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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 8. No. 7

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December 2013

Joseph Gatto Memorialized as Beloved Father, Grandfather and Teacher By Allison Cohen and Colin Stutz

Dead Hiker Was A Glendale Resident By Tony Cella Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—The dead body discovered by two hikers Nov. 6th, has been identified as 48-year-old Antonio Lopez Bismark, of Glendale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. Coroner spokesman Craig Harvey said foul play was not suspected in Bismark’s death and deemed the official cause the result of “multiple blunt traumas” the result of a fall down “the steep face of the mountain.” Los Angeles Fire Dept. spokesman Brian Humphries said the fire department was notified of the dead body at 12:53 p.m. near Bee Rock, see HIKER page 8

Community News: Rockwell Hosts their Annual Toy Drive, page 6

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LOS FELIZ—Over 800 family members, friends, political dignitaries and dozens of his former students gathered Monday at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church to memorialize Joseph Gatto, who was killed Nov. 13th in his Silver Lake home. Gatto’s son, California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto, said his family’s “hearts are broken” and eulogized his father as both “peaceful,” “hard headed,” “tough” and at times “just plain stubborn.” “We are trying to understand the darkness of some souls,” Gatto said, the only reference in the 1-½ mass to Gatto’s killer, who remains at large.“There are no words that can express our grief.” The assemblymember fondly relayed stories about his father including his insistence

the Gatto children—Mike, Nicole and Mariann—abstain from television and movies during childhood and their recent unsuccessful attempt in October—a homage to the elder Gatto’s Depression Era upbringing where nothing

went to waste—to make olive oil from olive trees near the assemblymember’s Sacramento home. “It just turned out to be “goo,” Gatto said. Gatto also said his father had “died at the peak of his



ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking information regarding an individual who is responsible for an aggravated assault SUMMARY: On November 12, 2013, at approximately 6:50 p.m., a witness saw the suspect breaking into the victim’s vehicle on the 2300 block of Moreno Drive. When she confronted the suspect, he pointed a gun and threatened to kill her. Another witness confronted the suspect at which point he repeated the threat. The suspect then fled on foot down public stairs on Tesla Avenue. This suspect may be connected to a homicide that occurred on the 2800 block of Bright Lane. SUSPECT: GENDER: Male DESCENT: White HAIR: Unknown EYES: Unknown HEIGHT: 5’9” WEIGHT: 180 lbs. AGE: 20-25 years old CLOTHING: Multi-colored, hooded sweatshirt and tan pants ADDITIONAL: Wore a tan backpack Photos of similar jacket and backpack

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Politics: Garcetti Leaving Silver Lake for Getty House, page 8

Real Estate: Los Feliz Home Prices up 106%, page 11

success,” as a jewelry maker. “All of us in this room were lucky to have crossed paths with him.” Gatto’s sister Mariann— who is the executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles—called

her father a “true renaissance man” who had “guided, mentored, taught and been a counselor to thousands.” “By my count,” she said, “he squeezed 140 years of life in his 78 years. He gave and gave and gave and asked for nothing in return.” She ended the tribute to her father with this: “I will sign off the way he would always end a letter or conversation. ‘Peace and love’ and I bid you the same. I love you papa.” Joseph Gatto, was born Dec. 22, 1934 in Pueblo, Colo. After his father accepted a position with the Air Force in Northern California, the rest of the Gatto family moved to Los Angeles staying with cousins in the Lincoln Heights area. Gatto attended Fairfax High School where he lettered in four sports. Following graduation, he served in the see GATTO page 3

Short And Not So Sweet Ballfields Hearing Shows A Community Angrily Divided By Colin Stutz and Allison Cohen GRIFFITH PARK—By 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20th, the Los Angeles Zoo’s Witherbee’s Auditorium was filled near capacity for the start of a city hearing to get feedback and gauge community support for the Griffith Park Crystal Springs Baseball Fields project. Even before the meeting began, a clear “us vs. them” dynamic was unfolding, pitting younger parents advocating kids baseball against older area stakeholders who stood firm as picnicker advocates and Griffith Park’s environmental vanguards. The meeting, organized by the city’s Bureau of Engineering (BOE), was convened to gather public comments

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before the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (D-EIR) released Oct. 31st is finalized. The hearing’s public comment began at 6:45 p.m. after the BOE outlined the project, which co-locates two new kidsized fields near the existing adult ‘Pote Field’ and then reviewed two potential alternatives. One would create two new fields in Crystal Springs’ southern end, and the other in North Atwater Park—across the 5 Freeway and Los Angeles River—would create one new field and give the existing softball diamond there a facelift. Los Angeles City Counsee BALLFIELDS page 24

School News: IHHS Celebrates 40 Years of Walking, page 22

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Crystal Springs: The Elusive Truth A public hearing on an Environmental Impact Report— like the one that was held Nov. 20th on the construction of youth baseball fields at Griffith Park’s Crystal Springs—is a funny thing. People stand up and say whatever they like, even if they speak untruths. And no one corrects them. I have studied the city’s 326-page recently released Draft Environmental Report on the project extensively. So when I hear an opinion or wish described as fact, I know it. A couple of such misstatements happened at the Nov. 20th meeting. One woman indicated this newspaper had incorrectly written the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council was in support of this project. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council DOES support youth ballfields in Crystal Springs. Another speaker said people had been using Crystal Springs for picnics for “hundreds of years.” That’s not true either. Griffith J. Griffith deeded the land for Griffith Park only 117 years ago and had he had his way, before he died in 1919, the Crystal Springs area would have been a man-made lake. Crystal Springs was the “back nine” of the Wilson Golf Course from 1921 to 1930. And then in 1934 the area became the site for the Civilian

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Conservation Corps (CCC). Only in May of 1936, were picnic grounds developed. Additionally, a 1947 map of the area shows proposed baseball fields close to the very same sites being proposed today. There is a generational shift occurring in our area that started about 10 years ago. One speaker said: “This is almost an inevitably. There’s a lot more kids here today.” Currently there are 19 preschools in the area; 14 elementary schools and 4 middle schools. Finally, the Ledger has asked the city how many baseball fields have been constructed since a 2006 assessment report indicating a goal of 1 youth baseball field to every 10,000 residents. Based on that ratio, the city’s goal was to build 73 new baseball fields citywide by 2013. But we were told they did not know the answer and could possibly get back to us in a week or two. Apparently the city does not track how they spend voter approved Prop. K funds, those very funds paying for the Crystal Springs baseball fields. Story ideas, submissions, advertising rates & inquiries contact: Allison Cohen Ferraro 4459 Avocado St. Los Angeles, CA 90027 Phone: 323-667-9897 Fax: 323-667-1816 www.

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United States Army stationed in Washington. Afterwards, Gatto returned to Los Angeles and graduated from California State University Los Angeles and later earned two Master’s Degrees from Pepperdine University and California State Los Angeles. Gatto retired in 2002

after more than 45 years of teaching art and design at the primary and college levels, including Pierce College, California State University at Northridge, California State University at Los Angeles, the Otis Parson Art Institute and the Art Center in Pasadena. He also co-founded the Los Angeles High School for the

Arts and served as its Dean of the Visual Arts Dept. for many years. In retirement, Gatto made hand-crafted jewelry and traveled the country showing his pieces in museums and at shows. He lived in Silver Lake for 35 years. Gatto was found mur-

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dered in his home on the 2800 block of Bright Lane Nov. 13th at approximately 8:15 p.m. He was slumped over his desk and had been shot in the abdomen with a small-caliber gun. Although up to 20 Los Angeles Police Dept. personnel and members of the Robbery-Homicide division have combed the neighborhood since, going door to door looking for clues, there are no new leads in the case. The only lead thus far was a composite sketch and description of an assault suspect in the same Silver Lake neighborhood the night before Gatto’s death, released by the LAPD Nov. 19th. Police have said there may be a connection between the two crimes. An LAPD spokesperson said they were investigating the possibility, among others, if Gatto’s murder was related to his work as a jeweler. Celebrating Gatto’s memorial mass included Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez; Father James Mott, of Our Mother of Good Counsel; and Father Greg Goethals, president of Loyola High School. Attending the memorial were 22 State Assemblymembers, eight State Senators, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, many Los Angeles City Councilmembers—including Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell—Los Angeles County Sherriff Lee Baca, a delegation from the Armenian Apostolic Church led by Archibishop Hovnan Derderian and school board and city councilmembers from the city of Glendale. Gatto is survived by his former wife Isolde; brothers Frank and Dominic; daughters Nicole and Mariann; son

Mike; grandchildren Damian Joseph, Elliana Vivienne and Evangelina Felicity. Assemblyman Gatto represents California’s 43rd District, which includes Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Burbank, Glendale and parts of the La Crescenta-Montrose foothills. The Gatto family has asked donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to one of Joseph Gatto’s three favorite charities: The Historic Italian Hall Foundation, 125 Paseo De la Plaza, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 485-8432; The Los Angeles Community Garden Council, 4470 W. Sunset Blvd. #381, Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 942WORM; or The Tuition Magician, Attn: Joe Gatto Arts Scholarship 4470 West Sunset Blvd. #378, Los Angeles, CA 90027).

