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Los Feliz Ledger


Vol 4. No. 1

Serving the Greater Los Feliz, Silver Lake & Hollywood Hills Area | Distribution 34,500

GGPNC Supports “Historic” Status of Park

Last Minute, Write In Candidate Unseats GGPNC President

By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) are throwing their support behind a bid to have Griffith Park designated as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. The council board voted June 17th to back a recent application filed by the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust, which seeks the designation to recognize the park’s “historic significance” and, according to the Trust, protect it from future development. “This would be a level of protection for the preservation of the park,” said Clare Darden, local representative for the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust, in a telephone interview. “It would make it harder for the city to come up with any built additions or significant changes to the park.” Darden added that any such proposal would have to go through a rigorous public hearing process and garner approval from the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission. “We’re trying to make sure Col. Griffith’s vision for the park is upheld,” she said. One advantage of such a designation is that a wider range of funding sources would be available for restorsee Park page 18

By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer

Photos by: (top, left to right) Debru Petrov, Stone Ishimaru and (bottom row) Colin Remas Brown SUMMER IN THE CITY—The summer season was already in full swing in June in Los Feliz and Silver Lake. First, with the 17th Annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair on June 8th on Vermont Avenue and with the 2nd Annual Kites Over Silver Lake Festival at Bellevue Recreation Center on Father’s Day, June 15th. The Street Festival (top) drew an estimated 15,000. One attendee remarked the event looked like a “casting call for a Fellini movie.” And in Silver Lake, pretty in pink Paulina, at the Kites Festival (left) and Diana Valeria Blanquet (right) paints children’s faces for the day.

LOS FELIZ—A newcomer to the local political scene unseated the longtime president of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) in the council’s elections June 21st, which saw a record voter turnout with 622 ballots cast. Los Feliz resident Mark Mauceri, 43, a write-in candidate who only filed to run three days before the election, pulled in an unexpected three votes more than GGPNC president Charley Mims, according to ballot recounts by the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. Mims had been the projected winner in the initial tabulation. City Clerk staffers later dropped 97 votes from Mims’ total. Only minor adjustments were made to other candidates’ totals during the recounts. “I’m satisfied they got it right the last time,” said see GGPNC page 6

Protests Continue at Local Car Wash By Heather Downie, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Protesters continue to picket the Vermont Hand Carwash at Vermont and Prospect avenues months after an

Vaulting Into The Record Books

Inkelis at the CIF State Championships.

Sarah Inkelis, 17, and a senior at John Marshall High School, won the City Championship in pole vault at the City Finals held at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys on May 22nd. Inkelis vaulted 9 feet 6 inches qualifying her to compete at the CIF State finals representing Los Angeles as one of the top 25 pole vaulters in

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California. Her vault was also a Marshall varsity pole vault record and a Northern League record both of which she had set just two weeks prior. Inkelis is the first Marshall female to earn a City Championship in Track and Field. She has a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the University of California Berkeley this fall.

investigative story in the Los Angeles Times revealed alleged employment health, safety and environmental violations. On a recent Saturday afternoon, two-dozen protestors carried white picket signs pacing back and forth across the business’s driveway. “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” they chanted. According to a non profit advocacy group called the Community-Labor-Environmental-Action-Network or CLEAN Carwash Campaign, Vermont Car Wash owners Benny and Nissan Pirian have illegally paid carwasheros below minimum wage, failed to provide adequate protective gear and threatened or fired workers who spoke out against the conditions to the media. One such fired employee is Jose Torres. “We won’t stop fighting until the managers treat their

Protesters picketing Vermont Car Wash.

workers with respect,” he said through a translator. Torres, who worked at the car wash for three years, claims he was paid roughly half of the minimum wage, which would

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amount to $35 to $40 for 10hour workdays. He also says he was fired by the Pirians in April for speaking to the media. The Pirians, who own and see Car Wash page 21

Los Feliz Ledger [ letter from the publisher ]

Three Years Later… This edition marks the third anniversary of the Los Feliz Ledger. If I look back at the front-page headline for that very first edition “Everyone Has Their Own Park Vision,” I see little has changed. Hopefully, the Ledger has provided a forum for the healthy exchange of ideas on many issues important to Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater Village. I want to personally thank a number of advertisers who have been with the Ledger from

the very beginning—Coldwell Banker’s Don Snyder (our very first advertiser) and Scott Smissen; Casita del Campo, Pilgrim School, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Coldwell Banker’s Andy Jelmert and Michael Locke; Pot-Ted, Scott Cain, Sotheby’s International Realty; Plant Systems, Red Lilly, Atwater Village Farmer’s Market, Indochine and Silverlake Optometry. These advertisers made this newspaper possible and I am grateful to them all. And thank you to the writers and columnists who each

month bring their insight, wit and passion for dogs, kids, architecture, seniors, religion (insert most anything here) to these pages. They make my job fun. I learn something new every single time I edit the paper and I hope you do too when you sit down to read it. I also want to welcome back Anthony Cook, our Star Gazing columnist from the Griffith Observatory. When I launched the paper, back in July 2005, the Observatory was the first place I called to see if an astronomer would contribute a monthly column. A kind astronomer named John Mosley—who has since retired—said “yes” and the Ledger was on its way.

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Gunpowder and Sky: What to Do This 4 of July By Karen Lefkowitz, Ledger Contributing Writer July 4th Fireworks Spectacular “A Ball at the Bowl” with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Celebrate the 4th by honoring America’s favorite pastime. This event combines the Los Angeles Philharmonic with brilliant pyrotechnics. Conductor Rob Fisher is at the helm with special guest, Randy Newman. The Dodgers also appear to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the team. July 2nd – 4th, 7:30 p.m. Hollywood Bowl 2301 North Highland Ave (323) 850-2000

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The 4th of July is about celebrating our country’s freedom and this event pays tribute to the men and women in uniform who made it possible. The program is loaded with musical performances. Proceeds from the event will go to The Bob Hope USO. This organization helps the troops and their families by offering free

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Construction Begins on New High School Set to open in 2011 By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer GLASSELL PARK—Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education member Yolie Flores Aguilar joined Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, former California Assembly member Jackie Goldberg, LAUSD Superintendent David L. Brewer and over 200 members of the community to break ground in June on Central Region High School #13. The school will serve 2,295 students on a traditional—September to June schedule—and is expected to open in the fall of 2011. Officials estimate the total cost of construction as $162 million. “The school will represent this neighborhood and a relief valve for Franklin,” in Highland Park, “Eagle Rock and Marshall high schools,” Brewer said. The site is the former industrial property known as Taylor Yard, located at San Fernando Rd. and Division St. that runs alongside the Los Angeles River and the railroad tracks. The groundbreaking occurred even as the district had yet to settle on a purchase price with Meruelo Maddux Partners, a developer whose purchase of the 23-acre site forced the district to acquire the property by eminent domain. The entanglement delayed the initial target completion date of the school for over a year.

[ POLICE BLOTTER JULY ] Burglary, May 22nd: 2400 block of Lanterman Terrace. Suspect smashed rear window, gained entry, ransacked location and took property.   

Aggravated Assaults: 4     Burglary Theft From Vehicle: 44 Burglary: 7 Robbery: 5    Attempt Burglary, May 9th: 2600 block of Lakeview Terrace. Suspect attempted to enter via rear window.  Alarm activated, suspect fled.    Aggravated Assault, May 9th: 2400 block of Silver Lake Blvd. Victim was in vehicle stopped at sign. Suspect stood up behind the bushes with handgun and fired shots at victim.  Victim not injured. Suspect fled.    Burglary, May 14th: 2200 Ronda Vista Dr. Suspect entered victim’s residence via rear door by breaking a door lock with hammer.  Suspect then fled with property.  

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Robbery, May 27th: At Rodney and Russell. Victim was walking on Russell.  Suspects approached and demanded property.  Victim complied and suspect fled in a vehicle with property.  Witness took down license plate and reported it to police. Officers observed the vehicle and gave chase. Suspects taken into custody.     Burglary, June 3rd: 2500 block of Nottingham. Suspects possibly forced open victim’s side kitchen window and gained entry and removed property.     Burglary, June 3rd: 2200 Rhonda Vista Dr. Suspects kicked in victim’s front door and gained entry. Suspects ransacked home and took property.                              

Herons Return By Catherine Billey Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—The great blue herons at the Silver Lake Reservoir, which had gone missing earlier this year, have been spotted again. According to Marty Adams, Director of Water Quality and Operations for the DWP, their return is more than likely due to the replenishment of water in the reservoir. Local resident Vince Brook, who takes regular walks at the reservoir and is co-president of the Silver Lake Improvement Association, said he spotted the birds on June 5th, the day after an announcement was made about their return at the general board meeting of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. “I saw two adult herons flying away, and I went to the nest and I heard what seemed like a whole bevy of young chicks,” said Brook. “And then I saw this little bird peeking its head out.”

