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Vol 5. No. 7
Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500
Silver Lake Chamber: A Look Back
2009 In Review
By Dyan Collings Ralph, Silver Lake Chamber President
Here’s a recap of some of the stories the Ledger covered in 2009:
SILVER LAKE— Despite the great challenges 2009 presented to the business community, as president of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce (SLCC) I’ve had the privilege of seeing so many local businesses overcome and thrive. The key, I believe, has been harnessing the power of coming together and sharing brainpower and resources. In fact, this has been a pretty fantastic year for the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce. Early in the year we decided this was the perfect time to hold a series of events that would give businesses the tools they needed to survive these economic times. The result was our Business Development Speaker Series and it was a great success, thanks to the SLCC volunteers who brought it all together. We hosted three low-cost seminars, covering electronic (Internet) marketing, traditional marketing and see CHAMBER page 4
Los Feliz BID Year in Review By Ermanno Neiviller, BID President 2009 commenced with several new additions to the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District Board (LFVBID): Heather & Rob Valerio from Happy sharing a position; Mark Cianciulli & Susan Cianciulli-Bailey from Solutions, also sharing a position; Robert & Arzu Benavides from Distant; and Jonathan Sample from Fresh Pressed. As a volunteer board on behalf of all businesses in the LVFBID we continue to keep our “triangle,” the entry into Los Feliz, clean and watered; streets free of trash as best as possible; trees trimmed; advertising of all businesses on the LFVBID see BID REVIEW page 4
By Jessica Ogilvie, Ledger Contributing Writer
GGPNC Faces Ongoing Grievances The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) continues to process two grievances filed by stakeholders within the past fourteen months. In December, 2008, local resident Dana-Joy Cremin
filed a grievance regarding the GGPNC’s decision to oppose and actions pertaining to her request for a preferential parking district in Los Feliz’ District B. Currently, the issue has been handed over to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which is working to schedule a mediation. Home Restaurant owners Aram Serobian and Vardui “Rose” Petoyan filed the other
grievance in July of 2009. The GGPNC handed the issue over to DONE for mediation that same month, however no action has yet been taken by the agency to arrange said mediation. Autry National Center Moves Forward with Upgrades After abandoning in 2009 its once extensive plans for expansion, staff at the Autry National Museum is attempt-
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA: Pau Navas, 20 months, of Los Feliz snacks on a carrot while his parents do their weekly shopping at the Los Feliz Farmer’s Market. Rain or shine, regulars make their way to the market for fresh produce and to support local farms. The market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo credit: Michelle Kunz.
ing to upgrade the museum within its existing structure. According to Joan Cummings, Director of Communications, the museum is looking primarily into redoing interior galleries in order to provide more space for exhibits. Cahuenga Peak Continues to Seek Buyer The prime piece of realty surrounding the iconic Hollywood sign, known as Cahuenga Peak, remains on sale after going on the market in February of 2008. The 138-acre parcel is listed by Beverly Hills real estate boutique Teles Properties. City officials, meanwhile, continue to try to raise funds to buy back the land to preserve it. City Seeks Compromise on Griffith Park Master Plan Since downgrading the Griffith Park Master Plan to a Vision Plan earlier last year, city officials said they hope to come to an agreement in 2010 with the advisory committee that created the plan over several contentious issues, such as the designation of wilderness areas in the park. The committee was commissioned by the city to revise a master plan for the park that was first presented in 2005. After working for three years see REVIEW page 3
Real Estate in 2009: Lenders Retard Recovery By Richard Stanley, Ledger Real Estate Columnist 2009 was a busy year in local real estate despite its tumultuous start with the financial services industry in near collapse. Dire predictions of a flood of “short sale” and foreclosed houses glutting the market failed to materialize locally. The single most affecting influence new to the market in 2009 was the introduction by Federally-chartered secondary lenders of the “Home Valuation Code of Conduct” (HVCC). In short, the effect was that lenders were obliged to use appraisers drawn blindly from a pool. What happened is that our local properties were appraised by those who knew nothing about our community and what local buyers pay pre-
miums for. What’s ahead in 2010? Watch interest rates creep up in reaction to signs of inflation, a side effect of all the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Don’t want to go back to Wall Street? Remember that real estate never drops to zero value. Grab a low-interest loan—show the banks you’re tougher than they are—a tax credit before the end of April and a depreciated-value house in 2010. When inflation (it’s coming) rears its ugly head, it will be a great time to be in debt. What a concept! Here’s how the 2009 local real estate market shaped up as the Ledger went to press: Statistics approximated from the Combined L.A./Westside MLS. see REAL ESTATE page 12
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to do so, the city, in 2009, informed the committee that the plan would be turned into a Vision Plan, resulting in fewer funds allocated for its recommendations and less authority to take action. LA Zoo’s Pachyderm Forest Under Construction After a debate over whether to keep open the Los Angeles Zoo’s Pachyderm Forest— which houses Asian elephant Billy—the Los Angeles City Council in March, 2009 voted to continue construction on the forest. The construction is tentatively scheduled for completion in late 2010. According to Jason Jacobs, the zoo’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, the construction will expand the forest and create a “dynamic habitat for the animals.” Once completed, the forest will boast a waterfall and a new barn, and will be home not just to Billy but to Chinese water deer, saurus cranes and, the zoo hopes, more Asian elephants. Los Feliz BID Faces Ongoing Scrutiny In an April 2009 board meeting, the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID) board heard a list of suggested reforms from “Get Rid of the BID,” a group that unsuccessfully tried to shut the LFVBID down earlier last year. According to LFVBID board member Jonathan Sample, many of the proposed reforms were already in board’s purview prior to being raised by Get Rid of the BID. King Middle School Returns to Traditional School Year King Middle School last September returned to a traditional school year after operating, due to overcrowding, for 10 years on a year-round schedule. Built to accommodate 1,050 students, King’s enrollment at one time was as high as 3,000. Date for Silver Lake Meadow Traffic Light Pushed Back A traffic light at the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and Earl Street, originally slated for spring of 2009, is now scheduled for fiscal year 2010-2011. Traffic Light Planned for Finley and Hillhurst According to city officials, funding for a traffic light at Finley and Hillhurst avenues is in place, and the light is scheduled for installation in the summer of 2010. The light is being installed in response to a recent accident in which a woman was January 2010
struck by a car while crossing Hillhurst Avenue at the Clarissa Avenue crosswalk, located one block north of Finley. As part of the project, the Clarissa Ave. crosswalk will be removed at the same time that the Finley Ave. light is put in. GGPNC Maintains Number of Appointed Seats Punctuating the divisive “Elected Not Selected” campaign spearheaded by Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) board member Tomas O’Grady earlier last year, the GGPNC in September re-appointed six members of its 19 members, brought back one former member, appointed one individual who was affiliated with the board and one individual with no prior affiliation to the board. The Elected Not Selected campaign sought to change the GGPNC’s uncommon practice of appointing nine www.losfelizledger.com
of its 19 board members. The motion was ultimately voted down by the board, despite the campaign’s collection of 500 signatures from stakeholders who were in favor of the change. Atwater Village Pot Stores Under Investigation Five medical marijuana dispensaries in Atwater Village—all of which opened during a 2007-2009 moratorium on new dispensaries— have been denied hardship exemptions that would have allowed them to continue to operate legally. The dispensaries, which sprang up along Glendale Boulevard, each claimed that closing would create a financial strain, and so applied for the exemptions. To be shut down, the dispensaries must face prosecution from the City Attorney’s office, which is currently reviewing the cases.
