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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 6

Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 32,500

2007 Rewind

[ Christmases past ]

Parkland Under the Christmas Tree

By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer In 2007, the Los Feliz Ledger covered everything from fires, flooding concerns, ethnic tensions at a local middle school to changes and improvements promised for the area. Here is a look at where things stand on a number of outstanding community concerns and issues:

By Diane Kanner Ledger Columnist LOS FELIZ— Both of the great parks of Los Feliz—Barnsdall and Griffith—were gifts to the citizens of Los Angeles on Christmas Day. No employees were actually present in the Recorder’s office or City Hall on the holidays, of course; it was, instead, a symbolic gesture on the part of both Col. Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919) and Aline Barnsdall (1882-1946) to suggest that they were making Christmas gifts. The Colonel, a Welshborn immigrant whose bankroll derived from mining investments, made his bequest in 1896 to deed 3,015 acres of Rancho Los Feliz to the city. He willed the city $700,000 in a trust for the upkeep of the park and for the construction of an observatory and Greek Theater. Over time, he gave more gifts of land. Also over time, the City formally designated the park in his name. With Aline Barnsdall’s bequest, dated Dec. 23rd, 1926, “Barnsdall” was specified by her as the parcel’s future name, although the Barnsdall name was to honor her deceased father Theodore, not herself. The Barnsdall fortune, like Griffith’s, derived from natural resources. Theodore Barnsee Parkland page 7

Santa’s on his way, hopefully, with safe toys. Samira Iqbal, 4, and Gregor Kauruma, 3, recently helped Childrens Hospital Los Angeles staff demonstrate unsafe toys. Hospital staff said often, during the rush to get toys on the shelves for the holiday season, toy makers sub-contract the manufacturing of products to other companies that don’t test the toys for safety adequately. Photo Credit: Allison B. Cohen

Harmful Toys Still On the Shelves By Allison B. Cohen LOS FELIZ—Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, according to the 22nd annual toy safety survey released recently by the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPRIG). A representative from CALPPRIG and Dr. Ilene Claudius, an emergency room physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said at a press conference recently, that parents should be on the watchout for toys with lead or with moveable parts that may pop off causing a choking hazard. They also cautioned against toys with powerful tiny magnets that when ingested

Skylight’s “Lucy” Dies

By Marie Cunningham Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Whether stretched out in the shop’s front window

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belly-up in the sun, or wandering the aisles in search of a scratch on the head from a customer, Lucy was a welcome fixture a Skylight Books.

together can attract each other causing bowel obstruction or a life-threatening perforation. According to CALPRIG, a 22-month old boy died in 2006 from swallowing such magnets. Some of Mattel Toys, Inc.’s Barbie and Polly Pockets toys were recalled earlier this year for poorly designed magnets that can dislodge. “Swallowing a magnet is not like swallowing a penny,” said CALPRIG’s Michael Russo. “Powerful magnets can wreak havoc inside the body.” According to Russo, some toy makers, in a rush to meet holiday shopping demand, hire subcontractors to get their

products out the door quickly, sometimes bypassing important safety quality controls. Toy makers can be very “competitive to get toys out for the holidays,” he said, “and the toys don’t get the testing they should have.” According to the most recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some 73,000 children under the age of 5, were seen at emergency rooms in 2005. During that year, 20 died from toy-related injuries. CALPRIG’s full report is available at including a list of potentially harmful toys.

Sadly, Lucy succumbed to feline lymphoma this November. Skylight Books General Manger Kerry Slattery adopted Lucy from Catts & Doggs on Hyperion Avenue in 1996. But after bringing Lucy home, Slattery’s other cat was less than enthusiastic to have a new feline roommate and soon the two cats had to be kept in separate rooms. Then Slatterly had a novel idea—why not bring Lucy to the bookshop? “One day I was coming in on a Sunday and I thought ‘Oh let’s see what will happen if I

bring Lucy in for a few hours,’” Slatterly recalled. “She was so happy! She kept running up and down the stairs and sitting in people’s laps. I did that a couple more times and the last time she wouldn’t leave.” Lucy’s sickness resulted in an outpouring of community support. Skylight employees and local residents even held a bake sale in October to help pay for Lucy’s veterinary expenses. “I will miss Lucy’s calming presence and beautiful energy,” Skylight Books employee Courtney Hennessey said. “She radiated it.”

ENVIRONMENT Silver Lake Meadow—Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti said he’ll have a plan for the Silver Lake Meadow this month that addresses neighborhood concerns. Currently, the city has proposed that six acres of the Silver Lake Reservoir—the socalled “Meadow”— be opened to the public during daylight hours. But some are opposed to opening the site, that has been closed to the public for over 60 years, saying doing so would attract crime, litter and drive out wildlife. GRIFFITH PARK Griffith Park Fire Recovery—With a protective layer of hydro-mulching covering the nearly 1,000 acres scorched last spring by fire, the Dept. of Recreation and Parks hope erosion, due to rainfall, will be prevented from the park’s canyons and slopes. Trails have been reopened since the hydro mulch application. Concrete barriers will also be installed along Vermont and Commonwealth avenues to protect structures from potential mudslides. The Griffith Park Master Plan Working Group has approved revisions of their last chapter on the master plan draft. Now it’s up to the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks to merge the revisions into a final document. Since 2005, the working group has been making recommendations on a city sponsored master plan intended to provide guidelines for the park for future generations. The working group was formed after an outside consultant’s recommendations for the park’s master plan were poorly received by the community. Although a target date see 2007 Rewind page 6

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A Word from the Publisher and Editor Upon ref lection, the best thing I did in 2007 was trade in my gas guzzling SUV for a Prius. Around the same time— about seven months ago—I also made a conscious choice to stop using plastic bags—or brown paper bags, for that matter—at grocery stores. Instead, I bought 10 reusable bags from Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake and have diligently kept them in the back of my Prius since for my weekly shopping excursion. My new reusable bags are bigger and sturdier. No more groceries rolling around in the

back of my car! And no more “wrist burn” from the plastic bags while carrying in heavy loads of groceries. It may not seem like a lot, but according to my own estimates, this simple act has saved an approximate 224 plastic bags from being produced at all and possibly ending up in a landfill, where they could sit for thousands of years. It’s a small, minor change in my life but do the numbers and you can see how many plastic bags I could have been responsible for over my lifetime! The city of San Francisco has recently banned such bags from large grocery stores. What are we waiting for?

I know that the community of Silver Lake is working hard to encourage its residents and businesses to make similar changes. (See Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce president Cheryl Revkin’s editorial on page 26 to learn specifics.) Most of all, it feels good that this generation is taking back control of its environment and returning to a simpler, more thoughtful, more respectable and ultimately more sustainable way of living. Doesn’t coffee taste better out of a ceramic cup, rather than stryofoam? Make it a resolution in 2008 to implement at least one minor change in your daily activities to help our world. Tell me about your changes at Happy Holidays to all!

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Preschool Shutdown Amid Controversy Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Citing intense community pressure, Camelot Kids Preschool closed in midNovember pending the receipt of licenses necessary to run both its preschool and afterschool care programs. Parents, mainly who had children enrolled at the preschool, have expressed anger at the scrutiny Camelot Kids has received over the licensing and other issues. They say the closure of the facility will leave 40 enrolled families without sufficient childcare. “It’s very sad the community is trying to get it shut down,” said parent Sandra Collier. First established in another name in 1996 as an afterschool program for Ivanhoe elementary school, Camelot Kids evolved over the years in name and function, adding a preschool in 2005. This fall, Camelot Kids moved its preschool program across from Ivanhoe to 2880 Rowena Ave. and had hoped to keep its afterschool care program on the Ivanhoe campus. But, according to Thuy Bui, Camelot Kids executive director, things began to unravel when the afterschool program lost its lease at Ivanhoe. The school wanted to use the space for an additional classroom. Having lost the afterschool program space, Bui then decided to move that program to the new facility on Rowena. Responding to a comsee Camelot Kids page 22

Garcetti and Jiffy Lube Team Up On Battery Recycling

Tree Planting in Griffith Park

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has announced a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works (DPW) and Los Angeles-area Jiffy Lube franchisees to expand consumer access to approved recycling drop-off points for household batteries. Collection containers will be available at 28 stores to help recycle the more than

One hundred trees will be planted in Griffith Park on Sat. Dec. 1st, thanks to a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Volunteers are asked to meet at the upper Merry-GoRound parking lot at 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. at 8:30 a.m. for registration. An opening ceremony will kick off the day at 9 a.m. The event is part of the “Great Clean Air Tree Planting Project” to plant 5,000 trees across Southern California—the largest recorded single-day urban tree planting effort in California’s history. Information is available at:

900,000 household batteries that are improperly disposed of each year in Los Angeles, leaking chemicals that contaminate our air, water and even our food. More information and a complete list of participating stores, including those in Glendale and Burbank, can be found at or by calling the DPW hotline at 1-800-98-TOXIC.

Lion’s Club Celebrates 80 Years The Griffith Park Lions Club recently celebrated 80 years of service with a special dinner celebration at Burban’s Castaway restaurant. The club was chartered on Dec. 19, 1927 with 20 members. The club, over the years, has contributed to local churches and schools and organizations such as the Boy Scouts. This year, the club will hold its primary fundraising activity—an Annual Pancake Breakfast—on May 3rd. December 2007

SLNC Election Results Finalized After City Review of Two Challenges By Allison B. Cohen SILVER LAKE—Renee Nahum has retained her seat on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council while candidate Jason Lyon has been disqualified for his at-large seat, according to a report issued Nov. 15th by the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment in response to two challenges filed against the candidates during the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s board elections Sept. 29th. The challenge against Nahum—filed by Joel Stein, a challenger for the same region 7 seat—indicated that Nahum had allegedly campaigned illegally on polling grounds. The report found that that claim could not be “proven beyond a reasonable doubt” and that Nahum had acted in

good faith—leaving the polling area immediately when the question was raised if she was improperly campaigning. The challenge against Lyon was that he used access to the SLNC e-mail database as an existing member of the SLNC board for campaign purposes. According to the report, SLNC election committee chair Leanna Dickstein set up an e-mail account to receive all e-mails generated from the SLNC database as a control to ensure there was no improper use of the database for election purposes. The report states that shortly before the election, Dickstein received an email from Lyon encouraging see SLNC Election page 22


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Baller Hardware Helps Stock Silver Lake Emergency Facility SILVER LAKE—Baller True Value Hardware has provided $1,500 in emergency preparedness equipment at cost, to be used to stock an emergency storage facility located in Southern Silver Lake. The idea of an emergency storage facility was conceived by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety Committee as a resource to have emergency equipment readily available in case of an earthquake or some other disaster.

