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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 7. No. 2

Read by 100,000+ Residents and Business Owners in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Echo &Park & Hollywood Atwater Village Hollywood Hills Hills

Recent College Tuition Hikes Hurt But Not a Deterrent

GGPNC Executive Board Dismisses Grievances By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer

By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer

GRIFFITH PARK—The executive committee for the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) voted unanimously in July to dismiss three grievances lodged against the council for allegedly violating state open meetings laws, saying the complaints lacked “merit.”

The committee’s decision came after GGPNC President Ron Ostrow had the grievances reviewed by the city attorney who determined none posed a legal liability for the GGPNC. Only one grievance, dealing with an outdated public notice posting, according to Ostrow, was found in violation of the Brown Act. In response to the dismissal, Tor Hyams, who authored two of the grievances and is the council’s former vice-president of administration, said he may appeal the decision to the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees all neighborhood councils. The executive committee’s findings, said Hyams, is “what I expected… That’s for me a real shame.” The one issue that was found in violation dealt with an accidental posting of a year-old meeting notice, for see GGPNC page 18

Community News: Marian Dodge honored at HPOZ Dedication Ceremony, page 4

THE PLEASURE OF A COOL FOUNTAIN ON A HOT DAY: An unidentified woman and a child enjoy cooling off at the Mulholland Fountain on Los Feliz Boulevard. Photo credit: Alex Pinon.

Street Fair Judged A Success

Sunset Junction Owes $260K to City for 2010 Festival

By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer of professionals,” said John HOLLYWOOD BLVD—The Forrester, who along with 18th annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair was a success July see STREET FAIR page 13 24th after cancellation in 2009 and being nearly insignificant in 2010, due to lack of vendors and attendees. Some 20,000 attended this year’s festival, held for the first time on Hollywood Boulevard. Another 200 vendors were on hand, as well as schools, community organizations and about a dozen food vendors. “We were humbled to have Rob Crites of Hollywood entertains the thousands worked with such that attended the annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair, an incredible team Sunday, July 24th.

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People In My Neighborhood: Amy Craik (right) forms club to help homeless teens, page 10

Recent tuition hikes at the University of California and California State University campuses are not enough to discourage some of this year’s incoming freshmen, but have created more financial hardship, so say students and educators in the Los Feliz area. In July, the UC Board of Regents approved a 9.6% tuition hike effective this fall, on top of an 8% hike approved last November. The California State University Board of Trustees also in July, approved a 12% tuition increase, also on top of an already approved see TUITION page 22

2011 Festival in Jeopardy By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer

Photo credit: Alex Pinon.

The committee’s decision came after GGPNC President Ron Ostrow had the grievances reviewed by the city attorney who determined none posed a legal liability for the GGPNC.

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SILVER LAKE—The Sunset Junction Street Fair still owes the city of Los Angeles $267,683 for their 2010 event, and this month’s event— scheduled for Aug. 27th and 28th—is in jeopardy of being cancelled if event organizers cannot pay their outstanding balance, according to Julie Wong, communications director for Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. According to Wong, she expects Garcetti will try and block this year’s event until organizers have settled last year’s bill. Karen Sundell, a spokesperson for the street fair, said the front office declined to comment on the debt issue. She added, however that the event’s organizer, Micheal McKinley, has staged the fair “for the last

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31 years and has a lot of passion” for the fair, which has, in turn, developed extensive goodwill in the community. “It would be a real shame,” Sundell said, if the street fair were “kept from going forward.” The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) approved a motion at their July meeting to indeed ask city officials to withhold issuing any permits to Sunset Junction organizers for this year’s event until the bill was paid and it had proof it had enough money to fund this year’s projected costs. “I think it’s now officially disgusting if [Sunset Junction Street Fair’s owner] is allowed to do this,” without paying, said SLNC councilmember Paul Neuman.

School News: OMGC’s New Principal, Allison Essman, page 19

Los Feliz Ledger [letter from the publisher] Contrary to reports that newspaper readership is declining, a report from 2010 on MediaPostNews suggests that the number of readers-per-copy of newspapers has actually been increasing in recent years. According to a study conducted by the Scarborough Research and the Newspaper National Network, over the past three years, the number of readers-per-copy has risen 7.5% to an average of 3.3

adults per household. What this means is that more and more, a newspaper is passed along among multiple members of one household. This is certainly the case in my own household as we all read the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and of course, the Los Feliz Ledger. While we print and distribute 34,500 copies of the Ledger each month, this means we have potentially 100,000+ readers. We have reflected this change in our nameplate.

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DWP Said It Will Rethink Pipeline Displacing Grassy Knoll By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Weeks after red paint marks suddenly appeared on several sycamore trees next to the Silver Lake Reservoir and alarmed residents started an effort to save the trees from removal, the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (LADWP) said it’s rethinking the water-routing project that would jeopardize the trees. Before the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Reservoir Complex Committee and 60 or so other members of the public, Glenn Singley, the utility’s director of water engineering, unveiled a second, more tree-friendly proposal for the water pipeline and see GRASSY KNOLL page 20


AVNC Plans Fall Projects By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council has scheduled its annual Fall Festival—when local businesses open their doors to school-aged, costumed visitors and their families—for Oct. 28th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Early October is also when the council will landscape with drought-resistant plants, the Glendale Drive medians. The

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project won $2,500 in funding through “Clean and Connected Communities,” a beautification initiative administered through L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti’s office. Also the council has received a $2,500 grant for a community clean-up spearheaded by the Friends of Atwater Village, also for this fall.