Future of Los Feliz Village Street Fair Uncertain After the unexpected cancellation of the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District’s (LFVBID) Street Fair in 2009, it remains unclear whether the fair will return in 2010. Ermanno Neiviller, LFVBID President, said in a phone interview that the LFVBID hopes to bring the fair back. “We’re going do our best,” he said. Prior to last year’s cancellation, the street fair was held annually for 17 years. Van de Kamp Charter School Opens Amid Protest Despite the protests of a local community coalition, the historic Van de Kamp site on Fletcher Drive opened in September as a charter high school rather than the adult education facility the coalition was expecting.
Emergency Training Set for Jan. 13th thru Feb. 24th LOS FELIZ—The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council is offering free CERT Emergency Preparedness Training from Jan. 13th through Feb. 24th. Local residents 18 and over are invited to attend. Topics that will be covered include: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue and disaster psychology, to name a few. The training will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2060 N. Vermont Ave. Pre-registration is required by emailing: dsandman@GGPNC.org or by calling (310) 773-7248. For more information visit: www.cert-la.com COMMUNITY NEWS
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branding.Â Business owners who attended told us it was priceless information. Please keep your eyes peeled for more such events in the future. As David Etzen, SLCC Creative Director and principal of his graphic design company Redbar, puts it: â€œEveryone knows the terms â€œbrand identityâ€? and â€œbrand management.â€? But itâ€™s more than taking the logo on your business cards and putting it on your web site. Itâ€™s more about the core personality of a product or service and the perception and experience the audience has to that product or service. In other words, what traits come to mind when I say Apple Computer, or Starbucks, or Toyotaâ€Ś or Silver Lake?â€? As a Chamber of Commerce we seek to â€œgo beyondâ€? the chamber logo and communicate the whole experience of Silver Lake. Continuing our 5-year tradition we printed the 2009-2010 Member Directory onÂ 100% recycled paper, with vegetable based inks, and printed an eco audit on the back cover to demonstrate the benefits of responsible printing. And
new for this year, we are an Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified publication. The FSC was conceived at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio to change the dialogue about, and the practice of, sustainable forestry worldwide. For the chamber, producing an FSC certified publication is one example of how we can go â€œbeyond the logoâ€? and communicate the core personality of the chamber and the experience of being in Silver Lake. We also fully revamped the SLCC Web Site (silverlakechamber.com) and we get a lot of traffic. Our audience views an average of 8,500 pages per month and the most hit page is the member directory. We will continue to update and improve our website and all our communications and publications, the annual Member Print Directory, the quarterly Silver Planet, and the weekly silver e-news. Our goal is to go â€œbeyond the logoâ€? to communicate the core personality of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and the experience of being in Silver Lake. When someone mentions Silver Lake, we want people to think: an exceptional and unique place to shopâ€Ś liveâ€Ś and create.
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One immediate change for 2010 will be the reduced assessment for BID members with one employeeâ€”from $200 to $100. Â Our goals for 2010 include: updating and improving the LFVBID website; taking steps toward the arduous process of
website and serving as a liaison between the police department and LVFVBID members to keep businesses informed. Â This year we also successfully defeated an attempt by a minority group of members to disband the LFVBID. Â We encourage all members to attend one of our monthly meetings so you can voice your opinions and concerns. More importantly, we encourage LFVBID members to join a committee or run for a seat on the board. Itâ€™s the best way to get your voice heard!Â To the best of our knowledge no one involved with the disband movement has chosen to do either. Â Our year culminated with a well-attended mixerâ€” thanks to our host the Vista Theatreâ€”and our successful Bernies_Jan10_bw.pdf 12/22/09 Holiday Festival. Â
alleviating area parking concerns and re-evaluating and creating a street fair that reflects us as a BID and community. Â The Board of 2010 looks forward to the challenges the upcoming year brings. We encourage your support and hope for your volunteerism.
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BID Election Garnishes Paltry 14.5% Return LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District’s most recent election late last year garnered a 14.5% return rate among the BID’s 270 members. According to Chris Serrano, LFVBID Vice President, 270 ballots were mailed. Of
its size to increase to a maximum of 13 members, which created seven open seats on the recent ballot. Seven candidates ended up vying for those seats, all of whom will be seated at the LFVBID’s board meeting in January.
26; Laura Springer (Springer Chiropractic) 28: Dana Premer (Hotel de Ville) 23; Ermanno Neiviller (Il Capriccio) 27; Teddy Chambers (Narconon) 16; and Tony Fanara (Palermo) 30. All are incumbents with the exception of Premer and Narconon.
Kiwanis Club Brings Cheer This Holiday Season; Finishes 2009 Strong LOS FELIZ—The Hollywood/ Los Feliz Kiwanis Club last month provided donations of $100 each to the Los Angeles Police Depts.’ Hollywood Division’s Toy Drive, providing toys to needy children in the community and to the Los Angeles Chapters of Habitat for Humanity and the Make-A-Wish
Foundation. Additionally, the club donated $500 to the Children’s Miracle Network, the parent organization of Los Angeles Childrens’ Hospital. For info visit www.hollywoodlosfelizkiwanis.org, or stop by for lunch at Acapulco Restaurant on Sunset Blvd. any Tuesday from 12 noon -1:30pm.
According to Chris Serrano, LFVBID Vice President, 270 ballots were mailed. Of those, 39 were returned. those, 39 were returned. Last year 37 of 270 ballots were returned for a 11.7% return rate. Earlier last year, the board voted and approved
The seats will be filled by the following (business affiliation and vote counts are shown): Nina Fayad (Alberto Salon) 27 votes; Chris Serrano (Coldwell Banker)
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Student Council Elections By Luca Herman, 4th Grade Student council officers for the 20092010 school year are Hanna Barakat ( Pre sident), Tess Stewart (Vice President), Samantha Fonacier (Secretary) and Elias Ephron (Treasurer). We have had two fun meetings so far this year. We have been working on improving
our school, and the classroom representatives have brought lots of good ideas to the student council meetings. The 5th grade had a culmination ceremony for their Full Circle program. In the program, they learned about systems, made fire using sticks and then baked bread in the fire, made rope from yucca plants, and took three teambuilding, nature field trips.
[Pilgrim School] By Michael Wong, Grade 7 In December, we had our ma gnif ic ent Christmas program, which was very entertaining, especially because I got to perform in it. We donated lots of gifts to Commonwealth Elementary School. Our seniors are busy applying to different colleges including Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Pitzer, USC, all of the
UCs, and other top schools.. Our new Arts Center will soon be ready. Look for a dedication soon. Now there are plans for a new elementary and middle school science lab. Working with our colonies has become a very enjoyable process. The entire school is divided into 15 colonies, with students from all grades, plus
faculty and staff members. We get together every six weeks to do special projects.
