco. The camping enthusiast can enjoy staying closer to home at Leo Carrillo State August 2010

Park Campground off of the Pacific Coast Highway. This site offers space for both tents and RV campers. It’s located near a dog-friendly beach as well as tide pools. Or head east to Palm Springs. The Caliente Tropics Resort allows dogs at an extra cost of $20 a night. The Palm Springs dog park, located behind City Hall, boasts a 1.6 acre off-leash playground. And you will love being able to see the scenic dessert views at The Purple Palm, which will also provide your dog with a bowl of water when you eat on their patio. Dogs deserve their days of summer too! www.losfelizledger.com

space with The Little Knittery since she relocated within Atwater Village last year, but even after splitting the costs of rent, Harth said she has still seriously worried about being able to pay her overhead costs since January. “It’s been too hard to survive here. It’s been an ongoing struggle. Every month was a little better, but then it sudden-

it takes to keep your doors open. If that means being Glendale Blvd., following in there 15 hours a day, just do March. it. Deal with it. That’s what I In late July, All Aboard! do and believe in.� Boutique, 3195 Glendale During the Atwater VilBlvd., closed for good and lage Neighborhood Council Carolyn Hamilton, owner of (AVNC) meeting last month, Importante at 3149 Glendale the board announced that Blvd., decided to relocate and they would be hosting “Sumconjoin with a similar room mer Nights on the Boulevard� decor and accessory shop in this year in order to continue Hollywood called to support local Mush, located at businesses. “It’s been too hard to survive here. 5661 Hollywood Summer Nights Blvd. on The Boulevard It’s been an ongoing struggle. “One (bouwill take place from Every month was a little better, tique) would 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. close, and then but then it suddenly dropped off.� on Aug. 26th and another and anagain on Sept. 23rd — Gina Harth, Owner All Aboard! other,� Hamilton on Glendale Boulesaid. “Two years vard. ago, there was an ly dropped off. It hasn’t been The board is also helpexcitement of Atwater. At the what I made in Echo Park,� ing to promote the chamber’s time we had five art galleries. she said. “Other businesses “Shop Atwater First� camNow, we have one and a half, in the area have closed down. paign that was inspired by and a few good restaurants, This area isn’t really known as AVNC Co-Chair Leonora but retail is just dying here. a shopping area anymore. It’s Gershman-Pitts. Hamilton said she decided more of a service area now.� “The point is to always to move after a friend offered Andy Hasroun, president shop Atwater first, until I abto let her rent out some of the of the Atwater Village Chamsolutely cannot get what I need space in her own shop. ber of Commerce and owner here and I have to go to Silver “I’m going to pay her rent, of 55 Degree Wine at 3111 Lake and Los Feliz,� she said. I bring over my inventory, we Glendale Blvd., said it’s not “We want our stakeholders to both promote the same store the state of the economy or know that you can get almost and it’s a way to keep costs the neighborhood to blame for everything that you need right down,� she said. the failure of local businesses. here in Atwater. It benefits all Gina Harth, owner of All It’s the fault of the businesses of us.� Aboard! Boutique, originally owners themselves. opened up in March 2005 in “A successful business EDITOR’S NOTE: As the LedEcho Park, and later moved person is the person that ger went to press, Carolyn Hamto Atwater Village because of knows how to maneuver ilton, of Importante contacted a sudden increase in her rent in bad times,� he said. “It’s us with concerns she had about that she said she could not knowing how to work around our story. See an edited version shoulder. it and keep it alive in bad of the letter from Hamilton, at Harth has shared her store times, and doing whatever www.losfelizledger.com ATWATER from page 1

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Photos & More Needed For Atwater History Book By Caitlin M. Foyt Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—“Friends of Atwater Village” wants all of your old photographs, newspaper clippings, documents and local business receipts. If you lived in Atwater Village between 1900 and 2000, your history would be a welcomed addition to a photographic history book project that aims to preserve the memories and history of Atwater Village. “If people pass away, that treasured photograph may be

Kiwanis Club Organizes Free Dental Clinic for Children LOS FELIZ—The Hollywood/ Los Feliz Kiwanis Club has announced a free dental clinic for needy children in the Hollywood and Los Feliz communities. As of July 1st, in conjunction with the YMCA and QueensCare, the Kiwanis Club launched a summer long free dental clinic at Selma Elementary School in Hollywood.   The clinic provides basic dental care including check-ups, cleanings, fillings, with more advanced care available through follow-up visits. To date the clinic has improved the lives of 63 children and remains open to any child in need.   Info and applications are available at www.hollywoodlosfeliskiwanis.org or by calling Club President Robert Menz (323) 522-6941.

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lost forever, but if it’s in the book, it’s there for forever,” said “Friends of Atwater Village” board member Luis Lopez. “It’s the 100 year anniversary of Atwater Village and it’s a great time to spark that interest.” “Friends of Atwater Village” is also asking for former and current residents or business owners to share their personal Atwater Village History. Submit all memorabilia to “Friends of Atwater Village” by late August to be duplicated and considered for the book. The history book will be available on store shelves in early 2011. Visit www.friendsofatwatervillage.org for more information.

Tango at the Ford Aug. 21st HOLLYWOOD—Fiesta Argentina will return for its 6th straight season to the Ford Amphitheatre, Aug 21st at 8 p.m. Free tango lessons and a picnic begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, $35 and $12 for children. A portion of the event will be played in authentic old instruments and the artists will be dressed in the attire of the beginning of the tango age. The performance will showcase Osvaldo Roval— known today as “The Tango Legend;”—Pablo Goldstein on the flute; Hugo Weinzinger, on guitar; pianist Jorge Bernieri; bassists Jorge Pineda and badoneonist Jorge Trivisonno.