During the council’s July meeting, members were updated on the California High Speed Rail Project, for which planners have proposed using existing tracks that run alongside I-5, through Atwater Village. When fully functional, the electric-propelled line between Los Angeles and San Francisco will reach speeds up to 220 mph and take an estimated two hours and 40 minutes one way. “I want the AVNC to be

a part of the decision-making process,” said council member Alex Ventura. Currently in the development stage of its environmental impact review, the rail project is expected to accept input from government officials, community representatives and individual stakeholders before plans are finalized and construction—expected to be at least $45 billion—starts in August of next year.

Echo Park NC Considers Forum on Proposed DWP Rate Hikes By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer ECHO PARK—Another public storm over proposed rate increases by the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (DWP) is expected to pass over the city soon and hit the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) this month. The council last month tabled a discussion of the utility’s recently-announced rate increase plans and said topic would likely be taken up at its regular meeting in August. GEPENC president Jose Sigala said the council is considering organizing a community forum on the issue, including presentations from the DWP and city representatives. DWP officials want an overall water rate boost, for residential and business customers, of an average 5.1% annually, for a total of 15.3% over three years. Energy would see an average 5.6% rise annually, or about 16.8% over the next three years. The increases would mean an average consumer would pay about $2.24 more annually for water, $4.04 annually for power—or, over the proposed three-year term, a total of about $6.72 and $12.12 respectively. COMMUNITY NEWS

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Balloon Giveaway Sparks GGPNC Debate By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council approved up to $950 for biodegradable balloons and other supplies to be used at this year’s Los Feliz Village Street Fair, even though the topic set off a debate amongst board members that the giveaway item was not environmentally friendly. Tomas O’Grady, one of Los Feliz’s more outspoken green living activists, said he couldn’t fathom how the council could spend time, energy and funding on other green initiatives, but then buy something so ecologically unfriendly as balloons. “If we aren’t really committed to being green, then just tell me now,” he said. “I’m insulted. I really am.”

Also opposed to the balloon giveaway was Leslie Van Keuren Campbell, a member of the GGPNC’s “Green Committee.” “A balloon is going to fly in the air, going to burst, it becomes a danger to fish and birds,” she said. The balloons, ordered by the newly installed chair of the GGPNC’s outreach committee, Dan McCarthy, said the balloons were the most expedient way the GGPNC had to offer outreach at the fair. The council, at the same meeting, also voted to support state Senate Bill 568, calling for a ban on polystyrene food containers; another that directs the GGPNC to only use 100% post-consumer recycled paper when printing agendas

and supplemental materials; and one that supports an ordinance restricting the distribution of single-use plastic bags in the City or Los Angeles. “There will be millions of dog owners wondering… what they’re going to do now,” said council member Nelson Bae.

A Birthday Present for Marian Dodge By Michael Locke, Ledger Contributing Writer A surprise birthday party was held for Los Feliz community activist Marian Dodge as part of the celebration marking the Hollywood Grove as one of Los Angeles’ newest historic preservation overlay zone (HPOZ) districts. Dodge became active in

the Los Feliz Historic Survey and History Committee, identifying the Hollywood Grove as a potential HPOZ around 1990. Her willingness to act upon the many follow through efforts, such as getting the survey printed, never let up. A retired Marshall High School teacher, Dodge rose through the ranks of leadership in the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA), becoming the organization’s president. Through the years, she has been an advocate for issues affecting Griffith Park, and helped to establish Friends of Griffith Park; she is currently president of the Hillside Federation representing neighborhood groups in lobbying City Hall. Five years ago, Dodge met Scott Larson, Homeowner Representative of Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC) to review the larger HPOZ proposed for Los Feliz. The two moved for-

ward with the neighborhood most directly threatened by development in Hollywood— hence Hollywood Grove. With support from the neighborhood, HUNC, the LFIA, the Oaks Homeowners Association and Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, success was finally achieved. The group acknowledged Dodge’s leadership at the Hollywood Grove Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday, July 16th.


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9-4 GGPNC Supports New Scientology Center on Hillhurst By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer Despite voting to reject the project a month before, the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) agreed, 9-4 in July to support a proposed Church of Scientology center at the corner of Hillhurst Ave. and Avocado Street after designers shifted the development’s vehicle access from Avocado to Hillhurst. The proposed two-story, 5,143 square-foot building at 2131 N. Hillhurst Ave. that would serve as a new center for the church—will replace the existing Scientology Mission location at 1934 N. Hillhurst Ave. The church will need a conditional use permit for the project, as the long-vacant site of the planned center includes one parcel zoned for commercial use and two for residential. Local Scientology leaders sought the blessing of the advisory neighborhood council before appearing before city zoning officials.