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A Busy Start to the New Year! By Ana Cano ’12 & Marisol Medina y Cadena ’12 We l c o m e to the New Year! Soon, Immaculate Heart students will be well rested from their holiday break! For now, though, it’s time to start
studying! Semester finals take place in the middle of January, and we are already preparing for them. With the conclusion of finals, a promising semester break is a time to recuperate and get back into the pattern of Immaculate Heart student
life. During our break, a select few juniors will be traveling to Washington D.C to take part in the annual Close-Up pro-
gram and witness our government in action. As for prospective IH students, Immaculate Heart will offer its high school
entrance examination on Sat., Jan. 30th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Good luck and cheers to the New Year!
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pace. We have endless amounts of homework each day. I know if I try hard enough it will be worth it in the end. Although, being in 8th has its down sides, there are many privileges we have received. We just got our warm 8th sweaters. My day starts with the morning assembly and prayer service. After that, we settle
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in and read stories and learn about the different genres we read about. Then we get ready to switch rooms for the advanced classes. We then have recess and see all of the other students in the yard. When recess is over, we go back to the classroom to learn American history and also discover more about our beliefs in God and our Christian charity. Next it is lunch and we have recess once again. Following that, we have our electives such as Spanish, computers, art, music and physical education. Many of the students have joined extra-curricular activities and the special events that our school has to offer. I love all my teachers here and somehow, they just make being here feel like home. They are the most hard-working group of teachers you will ever meet.
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Lucie Gareton, 11th grade I was one of two students who came up with the idea of organizing an event on World AIDS Day for our school. On
Dec. 1st, I arrived at school to see everyone dressed in red. Red ribbons were sold to collect donations for AIDS Project Los Angeles. 6th through 12th graders gathered for an assembly that began with a speech by campus director Mr. Phillipe Vanhille about the evolution of AIDS awareness. We raised $567.84 that day for APLA.
[our mother of good counsel] By OMGC 7th Grade Students LOS FELIZ—Students from Our Mother Good Counsel School located shared their blessings this past December with those in need from the neighborhood and with United States Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It feels so good to give back to those that are protecting us,” said Alexia Gradford, a member of the Class of 2010. Christopher Peterson, a 5th grader, was proud of his classmates as he helped pack canned foods that would find their way to those less fortunate in the neighborhood. A special Thanksgiving Mass was held on Thanksgiving Eve. The canned goods collected by each class were
brought forth to the altar during the offertory by a representative from each class. Mrs. Deebs, our principal, looked on with pride as she spoke with her students about their generosity. “Even though the economy is not in great shape, all of our students and their parents reached deep into their hearts and gave freely.” Mrs. Deebs is particularly proud of the relationship that the school has with the Marine Corps. “We have been working together with the Marine Corps for the past four years. They are wonderful role models teaching responsibility and teamwork to our students.” The Marine Representatives take time out to share a P.E. period with us. This is the first year that we have collected goods for the Marines. We call it ‘Operation Semper Fi’, (Always Faithful). Our student body went above and beyond collecting items that our Marines need. Mr. Jackson, our teacher, organized the collection and helped us to pack all the boxes to be shipped. This past holiday season proved that the spirit of charity and giving were alive and well at Our Mother of Good Counsel School.
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By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Lilly LaBonge had been producing television commercials for close to thirty years when, in November 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I had a wonderful career,” she said. “I traveled around the world, ate at the best restaurants… but breast cancer made me stop and reevaluate what’s important and what’s not…”
She continued producing for about a year and a half after the diagnosis—and subsequent recovery—but on one very long flight home from a job in South Africa, LaBonge decided to make a change. “I told my husband, ‘I don’t know if I have five minutes, five years, or 50 years left, but I want to do something that I’m passionate about with that time,’” she recalled. Luckily for chocolate lovers, LaBonge is passionate about baking brownies. “It was always my way to sort of detox at the end of the day,” she said, “and a lot of times I would bring them in to my clients. They were very well received.” So, LaBonge traded the long hours and high stress of television producing for the
longer hours and utter bliss of baking––and Sweets for the Soul was born. “I wanted to bring the gourmet dessert experience to the public,” LaBonge said. That meant organic ingredients and Valrhona chocolate. “I won’t compromise on the Valrhona chocolate!” Granted, expensive ingredients make expensive brownies, “But,” La Bonge said, “the people that appreciate the quality really appreciate it.” Initially, LaBonge rented space in a commercial kitchen
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mela’s ice cream, worked with a wedding planner to create individual packages for weddings, and extended her store hours to better accommodate her customers. It’s apparent, however, that some things—like LaBonge’s commitment to quality, the community (she recently donated 160 boxes of brownies to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital) and pursuing her passions— will never change. And yes. She is the sister-in-law of, you guessed it: Tom.
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ENGLISH ESTATE: Los Feliz.Archt’l Paul Williams estate with massive English gardens with pool. Updated systems. Exquisite interior with style & grace. $2,790,000 WEB: 0283749 Allen Levoff 213.999.6564
1935 SPANISH VILLA: Los Feliz.1935 Span Villa 2 story home 3bd/3ba, living rm w/fireplace, French drs, Library w/fireplace & frml dining rm. Remod bath w/ roman tub/shower. Guest unit. $1,098,880 WEB: 0283799 Manvel Tabakian 323.376.2222
4524 AMBROSE AVE: Los Feliz. Hedged & private character Georgian home. 2bd/2ba unique private resort-like residence. An artistic, enviable home. $997,000 WEB: 0283812 Charlie Clark 323.671.2311
5047 AMBROSE AVE: Los Feliz.Vintage 3bd/2ba home built in 1923. Good architectural details: Batchelder tile, fpl, high ceilings, veranda, patio, hot tub. $965,000 WEB: 0275282 Linda Zinn, GRI 626.396.3980
CONTEMPORARY WITH HILLSIDE VIEWS: Silver Lake. 3bd/1.5ba, 1+1 guest unit/bonus space. Stylish kit & updated bath & systems, sauna, expansive deck w/Sunset views. $849,000 WEB: 0283694 Joseph Lightfoot 323.665.1108
SPANISH TRI-PLEX: Los Feliz. Spanish Tri-plex, front units 1bd/1ba each w/hdwd flrs. Single home in back. Parking for 3 cars. Character & charm. $649,000 WEB: 0283779 Allen Levoff 323.671.2313
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Los Feliz and Franklin Hills (90027 and 90068): Single Family Homes:
Homes sold: 126 (-1% change from same period 2008) Median home sale price: Â $1,000,000 (-9% from 2008) Median home asking price: Â $1,125,000 Asking price vs. sale price: 89% Median days on market: 39 Median home size: Â 3 bedrooms; 2.5 baths; 2,428 sf on a 7,361 sf lot; built in 1933. Highest home sale: $4,600,000 (15% more than 2008 highest sale) Second highest home sale: Â $4,200,000 (5% more than 2008 highest sale) Lowest home sale: Â $391,500 (19% more than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest sale price: $483,000 (51% more than 2008 lowest sale)
Condos sold: 19 (-14% change from same period 2008) Median condo sale price: $515,000 (+4% change from same period 2008) Median condo asking price: $519,000 Median asking price vs. median sale price: 99% Median days on market: 30 Median condo size: 2 bedrooms; 2 baths; 1,400 sf; built in 2007 Highest condo sale price: $620,000 (11% less than 2008 highest sale) Second highest condo sale price: Â $590,000 (16% less than 2008 highest sale) Lowest condo sale price: $190,000 (33% less than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest condo sale price: Â $275,000 (3% less than 2008 lowest sale)
Los Feliz/Franklin Hills Overview Mixed results characterized this market in 2009. Â Sales stagnated and median property values slid another 9% (in contrast to rising median prices in other neighborhoods)â€”probably in response to the difficulty buyers had in obtaining â€œjumboâ€? loans. Â Here, there seemed to be two markets. One market comprised sound, well-priced properties that attracted multiple offers, sold close to the asking price (or above) and in about a month or less. Â The other market was comprised of the rest. Â These latter properties sat interminably at inflated prices; had compromising quirks and flaws or needed more repair than over-worked and/
or cash-strapped buyers could abide. Â Still, there were a good many plush salesâ€”especially to celebrity buyers. In particular in 2009, many household names were keenly attracted to gated Laughlin Park as a paparazziproof refuge.