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Roosevelt Café – Something for Everyone By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—Mike Azarian, the owner of the Roosevelt Café at the Roosevelt Golf Course in Griffith Park, smiles when he says he has seen many of his dreams come true.   In the past year or so, he first bought and renovated the Los Feliz Café (Formerly Eat) at the Los Feliz Golf Course; followed that up with purchasing and renovating the Roosevelt Café, and got married all around the same time.   Azarian gained valuable experience working in his family’s restaurant in Germany before coming to the U.S.  Even though he has yet to turn 30, he earned his stripes in food and catering managing large banquets and events in the Sunland, Tujunga, La Crescenta Area The young proprietor brought back to life the bold red and white décor at the Los Feliz Café.   He kept the old neon “Eat,” sign front as a reminder of when it was first built in 1957.  Long-time neighbors said they appreciate the renovation and have re-discovered

the shaded patio coupled with its American diner menu as a peaceful meeting place.    The Roosevelt Café, built

in 1992, has served as a clubhouse for many, and a place to unwind after golf.  Located at 2650 Vermont Ave. across from the Greek Theater—in the heart of Griffith Park—the

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Summer Beers By Tara de Lis Ledger Columnist So far this summer, we’ve covered two types of refreshing drinks to ward off the heat: mezcal, which can be a fancy blended tequila substitute, or rocks margaritas, and crisp rosés, which can add an element of sophistication to backyard barbecues. But there are times when a cold one is the only option. For those triple-digit scorchers that call for something a little stronger than water but nowhere near as potent as hard liquor or even wine, nothing hits the spot like a light-bodied summer brew. Sure, staples like Corona or Red Stripe are a safe bet, but there’s also a whole industry of truly seasonal beers created especially for summer; the opposite of the heavy, highly alcoholic porters and stouts favored in winter. Sometimes cheekily referred to as “lawn mower beers,” producers both big and small are increasingly in on the action. Previously at the forefront of the craft beer movement and now the largest Americanowned brewery in the country, Samuel Adams produces a summer ale that is widely available from April through August. Notes of lemon zest August 2010

are complemented by Grains of Paradise, a West African peppery spice with purportedly aphrodisiac properties. Newcastle is in its second year of summer ale production, following a successful debut in 2009. For lovers of the trademark “Castle browns,” this lighter, hoppier, citruscentric style represents a radical departure, but has served to introduce a new audience to the brand. Central Coast brewery Firestone Walker’s first official entry into the summer ale category, Solace, is a tangerine-scented, slightly clove-y unfiltered brew combining the styles of Belgian Farmhouse ales with Bavarian wheat beers. Out of Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery took their summer ale, Twilight, as a challenge to make a truly interesting lighter-style beer, which is available from May to September. Colorado’s New Belgium, best known for Fat Tire, also makes a popular summer beer called Skinny Dip, an au naturale Cascade hoppy sensation with Kaffir lime overtones. Tara de Lis is a freelance writer who lives in Hollywood. www.losfelizledger.com

location is ideal, but, according to Azarian, the restaurant had fallen onto hard times before he took it on.  

“In my mind I wanted to bring it back to when the people used to love it,” said Azarian.   Unlike the Los Feliz Café, there wasn’t much historical information for the Roosevelt to reference, but Azarian concentrated on sprucing up the surroundings and highlighting the best aspects of the restaurant—convenience and relaxing setting. “It’s for everyone that uses the park—you can be hiker, dog walker, tourist, or just someone who enjoys having lunch in the park,” said Azarian.   Open for breakfast and

lunch, Azarian brought the basics of any fine restaurant.    Working alongside his employees, they serve every-

thing from hamburgers, salads and omelettes to Armenian Shawarma sandwiches.   New customers are finding out you don’t have to play golf to eat there. “At the Roosevelt it’s a restaurant in the park, but you haven’t left the city,” said Azarian.   “I want to make the Roosevelt a destination for our community because it’s there for them.”

City Council Approves Garcetti’s Proposal For New Office of Economic Analysis LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 in July, to approve a proposal by Council President Eric Garcetti to create a new Office of Economic Analysis. According to a statement, released by Garcetti’s office, the office will provide the city with rigorous and independent research to guide job creation and economic development initiatives and to assess other city actions for their impact on jobs and the economy. The office will be funded by Garcetti’s office for one year. After that Garcetti would seek to permanently establish the office. “The Office of Economic Analysis is about ensuring the City has the rigorous, independent research it needs to best create jobs and improve the economy,” Garcetti said, through a statement. “The Office of Economic Analysis will help ensure the big economic picture is taken into account in every City decision that directly or indirectly affects the economy, from business tax reform to traffic improvements.”  

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like Diane Keaton, respected for her passion for Los Angeles architecture, and Madonna, because they made changes not in line with the original design

was already considered past his prime, known mostly for his groundbreaking Prairie Houses in Chicago. In the early 1920’s in the growing city of Los Angeles, Wright sought to reinvent himself and his prac-

In 1922, Wright opened an office in Los Angeles looking for a change, after an unfortunate turn of events at his Wisconsin live-work studio Taliesin, including the brutal murder of his girlfriend by a servant. objective of their houses. In 1922, Wright opened an office in Los Angeles looking for a change, after an unfortunate turn of events at his Wisconsin live-work studio Taliesin, including the brutal murder of his girlfriend by a servant. At 55 years old, he

tice, and he began to experiment with concrete. Wright’s textile-block method was designed to keep the cost of construction and materials down, accessible to any family with a limited budget. The uniform pieces could be cast and laid by the own-

ers themselves, allowing for easy modifications if need be. Wright called this method the “Usonian Automatic,” a play on “U.S.A.,” envisioning the future for middle-class living. Though in the same aesthetic as the Millard House, Wright abandoned all middleclass sensibility with the 1924 Ennis House, his last commission of this type, which was considerably larger and more dramatic.

