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GGPNC’s Education Chair & Force Behind New “Big Blue M” Resigns By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer The “Big Blue M” has lost one of its biggest advocates. Sarah Napier, who helped lead a public campaign to refurbish John Marshall High School’s beloved “M” mural— located at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and St. George Street—has resigned from the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC), one of the project’s key financial supporters. As chair of the GGPNC’s education committee, Napier spearheaded an “M” redesign contest that drew about 300 contestants from throughout the world. She was instrumental in acquiring $10,000 in funding for the effort through a city beautification grant. “I considered her a tireless see NAPIER page 10
O’Grady Asks City Officials To Cut Pay in Light of Barnsdall Cuts By Erik Derr Ledger Contributing Writer LOS ANGELES—Tomas O’Grady, an outspoken supporter of green living and a member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) who is challenging incumbent Tom LaBonge in the upcoming city council elections, stood outside City Hall Jan. 5th and implored city officials to cut their own paychecks before eliminating those of the part-timers who staff Barnsdall Art Park. see BARNSDALL page 5
Local Sports: Marshall’s Basketball and Soccer Teams, Page 6
By Allison Ferraro
Los Angeles City Council candidate for District 4 admonished city officials on the steps of City Hall in January to take a pay cut, rather than have services and staff cut further at Barnsdall Art Park. See story below, at left. Photo credit: Erik Derr
Cartoonist Asks: “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” By Allison Ferraro A recent Los Angeles Times editorial by Martha Groves and a follow up editorial cartoon, also in the Times, may stir the pot again regarding hikers, bikers and equestrians sharing trails in Griffith Park. Freelance editorial cartoonist Ted Rall’s take on the situation ran in the Times Jan. 4th. “I find it fascinating what [an issue like this] says about the human condition, that people cannot figure out how to share a path or a roadway,” Rall said in an interview with the Ledger. “How will we ever achieve world peace?” Rall, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for 20 years, said he skims newspapers and then picks subjects of interest on which to comment. “I used to live in Berkeley,” he said, “and I would hear very passionate debates about
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his topic there,” he said. “If everyone could just be considerate.” Currently, bicycling of any kind is banned in Griffith Park on trails designated for hikers and equestrians. The city’s Planning Commission has recently approved an updated bicycle plan for the city,
which will be reviewed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa early this year. The new plan, according to the Times editorial—quoting Ken Bernstein, of the Dept. of City Planning—does not include any changes to the current cyclist policy for Griffith Park.
People In My Neighborhood: Storyteller, Rebecca Martin, Page 12
Interior Motives: Start Your Redecorating in the Bedroom, Page 14
LOS ANGELES—In light of the January 8th, killing spree in Tucson, Arizona, where six people were killed—including U.S. District Judge John M. Roll—and 14 were wounded, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, we asked our local public officials for their comments on the shooting as well as their concerns, as public officials, for their own safety. “I do think the level of rhetoric going on now… and I have been in politics for almost 20 years… is at a place where I have not seen it in my career in public service, said California Assemblymember Mike Gatto (43rd District), in a telephone interview Monday. “I do think we run the risk of more people out there—there is a certain subset of people that buys into this rhetoric—and that is what happened this past weekend,” he said. Gatto said he has—as recently as a month ago—had to have a restraining order placed on an individual who had made threats against him on YouTube. “I do have concerns for my staff. This is a country founded on the expression of differences with respect for one another and respect for debate and the ballot box. Not these extreme methods.” According to Gatto, he is not making any changes to the way he conducts personal appearances, in light of Saturday’s events, though, he said, he is currently getting advice from many about his own safety. Los Angeles City Councilmember and President Eric see TUCSON page 18
Editorial: Ivanhoe’s “Kinder” Yard Transformed by One Mother, Page 15
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Now with More Sports! This month, we say goodbye to long time columnist Elma Mayer. Elma wrote our “Being Whole” column for many years. On more than one occasion while editing Elma’s column, her words of encouragement, self-healing and advice to achieve wellness were exactly what I needed to hear. We will miss you Elma and wish you well in future projects and with your practice. Also, this month, we welcome Sarkis Adajian to the Ledger team. Sarkis will be covering youth sports—especially John Marshall and
Immaculate Heart high schools—each month. We’ve long had a gap in our coverage of school sports and are excited about Sarkis’ enthusiasm and skills as he takes on this role.
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In our January 2011 issue of stories in review from 2010, we reported that Bernadette Soter resigned from the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) board. In fact, she chose to not run for re-election in 2010. We regret the error.
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AVNC Selects Ventura For CRA Board Seat By Caitlin M. Foyt Ledger Contributing Writer
Look for these stories only at Los Feliz Ledger Online Look for these stories on Losfelizledger.com • Editorial: AVNC’s Ventura Says Garcetti Has Let Community Down on CRA issue for Atwater Village • Dog’s Life—Food Trucks for dogs! What will they think of next? • Eastside Eye: Modernism in Palm Springs • More GGPNC sparks fly Results from Last Month’s Poll, when we asked: What do you think was the biggest story we covered in 2010? The top three vote getters were: • 33% said the death of Silver Lake’s “Walking Man” • 25% of respondents said, “Los Feliz Forward” sweeps Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council election? • 25% said that Tom LaBonge has two challengers in the upcoming March 2011 election for his city council seat • and closure of marijuana dispensaries locally? This month we ask: The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) wants to possibly name areas of Atwater Village as “blighted” in order to make way for new development. (See an editorial on this issue also online this month.) Do you agree the CRA should do this? Yes. I think some areas of Atwater Village are blighted and new development is needed. No. I like Atwater Village just the way it is. February 2011
AVNC Votes Down Supporting Reallocating Library Funding By Caitlin M. Foyt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—A request for a letter of endorsement for a ballot measure that would give back funds to the Los Angeles public libraries, was denied during last month’s regular Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) meeting. Jose Sigala, vice-chair of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council asked the AVNC to write a letter of support for “Measure L,” an issue that’s on the March 8th ballot for voters in the L.A. City Election. Due to state and city budget cuts, the city’s public libraries have been forced to cut their staff and library hours. The measure, if passed, would restore library hours of operation by reassigning funds from the city’s general operating budget to the library system. “The reason I support it is that I grew up in Los Angeles and I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time at the library. I credit the library for
keeping me out of trouble and it does that for all kids,” Sigala said to the AVNC board. The vote did not pass. Seven AVNC boardmembers were opposed; five voted in support and two abstained. According to some AVNC boardmembers, it’s not that libraries aren’t important, it’s just that the money needs to come from somewhere. “I feel that libraries are vital, absolutely. I don’t feel very comfortable, though, stating that there should be a specific amount spent on libraries at the detriment of other things,” said AVNC schools representative, Lara Pranger. “What got cut this past year were libraries and Parks and Recreation and if that’s what can be cut and this [Measure L] goes through, does that mean there’s instead going to be $6 million more cuts in funding to Parks and Recreation? It’s not really helping anything.”
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ATWATER VILLAGE—The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) voted last month to select Alex Ventura as its representative on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Northeast Los Angeles (NELA), River Corridor steering committee. Ventura, chair of the AVNC’s Environmental and Land Use Committee has conducted research on both the CRA and the Northeast Los Angeles River Study area and has expressed during several meetings that he feels very passionately about the CRA redevelopment issue currently being debated for Atwater Village. Ventura was also instrumental in drafting a recent letter to Los Angeles city councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti stating the AVNC’s official opposition to the CRA’s ideas for the Atwater community, which would include, some of the area receiving a “blighted” designation to pave the way for redevelopment. The CRA, a group that is conducting studies that may lead to a new development project in Northeast Los Angeles, accepted applications for its steering committee through Jan. 28th. Its steering committee is made up of a select few representatives of the community and is designed to solicit input about the proposed area and to discuss the direction of any proposed projects. It was noted during the meeting, however, that just because the board took an official vote does not mean that Ventura is guaranteed a seat on the committee, a decision that will be made by the CRA at a later time.
