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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 8. No. 9

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Garcetti’s Parting Thoughts On CD13

Down to the Wire for CD13 CD13 Election Analysis By Colin Stutz Ledger Contributing Writer

By Colin Stutz, Ledger Contributing Writer Since 2001, Councilmember Eric Garcetti has served Los Angeles’ 13th Council District, which spans from Hollywood to Echo Park and north into Atwater Village. It’s been a successful tenure for the San Fernando Valley-native that has seen substantial growth through the district, and the establishment of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village as a nationally recognized hip-trifecta of Los Angeles living. For six years, from 2006 to 2012, Garcetti represented the council as president before declaring his candidacy for this year’s mayoral race as he’s reached his city council termlimit. Now, with the March 5th Los Angeles City primary election approaching, he is widely considered the close race’s frontrunner, having led in fundraising and sitting atop a recent SurveyUSA poll with 26% of votes. As Garcetti’s days in the CD13 office dwindle, in an interview squeezed into a busy campaign schedule, Garcetti recalled what brought him to this district originally. “It seemed like a very livable place,” he said. “I had grandparents who lived in the district, so I had family ties, even though I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I just returned from my graduate school studies and my nowwife and I were looking for a good place to live that was centrally located, that reflected the diversity of Los Angeles, and at that time Silver Lake was that. I lived in Echo Park for a decade, then moved see GARCETTI page 8

Politics: GEPENC Financial Review finds irregularities under Jose Sigala, page 6

March 2013

diocese’s investigation into Ford’s assignment to Holy Family Church from 1966 to 1971 and molestation allegations against him involving an alter boy. The victim, who was 14 when the sexual abuse started in 1968, sued the

With the race for the Los Angeles City Council District 13 (CD13)—the most contested race of March 5th’s primary elections, comes a career-making opportunity for many in the 12-person candidate pool. With an average salary of $178,789, Los Angeles city council members receive the highest salaries in the nation. They are also responsible for the biggest budgets and largest council district populations, roughly $1.7 million and 255,500 respectively. Among those candidates considered likely frontrunners to make it through to the two-person May 21st runoff elections, there is considerable youth and political potential in this race. John Choi—a former Board of Public Works Commissioner and director at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor who leads the contest in campaign contributions totaling more than $192,900 and strong union support—is just 32 years old. Alex De Ocampo, senior director for the Saban Family Foundation, follows Choi in fundraising with more than $137,700, and is just one year older. And Deputy Atty. Gen. Josh Post, who is receiving grassroots attention, is 34. Though geographically the city’s smallest council district, CD13 is its most densely populated and diverse with more than one hundred languages spoken. The key issues surrounding industry and development in Hollywood and the rest of the region present potential to build powerful allies and visibility. Residents of

see FATHER FORD page 17

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ART AS MEDICINE—Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patient Angelica Ramirez participates in the hospital’s “Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program” where children and family alike cope with illness by engaging in art. See full story on page 17. Photo courtesy: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Pedophile Priest Conducted Mass at Local Church By Colin Stutz, Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—For two months in 2010, Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church on Vermont Avenue had Rev. James Ford—who had previously been involved at least one sexual abuse case of a minor—conduct mass at the parish. According to OMGC’s Father James Mott, Ford was dispatched to OMGC by the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Mott said he was unaware of Ford’s history. Ford was listed as a priest who had sexually abused a minor, from 1968 to 1971, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orange, in a 2004 report released by the Los Angles Archdiocese titled “Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse.”