Silver Lake (90039): Single Family Homes:
Homes sold: 100 (+12% change from same period 2008) Median home sale price: $800,000 Â (+6% change from same period 2008) Median home asking price: $799,000 Asking price vs. sale price: 100% Median days on market: Â 41 Median home size: Â 3 bedrooms; 2 baths; 1,595 sf on a 5,361 sf lot; built in 1935 Highest home sale: $1,890,000 (28% less than 2008 highest sale) Second highest home sale: $1,750,000 (34% less than 2008 highest sale) Lowest home sale: Â $272,000 (19% more than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest home sale: $285,000 (19% more than 2008 lowest sale)
Condos sold: 18 (+39% change from same period 2008) Median condo sale price: $500,000 (-7% change from same period 2008) Median condo asking price: Â $489,000 (102% of asking price) Median asking price vs. median sale price: 102% Median days on market: 53 Median condo size: Â 2 bedrooms; 2 baths; 1,140 sf; built in 1982 Highest condo sale price: $685,000 (10% more than 2008 highest sale) Second highest condo sale price: Â $630,000 (1% more than 2008 highest sale) Lowest condo sale price: $272,000 (21% less than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest condo sale price: Â $285,000 (17% less than 2008 lowest sale)
Silver Lake Overview: Prime Silver Lake (90039) woke up in 2009! Ivanhoe Elementary School continues to attract families to this area.Â Both singlefamily residences and condosâ€” when priced attractivelyâ€”sold at, or above, asking prices. Â Buyers bid up some prime properties, including a Hollywood Regency with an exceptional garden. Prime Silver Lake continues to capture the attention of celebrity buyers, especially younger ones in the music industry.
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Silver Lake and Echo Park (90026): Single Family homes:
Homes sold: 120 (-15% change from same period 2008) Median home sale price: Â $507,000 Â (+6% change from same period 2008) Median home asking price: Â $525,000 Asking price vs. sale price: Â 97% Median days on market: Â 27 Median home size: Â 3 bedrooms; 1.75 baths; 1,266 sf on a 5,097 sf lot; built in 1929 Highest home sale: $1,089,000 (36% less than 2008 highest sale) Second highest home sale: $975,000 (43% less than 2008 highest sale) Lowest home sale: Â $150,000 (23% less than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest home sale: Â $150,000 (23% less than 2008 lowest sale)
Condos sold:Â 7 (+14% change from same period 2008) Median condo sale price: $395,000 Â (-12% change from same period 2008) Median condo asking price: $399,000 Median asking price vs. median sale price: Â 99% Median days on market: Â 55 Median condo size: Â 2 bedrooms; 2 baths; 1,392 sf; built in 1991 Highest condo sale price: Â $545,000 (5% more than 2008 highest sale) Second highest condo sale price: $543,000 (4% more than 2008 highest sale) Lowest condo sale price: Â $261,000 (61% less than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest condo sale price: $316,000 (33% less than 2008 lowest sale)
Silver Lake/Echo Park Overview: Silver Lake/Echo Park (90026) proved very popular among firsttime buyers in 2009. Â Competition for sound, well-priced inventory attracted multiple offers and pushed prices upward.Â Fixer properties, when priced to foment urgency among buyers, collected astounding numbers of offers.
Highest home sale: Â $1,100,000 (5% more than 2008 highest sale) Second highest home sale: $753,000 (39% less than 2008 highest sale) Lowest home sale: Â $290,000 (16% less than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest home sale: Â $442,000 (32% more than 2008 lowest sale)
Silver Lake Groups Celebrate 20 Years of Service By Michael Locke Ledger Correspondent
Condos sold: Â 5 (+500% change from same period 2008) Median condo sale price: $345,000 Â (-1% change from same period 2008) Median condo asking price: $379,000 Median asking price vs. median sale price: Â 9% Median days on market: 17 Median condo size: Â 2 bedrooms; 1 bath; 980 sf; built in 1947 Highest condo sale price: Â $350,000 (no change from 2008 highest sale) Second highest condo sale price: $349,000 (less than 1% change from 2008 highest sale) Lowest condo sale price: Â $325,000 (7% less than 2008 lowest sale) Second lowest condo sale price: $330,000 (6% less than 2008 lowest sale)
Atwater Village Overview: Starter homes sold well in Atwater Village in 2008, but 2009 brought a cooling trend, volumewise. Â Prices showed a modest increase, as low inventory drove demand. Â Condos (there are 40 only) play a minuscule role here, but remain the best values around among 2-bedroom condos. Â After a moribund 2008, 1/8th of these condos sold in 2009 in the lowto mid-$300,000s. Richard Stanley is a 22-year veteran of local real estate. He can be reached at Coldwell Banker-Los Feliz, (323) 906-2417 or website: www.richardstanleyrealtor.com.
Pictured are (top row, L-R) Former SLRC President Dave Keitel; SLRC President Shelley Marks; SLIA President Genelle LeVin; SLRC Board Member Maryann Kuk and Vincent Brook, SLIA Board Member, Former President and Founder of â€œMusic Box Steps Dayâ€?; (bottom row) SLIA Board Members Cherie Miller, Susan Martin and Tom Davidson).
Community activism has a storied history in Silver Lake. Perhaps no group has had a more distinguished record of service than the Silver Lake Improvement Association (SLIA) and the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy (SLRC, formerly the Committee to Save Silver Lakeâ€™s Reservoirs). Both organizations got together recently for an appetizers-and-dessert potluck, to share stories and congratulate each other for a â€œjob well done.â€? The community owes these very special volunteers a debt of gratitude! SLIA President Genelle LeVin organized the event, held at the Laguna Apartments, Dec. 7, 2009.