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Meet Michael Lehrer: Architect of the Human Spirit By Michael Locke, Ledger Contributing Writer I met archion Hyperion Avenue is a playan architect when I was 8. I tect Michael ful, all-white space with a was in love with a girl whose Lehrer at his single red stripe running the father was an architect. She Silver Lake length of the floor. The harbrought plans of a high school office last mony of sounds of children he designed to share with our March 5th. playing—from the next-door 3rd grade class. And that was My scribbled notations on our day care center—birds chirpit… interview barely readable, I ing (thanks to the open, floorLeher’s essay goes on to found it difficult to be taking to-ceiling doors) and the occaread that by age 10 he was notes while enraptured with sional car whisking by all mix entranced with Frank Lloyd the conversation. with the creative atmosphere. Wright’s drawings and teachLehrer is a larger-than-life Leher greeted me warmly. ings. Later, at UC Berkeley, the individual that leaves you with His office is a virtual public idea of the melding of landthe sense of being in the “presspace, where the firm often scape and architecture “incuence of greatness.” Normally, I hosts lectures, fundraisers and bated organically” within him can review my notes and write evening get-togethers for lifeand further, at Harvard, the something intelligent in an drawing sessions. integration would “become a hour or two. But I struggled In a prominent display way of life.” this time. After graduIn all my ation, Lehrer years of inter- …at UC Berkeley, the idea of the melding worked at Frank viewing and of landscape and architecture “incubated O. Gehry and writing this Associates and organically” within him and further, has only hapother design pened once firms before at Harvard, the integration would before, while opening his own “become a way of life.” struggling to practice in Silver summarize Lake in 1985. the remarkable life of Julius case is an essay, written by LehHis firm has won over 60 Shulman. rer, entitled, “What’s Love Got awards since 1996. I realize now, Shulman to Do with It?” from which I While his honors and asand Lehrer share a lot in comquote (in part): “For me, the sociations are many, today, mon: both came from east dialogue between architecture he is president of Homeless coast/ European Jewish immiand landscape began long beHealthcare Los Angeles; sits grant roots; both grew up with fore I had any idea that two on the Harvard Alumni Asa deep appreciation for nature, such discrete disciplines even sociation representing the and both share a deep love for existed. Growing up next to Graduate School of Design architecture and the dignity of Griffith Park, I carved forts and is on the Harvard Design the human spirit. Shulman out of the bushes on the canMagazine Professional Adviwelcomed me as an equal; yon hillsides where I lived. The sory Board. Lehrer treated me the same. smell of the chaparral oil that He is married to Mia The Lehrer Architects ofstained my hands followed me Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associfice (voted one of the world’s as I ran down the hill to my ates Landscape Architecture. “coolest offices by Inc. Magamother’s daily call for “DinThey have three children: Benzine); a once-dingy warehouse nertime!”. . . I decided to be jamin, Rebecca, and Raphael.
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“The head of the (city’s) Dept. for Cultural Affairs makes almost a quarter of a million dollars per year. A city councilperson makes almost a quarter of a million dollars per year,” announced O’Grady, who staged a short, mid-morning press conference on the hall’s southern steps. In the current economy, he added, a public official earning a quarter-million dollars a year “is almost criminal.” The base annual salary for a city councilmember in Los Angeles is about $179,000. Introducing himself as a representative of the “Barnsdall Alliance,” an activist group working for the city’s continued control of Barnsdall, O’Grady stood with about 30 other Barnsdall supporters, many of whom wore bright orange t-shirts with the words “Keep DCA (the Dept. of Cultural Affairs) Facilities City Operated.” According to comments made by O’Grady at the gathering, he said he understood Los Angeles is in the middle of a fiscal crisis and Olga Garay, the Dept. of Cultural Affairs general manager, was given no alternative but to pare down her department’s spending.
It was widely reported donated the land and house believe, especially in these ecolast March that the Dept. of to the City of Los Angeles nomic times, that our elected Cultural Affairs had already with expectations that her gift officials are mandated more cut about $700,000 from its would be developed into an than ever to preserve Aline’s budget of $9.6 million and accessible arts center, incorvision. The value of sanctioned faced an additional $600,000 porating and preserving the and public culture are rewards in cuts for 2011. The Los Feliz famous Wright structure as a gleaned by all individuals that Ledger reported at that same vital component. are accumulated in our comtime that Barnsdall was runBarnsdall Art Park curmon humanity, our collective ning upwards of $600,000 in rently offers programs that are souls.” the red annually. Alliance One of the member Carl PurIntroducing himself as a latest cost-cutting cival, a Thai Town representative of the “Barnsdall ideas to gain tracbusiness owner tion with city ofresident, Alliance,” an activist group working and ficials—privatizaagreed that parks for the city’s continued control of tion—is the one like Barnsdall are option for BarnsBarnsdall, O’Grady stood with about vital in creating a dall that O’Grady desirable quality 30 other Barnsdall supporters, and the other proof life. testers said they “When you many of whom wore bright orange won’t accept. start privatizing t-shirts with the words Barnsdall and closing them Art Park had its “Keep DCA (the Dept. of Cultural Affairs) down, you’re in beginning in the fact affecting the Facilities City Operated.” early 1900s when quality of life,” he its namesake, said. “PrivatizaAline Barnsdall—an oil heirused by thousands of Angelition actually makes (a park) ess from Pennsylvania—travnos, along with visitors from less accessible to the pubelled to California with hopes throughout the world. lic. We’ve seen this so many of developing a theater comAs the “Barnsdall Allitimes,” he said. pany. She bought the 35-acre ance” posts on its website, “We If the Dept. of Cultural Olive Hill property in 1919 come together to champion Affairs staffers looked hard and, in 1923, noted architect the vision of Aline Barnsdall enough, they would find Frank Lloyd Wright started who bequeathed Barnsdall “there are many places that construction of her home there Park to the city as a place for you can find savings instead that would later be known as accessible culture, art, educaof cutting people who make “Hollyhock House.” tion, and community for all… less than $20 per hour,” said Four years later, Barnsdall We, of The Barnsdall Alliance O’Grady. “It is a few hundred
thousand dollars. That’s all that is at stake here. You could find a hundred thousand by cutting one management position at [the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.] City council people themselves could take a cut.” Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, chair of the city council’s Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee, said he and fellow councilmember Eric Garcetti were preparing to announce a solution to the Barnsdall budget woes that would “put to rest” all the criticisms leveled by O’Grady and others. Last Jan. 4th, LaBonge introduced a council measure that would redirect all unused 2009-2010 funds remaining in the Cultural Affairs Council Civic Fund Account, as well as unallocated Community Development Block Grant moneys, to bolster the Dept. of Cultural Affair’s operating budget. Several news sources including the Los Angeles Times reported LaBonge took a 5% pay decrease in early 2010, one of 10 Los Angeles City councilmembers who agreed to such, along with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. LaBonge confirmed with the Ledger he asked his top aides to reduce their pay as well.