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More details of Ford’s abuse, some 340 pages— and the possible cover-up by the Archdiocese—were released on the Archdiocese’s website Jan. 31st. A total of 12,000 pages in all were posted, the result of a court order, detailing 128 priests that have been accused of molestation of minors. The Archdiocese, and specifically the recently retired Archbishop Roger Mahony continue to be under investigation about how they did not report such crimes to authorities and instead, moved abusive priests to treatment centers and from one parish to another. In Ford’s file, there is documentation of the Arch-

Community News: Sherwood House Named Historic Monument, page 10

Father James Ford

Theater Review: “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” page 19

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More Trouble for the Catholic Church I met the now dec e a sed Father James Ford (see frontpage story) at a school fundraiser at Our Mother of Good Counsel (OMGC) in 2010. I am truly sickened the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese would send Ford to OMGC in any capacity. Even with Ford’s failing health (he died in 2011), the man was not worthy of wearing a priest collar (which he did the evening I met him and sadly shook his hand) nor should he ever have been allowed to conduct mass at the parish. OMGC’s current pastor, Father James

Mott, says he knew nothing of the child sexual abuse that the Archdiocese settled with one victim of Ford’s for $1.1 million. How could he not have known? Next month, we will start a fun column that I’ve not seen anywhere else. It’s a column about handwriting analysis, conducted by a Los Angeles expert in the field. If you would like to have your handwriting analyzed, send me a hard copy of at least a paragraph or two and we can get started! Send to: Allison Ferraro, Los Feliz Ledger, 4459 Avocado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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• $800,000 “Vermont Triangle” receives funding from Kaiser Permanente for refurbishing • Los Feliz resident Standolyn Robertston awarded for her organizational skills on the A&E television hit “Hoarders” • Family Matters: Emotions behind a soon to be leaving child for college • Obituary: “The Underground King of Hollywood,” Clifford Charles Rapp, remembered • City Sleuth: Talk about ugly mayoral races! Read Diane Kanner’s take on a bruising battle from the 1930s • U.S. House of Representative Adam Schiff writes about March 1st “Sequestration” • California Assemblymember Mike Gatto appointed to the California Film Commission • Business: New Atwater Chamber Members • Restaurant Review: Silver Lake’s Black Hogg Gets 3 Forks • Calendar: Out and About in March

Poll for March 2013 Please vote prior to March 5, 2013 Whom will you be voting to replace City Councilmember Eric Garcetti in District 13? • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Emile Black John J. Choi Alexander Cruz De Ocampo Mitch O’ Farrell Roberto Haraldson Sam Kbushyan Robert Negrete Octacio Pescador Josh Post Michael Schaefer Matt Szabo Jose Sigala Richard Eastman (write-in candidate)

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Los Feliz Ledger Italian American Historian To Speak At Los Feliz Library March 14th Historian and author Marianna Gatto, executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker at the Architecture and Beyond Lecture Series Thurs., March 14th, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Gatto will speak on “Chasing Ghosts: Los Angeles (Hidden) Italian Roots.” She is author of Los Angeles’s Little Italy, a history of the city’s Italian enclave during the 100-year period following the arrival of the first Italian pioneer in 1827. Skylight Books will have copies of Gatto’s book for purchase and signing. The free lecture series, now in its 10th year, is supported by the Friends of the Los Feliz Library and the merchants of the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID). For information, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710.

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LFIA Seeks Clean-Up Day Volunteers The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) is looking for volunteers for their “Clean Up Day,” Sat. March 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The focus of the clean up will be along the Los Feliz business district, along Vermont and Hillhurst avenues. The day will begin at the parking lot of

the Elysian Masonic Temple, 1900 N. Vermont Ave. “We particularly need help with painting over graffiti and removing illegal signs,” said Faith Ford, chair of LFIA’s Beautification Committee. For info, contact Ford at

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GGPNC Tackles Curb Cutting Survey

“Curb cuts” are ramps at street corners that allow wheelchairs and strollers to easily roll onto the sidewalk. The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council is responding to a request by the city of Los Angeles to identify local locations that need curb cuts.  Volunteers, in the coming months, will be surveying every street corner in the GGPNC’s boundaries. The list will be submitted to the city, who will then be responsible for making the improvements to bring the curbs up to Americans with Disabilities compliance.