Chanukah Celebrations With Chabad of Los Feliz LOS FELIZ—The Chabad of Los Feliz will host various Chanukah celebrations including “Coin Menorah,” Dec. 1st at 4 p.m. where participants can, among other events, bring loose change and trade it in for chocolate money. $15 for adults. $8 per child. 1930 Hillhurst Ave. On Dec. 4th at 5:30 p.m. the Chabad will continue its Chanukah celebration at the Griffith Observatory with latkes, donuts and free dreidels. This event is free. For information: (323) 660-5177.

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NCs Weigh In On Bike and Walking Options For Glendale-Hyperion Bridge By Tony Cella, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Letters in support of more cyclist and pedestrian options for the TK Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, have been sent by both the Los Feliz (LFNC) and Atwater Village (AVNC) neighborhood councils to city officials. “You don’t need intimate knowledge of bridge engineering to know it’s important to have a pedestrian safe bridge,” said AVNC boardmember Jayden Brant, who drafted the AVNC’s letter. The $50 million project, which began in the early

2000s, was proposed to upgrade the bridge to current seismic standards. The Glendale-Hyperion Bridge is comprised of three bridges that run 1,200 feet over the Los Angeles River and the I-5 freeway. The Los Angeles County Bicyclist Coalition has criticized current plans for the project for ignoring the city’s 2010 Bike Plan that included bike lanes on the bridge. The activist group also have indicated the current plans for the bridge are out of

step with the Caltrans “Complete Streets Initiative” and the mayor’s “Great Streets policy,” which supports transportation conducive to car, bike and pedestrian travel. Additionally, the LFNC’s letter quoted the “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act,” a federal law encouraging projects to include means of foot and bicycle travel. Some Atwater Village residents are positive about better bicycle and pedestrian safety for the bridge as it would con-

Local Sunset Free Clinic Encouraging to Try Health Marketplace “Covered California” By Colin Stutz, Ledger Contributing Writer While the Affordable Care Act rollout has met nationwide scrutiny and complaints, the execution and response in California has so far been a praised model of success. Through Covered California, the country’s largest state-run insurance marketplace, the exchange accounted for one-third of all enrollments nationwide in October. That was about 31,000 newly enrolled statewide, the largest number of which are located in Los Angeles County. In November, that enrollment figure ballooned to about 2,700 plan selections per day with a total count that will likely surpass 100,000 by the end of the month. This is all good news, leading up to the Dec. 15th enrollment deadline to ensure coverage at the start of the New Year. Still, Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic’s executive director, Teresa Padua, said there’s plenty more outreach and edu-

cation to be done. She said she regularly speaks with patients who are reluctant to even try signing up for coverage. “People have these preconceived ideas already about Covered California that are stopping them from at least inquiring,” she said. “But I think keep an open mind and at least try it.” Padua deals daily with uninsured Los Angelenos as one of the city’s only free health centers, located on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. She is excited by “Obamacare” as it’s often referred, and said her office is working hard to do what it can to direct people to sign up for coverage. The clinic’s volunteer staff has had training by a Covered California representative and will host an open table session on Dec. 4th where anyone who is interested can address their issues. The Silver Lake Public Library will also host an informational presentation

Dec. 13th, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Padua said she heard from one woman it took her only a few minutes to find out what kind of coverage she qualified for. Someone else, she said, was surprised to find he qualified for a premium insurance plan at about 40% less than what we has paying before. “It’s difficult to get [logged on] when you’re using the federal computer system but the covered California one is not having that many problems at all,” said Padua. Despite the strong start in California, Padua said she’s not concerned her clinic will be out of business anytime soon. According to a Covered California study, there are currently about 5.6 million uninsured people in the state — about 15% of the total population. “So we have a little while yet to go,” said Padua. “We’re here. We’re here until everybody gets covered.”

nect Atwater and Silver Lake. Many have said they would use a bike lane between the two locations if installed. During various community meetings on the issue, much has been said regarding a more non-car friendly option for the bridge. One Atwater woman who said she lives near the crossing in Atwater Village and works on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake said she never would consider riding her bike on the bridge now and without a bike path. “[And] I have a beautiful bike sitting in my garage,” she said. Other bicyclists have described biking across the bridge today as “scary” or “terrifying.”

However, other says these proposed changes to the plans are coming too late and threaten to delay it, potentially losing federal funding. During a recent meeting before the LFNC, Field Deputy for Los Angeles City Council District 4’s Daniel Halden praised the city for listening to community members, in particular some residents of Atwater Village who were involved in the near 10-year-old project. “This project wasn’t created in a vacuum,” he said. Halden went on to say there were restrictions on the bridge design and deadlines for federal funding had to be met for the project to move forward.

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Rockwell Table and Stage – A Modern Day Supper Club By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Columnist

VERMONT AVENUE—On a recent Friday night, Rockwell Table and Stage packed in an upbeat mix of urban professionals, locals and music lovers from further reaches for its For The Record: Baz Luhrmann— a show featuring music from Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby. Rockwell’s signature show—For the Record—in-

sion come together here to create something uniquely Los Angeles,” said Shane Scheel, executive producer of For the Record. “Garry Marshall came in with his family and told me, ‘It was like watching my life flash before my eyes.’ It’s almost surreal in some ways.” In their fifth year, owners chef Wayne Elias and Chris Diamond have created a modern day supper club. Rockwell

tertainment throughout the dining room. Baroque chandeliers, dark rustic furniture, spacious banquettes and with attentive staff, just entering Rockwell sets the stage for a special night. “It’s more than going to dinner and a movie,” said Elias. “Here you have the full experience, quality drinks and dinner during a show.” The evening is a panoramic live theatrical concert with performers all over the room. “We immerse people,” said Scheel. “You’re sitting there eating your salmon and someone is two feet away from you belting

out the song of their life.” Beside being a place for Eastsiders who like to connect with community, Rockwell is an active cornerstone in Los Feliz Village beyond entertainment and dining. “We are always asking ourselves, ‘How we can work together to improve the com-

Holiday Shopping Boutique Sale To Benefit Atwater Library ATWATER VILLAGE—The Friends of the Atwater Village Library will host its annual Boutique Sale, Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fundraising event promises to have great quality

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You won’t want to miss when Rockwell goes all out with snow, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a special concert at their annual toy drive benefiting Children’s Hospital, Dec. 4th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. spired by motion picture masters, stages a tribute to the Los Angeles entertainment industry. To date, the soundtracks from the films of Quentin Tarantino, John Hughes, Martin Scorsese and Garry Marshall among others have been celebrated.  “Some of our people who work full-time jobs on televi-

munity,’” said owner Diamond. You won’t want to miss when Rockwell goes all out with snow, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a special concert at their annual toy drive benefiting Children’s Hospital, Dec. 4th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is an unwrapped toy.

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“Non qui parum habet, sed qui plus cupit, pauper est.” ~Seneca Joseph Anthony “Joe” Gatto was born 22 December 1934 in Pueblo, Colorado. His father was an immigrant coal shoveler and steelworker. His mother was a devoted homemaker who later worked in the garment industry. After World War II began, Joe’s father took a job with the Air Force in Oakland, and the family moved west, staying with cousins in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Eventually, the family settled in East Hollywood. Joe attended Fairfax High School, and lettered in four sports. On the football team, Joe’s quarterback was Jack Kemp; on the baseball team, his pitcher was Larry Sherry. Joe started working, as a bagboy at a grocery store at a young age, to help support his family and save for college. After turning 18, Joe served in the United States Army, and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington. After the Army, Joe returned to Los Angeles, where he graduated from California State University at Los Angeles. He later earned Master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and Cal. State L.A. Joe was the first Gatto member of his family to graduate from college.

“Interea dulces pendent circum oscula nati, Casta pudicitiam servat domus.” ~Virgil In the early 1960s, Joe traveled the world, visiting all of Western Europe, and places like Russia, Egypt, and Japan. In 1967, he saw a beautiful blonde walking down the streets and quickly backed up his Porsche and got her number. The two were soon married. They had three children (Nicole, Michael, and Mariann). In 1978, the family moved to Silver Lake, then a distinctly unhip and relatively unknown neighborhood, but one that Joe adored. “I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to live here,” Joe would say. “We have open space, a great microclimate, and lots of artists!”