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Marshall’s Basketball and Soccer Teams Hope to Start Season Strong By Sarkis Adajian, Ledger Sports Writer FR ANKLIN HILLS—With the Christmas holiday behind them, the student-athletes from John Marshall High School look to start their respective seasons strong. The winter portion of the school year brings two sports to center stage: boys and girls basketball and soccer. After finishing last season third in the league with a record of 6-4, the Marshall Barristers boys basketball team looks to build on the shoulders of nine returning players from last season (seven seniors and two sophomores). However, the early portion of the preseason schedule has not been to kind to the team, just the way new head coach Rod Tange had planned. “I wanted to put my team in tough tournaments. Let them know what the real world is like in terms of high school sports,” said Tange. With the first game of the preseason the Barristers played one of the highest ranked teams in Southern California—Centennial high school from Corona—and as expected lost 87 - 36. Now with league play underway, Tange has one message for his team: execute. “We are not an overpowering or big team. In fact, we are a very small team. In order for us to have the kind of year I am hoping we can have, we need to execute the offense and defense. We have to play as a team on both ends. No freelancing or selfish basketball,” he said. Although the first year head coach has implemented a
schedule against rivals— Franklin and Lincoln high school—coach Garcia said his team can finish the season on “top of the league or definitely in the top three.” Unlike the boys, the Marshall Barristers girls soccer team has still not managed to get a win in the early season. The team got off to a start of 0-2-1 and looks to get their first “W” as league play becomes the focus. Preseason injuries led to a couple of loses, but coach Adrian Arellano said he thinks the team is exactly where it needs to be. “My goal this year as a coach is to make every single one of our players a better player. Marshall girls soccer is playing as good as they have in the last six years. I think we are ready,” he said. His expec-
new style of play on both the tems of play. Trying to find the offense and defense from last right balance between attackseason, he remains optimistic ing on offense and defending that the team can finish league and also trying to find the right play as the first or second seed. combination of players beFinishing last season with tween our youth and our more a record of 6-5 and placing experienced players,” he said. fourth in the league, the MarCoach Garcia said he only asks shall Barrister girls basketball two things of his team: disciteam looks to rebound and get pline and consistency. the season off on the right foot. “The team needs to find a After getting off to a slow balance between their academstart in preseason play, coach ics and the sport itself through Wendy Triplett only has one discipline,” he said. “Consismotto for the team: “Play, tency needs to be there, not play, play.” only at the start of the game, “We’ve been experimentbut after halftime. It needs to ing with different lineups and last the full 80-minutes.” playing tough tournaments Although they have tough just to get us ready for league division games early in the games,” she said. “Three of our main starters were out for key tournaments and now they are back. We need to start playing with more consistency on both the defensive and offensive end of the floor.” Triplett said she has an open mind for the season. “We can go either way. We can either have a losing record, or we can do very well. It is a very tough league with Eagle LaBonge_Ad_Ledger_February2011 2395 Glendale Blvd. Rock and Franklin. Wilson has always been strong. We are @ Silver Lake Blvd. a good team. It just depends 323.522.6192 on injuries, consistent play and attitude. My goal is to take it a game at a time,” she said. Open 7 days a week Following a season that Mon to Sat noon til 7p brought them their first league and Sun noon til 6p title in school history, the Marshall Barristers boys Soccer team is looking to repeat as champions. By going 3-5-2 during preseason play, coach Victor Garcia has only one thing on his mind before league play begins—experimentation. “We’re trying different sys-
tations for the team are very high. With the preseason scrimmages and tournaments now behind them, and already a couple of games into the regular season, the teams look to give their best and give everything they got to make Marshall proud. Key Games Remaining on the Schedule Boys Basketball: Feb. 2nd vs. Eagle Rock 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 4th at Lincoln 5:30 p.m. Girls Basketball: Feb. 2nd at Eagle Rock 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 4th vs. Lincoln 5:30 p.m., Feb. 11th at Wilson 5:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Feb. 1st vs. Eagle Rock 2:30 p.m.; Feb. 10th vs. Wilson 2:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Feb. 1st at Eagle Rock 2:30 pm; Feb. 3rd vs. Lincoln 2:30 p.m.
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Van de Kamp’s Bakery: Cinnamon and San Fernando Road By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist The abandoned Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakery on Fletcher Drive at San Fernando Road in Glassell Park appeared headed for the wrecking ball late in the 20th century after the building’s owners veered towards committing the cardinal sin of historic preservation, “demolition by neglect.” Successive owners after the Van de Kamp’s family sold the business were unable to compete. Taking the respected name and attaching it to products like fish sticks resulted in financial disaster. Today the two-story replica of a Dutch country home is once again vibrant with activity. Los Angeles City College operates a Workforce Readiness Academy within the walls that are still capped with brick-trimmed stepped
gables. Blue neon glows with the name of the company that employed up to 750 at a time between 1930 and 1990. Inside, courses in computers and civics run up to five hours. The Los Angeles Conservancy never let up on championing its preservation, calling Van de Kamp’s “one of the most beautiful industrial structures in the city,” and seeing to its declaration as a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1992. Long-time locals remember that Van de Kamp’s was one of a string of bakeries along the Los Angeles River. Its banks were “clogged with railroad tracks belonging not only to the railroads, but to the interurban lines,” according to a Conservancy publication. By 1918, more than 3,000 trains crossed the river each day, “snaking in and out of downtown stations.” The rails carried tons of locally produced goods. An early morn-
ing drive along the river was an olfactory odyssey hinting at butter cookies and doughnuts baking at Van de Kamp’s, bubbling sourdough at Frisco Baking Company and rising Dolly Madison cakes. According to Conservancy literature, “the Elysian Valley was known as the ‘breadbasket’ of Los Angeles. In its heyday, Van de Kamp’s was producing over 200 items and supplying most of the grocery stores in the state as well as its own chain of restaurants.” Van de Kamp’s floats in the Tournament of Roses kept the name before New Year’s Day audiences. Their competition in Culver City, the Helm’s Bakery, held on from 1931 to 1969. Frisco Baking Company at 612 W. Avenue 26, close to the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, appears to be the sole remaining bakery in the one-time breadbasket of Los Angeles.
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Parking “Credits” To Be Decided for Village By LA City Council By Caitlin M. Foyt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—The Los Angeles Planning Commission recently approved a parking credit program that if enacted would ease parking requirements for new businesses along Glendale Boulevard. Based on an Atwater Village parking study that was completed in late 2008, the program would allow businesses, that are required to have a specific number of parking spaces, to purchase “parking credits” from the city instead of having to pay fees to specially install parking spots on their property. “By buying credits… a new restaurant could buy
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beautification projects, including re-sodding the school’s quad; funding pony rides for Barnsdall Art Center’s “Art In The Park;” funding Los Feliz Elementary School’s sprinkler system extension, art classes given by the Hollywood Arts Council and purchasing books for the school library; developing a volunteer committee to assist the set up of a student resource center for Los Feliz Elementary School, through the Griffith Park Adult Community Center; and establishing a liaison between education facilities in the community, such as the Los Feliz Library, Griffith Park Zoo and the Griffith Observatory. Ostrow said Napier didn’t provide a reason for her departure, nor did he ask for one. Napier declined to discuss her resignation or future plans with The Ledger, though she did offer a parting hope that local media continue to focus on the education committee’s work.