Childrens Hospital Ranks 9th Nationally Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been named 9th among 143 best children’s hospitals and medical centers in the county, according to the June 9th edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine. “While we are pleased that we continue to be recognized as one of the top pediatric facilities in the United States in this survey, our priority will continue to be providing the very best medical and surgical care to the sickest, most seriously ill children, teaching the next generation of pediatricians... and conducting the research that will lead to new treatments and cures...,” said hospital president and CEO Richard D. Cordova. A list of the complete rankings is available at www.

Another King Student Hit By Car By Catherine Billey Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—A twelve-yearold Thomas Starr King Middle School girl was struck by a car at Fountain Ave. and Manzanita St. on June 9th, shortly after dismissal at 3:25 p.m. Police spokesperson Officer Sara Faden said the girl, whose name was not released because she is a minor, was not seriously injured. According to police, no fault was determined. The latest accident is the third near the middle school in the past three months. In each situation, a student either walked into traffic or jaywalked where there was no safety personnel, according to King principal Kristen Kaiser. An accident on April 15th involved two sixth grade girls who were hospitalized. The third incident occurred May 30th when a student walked into traffic on Myra Ave. and was struck by a car. COMMUNITY NEWS



Benefit Raises Awareness for Nonviolent Parenting Group the learning, questioning and By Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKE—Thanks to Dr. Cheryl Revkin, president of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce, I became aware of the important work being done by the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting (CNVEP). The Center’s mission is to “teach effective nonviolent child rearing, nurturing their development into adults who know the meaning of caring for themselves and others.� My wife, Donna Jean, and I had the pleasure of attending a benefit for the Center at Dan & Amy Finn Bernier’s awardwinning loft (2006 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award) in Chinatown on May 31st, attended by 175 wellwishers and patrons.

According to Andrea Brown, the Center’s Director of Development, the event raised over $35,000 and counting. “It was a joyous celebration, experiencing the support for the powerful work that CNVEP educators are doing in the community�, she said. For those that might not know the philosophy of the CNVEP, it is best described by CNVEP director Ruth Beaglehole: “We see hope in a time when we are concerned about the world our children will inherit. Every day I am encouraged as parents, teachers and professionals are able to nurture and guide deeply from the heart. I have a deep sense of inner joy as I experience

change for those who are doing the hardest job of all, raising people! What every human being yearns for is a deep, loving connection with their parents based upon unconditional acceptance, affection, appreciation, autonomy and attention.

Learning the philosophy and practice of nonviolent parenting gives us the framework to think about our actions as parents, and consider what our children really need to thrive as healthy human beings. Envisioning our children as adults gives clarity and insight into the relationship we need to have with our child to bring forth the character and qualities we hope for their future.�

Funds raised at the event will find good use for parenting classes for the residents of the Los Flores Apartments, a supportive affordable housing development in Los Angeles. CNVEP is located in Echo Park at 1226 N. Alvarado Street (at Reservoir), one block north of Sunset Boulevard, in the Echo Park United Methodist Church Building. Visit online or call (213) 484-6676.

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Mims, the founding president of the GGPNC who led the governing board for five of the council’s six years. “[The City Clerk’s office] had a short time period to get these elections done.” A clerical error was responsible for Mims’ higher initial vote tally, said Arleen Taylor, chief of the election division of the City Clerk’s office. City Clerk staffers logged an incorrect number when copying down the unofficial results, she said. They later found the mistake during the three ballot recounts staff members routinely perform to verify neighborhood council elections. “We recognize that on election night, it’s been a long day,” Taylor said of the error. Voters in the election picked candidates to fill 10 of the council’s 19 seats – two to

represent each of five geographic districts. Local stakeholders cast 504 ballots in person at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church and sent another 118 ballots by mail to the office of the City Clerk. Mauceri, who filed his candidate paperwork near the deadline on June 18th, said concerns over recreation-related issues in the community prompted him to run. “Why don’t we have a Little League program? Why don’t we have a playground outside of Griffith Park?” asked Mauceri, a media consultant and father of three children. “I thought there were areas that the council could be concentrating more energy on.” The only challenger to the two District E incumbents, Mims and board member Bruce Carroll, Mauceri won more votes as a write-in candidate than four candidates

on the ballot who won seats in other districts. Another newcomer who saw unexpected success on election day was Tomas O’Grady. The seven-year Los Feliz resident won a seat in District D by a landslide 417 votes—over 100 votes more than any other candidate received in the election. O’Grady’s platform focused on local concerns such as speed bumps and crosswalks, and proposed tree planting and cleanup events south of Los Feliz Boulevard. As treasurer of Friends of Franklin Elementary School, he said he is an involved parent at the school who has organized greening and recycling programs there. “We really focused on getting people to go out and vote,” said O’Grady, who added that he, his wife, Justine, and their three children split up to visit about 400 homes in the community in the weeks before the election. “A lot of people in the area were not aware that this election was happening,” he said. “Some hadn’t even heard of the neighborhood council.” The race for the second seat in District D resulted in a tie between incumbents Philip Gasteier and Thomas Wilson, but Wilson less than a week after the election announced he was dropping his bid for the spot. “My respect for Phil and his experience as a long term founding member of the GGsee GGPNC page 18

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New Member OK’d By SLNC Board By Catherine Billey Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE— Anthony Hill, a candidate for the open seat in Region 2 of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, was unanimously voted in by the board at their general meeting on June 4th. Region 2 is bisected by Rampart Boulevard in the southeast corner of the Silver Lake district. Hill said he wanted to become a member of the council because of the “renaissance” currently taking place in Silver Lake. Emphasizing the importance of community pride, he said he has ideas about bringing more trees, better street lights, more stop signs, and an increase in police patrols to Silver Lake as well as greater awareness of graffiti removal programs. “As the Neighborhood Council representatives, I think we need to do more footwork,” he said in his candidate statement. “If we can band together as one community, our city and our kids will be a symbol of what a community can be.” According to SLNC cochair Laura Dwan, Hill was appointed due to a vacancy in representation for Region 2, as no one ran for the seat in the last Sept. 2007 election.

SLNC Urges Formation of Neighborhood Watch Groups By Catherine Billey Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) is urging renters and homeowners to form neighborhood watch groups. At the general board meeting June 4th of the SLNC, cochair Rusty Millar encouraged community members to seek information from the police department about forming such groups. “It’s a great way for people to take back their neighborhood from activities that don’t need to be going on,” said Millar, citing vehicle breakins, home burglary operations and the dumping of stripped vehicles. Crime prevention groups usually meet monthly, he said, adding that police appreciate the involvement because it helps them do their job. “They’re swamped with work, but they’re always willing to help you and come to your meetings and talk to you about this and give the crime stats,” Millar said. To form a watch program on your street, north of Sunset Boulevard, call the Northeast Division front desk at (213) 4852563; if your street is south of Sunset Boulvevard, call the Rampart Division at (213) 485-4062.

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Health Resource for Holistic Health The Silverlake Health and Wellness Association

It’s time for our 2nd annual “Best Of” selections. We asked Ledger writers and columnists to provide their favorites for 2008. This is what they came up with… Automotive Repair Hi Tech Automotive 4000 Fountain Avenue (323) 661-2788 Koko Bakchajian and his father have been in the area 22 years and they fix all makes. Sometimes they seem to know more about your car than the salesperson at the dealer! The prices were reasonable and the service was punctual. I feel we’ve found such a good thing we shouldn’t tell anyone, but KABC Channel 7 takes their news fleet to them so the word might already be out.


Collectors from all over Southern California look forward to her Christmas show where they can view her most recent works and perhaps add a piece or two to their collections. Bagish also teaches group and individual classes in hand made ceramics and glazes, offering students an opportunity to study with a master artist.   She is a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists and is a founding member of the Silver Lake Art Collective.

Food and Drink Best Desserts Lamill Coffee 1636 Silver Lake Blvd. (323) 663-4441

Ivanhoe Books 1618 Silver Lake Blvd. (back room of Lawson-Fenning)

Whether it’s a liquid center lollipop, tea-infused chocolates or the ethereal passion fruit gelee, Lamill has elevated dessert to a new level.

New and vintage art, architecture, fashion and graphic design books.

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Ceramics Jules Pottery and Growling Fish Gallery 2731 Angus Street, Silver Lake (323) 666-3898 Bagish creates large and small ceramic works of art in her Juls Pottery and Growling Fish Gallery, tucked behind a grove of fig trees in Silver Lake.  Bagish, who learned her art in Japan, is known for her hand made glazes and beautiful works in stoneware and porcelain.

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Scoops 712 N. Heliotrope Dr. (323) 906-2649 Pazzo Gelato 3827 Sunset Blvd. (323) 662-1410 Scoops, home of the craziest flavors from foie gras to wine and Pazzo Gelato, whose flavors are a bit more restrained but make a richer and more finely-crafted gelato.

Combo of Conversation & Carne Asada Yuca’s On Hollywood 4666 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 661-0523

Their new location on Hollywood Boulevard stimulates discussion with “Food for Thought” the last Friday of each month.