Funding for the storage facility was provided by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council together with a grant from Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti, also of the 13 local council district. “Getting this storage facility fully stocked with [Baller Hardware’s help] has been an important part of on going efforts by the Public Safety Committee in Silver Lake to make our community capable

of dealing with emergencies,” said Barb Dakin, SLNC public safety committee founder and co-chair. Baller Hardware is owned by Craig Cowie, who has been a fixture in Silver Lake since 1959. “We’ve always tried to give back to the community as a way of thanking them for supporting us,” said Cowie. “It was an easy way to help out.” For more information about the Silver Lake Public Safety Committee, contact Barb Dakin at (213) 413-4221 or via email at:

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hasn’t been set, Vickie Israel, Asst. General Manager of the Dept. of Recreation and Parks said when the document is finalized it will be made available for public review. HOUSING Hillhurst Square/Derby Nightclub: A slow-down in residential properties sales has stalled at least one of the area’s proposed developments. The building that currently houses the Derby Nightclub and Louise’s Trattoria at 4500 Los Feliz Blvd.—and that was once owned by Hollywood icon Cecille B. Demille—is still on the market having been reduced to $15 million from its original $20 million asking price last spring. Adler Realty Investments, owners of the property since 2004, had proposed to demolish the existing structure to build a five-story mixed-use condominium/retail complex, but is currently not moving forward with development plans. “At the moment we’ve got tenants so it’s not an urgency,” said Rick Gable of Adler Realty. RENOVATIONS AND CONSTUCTION Hyperion Bridge Renovation: Renovation for the Hyperion Bridge, that will snarl traffic between Silver Lake and Atwater Village for two years, has been delayed until 2009 due to the addition of project enhancements suggested by the community in public hearings. The city is proposing to seismically strengthen, improve and restore the historic and cultural landmark and its connectors—the Glendale Blvd. bridge and the Waverly Drive bridge—to its original 1929 appearance. A draft of the project will be available to the public in January. Vermont Triangle Project: The project—which will relandscape and beautify the intersection of Vermont and Prospect avenues at Hollywood Blvd.—received city-council approval in October and is set to begin construction in January. A grove of sycamore trees and light fixtures matching those in nearby Barnsdall Art Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be featured. Parking Structure on Vermont Avenue: A proposed parking structure on Vermont Ave. on post office property has been set back due to staffing changes at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), overseers of the project. “It would be great addition to he neighborhood,” said Kip Rudd of CRA. Page 6


Adult Community Center: The opening of the much-anticipated Adult Community Center in Griffith Park to serve seniors from the communities of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village and Echo Park, East Hollywood, has been stalled by construction delays but Silver Lake Senor Club president, Stephanie Vendig, is hopeful that doors will open in the early part of 2008. The 5,700 sq ft. facility will offer fitness classes, a nutrition program, a library and computer lab and classes operated by LAUSD’s Hollywood Adult School, Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks and Osher Life Learning Institute.

DASH Now to the Observatory LOS FELIZ—Los Angeles City councilmember Tom LaBonge has announced that starting in late November, a DASH shuttle service will be available in Los Feliz to and from the Griffith Observatory.

The DASH line will connect riders from the Metro Red Line station on Sunset Boulevard, then go north on Hillhurst Avenue, west on Los Feliz Boulevard and north again on Vermont Av-

enue to the Observatory with a dozen stops in-between including one at the Greek Theatre. The service, which was instituted at the request of LaBonge’s office, is available on weekends only and will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Autry National Center Expansion: The public comment period for the Autry National Center’s Expansion draft Environmental Impact Report—which identifies the project and evaluates its impact, as well as analyzes alternatives—has now closed. The city is expected to release the final EIR in the beginning of January. A final city decision on the EIR is expected in the spring. An open house is set for Sat., Jan. 26th from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. which will offer a glimpse of expansion and renovation plans. SCHOOLS Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, began its second year expanding enrollment to teach a project-based arts curriculum to kindergarten through second grade levels. A theater arts program in partnership with CalArts is a new feature that has been added to the program. Plans to move the school from its current West Hollywood location are in the works. “Span School”: A trend of declining enrollment in area public schools has contributed to the district’s decision to abandon the proposed 6th through 12th grade “span” school originally conceived to help relieve overcrowding at Thomas Starr King Middle School and John Marshall High School. “The span school is an unfunded projected and not needed for the board’s current goals,” said Tom Calhoun, LAUSD central region development manager. 6th Grade Back to Elementary School?: According to LAUSD’s Tom Calhoun, a $1.8 billion dollar shortfall has forced the district to utilize other options to relieve area over- crowding. Moving 6th grade back to local public elementary schools see 2007 Rewind page 23

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sdall began explorations for oil in Pennsylvania in the mid 19th century, and continued in Oklahoma and California, drilling off Santa Barbara and near Newhall. While Barnsdall Oil eventually was absorbed by one of the major oil corporations, Barnsdall, Oklahoma remains as a reminder of its influence. The Griffith gift giving ceremony took place at City Hall. Griffith invited the leading businessmen of the city to attend. In the crowd was William Mead, who would purchase hundreds of acres of land from Griffith—land adjacent to the park—and begin the subdividing of the Los Feliz hills. The Dec. 17th, 1896 Los Angeles Daily Times reported that Griffith had several motives. One, “the hope that it might induce other wealthy men to make similar gifts” was spoken in the same breath in which Griffith admitted that he was “tired of paying taxes upon the property and had concluded to let the city have it.” Barnsdall’s motives were suspect in some quarters for she had first made the offer of a gift of land and her home three years earlier. As an account in a “special bulletin” of the Better America Federation reported on March 27th, 1931, Barnsdall “hatched the idea” because it

would “give her $1 million for herself and $1 million for the radical cause.” The organization proclaimed that the “cleverly engineered scheme of the wealthy subversive” was unworthy of public use because Barnsdall had specified that “no monument to war heroes or war shall be placed in said park.” When Barnsdall made the offer in 1926, she eliminated the clause and instead specified that the only monuments allowed would be to recognize artists or art. Nonetheless, the city became the proprietor of her residence, Hollyhock House, and its aura would continue to grow, year after year, as the reputation of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, grew. In 1927, Barnsdall was the guest of honor at a dinner given by the Los Feliz Improvement Association at the Breakfast Club and the festivities were broadcast over radio station KFWB. Miss Barnsdall spoke, announcing that she would underwrite art and music education by the “Dalcroze Eurythmics method” for children. “She will sponsor the program for ten years at a cost of 25 cents a child,” LFIA minutes reveal. The Barnsdall and Griffith gifts forever changed the appearance of our community, and the generosity of Barnsdall and Griffith will be difficult to match.


Los Globos Nightclub Owner Juan Ribot Honored By Michael Locke Silver Lake Correspondent The city of Los Angeles honored Los Globos Nightclub owner Juan Ribot at a ceremony held recently at Taix Restaurant in Echo Park. Ribot has a long record of distinguished public service in financially supporting the Silver Lake Community Police Service Center on Sunset Boulevard. Opened in 1994, the center was managed for 13 years by Silver Lake residents Joe and Rose Radogna until their retirement in September 2007. Although the center no longer has an assigned officer, it is still used as a “stop-in” center for the Los Angeles Police Dept. offering officers a place to follow-up on their reports and for them to take a break before their next assignment. “Sustaining the center would not have been possible without the financial assistance that Juan Ribot has provided,” said Rose Radogna. “His contributions have made our community—particularly the area around Sunset and Silver Lake Boulevard where the center is located – a better place to live.


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COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation The concessionaire, Wolfgang Puck, has filed a letter withdrawing its application for a zoning variance allowing the sale and service of alcoholic beverages under the concession agreement at the Observatory. The Central Area Planning Commission acknowledged the withdrawal at its hearing on November 13.

Parks, River & Open Space Quimby Fees are monies contributed by developers of new real estate projects. These contributions are made according to law. The money is to be used to purchase new parkland. This committee discussed a report on $77 million in unspent Quimby fees. Public interest and possible oversight were explored. Any thoughts from the community?

Neighborhood Improvement The dream of the DREAM AGAIN mural became reality in October 2007 when King graduate Brandon Tu's winning design was painted on the west wall of the Myra Avenue underpass. Led by King animation teacher Kirk Palayan, with guidance from Metro Gallery artist Heng Leng, about 30 King students participated in the beautification project.

Education Committee This committee is currently looking at projects that schools within the area need financial assistance to complete. The next meeting for this committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 7pm LILA School, 4155 Russell Avenue. Please contact Dr. Sarah Napier for more information. E-MAIL: SALNLA96@AOL.COM

Did you know… Garden Apartment Buildings… The board has taken action to oppose any development involving the demolition of these gracious buildings. (1801-1817 New Hampshire 22-unit) The owner/proposed developer presented a rendering of a proposed 34-unit condominium development. The committee urged the new owner to seriously consider preservation of the property and consider converting the units to condominiums and pledged GGPNC’s assistance in obtaining needed variances and the like to effect the preservation and conversion. To find out more about any of your councils activities just go to the website and check out our calendar. And as always all meetings are open to the public… …this means you!