champion for education issues,” said GGPNC president Ron Ostrow, noting she had successfully forged strong relationships with local schools and had always understood education as one of the GGPNC’s strongest priorities. “She leaves big shoes to fill,” he said. A GGPNC newsletter published in 2008 included several of the education committee’s accomplishments during Napier’s watch, which, aside from giving new life to the Big Blue “M,” included: funding assists for Marshall High School’s Academic Decathlon Team, their printing press, and microphones for the school musical; instituting a letter-writing campaign to the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding transportation issues at King Middle School and Marshall High School; providing funding for King Middle School
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Neighborhood Updates By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge February is one of the most beautiful months to enjoy Los Angeles. The trees start to bloom. Eve r y t h i n g ’s green from the winter rains. And there’s a freshness in the air. It’s a great time to visit Griffith Park to enjoy the spectacular views. There’s a lot going on in Council District 4, and a lot we’re doing to make the Los Feliz, Greater Griffith Park, Hollywood and Silver Lake areas even better places to live. For those who run the track at John Marshall High School and work out on the athletic field in the mornings, it’s open for your use around 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday until 7:25 a.m. when the students start arriving for classes. Marshall High principal Daniel Harrison tells us to have patience. He says the school has had severe cutbacks in its custodial staff and sometimes they get a little behind on their schedule; but they do their best to get the field open on time. Harrison reminds anyone who wants to schedule an activity for a team or group on the field or track during nonschool hours can apply for a permit on the Los Angeles Unified School District website. And, if you live near or drive by Marshall High, I’m sure you’ve soon the “Big Blue M” at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and St. George Street. Ceramic muralist Yuriko did a beautiful job on the mosaic, with the help of a legion of volunteers and the support of the John Marshall High School Alumni and Staff and the Big Blue M Committee. I am proud of all of their hard work. I arranged for new traffic speed limit signs to be installed on Tracy Street. There are now four of the 25 mile per hour signs posted on Tracy, two northbound and two southbound. It’s a reminder to all of us that it’s a schoolzone; and comes in the wake of a serious rollover crash in November, caused by a speeding driver on Tracy Street. The Los Angeles Police Dept. also posted a flashing speed trailer on Tracy to let us know how fast we’re driving. Regarding the ongoing DWP work on Rowena Avenue, from Fletcher to West February 2011
Silver Lake: the River Supply Conduit Improvement Project, as you know if you have children attending Ivanhoe Elementary School or at Camelot Kids Day-Care, has reduced Rowena to one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes between Hyperion Avenue and Rokeby Street. This has created a lot of congestion, especially before and after school. It’s also created more traffic on Waverly Drive and surrounding streets. This critical infrastructure improvement will allow for better water distribution and is required to comply with federal regulations on waterquality. But the constructionzone will be here for a while, scheduled for completion in August 2012. So, please drive slowly through the construction-zone, allow yourself a little more time and be safe.
Operation Pothole Makes 16,000+ Repairs By Eric Garcetti Los Angeles City Councilmember Operation Pothole hit the streets in January and the results are in. More than 16,000 potholes were repaired in a single weekend, thanks to more than 50 city crews as well as residents from across the city who reported pothole locations through the city’s 3-1-1 system. Operation Pothole was launched in the wake of December’s extremely heavy rains, which wreaked havoc on roads unable to dry out before water seeped under the asphalt, undermining the integrity of the street. Residents should know that although Operation Pothole is over, city crews are deployed every day to tackle potholes citywide, so residents should continue to report them before they damage cars, impede traffic, or grow bigger and require more serious and more expensive repair. Don’t assume the city magically knows about the pothole in your neighborhood or on your way to work. And when you call, please be prepared to provide the approximate address of the pothole. Don’t forget that you can also submit reports via the Garcetti 311 applications for iPhone, Blackberry and Android. Some damage to asphalt is not actually a “pothole.” Difwww.losfelizledger.com
ferent types of damage require different equipment and material to fix. If the damage that you reported didn’t get fixed, it’s possible that it actually requires a different process to repair. A few common types of street damage that are NOT potholes include: Cracking: Alligator cracking, edge cracking, and other types of cracks in the asphalt can be caused by poor drainage, an inadequate base, or heavy loads. In these cases, workers must determine the cause of the crack and repair it accordingly. Raveling: this is when particles of asphalt wear away, leaving behind a rough surface. This requires a different kind of “patch” than a pothole. Rutting: this is a permanent deformation of pavement due to repeated exposure to heavy loads. Often, rutting occurs along the wheel path. Rutting is typically addressed by resurfacing the street. These types of street damage can also be reported to 3-1-1, but will take longer to repair than a pothole. For the first time since World War II, the City of Los Angeles is actually addressing its backlog of needed street repair and we’re improving our roads at a rate that is greater than they are deteriorating. And despite the tough economic times, I am fighting against furloughs to the city workers who repair our streets. Every Angeleno uses our roads, and I will continue to make street repair a priority for our city.
Mike’s Committee Workload By Assemblymember Mike Gatto With a new year upon us, I remain honored to represent you in our state’s capitol, and mindful of the great task before us to repair our state’s finances. In 2011, I will continue in my efforts to reform our government institutions, to repair our struggling economy, and to be a vigilant guardian over our state coffers. My new position in the Assembly and my committee assignments put me in a position to do so. Recently, I was named the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly. The Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore presides over meetings of the Assembly when the Speaker Pro Tempore cannot, and helps shape Assembly policy. I have also taken a strong workload of committee assignments, with which I believe I can help the people of the 43rd District and the state of California. Those committee assignments are: Appropriations Committee: This committee supervises expenditures of public funds. Arts, Entertainment, Tourism, Sports, and Internet Media Committee: It is my wish to use this committee to do everything possible to strengthen the entertainment industry, and other industries vital to the south-
land economy. Banking and Finance Committee: This committee considers laws governing financial institutions, including real property finance. It is my hope to use this committee to help shape policies that will revive our struggling real-estate market. Governmental Organization: This committee oversees public records, open-meeting laws, natural disasters, and tobacco and alcohol regulations. Water, Parks, and Wildlife: This committee regulates our water supply, our parks system, and wildlife throughout the state. As a longtime Silverlaker, and big fan of Griffith Park, these policies mean a great deal to me. I am ready to get to work, and optimistic that we can start to solve the challenges facing our state. As always, please feel free to send me your thoughts and ideas on any issue important to you. You can e-mail me at assemblymember. firstname.lastname@example.org. Assemblyman Gatto represents all or parts of Silver Lake, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood, Valley Village, and Van Nuys in the California State Assembly.
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Storyteller: Rebecca Martin By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Columnist
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property in Southern California, please Rebecca Martin was studying theater and literature at UC Santa Barbara when she got a job in the children’s department at an independent bookstore. That’s where she saw a storyteller doing the Saturday morning story hour and where she first started telling stories herself. “I’d get my friends from college to help me out,” she said. After one such event, a woman who had been watching asked Martin how long she’d been a storyteller. “That was when it dawned on me that there was this whole culture of storytellers,” Martin said. And she was one of them. Today, Martin lives in Silver Lake with her husband and two sons and travels all over Southern California–often bringing her family along for the ride–to tell stories. “ I’ve gotten to know a lot of communities,” she said. She may perform in an affluent neighborhood in the morning and the inner city in the afternoon, but no matter where she goes, Martin said, “Everyone connects with the stories.” She admits that it takes a lot of work to make her story-
telling appear spontaneous. “Storytelling is like doing a one-woman show,” she said. “I learn the story. I explore why I chose it. I ask myself, how can I structure it so it’s surprising and interesting?” For Martin, the story is a jumping off place. “I freely adapt,” she said. “The story gives me a structure, but it changes all the time…Every time I tell a story it’s a new experience.” Martin’s work is often seasonal. She is especially busy during the holidays and summer, but birthday parties, private events, and regular, weekly gigs at schools keep her pretty busy throughout the rest of the year, too. She said one of the highlights of her weekly work at schools is working with the same children over a long period of time. It has allowed her to see her own passion for literature and words make its way into the hearts of her students. In those cases Martin is more than a storyteller–she is a teacher. But, her goal is much more lofty than to teach or entertain her audience. “I try to enchant them,” she said, “or take them on a journey. If I’ve done that I feel I’ve done my job.”