“In the siting and design of the Ennis house,” according to the late architecture historian David Gebhard in his book, The California Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, “Wright went the furthest in revealing his attachment to the pre-Columbian architecture of Mexico and Central America.” The Ennis House was so sensational that it was used as a movie set several times, including 1959’s House on Haunted Hill.

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Though the middle-class ideal of the textile-block method predated L.A.’s popular Case Study House program by several decades, the trend never caught on. In practice, concrete block construction proved to be quite expensive. For example, in the case of the Pasadena Millard house, Wright contracted the Millards to pay $10,000 to build the house, an already significant sum in 1923; in actuality, it cost $23,000 to build. 
 The houses are even less practical to maintain today. While the privately-owned Millard House has been adequately renovated, the foundation-funded Ennis House has fallen under disrepair. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake and a series of heavy rains in 2005, the city red-tagged the building as uninhabitable and the National Trust placed the house on the 11 Most Endangered list. Under private ownership until 2005, the house is now under the purview of the non-profit Ennis House Foundation. The Foundation has had modest success raising $6.5 million in funding for the stabilization of the house, and has now decided to put the house on the market in hopes of attracting a private buyer. In a statement by the Ennis House Foundation on their website, they explain that “the house needs more stewardship at this point than a small nonprofit can sustain.”

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Market Growth Still Lagging Locally While Demand for Housing Rises By Erik Derr, Ledger Real Estate Reporter The slow growth that led the Los Feliz, Hollywood Hills and Silver Lake/Echo Park neighborhoods into the summer looks to continue through the end of the year, according to market observers. And while local sellers note an up-tick in multiple bids, interest rates continue to hover at basement lows and the local market continues to show greater stability than that of the overall Southland region, sales remain sluggish for higher-end homes. “Right now inventory is low and demand is huge…for homes below the $500,000 mark. I’m seeing them move very quickly, oftentimes with multiple offers and final

amounts higher than the initial listed prices,” said realtor Matthew Morgus of Keller Williams Realty in Los Feliz. However, “once you hit the $1-million-and-over price points, the market goes down after that.” Overall June sales in Los Feliz rose 5% over June 2009 while the median sales price for a single family home, at $684,866, represents a 4.9% increase over the previous quarter, according to Trulia. com, which compiles statistics from area brokers and agents and the local Multiple Listing Service. The average listing price in Los Feliz was $1,225,792 and the average price per

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for collateral, even if they have high-paying positions and are more than able to cover their mortgage payments. In the Los Feliz, Silver Lake/Echo Park and Hollywood Hills neighborhoods in particular, where many residents are high achievers but nonetheless self-employed, “you look at the debt-income ratio and taxes that are so high, you can’t qualify for a loan.” Kische—who recently launched www.AccessHollywoodRealEstate.com, an interactive online video guide—said buyers who refuse to give up their ownership dreams may need to revisit more traditional investment practices, like socking away a little more money for their home nest eggs. “It’s basic economics,” she said. Look for Erik’s September column, September 2nd

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3408 Rowena Ave, Los Feliz $979,000 Purcell/Young 323.671.1267 Stylish 1920s Spanish duplex. Unit 1: 2BR/2BA surrounded by pvt ctyds. Unit 2: 2BR/1BA. Both delivered vacant. Move-in ready w/ newer kitchens & upgraded systems. Income & location!

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3225 Descanso Dr, Silver Lake $899,000 Michael Slater/Tracy Do 323.671.1239 Sleek, 3-lvl Arch’l combines organic warmth w/ stark minimal beauty. Featuring walls of glass, walnut flrs, Carrera marble countertops & much more. Newer ’05 construction incl 3BR/3½BA.

4059 Garden Ave, Los Feliz $599,000 Tess & Gary 323.671.1215 Located moments fm Atwater Vlg is this btfl, renov’d Spanish home w/ 2BR/1BA, dramatic LR, FDR & newer kit. The back grdn is one of the prettiest in Atwater & features a lg patio, fire pit & grassy area.

1928 Spanish in Glendale $425,000 Greg Bender 323.868.6040 1928 Spanish in Glendale w/ 4BR/3BA. Legal 3-unit structure w/ loads of potential & orig details that include a living rm w/ barrel clng & decorative FP, lg kitchen & an att’d gst studio apt.

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Green Dry Cleaning By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columnist A lt hou g h our clothes always seem so squeaky clean after a visit to the dry cleaners, most dry cleaning is ironi-

most dry cleaners in the U.S. Perc has been found to cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, skin, respiratory irritation, and possibly liver and kidney damage and cancer. It also finds its way into the air,

Perc has been found to cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, skin, respiratory irritation, and possibly liver and kidney damage and cancer. cally done using a toxic chemical. Perchloroethylene (or perc, for short) is a synthetic, volatile organic compound (VOC) that is still used as a solvent by

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it’s worth searching for a dry cleaner with green practices, ideally one that uses liquid carbon dioxide instead of perc, since this method does not use harmful chemicals. One local dry cleaner, Holly Hills Dry Cleaning and Laundry in Hollywood (www.hollyhillsdrycleaning.com) switched to liquid CO2 three years ago. “Many of our customers were worried about perc and wanted greener cleaning. We also provide re-usable dry cleaning bags to customers to use instead of plastic bags,” said customer service representative Daniel Miranda. Fortunately, many dry cleaners are adopting a similar organic approach, meaning that our clothes can actually come home squeaky and “clean.” Sustainable Saturdays at Silver Lake Library Solar Electricity for Your Home or Business Discussion and “Q and A” by Matt Moses of Mimeos Sustainability Consultants Sat. Aug. 7th, 11 a.m. Free. RSVP at www.sustainablesilverlake.org or call (323) 913-7453.