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Delete Fear By Elma Mayer Ledger Columinst Fear is in the air these days—the war, the economy, global warming, disease pandemics, the fall of the American Empire—and basically, the end of the world. From foreign policy to personal choices, our habitual responses are often fear-based. Fear motivates. Fear creates the threat of terrorism. Without it, terrorists would be out of a job, because no one would be terrified. What spurs the financial markets? The insurance industry? Applying for kindergarten? Fear. The stress of constant anxiety is bad for us in every way. It creates a cascade of hormone reactions that eventually create discomfort and disease. Even scary movies can be detrimental to people who are already stressed. The body reacts the same way to manufactured panic as it does to real panic. How can we stop reacting with fear? The same way

we would step back from any negative emotion—by understanding that we have a choice. Fear and worry are emotional misperceptions. Anxiety is an over-reaction to reality—not reality itself. If we observe that there are other possible responses, other choices, we can quickly let go of fear. We energize what we focus on. When we allow ourselves fearful reactions to the news, we amplify the fear around us. It’s common knowledge that animals can sense fear. We humans can sense it too. We just tend to identify it as our own fear, rather than our resonance with collective fear. Take responsibility for decreasing global fear. Refuse to resonate with it. Next time you feel anxious or worried, try this self-healing technique. Visualize a “delete� button, anywhere on your spine. Hit delete, and feel the fear dissipate. You’ll be doing the world a favor! Elma Mayer, MA, is a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics. www.nowhealing. com (323)309-7687.

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A Holiday Wish: Take Care of Yourself & Take Time for Others By Kathy A. McDonald / Ledger Columnist My dad had an emergency, quadruple by-pass operation the week before Christmas last year. Our worries were whether he would “convert,� not to another religion, but in medical jargon whether his heart would return to a normal rhythm. It did and he was able to leave the hospital just before the holiday. We exchanged gifts in his room at an extended care facility. Although stressful, the best gift of all last year was that my dad was OK. This year one of my dear friends is in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. I’m sure most who read this know someone who’s had to face this disease, which comes with a terrible learning curve for each patient. Today’s healthcare system demands that patients must educate and advocate for themselves. Finding a pain medication for my dad postsurgery, one that would help him sleep most of the night, was way more difficult than it should have been. My friend has to decide which kind of chemotherapy, or not, makes sense for her. So I’m reminding all par-

ents, of every age, to make sure they are up-to-date on their check-ups and for women, mammograms. I know sometimes it’s easier to avoid the annual visit but there’s no denying how essential it can be. My dad discovered his heart condition through a stress test

I’m reminding all parents, of every age, to make sure they are up-to-date on their check-ups and for women, mammograms. I know sometimes it’s easier to avoid the annual visit but there’s no denying how essential it can be. he almost put off. Two friends have detected malignant lumps via self-breast exams; two others were diagnosed after annual mammograms. Fighting and recovering from a life threatening illness takes both strength of character and support from family and friends. My friend’s blog movingly confirms this: “No talisman, no amount of flowers, cookies, chicken soup can possibly touch the wealth I feel from all the care of friends and family. I am blessed so many times over that I’ve lost count,�

Bikram Yoga Silverlake Hosts 2nd Annual Toy Drive SILVER LAKE—Bikram Yoga SilverLake is hosting it’s 2nd annual toy drive, through Dec. 18th. Those dropping off a new toy—unwrapped and in original packaging—will receive 10% off a monthly unlimited program or 15% off a three-month unlimited or annual class package. Toys will be donated to seriously injured children at

she writes. Her daughter returned home from college to be with her. “Just having a momentary cuddle with her, she said, watching “The Lady From Shanghai�—was spectacularly healing. Should make us all realize that we

Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Toys such as board games, puzzles, dolls and stuffed animals are preferred as many of the children receiving the gifts have limited mobility. According to Birkam Yoga Silver Lake owner, Nicole Gogolak, no purchase is necessary and all in the community is encouraged to donate.

shouldn’t wait for sickness or crisis to take those moments in our lives.� My holiday wishes to all this year: make time, even if it’s just a few minutes, to enjoy your children and see what wonderful people they’ve become. And, please take care of yourself because children, even adult ones, want you home for the holidays.

Love, Desire & Attachment Workshop, Dec. 1st The topic of creating stable, loving and fulfilling relationships by understanding why relationships fail, will be discussed Dec. 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Philosophical Research Society, 3910 Los Feliz Blvd. The workshop will be led by British-born Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Dao, resident teacher of Khandakapala Buddhist Center. $60. Information: (323) 223-0610 or


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3rd Annual St. Brendan Christmas Fair Features Gifts & Activities St. Brendan School will hold its 3rd Annual Christmas Fair Fri., Dec. 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school playground at 238 South Manhattan Place. The event offers Advent and Christmas gift selections, gourmet baked goods from

a variety of Christmas traditions around the world, craft tables with talented artists to assist children in making their own gifts and a special under $10 gift table to fit students’ Christmas shopping budgets. On hand will be ceramic wares and delectable, flavored

olive oils made by the monks of St Andrew’s Abby, including a wide selection of handmade ornaments depicting popular hobbies and widelyheld careers. Children can also make their own gifts for family and friends, including painting and decorating paper star lanterns, making Victorian Christmas cones, designing original wooden ornaments, creating jewelry, constructing button wreaths as well as assembling promise coupon booklets. All are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12 and leave it at the Toy Drive table. Gifts will be distributed to needy families at special Christmas parties hosted by St. Brendan Parish for the residents at Alexandria House and families of Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood. The Christmas Fair is also the last chance to purchase tickets for the annual St. Brendan Hawaiian Raffle which awards three prizes, including a one week trip to Hawaii. Winners will be announced at the end of the Fair, however, winners need not be present. Additionally, holiday greenery, such as poinsettias, mixed green wreaths, and cesee St. Brendan page 11


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1st Graders Explore “Neighborhood” by Alyssa Gonzales, 1st Grade Teacher At the Los Feliz Charter for the Arts, 1st graders have been studying the concept of neighborhoods. Students first collected information to answer the question: What do we already know about neighborhoods? They “zoomed” in on the sights and sounds of the neighborhoods around them through pantomime, paintings and play. Then, to compare and contrast similarities and differences among neighborhoods, students examined four art prints. Teachers then asked: What shapes do you see in the painting? What time of day do you think it is? In what ways does this painting remind you of our school neighborhood? Students then came up with a class definition of a neighborhood. Finally, each of the four 1st grade classes showed their learning by creating a 3-by-6-foot paper classroom neighborhood collage. LFCSA will have a school tour for prospective families on Jan. 16th. For information: (323) 656-2810.

[ micheltorena street school ] By Ana Gomez Micheltorena students love the annual Music Box Steps Day. It’s a childrens’ film festival honoring actors Laurel & Hardy and is held at Laurel & Hardy Park on Vendome across the street from the famous steps where they filmed a short film called “The Music Box.” The founder of the festival, Vince Brooks, first introduced all the activities held that day and then talked about the history of the film. The movie played two times at different hours. There were several performers who entertained the audience. One was a magician, Reno Goodale. There was also music played by Charlie Cox. And the best performance of all was by the hilarious actors who played Laurel & Hardy for the day. Micheltorena student Max Tacuchi and his friends went up the steps to make sure there were 133, but wouldn’t say how many they there were exactly.

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Open House & More Planned for December By Lauren Aleman ’10 and Heidi Slojewski ’10 December is a busy month at Immaculate Heart, starting with two valuable opportunities for prospective students to visit the campus and learn more about us. Save the date for the annual Immaculate Heart High School Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, starting at 1 p.m. Parents and their daughters are welcomed to tour the school grounds and learn more about our academic program. A week later, on Sunday, Dec. 9th, those interested in attending the Immaculate Heart Middle School are invited to discover the school’s offerings at its open house, beginning at 1 p.m. Yet another very important date is Sat., Dec. 8th, when students interested in attending the high school should consider taking the school’s early admission and merit scholarship exam. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on campus. A second admissions test will be offered on January 26th. As our school enters the winter sports season, IHHS looks back at the success of its fall season. Hard-working athletes in volleyball and cross country earned many successes. Most exciting of all, the JV Cross Country team remained the Sunshine League champions for the third straight year! We are now looking forward

to basketball and soccer. Immaculate Heart’s community outreach recently benefited families associated with the Blythe Street Community. Our Thanksgiving drive collected food items so that families could enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Day meal together. With the holidays upon us, the voices of IH’s talented young women will be heard singing in Choral Christmas concerts on campus. Students are also looking forward to an elegant evening with the upcoming Winter Formal. Finally, classmates will come together once more to enjoy an entertaining program of songs and skits for a festive finish before our well-earned Christmas break. St. Brendan from page 10

dar and Douglas fir mixed garlands will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the school’s technology program. Wreaths, garland and poinsettias can be ordered in advance and picked up the day of the event. Delivery of greenery and poinsettias is available within 20 miles of the school for a $10 fee. For event information call (323) 467-6566. For preordering Christmas greenery, call (323) 938-3536 or amanda@

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Sunday, December 2, 2007, between 1 and 3:30 p.m., Flintridge Prep will hold its Open House, allowing your family to meet Flintridge Prep’s students, faculty, and coaches as you visit our campus. The Headmaster will speak and answer questions in the auditorium at 1:15 and 2:30. No reservations are required. With an average Upper School class size of 14 to a room, 9% of last year’s graduates attending Princeton, Stanford and Yale and 16% of this year’s senior class designated National Merit Semi-Finalists for their performance on the PSAT, Flintridge Prep presents one of the strongest academic profiles in the state, year after year. Flintridge Prep is equally committed to a school experience that values the human development of the adolescent in an increasingly complex and competitive world.

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Marshall Teacher In Running for $25,000 Classroom Makeover LOS FELIZ—After learning she won a $5,000 classroom makeover, high school art teacher Dorothy Lee still can’t believe she is a candidate to win the ultimate prize—a $25,000 classroom makeover. Thanks to a classroom photo and an essay written and submitted by Lee to the EXPO Classroom Makeover Contest describing how

her classroom was in need of a makeover, she is one of four semifinalists to receive a $5,000 classroom overhaul. Now, Lee’s classroom is qualified to win the grand prize, a $25,000 classroom makeover, complete with the latest in learning technology and colorful classroom tools. In her essay, Lee described how the classroom was in need

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of a makeover due to poor conditions and limited space for the 720 students that come into the room every year. “How wonderful, this is so exciting,� said Lee. “This will be such a great classroom improvement for our students!� Area residents and supporters are encouraged to vote for Lee to win the big prize online at until Dec. 3rd. The Web site features a picture of Lee’s classroom alongside her winning essay. EXPO has teamed up with celebrity carpenter/author Paige Hemmis of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� and Dana Truby, executive editor of Scholastic Instructor magazine for the 2007 EXPO Classroom Makeover Contest—a national campaign that aims to enhance classrooms across the country.