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dustrialized food being sold at pet stores. According to his website, he “loved the idea of baking up wholesome, preservativefree cookies for [his] dogs.” All five of them. Phydough’s products are all made from organic, human-grade ingredients and are free of processed sugar. The flavors sound good enough to eat (but don’t…
these treats are for dogs only) and include apple, red velvet, and carob swirl cookies, peanut butter ice cream and cranberry-pumpkin pie takeand-bake dough. If you’re too tempted to taste those flavors, get your dog some of the foi gras ice cream or bacon and peas cookies. All treats are homemade
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Start Your Redecorating in the Bedroom By Susann Tunick, Ledger Columnist I’m a 21 year Los Feliz resident and owner of a local boutique interior design firm, established 22 years ago. Each month I will be using this column to address interior design topics, trends and homeowner’s area of concerns. The beginning of the year and decade has enticed us to rethink, reboot and revitalize. It’s a fresh opportunity to expand our way of thinking and living. One of the most important places to begin this rejuvenation is where your day begins and ends—your bed. We spend approximately 2,920 hours—hopefully—every year in it, so with my interior design clients, I encourage them to begin the redecorating process in the bedroom. If your mattress is 5 to 7 years old, replace it. Don’t forget to flip your mattress often for maximum wear. Check out what Consumer Reports says a about mattresses on their website: consumerreports.org. The bottom line, buy what makes you feel the best and never pay full price. The most expensive is not necessarily the best. When dressing your bed,
look for the cotton, thread count and “the hand.” Sheets should be 100% cotton— insures to wick away moisture and becomes softer with time—and cotton is an addictive luxury to your skin. Thread count is determined by the number of threads per square inch. Buy the best you can afford (300 count minimum). “The hand” refers to how it feels when you touch it. Buy the best quality sheets you can afford. Tip: The Italians are great weavers. Dress your bed like this: first with a fitted bottom sheet and then layer a flat sheet, cotton blanket (optional), coverlet and a lightweight down comforter, tucked in a duvet. The comforter should be rolled in thirds at the end of the bed. I like for the coverlet and shams to match, but mix and match sheets, cases and duvet. Sleeping pillows can be down or foam and should stack behind the Euro shams. Add decorative pillows for a polished look. Sweet dreams! Susann Tunick may be reached at susann@thomasontunick. com.
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When Gray is Green By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columnist About 50% to 80% of residential wastewater is “gray water” meaning water left over from baths, showers, sinks and washing machines. Most joins the “black water” from toilets and dishwashers and is washed down sewage drains. Instead, it seems that most
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“The average American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of fresh water per day. The average African uses 2 to 6 gallons per day.” – Local environmentalist, Tomas O’Grady gray water can replace the many gallons of “white water” (clean drinking water) with which we irrigate our gardens. Local environmentalist Tomas O’Grady, who runs www.farmfeliz.org, is confident that we can use our fresh water more than once. “The average American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of fresh water per day. The average African uses 2 to 6 gallons per day,” he said. O’Grady installed a gray water system on his property, Page 14 Su Casa REAL ESTATE
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Los Feliz Ledger of enthusiasm. “Right now they don’t quite see it.” Quite right, says Paula Shapiro, who co-owns Echo Park-based Silverwood propBy Erik Derr, Ledger Real Estate Writer erties with husband Ken, also a certified EcoBroker. Green A budding generation of ing resource for the nonprofit indicate a majority of consumtech is “going to become more green-oriented real estate pros Association of Energy and ers agree with her. part of the public’s awareness,” is growing in our neighborEnvironmental Real Estate The survey showed 77% Paula said. “The more you hoods, looking to change the Professionals, which promotes of those interviewed felt greenand I hear about it, the more housing market much like energy and environmental tech homes were at least someeducation there is about green electric carmakers are redefineduc ation building ing the auto industry. for real esoptions, the With the rise in population seen in “There has to be a big tate profesmore and Los Angeles, as well as the state, nation and more people push, like going to the moon,” sionals and said Liz Brown, an agent for consumers will start to world, adopting more ecologically-minded Keller Williams Realty in Los across the understand Feliz. nation. The ways is “not an elective,” she added. “It’s what and inteWith the rise in populagreen eduwe need to do to have a quality of life.” grate green” tion seen in Los Angeles, as cation outinto their well as the state, nation and fit was also everyday lives. “But, we’re not world, adopting more ecologtapped last year to assist the what if not very important in there yet.” ically-minded ways is “not an U.S. Dept. of Energy in its eftheir lives because of the units’ At this point, said Shapelective,” she added. “It’s what forts to educate real estate pros positive impact on the natural iro, approximately one out of we need to do to have a quality on energy efficiency. environment, long-term finanevery 10 homebuyers Silverof life.” EcoBroker International cial savings and family health wood serves is interested in Brown is a certified Ecoclaims an estimated 5,000 cerbenefits. pursuing green tech options Broker, trained to guide buyers tified trainees worldwide, inBrown, who shifted to for their home. and sellers in energy efficiency cluding at least 50 in the Los green property marketing There are two main reaand environmentally-sensitive Angeles area—and 10 specifiabout two years ago and has sons market demand for green design approaches through cally based in Los Feliz. since established her Goliving options isn’t greater, she Colorado-based EcoBroker A recent survey by HabiGreenWithBrown.net website, said. First, the reach of green International. The company tat for Humanity and Whirlfinds eco-friendly strategies education is still limited. was established in 2002 and pool Corporation, the home “really interesting—basically “I think the public in genserves as the primary trainappliance company, seems to just common sense.” eral knows just enough about She admits, however, that environmental issues for all of not as many consumers as she it to still be a bit confusing,” [ SELECT HOME SALES FEBRUARY 2011 ] hoped seem to share her level she said. [real estate]
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Then there’s the economy. Both Shapiro and Brown have seen genuine interest in green tech from all economic levels throughout the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Hollywood Hills areas. But, for so many homeowners and buyers, their pocketbooks are the bottom line, said Brown. “It’s not yet their top priority,” she said, nor likely will it be until the economy takes a bigger turn upward. Brian Ades, an EcoBroker out of Southeby’s International on the Sunset Strip and founder of one of L.A.’s first green professional groups, confirms the down turn has even affected his business in the historic, upper-end homes of Los Feliz and Hollywood Hills. He’s also had to put his eco business dreams in slow gear as he waits for the financial turn-around. But, as one who’s had no qualms with taking his work home with him— dedicating his Laurel Canyon home to green and organic living— Ades feels it’s just a matter of timing before the green market takes off. The green industry, he said, is a prime candidate “for the next boom. It’s going to be a gold rush.”