Portion of Zoo Drive Closed Through June 2013 Construction by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will require Zoo Drive to be closed to through traffic between the LA Live Steamers Museum and Riverside Drive through June 2013. Travel Town and LA Live Steamers will be open during construction, and local access will be maintained for the park and museum parking lots. Additionally, a  12-foot wide multi-use lane will provide access for pedestrians, cyclists, and emergency vehicles

through the closed portion of Zoo Drive. The LADWP is installing a large diameter water pipeline, known as RSC 1B, to connect the new pipeline recently installed inside Griffith Park to the new Headworks Reservoir under construction just north of Griffith Park. The new water infrastructure in and near Griffith Park is necessary for compliance with drinking water quality regulations. For more information, call (213) 367-3758.

Los Feliz Village BID Announces New Board Members for 2013 LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District announced its new officers for 2013. They are: Chris Serrano, Prudential Realty, President; Richard White, PNC Mortgage: Vice President & Street Fair Committee Head; Rosa Palencia, Citibank: Treasurer; Chris Diamond, Rockwell Table and Stage: Secretary; Claudia Hipolito, Coldwell Banker: Beautification Com-

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mittee Head; Jessica Lewis, Collective Management: Administration Committee Head; Patricia Fetters, Soap Plant/Wacko: PR/Marketing and Special Events Committee Head and Karreno Alexanyan, JP Morgan Chase: Communications Committee Head. The LFVBID meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Citibank community room on Hillhurst Avenue.

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Los Feliz Ledger CD13 from page 1

the hip Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village neighborhoods have meanwhile displayed an affinity for young, new faces. Success starting with CD13 has precedence. Its current councilmember, Eric Garcetti, was elected to office in 2001 at just 30. Five years later he was elected City Council President. He is now being termed-out of office and is a current frontrunner in the city’s mayoral election. Before him, Jackie Goldberg held the office for six years and then was elected to the California State Assembly and served three terms. Her predecessor, Michael Woo was relatively young as well at 34 when he was elected as the city’s first and only, so far, Asian American city councilmember, serving until running for mayor in 1993 when he beat 22 other candidates in

the primary election but lost to Richard Riordan in the runoff general election. Just as in the 13th District, citywide the council will have new members following this election. With eight of the city’s 15 council seats up for grabs, all but one have incumbents who are leaving due to term limits, health reasons or to seek higher office. This is the first time in 10 years such a shift has occurred. And with a new mayor coming in as well, it means a severe change in Los Angeles’ political landscape and strong opportunity for any newcomer to establish him or herself. Considering CD13’s swollen candidate pool, it will be a challenge for any of the candidates to stand out. The winners of this primary could, in turn, theoretically advance to the runoff election without even gaining a voter percent-

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age in the double digits. Likewise, depending on voter turnout, margins of victory could be nail-bitingly close. With this is in mind, candidates are hustling to distribute campaign e-mails and flyers door to door, proliferating posters around the council district and its surrounding areas. Independent expenditures are racking up as well, most notably for Choi who has spent more than $136,000-worth of mailings, literature, phone banking, advertising and field program consulting from union-charged committees. Cruz De Ocampo has meanwhile received $3,000-worth of phone banking from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee, and O’Farrell, a billboard bought by Echo Park resident Andrew

Garsten for nearly $2,400. Likewise, endorsements have come flowing to the race, helping add name recognition to the race. Choi touts support from the L.A. County Federation of Labor, State Senator Kevin De Leon, Controller John Chiang, Congresswoman Judy Chu and former City Controller Rick Tuttle, among others. O’Farrell has neighboring District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s support, as well as that of State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park and long list community activists. Former deputy mayor to Antonio Villaraigosa Matt Szabo’s backers are a notable

bunch, including Villaraigosa, former-mayor Richard Riordan, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, and the district’s former councilmember Goldberg. Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County’s Chief Deputy District Attorney and candidate for District Attorney, has endorsed Post, as well as President of the California Senate Darrell Steinberg and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. Recently, former Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council President Jose Sigala received Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s endorsement. Though discourse has been civil for the most part, through a series of forums, a point of contention has risen amongst the candidates over see CD13 page 11

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Report Shows Neighborhood Council Financial Irregularities Under CD13 Candidate Jose Sigala By Colin Stutz