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FRANKLIN HILLS—St. Casimir School will host a silent auction and annual Christmas pageant on Dec. 20th, starting at 3 p.m., on the school’s campus at 2714 St. George St. Refreshments will be available for $5 before the pageant and during the silent auction. Food was donated for the event by Daphne’s Greek Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Crispy Crust Pizza and more area restaurants.

Memories for the Making This Holiday Season Here’s the Los Feliz Ledger’s picks for ways to create memories this holiday season: Los Feliz 3rd Annual Holiday Festival Kicking off at the library with a tree lighting, this festive gathering features trolley and double decker bus rides with a free shuttle also available. Local stores will stay open late. Holiday carolers and a children’s choir will also spread the good cheer. Dec 1st, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hillhurst Avenue, Hollywood Blvd. and Vermont Avenue. LADWP 12th Annual Holiday Light Festival View beautiful light displays that showcase the uniqueness of Los Angeles in this once a year event. Walk the route or drive. Through Dec. 30th, 5 – 10 p.m., 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., L.A. 90027 www.dwplightfestival. com. Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center’s 5th Annual Festival of Lights Fun for everyone, this event has all the trimmings: food, live music, activities for kids and a gift bazaar. Admission is $5. Kids under 5 are free. Dec. 8th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 1110 Bates Ave. JCC Parking

Lot, entrance on Effie. (323) 663-2255. More information: 48th Annual L.A. Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Staged at the gorgeous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center, this Christmas Eve program honors different cultures holiday traditions through music, song and dance. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies perform. The program will be broadcast live on KCET. Dec. 24th, 3 – 9 p.m., doors open at 2:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Attendance and parking are free with no reservations or tickets necessary. 135 N. Grand Avenue, L.A. Las Posadas on Olvera Street In the oldest part of Los Angeles, a procession of singers, musicians and community members go from house to house mimicking the plight of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Dec. 16th through 24th. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. The candlelit procession is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Information: (213) 625-5045. Tournament of Roses Parade Ring in the New Year watching this centuries’ old flower adorned parade. The 2008 theme is “Passport to the World’s Celebration.� see Memories page 22









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Silver Lake Health & Wellness Association By Laura J. Weinstock / Ledger Contributing Writer doctor (who provides “holistic medical care on a sliding scaleâ€?) and one Free Clinic, whose motto is, “healthcare is a right, not a privilege.â€? To become a member, you must be certified in your field and work locally. Rachel Pray, a horse professional who works in Atwater Village, offers clients equine assisted learning and psychotherapy. “As a newcomer to Los Angeles ‌ I found community, acceptance and support at the association. Wanda was enthusiastic about my work, even though I was the only member to provide services with horses,â€? said Pray. Linda Ferrero, a licensed massage therapist agrees. “I was in a car accident in July and found ‌that the association provided such a net of support for me – everything I needed health-wise, plus rides, assistance and social support,â€? she said. Revkin stated that the association “has provided a wealth of local‌resources I can count on for professional referrals to patients.â€? And finally from Jewell: “If I’m puzzled about a client, I get six opinions from others in the group.â€? Jewell believes the association will continue to grow and become an increasingly vibrant community presence.

2008 Observatory Calendar Available Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO), the support group for the Griffith Observatory, commissioned the calendar to raise funds for the landmark which reopened last year after major renovations. Proceeds from the calendar go to Friends Of The Observatory to continue to support programs at Griffith Observatory. The calendar is available at the Griffith Observatory, at www. FriendsOf TheObservatory. com, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Los Angeles Library and the Pasadena History museum and at the following bookstores: Dutton’s, Vroman’s, Tashcen/Beverly Hills and Hennessey + Ingalls in Santa Monica.  

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from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the center parking lot at 1110 Bates Ave. On hand for this year’s event will be food— homemade Latkes, veggie chili, hot dogs and lots of baked goods—and activity booths like tattoos, crown and wand decorating and “Seven Minutes in Hot


If you are looking for alternative healing practitioners, the Silver Lake Health & Wellness Association is the place to start. Founded three years ago by Wanda Jewell, a local psychotherapist, the association is a multi-disciplinary group of healers who strive to provide physical and emotional wellness and high quality care for the community. Jewell, a solo practitioner, had been telling herself for years that she “should meet the alternative healthcare providers in the neighborhood,� but, she never made the time. Finally, in October of 2004, she wondered: “why not get them all together?� Cheryl Revkin, a Silver Lake chiropractor and president of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce offered to help. Thirty people showed up at the first meeting. The group now has 50 members and meets monthly. There are bodyworkers (massage, yoga, rolfers); energy healers (Reiki, crystals, biofeedback); equine assisted learning and coaching; feldenkrais; nutritionists; pilates; acupuncturists; chiropractors; feng shui and numerous psychotherapists (see page 25 for a Silver Lake Wellness Co-Op ad). While most members are non-traditional healers, there is one medical

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Monkeyhouses’ Mayra Baligad By Colleen Paeff / Ledger Contributing Writer Mayra Baligad is a Silver Lake girl. She moved to the area, from the Philippines, at 2, attended local public schools— from Micheltorena to Marshall—and her parents still live on the street she grew up on. Her own home is just a couple miles away. As a long-time resident, Baligad has seen a lot of change. “I think [Silver Lake] is more community-based now. People know each other,� she said, “[And] there are a lot of families here, which I really like.� It’s a good thing, too, since Baligad is in the business of selling toys. Chances are, if you’ve visited Monkeyhouse Toys on Silver Lake Boulevard you’ve met her. Baligad is the storeowner and founder of a unique fusion between toy store and art gallery. Monkeyhouse is Baligad’s first business venture. In fact, she never imagined she’d own a business until her son, Max, was born four years ago. Motherhood inspired her to find an alternative to the 9 to 5 grind. Before Max, she had a 7 year stint as toy buyer for the Santa Monica toy store Imagine. But not just any toys. Baligad wanted to offer her customers something they wouldn’t find at Toys R Us and she felt Silver Lake was the perfect place to do it. “People just get this stuff here,� she said. “They appreciate non-commercial things.�


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Non-commercial means Monkeyhouse stocks wooden toys based on Keith Haring designs, huge connectable lizards inspired by M.C. Escher, designer toys by artists like Joe Ledbetter, and lots of Urban Vinyl, the new rage with toy collectors and kids alike. Where does the art gallery come in? “I love toys. I love art,� she said. “It just kind of all fell together.� Baligad never expected the art to take off the way it has but she’s thrilled it’s been such a success. “I’m really happy to be able to showcase a lot of up and coming artists,� she said, adding that her shows are always open to young artists as well as adults. Baligad is looking forward to showcasing a few of these young artists in her upcoming handmade plush and doll show: “Welcome to Dollywood,� opening Dec. 1st and running through the end of the month. “Kids see the artwork in the store and think ‘I could do that,’� Baligad said. And many of them do.

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A “Very Short� Holiday Season By Sean Paul Mahoney Echo Park Correspondent With high temperatures and locals decked out in flip-flops and sunglasses, it is hardly, as the song suggests, beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Honestly, it’s beginning to feel a lot like August—and shorts weather. Nevertheless, I’ve hunted down some holiday festivities that may help you get into the spirit. First up is Black Market At Black Maria: Skip The Mall at the Black Maria Gallery (3137 Glendale Blvd.) on display until Jan. 5th. The show, which features over 20 artists, takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the consumerism so frequently associated with the season. Paintings are displayed on clothing hangers and in shoeboxes encouraging patrons to shop for art like they would Page 14 LIFESTYLES


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clothing. While at Black Maria, make sure you check out the gallery store next door. It’s filled with unique gifts made by local artists. Speaking of unique, the Annual Pet Photos with Santa fundraiser for the Echo Park Animal Alliance, Dec. 1 & 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Echo Park Pottery Studio (1850 Echo Park Avenue) is a fun alternative to the tradisee Echo Park page 22

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Featured in Glendale's annual Tour of Homes as one of the best designed and finished properties, this spectacular Mediterranean estate is located on a private corner lot, with a strong emphasis on entertaining and family living. Lush tropical grounds include a large pool & several hundred sq ft of roof top decking.









Sleek Palm Springs-style Architectural on one of the highest streets in the Los Feliz Estates. 3BR, 3BA, family room, sun room. Downtown to ocean vu. Atrium living room under hi pleated roof. Very light and bright throughout. Great MBR suite with Roman tub, double dressing/vanity areas.

1924 Mediterranean in Bronson Canyon thoroughly updated with sleek designer amenities. Exterior is reminiscent of architect Irving Gill's simplified volumes and arches. Inside, the deep autumn tones and polished wood surfaces recall the Orient Express, yet the whole is updated with today's tastes and needs. Newer systems include central HVAC, seismic retrofitting and much more. Flat, grassy garden is just right for kids or pets. Quiet, pvt.

Romantic Silver Lake Spanish Revival with beautiful courtyard entry. This 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath home features a large step-down living room with original Clay Craft tile fireplace, lots of light, and beautiful hardwood floors and woodwork throughout. The back yard offers loads of privacy with wonderful views, covered patio, large grassy area, and a separate dining area with an outdoor blue river rock gas fireplace. Come and enjoy this Silver Lake gem.













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Cute as a button character cottages set behind a white picket fence on a large, tree-shaded lot close to Sunset Junction & Los Feliz Village. Front house is a 2+1 w/ a wrap-around front porch & a bonus space looking out to the rear yard that works quite well as an office. The back house is set to the rear of the property, allowing for maximum separation. a detached gar completes the picture. Needs some TLC, but newer plumbing & roof on front house.













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Very private retreat located behind tall wooden fence features landscaped yard, winding path down to charming cottage-style home. Beautiful refinished wood floor in the living room, new tile floor in the main bath, new flooring in master bedroom that leads to a deck and lower living area. Separate bed and bath on lower level and separate laundry room. Downtown views and tree top views make this home a special oasis in the city.