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Atwater Village (90039): Single Family homes:
Homes sold: Â 31 (-35% change from same period 2008) Median home sale price: $575,000 Â (+8% change from same period 2008) Median home asking price: $589,000 Asking price vs. sale price: Â 98% Median days on market: Â 42 Median home size: Â 3 bedrooms; 1.50 baths; 1,200 sf on a 5,400 sf lot; built in 1927
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Los Feliz Ledger [city sleuth]
Catching a Tiger by the Tail? By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist The Huntington Library in San Marino is a haven for historians. On any given day, authors and professors by the dozen peruse the institution’s rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and maps—5 million items and growing. Jack London’s manuscript for his novel “The Sea Wolf” is there, so charred by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that it cannot be handled. A shrine to scholarship, the library attracted Dr. An-
it reads. “Born in Cypress, California, Tiger Woods took to the links at an early age, appearing on television at age 2. The very next year, at age 3, he shot an incredible 48 for nine holes. By age 19, Woods had become the youngest golfer in history to win the U.S. Amateur Tournament. Before he turned 30 years of age, he had won 10 major golf championships, ranking him third on the all-time list behind golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagan. Proud of African American and Asiatic origins, Woods is an inspiration for young persons of mixed race.”
Facing the vigorous 87-year-old Rolle in his office, I opened a copy of his California history to a reference to a certain golfer that’s been in the news, a lot, of late. drew Rolle nearly a half a century ago as he was beginning his career in academia, and he has never left. His 21 books were written, in part, in an austere little office adjacent to the second floor’s collection on the history of the western world. Rolle is emeritus professor of history at Occidental College and an authority on Los Angeles, the Gold Rush, Italian immigration, John Charles Fremont and Henry Mayo Newhall. The 7th edition of his college textbook, “California: A History” was published in 2008. Rolle combined California social and political history into popular reading long before Kevin Starr began trolling the same waters. Facing the vigorous 87year-old Rolle in his office, I opened a copy of his California history to a reference to a certain golfer that’s been in the news, a lot, of late. “Few athletes have had more of an impact on a sport,”
What we inquired, have recent revelations of Wood’s sexual proclivities done to Woods’ reputation? “As a historian of California,” he responded, “I don’t think that’s my problem. I am appalled at the way the press continues to feed the aberrant and spurious interests of the public. There are dark secrets in the lives of everybody which ought to remain that way. It has nothing to do with his accomplishments.” Rolle’s objectivity in the face of scandal meant that O.J. Simpson got his due as an “outstanding” college football player in Rolle’s 1993 volume, “Los Angeles: From Pueblo to City of the Future,” after Simpson’s wife Nicole had been murdered. In truth, the shelves of California history are filled with the stories of people who made their reputations in one area while fighting off public scrutiny in another. Rolle has been around long enough to know.
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[ SELECT HOME SALES JANUARY 2010 ]
90026 Condominimums 1017 WATERLOO ST 2D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $575,000
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3247 DESCANSO DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 420,000
90026 Single Family Homes
By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columnist At the start of a new decade, it seems important to renew our own personal commitments to the environment and make at least one green New Year’s resolution. This year, I have decided to learn as much as I can from experts about how to live a more sustainable life, and I suspect that there are others in our community who would like to too. Starting in February, I will be organizing a series of monthly lectures, films and workshops on green issues at the new Silver Lake Library. The series, Sustainable Saturdays, will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., starting Feb. 6th, and will be free to the public. Watch this space or contact the library for more details.
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MICHELTORENA ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $711,500 N BENTON WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600,000 LEMOYNE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 550,000 W KENSINGTON RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 535,000 N CORONADO ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450,000 EDGECLIFFE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450,000 PARKMAN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 420,000 BELLEVUE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390,000 BELLEVUE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370,000 EDGECLIFFE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306,000 DOUGLAS ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295,000 MARION AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280,000 LEMOYNE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250,000
90027 Single Family Homes 4042 2226 5256 4601 4132
FARMOUTH DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,560,000 WAYNE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,350,000 LOS BONITOS WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,125,000 CLARISSA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 796,500 PROSPECT AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 460,000
90039 Condominimums 2714 AUBURN ST 201 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $540,000 2395 SILVER LAKE BLVD 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500,000 2929 WAVERLY DR 117 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285,000
90039 Single Family Homes 2251 2448 3411 3346 2647
HIDALGO AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $905,000 RIVERSIDE PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400,000 FERNCROFT RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360,000 CASITAS AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301,000 PIRTLE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200,000
90068 Condominimums 2225 N BEACHWOOD DR 205 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $399,000 6712 HILLPARK DR 408 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350,000 2700 CAHUENGA BLVD E 4202 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296,500
3480 BARHAM BLVD 314 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260,000
90068 Single Family Homes 5536 3353 6830 3176 3874 1950 6659 2008 6335
TUXEDO TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,497,000 BONNIE HILL DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,010,000 PACIFIC VIEW DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 895,000 LAKE HOLLYWOOD DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 860,000 BROADLAWN DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 850,000 N ST ANDREWS PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 845,000 LAKERIDGE RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 817,500 TAFT AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 740,000 GRAPE PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600,000
Sales are from the previous month. Source: Great American Real Estate Solutions
Keller Williams agents Karen Numme and Caroline “Pinky” Young will conduct a free homebuyer’s seminar Sat., Jan. 30th. The event is open to first time homebuyers as well as those re-entering the market. $10 for lunch. A panel of experts—including lenders, escrow, title and home inspectors— will be on hand to answer questions. Raffle prizes and lunch provided. 1660 Hillhurst Ave., 323600-1000.
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Los Feliz Ledger [senior moments]
The Land of Rocking Chairs By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist When the Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) first opened, the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks offered to purchase rocking chairs for our porch.
Itâ€™s amazing how our perspective can change when we see a different cultureâ€™s take on somethingâ€”a rocking chair in this case. The response from us â€œactive seniorsâ€? was immediate. We couldnâ€™t visualize a line-up of rocking chairs with people passively viewing the parking lot. The rocking chair idea died quietly. But after visiting Nicaragua recently, I am rethinking that notion.
Nicaragua is a country of many things, but one feature caught my attentionâ€”the rocking chair. Everywhere, in living rooms, restaurants, and hotels, the rocking chair symbolizes a relaxed
life style. They are placed around tables, in living room settings, in doorways, or on the porch. You can carry on engaging conversations or just watch or greet the world as it passes by your door. In addition, the â€œrattanâ€? back of the chair provides air circulation, as well as a comfortable back support. The sculptured
Griffith Park Adult Community Club Calendar Lunch and General Meeting, 12pm â€“ 3 pm Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Friendship Auditorium
wood from the forests of Nicaragua makes your chair a thing of beauty. Nicaragua, of course, is more than rocking chairs. Itâ€™s a land of volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tropical forests, lakes and beaches and apparently, rocking chairs. Itâ€™s amazing how our perspective can change when we
see a different cultureâ€™s take on somethingâ€”a rocking chair in this case. I no longer look at the rocking chair as a place for the elderly to bide their time. But instead, a seat to be taken to relax, enjoy conversation and a symbol that the American view is not the only view.