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A financial review conducted by the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) President Ari Bessendorf and an ad hoc committee has identified “missing documentation, procedural irregularities, and allocation irregularities” in the neighborhood council’s past years under the watch of the previous council president and current City Council District 13 (CD13) candidate Jose Sigala. That reconciliation report has also identified $16,500 in neighborhood council funds were transferred to a CD13 “Public Benefits Trust Fund” just before the end of the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years. This practice goes against EmpowerLA’s neighborhood council bylaws, which state all unused neighborhood council funds at the end of a year will return to the city of Los Angeles. The report continues to show throughout past years, the GEPENC did not follow EmpowerLA neighborhood council rules and procedures as well as the Brown Act, failing to keep or publicly post many meeting minutes and agendas. Such inconsistencies resulted in the freezing of neighborhood council funds, once in 2010 and then again this past August. Furthermore, the committee’s report has identified thousands of dollars in funds

that do not appear to have proper allocation. Among these questionable transactions is $4,500 out of the CD13 Public Benefits Trust Fund for a contract with Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council, Inc.—a private non-profit organization that does not report to EmpowerLA or the city. While that money was spent on beautification projects for elementary schools in the area, including Clifford, Elysian Heights, Mayberry, Rosemont and Logan, there are procedural irregularities in that about $1,500 of receipts for Home Depot were submitted to CD13 for reimbursement on those projects, even though those transactions were made on the GEPENC credit card linked to the board’s budget. Sigala was responsible for the credit card’s use, and was also listed as the contact for the nonprofit organization Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council. EmpowerLA froze the GEPENC’s funds in August last year, following a failure to properly submit quarterly reconciliation reports, which include bank statements, original receipts, minutes and other documents supporting the neighborhood council’s expenditures. The GEPENC’s current treasurer, Michael Castillo said during the creation of the reconciliation

report, he was caught in the middle of a contentious relationship apparent between Sigala and the former treasurer Gustavo Moreno. In documented emails, former treasurer Moreno contends he had previously submitted necessary reconciliations to EmpowerLA that required Sigala’s signature, which the former president said he would later provide inperson but never did. Meanwhile, Lisa Baca-Sigala, Sigala’s wife and the GEPENC’s former chief information officer, has blamed former treasurer Moreno for “gross negligence” during the five accounting quarters in question. Baca-Sigala has called this a politically charged “witchhunt” against her husband as the March 5th city council primary election approaches. Regardless of any intentional wrongdoing that EmpowerLA—that oversees the city’s 90 volunteer-based neighborhood councils— would let these issues persist for more than a year is damning on the department. Likewise, that CD13 would approve a trust fund for neighborhood council money, said current GEPENC treasurer Castillo, suggest a “confusion of authority between elected official and department.” “If the community has an issue and we need the over

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neering, we were able to get a rail installed on the Riverside Drive staircase up to the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. It’s bright red and should not be missed. While that Waverly Drive resident was pleased by this development, I’d like to take these efforts a step further. I propose we create a citywide policy of installing these rails on public stairways. It’s a

I’d also like to propose we learn more from our Sister Cities. Cities are like people: when they learn from each other, they are able to grow. her bicycle up the stairs of the cheap, simple solution to an Glendale-Hyperion Bridge to aggravating problem: the anbe a great challenge. It was then noyance of carrying your bike that I remembered what I had up and down stairs. seen in our Sister City of VanI’d also like to propose couver: a steel bike rail that alwe learn more from our Sister lows cyclists to glide their bikes Cities. Cities are like people: up and down staircases. when they learn from each The city of Los Angeles other, they are able to grow. long ago tamed its hills with I was glad we could make many beautiful public stairLos Angeles grow just a little ways, but they do pose probbit better this past month. lems for cyclists. So after a call Thank you for allowing me to Ad_0078_SBCA_BrandNPaper_Ad_10x8-Spot to0078_SBCA our city’sExternalBranding_Newspaper Bureau of Engiserve.