“Sed rusticorum mascula militum proles, Sabellis.” ~Horace For much of his career, Joe worked three jobs: he taught high school during the day, college classes on weekends, and sold concessions at Dodger Stadium in the evenings. At various times throughout his career, Joe was as a professor at Otis Parsons, Art Center College of Design, California State University at Northridge, and Cal. State L.A. In 1985, he became one of the founders of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and served as Dean of the Visual Arts Department for years. His students went on to greatness in many fields. To name a few: Jenna Elfman, Joshua Groban, Kehinde Wiley, and Christina Milian. As a testament of his love for teaching, Joe continued to teach long after his pension would pay him 100% of his final salary: he therefore worked for free. In over 47 years of teaching, Joe never missed a day of work. For his dedication and teaching acumen, Joe was awarded the “Bravo Award” as California Arts Teacher of the Year, in 1986. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush honored him at the White House, in 1988 and 1989. He was selected as both the California and Pacific Region Art Educator of the year in 1990. In 2004, he was elected as a John Kerry delegate to the Democratic National Committee, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Joe also loved to write. He authored many books, covering subjects like photography, drawing, design, and the art of cities. His books, like “Exploring Visual Design,” were used as classroom textbooks from Canada to Texas. Despite his dedication to his vocation, Joe found time to grow produce in his elaborately terraced organic garden. He grew everything: peaches, apricots, plums, grapes, tomatoes, squash, corn, artichokes, peppers, Asian pears, figs, beans, oranges, lettuce, melons, carrots, eggplant, avocados, et cetera, and always shared them with friends and neighbors. Joe grew just about all the produce he ate, and predated the home organicfarming movement by four decades. His produce and preserves are legendary among friends and family.

“Homines dum docent discunt.” ~Seneca Joe tried to live the values he taught. He was active in his parish, raising thousands of dollars for Our Mother of Good Counsel school, and serving as a Eucharistic minister to the sick. Joe lived life to the fullest. He liked music, cooking dinner for his family, restoring antique furniture, speaking the Italian language, reading, and garage sales. After he retired, Joe finally pursued his passion, creating art. He played music with his grandson and painted with his granddaughters. He made elaborately hand-crafted jewelry, and traveled the nation exhibiting his pieces in museums and at shows. Joe’s jewelry was featured in several magazines. One week before his death, one of his rings won a prestigious jewelry-design award. After decades of putting aside his art for his family, Joe Gatto had finally “made it” as an artist.

“Vita enim mortuorum in memoria est posita vivorum. Perficite ut is quem vos inscii ad mortem misistis immortalitatem habeat a vobis.” ~Cicero Joseph Anthony Gatto is survived by his brother Frank and his wife Linda, brother Dominic and his wife Mavis, daughter Nicole and her husband Mark, son Mike and his wife Danielle, daughter Mariann and her fiancé Eric, grandchildren Damian Joseph, Elliana Vivienne, and Evangelina Felicity, his former wife Isolde, and countless cousins, admiring students, and loving friends.

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Garcetti Moving to Windsor Square’s Mayor House By Colin Stutz, Ledger Contributing Writer Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his family have decided to move out of their Silver Lake home and into the city’s official mayoral residence, The Getty House in Windsor Square. With his wife, Amy Wakeland, and their 2-yearold daughter, Maya, Garcetti will soon begin transitioning into the three-story 8,000

with friends. The Garcettis plan to keep ownership of this home. As a city council member from 2001 to 2013, Garcetti represented the 13th District that includes Echo Park and Silver Lake, as well as parts of Hollywood, Historic Filipinotown and Atwater Village. The Getty House was constructed in 1921 and

The Getty House was constructed in 1921 and deeded to the city in 1975 as a gift from the Getty Oil Company, serving as the official mayoral residence ever since.

square foot English Tudor Revival-style home and expect to be fully moved in by the new year. “It’s a better option for their family given his duties as mayor,” said Garcetti spokesperson Yusef Robb. After renting for years in Echo Park, Garcetti and Wakeland moved into their current Silver Lake residence in 2011. They purchased the 1950s modernist perch for $1.4 million and renovated it with an emphasis on open space and sustainable living. They also bought two steep adjoining lots that they transformed into a fully productive garden with fruit, vegetables and herbs to eat and share

deeded to the city in 1975 as a gift from the Getty Oil Company, serving as the official mayoral residence ever since. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa most recently lived there until his term ended last June. The house is operated by a nonprofit foundation and often hosts special events, including recently a meeting in August between Garcetti and other Los Angeles County mayors. In an interview earlier this year, Garcetti cited security issues as a consideration over whether his family might move to The Getty House and he would see how their life changed with his mayorship.

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status of proposed trail signs to guide disoriented hikers in Griffith Park or progress on efforts to improve cell phone reception. At the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council meeting in November, LaBonge field deputy Dan Halden was asked by boardmember Mark Mauceri about the status of signs in the park. Funding for the signs was approved two years ago, according to Halden but the project was never completed after some community expressed distaste for the look of the signs. “I don’t have an answer for you,” responded Halden. “I can find an answer for you. We tried to get it done, but the community couldn’t come to a consensus.”

located on the western side of the park near the Old Zoo. Bismark was declared dead at 12:54 p.m. He had been reported missing on November 1st. According to the coroner’s office, there have been seven bodies found in Griffith Park since 2010, including that of film editor Sally Menke, who died in 2010. Menke became disoriented in the park and lost her way having undergone heat exhaustion. Her family, of Windsor Square, and authorities were unable to trace her location by “pinging” her cell phone, which stymied recovery efforts for hours. Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge did not respond to multiple calls for comment regarding the Page 8


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Sumi Siegal on Sunset By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Columnist

SILVER LAKE—Sumi Siegel was a 2nd grade teacher when, on a walk in her Silver Lake neighborhood, she noticed a vacant storefront. Having worked intermittingly in retail since the mid-1980s, Siegel had toyed with the idea of opening her own store so on a whim, she inquired about the space. “I met with the landlord and within a week I let my school know that I wouldn’t return in the fall,” Siegel said. Her store, Sumi’s, opened in the Spring of 2005. It offers artist quality accessories and gifts, primarily handmade and mostly from America. There are some artists from Israel and Finland represented at Sumi’s, even her mother Carita Viola, a Finnish handbag designer. “I’d say 75% of our business is jewelry,” Siegel said. But the store also sells scarves, candles, handbags and much more.” When she buys inventory, Siegel takes cues from her customers by keeping a list of items they’d like to see in the store. “It helps me keep my customers happy and it helps me buy what they want,” Siegel said. “And I want to be the store that has what my customers are looking for.” She also keeps customer wish lists on file to help take some of the anxiety out of gift buying.

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“It’s kind of like a registry,” Siegel said, “but it’s a little more personal.” Sumi’s is located on Sunset Boulevard between Descanso Drive and Micheltorena Street on the same block as the restaurant Dusty’s. According to Siegel, she’s a lot of changes in the neighborhood since she opened. “There are lots of new restaurants,” she said. “Lots of new shops…This block is pretty stable now, but there’s been a lot of turnover.” Still, Siegel said she feels Silver Lake is a great place to own a small business. “I think Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Echo Park are very small business minded,” she said. “People around here aren’t really mall people. They appreciate the small businesses in their neighborhoods.” Even so, Sumi’s is often missed by drivers hurrying down Sunset Boulevard. “A lot of people discover us when they’re on foot,” Siegel said. And many of those assume her store is new when they finally come through the doors. But, Siegel doesn’t mind. “I just look at it as untapped potential,” she said. “If everybody knew about us where would we go from here, right?”

Parks Ranger Program Under Review By Tony Cella, Ledger Contributing Writer The Los Angeles City Council has ordered the Dept. of Recreation and Parks prepare a 60-day study on the state of the city’s cash strapped Park Ranger Program, including the number of its current rangers and support personnel and the creation of a reserve ranger program. Currently, the city’s park ranger program has 22 full time rangers, supported by four clerks and 21 part-time security staff. When the city’s budget was flush, Recreation and Parks Asst. Manager, Kevin Regan, said the program had 70 full-time rangers as well as a chief who managed the pro-


gram—a position now vacant. Also, there have been a number of internal city department transfers of the park rangers that have created a sense of incongruity within ranks. About seven years ago, according to Regan, park rangers were transferred to the city’s Office of Public Safety, which is now defunct. This gutting left the division with only a “naturalist” staff, who organize nature walks and teach environmental education to younger park goers, but lack required peace training. Some however, over time, returned to the Recreation and Parks enforcement

and emergency response staff. Still, the Recreation and Parks ranger staff remains depleted. Regan said he has called for the city to add more rangers to the ranks. To do so, Regan said he hoped the city would find funding outside of the Recreation and Parks budget. He expects the needed funding would be “in the millions.” The final report on the park ranger and related programs will be finalized in December. Advertise in the