Two Silver Lake Residents Involved in Asian American Preservation Movement Under the leadership of longtime Silver Lake resident Bill Watanabe—Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center of Los Angeles and recent recipient of a National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Award—the first national Asian Pacific Islander American/National Trust for Historic Preservation Forum was held in San Francisco in June. The three keynote speakers were Silver Lake resident Dr. Sue Fawn Chung, an Advisor Emeritus of the NTHP; Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council of Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, wife of U.S. Senator Inouye, and NTHP Board of Trustees member; and Anthony Marion Babauta, Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, Dept. of the Interior. The purpose of the forum was to mobilize Asian American communities to participate in the preservation movement of protecting significant buildings, the built environment, archaeological sites and to engage young people in

3305 CARSE DR:Hollywood Hills East. 60’s Post & Beam hideaway on a semiprivate large lot w/ a studio w/ 1 bath & loft area. Updated kitchen. Garage. $799,000 WEB: 0283973 Sonya Coke 323.829.4440 FOR SALE

1668 LUCILE AVE:Silver Lake. Delivered vacant. Fixer side by side duplex near Sunset Junction. 2bd/2ba, 1bd/1ba. Lrg lot. Det garage.$499,000 WEB: 0283965 Sonya Coke 323.671.2304

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Asian American preservation. Approximately 200 people participated in the forum. Historic sites are generally listed on the state and national registers, but according to Elaine Jackson-Rotondo of the National Park Service, only 3 percent of the sites on the national register represent minority locations and of this figure, less than 3 percent are Asian-American. Among the Silver Lake sites for consideration is the former home of the late architect, Eugene Choy. Watanabe will again chair the steering committee that will plan the 2012 forum, tentatively scheduled to be held in Los Angeles.

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1627 ANGELUS AVE: Silver Lake. A quintessential Spanish filled w/ character. Liv rm w/ beamed vaulted clg, crtyd patio, hdwd flrs, FDR, 4bd/3.5 ba. $949,000 WEB: 0283949 Joseph Lightfoot 323.665.1108

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2419 BERKELEY AVE: Silver Lake. Silver Lake. Two Craftsman Bungalows w/period details, updated systems, front hse 2bd/2ba, rear hse 1bd/1ba, prvt alley access, views. $788,000 WEB: 0282379 Joseph Lightfoot 323.665.1108 SOLD IN MULTIPLE OFFERS

1322 MICHELTORENA ST:Silver Lake. Arch’l beauty + brand new legal art studio/gst hse. Beautifully remodeled 3bd/4ba plus office. Great street, great views. $875,000 WEB: 0283892 Neviana Hristova 323.671.2388

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4200-4202 CUMBERLAND AVE: Los Feliz. Great starter duplex w/ large yd & many fruit trees. Two 1bd/1ba units. Priced well & conveniently located. Well maintained. $535,000 WEB: 0283964 Judy Dionzon 323.671.2336 SOLD

2307 LAKE SHORE AVE: Silver Lake. Echo Park. Spacious home w/ period charm and many updates. Beautiful master suite. Set in a wooded corner of Echo Park. $759,000 WEB: 0283871 Joseph Lightfoot 323.665.1108

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Living Longer in Today’s World By Stephanie Vendig Ledger Columnist tions become more prevalent. Today, many of us can For” by Mark Stibich, Ph.D. Some illnesses are associated look forward to a longer life from the about.com website mainly with old age, such as span than ever imagined by (Updated 9/29/09), the folAlzheimer’s. According to the our ancestors. According to the lowing achievements were Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 Census Bureau, the 85 years identified: immunizations and and older population in America is the fastest In the year 2000, the 65+ represented growing age group, and if you manage to get to 12.4% of the population, but by the year 2030, 65, you could have an they will be 19% of the population. average of almost 18 additional years left to live. The Census Bureau has even predicted The average lifespan of that the United States would have people has risen to 78 for men and 84 for women. 5.3 million people aged over 100 in 2100. As a consequence, the current group of million Americans have the people 65 and older is pushing vaccines, motor vehicle safety, disease. 13% of the population. In the work place safety, controlling Living longer depends year 2000, the 65+ represented infectious diseases, heart and upon factors that may not be 12.4% of the population, but stroke mortality, safer, healthin your control, such as genetby the year 2030, they will be ier foods, protecting mothers ics or access to health care. 19% of the population. The and babies, family planning, But more and more, there is a Census Bureau has even prefluoridation of drinking water lot of attention to those factors dicted that the United States and tobacco control. that become our responsibilwould have 5.3 million people But along with living lonity, such as hygiene, diet, nuaged over 100 in 2100. ger, a few problems present trition, exercise, lifestyle and We are living longer and themselves. Chronic condisocialization. At the least, we becoming more numerous for tions rather than acute condia variety of reasons. It isn’t just the sheer numbers (78 million) who were born between Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Care 1946 and 1964, or the large over 40 years of service groups of immigrants who came at different periods in recent history. It is also because of major public health achievements in this country Country Villa Los Feliz that have prevented deaths 3002 Rowena Avenue (by The Coffee Table) once frequent in earlier times. (323) 666-1544 www.CountryVillaHealth.com In the article “Ten Life ExpecAsk for Catherine or Tracey for info or tour tancy Successes to be Grateful

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their own marriage. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to picnic in the plaza and enjoy performance installations, sculptural art and interactive surprises. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45 ($12 for students and children). Ford Amphitheater, Fri. Aug. 13th, 8:30 p.m. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood Hills. Information: (323) 461-3673; www. fordamphitheater.org