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available. And when you’re done, take your little one walking with her new shoes over to Pazza Gelato next door for a treat.

Best Playground Silver Lake Recreational Center 1850 W. Silver Lake Drive (323) 644-3946 The catch all of places for all demographics—but the hot spot is the children’s playground where parents can freely let their kid wander. But what’s with the midget-sized gymnasium?

Pets Doggie Dining Home Restaurant 1760 Hillhurst Ave. One of Los Feliz’s favorite place to dine, Home boasts they are a “kid and pet friendly” restaurant. Be careful with Fido here, as Home’s patio resembles a treehouse.


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We think this might be the only kid or baby store in Los Feliz? And if so, it’s a pretty good one, having been awarded “Best Of” already by numerous media outlets. Now owner Ling Chan can add the Ledger to its list. For cool baby and kid attire, nursery furniture and furnishings, artwork and more.

7,500 square feet of an indoor dog park, doggie spa treatments (including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy), day care, 24/7 boarding and training. Website boasts a “five star” membership resort where certified staff will be at your dog’s “bark and call.”

Their organic margarita is both potent and (sort of) good for you; their tequila and mezcal selection is even better than their eclectic jukebox. Plus, we just really like Matt, the manager.

Beer Selection Cap’n Cork Liquor 1674 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 665-1260 Has the area’s best range of Belgian brews, microbrews and rare beers from around the world.

Pizza Delivery Tomato Pie 2457 Hyperion Ave. (323) 661-6474 Makes a traditional East Coast floppy pie with just the right balance of flavors and usually delivers quickly and with a smile, at the right price.

Wine Shop Silverlake Wine 2395 Glendale Blvd. Silver Lake (323) 662-9024 Not so long ago, a wasteland when it came to fine wine, our part of town now has a surfeit of wine shops and wine bars. Silverlake Wine , where both novice and expert will find what they’re seeking, ranks at the very top. In addition to a small staff with extensive wine experience,

Best Overall Dog Service Best Store for Older Kids Juvie 2395 Glendale Blvd., Unit C In the Rockaway Records Plaza, ½ block east of the Glendale Blvd. and Silver Lake Blvd. intersection. Kristin Taylor’s idea for Juvie is brilliant. When your babies are little, it’s all about dressing them in plaid shorts, button down collars and cute sundresses. But once they hit about 2nd or 3rd grade, your little darlings have outgrown cute babyshops. . . that’s when (for boys especially) they start wanting to wear t-shirts and gym shorts to school. Juvie fills the gap offering cool clothes for sizes 7 to 14.

Best Kid’s Shoe Store Wee Soles 3827 Sunset Blvd. (323) 667-0774 There’s something so sweet about shopping for shoes for your little one. And as kids get older, buying new sandals or sneakers can become a special event, especially at a store like Wee Soles. Booties, soft soles, first walkers, European—even “sparkly” shoes

Wagville 2400 North San Fernando Rd. $6 an hour day care with $50 a night for “sleepovers.” 14,000 square feet of playground equipment and open space for your dog to stretch her legs. And if the space isn’t large enough, they offer “field trips” to Huntington Dog Beach and Runyon Canyon. Fresh food, made on site— raw, cooked and organic.

Theater Fountain Theatre 5060 Fountain Ave. Los Feliz   (323) 663-1525   Since 1990, this little gem of a theater has been dedicated to producing Broadway caliber plays, many of them world or west coast premieres.  It is a creative home for multi-ethnic theater and dance artists and is considered one of the foremost venues for Flamenco dance in Los Angeles. The Fountain Theatre is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious L.A. Ovation Award.



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Thank You Mrs. Schultz from your 1 Grade Class of 2008 Franklin Avenue Elementary School st

You are special because you are a good teacher and a nice one too. — Lourden I love you and you are the best teacher. Don’t forget that I’m the only boy that starts with “M” in the class. — Miles You are my favorite teacher because you are nice. — Damien I wish you a happy life. I will miss you mostly because you are kind to everybody. — Scarlett You are a great teacher. — Jett You are special because you do a lot of things like reading and having fun. — Nicholas What I am going to miss most is you and I wish you could be my teacher again. — Sanae Thank you very much for teaching us, like math. Please remember that I always do nice things. — Aimee I will miss you because you are the best teacher I ever met. — Isabella I am going to miss you Mrs. Schultz. It was fun. I loved accelerated reader and I hope I get to do more next year. — Kanoa I will miss how you teach stuff, like math, reading and the ocean. — Hovsep I enjoyed the apparatus. — Steven Thank you for doing great stuff with us. . . like the recess games. — Anthony I’m going to miss you so much. You’re my best teacher ever. — Yasmin I learn with you a lot. It is so much fun. — Catherine I will miss you because you are a nice teacher. — Nick I love you and you are the best teacher. I will miss you. — Andrea I will miss you so much! I hope to see you again, soon. — Robert I really enjoyed doing the things that you do. My favorite is math. Have a great summer. — Izzy I will miss you most because of all the fun things we did together, like cooking with you and making projects with you. — Elizabeth I’m going to miss you because you are going to miss me! — Aleksi

“Web of Our World” Launched By Local Schools Student work from Ivanhoe, Mayberry and Micheltorena elementary schools is now posted at the Web of our World website demonstrating lessons and learning done this year by the children with the non profit program Full Circle. The purpose of the program was to help children use ecology in their neighborhoods to understand the concepts of interdependence, sustainability and diversity. “Full Circle has really made a big difference with our students and in the way they treat each other. Web of Our World has changed the way they look at their community. There’s a new sense of commitment and concern among the children. It’s wonderful to see,” said Mayberry Elementary principal Paula Bennett. To see the children’s work visit:

Franklin Avenue Elementary Vandalized LOS FELIZ—Franklin Avenue Elementary school, at the corner of Commonwealth and Franklin avenues was vandalized in the early morning hours June 15th, according to school principal Veronica Sasso. According to Sasso, the school has been vandalized “several times” during the past few months. If you have any information that would be helpful to the investigation, contact the Los Angeles Unified School District School Police at (213) 625-6631.

Local Schools Protest Budget Cuts

Local public school teachers participated in a district wide walkout protest, June 6th, to demonstrate their displeasure at $4.8 billion in state of California education budget cuts. Jumie Sugahara, principal at Ivanhoe Elementary, said that the school’s budget will be cut in half next year. Here, Thomas Starr King teachers (L to R) Ryan McDonnell, Mary May Suico and Michelle Goldberg voice their opposition.

Library Announces Summer Reading Clubs For Children The Los Angeles Public Library has launched its summer reading clubs for 2008. “Reading Magic” is designed for children ages 4 to 12 and the “Passport to Reading” program for teens, ages 13 to 19. The clubs are free and offered throughout the summer at downtown’s Central Library and at 71 branch libraries throughout Los Angeles, including Los Feliz’s local branch.

The “Reading Magic” club will feature storytimes, magic tricks, puppet shows, crafts and games. The program for teens will encourage reading about other cultures and their traditions. All students can sign up at any Los Angeles Public Library or on line: kidspath/events/rc_signup (for younger children) and www. for teens.

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By Elizabeth Inkelis, 9th grader

Fifth graders Ruben Murillo and Joshua Gomez (left to right) received an honorable mention.

An elementary science fair for grades 4th and 5th was launched by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Local District 4 in April at downtown’s John Leichty Middle School. Micheltorena was one of nine schools to participate, submitting entries in two of 13 categories. In all, there were 107 projects created by 229 young scientists. Three 4th grade students, Cystal Valle, Stephan Guardado and Selene Rios—who had been involved in an “L.A.’s Best� science fair at Micheltorena—combined forces to experiment with “Growing Microbes.� Their project took second place in the Microbiology category. Fifth graders Joshua Gomez and Ruben Murillo received an honorable mention in the Engineering category with their project titled “Heat Control: A Major Part of Electric and Electronic Design.� The two-day event culminated with a high-spirited awards ceremony where winners were presented ribbons and medals by Mr. Byron Maltez, administrator of instruction for Local District 4.







Elizabeth, an Immaculate Heart student, collected school supplies, clothes and books to take to children in South Africa.

During spring break, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to volunteer in a township and to deliver supplies to a nursery school that I had fallen in love with on a previous trip. I traveled this time as part of the Global Buddies program at UCLA. With the help of a teacher, I collected school supplies, clothes, books and toys for the children that were donated by the students at Immaculate Heart Middle School. Just seeing the look of astonishment of the principal’s face and seeing how excited the kids were to receive the supplies made me feel good that I had helped to make their lives better.

I spent the rest of my vacation with other teens from the township. Together we planted a community garden, cleaned up a playground, delivered toys to an orphanage, learned about each other’s communities and most importantly, we became great friends; singing, laughing and enjoying our time together. Seeing what little they had, made me realize that we don’t need so much, and that life is amazing with the simplest of things. I want to return next summer and hope to continue helping make a positive impact on the world. Traveling to South Africa was the experience of a lifetime!