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The “Normal Heart” Remembers the Start of the 1980s HiV/Aids Crisis By Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic “The Normal Heart,” currently onstage at the Fountain Theatre takes us back to the 1980s and tragic early days of HIV-Aids epidemic, a time when denial was the order of the day.  The play, a revival of the stunning drama written by activist Larry Kramer, catches the audience up in the passionate anger of the few who cared about the growing number of mysterious deaths of young men in the gay community. The protagonist, Ned Weeks, portrayed by Tim Cummings, is a narcissistic gay Jewish man, whose angry confrontational approach to the AIDS crisis is disturbing both to the audience and to his associates who struggle to create an agency to address the problem.   Unfortunately, his message that gay men should abstain from sex until the cause of the disease is discovered does not resonate with his friends.  He is urged to action by Dr. Emma Brookner, a wheelchair bound physician who has been treating young gay men who are dying from the yet to be identified disease.  He tries to involve his straight attorney brother Ben in the cause, and is disgusted when Ben is more interested in building his new multi-million dollar house.   When Ned approaches

the New York Times to interest the paper in writing about the growing epidemic, he meets reporter Felix Turner who becomes his lover. Although Ned is afraid of intimacy, he begins to open up in this new relationship.  Throughout the play, Ned’s anger at the complacency of the politicians and the public they serve is at a fever pitch that at times is disturbing.  In contrast, his gay colleagues are more reasoned, especially the handsome but closeted  banker Bruce Niles, who favors a quiet approach to the problem.  The drama reaches a crisis as Ned’s associates begin to disassociate themselves from him in order to make the issue more palatable to the public.  The play’s action moves seamlessly on an empty stage as props and furniture are deftly moved on and off to create the changing scenes. At the back, video statistics showing the growing tide of deaths from the disease bring home the seriousness of the crisis. The play is deftly directed by Simon Levy who draws out strong acting performances from the talented cast.  Tim Cummings is amazing in his intensity as the always angry Ned. In contrast Bill Brochtrup as his lover, Felix Turner, is touchingly sensitive.  Matt Gottlieb as Ned’s older brother Ben, gives a

most realistic performance as does Lisa Pelican as Dr. Emma Brookner who never leaves her wheelchair. Fred Koehler gives an anguishing monologue as his character, Mickey Marcus, begins to break down from pressure. Verton Banks provides a touch of comedy  that softens what is a gut wrenching drama. With the passage of time, it is easy to forget how frightening the HIV-AIDS crisis was in the early 1980s.  “The Normal Heart,” the title of which comes from the poem “September 1 1939” by W.H Auden reminds us of those who fell victim to the disease.  “The Normal Heart” has been extended through Dec. 15th at the Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave. (323) 663-15525 or fountaintheater. com Wed.-Sun.  $34; Seniors and students, Thursdays and Fridays, $25.

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By Anthony Cook, Griffith Observatory The big sky event this month might be comet ISON. If it survived its close approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day, it is possible that the comet—sporting a bright tail— could be visible just above the eastern horizon at the start of dawn at 5:15 a.m. between the 4th and the 15th. Consider taking a trip away from the suburban glow and travel to the mountains or desert to see the comet in a dark sky. Fading as it returns to the distant reaches of the solar system, the departing comet moves northward and is in the northern sky all night starting on the 27th. The planet Venus continues to be visible as a brilliant white light in the southwest in the hour after sunset. By the end of the month, Venus will be large enough for its crescent phase to be visible in steadily held binoculars. The moon will pair with Venus on the 5th. The second brightest planet, Jupiter, rises in the east-

southeast shortly after darkness falls, and is visible nearly all night as it crosses the sky, ending up in the west-northwest at dawn. Shining from the constellation Gemini, Jupiter is nearly overhead just before midnight. The moon appears close to Jupiter on the 18th. The winter solstice occurs at 9:11 a.m., P.S.T., on the 21st. It is the start of winter in the earth’s northern hemisphere and the start of summer in the southern. The winter solstice is the moment when the sun, in its apparent path around the earth, reaches its southernmost point in the sky. Orange planet Mars is in Virgo the Maiden and is highest in the south at the start of dawn. The last-quarter moon is close to Mars on the 25th. The moon is new on Dec. 2nd and is full—otherwise known as “full cold moon”— the nights of the Dec. 16th and 17th.

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Walking in L.A. By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columinst Three decades ago, the new wave pop band Missing Persons released “Walking in L.A.,” with the lyrics “Nobody walks in L.A.”—a catchy song that became an embarrassing anthem for our car-dependent city. Fortunately, since then Los Angeles has changed its tune slightly and is rediscovering its multi-modal roots. New metro lines have improved public transit, more roads have bike lanes, and the city is increasing its pedestrian-friendly zones. “We still have a long way to go though,” said Deborah Murphy, founder of L.A. Walks and Chair of the City of LA Pedestrian Advisory Committee. A Silver Lake resident, Murphy has worked for many years to make the city friendlier to pedestrians. “Everyone’s a pedestrian,” she said. “Once you get out of Page 10 LIFESTYLES

your car or get off your bike, you’re walking.” Currently, Murphy and her colleagues are campaigning to influence the city’s $50 million seismic upgrade of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, due to start in 2016. The iconic bridge, completed in 1929, crosses the L.A. River and the 5 Freeway, linking Silver Lake and Atwater Village. With its frighteningly narrow sidewalks and speeding cars, the bridge is perilous for cyclists and pedestrians. L.A. Walks is urging the city to revise their current upgrade plans to include wider sidewalks and bike lanes so that everyone can cross the bridge safely. “We need all sorts of community members to support this,” said Murphy. More info is available on L.A. Walks’ website and at their Dec. 4th Holiday Get Together:

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Median Price for A Home In Los Feliz Is Up 106% Compared to Last Year By Bruce Haring, Ledger Real Estate Reporter Sir Issac Newton was not talking about local real estate when he noted, “What goes up must come down.” But that notion does reflect the general local residential sales trends, with area realtors indicating that the housing market is gradually slowing down to more normal levels of activity. The frenzy that marked the early part of this year’s residential market hasn’t completely vanished, but it is ebbing. Most buyers and sellers

appear to be catching their breath and carefully considering where the market may be heading in the near future. The blame game for the lull targets rising mortgage interest rates, lack of housing inventory, the holidays, the general buyer fatigue over bidding wars—you name it. The good news is that the October market report for zip codes 90026, 90027, 90039 and 90068 still reflects robust gains for year-over-year

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comparables, according to DQNews, a La Jolla, California-based data researcher. The single-family housing prices in the Los Feliz area are up a whopping 106.8% yearover-year, reflecting a median sales price of $1.8 million, while condos are up 32.2% to $475,000. In the Silver Lake 90039 zip area, single-family homes up 25.7% from 2012, now hitting a $710,000 median sales price. Condos in the area were sold in October for a median of $473,000, up 50.6% yearover-year. In Echo Park, single-family homes were up 36.8% to $725,000. No condominum comps were available. And the Hollywood area (90068) single-family homes hit a median of $1.175, up 29.8%, with condos up 29.4% year-over-year and reaching a $410,000 median. THE CURRENT STATE Realtor Brad Keyes, the managing broker of HK Brokerage Inc. on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, admits the market “is slowing down

a little bit. Interest rates have gone up, we’re in the holiday season. It takes the seller and buyer a little time to catch up with what’s really going on. Everyone is still thinking real estate is still super, super hot, so people are overpricing homes.” There aren’t a lot of homes currently for sale, Keyes said, but there is still some competition among buyers for highend properties. As for the coming months, Keyes said he doesn’t see a major halt to activity. “This is L.A.,” he said, “and we don’t have winter.” Gary Reavis, a team leader with Keller Williams in Los Feliz, said there was “a little bit of hesitation” among buyers when interest rates began to go up and the frustration of losing out on a housing bid also cooled some potential buyers. “A lot of times people would qualify and could close, but people who had all-cash offers would come in and swoop properties up,” he said. “We’ve had disputes. [Potential buyers] can’t believe someone out-bid them.”

Housing prices, Reavis predicted, will continue going up if interest rates stay low and he claims there are still multiple offers being made for some homes on the market. Los Feliz agent Judy Oroshnik said the recent housing market was “reminiscent of the bubble in the mid-2000s in our immediate market area” but noted there’s still a great response on available homes. “We’re in a special area being on the East side and not everything is going out over asking price,” she said. “But if a house has that ‘jene nai sais quoi,’ because there’s so much demand and very little inventory, it will sell.” Oroshnik said the market will remain active in the next few months. “Although the rise in interest rates has limited some buyers in the big picture, they are at an all-time low. Prices might at some point level out into the realm of reality and not go completely off the charts, but it will stay in positive vein. I feel very positive about the local market.”

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Building of La Kretz Bridge Expected This Spring

When Restaurants Move Down the Block By Bruce Haring, Ledger Real Estate Writer

By Bruce Haring, Ledger Real Estate Reporter ATWATER VILLAGE—A longanticipated suspension bridge that will increase access to Griffith Park has been approved by the Los Angeles City Council. Now the Army Corps of Engineers and the city are conducting final reviews and permit processing for the “La Kretz Crossing,” which is expected to conclude by year’s end. Once those approvals are set, the $6 million bridge’s construction is anticipated to begin in the spring and take approximately eight to 10 months. Cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders will use the new bridge. It’s a particular boon to the equestrians, who were often reluctant to risk injuring their mounts on the slippery slopes of the cement lining the Los Angeles River in order to cross into the park. The new bridge “will be transformative to Atwater,” said Lynn Brown, a local resident and the vice president of the Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee, a cityappointed advisory board that lobbied for the bridge. “Atwater has been landlocked for years. This will bring in a lot of people and a lot of gentrification to the area.” Paula Parisi, the editor

of the Equestrian News and a Griffith Park horse rider, called the new bridge “a great thing for the equestrian community. It helps reinforce an important lifestyle aspect of Los Angeles, which is one of the very few urban metropolis where horse ownership is interwoven in the fabric of day to day life in the city.” Parisi added that the new bridge would heighten safety for riders in the Los Feliz and Griffith Park area. The bridge was originally envisioned by Morton La Kretz, a local real estate developer and philanthropist. He personally committed $5 million to the project with the balance coming from city funding.