BOOKS ‘Here at the Beginning’ and Other Stories This installment of the New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longestrunning spoken-word series, features work by the author Andrea Seigel. Guest performers include Alex Boling, Niki Breitfeller and C.C. Pulitzer. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Sun., Aug. 8th, 7 p.m. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood. Info: (323) 662-7900; www.newshortfictionseries.com Hot Summer Nights Each Saturday night this month, Skylight will stay open until midnight, giving book lovers a chance to squeeze in extra hours of literary enjoyment. The nights will feature snacks, music (some of it live), art and other assorted fun. August 14th will also feature a birthday tribute to the late author Charles Bukowski on what would be his 90th birthday; the party begins at 8 p.m. Skylight Books, Sat., Aug. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 9 p.m.-midnight. 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 660-1175; www.skylightbooks.com Laura Skandera Trombley The Autry’s Women of the West division welcomes renowned scholar Laura Trombley, who has written numerous articles and books about the beloved author Mark Twain, the latest of which is Mark Twain’s Other Woman. Trombley will discuss the unknown side of the legendary author. Trombley is also the president of Pitzer College. Free with museum admission (adults $9, students and seniors $5, children 3-12 $3, children under 3 free). Autry Museum of the American West, Sun., Aug. 8th, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Information: (323) 667-2000; www.theautry.org

COMMUNITY North New Hampshire Block Party This inaugural neighborhood gettogether encourages community members to come out and get to know their neighbors. The festivities include a live jazz quartet, a cake walk and other games, an inflatable bounce house, and a potluck. Guests are encouraged to bring dishes to share; hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Hollywood Lutheran Church, Sun., Aug. 15th, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Feliz. Silver Lake Art Craft and Vintage On the last Saturday and Sunday of every month, this eclectic flea market springs up, showing off vintage clothing, collectibles, arts, crafts and more. Those who work up an appetite shopping can breathe easily, as there will also be a “food truck block party” on the premises. Micheltorena Street Elementary School, Sat.-Sun., Aug. 28th-29th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake. Info: (323) 467-0623; www. silverlakeartcraftvintage.com

KIDS & FAMILIES Children’s Festival of the Arts The Hollywood Arts Council presents the 25th annual Children’s Festival of the Arts. The festival

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THEATER ‘Medea’ Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy demonstrates that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. After Medea is betrayed and cast aside by her husband, Jason (of the Argonauts), she becomes consumed by her own desire for vengeance. This production, directed by Travis Terry, brings new dimension to the play with a modern setting. Tickets are

$20 ($18 for students and seniors). Knightsbridge Theatre, Aug. 6th29th, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 6 p.m. 1944 Riverside Drive, Silver Lake. Information: (323) 667-0955; www.knightsbridgetheatre.com ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ This summer marks a new chapter for the Independent Shakespeare Company, whose free outdoor performances at Barnsdall Park grew so popular a new venue was needed. The ISC’s new Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival this month features Much Ado About Nothing. The Bard’s romantic comedy features not one but two couples navigating the ups and downs of love, plus a cast of misfits, gossipmongers and interlopers. Griffith Park Old Zoo, Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 5th-29th, 7 p.m. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park. Information: (818) 710-6306; www.iscla.org

Micheltorena Street Elementary School transforms into a flea market the last weekend of every month. features live entertainment, kid-friendly workshops, face painting, arts and crafts, special appearances from beloved cartoon characters, and more. Paramount Pictures, Sun., Aug. 8th, noon-4:30 p.m. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. Information: (323) 871-2787; www.hollywoodartscouncil.org

MOVIES ‘All About Eve’ Cinespia’s al fresco summer movie series continues with this screening of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s classic film All About Eve (1950), starring Bette Davis as a fading Broadway star and Anne Baxter as her scheming disciple. A DJ will spin music before and after the screening. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 (available at the gate). Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat., Aug. 7th, 7:30 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Information: www.cinespia.org Free Movie Tuesdays Silver Lake’s new library isn’t just a place to check out books; it’s also a place for community events, such as this weekly movie-screening series. Call for specific movie selections. Silver Lake Branch Library, Tues., Aug. 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, 5:30 p.m. 2411 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. Information: (323) 913-7451, www.lapl.org

MUSIC & DANCE Al Green and the Pointer Sisters Al Green, the legendary soul singer behind such iconic songs as “Let’s Stay Together” and “I’m Still in Love With You,” will perform an evening of old favorites as well as new hits. He’ll be joined by R&B divas the Pointer Sisters. Tickets are $30-$110. Greek Theatre, Sat., Aug. 21st, 7:30 p.m. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 665-5857; www.greektheatrela.com Dudamel Conducts ‘Carmen’ Gustavo Dudamel, the dynamic new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will conduct

this concert production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It marks his first opera in Los Angeles. In addition, a number of rising stars will perform, including Natascha Petrinsky in the title role and Yonghoon Lee as Don José. Tickets are $10-$156. Hollywood Bowl, Sun., Aug. 1st, 7:30 p.m. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood Hills. Information: (323) 850-2000; www.hollywoodbowl.com ‘Iron’ C. Derrick Jones and Nehara Kalev, better known as the husbandand-wife team Catch Me Bird, present their newest piece of work, Iron. The show, which combines dramatic aerial artistry and athletic dancing, is inspired by

Gustavo Dudamel conducts his first Los Angeles opera this month. Photo by Anna Hult.