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Our Own Top Chef Marshall High School’s Christina Tarankow has won $30,000 in scholarships during the 14th Annual Careers through the Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Los Angeles Cooking Competition for Scholarship held June 2nd. A total of 28 public school aspiring chefs competed for the awards and were judged by a panel of top chefs from the area. The contestants prepared—from memory—a two course French menu of Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes de Terre Chateau (Hunter’s Chicken with Turned, Sauteed Potatoes) and Crepes Sucrees with

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Energize Your Water By Elma Mayer, Ledger Columnist Ivanhoe Reservoir once mirrored trees and sky, but now it reflects the dire condition of our planet’s water. Everywhere, water is endangered by human activity—and individual inactivity. But today’s emerging water emergency gives us the opportunity to evolve our relationship with water, beyond conservation, beyond conventional wisdom. Rather than react to each water problem as an isolated issue—drought, flooding, melting icecaps, warming seas, bacteria at the beach, mercury in seafood—we can connect the dots and see that our entire relationship with water needs to get real now. We all know what needs doing on the physical plane. Don’t waste water, don’t pollute. But there’s much more we can do on the energetic level. Energy affects matter, and nowhere is this more ob-

vious than with water. Water can be imprinted by thoughts, according to researcher Masaru Emoto. Here’s how: when you drink water, shower, or flush the toilet, give the water thoughts of love and gratitude. At the beach, send healing out to the ocean water, as far as you can in all directions. This is a great meditative technique that expands consciousness. Even if you don’t believe it, just pretend. Energy goes where attention flows—it’s having an effect. Send love and gratitude to the water in your body, all the way down to your cells. If you feel happier and more energized, and if your plumbing works better, it’s not your imagination, no matter how wacky it sounds.

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The Making of the “Millenial Wussies” By Kristen Taylor, Ledger Columnist Attending my recent 20th college reunion gave me the opportunity to think about the generational differences between my years in college as a Gen-Xer compared to today’s “Millenials” born between 1980 and 2000. The Millenials are the kids of the “helicopter parents,” who grew up with their parents calling them several times a day and otherwise micromanaging their schedules, schoolwork and social lives. Their parents have been known to accompany them to college interviews, and worse,

job interviews. Some large companies even hold special orientation sessions for the parents of new hires. This parenting style must have rubbed off on today’s college’s administrators. The presumed ability of 20-yearolds to take care of themselves at my alma mater had all but disappeared. I noticed an increased security presence on campus that seemed more about checking up on students than protecting them. There were signs advising kids that during finals week a guy named “Chad” would be

available most hours if they were having computer problems. And there was linen service in the dormitories. Does doing your own laundry really get in the way of earning good grades? There’s parental involvement, there’s institutional oversight, and then there’s coddling. As an often denigrated Gen-X Slacker, I’m a little worried that my kids will grow up to be known as the Millenial Wussies. My kids won’t ever need my help with tech support, but I think they’ll start doing their own laundry next week. Kristen Taylor lives in Silver Lake with her family and owns Juvie, a store for older boys and girls. Her e-mail address is

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New FHA Conforming Loan Limits For 2008 One Unit: $729,750 Three Unit: $1,129,250 Two Unit: $934,200 Four Unit: $1,403,400 Grippy–a gray horned owl held by zookeeper Jennifer Gruenwald–is the center of attention for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) President Connie Morgan (left), Beastly Ball Chairman Kimberly Marteau Emerson (third from left) and Los Angeles Zoo Director John Lewis at GLAZA’s fund-raiser for the Zoo.

GRIFFITH PARK—The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) raised over $1.2 million at the 38th Annual Beastly Ball on Sat., June 14th. Close to 1,000 guests attended the event, which celebrated the California Condor Recovery Project and the zoo’s role in saving the California condor from the brink of extinction. “The Beastly Ball, always one of Los Angeles’ most unique philanthropic events, grows in attendance and financial success each year,” said GLAZA president Connie Morgan.  “The money we raise contributes to GLAZA’s support for Los Angeles Zoo exhibits, conservation and much more.”   The world population of California condors, once as low as 22 in 1982, has climbed to more than 300, with half of those birds living in the

wild. Since the 1980s, the Los Angeles Zoo has been a partner in this program, whose primary focus is the captive breeding and reintroduction of California condors to the wild, with the aim of establishing a self-sustaining wild population. To date, a total of 126 California condor chicks have hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo. “We are exceedingly grateful for GLAZA’s invaluable support, especially at the annual Beastly Ball, which contributes so much toward our ability to provide the people of Los Angeles with one of the nation’s great zoos, state-of-the-art animal habitats, and wonderful conservation programs such as the California Condor Recovery Program,” said zoo director John Lewis.

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Chronicler of LA’s Lynchings By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Columnist

Silver Lake resident, artist and photographer Ken Gonzales-Day was doing research for a portraiture of Latino life in California from 1850-1935, when he came across a photograph of a Latino man with the words “last man hanged in Los Angeles” written on the back. His curiosity was piqued. “I kept looking at the portrait and trying to figure out Page 12

who this person was,” he said. The photo motivated GonzalesDay to compile a comprehensive list of lynchings, public executions—usually by hanging, without due process of law, in California. When he checked the NAACP’s records, GonzalesDay discovered that, of the 50 recorded cases in Los Angeles County, all but two lynching victims were “white.” A number of their surnames, however, appeared to be of Asian or Latin-American origin. “I began to suspect,” he said, “that maybe something was missing from the initial histories.” So intrigued, ten months into his Latino life project, he changed directions. The resulting book, Lynching in

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body of the victim. For the second project, “Hang Trees,” Gonzales-Day photographed lynching trees as they look today using a Deardorff 8x10 camera (think old-fashioned wooden box with bellows). Gonzales-Day spent six years scouring historical records and looking for clues, traveling to nearly every county in California. “Some of the data was lost,” he said, “but I’d take the data that I had—it might say there was a lynching 200 feet

from City Hall—and try to find [the tree].” “Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—through Sept. 1st—features an installation from Gonzales-Day’s “Erased Lynching” series. Download a free walking tour of lynching sites in Downtown Los Angeles at Gonzales-Day’s website, (Click on Projects, Erased Lynching, then Lynching Walking Tour.)

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How Green is Your House? By Richard Stanley, Ledger Columnist Once we lived in a world of unlimited bounty and opportunity. Now we know better. To maintain a high standard of living, our goal must be to make “green” choices to conserve resources at home, for example: No “McMansions”—The average new house in the 1950s was about half the size of today’s. The present trend of constructing “McMansions,” the Hummers of housing, is shamefully gluttonous. Does anyone really need, for example, a 5,600 square foot house in a neighborhood where the surrounding houses are about half that size? Recently, the Los Angeles City Council passed an anti-mansionization ordinance both to limit over-scale infill housing and to preserve the present scale of neighborhoods such as Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Southern Exposure—Orient the house toward a southern exposure and build broad, over-hanging eaves. The eaves will shield the house from the summer heat when the sun is high overhead, while allowing the sun to heat the house when the winter sun is low on the horizon. Recycled Materials—Innovative architects are using recycled materials in construction. These materials range

from used shipping containers to recycled wood and wood certified as produced according to Forest Stewardship Council standards. Products with Low VOC Rating—Paints and coatings are available to reduce the release of chemicals harmful to the atmosphere and your health—look for products with a low-VOC (volatile organic compound) rating. Insulation is a great future energy-saver, however, some insulation and other building materials off-gas formaldehyde and other harmful gases.

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Many area homes have potential for greatness! As beautiful as their early design are, things are different today. Technological advancements, energy efficiency and lifestyles have progressed tremendously. To bring your home’s 21st century potential forward, I strive to find the balance between possibilities and actualities. It is possible to have a modern, efficient home without compromising the original character.

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pect most of the fading effects of sunlight will be eliminated. The film also protects the glass from shattering dangerously. What I didn’t expect was that those warming winter rays were reduced, too. Now, when I switch on the heat earlier on winter evenings, I muse: “There’s always a compromise”—even with the best of intentions.


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Los Feliz Ledger [ angles on architecture ]

Silver Lake’s Auburn 7

Seeing the Lake, Through the Trees By Karen Numme And Laura Massino Smith Ledger Columnists SILVER LAKE—Ana Henton and Gregory Williams of MASS, a local Silver Lake architecture firm, are helping to define contemporary Los Angeles architecture. Their offic-

Architecture, was licensed in 1992 and then earned an M.A. in Architecture from UCLA in 2000. The American Institute of Architects voted MASS as

A rendering of MASS’s Auburn 7 in soon to be completed in Silver Lake.

es are located directly across the street from the original offices of architects Richard and Dion Neutra on Glendale Blvd. Henton received her M.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and worked with many firms including Frank Gehry Partners. She started her own practice in 2003 and in 2005, she co-founded with Gregory Williams, MASS Architecture & Design. Williams graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in

one of six emerging firms in Los Angeles in 2006. Henton and Williams’ Silver Lake single-family residence project was included on the 2006 LA Moderism Home tour along with homes by modern masters Schindler, Neutra and Lautner. Next up for MASS is their Auburn 7 project. Located at the corner of Waverly Dr. and Auburn St., seven contemporary single-family hillside residences are soon to be completed.