Atwater’s Last Summer Night on the Blvd. Set for Aug. 25th The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) and the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce will present their last “Summer Nights on the Boulevard,” Aug. 25th from 5-10pm. During the event—which has been held the last Thursday of the month since June— businesses on Glendale Blvd. stay open later. Art and music are also available. Earlier during the summer series, the “Art on the Boulevard Art” competition was hosted by Santosha Space and Hypnotiq Solutions and showcased works created in the HypnoArt Workshops and artwork by Los Angeles-based artists. The July competition was judged by Betsy M. Hall of the Los Feliz Ledger, Kumbi Butler of Heartbeat House, Kyle McGough and Alex Ventura of Ventura and Sons Masonry. “Art on the Boulevard” is accepting submissions for the August competition  Info:

Atwater History Now In Print The Friends of Atwater Village (FAV), along with Arcadia Publishing, have announced the publication of Images of America Atwater Village. There will be a fundraiser and book signing event for the publication on Aug. 25th, hosted by Alias Books, 3163 Glendale Blvd., during summer Atwater’s “Summer Nights on the Boulevard,” 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other events include a book signing at Pot-Ted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd. Sept. 15th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sept. 27th, a presentation, fundraiser and book signing at the Atwater Village Branch Library, 3379 Glendale Blvd., 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Books are also available at Luis Lopez Automotive, 2751 Fletcher Dr.; Speed Co Fax & Pack, 3371 Glendale Blvd. and Vince’s Market, 3250 Silver Lake Blvd. The book is also available by mail order for a donation of $21.99 per book plus $5 (up to five books) shipping & handling. Info: (323) 913-2999 or


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“What a relief!” Carla DeGovia of North Gramercy Place admitted when she gathered with neighbors July 16th to celebrate acceptance by the Los Angeles City Council of her neighborhood as a historic district. “No more demolished bungalows!” In the new Hollywood Grove HPOZ, between Canyon Drive and Western Avenue, from Franklin Avenue north to Foothill Drive, the good life of a single family home neighborhood appears secured. Block after block, one relatively flat street after the other, Hollywood Grove seems frozen in time. There was reason for doubt that it would remain so. Redevelopment is underway on the south side of Franklin, and commercial development around Bronson and Canyon Drives was at the back door. Five years ago, when the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council suggested a historic preservation overlay zone to allow review of residents’ proposed structural alterations, Scott Larson of Canyon Drive, and the Neighborhood Council, took the lead. Reviewing HPOZ “how to” manuals provided by Los Feliz Improvement Association representative Marian Dodge, Larson contacted the City of Los Angeles’ Dept. of City Planning. “One hurdle after another presented itself,” he told the neighborhood gathering, which took place in

the back yard of the home he shares with his wife Gwyn and their daughter Johanna. Because of shrinking budgets, he was told that years would pass before a historic district proposal could reach the City Council. To Larson, with a background in law, public relations and hospital administration, the situation called for action. “He reminded me of a ferocious defensive back,” City Councilmember Tom LaBonge said in his remarks to the neighborhood group. Larson brought allies in the community to LaBonge’s City Hall office and Larson’s determination resonated. “Tom [LaBonge] walked us through the appropriate city departments,” Larson said. “’Make it happen’ he told them.” The councilmember found a portion of the funding needed within city coffers to contract with historic survey consultants ICF Jones & Stokes, and Hollywood Grove neighbors pitched in with the remainder. In the end, 139 properties were profiled. Of those, over three-fourths had the attributes of the era in which they were built. Seventy percent of homeowners signed petitions supporting the HPOZ. With research and public support behind them, Larson and LaBonge had the ammunition needed to alert the once reluctant Planning Department. The motion to create the district sailed through the City Council.

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Belmont Village: Bringing Out the Best By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Contributing Writer

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HOLLYWOOD—Belmont Village is a senior living facility centrally located adjacent to the Hollywood Bowl. The facility was built in 2001 with every comfort for seniors and visiting families in mind. “I lived in Park La Brea, but I was still kind of lonesome,” said Joy Gray, 82. “Here, there’s always something going on. . .physical exercises every day, and the food is incredible.” Some current and former residents of Belmont Village are honored in “American Heroes Portraits of Service,” a gallery of portraits at the center. From women who served in the USO—to men who battled in the Pacific and Europe—the World War II veterans, each holding a timehonored artifact or photo of themselves present their individual story of valor and accomplishment.  It’s the kind of spirit at Belmont Village that draws in and brings comfort to residents.  “I didn’t expect to be here after being very active

throughout my life in the acting and teaching world, but I’m getting more into it,” said Freddie Sands Salerno, 84. “I love the people here and getting to know friends and painting, which is something I didn’t know I could do.” Along with a myriad of activities and services, Belmont Village offers the “Circle of Friends” program tailored to meet the needs of those experiencing mild cognitive impairment. Residents in the program enjoy mental and physical fitness exercises along with ability-centered activities in a group setting. The program promotes mind and body fitness, and strengthens self-esteem and confidence. “Knowing that she has activity during the day is much nicer for me,” said Darcy Vebber of Hancock Park who helped her mother, Ann Evans, 95, move into Belmont Village about a year ago. “Once she settled into the routine I find she is so much calmer and happier and definitely less lonely now.” 