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Double-Ending: Why Real Estate Agency Laws Need an Update By Richard Stanley / Ledger Columnist When I began my career in the 1980s, the real estate business was relatively unregulated. Amazingly, at that time, buyers did not have exclusive representatives. All brokers and their agents were “subagents” of the sellers. Because of a lack of understanding of real estate jargon and roles, the California legislature enacted an agency law disclosure in the late 1980s. This law remains

Usually dual agency occurs when two realtors within one brokerage each represent one side of a transaction. But problems arise when more than one offer is on the table and one of the offers is from the listing brokerage. in effect, and is essentially unchanged. First, the law defines terminology. “Agent” means the brokerage to most people, a company headed by a person with a broker’s license. An agent may have “sub-agents of the agent”— what most people call realtors, or persons with real estate licenses who must work under the supervision of a broker—a function that has blurred in recent years. Second, the agency law defined the roles agents (brokerages) may play in representing the public. An agent may represent a seller exclusively, a

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buyer exclusively or both parties in what is called a “dual agency.” The law further states that a prescribed form, the Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships, must be signed by parties represented by agents. The underlying statute, in its entirety, is attached to this disclosure. So what’s the problem? Dual agency. Done fairly and ethically, dual agency can

work well for both “sides” of a transaction. Usually dual agency occurs when two realtors within one brokerage each represent one side of a transaction. But problems arise when more than one offer is on the table and one of the offers is from the listing brokerage. Obvious incentives exist—or may appear to exist—to steer the seller toward selecting the in-house offer. Situations get even murkier when one realtor represents both the buyer and the seller in a transaction. How can one realtor negotiate the highest sale price for the seller, while at the same

time negotiating the lowest purchase price for the buyer? Further, how can one realtor serve two masters during the escrow—a time that can be contentious? Abuses abound—especially during times, such as now, when business is lean and realtor integrity can tarnish. Some realtors deliberately withhold listings from the Multiple Listing Service to allow them time to hold a Sunday open house. This way, they have a better chance of “double-ending” the deal (representing both seller and buyer) before competition from other realtors’ clients arrives. They also have a chance to “poach” another realtor’s client, who may wonder why they weren’t apprised of the new listing. What can be done? To protect the interests of the parties from predatory realtors, urge state representatives to ban dual agency as it pertains to single realtor, simultaneous representation of both sides in a real estate transaction. Many states already have such laws. California needs to catch up. If you are a buyer or a seller, ask a prospective realtor how many times in the past year they have had doubleended deals. If they answer affirmatively—and more than once or twice—run. Ask about a brokerage’s procedures regarding the supervision of multiple offers and double-ended deals. If the procedures do not seem highly protective of your interests, move onto another realtor and brokerage.

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Bungalow Style

By Karen Numme and Laura Massino Smith One of our goals is to provide Los Feliz Ledger readers with an understanding of various American architectural styles and help to answer the question: “What style is my home?� The most misunderstood, and one of the most prolific of California styles, is the Bungalow style. It reflects many Architectural

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styles, which explains the confusion over its definition. As authors Robert Winter and Alexander Vertikoff have noted in their book American Bungalow Style there are dozens of variations on the bungalow form including,

Craftsman Bungalow, California Bungalow and Chicago Bungalow. The word “bungalow� comes from the Indian word “bangla,� which in the 19th century referred to houses, built in the Bengal style. British colonial officers adopted this style to build their summer retreats. These houses were one story with tile or thatched roofs and wide, covered verandas. The association was created early on that these were small houses for a temporary retreat. The main idea of the bungalow was to cluster the kitchen, dining area, bedrooms and bathroom around a central living area. The style is also distinguished with some combination of the following: low-pitched roofs, gabled or hipped, deep eaves with exposed rafters, decorative knee braces, an open floor plan, 1 or 1 1/2 stories—occasionally two—built-in cabinetry, beamed ceilings, simple wainscoting, large fireplaces (often with built-in cabinetry, shelves, or benches on either side) and large and covered front porches. One reason for the success of the Bungalow style was a backlash of the Industrial Age. The desire among many Americans was to own their own home and have a

small garden. The Bungalow provided the solution. Most of all, the Bungalow style had populist appeal was affordable and promoted easy livability and charm.

Karen Numme, holds the title of Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Los Feliz.

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90026 Single Family Homes 1530 N EASTERLY TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,495,000 1742 REDCLIFF ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,085,000 823

N DILLON ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 769,000


ROBINSON ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 668,000

3322 BERKELEY AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 535,000 1843 SANTA YNEZ ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 490,000

90027 Single Family Homes 2408 NOTTINGHAM AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,350,000 3809 AMESBURY RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000,000 2031 N ALEXANDRIA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,630,000 2307 WAYNE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,529,000 2000 MAYVIEW DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 820,000

90039 Single Family Homes

2152 PANORAMA TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,300,000 2236 ALLESANDRO ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 499,000 2378 LANDA ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465,000 4511 BRUNSWICK AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .415,000

90068 Condominimums 1900 VINE ST 311 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $470,000 90068 Single Family Homes 6158 MULHOLLAND HWY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,000,000 6389 QUEBEC DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,935,000 3400 N KNOLL DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,800,000 5555 GREEN OAK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,230,000 5866 CANYON CV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,190,000 3132 OAKCREST DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,085,000 2225 HOLLY DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 988,000 3159 ELLINGTON DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 987,000 2351 CANYON DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 925,000 1900 VINE ST 311 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 470,000 Sales are from the previous month. Source: Great American Real Estate Solutions

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December 2007

Los Feliz Ledger [ Senior Moments ]

Write it Down By Stephanie Vendig / Ledger Columnist

Recently, I saw the documentary feature film, “Steal a Pencil for Me.” It is a story about survival within the concentration camps during World War II. An unmarried couple, as part of the mass deportation of Holland’s Jews, ended up in the same camps. They began a relationship with love letters secretly written and delivered within the camps, enabling them to endure the horrible circumstances around them. In the film, their daughter exclaims that her parents never discussed their fate. As an adult, she found the letters in their house, and started to ask questions. She later published the letters. It is familiar story. Parents who have gone through traumatic or unpleasant circumstances often feel that sharing those experiences with their children would burden their well being. One must “move on” or “put the bad parts of life behind you.” So, children grow up knowing little about how

their parents managed their lives from childhood through adulthood. Yet, for children, knowing about their parents’ lives, can give clues to their own history. The story was familiar to me, because my husband’s fam-

my mother-in-law to “Write it down.” She finally did. The impact of all this was that when my husband became sick with a terminal illness, it was a catalyst to write down his story so that his children would know more about him than what he could share verbally. Now that my husband is gone, we have a binder of knowledge of a very special person. My oldest son recently started a new college program

Now that my husband is gone, we have a binder of knowledge of a very special person. My oldest son recently started a new college program in psychology, so it is now his turn to reflect on his life through writing assignments, and he can use his father’s binder as an aid for his self-discovery. ily were also victims of the Holocaust and had a horrific story. As my husband grew up, the experience had emotional overtones, so he avoided the subject. I had to go to his mother to find out what had happened. His mother in her older years wanted to share, because the bad experiences (1934 – 1946) shattered her life and aspirations; and at the same time, out of the bad experiences came some good things that would never have been otherwise. We kept telling

in psychology, so it is now his turn to reflect on his life through writing assignments, and he can use his father’s binder as an aid for his selfdiscovery. Writing it down or talking to a recorder validates what you have been through. How accurate or how embellished is not the issue. It is what you feel; it is your view of the world, no one can censor you. It can be a legacy. But most of all, it benefits you because you

survived, or you learned something about life. You may be a self-starter, but many get encouragement from being part of group who will support writing endeavors without judgment. This writing down is a fixture in Adult Education Classes throughout

California under the title, Life Story Writing. There is an ongoing class at the Silver Lake Recreation Center dedicated to this purpose. And when the Griffith Park Adult Community Center opens (hopefully in January) that class will be there.

Silver Lake Senior Club Calendar General Meeting: Wed., Dec. 19th,1 p.m., Annual Gourmet Potluck, Home of Bea Gold, 2206 Micheltorena St. Call (323) 660-0106 for directions and information. Trips Thursday, Dec. 13th, Trip to Palm Springs, $10 (lunch not included) 9 am to 7 pm, Palm Springs Follies Optional ($45, 1:30-4:30) Call Doris Slater at (323) 667- 1879 or Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681 for more information on trips. December Classes Winter Vacation December 24 – January 4, 2008 All classes will take place at the Silver Lake Recreation Center. When Griffith Park Adult Community Center opens, some classes will move to the new site. Mondays: Tai Chi, 9:30-11:30, Gym, free • Life Story Writing, 12:30-3:30, free Tuesday: Strength Training, 1:00 – 3:00, free Wednesdays: Yoga and Stretching, 9:30 – 12:00, free Thursday: Line Dancing, 10:00 – 11:15, $12/3 sessions or $5/session Fridays: Yoga with Susan Quon 9:30 – 11:30, $4/session Tai Chi with Susan Quon 11:30 – 12:30, $2/session starting 9/21 Craft Workshop, 11:00 – 1:00, free • Painting 1:00 – 3:00, free Aerobics to Latin Dance Rhythms, 2:30 – 4:30, free Widows and Widowers Group, December 14th Call Bob Friedman at (323) 662-9686 or for information For Information on the Silver Lake Senior Club, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail at or call Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681. Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!   To learn more about our current calendar of classes, concerts and cultural events, visit For information: Wendy Caputo (323) 962-5277

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Los Feliz Ledger [ the good life ]

Consider Books on Booze This Holiday By Chris Rubin Wine and Spirits Columnist Many give gifts of wine and spirits over the winter holidays. I often do. That’s never a bad idea—as long as the recipient enjoys that kind of thing and isn’t presently attempting sobriety. But consider another approach to this topic if you’ve given one too many chardonnays or single malts in years past: books on booze. Esquire columnist and former college professor David Wondrich takes a cerebral approach to the history of the cocktail—which he labels “the first legitimate American culinary art”—in IMBIBE!, focusing on legendary bartender “Professor” Jerry Thomas. Among the first true mixologists, Thomas was a colorful, bejeweled character and Wondrich charts the history of modern beverages through his life. The book includes 100 original recipes plus 20 more inspired by Thomas from present-day bartenders. He also tells you how to shake a mean drink at home. Dan Dunn writes about drinking for the Metro papers

around the country, and he brings a jaundiced eye—and perhaps more—to his first book, Nobody Likes A Quitter: The Loaded Life Of An Outlaw Booze Writer. I have tippled and traveled with Dunn, and I know that at least some of these stories have some con-

for example, goes heavy on the merlot à la Pomerol. Chivas Regal 25 Year Old ($300) marks a return to the label’s origins, when the blend debuted in 1909. The product was so successful and created such a surge in interest in Scotch that sufficiently old barrels of the stuff were in short supply and younger whiskies were used. Smooth and balanced with a long finish, this long-aged whisky should satisfy even those who typically drink only single malts. For something exotic,

Esquire columnist and former college professor David Wondrich takes a cerebral approach to the history of the cocktail—which he labels “the first legitimate American culinary art”—in IMBIBE!, focusing on legendary bartender “Professor” Jerry Thomas. nection to the truth. As they say on television, do not try this at home. Anyone who enjoys these books would probably enjoy a good drink, too, so here are a couple of unusual bottles. Vérité is the work of Pierre Seillan, a top French winemaker toiling in Sonoma. He produces three bottles—La Joie, La Muse and Le Désir— each emulating a different region in Bordeaux. Le Désir,

how about a bottle of rum from Maui? Somebody had to figure out what to do with all that sugarcane, and Maui Rum ( is one of the answers. Look for Gold, Platinum and Dark bottles ($20), as well as Braddah Kimoh’s Da [end]Bomb, which is nearly 80% alcohol, roughly double the usual amount. Again, not for amateurs.