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Los Feliz Ledger [senior moments]
The Boomers Are Coming By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist 2011 has had a terrible start, thus far, and America’s angst will not go away soon. Hopefully, we will have serious conversations about preventing another Tucson Tragedy. We also have economic woes at all levels of government. Both Los Angeles and California face almost insurmountable budget crises, further diminishing abilities to serve our citizens, whether it is to improve our education system; or access and provide public safety; or to provide safety net services for our most vulnerable citizens, such as seniors. On March 8th, Los Angeles will be voting on measures to help alleviate the crises, and in June, it is expected that voters will be asked to help with the problem solving for the State. I hope our collective wisdom will prevail. In the midst of all that, in 2011, the first of the Baby Boomer generation (79 million) born between 1946 and 1964 will turn 65. By 2030 when the last of this generation reaches 65, at least 18% of our population will be 65 and older. They say that each day 10,000 people become 65. If you consider that our life expectancy has been increasing, the percentage will be larger. This new trend is not to be viewed as a problem, or a drag on society. Rather, this group will be aging in better fitness and health than previous generations, making it easier for them to pursue productive lives, paid or not paid, well into their later years. They will be moving out of the workplace with higher skills and experi-
ence into volunteer situations that will contribute to the well being of the community. With security, they will be consumers of leisure time activities and products contributing to economic growth. With good health they will be contributing more to the rearing and the education of children. Conversely, with longer lives, we are subject to health conditions that don’t show up until much later in life, or we survive longer with a condi-
tion. According to an analysis of government data, living longer was clear, but heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and disability have increased. How will our local communities, states, and the country respond to the dependency needs of this large demographic? It is not realistic to assume individuals and families will tackle their problems alone. Just as communities automatically assume responsibil-
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ity for their youth, they must now also assume an equally important responsibility to get resources for their aging population. But each community cannot do it alone. They must have supports from the State and Federal Governments.
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Los Feliz Ledger [good life]
Covell: A New Neighborhood Wine Bar By Tara de Lis Ledger Wine and Spirits Columnist The summer 2010 debut of Covell wine bar was one of the most highly anticipated openings of the year for our neighborhood. Located along a cool stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that also includes upscale retro boutique Jake, the larger outpost of James Beard Award-winning Yuca’s, and cult-favorite Umami burger, Covell fits right in—intentionally so. According to wine & beer director Matthew Kaner, “This is our neighborhood. We wanted to create a neighborhood bar for the people we see on a daily basis and call our neighbors.” Covell is based on the partnership between owner/ designer Dustin Lancaster, formerly a bar manager at longtime Silver Lake favorite Café Stella; and Kaner, who put in time behind the counter at the esteemed Silver Lake Wine shop. The feel is very eclectic but minimalist European, evoking Spain, with jet black and dark rust colors behind a long bar, which dominates the cozy space. Eccentric touches include an ode to antique cameras and skeleton keys, and pages ripped from an Argentine dictionary affixed to the back wall. The crowd is a melange of expats, hipsters and low-key couples who’ve graduated from the nearby Good Luck Bar scene. Many become regulars. And why wouldn’t they? Here, all levels of wine appreciation are embraced. There’s no snobbery, only a sincere intent to educate and enjoy. Lancaster and Kaner’s passion is contagious. In order to ensure interaction with every guest—and because stock changes so often—wine lists aren’t printed. “We want to interact with every guest to give them the full Covell experience, as well as to get a sense of what they are looking for,” said Kaner. The kitchen is tiny, so nosh is limited, but perfect for this sort of tasting experience: cheese plates, charcuterie, three types of mac and cheese and a croque monsieur sandwich. There’s an artisan beer list as well.
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Garcetti said, also in a telephone interview Monday, he was “horrified” to see the news, “as most Americans were. But it does give me some hope that this country can come together in moments like this,” he said. “Nothing is a stronger attack on democracy than to shoot a public official and others.” According to Garcetti, who said he had meet Giffords while at the Aspen Institute— a think tank for elected officials dedicated to promoting solutions and political bipartisanship—he won’t make changes regarding security for his own public appearances in light of the shooting. “The best way to fight something like this is to robustly defend democracy. . .The moment we start being scared about [these kinds of things is] when a few extrem-
ist win,” he said. Congresswoman Karen Bass, who represents District 33 of Los Angeles including Los Feliz and Silver lake, was not available by telephone, but did release this statement, on Saturday. “It is with the deepest feelings of sorrow and sadness that I learned of the horrific act of violence which was committed against Congresswoman Giffords and other innocent people in Arizona today. There are neither words nor sentiments that can fully capture the horror of this moment. It is a national tragedy for the country, and a personal tragedy for the Giffords family, her constituents and supporters. My thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her husband Captain Mark Kelly, their family and staff. This is a sad day for us all.”
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge said he was out all day on public appearances Saturday and only heard about the shooting when the Los Angeles Police Dept. contacted him at 8 p.m. Saturday. “The tragedy that took place in Arizona… words cannot express how horrible it is,” he said in a telephone interview. “Each day we live is a blessing.” LaBonge said disgruntled constituents are part of the job. “We follow up and make phone calls on complaints.
There have been incidences, in the past, where odd things could have happened. We have to realize in this fast world we live in, many people are on a short fuse that can be ignited at the snap of a finger. . . in our current climate, there are a lot of short fuses,” he said. LaBonge said he has no security when he makes public appearances but instead relies on “the good name of the city of Angels” looking over his shoulder. Editor’s Note: This story previously ran on the losfelizledger. com website.
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Los Feliz Ledger [ FEBRUARY 2011 events calendar ] ART Charon’s Pantheon This exhibition of art and music by Myron Conan Dyal and Jennifer Logan comprises 13 life-size goddess sculptures, drawings and an album of music with one song for each figure. The sculptures are deeply inspired by Dyal’s personal experiences, and the complementary songs have been created by Logan, who teaches music at Occidental College. An opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 4th, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Fri., Feb. 4th, to Sun., Feb. 27th. 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 666-7667; www.laluzdejesus.com.
BOOKS Black Clock 13 A dazzlingly talented group of writers will read from their contributions the latest issue of the literary journal Black Clock: Aimee Bender, Janet Fitch, Jonathan Lethem, Susan Straight
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FAMILY Sunday Art Workshops Kids and families can enjoy free art workshops on the JAC patio. Projects this month include Native American dream catchers, Indian mixed-media collages and Peruvian textile designs. Materials will be provided. Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Park, Sun., Feb. 6th, 13th, 27th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood. Information: (323) 644-6269; www.barnsdall.org.
MUSIC Hip-hop Peter and the Wolf The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings a fresh take on Sergei Prokofiev’s classic composition. Conductor Lucinda Carver and the dynamic group Project Trio will perform original compositions as well as Peter and the Wolf. Project Trio features Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello and Peter Seymour on bass. Fun pre-concert activities begin an hour before the show. Tickets are $10-$16. Alex Theatre, Sun., Feb. Annika Marks as “Lulu” plays muse to Robert Terbor as “Melville” in Mile. God by 13th, 2 p.m. Nicholas Kazan. Photo by Patricia Williams 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Information: (818) 243-2539; anniversary of the flight of the THEATER www.alextheatre.org. Apollo 14, the Griffith Observatory is offering special lectures about A Faery Hunt ResBox the third moon landing. The This award-winning interactive L.A.-based musician and filmmaker lectures explore the allegations show entertains kids while Hans Fjellestad curates this that the moon landings were encouraging values such as showcase of experimental music a hoax, the adventures of the kindness, forgiveness, respect held the third Thursday of every astronauts and what moon and environmental responsibility. month. Tickets are $10. samples taught us about our solar Tickets are $15. Steve Allen Theater, Thurs., Feb. system. Free. Griffith Park, 17th, 8 p.m. Griffith Observatory, Wed.-Fri., Sat., Feb. 26th, 10:30 a.m. 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. Feb. 2nd-4th, 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Information: (818) 324-6802; Information: (323) 666-4268; Feb. 5th-6th, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. www. afaeryhunt.com. www.steveallentheater.com. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park. Information: (213) 473-0800; Mlle. God Robotanists www.griffithobservatory.org. Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA These local purveyors of lush, inaugurates the new Atwater evocative electro will perform Snow Days Village Theatre complex with a at the Silverlake Lounge’s free A rare snowstorm will descend production of Mlle. God, penned Monday night residency each upon select habitats of the zoo for by Academy Award-nominated week in February. Supporting acts one special weekend. Visitors can writer Nicholas Kazan. Scott Paulin include Lanterns, Spirit Vine, Light witness black bears, tigers, otters, directs the tragic farce, which stars FM and War Tapes. elephants and snow leopards Annika Marks as a combination Silverlake Lounge, Mon., Feb. 7th, playing and exploring in the snow. muse and femme fatale. The 14th, 21st, 28th, 9 p.m. Zoo admission is $14 for adults, $11 production is appropriate for 2906 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. for seniors, $9 for children ages 2-12 mature audiences only. Information: (323) 666-2407; and free for children under 2. Tickets are $15-$25. www.foldsilverlake.com. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Atwater Village Theatre, Gardens, Sat., Feb. 5th, and Sun., Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 28th-Mar. 6th, Feb. 6th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SCIENCE & NATURE 8 p.m. (2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun.) 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park. 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village. Information: (323) 644-4200; One Small Step: Apollo 14 Information: (323) 644-1929; www.lazoo.org To commemorate the 40th www.ensemblestudiotheatrela.org.