Los Angeles Breakfast Club Making Los Angeles a better place through community service and friendship.
Trips: Contact Doris Slater, (323) 667-1879 for information on new trips. Classes and Events: Contact Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) at (323) 644-5579 or stop by at 3203 Riverside Dr., in the parking lot of Friendship Auditorium south of Los Feliz Blvd. to get a schedule of classes and events. Silver Lake Recreation Center at 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr. (323) 644-3946 will also have classes. The Lunch Program: Lunch is served 5 days a week at the Center. $1.75 is the donation for those over 60 years. Daily lunch is served at 12 pm and you can come in for coffee and sign in at 11:30am. Club and Newsletter: For Information on the Griffith Park Adult Community Club and getting a newsletter, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors! â€Ż
Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
First-time visitors â€“ FREE (normally $6.00) Full buffet breakfast Songs â€“ Movement â€“ Interesting Speakers â€“ Music Jan. 6: Wildlife Habitat Steward â€“ Alan Pollack â€“ â€œHow to Attract Birds & Butterflies to Your Gardenâ€? Jan. 13: Cindy Abbott-Mayer â€“ â€œHollenbeck Palms â€“ Continuing Care Retirement Communityâ€? Jan. 20: Greater L.A. Zoo Assn. â€“ Stacey Hagreen â€“ â€œCalifornia Condors Recovery Projectâ€? Jan. 27: USC Professor â€“ Michael Orosz â€“ â€œProtecting the Homeland through Scientific Researchâ€?
Friendship Hall, 3201 Riverside Drive (1/4 mile south of Los Feliz Blvd.)
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January Plays Dish Up Nostalgia By Marilyn Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic It’s always a pleasant surprise to discover great acting in a small storefront theater. That’s why it was a pleasure to go to “That Perfect Moment” at the tiny Little Victory Theatre in Burbank, just over the hill from the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Hollywood neighborhoods. The play is a poignant comedy about four aging baby boomers in the San Fernando Valley. Disillusioned with their lives, the four long to recapture their youth when they were in a hot rock band called The Weeds. Mark Vanowen, an old hippie college professor who was the lead guitarist in the band, has invited his three friends to a reunion with the dream of reuniting the group. His plans start to unravel when he discovers that the drummer, a balding Skip Chandler, who has made a bundle in business, has also become a Republican. The band had broken up years earlier when Chandler gained control over the group’s original music, and he is unwilling to release the rights for a comeback. Time has taken its toll on the other band members. Gabriel Vesper now plays at a piano bar and Albert Teesdale, the other member of the band, is a long haired, new age chiropractor without an office who plies his skills at a picnic table in Van Nuys Park. Mark’s life is additionally complicated by his wife’s announcement that she is fed up with his counter-culture dreams and is leaving him. As the four middle-aged men grapple with their attempts to reconcile their dreams of the past with their present realities and problems, we see their foibles,
their strengths and their angers. The power of friendship is revealed through comedy which is both hilarious and bittersweet. “That Perfect Moment” will strike a chord with those who lived through the tumultuous decades of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The acting is superb, and the 90 minutes really take you back in time. The uptight businessman, Skip, portrayed by Bruce Katzman is a perfect foil to the old hippie Mark beautifully acted by Tait Ruppert. John Bingham as Albert and Guerin Barry as the gay and cynical Gabriel also give fine performances. Kelley Lester as Sarah, Mark’s long suffering wife also shines. Locally, those who attended Catholic schools will find “’Til Death Do Us Part, Late Nite Catechism” another way to escape back in time. The play, which has appeared around the countr , makes its Los Angeles debut and is performed at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church on Jan. 9th. The play is the third in a four-part franchise of touring one-woman shows that combines Catholic humor with audience interaction. Be sure to arrive on time and don’t speak out of turn, or Sister may haul you out of the audience and take you to task.
Arty Hollywood By Kathy A. McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer Hollywood Boulevard continues to evolve visually: new clubs, restaurants and the soon-to-open W Hollywood have upgraded the area’s once forlorn look. Bringing three dramatic art works to the corner of Hollywood and Argyle, the W Hollywood will have pieces from Los Angeles-based artists Christian Moeller, Pae White and Erwin Redl. “Wind Thing” was inspired by Pae White’s visit to a county fair. The colorful and reflective 75’ high kinetic sculpture consisting of metal forms suspended between buildings will move and shift independently. In the hotel’s plaza area, look for Christian Moeller’s “Pushing.” Made from anodized aluminum, the material is manipulated so that light and shadow create what appears to be a digital image. The image clarifies as you move away from it and is the most easily accessible artwork. Erwin Redl is creating “Wave” an architectural environment of 40,000 white
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Los Feliz Ledger [ JANUARY 2010 events calendar ] Edited by Oliver Gettell ART Artist’s Choice Exhibition With nearly 300 works of art, this show presented by the Pasadena Society of Artists will be the largest in the organization’s history. In addition to weekend exhibition hours (Sat., Jan. 9th, and Sun., Jan. 10th), the show will include a salon with the artists (Tues., Jan. 12th) and a closing awards reception (Sat., Jan. 16th). RSVP is requested for the art salon. Citibank of Silver Lake, Sat., Jan. 9th, noon to 5 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 10th, noon to 5 p.m.; Tues., Jan. 12th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2450 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. Information: (626) 389-0390 ext. 1; www. pasadenasocietyofartists.org Los Feliz Art Walk A dozen local galleries and studios display art of all kinds—painting, photography, sculpture, music and more—and welcome visitors for viewing, conversation and refreshments. The locations are all within walking distance of each other, and admission is free. Courtyard Studio and Arts (and nearby galleries), Fri., Jan. 8th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 667-1212; www.losfelizartwalk.org
BOOKS & READINGS Audrey Niffenegger: ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ The author of the best-seller The Time Traveler’s Wife will read from and sign her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. First printings of the new book will be available for purchase. Skylight Books, Thurs.,
Jan. 28th, 7:30 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 660-1175; www. skylightbooks.com Joe Sacco: ‘Footnotes in Gaza’ The award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco will discuss and sign his latest work, Footnotes in Gaza . The graphic novel is a historical and journalistic investigation of a forgotten crime in the Gaza Strip. Skylight Books, Tues., Jan. 19th, 7:30 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 660-1175; www.skylightbooks.com The Moth StorySlam The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, continues its monthly StorySlam at El Cid. Ten participants are selected out of a hat, and each tells a fiveminute story (no notes allowed) related to a particular theme. Judges from the audience then choose and announce a winner. This month’s theme is “neighborhoods.” El Cid, Tues., Jan. 19th, 7:30 p.m. (doors open and signups begin at 6 p.m.) 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. Information: (213) 446-9631; www.themoth.org Patti Smith: ‘Just Kids’ Punk-rock legend Patti Smith will sign and discuss her first book of narrative writing. Just Kids is a memoir of Smith’s enduring relationship with the famous photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; the two met in New York in 1967 and became lifelong friends. Skylight Books, Sat., Jan. 30th, 5 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 660-1175; www.skylightbooks.com
Tom Zimmerman: ‘Downtown in Detail’ Photographer and historian Tom Zimmerman kicks off this year’s Architecture and Beyond series. He will discuss his new book, Downtown in Detail, which explores the historic buildings of L.A.’s city center. Skylight Books will have copies of the book available for purchase and signing. Los Feliz Branch Library, Thurs., Jan. 14th, 6:45 p.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. Information: (323) 913-4710; www.lapl.org