“During our meetings with the clients there was a day of discussions on views,” said Henton. “One of the group members lamented that there were no views of the lake while the other contended that the view of trees and hills was better. And then someone (erroneously) said, ‘You can’t see the lake from the trees’. We all laughed a bit and I thought about what a pretty image that is; it seemed poetic. In our design of the façade we knew we wanted to have some variety.” Economics, site and scale

precluded the shape and floor plan of the units from varying, so, Henton said, they focused, instead, on the design and placement of windows. The finished project will have two systems: The Lake (horizontal, silver metal sliders) and the Forest (bronze vertical mullions with case-

ment windows). “These systems are combined differently in each unit, inspired by the idea of looking through a grove of trees trying to see glimpses of the lake,” said Henton. For more information please go to


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If Walls Could Talk By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist From the curb, 5100 Ambrose Ave. lives up to its “storybook English Tudor” label. But Ron Burch and Catherine Daly, who purchased the 1926-era home in 2007, discovered so many unsympathetic alterations that it might have been labeled “fixer English Tudor.” Instead of guessing, the couple began researching. With the name of the second owner located in title records, they searched the Los Angeles Times Internet database and found a woman’s 1940 wedding announcement with a reference to the house. Then plugging her name into an Internet search engine, tracked her to Pasadena and last month, Louise Dougherty returned to 5100 Ambrose for the first time in 70 years. Alighting from a car, she spotted the stairs of her longago neighbor, simply known as “Mr. Cummings.” Cummings, she remembered, was idiosyncratic, but he, it seemed, had fallen—back then—for Dougherty’s still readily apparent charms and gave her permission to set off firecrackers on the Fourth of July from his lawn. Dougherty pointed to 5112 Ambrose Ave. where crooner Larry Gray lived with his famJuly 2008

5100 Ambrose Ave. new owners Ron Burch and Catherine Daly with Louise Dougherty who lived there 70 years ago.

ily. And she found the bedroom where she watched Griffith Observatory being built. Vermont Avenue’s Security First National Bank held her savings, put aside from her one dollar a week allowance…Bullock’s Wilshire tearoom for lunch… the Hunley Theater on Hollywood Blvd. for Saturday matinees. It all came back to her. “I had a wonderful childhood,” she said. Then it was time to discuss the home’s original details. No alterations were more intriguing to the new owners, Burch and Daly, than the living room’s. It was impossible to see the room’s beams and its twostory pitch because the second level had been replaced by a conventional ten-foot high ceiling. They knew the room had once been open and grand because the remnants remained, now reduced to a warren of storage spaces and bookcases. see City Sleuth page 19


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Los Feliz Ledger [ senior moments ]

Technology: Helping Seniors “Age in Place” By Stephanie Vendig, Senior Columnist The American population 65 and older is increasing dramatically—87 million by mid-century according to the U.S. Census. With the growth of this group come new questions and needs. But none as important—and often emotionally difficult—as helping the senior maintain independence as long as possible. Group settings such as retirement communities, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities have flourished but may not be able to keep up with the demand. Staying in one’s home or “Aging in place” is preferred by most, even though there may be a need for assistance. Although at least 80% of the caregivers are family members, here, too, is a growth industry providing caregivers, but the supply of trained caregivers is inconsistent, and the cost can be a barrier. But because of advances in technology, that task may be easier now than ever. Products that deal with modifications in the home or devices for the individual to facilitate independent living are increasing. Now, high-tech

in homes, allowing individuals to live on their own more safely. Sensors attached to the wall can register movement when the senior gets out of bed, whether or not

products are the latest for filling in those gaps in assistance. Described in a New York Times article (May 25, 2008), high-tech monitoring devices may become common

medications are taken, or if there are unusual deviations from routines indicating an accident or illness. A computer in another location, such as in the grown children’s homes could be monitoring these signals. There are devices to track blood pressure, weight, or respiration, and buttons to

push to ask for assistance. Some people may be concerned about privacy with the in-home monitoring, but there are no cameras. Electronic gadgetry for this purpose is still mainly in the development stages, but there is investment in research coming from government and private sources.

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Contact Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) at (323) 644-5579 or stop by 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. Call for summer program. The Lunch Program: Lunch is served 5 days of week at the Center. $1.75 is a donation for those over 60 years. Daily lunch is served at 12 p.m.

For Information on the Griffith Park Adult Community Club and to receive a newsletter, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!

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Studio Potter: Julie Hunter Bagish— Eileen Galino Directs “Trailerville” at Silver Lake’s Moving Arts Theater A Silver Lake Original By Marilyn Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist Clay just grabs me,” said Julie Hunter Bagish. The ceramist is an art potter, teacher and student of chado—“the way of tea” who found inspiration and her avocation in Japan. I first met her during a Silver Lake Art Collective studio tour where visitors followed her art tile-decorated driveway back to her open-air studio and small gallery. Bagish was one of the founders of the collective that has hosted an annual studio open house tour for the past eight years. This December, she will celebrate her 25th studio preholiday open house. “Feel free to come and visit and enjoy ceramics in your daily life,” said Bagish pointing to ceramics’ key role in America’s cultural heritage. While living in Japan, Bagish first started to look at

objects with an artist’s eye and developed a sensitivity to nature and the seasons that continues to guide her work. For decades, she has practiced the way of tea—she feels there’s a strong connection between the ancient Japanese tradition and her work. Chado is a truly complex discipline, she said, one that incorporates the most exquisite Japanese arts and crafts and exemplifies the culture’s ideal etiquette and taste. Bagish became intrigued with the way of tea because all elements are handmade—from the tatami mats of a tearoom; to the ceramics; to the fabrics. “Everything is made by an artist and selected for that moment,” she said. At the heart of the ceremony is the Zen Buddhist principle that enlightenment can be achieved even in the most mundane task such


as making a perfect cup of tea. Bagish teaches small studio art classes in her leafy backyard dotted with cactus and fruit trees. In addition to museums and galleries, her work now adds color to a most mundane location. It’s one of the vibrant art (trash) cans now decorating Silver Lake. Her art can be found in front of Ralph’s—Bagish’ signature fish tile are a cheerful reminder of the natural world. For more on Julie Bagish and her art works, visit: [ Eastside Eye picks ] Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner, on view in Los Angeles from July 13 through October 12, 2008 at the Hammer Museum, Westwood. Architectural drawings, models and movies demonstrate architect John Lautner’s important contribution to SoCal art and design. One of Lautner’s most famous homes, Silvertop, is easily seen from Silver Lake Drive. The Los Angeles River. Curated by Metro Gallery’s co-owner Juan Garcia, artists Martin Cox, Oscar Alcaraz, Angelica Esquivias, David Jonason, Mary Austin Klein, Georgia Love and Ann Mitchell present work inspired by the river. Bridge Gallery on City Hall’s third floor, 201 N. Main St. through July 11th.

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Stage, film gest challenge is making the and television scenes flow with the limitations of actress Eispace in a small theater.” leen Galindo That tiny space is The doesn’t shy Moving Arts Theatre on Hyperion Avenue that has been away from big projects. The actress, who lives in Atwater transformed into a trailer park Village, is directing her first and a diner. play, “Trailerville,” which will I saw the play early in be staged here and in New its run and was touched by York City.   its poignancy. While deal“This is a huge project,” ing with the impact religion she said at a recent interview had on life in the rural South in the ‘70s, the play neither in a coffee house in Los Feliz.     “Trailerville,” is set in preaches nor condemns the a mythical Southern town characters’ search for meaning in their lives. sometime in the 1970s.   “It’s post Vietnam war, “Trailerville,” produced post Watergate, and reflects by From the Ground Up what’s going on with the retheatre Company, through cession that followed those July 27th at Moving Arts events,” Galindo said.  “The Theater, 1822 Hyperion characters are seeking to come Avenue, Silver Lake. to terms with their lives and Friday and Saturdays, 8 are trying to find their own p.m.  Sun., July 27th, 2 brand of spirituality.” p.m. matinee. Tickets are The play’s concept was $12 advance sale; $15 at the conceived in a writers’ group door. Reservations: attended by Galindo and the (323) 572-5044. playwright, Hannah Logan. Logan had published a series of short stories about people living in a trailer park in the South, which Galindo thought would resonate as a theatrical piece.      “We have a great cast including graduates from Julliard and other prestigious acting schools,” Atwater’s Eileen Galindo will direct her first play, said Galindo. “The big- “Trailerville” at Silver Lake’s Moving Arts Theater.