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Alegria Keeps the Spice in Silver Lake By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Restaurant Critic Alegria was a breath of fresh air when it opened in 1995. Since then, Silver Lake has been transformed with more dining choices, but Alegria still fills a need for creative Mexican comfort food. There’s often a wait in the evening; hanging out with actors, filmmakers and families on the mini-mall sidewalk is part of the charm. After being seated in the warm, bustling restaurant, servers bring a paper sack of freshly made tortilla chips; order some chunky, spicy guacamole to go with them. Settle in with the menu and watch the Silver Lake scene. You’ll have plenty of time, as service has forever been on the leisurely side. Several new items have recently been added to the menu, and now, Alegria ac-
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“Church” for the iPod Generation By Katherine Spiers, Ledger Religion and Spirituality Columnist The traditional churchgoer carved out time every Sunday to physically attend church services near their home. And
spot every week isn’t feasible. Some churches are suffering because of that, but a few forward-thinking institutions are adapting. Ecclesia Hollywood, which holds services at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre,
the current leadership, but Ecclesia merges tradition and progress pretty seamlessly. The church’s website (churchinhollywood.com) is kept active and up to date, a rare thing for church sites in general. It also hosts blogs written by the pastor and volThey may be of no interest to people who crave unteers. But the tech the communal experience. But to those who savvy doesn’t end there. Eccannot—or just don’t want to—attend Sunday clesia also has a services, these podcasts might provide some podcast. The topics aural spirituality. of these frequent podcasts range while many still do just that, is a Bible-based, non-denomfrom sex to walking with God the “declining attendance” we inational Christian group to gospel study. They may be hear so much about must have with a mostly local congregaof no interest to people who something to do with both the tion. Sunday services are the crave the communal experimodern seven-day work-week focus of the schedule, and ence. But to those who canand the distances people travel they keep a traditional Chrisnot—or just don’t want to— from their birthplace. tian calendar. attend Sunday services, these For many, committing to Perhaps it’s due to their podcasts might provide some be in the same spot at the same Hollywood location, or just aural spirituality. There is a small trend in this direction throughout the country: various websites have instructions for podcasting tailored specifically to pastors and other sermongivers. So often religious institutions are accused of being stuck in the past. Regardless of your feelings on organized religion, you must admit: at least Ecclesia, and churches like it, are trying something innovative. Contemplative Service, 8:30 am,
Eager For a Fun Two Weeks by Rita Blikian We are getting ready for the Holy Trinity Annual Walk-a-thon! This is a very, very exciting even that will take place on Jan. 28th! There will be a great and fun filled pep rally to get the students ready for the walk to raise money for the school! It is definitely a day you don’t want to miss! Another great thing that the Prep school is getting ready for is the Crossfire! The crossfire is held by the student council and is also a very fun day! All the classes get to compete against each other to see
who knows the most about Religion! I love that day because all the classes get really competitive and it ends up being a real battle! We are getting ready for Catholic Schools week also! During this week we celebrate our Parish Priests and Deacon, our teachers and staff, the students, the parents and our community. Each day of the week is something different and exciting! Each day has its own theme and its own twist too it! It is one of the most fun weeks in the entire school year!
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New Year’s Resolutions By Diego Chiat The new year at Ivanhoe, for school days that is, started Jan. 10th. We expect to have a lot of projects and activities in our new year. A lot of people have different ways of making the new year better. From small changes to big changes most people are improving something. Ivanhoe Elementary Principal, Ms. Jumie Sugahara, has a New Year’s Resolution. She plans to focus more on the most important part of her job—the students. Also, she aims to balance work and home. Ivanhoe’s Student Coun-
cil President, Lux Frisina, resolves to be positive and make good use of time. Vice President Audrey Harrison’s New Year’s resolution is to have no absences in school and to get good grades. Treasurer Mariano Rocha wants to become a better artist. Ms. Tiffany Yagi, our technology coordinator, wants to be more crafty. She plans to make or fix things, like furniture, rather than buy things. A resolution is a goal for the New Year, to improve ourselves, which makes the world better. It is not too late to make a resolution now.
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By Kristen Taylor, Ledger Columnist For Valentine’s Day baking I decided to give red velvet cupcakes a try. While I love a heart-shaped box of chocolates as much as any other girl, red velvet cupcakes are the perfect themed treat for sharing with the kids and their friends. That is, I thought they were the perfect treat. I looked up the recipe already knowing that the gorgeous red cake is courtesy of food dye, but I didn’t realize quite how much. It takes eight of those little squeezy bottles of FD&C Red to flavor one batch of cupcakes (2 oz.). For all I know, there’s more dye than that in a box of Red Vines, but I can’t willfully dump that amount of chemicals into something I’m serving to my kids. I did read one recipe that colorized the batter using beet juice reduction. No borscht cupcakes for me, thanks. I think it’s a little sad that Valentine’s Day is all but ignored in school after the elementary years, though I do see the potential mine fields being avoided. It’s too easy to end up with as many broken hearts
as re-affirmed friendships when Valentine’s Day is celebrated in middle school and high school. But if your kids are still exchanging cards and treats with all of their classmates, here are some easy ideas for hand made cards. They’re heavy on the puns and light on the mushy stuff, which makes this all go down a little easier for the boys and less princesslike girls out there. • Valentine’s Day is for Suckers – Include a lollipop • Bee Mine – Bumblebee theme • Love Rocks – Guitar & drums • Valentine, you RULE! – A heart attached to a wooden ruler • Valentine, you have piece of my heart- Puzzle pieces • You’re a real Ace- Draw an ace of hearts • You’re a blast-Use a rocket theme • I’ll owl-ways be your friend – You guessed it, an owl theme • Valentine, you’re all write – A heart attached to a fun pencil
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By Paige Brott, 12th grade Last December 1st, World AIDS Day, all of LILA’s secondary students, wearing red clothing and AIDS ribbons, gathered on the basketball court for an assembly about this epidemic which is killing millions of people every year. It was organized by LILA’s Student Council, history professor, Jonathon Allen and secondary principal, Philippe Vanhille. There was a series of poignant speeches: Mr. Allen, two parents, and an 11th grade student talked about their experiences of knowing people who struggled with AIDS, and discussed ways to prevent the disease. It was topped off by a moving student dance performance. The campus also held a clothing drive for Out of the Closet Thrift Stores to help those infected with HIV in Southern California. With a donation of 45 large bags, we hope our contribution will help many. Overall, our assembly was a great success and LILA secondary students are now keen advocates for the fight against AIDS.