DANCE ‘Winterbourne’ This dance performance celebrating the season of winter is limited to 40 seats per show in order to create a comfortable, intimate environment. Tickets are by donation and must be ordered in advance. Studio A Dance, Fri., Jan. 29th, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 2306 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. Information: (323) 661-8311; www.studioadance.com
FILM The Best of James Bond: Agent 007 The American Cinematheque presents a program of double features of the best classic James Bond movies: Dr. No and You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger and Thunderball, and Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. James Bond expert Steve Rubin will be on hand to introduce films Friday and Saturday. General admission to each double feature is $11. The Egyptian Theatre, Fri., Jan. 1st, Sat., Jan. 2nd, Sun., Jan. 3rd, 7:30 p.m. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Information: (323) 466-3456; www.americancinematheque.com
Native Women in Film Series: ‘Older Than America’ This series features Native American women who work in front of and behind the camera. Through screenings and discussions, the series examines portrayals of Native Americans in contemporary cinema. This month’s film, Older Than America , is directed by Georgina Lightning. The series is tied to the Autry’s upcoming exhibition Home Lands: How Women Made the West , opening in April. Screenings are free with museum admission ($9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $3 for children). Autry National Center of the American West, Sun., Jan. 24th, 2 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Information: (323) 667-2000; www.theautry.org
FOOD Blue Monday Wine Tastings Every Monday, Silverlake Wines serves three distinctly different wines along with a selection of cheese, olives and La Brea Bakery bread. Cost is $12 per person. Silverlake Wine, Mon., Jan. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. Information: (323) 662-9024; www.silverlakewine.com Friends Cook at Canelé Would-be chefs get a chance to man the stoves on Tuesday nights at Canelé. The restaurant staff works with amateur cooks to create, cook and serve unique three-course prix fixe menus. Diners may also order from the regular menu. Beer and wine are available. Canelé, Jan. 5th, 12th, 19th, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 3219 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village. Information: (323) 666-7133; www.canele-la.com
MUSIC The French Semester On the heels of their new EP, Forces Afield, the French Semester will play the Echo’s free Monday night residency this month. The Echo, Mon., Jan. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 8:30 p.m. 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Information: (213) 413-8200; www.attheecho.com Third Sunday Jam With the Western Music Association The Autry will host musicians and cowboy poets as they perform songs and stories of both the bygone Old West and the contemporary American West. The event is free with museum admission ($9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $3 for children). Autry National Center of the American West, Sun., Jan. 17th, noon to 3 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Information: (323) 667-2000; www.theautry.org
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A Look Ahead to 2010 By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge This is a great time to reflect on what the city of Los Angeles has accomplished recently and look ahead to the coming year. To see a map of the accomplishments in the 4th Council District during 2009, I hope you’ll visit my website: www.tomlabonge.com. The map is on the lower right side of the page. You should be aware that the Dept. of Water and Power’s River Supply Conduit project will mean temporary street closure of West Silver Lake Drive at Rowena Avenue for about five months beginning early next year. For more information about this important water quality project, visit: http://www.ladwp.com/
ladwp/cms/ladwp011501.jsp Even though the city is in a challenging financial situation right now, there are five great projects in your area that were funded—mostly through voter-approved bond measures—and will move forward in 2010. Here’s some information on each of them: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens Green Parking Lot. The city will plant trees and install a porous pavement and filtration system to capture storm water on this vast surface parking lot. New street light at Hillhurst and Finley. The Community Redevelopment Agency is funding this muchneeded traffic light, which will be installed by summer. Sunnynook River Park. We hope you’ll join us for the
fall groundbreaking for the Sunnynook River Park project. This five-acre greenway along the existing Los Angeles River bike path will serve as a rest area for pedestrians and cyclists. It will be landscaped with native vegetation and include picnic areas, benches, educational signage and art. Western Ave. Streetscape improvements. My office is working with Council President Eric Garcetti’s office and many community groups on plans for improving Western Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. Among the improvements will be trimming the ficus trees as well as tree and vine planting. North Atwater Park Expansion. We expect to break ground this fall on the North Atwater Park Expansion project. This project will provide approximately three acres of open space adjacent to the Los Angeles River. It will include a park and an enhanced greenway to complement ongoing creek restoration efforts. [eric garcetti]
Righting Our Own Economy By Eric Garcetti Los Angeles City Council President President Obama’s announcement that he plans to accelerate job-creation efforts was welcome news. Though the recent plunge in national unemployment statistics was heartening, big problems remain in some parts of the country. Here in Los Angeles, the unemployment rate is a staggering 13.9 percent –far above the national average of 10 percent. In the coming months, we must focus on creating jobs and putting people to work. Here are some of the initiatives on which I am working to help:
Give tax credits to businesses that create jobs. I have asked President Obama to expand targeted tax credits to harness the private sector and create more jobs in cities hit hardest by the economic downturn. Under my proposal, the same employment tax credits now available to businesses in Empowerment Zones would be expanded throughout any city with higher-than-average unemployment rates. The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development already administers both tax credits, so it would be it easier to quickly expand them to cover all eligible cities compared with building a new program from scratch. Cut and simplify the city’s business tax. I authored a motion that was passed unanimously to reconvene the Business Tax Advisory Committee (BTAC), which will review and recommend reforms to the city’s business tax program. A simpler and lower city business tax can help us attract businesses and jobs. The most recent BTAC was created in 1999 and met through 2004. The resulting tax reforms, which I coauthored, reduced the average business’s city tax significantly and are now providing $90 million in annual tax relief. Establish mandatory economic impact analyses. Another motion that I authored establishes mandatory economic impact analyses for city initiatives that could affect our regional economy. There is currently no established protocol for objectively reviewing the local legislations’ impact on our economy, such as the number and type of jobs created, the number of businesses retained, or the amount of private sector investment attracted. An analysis of legislation’s economic impact would be an invaluable tool in our legislative decisionmaking process, helping us decide how to allocate scarce resources so that they have the biggest positive impact on our local economy. The Chief
Legislative Analyst and City Administrative Officer are now reviewing best practices and developing a proposed process for conducting the economic impact analyses and for incorporating the information into the decision-making process. In addition, our city is already using federal economic recovery funds to drive job creation, both through existing programs and with new ones under development such as our Green Corps, which will train people for jobs that also will increase our energy efficiency. These additional policies will make a difference in providing economic stability, creating jobs and giving people hope for a better Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, we have all the right ingredients for recovery: great weather, a diverse and creative workforce, and committed and experienced group of entrepreneurs. Now it’s time to get back to work.