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Los Feliz Ledger [ JULY 2008 events calendar ] Edited by Debru Petrov Art Black Maria Gallery Brooks Salzwedel Through July 26th 3137 Glendale Blvd, 323-660-9393 “Look at Me look at You,” solo exhibition by Katherine Wilson. Through July 26th Black Maria Gallery 3137 Glendale Blvd, 323-660-9393    “We Are All Well and Fine,” solo exhibition by Mariah Anne Johnson. Through July 9th LittleBird Gallery 3195 Glendale Blvd, 323-662-1092   Michael Sherman Artist Reception, July 12th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Little Bird Gallery July 12th through Aug. 5th  “Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art,” July 1st through Sept 14th Los Angeles Central Library Getty Gallery 630 W. 5th St., 213-228-7000   “LA River Paintings and Photographs” Through July 11th, Free admission Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery, 201 N. Main St. 3rd Fl 323-644-6269   “All the Saints of the City of the Angels,” solo exhibition by J. Micheal Walker, thru Sept. 7th. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way 323.667-2000 “Cowboys and Presidents” explores the intersection of the American cowboy culture with presidencies from Theodore Roosevelt to the current George W. Bush Administration. Through Sept. 7th. 4700 Western Heritage Way 323-667-2000

Books Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale July 19th, 10:00 a.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd, 323-664-1353 Edendale Library Used Book Sale July 2nd, 9th 2:00 p.m. 2011 W. Sunset Blvd. 213-207-3007

Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesdays, 7:00 am-9:00 am Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr., Public welcome. Atwater Village Library Scrabble Club July 26th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd, 323-664-1353   Atwater Village Library Book Club July 8th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd, 323-664-1353 Atwater Village Library Summer Reading Club July 1st & 15th, 3:30 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd, 323-664-1353 Echo Park Library Crochet & Knitting Club Beginners welcome. July 5th, 11:00 a.m. 1410 W. Temple St. 213-250-7808 Los Feliz Library Book Club July 5th, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave, 323-913-4710   Los Feliz Library Scrabble Club July 12th, 1:00 p.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave, 323-913-4710 Los Feliz Library Quilt Club July 19th, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave, 323-913-4710

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Dance Summer Dance Party Series Yari More, July 3rd Susie Hansen Latin Band, July 10th Francisco Aguabella and his Latin Jazz Ensemble, July 17th Lucky 7, July 24th Perico Hernandez y Son de la Tierra, July 31st, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way (323) 667-2000 “Dance Downtown” Summer Season July 11th, Bollywood/Bhangra, July 25th, Samba, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Beginner dance lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. Free admission Music Center 135 N. Grand Ave. (213) 972-7211

Films “Dinner and A Movie” nights starring Gene Autry: Guns and Guitars (1936), July 8th; Rovin’ Tumbleweeds (1939), July 15th; Gaucho Serenade (1940), July 22nd; Barbed Wire (1952), July 29th. 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way 323.667-2000 Lawrence of Arabia (1962), July 26th, 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. American Graffitti (1973), July 30th, 7:30 p.m. Alex Theatre 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets:818.243-2539

Carmina Burana, July 8th Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, July 9th Fantastique Berlioz, July 10th Chris Isaak, July 11,12th Bizet’s Carmen, July 13th Mendelssohn, July 15th Swing Night, July 16th Tchaikovsky with Fireworks, July 17th Julie Andrews, July 18,19th Feist, July 20th Mozart under the Stars, July 22, 24th Chris Botti, July 23rd Diana Ross, July 25,26th Gnarls Barkley, July 27th Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, July 29th Gerald and Hank, July 30th Andre Watts, July 31st Hollywood Bowl 2301 N. Highland Ave.

Lectures & Learning Free Computer Classes for Seniors Come learn how to navigate through the Internet. July 15th, 3:00 p.m. Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710 Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk

Astronomers look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur astronomers. July 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800 or

Saturday Night Jazz Concerts At Glendale Hilton

Theatre Shakespeare in Barnsdall Park Series: Dr. Faustus, July 24, 25, 26th Henry IV Part 1 & 2, July 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 18, 31st Twelfth Night, July 10, 11, 19, 20, 27 Romeo & Juliet, July 11-13th Free Admission Barnsdall Gallery Theatre 4800 Hollywood Blvd. 323.857-6000 or 323.836-0288 “Trailerville” Directed by Atwater Village’s Eileen Galindo Through July 27th. Friday and Saturday shows, 8:00 p.m Moving Arts Theatre 1822 Hyperion Ave. Tickets: (323) 572-5044  

Tom Rizzo/Mark Stevens Quartet

The Glendale Hilton is offering Jazz Night in its hotel lobby bar Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Performing each weekend is the Tom Rizzo/Mark Stevens Quartet. For information and to make a reservation, contact the Hilton Glendale Restaurant at (818) 551-4005. 100 West Glenoaks Blvd. Parking with validation.

Food 40th Annual Southern California Indian Center Pow Wow Native American foods, arts and crafts for the entire family. July 25th thru 27th Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way 323.667-2000

Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council July 15th, 7:00 p.m. Los Feliz Community Police Center, 1965 Hillhurst Ave., 2nd floor Silver Lake Neighborhood Council July 2nd, 7:00 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Street Elementary School

Music Music At The Zoo July 8th, Latin and Jazz Night July 22nd, World Music Night 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive Tickets: 323.644-6042 or The Greek Theatre Summer Concerts Live, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, July 13th Hippiefest 2008, July 16th 70’s Soul Jam, July 19th Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys, July 25th LA Jazz & Music Festival, July 26th Dwight Yoakam with special guests, July 27th James Taylor, July 29, 30th John Mellencamp, July 31st

April 12 through September 7 What is it about cowboys that evokes such diverse emotion and imagery? The intersection of cowboy culture and presidential politics is explored in the Autry’s new exhibition Cowboys and Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt helped redefine the cowboy’s character and carried both sides of the cowboy image into the White House, where it has remained for more than a century. Groups of 10 or more save over 25%! Tour group leader and bus driver get in free! For more group tour information and a free brochure, call 323.667.2000, ext. 336, or visit

The Greek Theatre 2700 N. Vermont Ave. Hollywood Bowl Summer Concerts July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, July 2,3,4th, 7:30 p.m. Bugs Bunny on Broadway, July 5th Stevie Wonder, July 7th

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Los Feliz Ledger [ a dog’s life ]

Vaccines: Too Many? By Jennifer Clark Ledger Columnist Va c c i n e s have undoubtedly saved dogs’ lives. But some dog owners are concerned that over-vaccination has been linked to an overactive immune system in canines. Rabies is currently the only dog vaccine mandated by law. Other vaccines can be given every three years instead of every year in order not to overwhelm the animal’s immune system. With children, if parents are concerned about heavy doses of vaccines, they can chose to spread out the vaccines over time. With dogs, this is challenging as most drug distributors lump multiple vaccines together in one super cocktail. In the rare cases when vaccines are sold separately, they can be quite costly. Which leaves only two choices: give the dog the heavy does of vaccines or don’t give them at all. Perhaps what is needed is a bit more moderation. If you’re not planning on taking your dog to dog parks or hiking in Griffith Park, skip the Lyme disease vaccine. If you aren’t going to board your dog, duck out on the kennel cough shot.


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Planets in Action By Anthony Cook Griffith Observatory Astronomer Jupiter is ideally placed for viewing this month. On July 9th, the giant planet is in opposition—the point in the sky opposite the sun and nearly its closest point to the earth. Jupiter then rises in the southeast at sunset and sets in the southwest at sunset, and is the brightest planet visible this month, third to only the sun and the moon. Jupiter now sports three red spots; the familiar giant spot first seen over 300 years ago; a smaller spot discovered by an amateur astronomer in 2005; and a new small spot discovered with the Hubble Space Telescope in May that will be devoured by the large red spot next month–an event eagerly awaited by planetary astronomers. Mercury will make a good appearance for early-risers during the first three weeks of July. On the first, use bin-

oculars to find the planet 12 degrees (a little more than a binocular field-of-view) to the right of the slender waning crescent moon. The best time to look is at 5:16 a.m. Earth’s elliptical orbit takes us farthest from the sun at 12:41 a.m. P.D.T. on July 4th. At that moment, the center of our planet is 94,513,143 miles from the center of the sun, some 3,111,551 miles farther than we were last January 2nd. The moon is new on the evening of July 2nd, reaches first quarter phase on the evening of the 9th, is full just as it is highest in the sky on the morning of the 18th and reaches last quarter phase on the morning of the 25th. The following new moon, on August 1st, will cause a total eclipse of the sun through a slice of the Arctic and Asia (while it is night in Los Angeles).