Patients Moved to New Childrens Hospital Building SUNSET BOULEVARD—After months of training and preparation, doctors, nurses and staff at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles moved more than 200 inpatients into its new $636 million Marion & John E. Anderson Pavilion July 17th. All patients that were currently admitted to the hospi-

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New Plaza Coming to Sunset Junction By Eric Garcetti LA City Council President The Silver Lake community has selected the local “All That is Solid” design team as the winner of the Sunset Junction Streetscape Competition.  The team’s design for a permanent art installation will be built as part of the new $1.5 million community plaza, located at Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards—that will begin construction in 2012.  The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and other Silver Lake organizations and community leaders appointed a competition jury of architects, artists and local stakeholders who reviewed more than 50 design submissions.   The jury selected five finalists who were invited to present their ideas at a meeting for Silver Lake stakeholders.  At the end of the meeting, stakeholders voted and selected “All That is Solid,” a team comprised of Danielle Wagner, Alex Chew, Max Kuo, and Heather McGinn.    Criteria for the designs included sustainability, ease of maintenance, pedestrian circulation, bicycle racks, seating, use of shade trees, and the design’s relevance to Silver Lake and Sunset Junction’s culture and history.   Construction on the project was originally slated to begin at the end of this year, but the process was temporarily halted to accommodate the community’s interest in adding a community-driven installation as part of the improvements.  Preparations for construction are now back on track and we will likely break ground early next spring. 

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18 Goals for Griffith Park By LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge August heat means we’re entering the wildfire season. Make sure you’re in compliance with city brush clearance regulations. A wetter rainy season means more growth and more fuel for wildfires. Find out more about preventing wildfires at www. Work continues on the Lower Reach of the Dept. of Water and Power’s River Supply Conduit Improvement Project in the Silver Lake area. Crews will begin working on Glendale Boulevard and West Silver Lake Drive. For information: date at www.ladwp. com/rcs4. My colleagues and I on the City Council have approved construction of a $29 million dollar LAPD station in Atwater that will replace a temporary station. The new 45,000 square-foot facility will serve as headquarters for the Northeast Divsion, patrolling a 29 square-mile area and serving about a quarter million residents, including Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Construction begins next summer. At a recent meeting of the Griffith Park Resource Board, where we discussed all things relating to Griffith Park, I shared my objectives for Griffith Park over the next few years. I laid-out 18 goals for the park that you can see on my website The Los Angeles Public Library system has now restored Monday hours to all libraries in the City. Many thanks to the voters of Los Angeles, who approved Measure L, which guarantees more money from the city’s General Fund to pay for library services.

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Reform to Ballot Box Budgeting By Assemblymember Mike Gatto Voters often must rely on 15-second sound bites as they consider ballot measures that make fundamental changes to the state constitution. I have amended my AB 65 to require disclosure when  a ballot initiative seeks to irrevocably dedicate taxpayer dollars to one program forever.  Imagine a monthly household budget of $3,000: $1,500 goes to rent, $500 to car insurance and gas, $500 on food, and $500 on entertainment.  Now imagine living with a rule that the $500 entertainment budget  could never, ever,  be spent on anything else.  It would be pretty upsetting if someone broke their leg during the month and could only go to the movies, not the hospital!  This is no way to run a household and or government.  When large percentages of our taxpayer dollars are “spoken for,” there is little flexibility during tough budget times. We need flexibility to adeptly configure our budget spending for an imminent crisis, a current need, or a future technology.  And it is important voters are warned when they are about to vote on spending tax dollars for a ballot initiative that could very well exist forever. Mike Gatto is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly. He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and parts of Los Angeles, including Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys. He has served in the Assembly since June 2010.


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By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Columnist LOS FELIZ—Fifteen-year-old Amy Craik was taking a class at Los Angeles Valley College when she read a book that prompted her to take action. The book, Girlbomb: a Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum, changed Craik’s vision of homelessness from the proverbial “man on the corner” to a more realistic view of those who are forced to live on the streets. “Someone in my school could be homeless,” Craik said, “and I wouldn’t even know.” Last March when “form a new club day” came around at the Zoo Magnet Center where she attends school, Craik put the word out that a new club was forming. The club, “Teens for Teens,” would be dedicated to helping the homeless youth of Los Angeles. Within a week, club members were washing cars at a fundraiser coordinated by the residents of Hollywood’s Covenant House, a shelter that serves homeless youth from ages 18 to 21. “That’s the most vulnerable age for homeless youth,” Craik

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home Sold But Rest of Market Lagging By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer Amid the recent announcement that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-inspired, 6,000-sq. ft. Ennis House has sold for just under $4.5 million, the Los Feliz/ Silver Lake /Echo Park housing market otherwise shows few signs of positive momentum in single-family sales. Locally, only Los Feliz has seen a recent uptick, according to Median sales prices for a single family home in Los Feliz has increased 3.8%, or $27,500, and the number of sales increased 24.4% over the same time period last year. However, in Silver Lake, the median sales price dropped 2.1%, or $11,000, compared to 2010 and the number of sales decreased 8.3%. Echo Park saw a mixed bag. While the median sales price for homes there increased 4.3%, or $16,000, sales decreased 20.4%. The local numbers seem to mirror those of the wider Southland market, which includes Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties and posted a 14.0% drop when comparing new and resale single-family houses and condos sold between June 2010 and June of this year, according to San Diego-based analyst DataQuick. “The housing market remains dysfunctional and lopsided, just somewhat less so than it was a few months or a year ago,” said DataQuick President John Walsh. “The