LOS ANGELES—Two restaurants in the Los Feliz area have at least one distinction—they are among the few nationally that have relocated in the same area without missing a beat. Electric Lotus, which serves Indian food, has the most recent move. The restaurant moved in late summer from its former home next to the 7-11 on the corner of Franklin and North Vermont Ave. to a new location further south on Vermont, next to the Public House 1739. Electric Lotus actually takes over the space formerly occupied by Public House, which moved next door to a larger space. Electric Lotus’s success-

ful move mirrors that of Chi Dynasty, which moved a few years ago from its former North Hillhurst Avenue spot further down the block. The new Electric Lotus location has meant seeing some new customers, said the Electric Lotus manager, who identified himself only as “Eddie.” But it’s also meant that some of the old ones haven’t moved with the establishment, he added. He declined to state the reasons for the restaurant’s move. Bill Bender, the founder of WH Bender & Associates, a large consultancy to the restaurant industry and co-host of “Rock My Restaurant” on the Foodable WebTV network, said moving within the

market is “a pretty uncommon occurrence,” noting that moving requires creating a particularly good reason for making the move. “The owner wants to maintain the relationship with his customers and put together a good story,” said Bender. Moves often cost several hundred thousand dollars, Bender noted. “It’s almost like opening a brand-new restaurant,” he said. His best advice for movers is to “take it as an opportunity to recreate your brand or concept,” he said. “If you can put together a new brand identify or do some things to modernize, it’s the perfect time to do that.”

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With Two Lawsuits Pending, Millennium Project On Hold By Tony Cella, By Ledger Contributing Writer HOLLYWOOD—With two lawsuits facing the development, developers of the Millennium Hollywood project have halted trenching to verify if the Hollywood fault line runs underneath the proposed site of twin towers. Attorney Robert Silverstein filed a lawsuit against the city and Millennium Hollywood LLC, in August accusing both of corruption, endangering human lives and violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The W Hotel, located near the future site of the project, is also suing the Millennium and another associated developer, Argent Ventures, for filing an inadequate Environmental Impact Report. Silverstein accused the Millennium developers of re-

neging on their promise to trench the building site. “They know trenching would mean “game over,” he said in an email. Millennium Partners have refused to comment on the mounting criticisms of the project, including the possibility that the two buildings—at 39 and 35 stories—obstructs views of the Hollywood Sign and could increase surrounding neighborhoods with traffic. According to Millennium Hollywood’s website, the development will include 492 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, over 200,000 square feet of office space—including the Capital Records and Gogerty Buildings—34,000 square feet of restaurant space, more than 35,000 square feet designated for a sports club

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The Greenbelts that Define North Los Feliz By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist

and 15,000 square feet of commercial space on the 4.47 acre lot. The Millennium partners claim the project will create close to 3,000 construction jobs and approximately 1,000 permanent jobs upon completion. According to the Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety, they have not received new information about the geological status of the lot or applications for building permits from developers. “We haven’t heard a peep out of them in some time,” said department spokesman Luke Zamperini. The California Geological Survey said they plan on releasing a map of the fault zone in late December or January, 2014.

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Area Not Completely for the Affluent Or Middle Class

The parkways of northern Hillhurst and Vermont avenues are reminders of the “Garden City” and “City Beautiful” movements when Griffith Park was forming. Creating “Hillhurst Park,” the first subdivision north of Los Feliz Boulevard, developer William Mead hired professional landscape designer, Wilbur Cook. Cook created eight parkways on Vermont and Hillhurst avenues and triangle medians connecting streets like Glendower and Aberdeen avenues. When Mead wrote his Hillhurst Park plan, there was no development oversight by the city. Los Feliz Boulevard, then known as “Los Feliz Road” or “Los Feliz Avenue,”

was unpaved. City fathers, of whom Mead was one, still had no idea what the completion of the Owens River Aqueduct would mean to the city’s future. There were few takers to Mead’s subdivision until after World War I. Among the handful of buyers was Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, whose three-story brick home remains. Later, as Hillhurst Park continued to grow, Mead established the Vermont Canyon Improvement Association. Eventually, the name was changed to the Los Feliz Improvement Association, and the rest, as they say, “is history.” To read a longer version of this story, visit


By Bruce Haring, Ledger Real Estate Reporter Los Feliz and Silver Lake are among the most affluent areas of Los Angeles, boasting homes worth millions of dollars, great schools and access to some of the finest nightlife and restaurants in the city. But it’s not exclusively for those who can afford an opulent lifestyle. Surprisingly, there are a large number of low-income housing units, subsidized by the government and bringing in families that otherwise could not afford to live in the area. The housing—often termed Section 8 because it’s derived from that portion of the federal Housing Act of 1937—authorizes the direct payment of rental housing subsidies to private landlords,

with the tenants providing a small portion of the rent determined by their income. It’s a popular program and there is a long waiting list to obtain the housing. The local Section 8 program is administered by 25 independent public housing agencies in Los Angeles. The agencies operate in higherincome areas as well as lowincome. But because the rent subsidies are capped by federal limits—the current limit is $1,050—it is harder for families to find places to live in areas that command higher rents. But Google “Section 8 housing” in your zip code and you’ll be surprised by the number of listings available. There’s even a search engine,, which lists available units under the program. The Housing Authority of Los Angeles (HACLA) administrates the Section 8 housing for the local area. The general public waiting list has been closed since 2004, but there are still some vouchers available for chronically homeless disabled veterans and some assistance for homeless families deemed in dire straits. Nationally, the Section 8 housing budget has been cut and the program is shrinking, according to HACLA spokesperson Annie Kim. Still, the organization claims it has found housing for more than 15,000 formerly homeless individuals and families.







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Can We Expand? By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist Last month, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, at his semi-annual Griffith Park Resources Board Meeting, kindly gave me the floor even though I was not on the agenda. I spoke of an idea about a little known part of Griffith Park, namely the west and east sides of Riverside Dr. south of Los Feliz Blvd. At Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC)—on the east side— there is a need to expand the current space. Because the facility consists of portables, it isn’t very practical to remodel. But on the west side, the area is rather empty. There is a building operated by LA Shares, a nonprofit organization, and at the north end there is an expanded park setting developed by the Dept. of Water and Power around the Mulholland Fountain. In between there is a brown spot where a 6,000 square foot building once stood, storage units behind a fence with the sign “California,” a good size grass area and a concrete path leading to a parking lot.

In 1963, a famous architect, William Pereira designed the Performing Arts Center that included the current LA Shares building. Many longterm residents in the area remember the center because their children went there for classes. Even Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge did. But, the building was destroyed by fire in 1986. There were intentions for rebuilding it, but they never came to fruition.

However, can the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks afford to expand its facilities and programs? In spite of 15,700 acres of parkland including 4,282 acres in Griffith Park there are still needs to make sure that all Los Angeles residents have easy access to parks and recreational opportunities, whether they are a youth or a senior. Since 2008, revenue has shrunk for the department, impacting both programs and maintenance. In order to generate new monies, the department created the “Partnership Division” to expand existing programs

…The Dept. of Recreation and Parks will host one of many community meetings throughout the city to discuss revenue-generating ideas for operations and maintenance of our parks over the next five years. We at GPACC wonder if that building could be rebuilt as the same size with similar features so that once again there could be a community fixture where hundreds of people—from children to senior citizens—took free classes and gave free public performances.

and services through public and private partnerships. A non-profit or for-profit organization can collaborate with the Partnership Division. Additionally, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation was established as a California not-for-profit, to raise funds from private sources supporting, but not

supplanting, the operations provided by the city’s Recreation and Parks division. On Dec. 9th, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Griffith Park Visitors Center on Crystal Springs Drive, the Dept. of Recreation and Parks will host one of many community meetings throughout the city to discuss revenue-generating ideas for operations and

maintenance of our parks over the next five years. At you can find other neighborhood meeting places with different dates, to attend. You can also fill out a simple survey that will help the department of recreation and parks with their decisionmaking, including suggesting ideas for recreational opportunities if funds were available.

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Los Feliz Ledger [Los Feliz Confidential]

1931: In Love with Bessie By Don Seligman, Ledger Columnist The Los Angeles movie industry has always been where dreams really did come true. All it took was having “the look” and being in the right place at the right time. Juanita Horten, 16-yearsold, moved to Los Angeles in 1915, with her mother and her father from Midland, Texas. In bad financial straits, the Hortons rented a room in their simple home at 4510 Fountain Ave. to a Mr. and Mrs. Delano. The story goes that one day, Mrs. Delano took their elfin daughter Juanita to the Fine Arts Triangle Studio in Los Feliz, where they talked their way past gate guards and secretaries to meet the great D. W. Griffith himself. Griffith, impressed with Juanita’s young beauty, invited her to appear as a Babylonian slave girl at the feet of King Balshazzar in his film, Intolerance. But, first Griffith changed her name. He believed no one west of the Mississippi would know how to pronounce “Juanita” and Bessie Love was born.