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A Fix-It Ticket for Broken Parking Meters By California Assemblymember Mike Gatto From approximately 1935 until 2012, if a motorist came across a broken meter, they could park for free. The logic was sound. If a city failed to keep the meter in repair, a motorist shouldn’t be ticketed.  In an all-too-familiar theme of governments inconveniencing the average citizen, some cities are chipping away at this tradition. Certain municipalities, including Los Angeles, have enacted ordinances that ban parking at a space with a broken meter.  Motorists who do so will be ticketed. I don’t think this is just.  I’ve introduced legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 61, that forbids cities from ticketing citizens who park at broken or malfunctioning parking meters.  I believe this is the right course for a number of reasons.  First, we all lead busy lives, and the time spent in traffic or running errands takes us away from our loved ones. Recent studies have indicated that as many as 20% of meters in areas like downtown Los Angeles might be offline at any time.  Forcing a motorist to drive around ceaselessly when there are perfectly good spots available is not good for that motorist or the environment.

Second, forcing that mometers or parking kiosks and torist to park in an expensive keep them in good working paid lot is also not an acceptorder. The people should not able option.  I’d rather encourage cities to keep their meters in repair and have the revenue go into city coffers as well. Third, merchants deserve better. Commerce flows when people can park conveniently and get to where they’re going. Finally, I believe AB 61 will decrease careless citations.  Another recent investigation found that more than 17,000 parking tickets had been issued, in a single year, for meters that had been reported as malfunctioning to the city of Los Angeles, even while the old rules were in effect. This is unacceptable. The bottom line is that it is the responsibility of local 138120_POC_LosFelizLedger_D.pdf 1 10/22/12 6:00 PM governments to maintain their

have to drive around ceaselessly, or pay for the government’s mistakes and inefficiencies, especially when we already paid to install and maintain the meters in the first place. Mike Gatto represents the

cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood.


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to Silver Lake—it’s really the geographic and cultural heart of the city.” Garcetti touts a 2/3rds decrease in violent crime in the area, a tripling of the number of parks from 16 to 47, and improvement in high school testing and after-school programs as major successes over the past decade. “Ten years ago we had empty store fronts, no parks were in walking distance, graffiti blanketed the strip, and today it’s a very different picture,” said Garcetti. “We’ve had a remarkable turn around in the neighborhoods of the 13th district.” He continued, “We’ve been the number one in job growth even in the midst of the recession. And created some of the most vibrant main streets in Los Angeles, from Atwater Village to Silver Lake, from Echo Park to Hollywood. So I think the success has been economic and infrastructure-based, and at the end of the day we’ve figured out a great way to build community again in the heart of Los Angeles with green and

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Southland Begins 2013 With Sales and Price Gains But No Sign of Such in Los Feliz & Hollywood Hills By Allison Ferraro Southern California’s housing market started 2013 with the highest January home sales in six years as sales to investors and cash buyers hovered near record levels and

[ SELECT HOME SALES ] 90026 Single Family Homes 1636 Elevado St................ $895,000 1633 Redcliff St.................. 675,000 1419 Mccollum St.............. 670,000 1539 Avalon St.................... 646,000 1628 N Easterly Ter........... 625,000 1324 N Occidental Blvd... 615,000 2322 Valentine St............... 539,000 1822 Berkeley Ave............. 475,000 1569 Donaldson St............ 355,000 1633 Landa St...................... 335,000 2148 Vestal Ave................... 272,000 354 Parkman Ave............. 220,000

move-up activity remained relatively brisk, according to DataQuick a real estate reporting firm out of La Jolla, California. The median price paid for a Southland home dipped slightly from December, as it normally does, but jumped 23.5% above the year-ago level. “This fledgling housing

recovery has momentum. Already, price hikes have caused some to question whether it’s sustainable, whether it’s a ‘bubble,’” said John Walsh, DataQuick president. Locally, in the Echo Park area (zip code 90026) the median price for a home rose 17.5% compared to the same time last year. A total of 14 homes were sold in January at

a median price of $620,000. Data were not available for condo sales in this area. However, in the Los Feliz area (zip code 90027) the median home price in January fell 21% compared to last year. Fourteen homes sold in Los Feliz in January at a median price of $838,000. The median price for a condo in Los Feliz also fell in January, down 32% to a median price of $305,000. In all, only two condos sold in Los Feliz in January. In the Silver Lake area (zip code 90039) the me-

dian home price rose 13% to $582,000 in January, compared to last year. Data were not available for condo sales in this area. Similar to Los Feliz, the median home price in the Hollywood Hills area (90036) fell 24% in January, compared to last year. A total of 15 single-family residences sold in Silver Lake in January at a median price of $630,000. The median price for condos in the Hollywood Hills area also declined, compared to last year, 23%, to a price of $311,000.