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Getting Organized By Kathy A. McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer I’m a paper pack rat. I clip articles from newspapers and magazines. I hold onto press kits and I probably have every birthday and holiday card that anyone has ever sent me. I also have a lot of stuff I call “vintage belongings.� Evidently my obsession is inherited: my cousin recently sent me boxes of old pencils, cigar boxes and buttons to sell at the Silver Lake Art Craft &

organizing (http://bneato. blogspot.com) and also writes about the subject for Apartment Therapy. At her Bneato Bootcamp, class participants are asked to bring a box of paperwork they need to organize. I was genuinely surprised that other people showed up on a Saturday afternoon with their boxes—glad to know I’m not the only one dealing with the problem. We made file labels,

At her Bneato Bootcamp, class participants are asked to bring a box of paperwork they need to organize. Vintage flea market. However, her loose buttons revealed to me the depth of my keepsake clutter: not only do I have all of my loose buttons but I also have my grandmother’s button jar and some from my mother. (They are vintage!) Although I didn’t grow up in the Great Depression, I’ve managed to internalize the ethos of that era. I’m a saver though I don’t go far as to carefully save the twine that comes around the Los Angeles Times as my kids’ great grandma Helen did. I am really trying to mend my ways (Good thing I have all those buttons!). And although I don’t think I’m a candidate for A&E s’ Hoarders, I don’t want to watch the show to find out. For some time I have been de-accessing accumulated stuff, and in April I took a class on organizing paperwork taught by Beth Zeigler in Echo Park. She blogs about

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“Opus” at the Fountain Theater Hilarious and Poignant

By Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theatre Critic

By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Restaurant Critic LOS FELIZ—The name is a little odd, but that’s no reason to shun Tangier Korean BBQ, of Tokyo: a fun spot offering a close-to-authentic Korean barbecue experience. With Japanese pop decor, Korean fare and a leftover Moroccan name, it’s a uniquely L.A. spot that’s fun for groups and families. The former Tangier lounge is a large space, with a bar in front, a private room to the side and a dining area with spacious booths with Korean-style wooden divid-

of fresh vegetables for grilling included with the Kobe meal, including squash, mushrooms, asparagus and carrots, which make a nice break from the meat. Unlike some spots where the servers frequently check the grills, diners here grill their own meats, which takes some concentration with thinner, quick-cooking meats.    The well-marbled Kobe Harami slices are a buttery, tender marvel, tucked into a lettuce wrap with a dab of salty soy paste. Sliced chicken

Unlike some spots where the servers frequently check the grills, diners here grill their own meats, which takes some concentration with thinner, quick-cooking meats.    ers. Life-sized anime statutes greet diners at the door, and the walls are lined with colorful Japanese comicbook-style murals.   The menu will be familiar to Korean barbecue fans. Pick either a set dinner or a selection of meats, all of which come with a vast array of panchan side dishes, which include cabbage and cucumber kimchi, potato salad, marinated tofu, bean sprouts, black beans, seaweed, anchovies and broccoli leaves.  The meat is the main attraction, although non-beefeaters can grill up chicken, seafood or vegetables. It’s hard to pass up the weekday deal of $24.99 for unlimited Kobe beef, since that meal also includes chicken and pork kalbi (short ribs). Set meals are huge, adding salad, sashimi and soup to the parade of meats. One nice touch is a plate

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breast doesn’t stand up as well to the grill—skip it if possible and concentrate on beef. Bigger appetites can also choose from traditional Korean dishes like bibimbap, kimchi stew and seafood pancakes. Some dishes seem less spicy than their Koreatown counterparts— the heat might be a little toned down for the Los Feliz crowd, but the food still has plenty of flavor. Meals average $25-$30 a person before alcohol, but the nearly-endless procession of meats means there’s no chance of leaving hungry. Sure, there are plenty of choices for Korean BBQ just a few miles away, but Tangier Korean BBQ brings some welcome variety to the Los Feliz dining scene. Tangier Korean BBQ of Tokyo, 2138 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 663-2000.

v iol i s t— a nd former lover of the lead violinist— d i s a p p e a r s .  Tensions rise when  his replacement, a brilliant young woman in her first professional gig, joins the all male group.  The individuals’ volatility clashes with JIa Doughman and Christian Lebano star in “Opus.” Photo by the group’s deEd Krieger sire to produce Classical music mavens a flawless, harmonious perforand theater enthusiasts alike mance.   The ensuing action will savor “Opus,”              an is at times hilarious, at times insightful look into the emopoignant. tions and angst of a string This  production  is the quartet at the Fountain TheLos Angeles premiere of Opus atre. The play was so successful which received numerous in its July run that it has been awards when it made its 2007 extended through August. debut in Philadelphia with The temperamental memsubsequent performances in bers of the fictional Lazara New York City.   String Quartet are preparing Playwright Michael Holfor a high profile performance linger, a classically trained at the White House when violist, describes the play as the mercurial but brilliant “an exploration into  group

dynamics,  people working together to create something greater than the sum of their parts.”   These emotions are particularly heightened in small ensembles.  Director Simon Levy has skillfully drawn out the different personalities of the five characters without resorting to clichés.   The capable cast of Daniel Blinkoff, Cooper Thornton, Jia Doughman, Gregory G. Giles and Christian Lebano  deftly interpret their complex, high-strung characters creating a counterpoint that complements the intricate chamber music they appear to perform.   The set, designed by Frederica Nascimento provides a pleasing backdrop to the drama.   The play runs without intermission for about 90 minutes. “Opus,” through August 29th at the Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave.  Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.  $25 Thursday, Friday; $30 Saturday, Sunday.  Special rates for students and seniors. Reservations: www. FountainTheater.com or (323) 663-1525. 