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[ a dog’s life ]

Holiday Hazards: Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs By Jennifer Clark / Ledger Columnist A version of this story has previously been published in the Los Feliz Ledger. Think twice before you share your holiday treats with Fido. Chocolate can be lethal if consumed by dogs. It contains both theobromine and caffeine, dangerous chemical agents. The darker the chocolate, the more potential for harm. Once ingested, dogs may exhibit restlessness, hyperactivity, vomiting, rapid irregular heartbeat, diarrhea and muscle tremors. Grapes, a healthy dessert alternative for humans, can also pose a threat. Some experts speculate the pesticides used while growing on the vine are the harmful agent. Grapes and raisins can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and renal failure in dogs. Onions and garlic also pose a controversial threat. Garlic, for humans, is thought to boost the immune system. But the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says to avoid giving Page 16 LIFESTYLES

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Restaurant 15 Classes Up Echo Park By Pat Saperstein / Ledger Restaurant Critic Echo Park has changed. The arrival of 15 Restaurant solidifies it. In the space that once housed a Salvadoran pupuseria, 15 recently opened on Echo Park Ave. It’s a sleek spot with comfy leather high back chairs, black and white photos of musicians decorating the subdued beige walls and flat screen TVs playing the Food Network. “It sure doesn’t seem like we’re in Echo Park,” said our dining companion, which is both the good and the bad news. Early diners can take advantage of the $15 at 15 deal, offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The three-course menu includes a choice of several appetizers, many of the entrees on the regular menu and a dessert. Get there soon before the owners come to their senses or have to change the name of the restaurant. Dishes are standard upscale American comfort fare like mac ‘n cheese, short ribs with sour cream mashed potatoes or a Kobe beef burger with gorgonzola cheese. Friendly, competent service is a big step up from the area’s usual slacker standards. Menu selections rotate, although the short ribs and burger and vegetarian choices are always available. We start with two salads: roasted beet salad with seared

goat cheese makes an attractive presentation, while an overly-large plate of lettuce, feta cheese and sautéed mushrooms shows that the kitchen seems to lean a little too heavily on fungal flavors. Main courses are wellprepared, if not groundbreaking—grilled salmon ($16) is showered with micro greens on a bed of white bean puree and a hearty portion of pork loin ($16) is served two ways: pear compote tries unsuccessfully to moisten an overcooked tenderloin, while a grilled piece is nicely charred and tender. Vegetarians can choose from a grilled vegetable tower, cheese tortellini, risotto and appetizers including roasted garlic and fennel mushroom hash. Many are happy just to have a real restaurant in Echo Park, but it would be nice if 15 reflected its neighborhood more vividly. The Pottery Barn-esque décor and standard menu don’t offer a hint of the area’s Bohemian past or present. Maybe 15 just needs to grow into the ‘hood. Restaurant 15 1320 Echo Park Ave. (213) 481-0454 Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at

your dog onions and garlic in cooked or raw form as it contains thiosulphate which can cause anemia. If you are cooking fresh baked breads this holiday season, ensure your canine companion doesn’t lay a paw on the unbaked yeast dough. If ingested, it continues to rise in the gastrointestinal tract, which can potentially lead to a blockage or rupture. If your dog eats something on the list, stay calm, monitor the dog for signs of distress and after evaluation, contact your veterinarian. If you do need to take your dog to the hospital, most likely vomiting will be induced to get the item out of the dog’s stomach and activated charcoal may be administered in order to delay or prevent the absorption of the ingested food. One last hazard: avoid kissing your dog under the mistletoe, those berries are poisonous. ASPCA poison control hotline (888) 426-4435, www. National Animal Poison Control Center (900) 680-0000.

December 2007

Los Feliz Ledger

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Guitarist, composer and producer Michael Brook, best known for his work with U2 and his contributions to the soundtrack of An Inconvenient Truth and Into The Wild, will perform at UCLA’s Royce Hall Dec. 15th with Armenian music legend Djivan Gasparyan. Brook’s solo work – including Cobalt Blue and Hybrid – is far from conventional rock and could better labeled soundscapes as he meticulously crafts aural environments. But Brook, a Canadian who has made his home in the Hollywood Hills for nearly 15 years, also has a fondness for “worldâ€? music, and has played with and produced albums by top musicians from around the globe, including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, U. Srinivas and Gasparyan, the acknowledged master of the duduk, an ancient double reed instrument invariably described as “mournful.â€? For Brook, who grew up in Toronto where he played in local bands including Martha & The Muffins, the connection to world music came through The Beatles. “That was the introduction for a lot of people,â€? Brook said. “Sitar, drones, ornamentation‌ it affected my guitar playing.â€? And Brook finds some of the same elements in Armenian music. “It’s very much like the beginning part of Indian pieces,â€? Brook explained. “Gentle, ornamented melodies, very expressive, with a drone.â€? Brook and Gasparyan, who lives in Armenia but spends part of each year with in Los Angeles, first worked together on Black Rock in 1998. They later recorded a more traditional album together, and are now at work on the as yet untitled follow up to Black Rock before returning again to traditional Armenian music for their next joint effort. The UCLA show will show old and new material, with a traditional set by Gasparyan. Brook will play electric guitar and backing musicians will include a duduk quartet, a string quartet (led by Brook’s wife, violinist Julie Rogers), bass, drums and keyboards. While the new album won’t be completed in time for the concert, Brook hopes to give away sampler CDs at the concert, and both Brook’s and Gasparyan’s other recordings will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets: www. December 2007




Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

Children’s Plays Introduces the Joys of Live Theater By Marilyn Tower Oliver Ledger Theater Critic While most theater offerings are geared to adults, productions specially formatted for children insure the development of audiences for future productions. Exposing children to live theater is important because without this exposure many kids believe that performance is limited to television or the movies. Here in the Los FelizHollywood area, we have several fine companies that gear their productions to children under the age of 10.        The Nine O‚Clock Players at the Assistance League of Southern California has been producing plays for children for over 75 years. The current offering, “Alice” with music

their performances reach professional standards.   Excitement was high at the production I attended. The audience was briefed on proper behavior at the theater, and for the most part, was enthusiastic and even better behaved than at some adult theaters I’ve attended. The two acts were crammed with fun songs and imaginative antics. Alice, portrayed by Christina Doren, encountered many of the legendary characters of the classic tale including a multilegged caterpillar, a white rabbit and the Queen of Hearts. The kids were thrilled by the theatricality of the production as when Alice disappeared into a huge chair and turned up in Wonderland. When she ask the audience if she should follow Rabbit down the rabbit hole, the kids shouted “Yes!” This is a full out production with elaborate costumes and innovative sets. Each year approximately 17,000 local kids are introduced to the theater at these productions. Audience participation is the focus of the current production of “Cinderella” at the Storybook Theatre at Laura Marion and Paul Denniston in “Cinder- Theatre West in Hollywood. This is an equity ella” at Theatre West. Photo credit: Paul Denniston production with a cast and lyrics by Carol Weiss, is of four professional actors. a new take on Lewis  Carroll’s Storybook Theatre is the classic. Although the large brainchild of Barbara Malcast of performers in this prolory who plays Cinderella’s duction are not professionals, stepmother in this production.


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She is also the play’s producer. Mallory, a veteran actress with credits in film, television and stage, is an accomplished actress who has appeared in such diverse roles as Heidi, Squeaky Fromme in Helter Skelter and in Growing Up Brady. This production was written by Lloyd J. Schwarts, a prolific writer of TV and film—notably Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island. The musical numbers were written by composer Michael Paul. The diverse audience of children are invited to join in as extras in the production, and most enthusiastically do. They helped Prince Charming deliver invitations to his ball and danced at the party. When invited, a crowd of little girls rushed on stage to try on Cinderella’s glass slipper. Prince Charming, played by Paul Denniston who has appeared in “Desperate Housewives” and “Viva Laughlin,” was particularly entrancing as was a most unusual Fairy Godmother played by Mary Garripoli. If you have kids, grandkids or friends with little ones, think about taking them to these local theater offerings. You’ll find the experience fun and enlightening, and your young ones will learn that theater is really live, not canned and only on a screen.

opment there is in an area, the more funds are generated for parkland. Quimby funds are only triggered by subdivisions and certain types of zoning changes, and thus are not generated by every project. They are also By Paria Kooklan levied in proportion to the size Ledger Contributing Writer of the project. “Unfortunately, the urban Los Feliz and Silver Lake infill taking place in Silver are not expected to benefit from Lake and Los Feliz is all smallthe collection of Quimby fees, er projects that either don’t city officials said at a communitrigger Quity meeting on “Unfortunately, the urban mby, or just Nov. 14th. don’t generN a m e d infill taking place in Silver ate a lot if for the state Lake and Los Feliz is all smallthey do,” l e g i s l a t i o n er projects that either don’t said Mike that estabShull of the lished them, trigger Quimby, or just don’t Dept. of Quimby fees generate a lot if they do…” R e cre at ion are fees paid – Mike Shull of the Dept. of and Parks. to the city “So I don’t Recreation and Parks by real estate think we’re developers in order to create expecting to get any money in parks and green spaces for from the area.” the surrounding community. Shull said the areas reThey can only be used for the ceiving the largest amounts of building and improvement of Quimby funds include West parks and green spaces located L.A., the San Fernando Valley within two miles of the develand Downtown. opment. Thus, the more develsee Quimby fees page 22

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Los Feliz Ledger [ DECEMBER 2007 events calendar ] Edited by Debru Petrov Art Events

Scrabble Club, Los Feliz Library December 8th, 1:00 p.m. Bring your own boards and tiles. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188

Dec. 1st & 2nd; 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 5333 Zoo Drive. For information: (323) 644-4200

“Picturing the People.” A collection of over 135 objects and photographs of and by Indigenous peoples. Through Jan. 27th. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way. Information: (323) 667-2000.

