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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
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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 www.hollywoodbowl.com
This holiday celebration is in its 82nd year of hosting 4th of July festivities. For 2008, Drum Corps International will present five of the country’s best Drum and Bugle Corps. At 9 p.m. pyro spectaculars by Souza take charge
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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.
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. www.losfelizledger.com
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. health.usnews.com/pediatrics.
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
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Benefit Raises Awareness for Nonviolent Parenting Group the learning, questioning and By Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKEâ€”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 Centerâ€™s mission is to â€œteach effective nonviolent child rearing, nurturing their development into adults who know the meaning of caring for themselves and others.â€? My wife, Donna Jean, and I had the pleasure of attending a benefit for the Center at Dan & Amy Finn Bernierâ€™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 Centerâ€™s Director of Development, the event raised over $35,000 and counting. â€œIt was a joyous celebration, experiencing the support for the powerful work that CNVEP educators are doing in the communityâ€?, she said. For those that might not know the philosophy of the CNVEP, it is best described by CNVEP director Ruth Beaglehole: â€œWe 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.â€?
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 www.CNVEP.org 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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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.
Best Ice Cream (tie)
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.
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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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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Malo 4326 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 664-1011
La La Ling 1810 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 664-4400
L.A. Dogworks 1014 North Highland Ave.
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 www.fountaintheatre.com 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: webofourworld.org.
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: www.lapl.org/ kidspath/events/rc_signup (for younger children) and www. lapl.org/ya for teens.
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[ st. teresa of avila ] St. Teresa of Avila School is proud to announce the graduating class of 2008 as well as their matriculation to high school: Bishop Alemany High School Irving Guizar Christopher Saballos Cathedral High School Michael Candaza John Cardenas Christopher Escobedo Joseph Gutierrez Cristian Leon Cade Maldonado Elliot Maldonado David Nuno DBM/Electronic Information Magnet High School Alyssa Madrid Etiwanda High School Victoria Calderon Holy Family High School Andrea Galan Krystle Jimenez Victar Labansat Samantha Martinez Stephanie Orozco Hillary Peregrina Kimberly Peregrina James Monroe High School Jerel Tolentino L.A. Leadership Academy Charter School Renee Rivas Providence High School Samuel Abracia Arturo Alvarado Alyssa Alvarez Anthony Galvan Chady Hasrouty Ramona Convent High School Victoria Mills St. Francis High School Emerson Castaneda
Congratulations also to 2004 alumnae Jacqueline Orellana who graduated from Bishop Alemany High School on June 7th with Academic Honors Magna Cum Laude.
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Making a Difference in South Africa
Science Matters by Mark L. Hummer, 5th Grade Science Teacher
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 Districtâ€™s Local District 4 in April at downtownâ€™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 Riosâ€”who had been involved in an â€œL.A.â€™s Bestâ€? science fair at Micheltorenaâ€”combined forces to experiment with â€œGrowing Microbes.â€? 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 â€œHeat Control: A Major Part of Electric and Electronic Design.â€? 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.
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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 principalâ€™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 otherâ€™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 donâ€™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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