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Beautifying Our Neighborhoods By Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilmember It’s been a spectacular few months in the City and I am proud of how communities in the 4th District have been working closely with my office to improve our neighborhoods. One example of that spirit of cooperation is Hoover Walk. Last year, through the patient efforts of Mary Frances Reynolds-Smith, the City’s Community Beautification folks and my staff, (including Mary Rodriguez, who participated as a community member and then as my deputy) we were able to see the gorgeous Ricardo Mendoza mural through to completion. During this long process, we worked with the City Bureau of Engineering to obtain a FEMA grant to restore the wall after heavy rains. The neighborhood worked closely with us over the years as we moved toward completion. Neighbor Paul Rudnicki planted the agave plants, before he died in 2006, that set off the mural nicely. This May, I directed the Bureau of Street services to repave Hoover Street to complete the beautification of this area. This month, Hoover Street neighbors will gather in the culde-sac to celebrate their community. The block party is the best way to meet your neighbors and I think it’s significant that community fellowship begins at Hoover Walk. Another mural project nearby has attracted the same level of community spirit and cooperation. The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) worked with John Marshall High

School art teachers and students on a mosaic tile mural that will grace the site of the Big “M” originally painted on the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and St. George Street. A mural design contest elicited an image of a gorgeous stretch of shades of blue with a silhouette of the famous John Marshall High School tower. Famed mosaic tile muralist, Yuriko Etue will work with students on the installation, which will be finished soon. Keep up the good work and I hope to see you in September at the dedication of the John Marshall High School mural. [eric garcetti]

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for our children. Dilapidated homes, especially those with yards overgrown by weeds and brush, pose a fire danger to the entire neighborhood—just as they drive down property values and quality of life. Make no mistake—this is a citywide problem. Young couples and established professionals have found themselves underwater on their mortgages, leaving modest starter homes and “McMansions” alike empty in every Los Angeles neighborhood. I heard about these problem homes from many, particularly from those struggling to keep up with their own mortgages, who are working hard to protect their neighborhoods and property values from further decline. It was clear that firm action was necessary, so I proposed an ordinance that went into effect in July to deal with this issue. First, the ordinance directs the city to develop an inventory of foreclosed properties, so that we know where these homes are and who is accountable for them. Through this registry, the city will require banks to clean up the properties at their own expense when ordered to do so by the city. Second, the ordinance would establish steep fines—up to $100,000—to crack down on banks that neglect their properties. Those funds will be used to pay for the registry, inspections and enforcement, allowing the city to take action without cost to the taxpayer—the way it should be. The people of Los Angeles should not have to pick up the tab when a financial institution breaks the law. The key to this plan is the people of Los Angeles. While this program will be robust in its inventory and inspection functions, we need the community to be involved. Any resident can—and should—call 311 to report an issue with a foreclosed home, or any non-emergency issue requiring city action, including potholes, graffiti, bulkyitem pick up and more. Addi-

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Recently, Soter became involved in the long-standing conflict among members of the board when she suggested that board member Mark Mauceri had submitted letters to the city printed on falsified GGPNC stationary. Mauceri later accused Soter of inappropriately sending an e-mail to the PROS committee in which she encouraged members to vote in a certain way for GGPNC elections.

Neither accusation was ever confirmed, but the clash, among others, may have con-

she’s tired of being hassled by the members of the GGPNC,” she said. “It’s a constant argu-

Newly appointed president of the GGPNC board Ron Ostrow expressed his gratitude for the work Owen and Soter put in to the board. “Ken and Bernadette put in countless hours of service,” he said. “The two of them were fiercely dedicated to their committees, and they had the respect of the people who worked with them.” Dan Hooper, who also serves as the pastor of the Hollywood Lutheran Church, re-

“Ken and Bernadette put in countless hours of service... The two of them were fiercely dedicated to their committees, and they had the respect of the people who worked with them.” — Ron Ostrow, GGPNC board president tributed to Soter’s decision to resign, said Howe. “I think it’s in part because

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On June 10th, my classmates and I all left for the last time as students. Over the seven years my class and I have been at The Oaks, it has always has been a second home. This column is my way to say goodbye to the school I love. I am attending Oakwood next year, so this is the last column I will write about The Oaks. The teachers and staff at

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Los Feliz Ledger [family matters]

The Boomerang of Helicopter Parenting By Kristen Taylor Ledger Columnist

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He’s right that parents and other caregivers sometimes dictate a child’s actions from dawn to dusk, with most play being directed, supervised, and otherwise shaped by grownups. But I’m not sure that parents do this because they themselves are childish. To me it feels more like parents no longer trust childhood as a means to an end, as if too much (or sometimes, any) undirected free time with friends or on their own will surely lead the children to grow up un-enriched blobs barely able to tie their own shoes, much less appreciate art or win a chess match. But what I found most interesting about Smith’s book

was that it was written in 1957. Smith was comparing his own childhood to that of his son’s, lamenting how child psychologists and Dr. Spock had taken over what, in his day, was a mostly hands-off process. Yet I had just the sort of free-range childhood in the 1970s that Smith thought had passed on in the 1950s. Perhaps these two different parenting styles have always coexisted, with one or the other simply getting more attention or becoming more in vogue as the pendulum swings from generation to generation. According to Smith, we’re not the first helicopter (meaning hovering) parent generation, and it appears that we won’t be the last.

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Los Feliz Ledger [stargazing]

[religion and spirituality]