Atwater Village’s 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Thurs., Dec. 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo parking lot, 3250 Glendale Blvd.

Black Maria Gallery presents its annual group exhibition of gallery artists. 3137 Glendale Blvd., Through Jan. 2008. Information: (323) 660-9393

The Friends of Atwater Library will sponsor the annual holiday gift sale. Proceeds benefit the Atwater Village Branch Library. Dec. 1st; 10:00a. m. to 4:00 p.m. Atwater Village Branch Library, 3379 Glendale Blvd. Information: (323) 664-1358.

Little Bird Gallery presents artists Harvest Henderson in her mixed media exhibition of “We are all in this together,” and the paintings of Scott Wayne Indiana in his “The Sun is Moving” exhibit. 3195 Glendale Blvd. Through Dec. 5th. (323) 662-1092. Metro Gallery showcases the “Living Room” featuring a green holiday art and design show by eight diverse artists. 1835 Hyperion Ave., through Jan. 5th. (323) 663-2787.

Clubs Book Club, Atwater Village Library, Dec. 11th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1358 Scrabble Club, Atwater Village Library, Dec. 22; 1:00 p.m. Bring your own boards and tiles. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1358 Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome. Book Club, Los Feliz Library Dec. 8th, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188

“Picturing the People” at the Autry National Center. Frank A. Rinehart, Photograph of Pete Mitchell (Ponca), 1898. Braun Research Library, Autry National Center.

Films Saturday Double Features at the Autry National Center: Song of the Saddle, music and musical acts of Gene Autry films The Big Show (1936) and Blue Canadian Rockies (1952). Special guests: Karla Buhlman, Vice-President of Autry Entertainment, and the twentiethcentury west curator Micheal Duchemin. Dec. 8th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22nd, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m: Gene Autry and Native Americans The Last Round-Up (1947) and The Cowboy and the Indians (1949). Free with museum admission. 4700 Western Heritage Way Information: (323) 667-2000.

The Music Center in downtown, holiday celebration. Free and open to the public. Dec. 21st, 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m. Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Avenue Information: (213) 972-3660 Holiday Party and Benefit for Glendale Police K9 Unit, Dec. 14th, 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., FastFrame of Glendale, 112 N. Brand Blvd. Free. Entertainment and food. Opportunity tickets for great merchandise and Official K9 merchandise sales will directly benefit the K9 unit through the Glendale Police Foundation. Meet one of the K9’s and their handler. Information: (818) 545-0044 Winter Zoo Camp, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Camp features crafts, games, activities and tours for ages 4 through 9. Dec. 17th through 21st; 8:00 a.m to 12 noon. Reservations required. 5333 Zoo Drive, (323) 644-4200.


Reindeer Romp. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa and his reindeers. Crafts, keeper talks, special guests appearances, includes after hours entertainment. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens through Jan. 8th. 5333 Zoo Drive. (323) 644-4200 Undesigned, studio/boutique by Carol Young is hosting a holiday party and donation drive for the homeless. Blankets, books and new toiletries are requested. Items will be given to PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Dec. 1st; Noon to 6:00 p.m. 1953 1/2 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 663-0088

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Dec. 18th, 7:00 p.m., Los Feliz Community Police Center, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Dec. 11th, 7:00 p.m., 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Street Elementary School

Lectures & Learning Free Computer Classes for Seniors Learn to navigate the Internet. Dec. 11th, 3:00p.m., Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Information: (323) 661-4188 Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles

Sidewalk Astronomers invites all to come take a closer look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur astronomers. Dec. 22nd 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800.

Sports City of Angels Half Marathon, Dec. 2nd, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Travel Town, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Information: (323) 913-4688

Theatre Media City Ballet presents the fulllength classical holiday storybook version of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcraker.” Dec. 8th; 2:30p.m. December 9th; 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Alex Theatre 216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale. Information: (818) 243-2539. Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale,” presented by A Noise Within Theatre Company. Dec. 5th thru 7th at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 8th, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. J.M. Barrie’s “Dear Brutus,” also performed by A Noise Within Theatre. Dec. 13th and 14th; 8:00 p.m.; Dec. 15th; 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Dec. 16th; 2:00 p.m. 234 South Brand Blvd., Glendale. Ticket information: (818) 240-0910 extension #1. Silver Lake Children’s Theatre presents two one acts: “Turbulence,” written by Olivia Russin and Broderick Miller. Directed by Ellie Bensinger. “Dumb White Crackers,” written and directed by Broderick Miller. Performances: Dec. 1st and 2nd; 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 7th; 7:00 p.m. The Knightsbridge Theatre, 1944 Riverside Dr. Tickets and information: (323) 634-2594.

Holiday Events Supper with Santa at the Los Angeles Zoo. Enjoy a holiday buffet, a special crafts workshop with Mrs. Claus and photo opportunities with jolly old St. Nick. Reservations required.


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Griffith Park Adult Community Center Set for a January Opening By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge The New Year will bring a great improvement to our community with the new Griffith Park Adult Community Center that is set to open in January. We’ve waited a long time for this new gathering place for residents of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, the Franklin Hills and Greater Griffith Park. And if you didn’t notice, it’s not called a “senior” center but an adult center. The difference is that we are beginning to address the expanding baby boom population of 50 years and over—I’m in this group too!—which in a few short years will be the largest segment of our population. The new center will improve and build upon the programs currently being held at the under-sized Silver Lake Recreation Center, which will continue to have programs exclusively for seniors who wish to stay locally in the Silver Lake area. For thoseGoodBestAd.4.0.qxp who wish to try 07-GSH-002 the new center, the director is

Mark Wilson and he’s devised a great line-up of activities for participants including arts and crafts, classes by LAUSD instructors, guest lectures, computer training, exercise class and, because Mark’s an amateur magician, even magic classes too! Two great activists, Stephanie Vendig and Bea Gold, have been instrumental in helping Wilson and the Dept. of Recreation and Parks to come up with potentially-popular and fun things to do. Already, the pre-planning meetings have at-


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tracted as many as 100 people to take input from them about what they’d think would attract the greatest number of participants. The hours are still not set but the intention is to be open five days a week, morning to late afternoon. It’ll be a very happy day when we cut the ribbon. I’ve looked forward to this occasion for nearly two years since we first suggested the idea of repurposing the Griffith Observatory Satellite trailers for this use. I thank many of you for your support and involvement, as well as my Council colleague Eric Garcetti, Dept. of Recreation and Parks general manager Jon Kirk Mukri and his staff. Let’s continue to enjoy and love the great City of Los Angeles!

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Are You Spiritual and Sociable? By Charley M. Mims, President Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council The GGPNC is looking for a few good candidates who have a spiritual or religious connection to the community and who are willing to devote time to reaching out to our diverse religious communities to share their view point with the council. We have an opening on our GGPNC Board of Directors for a designated (appointed) Board member. The deadline to apply for this position is Feb. 4th with the application to be received by that date at our post office box at: GGPNC, P. O. Box 27003, Los Angeles, CA 90027-0003. The Rules & Elections Committee will meet the week of Feb. 11th to sort the applications and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee and to the full Board, which will make the appointment at their meeting on the evening of Feb. 19th. If you are interested in serving your neighborhood by

agreeing to attend GGPNC Board meetings and share the results of your outreach with the Board before it makes decisions which may affect our stakeholders in the religious communities in the Greater Griffith Park neighborhoods, WE NEED YOU! For more information, visit the GGPNC website at Do you want to help your community? Who we really want is a person who is willing to devote a little time each month to outreach to the religious community in our area and then who can share their collective point of view with the GGPNC Board before we make decisions which may impact those parts of our neighborhood. Give it a chance! Do some good for your community. To keep on top of these and other issues go to the web site of your neighborhood council at frequently.

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tional portraits of smiling families decked out in Christmas tree sweaters. Pictures of my dog striking a pose with Santa might just be the perfect things to slip into my holiday cards. Plus it benefits a good cause. 2007 Echo Park Holiday Parade on Dec. 8th 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunset Blvd & Echo Park Avenue). Although a “Seventh Heaven” cast member sighting is unlikely, the parade promises plenty of classic cars, local musicians and festive decorations.

Also on December 8th is the annual “Shop Echo ParkHoliday Night” from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This multi-store extravaganza is a must for fans of boutiques like Sirens & Sailors, Lux De Ville and The Kids Are Alright. Starting at Sunset and Rosemont and trickling down to Alvarado, the event features bands, food, art, and discounts from some the neighborhoods best shopping destinations. Whatever you celebrate, do it locally, do it joyfully, and if need be, do it in shorts.

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checking into the background of the organization and its director. While doing so, he said, he discovered the organization had always lacked a preschool license, even while at the Ivanhoe location, nonprofit tax forms not having been filed since 2002, and, particularly distressing to Fontanesi that Bui, the center’s director, wasn’t a doctor as she had claimed. Bui maintains she has received a medical degree from the University of Southern California, but has not passed the medical boards. She said embarrassment over not having passed has kept her from being truthful about her qualifications. In a letter from the USC Keck School of Medicine, however, officials said they have no records that Bui has attended or graduated with a medical degree from the institution. A medical degree is not a necessary qualification to be a school director. But current Camelot Kids board member Barry Isaacson, said the board is as much at fault for not exercising proper oversight. “She needed to dot all the I’s and cross the T’s but this is not about an individual breaching the trust of her community,” he said. Isaacson said an independent party is conducting a thorough forensic audit, “to establish that there have been no improprieties.”