Former GGPNC Board Member Announces Candidacy for State Assembly Seat Former Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) president and secretary, Andrew Westall has announced his candidacy for the 43rd California Assembly District, recently vacated by Paul Krekorian, who will leave the office to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. The 43rd Assembly District includes the areas of Atwater Village, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Westall, 36, has had a career in public service. Currently, he is a senior deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr. He additionally served as Vice President (2003) and Secretary (2004) of the GGPNC.
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Los Feliz Ledger [being whole]
Upgrade Your Goals By Elma Mayer, Ledger Columnist As you create your intentions for the coming year, become aware of past uncompleted New Yearâ€™s resolutions. How many unfinished plans do you still carry in your energy field? Some long-forgot-
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A Visitor Stumbles in to The Vermont Gurdwara: By Roberta Morris Religion and Spirituality Columnist LOS FELIZâ€”At the corner of Findley and Vermont stands the lovely large white Gurdwara. Iâ€™m a neighbor and have wandered in myself, as one does in a place of worship, quiet and a bit shy. The hall is quiet and reverent. But when a friend, Bishop Robert Clement, wandered in on Thanksgiving Day this past year, he told the story of their enormous hospitality that deserves retelling. Clement had decided to tour the neighborhood and ventured up the stairs to the Gurdwara. â€œAn older man in white
and a purple turban took me around. He showed me where to take off my sandals, gave me the cloth to cover my head. All he said to me was â€˜I donâ€™t speak English.â€™ It was remarkable, a wonderful experience,â€? said the 85-year-old Clement. What the Sikh host did speak was the universal language of care for the stranger. Another manâ€”though a translatorâ€”Clement said, offered him something to eat. â€œI did the Anglo-Saxon thing and said â€˜thank youâ€™ but that I wasnâ€™t really hungry,â€? Clement said. â€œBut the young man insisted,â€? saying the food
was a â€œgift from God.â€? Clement then enjoyed a bowl of curry and beans, with bread and rice. A gurdwara is a Sikh house of worship. It is said to be the doorway into the guruâ€™s house. The temple in Los Feliz is typical in many ways. It is where a Sikh pursues disciplined, personal meditation on the name of God. As you enterâ€”to the leftâ€”is a room where you can take off your shoes and a head covering is provided. There is a sink where you can wash. A simple set of guidelines for how one is to behave in the
gurdwara is posted, and above the doorway the three principles of Sikhism are printed in three scripts. The English version: Meditate on Godâ€™s Name Earn an honest living Share and care It doesnâ€™t get much more simple, nor much more profound, than that. The bishop nodded. â€œI truly felt enriched by this. So unexpected, a very gentle blessing. What a lovely Thanksgiving Day,â€? he said. 1966 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 665-7707.
Library Donor Wall Unveiled LOS FELIZâ€”The Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library recently unveiled a donor wall, ten years in the making. The donations, in excess of $50,000, will go towards purchasing laptop computers, oversized books for the Childrenâ€™s Early Learning Collection, audio books and the ever popular, best sellers. Â The donors were: Dr. Fredric Alexander and Althea Alexander Marisa Antonini Foundation Roz and Peter Bonerz Marilyn Bush Luise Baur & Angela Stewart Denis Cagna & Carlos Medina Paul Cajero, Meg Huntington Cajero, Channa Cajero The Chew Family Florence & Wing Kim Dennis & Sharon Charlene Sue Kroll & Michael Desilets Palermo Restaurant Barbara Ferris & Arthur B. Rubinstein Thomas Ford & Hugh Farrington Keller Williams Realty Los Feliz Marcia Kraft Goin, MD Greek Theatre / Nederlander Concerts Don & Becky Hanson Yucaâ€™s Restaurants Brigid & Tom Labonge Chris Laib & Lon Wahlstrom Los Feliz Improvement Association Donna Matson Jay McNamara Tom & Melinda Peters Dave, Jennie, Gabe & Lilly Robles Mark Stong & Raymond Coty Valerie Vanaman Genna & Greg Yaitanes
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This Ordinace Has Been Blown into the Wind When I was researching gas blowers I came across this quote from author Kenneth Maue: â€œWhen harsh noise hits, instead of reaching out to greet the world with open ears, we shrink back into shells, or try to; in truth the ears canâ€™t shut, nor like the eyes turn away. Noise controls space like an occupying army, travels through walls, enters homes, molests bodies, violates privacy, stops thought, batters each of us into isolation.â€? It made me think thatâ€™s why we choose to live here, right? Thatâ€™s why we support local business, know our neighborsâ€™ names, enjoy an evening stroll, read the local rag, hike in the park, support our schools and (mostly) pick-up after our pets.
Why would we sit back and let something lessen our quality of life and harm our health and well-being especially when we have the law on our side? Itâ€™s kinda terrifying when you start researching the ill-effects of gas blowers. Seriously. That Particulate Matter they churn up and blow into the faces of your pets and children is full of animal feces, lead and ozone. They spew out pollution and noise and are uneconomic and incredibly harmful to the operators. We vote in the politicians who invariably follow their own self-aggrandizing agendas. When we see no change or benefits, we throw that guy out and vote for the other guy, and so on. Or we just donâ€™t vote anymore.
Well, the buck stops here with gas blowers. Itâ€™s up to us to rid our streets of these machines. Gas blowers have been illegal in the city of Los Angeles since 1998â€”letâ€™s work together to enforce the law by asking our gardners to use rakes. We just won protection of our wonderful park, People-Power is a most awesome force for good. Youâ€™ll see our sandwich boards around the streetsâ€”take a leaflet and reclaim the tranquility of our community and the future of our planet. And say hi to your neighbors. For more information visit: farmfeliz.org. Mark Staufer Avocado Street, Los Feliz
Stop Using â€œEastsideâ€? Terminology As a Los Angeles native, Silver Lake resident since 1991, and avid Los Feliz Ledger, reader I would like to join the chorus AGAINST Silver Lakers claiming the â€œEastsideâ€? distinction for themselves. Anyone with more than a provincial and insular view of the city and county of Los Angeles knows that the true Eastside is East Los Angeles: Boyle Heights, Belvedre, City Terrace, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, and countless other communities east of the Los Angeles river. It seems to me that many who call Silver Lake the â€œeastsideâ€? have only West Los Angeles as their frame of reference. True, if you ran away from high real estate values and traffic in Brentwood or Santa Monica, then Silver Lake and Los Feliz certainly do seem far
to the east. But anyone who has had a burrito at El Tepeyac, tacos at King Taco, attended a Day of the Dead art show at Self Help Graphics, ran a 10K at the Aztlan Invitational, purchased bulk chiles at El Mercado on 1st and Lorena, or recently ridden the brand new Gold Line East Side extension knows what Los Angelesâ€™ true East Side is. I would hope that in addition to dropping the â€œEastside Eyeâ€? name of the Ledgerâ€™s column, your wonderful newspaper might also help to promote the more accurate reference of Silver Lake and Los Angeles as being located in Central or North Central Los Angeles and certainly not in the east side. Carlos M. Jimenez Silver Lake
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