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By Katherine Spiers Ledger Religion Columnist The Islamic they end up.” minded attitude, Turk wouldn’t Center of Southern California Turk (who holds a position call the Center liberal. has always been a trailblazer: equivalent to imam, but says “Labels are tricky,” Turk the community first organized most people just call him by his said. “Our practice is probin 1952, making it the first of given name) isn’t just preachably on the progressive side. what is now over 80 Muslim ing love and understanding. We don’t mandate that women communities in southern CalIn his five years at the Center, cover their hair, for example. ifornia. It has been at its Verhe has led three pilgrimages But in American terms, ‘liberal’ mont Avenue location since to the Middle East, under the doesn’t really define us. But we the 1970s, joining interfaith initiatives and challenging stereotypes about Muslims. And the Center’s latest venture is the source of heated debate in religious communities. Claremont School of Theology, a United Methodist-affiliated school, recently announced plans to extend their curriculum beyond Christianity and into Judaism and Islam. The Islamic Center is the Muslim partner in this venture. Photo by: Christine Cotter, 2009. This photo originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times. “We think people of faith and morality should apauspices of the Wilshire Cendo often collaborate with very preciate other faiths, by learnter Interfaith Council. Joined progressive organizations, such ing about them. It behooves us by rabbis and Christian leadas ACLU. We’re part of the to develop a cooperative spirit, ers, Turk has taken laypeople National Campaign Against one that de-mystifies what the to the birthplace of the world’s Torture. Liberal churches are other is,” says Jihad Turk, the three largest religions. Here in on board with that. We don’t Director of Religious Affairs at Los Angeles, the Center operfit into a pigeonhole.” the Center. “This program will ates a food bank for Hope-Net, Like many religious orgahopefully leads grads to want a program that distributes food nizations in the Unite States, to work with local Christian, through religious institutions the Islamic Center is trying to Muslim [and other] commuof various denominations. weave together values both old nities, wherever in the world Despite its apparently openworld and new. “Our home is where is our children are raised,” said Turk. And in Los Angeles, those children have the benefit of knowing other cultures.

The moon is absent during the peak night of the Perseid meteor shower, making this a good year to watch the event. The peak is on Thursday night/Friday morning, August 12th and 13th. While a few meteors are visible from the northeast starting at about 11:00 p.m., the greatest numbers— around one per minute— come between 1:00 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.–the start of dawn. A fairly strong, but somewhat reduced, shower

and the fainter planets Mars and Saturn are in close formation during the early evening throught the first three weeks of the month. Conditions for observing are best, looking low in the west at 8:40 p.m. The group is most attractive on the 12th, when the planets are joined by a slender crescent moon. The moon is at last-quarter phase on the 2nd, reaches new on the 9th, is at first quarter on the 16th, and is full on the 24th, two nights

Remember that the greatest numbers of meteors are visible only from wilderness regions far from city light pollution, such as are found in mountain or desert campgrounds. should be visible the next night (Friday night/Saturday morning), again at its best between 1:00 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. Remember that the greatest numbers of meteors are visible only from wilderness regions far from city light pollution, such as are found in mountain or desert campgrounds. Use a deck chair or chaise lounge to relax look up nearly overhead to the east or northeast. The brilliant planet Venus

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A Case Study in Los Angeles Bureaucracy: The Stop Signs at Rodney and Kingswell

Upset over Richard Stanley’s Column Change

By Matt Summers If you take a stroll through the normally pedestrian friendly streets of Los Feliz you most likely will have crossed the intersection of Kingswell Avenue and Rodney Drive basically, in the heart of Los Feliz Village. One day three years ago, I noticed at the intersection there were no signs along Kingswell. All along Rodney, from Franklin Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard, are four-way stops. Clearly there is a pattern of complete traffic stops in all directions. But, why wasn’t there a four-way stop at Kingswell and Rodney? Traffic in all directions was confused. Cars heading east or west would stop when they didn’t need to. Cars heading south on Rodney would assume Kingswell traffic would stop—and they wouldn’t. Pedestrians would begin to cross the intersection thinking the pattern of four-way stops continued only to be met with an aggressive horn or almost hit. Filled with considerable anecdotal data, I wrote to the

Dept. of Transportation; Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge; the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the editor of the Los Feliz Ledger asking that a four-way stop be erected at the site. The city tested the intersection and deemed a four-way stop was not necessary.   The main justification for this was there has not been enough reported accidents.   Undeterred, I reached out to Councilmember Tom LaBonge. He met with me at the site and agreed to file a motion to induce the Dept. of Transportation to add the stop sign. He did and nothing happened. Still waiting and fighting this two years later, I proposed to the city to add a “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” sign beneath the stop signs on Rodney. They denied my request. Finally, the city, in 2009 approved the removal of the stop signs on Rodney and approved the installation

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of new stop signs on Kingswell, of which would include “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs.  After all my requests to add stop signs to Kingswell, the city will, by removing them from Rodney!   This brings us back to the same predicament as we were in at the beginning.   I tried, once again, to lobby the city to install the 4-way stops. Nothing. Yet just a few weeks ago, surprisingly—amazingly— joyously, my wife drove by Kingswell and Rodney and stop signs were being installed! How they were approved, I don’t know. But the time this simple process took, the cost to a bankrupt city of installing these two stop signs and the overall backwards thinking is obnoxious. If one were to ever look at why a big city is run poorly, the case of the Kingswell at Rodney intersection is a prime example. Matt Summers is a resident of Los Feliz.

If it’s true that Richard Stanley has been fired and will no longer be contributing to the Los Feliz Ledger because of complaints from critics, how very sad for the residents of Los Feliz! I thought the purpose/ mission of the Los Feliz Ledger was to foster community dialogue. As such, I find it reprehensible that a little criticism would stifle openness in the conversation. Since I don’t pay for the Ledger, I can’t threaten to cancel my subscription; but I will think twice about placing any value on information contained in the publication in the future. I’ve always found Richard Stanley’s column to be very informative and helpful in demystifying the real estate business and practices. I don’t understand how anyone can construe his columns as disparaging of realtors or the industry in general. If the criticism is being leveled by other brokers or industry members then perhaps a little introspection is in order. Pebble Wilkins

www.losfelizledger.com

I have just heard that the regular columnist Richard Stanley has been discontinued. That is a shame! His outlook toward Los Feliz has been to keep faith with its roots, the historic residences (without legal constraints), and honesty in real estate dealings. He found the condo I am now in. What is more, he has written cogently about many topics in the real estate business in Los Feliz and in general. My sister in law has been a realtor in the Denver area for years and has been furious with the selfish wheelerdealers in her profession who besmirch others who are scrupulously honest. Sound familiar? Charlotte Cremin Finley Avenue

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