Observatory Orchestra Summer Concert The Observatory Orchestra will hold a concert, July 13th at 2 p.m. at the Hall of Liberty Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. The performance will include music by Eric Ewazen, Beethoven and a premiere of Mendelssohn’s “Octet” arranged for full orchestra by Robert Lippre. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For information:

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Los Feliz Ledger [ the good life ]

A Few Good Bottles By Chris Rubin Ledger Wine and Spirits Columnist While some organizations are looking for a few good men, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always on the search for a few good bottles of wine. Red, white or rosĂŠ, flat or sparkling, estate bottled at a chateau in Bordeaux or from a cooperative in Bulgariaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I will try any and all. They just need to taste good andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ideally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; reflect the unique conditions of their places of origin. Following are a few really good bottles Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recently had

tures 5% malbec, 2% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot in a dense and complex blend from the Alexander Valley, an area with Calistoga to the south and Healdsburg to the west. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a massive wine, full of dark fruit flavors and a subtle note of bittersweet chocolate, that should age well for years to come but is completely delicious and ready to drink now. The lingering finish will stay with you long af-

Malbec is the star grape of this South American wine producer, and I doubt anyone there has previously offered such a powerful, complex wine at such a miniscule price. the opportunity to taste. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better than a great wine thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affordable, too, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find with the 2006 Pascual Toso Malbec ($8.99) from the Mendoza wine region in Argentina. Malbec is the star grape of this South American wine producer, and I doubt anyone there has previously offered such a powerful, complex wine at such a miniscule price. Malbec is definitely not cabernet, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exotic smokiness in this bottle youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably not find elsewhere, but this is wine nirvana for red wine lovers on a budget. (If this bottle has sold out, look to K&L Wine in Hollywood for the Reserve from the same producer for about double the price.) The 2005 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($70) fea-

ter the bottle is empty. Tuscan once meant solely the sangiovese grape, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer the case. The spectacular 2004 Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum II ($96) completely eschews sangiovese and showcases merlot (90%), with small amounts of cabernet franc (5%) and cabernet sauvignon (5%) in the blend. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a soft, silky wine with powerful dark fruit aromas and flavors, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be wondering when you can afford another bottle as soon as this one is empty. From Monterey comes the 2004 Talbott Diamond T Estate Chardonnay ($65), an unusually concentrated white wine owing to extremely low yields (less than one ton) per acre. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an intense ripeness to this dense, almost chewy wine thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nicely balanced by minerality and acidity.

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The Park Hits the Right Note for Echo Park By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Restaurant Critic Arriving at the Park Restaurant is a bit disorienting: park along a grungy stretch of Sunset Boulevard, enter a former enchilada joint and find a menu board with specials like duck confit. The Park strikes the right balance between funky Echo Park and gentrifying Echo Park, although decor verges on the overly minimalist. Empty picture frames are the only decoration on the walls, along with generic overhead lights and a checkerboard tile floor left over from the previous El Autentico. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of place where parents with kids can find a hamburger or spaghetti and meatballs, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as appropriate for a casual date. With free corkage, diners can bring good wine and eat lavishly for around $60 a couple. While the menu ambitiously runs the gamut of pastas, Latin-inflected dishes, vegetarian selections and comfort food, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkably successful for the range it covers. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the mini cornmeal pancakes with seared shrimp as an appetizer; the chipotle butter pairs nicely with the gently sweet pancakes. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also fried calamari, clam chowder and a few salads to start. Butter lettuce with walnuts, fennel, beets and blue cheese is fairly restrained but makes a fresh foil to some of the richer dishes.

A special of duck confit is a meltingly tender portion paired with a soft tamale filled with rajas (mild chile strips) and savory onions. The chef pulls off the Southwestern-style dish admirably, and the duck falls away from the bone easily. Most entrees, like grilled wild salmon, roast chicken with lemon sauce or hangar steak ($12-$17) come with vegetables, and additional sides include sauteed sugar snap peas, grilled asparagus and garlic noodles.

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ing park structures, said Bernadette Soter, chair of the GGPNC’s Parks, River and Open Space Committee, at the meeting. If left solely in the hands of the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks, needed repairs might otherwise lead to “bad or poor fixes” for park facilities due to the department’s strained budget, Soter said. Other local parks and open spaces that are already designated Historic Cultural Monuments include Barnsdall Art Park, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs and the Chavez Ravine Arboretum. Current GGPNC president Charley Mims said the designation would protect Griffith Park from city projects unrelated to the property’s intended use as a recreational area. Toyon Canyon—a landfill out of use since 1985—is an example of an area in the park used, in the past, for non-recreational purposes. “Designating the entire park as an historic cultural monument is going to weigh against city departments trying to come in and get free land to use for purposes that are not park purposes,” Mims said. But GGPNC secretary Kurt Rademakers said he feared the historic status might also impede improvements to the park that would benefit its patrons. “My concern is this would

add a level of bureaucracy that would be unnecessary or binding in the wrong situation,” he said, such as if the city wanted to change the use of a sports field in the park. Mims, however, disagreed. “I see it as an extra layer of oversight,” he said. “General Managers come and go. Things might change in the park, but anything new would have to be done in a thoughtful way.” The designation would not affect the pending expansion planned for the Autry National Center, said Kenneth Owen, chair of the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee. The Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust applied for Historic Cultural Monument status on May 9th, the day after the one-year anniversary of the 817-acre Griffith Park fire. It could take eight to ten months for the city to approve the application, a sprawling, 350-page document assembled by environmental consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, said local trust representative Darden. The Trust funded the $75,000 cost of the application, she said. Numerous other local entities have already voiced support for the application, Soter said, including the Los Feliz Improvement Association and the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council.

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PNC have led me to this decision,” Wilson wrote in a June 27th email to other members of the council board. The tie would have otherwise been decided by a coin toss, which is a common method used to resolve neighborhood council election ties, Taylor said. The office of the City Clerk began administering neighborhood council elections this year. Last year, the Neighborhood Council Review Commission recommended that the City Clerk run the elections so that neighborhood councils and the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees the councils, could focus more of

their time and resources on community projects. The 10 elected GGPNC board members will be seated in the next few months to begin their two-year terms, Mims said. The other nine council seats—the so-called “designated” members—still have another year of their terms left to serve. According to GGPNC bylaws, these designated board members are appointed every other year by the existing board to represent areas of stakeholder interest such as business, the religious community, and education. Next year, the council board will take candidate statements from locals interested in becoming a designated board member and vote, Mims said.

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Tom’s “Best Of” Picks W h e n it’s summer in Los Angeles, we all just want to be outside. As a Silver Lake native, I have many memories of summers in the neighborhood. When Allison Cohen, the Los Feliz Ledger publisher, asked for my list of favorite places in Silver Lake and Los Feliz, my mind naturally gravitated toward places in the great outdoors. Anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that my first choice is the hike up Mount Hollywood. I hike this mountain almost every morning with folks in the neighborhood who also love seeing the city spread out below them as the sun rises in the east. The only thing I love more than a sunrise hike is the panoramic view on a beautiful, clear evening, with the mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the historic Griffith Observatory beautifully lit on the side of the hill. It is spectacular. I hope you’ll join me for one of my quar-

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terly sunset hikes up Mount Hollywood to share this special moment. The Silver Lake Walking Path is another favorite outdoor spot because I get to see my Silver Lake neighbors and friends, including the great blue herons who nest in the eucalyptus trees. My wife Brigid and I love to ride bikes, and the Los Angeles River Bikeway is a favorite spot, especially in late Spring. Since I’ve mentioned my childhood, I have to name the Griffith Park MerryGo-Round as a place that I loved sharing with my children since it brought back so many fun memories from my own childhood. Finally, I have to agree with Dorothy: there’s no place like home in Silver Lake. Being home with my family grilling steaks in the backyard with the lights of the city scattered below, that’s really the top. Have a good summer and continue to enjoy and love the great outdoors in Los Angeles.

My Favorites in Silver Lake and Los Feliz By Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President There are many great reasons to love Silver Lake and Los Feliz. From the food to the people to the places to visit, there is something for everyone in our neighborhoods. I’m pleased to share some of my favorites in the Ledger’s “Best of” issue. • Best “green” restaurant: Andiamo, which uses biodegradable takeout containers, among other efforts • Best place to have Hong Kong milk tea: LA Mill • Best recreational opportunity: jogging around the Silver Lake Reservoir • Best place for a quick gift for a variety of types of people: Serifos • Best place to enjoy art, the outdoors, and a great view all at one time: Barnsdall Art Park • Best haircut: Violet Olga Beauty Salon (next to the Ralph’s on Glendale Blvd) • Best outdoor dining: Cliff’s Edge • Best historic venue for cocktails: Edendale Grill • Best movie theater:

Vista– lots of leg room! • Best new restaurant: Little Dom’s – try the hamburger, which comes with buratta • Best taco: the cochinita pibil at Yuca’s • Best breakfast: Square One • Best pilates instructor (according to my partner, Amy, who asked me to add this category): Karen at Mind Body Fitness • Best flower shops: Orchids, etc. and Gillyflower • Best park: the Silver Lake Triangle Park on Saturday mornings when the Farmer’s Market is underway • Best pizza: Nicky D’s • Best carnitas: Delta Taco • Best bahn mi: the pork sandwich at Gingergrass