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market mix indicates that a lot of potential buyers are either stuck, for lack of equity, or spooked and are waiting things out. Another large, lingering problem is the fussy mortgage market. Qualifying for a mortgage remains difficult for many. Locally, Clint Lukens of Silver Lake-based Clint Lukens Realty, said he sees signs of a “false stabilization of the multifamily market. Rates are incredibly low but jobs are still missing in a major way.” Conversely, according to Lukens, who provides sales and brokerage services for apartment and commercial properties, “we’re definitely seeing rents stabilize and grow a little bit in the Silver Lake area and surrounding neighborhoods which is a great sign.” Rents, he said, are down about 15 to 20% from their peak in 2007, but affordable rates and low inventory are driving multiple offers on deals that end up trading at 2005-2007 prices. “I believe we’re going to see a little uptick and then down tick and a zigzag for at least the next five to seven years,” said Lukens. A study by the UCLA Anderson Forecast shows demand for California homes will indeed increase—but the demand will be for multi-family product. The forecast also suggests a rebound in construction and sale of detached single-family homes isn’t anywhere on the horizon, as slow economic growth will continue.

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Trashing our Seas By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columnist As we sit on the beach and gaze out over the sparkling waters of the Pacific, it is easy to be entranced by the vast and powerful beauty of our oceans and forget about our daily cares. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that our daily lives are seriously impacting these magnificent oceans. Not only do we overconsume fish and generate oil spills, but we have also turned large sections of our oceans into garbage patches. In the North Pacific alone,

midway between San Francisco and Hawai’i, an area larger than Texas is covered with floating plastic debris including bottles, bags, toys, shoes and fishing nets, trash that has floated out to sea from drains and beaches and dumped out of ships (see Tragically, sea birds, fish, turtles and other sea creatures, mistake some of the plastic for food, swallow it and die. Plastic has been one of the great inventions of our age, but we discard it in frightening quantities.

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Designing for Kids By Susann Thomason Tunick Ledger Columnist Designing a child’s bedroom requires function, good storage, whimsy, color and durability. Our design team spends time interviewing the parents and the children. Then, we work to find common ground so all are happy. An oversized window seat is a great feature for a child’s bedroom. It can be a cozy reading area and a place to play. It can also double as an extra bed for sleepovers. Space can be carved out for storage, or a desk can be inserted instead of a bed. We recently designed a baby girl’s room for a couple who wanted a Coco Chanel feel. We used soft pink, paired with black and white, flocked paper inside white moldings.

We used bold striped fabric on the windows. Vintage light fixtures completed the look. The outcome was gorgeous. Most recently we designed a playroom with “stations.” We included a library, puppet theater and dollhouse. The children were ecstatic traveling from one activity to another. Another playroom recently completed had an art area, equipped with tables and a sink for paintbrushes and dirty hands. It also had a loft for lounging or performing musicals on a mirrored stage. We included a make-up area with a secret passage to the stage. We added a sofa on casters so it could be moved where needed. For young brothers we

“If we consume less plastic, recycle what we can, and volunteer for beach cleanups, we can help prevent the growth of these garbage patches and heal our precious oceans,” said Dave Weeshoff of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Senior Ambassador for Heal the Bay ( Weeshoff will be giving a free talk on the subject at Sustainable Saturdays at the Silver Lake Library on Saturday Aug. 6th, 11 a.m. (Participants will have another chance to win a new ZAPino scooter (valued at $3,500) in a free raffle.) Contact or call (323) 913-7451 for more info.

flanked two walls with a low, two-tiered bookshelf. In the corner we added a reading bench and created 48” round chairs with comfy pillows for lounging and videogame playing. The computer desk is durable, fun and provides ample space for storage. Keep in mind for children: lead-free paint is a must. We install safety locks on doors and cover outlets throughout the house. For those with allergies, we prefer wood floors, use faux down comforters and eliminate window treatments made from fabrics. If allergies are not a concern, we use outdoor fabrics for durability. Finally, our personal bias is to keep televisions out of the bedroom. We always add a large magnetic or grease board to encourage creativity and spare the walls from budding graffiti artists.

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Denise Saker produced the event for the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID). “We deeply appreciate our staff, our sponsors, the Los Angeles media corps, the performing artists, and the community visitors for whom we produced this fair.” The last street fair was staged along Vermont Avenue. Several local businesses afterwards complained the event cannibalized their own sales that day. Cesar Jimenez, of Di Carlo Pizzeria, along Hollywood Boulevard, said his business during this year’s fair—which

was from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.— was however, better than most Sundays. Elsa Wong, manager of Maya Jewelry, at Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue felt similarly. “We’re seeing a lot more customers today,” she said. Despite many food booths available, lines along the boulevard at places such as Umami Burger and Yuca’s were healthy. The wider Hollywood Boulevard, according to many, also provided easier flow for pedestrians. Forrester said he won’t know for a while how the fair fared financially.