Initially, Love was billed as “filmdom’s new Mary Pickford.” Her first roles were as innocent ingénues with Pickford curls and her career took off. By January, 1916, the Los Angeles Times’ movie reporter

declared that Bessie “seemed to have the star stuff in her,” and the first film in which she was featured, The Flying Torpedo, was touted as the biggest picture out of a Hollywood studio since Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation. Although Griffith gave

Bessie she moved up the street to Vitagraph Studios where her weekly salary was reported to be much higher than the $1,500 she had been earning. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Miss Love is not yet 20-yearsold, and her future is considered a big one.” But Bessie was no slouch. Having quit school in the 8th grade when she left Texas, she made up for her lost education by enrolling at Los Angeles High School and graduating with honors in 1919, at the age of 21, while she was starring in six to eight productions a year. Love started her own production company after contract with Vitagraph expired in 1919. The diminutive star now could break out of the “Mary Pickford” mold and attack much more interesting dramatic roles. By 1923, the “tiniest actress on the screen” (shoe size: 1 ½) had tackled Balzac to Conan-Doyle. The critics swooned. And the accolades and opportunities kept coming. In 1925, she introduced the Charleston on the screen in The King on Main Street. She gave one of her best perfor-

mances in Cecil B. Demille’s lavish Dress Parade (1927). She received an Academy Award nomination for The Broadway Melody in 1929. A rich bounty led to the purchase of a beautiful home on Bonvue Avenue in Los Feliz and a brief marriage. It seemed like her successes would continue forever.

But despite her achievements in the silent film era, Bessie’s transition to sound was problematic, and by 1931, the petite Texan’s film career was over. Donald Seligman is the author of Los Feliz and the Silent Film Era: The Heart of Los Angeles Cinema 1908 to 1930.

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Los Feliz Ledger [a dog’s life]

Tainted Jerky Treats Kills Close to 600 Dogs By Jennifer Clark, Ledger Columnist Jerky treats, manufactured in China, are thought to be responsible for the near 600 deaths and over 3,000 reports of sick dogs over the last six years. There is still no clear answer as to how the jerky is being contaminated The situation is so widespread that the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an alert to consumers regarding jerky treats. Dogs have become sick within hours to days of eating the treats. According to the FDA, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite and increased water consumption and urination. In more severe cases, the dogs experience kidney failure, intestinal bleeding, collapse and convulsions. Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for

Veterinary Medicine said in a recent statement: “This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered.” Oddly enough, the FDA does not, at this time, recommend owners stop feeding jerky to their pets. According to the FDA, the treats are commonly sold as “jerky tenders” or “jerky strips” and are primarily made with chicken, although combinations may also include duck, sweet potato, and dried fruit. Should your dog become sick after consuming a jerky treat, the FDA wants to hear from you regarding the brand of food given to the dog. Visit NewsEvents/Newsroom/ FactSheets/UCM371715.pdf for more information.

LFVBID Election Ballots To Be Received by Dec. 1st By Tony Cella, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Amy Golden and Marisol Rascon of Golden Sol Yoga have entered the race for a position on the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID) governing board. Election ballots are expected to be received by the approximately 300 members of the LFVBID by Dec. 1st. Results will be announced at Advertise in the

the LFVBID’s board meeting, Dec. 11th. According to a LFVBID spokesperson Hillhurst Avenue’s Box Brother’s Dave Goodman and two other candidates may join the race as well. Current board members President Chris Serrano, White, Chris Diamond, Jessica Peart and Brett Peart are up for re-election.

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[local club calendar] Compiled by Kat Bouza LA Font Local favorites LA Font will celebrate the band’s second fulllength LP, “Diving Man,” with a special record release show at Echo Park’s The Echo. Fronted by Missoula transplant Danny Bobbe, LA Font blends emotive, witty lyrical content with hard-hitting, punk influenced arrangements. Fans of indie favorites Built to Spill and Pavement will delight in the band’s defiant-yet-ramshackle attitude. Washing Machines, Spaceships and Wax Children will also perform. Tickets are $6 and the show is restricted to ages 18+. The Echo, Tues., Dec. 3rd, 8:30 p.m. 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park

The Intelligence One of the more prolific bands to grace the garage rock scene, The Intelligence’s brand of lo-fi, fuzz-laden rock has influenced some of the genre’s most revered acts such as Ty Segall and White Fence. The group has released eight full-length albums and over a dozen other records since forming in 1999 — the

most recent effort being 2012’s “Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me” released on Los Angeles label In the Red Records — and, since frontman Lars Finberg relocated to Los Angeles last year, the band shows no sign of slowing down. Cold Beat and Chad and the Meatbodies will open. Tickets are $10 and the show is restricted to ages 21+. Los Globos, Fri., Dec. 6th, 9 p.m. 3040 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake

Meow Fest Singer-songwriter and actress Charlyne Yi (“House,” “Paper Heart”) headlines this onenight concert event benefitting Heaven on Earth Society for Animals, a no-kill cat rescue organization based in Van Nuys. Yi’s music, much like her comedy, can be silly and playful; yet, a majority of Yi’s artistic output is distinctly different from her on-screen exploits — stripped-down, brutally honest and often introspective. Local acts Flower Boy and Young Lovers, as well as Orange County’s Deep Fields, are also included on the lineup.

Admission is $5 and the event is open to all ages. Perhspace, Sat., Dec. 7th, 9 p.m. 325 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park

The Muffs With a career spanning over two decades, Los Angeles trio the Muffs are regarded as one of the more influential pop punk bands to emerge from the city’s underground scene in the early 1990s. Led by front woman Kim Shattuck, the group’s playful, bratty brand of punk led to a major label recording contract with Warner Bros. Records and song placement in several popular films, such as the 1995 blockbuster “Clueless.” Also performing is Peach Kelli Pop — the infectious, feel-good allfemale garage pop outfit fronted by Canadian-turned-Angeleno Allie Hanlon. Local newbies Honeychain will open. Tickets are $15 and the show is restricted to ages 21+. The Satellite, Sat. Dec. 21st, 8:30 p.m. 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake

[the good life]

Syrah and Shiraz for the Holidays By Tara de Lis, Ledger Columnist The holiday season is synonymous with gifting, whether at parties or as Hanukkah or Christmas presents to family. Even in Los Angeles, where December temperatures in the 70s are common, winter is still one of the best times of the year to appreciate big, bold red wines—just chill them down a bit. This year, consider sharing a Syrah, also known as Shiraz, with someone special. Both are made from the same grape varietal. The differences between them have more to do with the region of the world in which they are grown and its history with

viniculture, the winemaker’s style and marketing. The 2008 Trione Syrah hails from the Russian River Valley and has all the hallmarks of a classic California Syrah—big, yet balanced fruit, along with hints of chocolate, currants and pepper. It’s bold, but not so much that a juicy steak would pale in the pairing process. Another 2008 Syrah, from Stephenson Cellars in Washington State, showcases floral and earthy elements, along with a fruitiness of its own. Aged solely in French oak, drink it now or lay it down— the wine will likely be just as good for the next decade.

Greg Norman Estates— yes, that Greg Norman, the former pro golfer—produces wines from various regions around the world, including a Shiraz from the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The reasonably priced vino’s big red color gives way to a dark berry taste. The 2010 Galil Mountain Shiraz from Upper Galilee in the Northern Israel region traces its roots back thousands of years. As expected from the Shiraz designation, the jamlike flavor is at peak ripeness. It’s also Kosher. Tara de Lis is a freelance writer who lives in Hollywood.

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Los Feliz Ledger [editorial]

While We’re At It: Let’s Make Safety Changes to the Hyperion Bridge By Greg Brouwer When my son turned 9 recently, his wish was to walk to school on his birthday. Not a big deal, right? Except that we live in Atwater Village and attend school at Franklin Elementary, across the dreaded Hyperion Bridge—AKA the “Death Bridge.” Well, I’m here to report that we made the trip—and somehow survived. It was, however, a terrify-

the other doesn’t. Besides making the bridge safe in the event of an earthquake, what should the ultimate goal of this renovation be? The city of Los Angeles put forward a plan that angered community activists because it looked suspiciously like a freeway and didn’t provide adequate bike lanes or pedestrian access—basically a new version of the same bridge we have

geles River near the Hyperion Bridge, against all odds and belying popular opinion, is a beautiful stretch of water. Instead of just channeling people through our neighborhood, what if the bridge was also a community destination? How about an easy way to access the river from the bridge? Integrate the new Sunnynook Park, which is currently used

by approximately zero people since it’s so difficult to get to. Imagine having dinner in Atwater Village, or on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake and then strolling along the bridge down to the river. It’s not so far from reality. One bridge alternative plan submitted by Enrich LA/ Sodder Studio would build more river access and a scenic

boardwalk atop the old Red Car piers. This is the kind of visionary thinking we should encourage and expand upon. The renovated Hyperion Bridge will be a fixture in our community for a hundred years or more. Let’s take the time now to design it right. Greg Brouwer is a resident of Atwater Village.