Rently, our music teacher, Ms. Farris, held school-wide auditions for our next school musical, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Ms. Farris said, “I love ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.’ It’s a fun show and it sends out a good message. I am thrilled to have 100 students from kindergarten to 12th grade participate in the play. That’s one-third of our student body!” The rehearsals started recently and the kids are having lots of fun learning the songs and dance moves which are choreographed by 2nd grade teacher, Autumn Koller. The enthusiasm has even come to my house. My 2nd grade sister Nicola said, “Being in my first play is very exciting and learning the steps and songs is fun!” She is so enthusiastic about the play she practices the songs and steps at recess and on weekends. Being in a play isn’t hard because our teachers make it fun and if you have never have been in a play you should be in one.
Sixth Grade By Melissa Martinez, 6th grade Sixth grade seemed tough at the beginning of the year. But now it’s fun. In class we have done many assignments such as writing, dioramas, and posters. We recently made posters about ancient Greece, Rome and China. My two teachers, Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Silva have planned many field trips. So far we’ve gone to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). I often think about going to middle school because this is my last year at Glenfeliz Elementary. I have many choices, but I’m really working hard to get into one of the best magnet schools. Our school has a program called “Network for a Healthy California.” Every month each class gets a box of fresh fruit or vegetables that were grown in California. Last month we had tasty mandarins that are high in vitamin C and A. The Friends of Glenfeliz (FOG) Kids Homework Club has room for more students. Stop by the office or room 14 to pick up an application. The classes include recorders, crafts, folklorico, creative writing and watercolor.
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Reasons to Cheer By Olivia Origel ’13 and Maura Turcotte ’13 Shrieks and cheers filled Immaculate Heart’s auditorium recently as students showed a display of enthusiasm for Yale University’s The Baker’s Dozen, one of the nation’s oldest a cappella singing groups. For an all-girls school, it was a special treat to welcome these very talented young men to our campus. The 13 college students entertained with boundless en-
ergy, drawing lots of applause as they sang their hearts out. The Baker’s Dozen has visited Immaculate Heart before, but their appearance is always a special surprise to the student body. This year the assembly was especially well received because it provided a muchneeded distraction as we prepared for semester exams at the end of January. Now that final exams are
over, students have returned to classes following a short semester break. February is a special month on campus, and undoubtedly students will look forward to sending, and especially receiving, candy, cards and flowers on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is always everyone’s favorite! Juniors are also anticipat-
ing this month for yet another reason: They will officially be recognized as members of the upper class when they receive their Immaculate Heart rings. The Ring Ceremony is one of the school’s many traditions, and seniors share in this experience with the Junior Class. Following a liturgy on Feb. 10th, administrators will formally present the rings to the
juniors, and then seniors will offer their congratulations to the Class of 2012.
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Ivanhoe’s “Kinder” Yard Transformed by One Mother By Thomas Shea Blair McCoy sends her daughter Cortez to Ivanhoe Elementary School, a school long-associated with excellence, great parental involvement and high test scores. But every day at playtime, Cortez had to play in a “Kinder” yard that would be best described as a concrete jungle. McCoy, senior vice president at The Arterie advertising agency in Culver City, realized that with the resources of the community at hand, the Ivanhoe yard could fairly easily become a vibrant, creative place for 28 kindergartners to play and learn. It wasn’t necessary for the children to have to play in such a prosaic, uninspiring environment. It just needed a lot of determination and a little TLC. McCoy hatched a plan to
frugally take new and recycled elements, donations—from close friends like fashion designer Cynthia Vincent—and a few reasonably priced purchases to turn the concrete and chain link of the “Kinder” yard into a colorful, mentallystimulating funland for her daughter and 27 other lucky children. With the approval of Ivanhoe’s principal, Ms. Sugahara, McCoy received the green light to start on the dramatic transformation, meaning the renovation could be done just in time for the children returning from their holiday break. McCoy then hired a friend, resident artist and former director of Camelot Kids Child Development Center, Loni Watson. Together with her daughter Cortez’s teacher,
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port, so McCoy feared that the expense would be beyond her and her family’s resources. She sent out a letter to her own family and friends to request donations t instead of buying Christmas gifts for her daughter, Cortez. Her family and friends were happy to help out with such an amazing project. But she still fell short of the money necessary. Instead of accepting the existing situation, McCoy decided to find a way to make it happen. It took some creative
We must become partners with our schools, both public and private. The state of education in this city, and in this country, means we will no longer be provided the services we once enjoyed. donations. They refurbished an existing playhouse, and made it into a play castle. They built their own planters and garden boxes so that the children could grow and harvest plants and vegetables, teaching them about botany and nutrition. To cover the expense, McCoy set up a donation request letter and a collection envelope in the classroom to let all 28 families know what was needed from each. Of course, the expense could be beyond the reach of some, but certainly the resources of the community could find a way to make it happen. Those who couldn’t contribute money could always provide donations or manpower. Only six additional families came forward to offer sup-
financing, tapping into her personal savings and using her entire Christmas bonus, but she managed to find the rest of the money to allow the playground renovation to move forward. She, along with Loni, Ms. Whitten, her husband Eric and Cortez, they spent the entire three-week-long holiday vacation transforming and renovating the yard. The story is an amazing mix of the very best in all of us and some of the worst. I personally can’t understand why the other families wouldn’t want to contribute to something that directly improves their children’s environment immediately, and has the added benefit of staying around to inspire generation after generation of Ivanhoe students.
In a day of doomsday budgets and austerity measures, all of which seem to negatively impact our public schools, McCoy’s example will become a requirement of life in the 21st century. Schools can no longer be our children’s baby sitter. To do right by your own children and the rest of our future doctors, lawyers and educators, we will have to find a way to make a difference. We must become partners with our schools, both public and private. The state of education in this city, and in this country, means we will no longer be provided the services we once enjoyed. Not in our public schools, or in anything, apparently. I hope everyone hears about this story. It might stimulate similar action across the city and across the country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if neighborhoods banded together to find ways to make up for the growing deficiencies of our state and federal budgets? These children are the genetic researchers and poets of our declining years. Even if you don’t have children, the community benefits from excellent attention paid to its future leaders. Volunteer to help out at the public school closest to you. Become a Big Sister or Big Brother. Help transform a section of your local middle school’s athletic field. All it takes is vision, commitment and passion. Besides, we don’t seem to have a choice any longer. Thomas Shea is an office manager and amateur filmmaker who lives in Studio City.
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Utilize Your Local Animal Shelter Your “Letter from the Publisher,” (January 2011) regarding Allison Ferraro returning a stray dog she found shortly before Christmas, struck a particularly strong chord in me. For more than 20 years, I was the volunteer coordinator for the North Central Animal Shelter on Lacy St. One of my responsibilities was to try to reunite lost pets and their owners. I always explained to those who had found pets why they should turn them into the shelter, as it’s the best way for the owner to locate their pet. Many people still do not keep tags on their cats or dogs, nor do they microchip them. When their pet gets lost, there are a few things they can do (put signs up or ads on Craigslist) but best is to check the shelter that covers the area in which the pet was lost. Conversely, many people
who find a pet do not want to take it to the shelter, for various reasons. It is illegal to keep a found animal. Taking it to the shelter and letting it go through the process of waiting for the owner, then adoption, will permit the finder to adopt the dog, thus making it legal to keep. The timeline on the dog you found tells me that “Sally” was claimed by her rightful owner as she had only been there for four days before be-
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