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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

Two Musicals to Help Beat August’s Heat by Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic August is for rela xation and fun, and what better way to beat the heat than to take in a light-hearted musical. There are two very different shows in the area that fit the ticket and are amenable for all ages.   As You Like It, The Musical is a lively, free production presented by the City of West Hollywood and Classical Theater Lab at  Kings Road Park in West Hollywood.  Written and directed by Tony Tanner, who has been twice nominated for the Tony Award as director and choreographer, the story retains the traditional elements of Shakespeare’s comedy paired with charming original songs and lyrics that add modern references.    Of particular note is the adaptation of the famous monologue, “All the world’s a stage” describing the seven stages of man sung by the melancholy character Jacques. The story is a romance with comic gender  reversals and mistaken identities. The central character, Rosalind, takes refuge with her cousin Celia and the court fool Touchstone after she has been banished by her uncle.  To avoid detection, she disguises herself as a young man named Ganymede.  The story unfolds with love manifested through  various forms.  Orlando who has fallen in love with Rosalind cannot see through her disguise.  Meanwhile, Phoebe,  a


rustic shepherdess, claims she is in love with Rosalind’s disguised male character Ganymede.  In the end love prevails. 1776 at the Glendale Centre Theatre is a different theater experience.  Winner of the Tony award for best musical, the story focuses on John Adams’ efforts to convince his colleagues at the Second Continental Congress to vote for American independence.  The play breathes life into the historical figures.  There is some license with historical fact. Of note are the characterizations of Adams, ably performed by Peter Husmann; Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Jeff Drushal; and John Butz as Benjamin Franklin.  Jason W. Webb  is great as the intensely conservative John Dickinson who balked at rejecting British rule.   Performing theater in the round presents special challenges, and director Todd Nielsen ably moves his cast to create the ambience of Independence Hall.  As You Like It, the Musical at Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood, Sat. Aug, 6th at 4 p.m.; Sunday August 7th at 11:30 a.m.; Sat. Aug. 13th at 4 p.m.; Sunday Aug. 14th at 4 p.m.  Free admission. Reservations advised.  (323) 960-5691 or  1776 runs through August 13th at the Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale on Thursdays through Sundays. $23 to $26. (818) 244-8481.

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Los Feliz Ledger [the good life]

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Cachaca: Great for Summer Cocktails By Tara de Lis, Ledger Columnist

By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist All romantic relationships evolve. When there’s a crisis, there’s also drama. Performance artist, author, screenwriter and director Miranda July’s second film The Future investigates one of those pivotal moments couple’s face: when the future seems predestined and mapped out. Her approach, mixing abstract and literal, with sci-fi elements and a very engaging talking cat that narrates throughout, results in an original film that’s hard to summarize but emotionally true. The Future is based on a performance piece first performed at Los Feliz’s Center for Inquiry. July refined the script and eventually did her initial script read-through also at the Center. Over time, she found herself relating to the characters, including her own, quite differently. “The script turned into other questions, how real adults start taking the long view on things,” she said in a recent phone interview. Although some of the film’s pivotal scenes were filmed just south of Sunset on Parkman Avenue, July does not try to make the Silver Lake location or the city a character in the film. Rather, The Future stays internalized and focused on character. “I’m never a huge place person,” she said. “I can barely find my way around and I’ve been here for seven years,” said July, who lives in Silver Lake. She finds it telling that when the film’s location changes to Tarzana, “it could seem like another planet. And that’s so L.A., and is so different.”

Inspiration for the film came from a sudden break-up and the utter devastation of being broken up with. The desire to stop time was a feeling that July wanted to address. “While nothing in the movie is literally true, I was trying to capture the anxiety of those new feelings and the finiteness of time,” she said. Perhaps the most fantastical element to the film is a talking cat named Paw Paw, whose predicament weaves the film together. Paw Paw is quite the memorable feline. Protected by her own enthusiasm, July felt pretty bold about her talking cat. “You can’t hide it or downplay it,” she surmises. “And now we have the cat in the trailer.” The Future premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and played at the Berlin, SXSW and Los Angeles Film Festivals. It opens in Los Angeles on August 5th. and [Eastside Eye picks for August] Senna. Opening August 12th, this story of charismatic Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna, a three-time world Formula One circuit champion, goes far beyond the typical sports-themed documentary. Remarkably, the archival footage covers many of the most important events in Senna’s all-too-brief life. Expert technique and dramatic footage combine in this compelling non-fiction film that won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2011.

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Pronounced ka-SH A-sa, this rum-like spirit is native to Brazil and was the first liquor produced in the Americas, dating back to the 1500s. The main difference between rum and cachaca is rum is typically made from molasses, while cachaca comes from sugar cane juice. Cachaca makes for a great base in refreshing summer cocktails—perfect for the hot August nights ahead. While there are limitless libation combinations, the most popular and most authentically Brazilian is the caipirinha (kai-pur-EENya)—very similar to a Cuban mojito, minus the mint. It’s most basic form consists of sugar or simple syrup together with lime, topped off with cachaca and lots of ice. Leblon is perhaps the best-known brand in Los Angeles, and the No. 1 selling boutique-style cachaca in Brazil. It’s only distilled one time, which helps the spirit retain the flavors of its sugar cane base. It’s also aged in cognac casks to help smooth it out. The result is high quality and fruit-forward, with woodsy notes. Cabana is another superpremium spirit, in this case double-distilled in copper pots and utilizing only hand-

cut cane that is then freshly pressed, all at its Sao Paulo facility. The taste is crisp and lean, with less of a grassy nose than many others. Cuca Fresca comes a fourth-generation family of cachaca producers in Brazil. Only organically grown sugar cane is used, and the estatebottled Pura Gold cachaca is typically aged in oak for three years, resulting in a ripe and

full-bodied flavor. Boca Loca (“crazy lips” in Portuguese) was one of the first cachacas targeted for the U.S. market, and comes from a single plantation in Brazil. It’s distilled several times yet retains trademark grassy aromas, along with serious sugar cane. Tara de Lis is a freelance writer who lives in Hollywood.