90027 Condominium 2508 Hyperion Ave 104.. $675,000

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90027 Single Family Homes 3689 Shannon Rd..........$1,640,000 4427 Gainsborough Ave. 1,376,000 3625 Lowry Rd................. 1,295,000 2019 N Alexandria Ave. 1,251,500 1924 Myra Ave..................... 957,000 3873 Shannon Rd............... 943,000 3461 Griffith Park Blvd.... 830,000 3343 Rowena Ave.............. 799,000 3343 Rowena Ave.............. 790,000 4423 Ambrose Ter.............. 745,000 2201 Lyric Ave..................... 629,000


orget the myth that winter is a bad time to sell real estate. While sales often slow in the cooler months, this winter, in particular, is a great time to sell a home.

- We have about a one-month’s inventory of houses for sale--the lowest in years. Fewer houses for sale, coupled with the present high buyer demand, mean that a seller’s market is upon us. A properly-priced and well-marketed property is nearly a certain sale--and often at a sale price over the asking price. Strategic-pricing works! - Mortgage rates remain near record-breaking lows. - Local home prices are rebounding. - Homes still remain a good deal. The cost of buying may be cheaper than renting. - Many buyers used to wait until the end of the school year before moving, but moving schedules are less tied to school terms. Plus, many children attend private schools. Households with children are making up a smaller part of the buyer mix nowadays--just 20 percent of all households. - Household formation is growing after years of delay. This pent-up demand is especially strong among first-time buyers.

90039 Condominiums 3238 Casitas Ave...........$1,050,000 3244 Casitas Ave............. 1,025,000 2000 Kenilworth Ave........ 827,000 2500 Panorama Ter........... 770,000 2844 Angus St...................... 691,000 2133 Fargo St....................... 582,000 4258 Brunswick Ave......... 570,000 3246 Larga Ave.................... 527,500 3843 Boyce Ave................... 508,000 2247 Fargo St....................... 475,000 2000 Blake Ave.................... 454,000 2927 N Coolidge Ave......... 377,000 2326 Riverside Dr.............. 320,500 2440 Riverside Dr.............. 220,500 2344 Fletcher Dr 113........ 217,000

90068 Condominiums 1979 Grace Ave 4.............. $645,000 6748 Hillpark Dr 307......... 405,000 1900 Vine St 306................. 405,000 1900 Vine St 202................. 400,000 1900 Vine St 311................. 344,000

90068 Single Family Homes 6470 Deep Dell Pl..........$2,368,636 5609 Park Oak Pl............. 1,750,000 6910 Los Tilos Rd............ 1,248,000 2058 Outpost Dr.............. 1,200,000 3253 Tareco Dr.................... 875,000 6698 Whitley Ter................ 850,000 2620 N Beachwood Dr..... 715,000 2266 Holly Dr....................... 670,000 3314 Troy Dr......................... 620,000 3453 Oak Glen Dr............... 600,000 3141 Ellington Dr............... 581,000 3132 Barbara Ct.................. 575,000 2647 Canyon Dr.................. 556,000 6744 Woodrow Wilson.... 470,000 6815 Cahuenga Park Trl.. 425,000

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Sales are from the previous month. Source: Great American Real Estate Solutions

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Contemporary Mediterranean Spectacular condominium in unique 2-unit building makes this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath unit feel like a single family home. Large entertaining deck off the main living room and private backyard patio and gardens offers great indoor-outdoor flow. Just shy of 1,700 sqft this home offers a large updated cook’s

kitchen, formal dining room, living room with soaring vaulted ceilings and wood burning fireplace. A master suite features sliders to a large wood deck. Two additional bedrooms share a hall bath. Warm wood floors and views of the surrounding hills make this a very pleasant and inviting place to call home!