Imagine having dinner in Atwater Village, or on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake and then strolling along the bridge down to the river. It’s not so far from reality. ing experience. The sidewalks are far too narrow, there is no crosswalk leading to the bridge, and cars go by at freeway speeds so close that if they happened to veer off course by even a few feet at the wrong time we would have been toast. The Hyperion Bridge has been slated for a major renovation for several years. Not because it’s a pedestrian and cyclist death trap, but because engineers have deemed it seismically unsound. For whatever reason one gets funding and

now. That plan was moving forward up until a month ago when city officials—including Mayor Eric Garcetti and all three neighborhood councils around the bridge (Atwater, Silver Lake and Los Feliz) got on board with community activists in opposing the city’s bridge design. This bridge debate shouldn’t just be about bikes and cars though. When talking about the renovation, I rarely hear anyone mention the river itself. The Los An-

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Eminem Marshall Mathers LP2 By Charles Cohen, Ledger Music Critic No doubt Eminem is one of the most influential artists in the history of rap and hiphop. The rapper’s new album The Marshall Mathers LP2 returns to the 2000 game changer The Marshall Mathers LP, the album that produced the classic song “Stan,” and made Eminem a cross-over superstar. While the release has its share of possible mainstream hits including: “Rhyme or Reason,” “Legacy,” the Kendrick Lamar feature “Love Game,” and “Headlights” the overall work lacks the one signature song that every Eminem release has. Despite the lack of a “timeless” hit, two songs take us through the mind and heart of Eminem and are instantly remembered, like “Rhyme or Reason.” Backed by a creative sample and rewording of the classic “Time December 2013

of the Season,” by the Zombies, Eminem opens up for the first time regarding issues with his father. The next song on the release is a direct follow up to the shocking 2002 song “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” where Eminem attacks his mother. The only difference is, the angry, resentful tone is shifted to one of remorse in the beautiful “Headlights.” However, there are some flaws to the release with a feeling of inconsistency throughout that you don’t expect from Eminem. “Rap God” is useless besides being an anti-consumer song where Eminem raps as quickly as he can. “Survival” and “Berzerk” feel too angry even for Eminem. The good news is that albums aren’t remember for the whole but are with hits and MMLP2 has enough highquality songs to be remembered as a success.   Overall, Slim Shady is back.



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Los Feliz Ledger [immaculate heart]

Celebrating 40 Years of Walking By Louisa Melcher ’16 & Katrina Webb ’16 LOS FELIZ—A sea of girls in purple shirts flooded the streets of Los Feliz recently, cheered on by family, friends and a Panda in a convertible, as we celebrated our 40th annual 10K Walk. The annual November walk—or run—through

records) and the Speech and Debate Team sent three Varsity and two JV Lincoln Douglas debaters into final rounds at Harvard-Westlake’s David Damus Hollywood Invitational. The weeks leading up to Christmas Break promise to be busy as well. Having just

The annual November walk—or run—through the hills around our Griffith Park-adjacent campus is our biggest fundraiser for school programs, as well as one of its fondest traditions. the hills around our Griffith Park-adjacent campus is our biggest fundraiser for school programs, as well as one of its fondest traditions. More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff members and parents participated that ended with a festive barbecue on campus. In addition to a successful walk, we’ve have had lots to cheer about in recent weeks. Four seniors were named National Merit Semi-finalists; both the Varsity and JV Cross Country teams remained undefeated champions in the Sunshine League (boasting 8-0


completed a holiday food drive for Casa Esperanza, which serves needy families in Panorama City, students have now launched an effort to collect toys for the children of that community. Students are also creating Christmas cards that will be individually addressed and sent to U.S. service men and women for the holidays. Meanwhile, prospective students and their families are invited to learn more about our high school by attending an open house Sun., Dec. 8th at 1 p.m. The middle school will host its open house a week later, Sun., Dec. 15th at 1 p.m.

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Los Feliz Ledger [temple israel day school]

Israeli “Buddies” Come for a Visit and Service Projects By Josie Gordon Recently, the 6th graders have been getting ready for their Israeli buddies to come. We have a sister school in Tzahala, and the 6th graders get to have buddies from that school. The kids from Tzahala come to the 6th graders’ houses for 10 days

Jen, our gardening teacher, helped us get a garden booth. The 6th graders worked hard to make soap and filled tea bags for the booth using ingredients from our school garden, while the 2nd graders made snacks.  Kids aren’t only helping out at the garden booth, though. A group of mostly 4th grade girls have a booth selling

The kids from Tzahala come to the 6th graders’ houses for 10 days and then in the spring, the 6th graders go to Israel and stay at their buddy’s house for ten days. and then in the spring, the 6th graders go to Israel and stay at their buddy’s house for ten days. The 6th graders have been Skyping their buddies since the end of August and are now getting really excited. Recently we had our annual Hanukkah Bazaar, which is a market run by the women of our school to raise funds for good works. This year, students have been more involved.

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homemade bracelets. The 6th graders also have announced they’ve successfully completed a coat drive, collecting over 200 coats. The coats went to a local school for kids who, without these coats, would be too cold to go to school in the winter. Now, we are working on a food drive for the Alexandria House. Of course, we also do a lot of schoolwork, but this is a very exciting time for us.

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cilmember Tom LaBonge, who supports the project, also addressed the crowd. Speakers were limited to one minute. Eighty-four people submitted speaker “comment cards” but many—34 of 84— didn’t get their chance once BOE’s program manager, Neil Drucker, ended the meeting 45 minutes later, saying they had “run out of time.” In total, of those who spoke, 11 said they opposed the project outright; 10 urged the North Atwater Park alternative and 19 supported the Crystal Springs plan. (One commenter thought one new field was enough, while another thought the city should seek more alternatives.) Those opposing both of the Crystal Springs options cited tree removal, the fields’ proximity to an equestrian bridle path and relocating seven picnic tables nearby as their basis of opposition. Opponents also spoke of the “heavily used” Crystal Springs picnic area and how new ballfields would impact recreational patterns of thousands of Angelenos who rely solely on Crystal Springs for picnics and celebrations. The project’s proponents pointed out how substandard the community’s traditional athletic resources are compared to other city neighborhoods and spoke to the positives of youth sports, including teamwork, mutual respect and character building, in addition to the intrinsic value of physical exercise. But George Abrahams, a local homeowner, and member of the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Assoc. disagreed. “If you want to talk about what builds character in your children you should consider you don’t achieve what you want by destroying what someone else loves,” he said. Yet, others saw the area differently. “Every time I visit Griffith Park,” said Liz McAllister of Echo Park, “I am amazed at how few people are actually using the space. It’s underutilized.” Another speaker pointed out the D-EIR’s inclusion of the Griffith Park Vision Plan’s language asserting “millions” of picnickers using the park each year as mathematically impossible. Many derided the project’s tree removals—approximately 40 assorted, mostly “ornamental” trees according to the D-EIR—even though they would be replaced at least 2:1 with native varieties throughout the area. “Any trees removed Page 24

for ballfields is too much,” said Clare Darden, with the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust. However, Los Feliz Ledger publisher, Allison Cohen, a former youth baseball coach, countered saying she consulted with a nationally recognized arborist, and added: “Many of Crystal Springs’ impacted trees are already compromised,” either by disease, neglect, or as a fire or safety hazard. Some parents lamented the logistical burden of keeping their older kids in team sports. “My ‘environmental impact report’ is I have to drive three freeways to get my son to baseball practice,” said one local mother. “We need these [ballfields] here and we need then now.” Sergio Lambarrim, of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council was adamant about his council’s support for Crystal Springs, saying, “North Atwater Park has very limited access, no dedicated bicycle lane, lack of sidewalks to the park, poor security, a single antiquated restroom, is located within a residential neighborhood and suffers from insufficient parking.” In addition to displacing picnic tables and removing trees, the Atwater would also lose a volleyball area plus Griffith Park’s only basketball court, and effectively evict the John Marshall High School’s girls’ softball team to another practice space, one their coach said would be a “long way” from their school. After less than an hour or public comment, the hearing was declared closed, prohibiting over 30 people from speaking, even though BOE had not set a time limit, an expectation-setting practice commonplace at City Council hearings. According to BOE spokesperson, Cora Jackson-Fossett, commenters were to have been balanced by alternating between where they indicated they stood. “The cards were read pro, con and neutral, in that order, that is what I was told,” she said. However, meeting recordings show 80% of the first 20 speakers declared they were against the project, while a slew of speakers spoke in support just before comment was halted, indicating the BOE’s pro-con-neutral plan wasn’t utilized. I’m sorry I urged these families to come,” said Mark F. Mauceri, Los Feliz Neighborhood Council’s Recreation Representative. “I told them, ‘This is really important.