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the GGPNC’s Rules and Elections committee. The public notice posted listed June 9, 2010 as the meeting date, when in fact, the meeting was held June 9, 2011. The public notice also erroneously listed members of the GGPNC that are no longer on the board. “There was no harm, no foul,” in the June 9th posting, said newly-appointed GGPNC treasurer Nelson Bae. It was not an intentional effort to misinform the public, he said, just an oversight. The other grievances not found in violation by the city attorney included Hyams’ assertion that same June 9th 2011 meeting—a Rules and Elections meeting—was improperly called as the committee did not have a chair at the time. Hyams asserts a chair

should have been put in place for any meeting to occur. Additionally, in a second grievance, Hyams asserted that the council’s Parks, River & Open Space (PROS) committee and its Business and Transportation committee failed to meet quarterly, as is in the GGPNC’s bylaws, and provide a report to the Governing Board and Finance committee. According to Ostrow, any two committee members can call a meeting when the chair fails to do so. Upon evaluation of Hyams’ assertion that quarterly committee meetings had been missed, Ostrow said the board did discover those and possibly other committees may have not meet regularly and the issue has been referred to the Rules and Elections committee, where a future tighten-

ing of committee guidelines is expected. John F. John, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee, also lodged a grievance on a number of fronts regarding the GGPNC’s May 17th meeting to appoint new members to its board. Most pointed in John’s complaint is his allegation that votes cast that day by elected board members for appointments were done in secret, as the individual ballots were counted, not before the group, but by a few members of the board at a nearby table. He also alleged the votes were not made public. John also raised some procedural issues by the board in his complaint, including a lack of proper public notification of the May 17th meeting and that the public was not given adequate opportunity to offer comments on specific agenda items at that meeting. According to Ostrow, he provided to the city attorney sufficient evidence that the May 17th balloting was not run in secret and that anyone who asked could have reviewed the council’s vote tallies at anytime. Additionally, he said, results were announced at the meeting immediately after the

ballots were counted and a final tally was posted on the GGPNC’s website. Hyams devoted much of his two years on the council to developing a set of bylaws and meeting guidelines he intended the council use when considering challenges like his. The executive committee,

he said, in their deliberation over the council’s legal liability in his complaints proves, he said, the council’s officers either don’t understand or don’t care about the importance of following the panel’s ascribed meeting procedures. “That’s the first step on the way to fascism,” he said.


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Los Feliz Ledger [pilgrim school]

Can’t Wait for 6th Grade! By Lily Kachikis Last June, at the end of the school year, my fellow 5th grade students and I were given an amazing “promotion” party by our parents to send us off into our summer vacation and then middle school. The party was at a park in Malibu.   There was a pool, karaoke, music, BBQ ribs and a grassy hill for everyone to play on. At the end of June my classmates and I were given a list of books to choose from to read and take notes on over the summer. I decided to read The Conch Bearer and The Red Pyramid. I love summer and all it’s freedom and fun. Between

going to an awesome summer camp at Marlborough, running around like a psychopathic maniac in my backyard, and seeing friends, there is still time for me to think about this upcoming school year. Even my little sister is excited. I think what really makes me excited about going into 6th grade at Pilgrim are all the differences middle school will bring. I’m looking forward to getting my own locker, having a homeroom, moving from class to class and choosing electives. No offense to summer but I can’t wait for school to start, because 6th grade is going to be great, judging by the exciting things that I have heard about!

New Principal at OMGC LOS FELIZ—Allison Essman will take over as principal at Our Mother of Good Counsel, August 1st, replacing Andrea Deebs who retired earlier this summer. Essman is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University

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flow regulation station slated for the grassy area, otherwise known as “the grassy knoll,” just southwest of the reservoir. The project is part of a $40-million plan that will begin construction in 2012 and by 2014 is expected to divert water from the San Fernando Valley down into the Los Angeles Basin, via Silver Lake. As

a result, the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs will be decommissioned but left as open recreational areas. Singley’s second option

with more than 60 committee and members of the public voting in its favor and one voting against it. Singley agreed to have

The project is part of a $40-million plan that will begin construction in 2012 and by 2014 is expected to divert water from the San Fernando Valley down into the Los Angeles Basin, via Silver Lake. would push the new connecting pipe directly beneath West Silver Lake Drive, potentially saving the biggest and oldest sycamores, although the project would likely still cut into at least a portion of the tree root balls. A few younger trees would likely have to be removed, to be replaced later. According to Singley, this option, however, would likely leave West Silver Lake Drive so narrow, it would only be able to handle one-way traffic. Nonetheless, a vote at the end of the meeting ended up supporting the second option,

his staff consider any new options—including bypassing the “grassy knoll” completely by moving the line elsewhere—and said he will go forward with preliminary traffic and logistical studies for the second option and then report back to the Reservoir Complex Committee within 30 days. The recent meeting was in stark contrast to a heated gathering held at the “grassy knoll” just days earlier, where community members questioned Singley over the project, sometimes in anger.