• Best place to drink a grape you’ve never heard of: Silver Lake Wine • Best place to get a hunk of Irish cheddar: The Cheese Store • Best pollo saltado: El Caserio • Best mural: Cache’s chickens on Sunset Boulevard • Best dive bar (that’s still active): Smog Cutter • Best place to find an action figure: La Luz de Jesus/ Wacko • Best furniture store: Living Room • Best mole: Alegria on Sunset • Best place to learn to play an instrument: Silver Lake Conservatory of Music

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Inclusive Metropolitian Community Church Moves to Los Feliz By Roberta Morris Ledger Religion and Spirituality Columnist LOS FELIZ—On May 2nd the Metropolitan Community Church, Los Angeles (MCCLA) moved to its new location in Los Feliz at 4953 Franklin Ave. MCCLA is the founding church in the MCC movement, that began in 1968, when the Rev. Troy Perry, a defrocked Southern Pentecostal minister, gathered 12 people into his living room in Huntington Park, CA to preach that all people, including lesbians and gay men, were welcome to worship with him. Perry’s message was simple: God’s love is for all, including gay men and lesbian women. And with that simple message, at that first worship service, Perry launched the international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches. Today MCC has 43,000 members—almost 300 congregations—in 22 countries and growing. “Straight folks are finding their way here,” said the Rev. Neil Thomas, pastor of MCCLA. “They may have a relative or friend who is gay, or they are just looking for a more open faith community for themselves.” MCCLA’s Sunday worship schedule includes 9:00 a.m. liturgical service; an 11:00 a.m. “Celebration Service” and a 1:30 p.m. Spanish service. The church’s move to Los Feliz is just in time for the socalled “Summer of Love”—a wedding season like no other, now that same sex couples can legally marry in California. Performing same-sex marriages is nothing new at MCC:

they’ve officiated at same-sex marriages for 40 years and last year alone the church presided over 5,000 holy union ceremonies for lesbian and gay couples.

“We’re a religious organization and will always decide who we will marry, and this won’t change, but what the state recognizes as civil marriages is important,” Thomas said. On July 29th, Thomas will be joining other clergy, counselors, theologians and planners at Hollywood Lutheran Church for an all day “Wedding Day” to consider how best to help couples prepare for their big day, and how best to protect their relationship and rights, particularly in light of the potential legal challenges to the California Court ruling. MCC will also sponsor a series of “Sacred Conversations” beginning in July to reflect on important social issues related to people’s faith. Topics include race, sexuality, women’s rights, the peace movement, abortion and addictions. The church will also host an Open House the afternoon of July 5th. For more information about MCCLA visit: www.mccla. org. For information about “Wedding Day” contact Hollywood Lutheran Church (323) 667-1212.

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operate Vermont hand Wash, Hollywood Car Wash, Celebrity Car Wash, Five Star Car Wash, Lawndale Car Wash and Magic Wand Car Wash, vehemently deny the allegations. “We’ve been more than fair to our employees,” said Benny Pirian. “I urge the community to come to the car wash, talk to the workers and see for themselves that we run a fair business.” The controversy has drawn attention to the negative side of Southern California’s carwashes. According to the Los Angeles Times, while industrywide profit margins average 29%, half or more of car wash owners in Southern California skirt minimum wage laws. In the last five years, the Times reported, employees at a fifth of Southern California carwashes have formally accused owners of illegal underpayment. Moreover, two-thirds of the washes inspected by the state’s labor department since 2003 were deemed out of compliance with one or more labor laws—both minor and major—according to Los Angeles Times data. Carlos Preza, a representative from CLEAN said it took time for the situation to reach a head because 92% of Los Angeles County’s carwasheros are non-citizens and a third are undocumented, according to a 2000 U.S. Census. Preza said the language barrier and a fear of deporta-

tion prevented some workers from speaking out. The Pirians, however, insist they’re being unfairly targeted after a disgruntled employee went to the media. They say Torres was fired for not showing up to work and was given six warnings before he was terminated. Benny Pirian points to a man drying cars. “If we really fired workers for talking to the media, then why does he still work here? He’s been quoted in papers,” he said. Preza said the Pirians’ denials aren’t convincing. “We want Pirian carwashes to clean up their act for good,” he said. “We love the city. This is a car city. And the workers who wash those cars should be protected.” According to Preza, CLEAN’s demands include basic workplace protections covering safety issues and sick days, for example; the ability for employees to negotiate with their employers and an immediate improve-

ment in wages and benefits. Currently, CLEAN has helped organize protests of carwashes across Southern California they believe are in violation. The Pirians say they’re already in compliance—and point to employees wearing masks and gloves and a computerized machine to clock hours. They say the protests are really a front to push workers to join a union. Salvador Beleche, 63, who has worked for Vermont Hand Wash for 15 years, said he doesn’t support a union. “If I’m not happy, then I’d have gone somewhere else.” But CLEAN’s Preza said for every one content worker, he hears of many others who are powerless and being treated unjustly. “We just want to be treated equally,” said fired employee Torres. “I’m speaking out for all of my friends who still work for the Pirians who are afraid to come forward… We need to come together.”

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Regarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camelot Preschool Starting Anew,â&#x20AC;? by Kimberly Gomez (June 2008), I am terribly disappointed in your paperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent article about our school Camelot Kids. The comments that I made to Ms. Gomez were completely misconstrued. The reason for the closure is also incorrectly described. In addition to the many errors (intentional or flagrant) the tone of the story is very misleading to your readers who are above such sloppy journalism. I feel completely used in Ms. Gomezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing effort to report only negative information about our school and especially its old director.

I spent a good deal of my phone interview explaining to Ms. Gomez the tremendous efforts that parents and teachers showed in keeping this school open and the wonderful programs we were adopting (recycling, yoga, enrichment classes in the fall) only for her to return to the same negative reporting is completely despicable. We overcame the almost impossible task of re-opening a school that was shut down and for her not to focus her story on that is mind-blowing. Enough is enough. Can we please move on? Paulina Quintana Admissions and Enrollment Managing Member Camelot Kids

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Regarding the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballfields Needed in Griffith Park,â&#x20AC;? editorial by Allison B. Cohen (June 2008) I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree. We can use baseball fields already at schools all around the city or better yet make new fields on unused lots i.e., the city just made a very nice field on Waterloo/Glendale Boulevard. There are so few areas in the city where we can enjoy peace and be one with nature, hike and ride horses. In fact, I believe the park was specially designated for equestrians. Ballparks can be made anywhere. Places for people to hike and ride horses is not only limited but disappearing rampantly. Belen Burditte, Silver Lake

I wanted to write to let you know I agree with your comments for a baseball field in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballfields Needed in Griffith Park,â&#x20AC;? Allison B. Cohen, June 2008). Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in the area for 13 years with my now 14-year old daughter.  I had to do the same when commuting her to Toluca Lake Park and North Hollywood just to keep her involved in sports.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a single mom so you can only imagine the burden.  I grew up as a girl with many siblings and have many childhood memories of participating in the local park sports leagues and the sense of community it establishes. Sometimes I feel very isolated with this community and its lack of consideration for children in the neighborhood. Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late for my daughter, I would really like to see such effort put into making this area more community involved with ways of getting acquainted.  Even so, I would attend a baseball field just for the sheer joy of watching the game, kids cheering and family bonding.

Regarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Mike,â&#x20AC;? letters on a potential preferred parking (June 2008), preferential parking in Los Feliz has now been proposed for the third time. The first was in 2004. After an open hearing in front of the Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, the proposal was rejected. The second time was about a year ago. After a meeting attended by several hundred community members, the overwhelming majority of whom opposed the plan, the proposal was again rejected.  At that time, the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council went as far as resolving to oppose, in principle, any plan for preferential parking in the neighborhood unless there were extraordinary circumstances. Ms. Cremin may have been accused of elitism, but elitism has very little to do with why this proposal is the wrong solution for what is, admittedly, a very real problem.  In 2004, the sponsor of the proposal cited lack of parking spaces, abandoned cars, littering, used condoms and people having sex in their cars as the primary reasons why permits were necessary.  Ms. Cremin has added commercial growth, cars parked on front yards and eyesores to that list. The sad reality is that there is a severe lack of park-

ing in the neighborhood, particularly on street cleaning days.  People who live on the south side of Franklin Avenue and below often have no choice but to park north of Franklin when they return home late at night.  I manage an apartment building with 20 units, 21 tenants, 19 cars and 10 parking spaces.  Half of my tenants are single women who do not feel safe parking their cars late at night below Franklin. This is not an elitism issue, this is a safety issue.   At one meeting, it was proposed that the safety concerns could be addressed by extending the parking permits to include the south side of Franklin down to Hollywood.  Of course, simply increasing the size of the permitted area would not solve the parking space issue.  If everyone has a permit, then congestion will not be alleviated.  The only winner is the city that could then collect all the new permit parking fees.   Permits will do nothing to solve this or any of these other issues. Ron Ostrow, Los Feliz

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