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Curbside viewing is available on a first come first serve basis. For grandstand seating contact Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Jan. 1, 2008, 8 – 11 a.m. Ellis Street & Orange Grove, continuing north on Orange Grove, east on Colorado Blvd. to Sierra Madre Blvd., then north on Sierra Madre Blvd. to Paloma. Holiday Hotline (877) 793-9911; Visitors’ Info (626) 449-ROSE. Holiday Hot Spots Tam O’Shanter Carolers croon to dinner patrons at this Scottish, Tudor cottage inspired restaurant. 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Information: (866) 456-0364 Downtown on Ice Ice skate in an urban setting at L.A.’s official rink. Daily through Jan. 21st, 2008. Pershing Square, 530 South Olive St. Information: (213) 847-4970 Gifts Black Market at Black Maria Get creative with this year’s gift giving by skipping the mall and visit this art exhibition/retail shopping experience featuring established and emerging artists. Through Jan. 5th, 2008. Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd. (323) 6609393. Information: www. SLNC Election from page 3

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“These are the areas where big developments are taking place—high-rises and large subdivisions,” he said. Shull said city officials have asked the state legislature to allow for more equitable distribution of Quimby fees. In the meantime, however, areas like Silver Lake and Los Feliz will have to go without. “That doesn’t mean there won’t be other city funds for this area,” Shull said. City officials also announced at the same community meeting that the hydromulching of burned areas at Griffith Park is complete. The process was undertaken this fall to minimize the risk of post-fire mudslides. The city has also finished cleaning out the park’s storm drains in preparation for the rainy season, and will soon begin installing temporary concrete barriers called K-rails above Vermont avenue and on several other streets. A series of debris fences— which act like nets to prevent sediment from flowing out of the park and into surrounding neighborhoods—will be installed within the next few months, officials said. Page 22

the recipient of the e-mail to vote for him. Lyon contended he received Dickstein’s email address through another e-mail database, but according to the report, he was not able to provide clear evidence of that. Lyon was involved in a similar circumstance in 2005 accused of allegedly using the neighborhood council’s database for campaigning. At that time, however, there were no election procedures in place regarding the use of the council’s database for campaigning. After that election, the board created a rule prohibiting the use of its database by candidates. A total of 516 ballots were cast in the election, out of nearly 70,000 potential voters. With the findings, the neighborhood council results are now official: District 1, Scott Crawford; District 2, Tenaya Wallace; District 3, Andrea Marquez; District 4, Rusty Millar; District 5, Spencer Strauss; District 6, Kim Jones; District 7, Renee Nahum. Additionally, four atlarge candidates were elected: Courtney Blackburn, Paul Neuman, Janet Cunningham and Joanna Paden. December 2007

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is an alternative currently being explored by the LAUSD. According to Maureen Diekman, LAUSD Director of School Services, some elementary schools are being considered for such a reconfiguration but only at the school’s request. No schools in the Los Feliz or Silver Lake areas have made such a request, said Diekman. Ethnic Tensions at King Middle School: Last May, an altercation—fueled by ethnic tensions—between students at Thomas Starr King Middle School created a “security lock-down” on campus and kept some families from sending children to school for days for fear of their

safety. Anti-bullying and antibias training provided by the district for teachers and staff along with on-going student peer mediation group have helped to relieve tensions. Taylor Yard School: A recent court ruling will lead the way for the LAUSD to purchase, by eminent domain, a 23-acre site in Glassell Park for a new high school. District officials said the school is scheduled to open in 2011 and will serve 2,500 students. The new school will mean that John Marshall High School can return to a single, traditional calendar in adherence to a California class action settlement requiring all state schools do so by 2012.

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By Pat Saperstein / Ledger Food Critic Café Stella: Partners Francois Renaud and Gareth Kantner have plans for the very French bistro Café Stella and also for a new Echo Park restaurant, Artisan. Café Stella is now 10 years old, and is expanding into a second dining room, with construction beginning next month. Kanter says the menu will concentrate on local farmers and products and add more shellfish and seafood platters as well as charcuterie made in-house. Later next year, the partners will start work on the rustic Artisan in the Jensen Recreation Center building on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. The restaurant will have an Italian and French peasant influence, said Kantner, with a wood oven, a spit for roasting pigs and birds, and family style

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pasta dishes. Décor touches will include wooden chandeliers and plank flooring for a Spartan monastery feeling. Mes Amis has opened on Vermont Avenue in the Tiger Lily restaurant space. Mes Amis features lots of patio seating for a Parisian sidewalk cafe feel, as well as comfy padded booths in the dining room. Menu items include escargots, bouillabaisse, duck confit cannelloni and rack of lamb with polenta. At lunch, there’s salade Nicoise, pizzas and sandwiches including traditional pan bagnat. The children’s menu includes a grilled Nutella sandwich. Cobras and Matadors has added a wine bar called Sgt. Recruiter, next to its Hollywood Blvd. dining room.

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The Edendale Grill has revamped its menu with a larger bar menu including fish and chips and a sausage grinder sandwich. New cocktails are also shaking at the Mixville Bar. Small plates are $5 each during happy hour, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Chi Dynasty: Chi Dynasty, which has closed its original location, hopes to move to its new space at 1813 Hillhurst Ave. in the Los Feliz Plaza in December. The phone number remains (323) 667-3388 and delivery will be available at the new location. LaMill Coffee Boutique will open soon on Silver Lake

Blvd. serving coffees and teas as well as desserts from Providence pastry chef Adrian Vasquez. Little Dom’s on Hillhurst is slated to open in December, offering casual Italian-influenced breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a deli counter for takeout.   Hyperion’s Soy Café will expand to a second Atwater location with a larger Vietnamese menu featuring noodles and lots of vegetarian choices.

Reservoir: Reservoir on Silver Lake Blvd. is still under construction, but owner Gloria Felix hopes to open in the spring. The restaurant will have a “California rustic” menu. Felix says the emphasis will be on seasonal, local foods, including braised shortribs and rustic pizzas. In addition to a patio and sidewalk seating, a small bar will seat eight, with wine and artisan beers served. Reservoir will be open for dinner and weekend brunch.

the Echo nightclub in Echo Park sometime in 2008. Barbrix—a wine bar and restaurant—is under construction on Hyperion across from Baller Hardware. The extensive build out will likely take it to late 2008. Former La Terza proprietor and Campanile manager Claudio Blotta will be in charge along with his wife, actress Adria Tennor.

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The “Greening” of Silver Lake

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water… and Beethoven

By Cheryl Revkin

Arthur B. Rubinstein

It’s a given, we’re all concerned about the environment. The Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce is taking an active role in the community to support businesses and residents that are motivated to do what they can on a local level. We’ve created a green committee with a growing number of hardworking committee members, headed by Meg Dickler Taylor (Large Marge Sustainables) and Ben Lemon (Financial Advisor). Our goals include: a DASH for Silver Lake, a commercial and residential food recycling program, zero waste at our Farmer’s Market, eliminating styrofoam at our restaurants, a campaign to get everyone to bring your own cup and re-usable shopping bag, decreasing our storm water run-off pollution, reduce, reuse and recycle more! We are also creating a green page on the Chamber website ( that will present resources to help you accomplish your personal and our community goals. We will have guidelines that businesses might adopt to help accomplish green goals. We are also developing an incentive program for businesses if they opt to participate in a green certification program. We are an innovative community with a tradition of activism. We need everyone to step up to the plate and do their part. Here’s an example: your favorite restaurant may hesitate to spend the extra money to stock a new compostable take-out container unless you recognize them and patronize them for doing so. Take some time to think and act. Contact us with your ideas. Join us to help implement them. Green Silver Lake.

In October, the Los Feliz community gathered in Griffith Park to pay tribute to those who fought the May 8th fire and to celebrate the spirit of recovery embodied by a Symphony In The Glen performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Throughout our first 14 years, our concerts have occasionally coincided with global events reaching far beyond the bounds of Griffith Park. Since 2001 our annual Grandparents Day concert has twice fallen on 9/11. On October 7th, 2001, fighting began in

“How happy I am to be able to walk among the shrubs, the trees, the woods, the grass and the rocks. For the woods, the trees and the rocks give man the resonance he needs.” How could he have possibly known that, more than 200 years after he said those words, his Eroica Symphony would provide the resonance we all urgently needed? In its own mystical and majestic way, the symphony’s movements provide insights to the past, present and future of the

Afghanistan. On that day we presented an all-Leonard Bernstein program. Although this concert had been planned six months earlier, it nevertheless proved momentous that day, especially with the destruction of the Twin Towers so fresh in our hearts and minds. Indeed, with the opening notes of “New York, New York,” Leonard Bernstein—“Lenny”—spoke to us all. In planning our Oct. 14th “Out of the Ashes” concert, however, we faced a unique challenge: providing healing through music for a community that had recently experienced not a global event, but an actual terrifying, up-close episode; the stuff only nightmares are made of: the May 8th fire. From the very first moment Symphony in the Glen Managing Director, Barbara Ferris, and I discussed this concert there was no doubt in Solution - Crossword Dec. 2007as to its content. I my mind Cheryl Revkin is a chiropractor knew it could be nothing less in Silver Lake and the president than the Eroica. Beethoven— of the Silver Lake Chamber of the man and his music—is a Commerce.

park—from fire, to devastation, to gradual re-growth and eventual recovery. It was an honor and privilege for the Symphony In The Glen Orchestra to perform this masterpiece—at the Old Zoo, for the Griffith Park community, and most of all, for the park recovery. Our special thanks go to the great people at the Dept. of Recreation and Parks, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the LFIA, GGPNC and a host of others for helping us make this concert possible—but especially to the members of our audience. For me as a conductor, it was touching to look out and see the sea of faces, remarkably diverse, from up the street and across the city, all there to share love and concern for our great park. Finally, for those who were unable to attend the concert, I highly recommend an hour of contemplation—at the Old Zoo, under a tree and a CD of the Eroica Symphony. Arthur B. Rubinstein is the founder and music director of Symphony In The Glen Free Concerts.







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