SLNC Votes to Support Thirsty Crow Use Permit By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted in July to support a conditional use permit for The Thirsty Crow, located at 2939 W. Sunset Blvd., which would allow the bar-lounge to extend its full alcohol sale and consumption license and also add a still-tobe-approved patio that will include 50 additional seats. The business will also be permitted to provide live in-

door entertainment, as long as the Crow’s owner agrees the entertainment will end at 1:30 a.m. and will not exceed two nights a week and will crease if residents complain about noise. The owner will also stream clean the sidewalk in front of the bar at least twice a year, install a bike rack on the sidewalk in front of the establishment, as well as plant a tree on the sidewalk area.

SLNC Urges City To Adopt Bill Eliminating Polystyrene Containers By Erik Derr, Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) in July approved a letter urging Los Angeles city officials to adopt the provisions of California State Senate Bill 568, which would go in effect in 2017, prohibiting the use and distribution of polystyrene foam food containers. “I love this,” said SLNC councilmember Leonardo Chalupowicz. But SLNC councilmember Paul Neuman wondered if supporting such a costly Page 20 LIFESTYLES

change for local businesses, the council was losing sight of its main responsibility to promote the community. “I think we’re failing to be helpful to the public,” he said. If passed Senate Bill 568 would need to wait to be implemented in 2017—a date agreed to by lawmakers— as the Los Angeles Unified School District had noted it has“millions of polystyrene containers in storage that can’t be used by the bills original 2013-2014 target date. August 2011

Los Feliz Ledger [Star Gazing]

Star Gazing August 2011 By Anthony Cook Griffith Observatory

This is the last month this year to get a good view of the planet Saturn in the evening sky. The planet, in Virgo the Maiden, drops from 17 degrees to only 3 degrees high in the west when darkness falls during August. The waxing crescent moon appears 8 degrees below Saturn on the 3rd. Jupiter is the planet that best placed for viewing in the early morning. The brilliant, light yellow planet, in Aries the Ram, becomes visible in the east at about midnight, and appears two-thirds of the way between the southern horizon and overhead when dawn starts. Binoculars are sufficient to reveal Jupiter’s for largest moons as a cluster of star-like spots close to the disk of the planet. The moon passes close to Jupiter in the early hours of the 20th. Orange Mars can be spotted low in the east-northeast at the start of dawn. It moves from Taurus the Bull to Gemini the Twins on the 3rd. On the morning of the 6th, binoculars can be used to see it in front of Gemini’s star cluster M35. The moon reaches first

quarter phase on the 6th, full on the 13th, last quarter on the 21st, and is new on the 28th. The timing of the full moon means that its light will spoil the annual Persied meteor shower. Because of the moon’s illumination, the maximum of the shower on the morning of the 13th will fall short of the one or two meteors per minute that t normally produces under ideal conditions. Those hoping to see the brightest Perseids should recline with their gaze directed high and to the northeast, between midnight and dawn (4:40 a.m., P.D.T.). Binocular comet Garradd (C/2009 P1) sails through Pegasus the Flying Horse, Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, and Vulpecula the Fox this month. It will be at its best, high in the sky, close to midnight during the moon free periods at the beginning and end of the month. It should be observed from wilderness conditions, far from urban light pollution. Based on its promising appearance in July, the comet may be a good sight in binoculars and small telescopes over the next

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10% increase. This means for Cal State students tuition this fall will be $5,472, not including room, board or campus fees. For UC, the two tuition hikes bring the cost for an undergraduate California resident to nearly $12,200 a year, also not including room, board and general campus fees. Colin Hirshland, 18, a recent Marshall High School graduate—who was 5th in his class and is headed for UCLA in the fall—said he and his family are very aware of the UC price boosts, but between grants and scholarships, he expects he’ll have the needed funds to “cover the increases.” The recent tuition hike at both systems was due to funding reductions in the recently released state budget: for UC,

the state shortfall this year is $650 million for the 10-campus system. For the 23-campus Cal State system, the reduction in funding was 20% with another $100 million shortfall possible. “The main rule in California is that the cost of education is getting more and more expensive,” said Brandon Teigh of Silver Lake, a 2011 high school graduate who moved to the area last month and is planning on applying to the Cal State system. “But, if you know that, and you’re serious about going, then you make plans ahead of time,” he said. Such planning is part of the “proactive” counseling program each student at Immaculate Heart High School begins in their junior year, according to Elsa Heydenreich

Clark, the school’s director of college counseling. “We look at the colleges that best fit the students… their goals, personality, finances… and then we look at the more realistic schools, what we call ‘safety schools,’ where they would have a better chance of being accepted and meeting their [family] budget issues,” she said. Despite racking up notable tuition and fee increases over the last several years, both the CSU and UC systems have historically been considered ‘safety schools,’ as their costs have continued to be reasonable, Clark said. But now, “for some of our families,” keeping up the constant rate increases “is a definite hardship,” said Clark. Out of Immaculate Heart’s 110 graduating seniors

this year, 86% are headed to four-year schools and 13% will begin study at two-year community colleges. C a l i for n i a , said Clark, used to have the best in higher education, but it’s become clear, she said, that the UC and CSU systems “are poorly managed,” and “education has ended up “at the low end of anybody’s focus.” State leaders, she said, need to make drastic changes and stop the bleeding at the universities, or else “we are going to start losing students and professors to other schools… private schools in other states,” she said. “This is a really bad trend,” Clark said. A decade ago, undergraduate tuition for a UC campus was about $3,700. The recent tuition hikes at Cal State represent an increase three-fold from a decade ago.

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