Find a way.’ Parents left work early, hired babysitters, or brought their kids. They juggled their lives to be heard at the city’s request, but most got cut off. Why? The city spent more time making comments than listening to them. That’s a glaring problem, right there alone. And then to just say, ‘Okay, we’re done now’ was plain bad form, not to mention awful clock management. The right thing would’ve been to let the public finish commenting,” Mauceri said. The hearing underscored a demographic schism evolving in the Greater Griffith Park neighborhoods over the last decade. On one side were mostly older homeowners and retirees who adamantly opposed any change to the park, and on the other side

younger families with children, many wearing their baseball caps in a show of support of building new fields to play on. Tim Sullivan of Los Feliz—and a youth soccer coach—perhaps had the funniest, although seemingly half joking comment of the evening. “For the kids that are out here tonight. Great job, kids. Here’s a great lesson for you to learn. Some older people are here today and don’t think they’re bad people because they don’t want to give you baseball fields. They may make a bad decision but they are not bad people.” There’s a 45-day public comment period that started with the Oct. 31st release of the project’s Draft Environ-

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mental Impact Report. The full report can be found at The public is encouraged to submit comments by Dec. 17th to Maria Martin by email (Maria.Martin@ with the subject line: “Griffith Park Crystal Springs Ballfields – EIR” or by postal mail: at Maria Martin, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Environmental Management Group, 1149 So. Broadway, 6th Floor, Mail Stop 939, Los Angeles, CA 90015-2213. The Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners will use the report and public comments as a basis to decide whether or not to move forward and build the area new ballfields.

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Los Feliz Ledger [king environmental studies magnet]

Dia De Los Muertos Assembly By Erika Rincon, 8th grade On Nov. 1st we had a Day of the Dead assembly. People from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other countries celebrate the Day of the Dead. It’s a way of celebrating life as well. The first performers at the assembly were InTlanextli Tlacopan (Aztecs). They performed a traditional dance. Following was Ballet Coco (Mexican Folkloric) who danced the Merengue and Cumbia. Some students started to dance along. The last performers were our own Hip Hop Team. Finally, 8th grader Keelin Murray sang while a video of all the student’s projects played. When the assembly finished I saw some tears. Thanks to teachers Mr. Egeler, Mr. Celis and Ms. Valdovinos for helping make this an incredible experience. Pictures of the event and a video of the Hip Hop dancers can be viewed at environmentalstudiesmagnet.

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Grandparents and Special Friends Day By Nicola Kachikis, 5th grade It’s busy! This month Pilgrim is hosting the annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Preparations are underway for all the different activities we will do that day. Mr. Turro and Mrs. Park, our music teachers, are helping the elementary students prepare songs to sing in the concert for these special guests. Mrs. Burke, our drama teacher, is helping us practice a poem we will recite. All this is happening while the entire school prepares for our Christmas concert. For the Grandparents and Special Friends Day concert, we will gather in the main sanctuary of the First Con-

gregational Church. We begin the festivities with a song from the kindergarten students and will end with our 5th grade poem. From there, all students will return to their classrooms with their grandparents and special friends and enjoy activities planned by the teacher. I enjoy this day because I get to meet the special people in my friends’ lives. It’s also great because I get to share my school life with my grandmother. My grandmother Patty says, ”I love visiting your classroom, meeting your teacher, seeing your work displayed and getting to know the other students. I look forward to this day every year!“

Los Feliz Elementary to Become A Magnet School in 2014 Los Feliz Elementary will convert to grades 1st through 6th Science Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine Magnet (STEMM) in August 2014. Any kindergartners who

live in the area must register for the 2014-2015 school year at the school site beginning April 2014. For more information, contact the main office at (323) 663-0674.

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Life at LILA: A Multicultural School By Manuel Martinez, 5th Grade Life at LILA is amazing. It’s is a one of a kind multicultural community. At LILA, you will find people from all over the world – from places like Asia, Europe, Egypt and Australia. Getting to know people from different cultures makes us appreciate our differences—an similarities—and the different ways we view the world. At LILA, we learn two different languages, French and English. By studying French, we can appreciate the culture of France; And by learning English, we learn the history and the culture of the United States of America. Studying in two different languages can be fun. It is like you are in two different worlds, but in only one classroom. At LILA, the 5th graders have a 10 day trip to France to explore its culture. I can’t wait to go on this trip!

Things Are Happening By Andrea Contreras and Isabela Lacscina, 7th Grade

We are experiencing some exciting changes. One particularly thrilling activity we will be part of for the first time ever is the Junior High Academic Decathlon. When our new principal and teacher asked who would like to join the team, they didn’t realize half the junior high would join! That shows just how excited we are to be given a new challenge. We are a small school and are trying our best to persevere even when it may seem difficult. One of our mottos this year is “Even when you don’t know how! Believe that you will!” We also know our participation in the decathlon would not be possible if not for our sponsors. Our goal at the decathlon is to be gracious winners and humble losers. We really can’t stress how grateful we are for all these changes!



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Wishing You A Wonderful Holiday Season! George and Eileen

Los Feliz • Silver Lake • Franklin Hills • Franklin Square • Atwater Village • Echo Park • Beachwood Canyon

2150 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027


For Sale

3678 Holboro Drive

Just Listed

Los Feliz Hills


Very special 1960’s 3+3 home w/family room, home office, pool & lovely views! Spacious LR w/fireplace, hardwood floors w/walls of glass to enjoy the great city & mountain views. Kitchen & living room lead to view deck. Master suite w/spa tub, double sinks & 2 closets. Large family rm w/3/4 bath leads out to to a large heated pool, patio, deck & small fenced yard. Approx 2927 sq ft. Parking for 4 cars. Tucked away in the hills for a nice sense of privacy.

Los Feliz Hills

2019 North Berendo Street

Los Feliz

$1,149,000 2350 Silver Lake Boulevard

Lovely 4+3 2-story English style home with a pool that’s located in the much sought after Franklin Square neighborhood. Spacious living room with fireplace. Nice dining area. Bonus room is perfect for game room. Great outdoor space with pool and patio. Separate outdoor bonus room is perfect for home office. Central AC & heat. Approximately 2018 sq ft and 6502 lot size. Blocks away from the great shopping and dining of Vermont and Hillhurst Avenue’s!

In Escrow

Looking For Back Up Offer

3634 Shannon Road

For Lease

$1,445,000 1238 Dorothy Drive

Character 1936 4+3.5 Traditional home that’s been in the same family since 1955. Spacious living room with fireplace, beautiful moldings and gorgeous refinished oak floors. Newly renovated kitchen w/white Shaker cabinets & black Caesar stone tops and new stainless appliances. Charming breakfast and formal dining rm. Wonderful original oak paneled library w/fireplace. 2815 SF. Central AC & heat. Copper plumbing. A gracious home in the hills.

Silver Lake




This 1920’s 4+3 Spanish is a contractors delight! Spacious living room with a fireplace. Formal dining room. Solarium with a large skylight to allow in the natural light. Charming kitchen and breakfast room. Laundry room. Lots of original character and charm. Hardwood floors. Central heating system. Enjoy the extra deep lot w/room for pool & more. Approx 2101 sq ft & 9832 lot. Detached garage and basement. Has loads of potential!

2917 Lawndale Drive Eagle Rock $635,000 Located on a great street in Eagle Rock this 4+2 2-story 1960’s built home is just minutes from downtown. LR with fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors. Kitchen opens to a spacious open family room with dining area and 2nd fireplace. It leads out to the patio with built-in barbeque. Central AC & heating system, security system. Appx 1934 sq ft & 9,151 lot. A comfortable home in a lovely neighborhood. Represented the buyers.

Thank You George & Eileen

Thank You George & Eileen

From The Seller Of 3216 Ettrick Street

From The Seller Of 1616 Brighton Street

Eileen and George Moreno were a joy to work with in the selling of my Mom’s home after she passed away. They listen and gave an honest approach to handling all aspects of selling a home. From start to finish, the Moreno’s handled everything beyond my expectations. Phonecalls, e-mails, inquires, are all handled with efficiency. I highly recommend them for your real estate needs. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Eileen and George for making this experience so smooth. James Iwanoff D.C.


Stunning streamline 2+1 1950’s modern bungalow across from Silver Lake Meadow with incredible views of the reservoir and hills beyond from rooftop deck. Spacious living room with a fireplace and built-in bookcases. Large bonus room is perfect as a family room. Wonderfully renovated with refinished dark hardwood floors, charming Retro kitchen, new counter tops, stainless range. Nice open dining area. Central AC. Great Silver Lake location.

George & Eileen are the best! From the initial consultation, they provided expert advice on the optimum time to sell our home and how to stage for the biggest impact. Thanks to their guidance, our home sold in record time and for over our asking price with multiple bids. What more could a seller want? If you get the chance, list with George & won’t be disappointed! Susan Racimora

December 2013