Contemporary Mediterranean This custom built home in the hills of Silver Lake offers panoramic views from downtown Hollywood clear out to the ocean. The home features warm maple wood floors, custom windows and doors, recessed lighting, ample storage, and attention to detail throughout. A formal entry with centerhall floor plan leads to a generous living room with barrel ceiling, fireplace and French doors to a generous deck and gorgeous canyon and city views. A true chef’s kitchen offers wood cabinetry,

stone counters, stainless steel appliances and custom built-in features. A large Master Suite, full bath and second bedroom complete the first floor. From the center hall the stairs lead to the lower level offering an office with street entrance, cozy living room with French doors to a wood deck and yard, large second Master Suite, full kitchen and guest bath. A large grassy yard with room for pool leaves room for your personal touch!

Storybook Tudor Sherwood House Named Historic Monument By Michael Locke, Ledger Columnist Recently, I reported that L.A. Historic-Cultura l Commission in December unanimously tapped three iconic period revival houses in Los Feliz to be designated historical monuments. The applications were shepherded through the review process by historian Charles Fisher on behalf of the homeowners involved. The second house receiving the designation is the English Tudor style Sherwood House designed by architect Charles M. Hutchinson in 1929. The house is one of the first homes built in the F. P. Fay Company’s “Los Feliz Hills” (Tract No. 9050) prestigious subdivision, “specifically designed to create a planned community, using architect designed homes as the means of creating an upscale yet affordable neighborhood,” according to historian Fisher. The house, located at 3435 Amesbury Road, reflects a high level of design and craftsmanship, an outstanding example of one of the many Revival styles that became popular in the early to mid 20th Century. The architect was a partner with the architectural firm of Walker and Eisen. Working solo, he designed the 7-story Don Lee Cadillac Building at 7th and Bixel Streets. Little is known about the architect other than he was born in Pennsylvania in 1893. The American Architect reports in 1919 that he went into partnership with Albert Walker

and Percy Eisen, however the firm remained under the name of Walker and Eisen. Lucile Sherwood, the home’s original owner, was only in the home for a short time, but the name has remained with the home, possibly because of the Tudor architecture and the romance associated with Sherwood Forest. The second and third owners, James J. Cline and Tobias Kotzin are significant in college football and fashion design, respectively. Sherwood sold the house to former UC Berkeley Football star James J. Cline in 1930. Cline was a star running back on one of coach Andy Smith’s “Wonder Teams” of the 1920s and was the football coach at UCLA from 1923 to 1924 during which time his teams posted a 2-10-3 record. He formed Cline Hardwood Company of Los Angeles and served as its president until 1969. He sold the Sherwood House to Tobias and Bessie F. Kotzin on April 19, 1944. Tobias Kotzin was a well-known clothing manufacturer in Los Angeles, lending his name to a line of apparel that was world famous for many years. Kotzin was an active member of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and worked closely with Rabbi Edgar Magnum, the long-time head of the Temple. He was also well known for his work with various charities. He remained in the house until his death in 1976. His wife, Bessie remained there until she passed away on February 25, 1989, after which, the Sherwood House was sold to the current owners.

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garden views. A true chef’s kitchen features custom cabinetry, marble counters, and stainless steel appliances. Two bedrooms share a freshened hall bath. The Master Suite enjoys garden views, a large walk-in closet, and stunning luxurious bath with free standing soaking tub, large shower, water closet, double sink vanity, and canyon views. An extra large 14,700 sqft lot leaves plenty of room for a pool. A private peaceful respite from busy Hollywood below. An extra large two car garage offers plenty of storage.

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“new arrivals”—as they’ve been called—who have moved into the district within the past few years, rising question to their commitment to serving the area or alternative agendas of boosting political careers. Candidates accused of such “carpetbagging” include Choi, Szabo and L.A. Fire Department assistant chief Emile Mack. Likewise, looking back, Garcetti was a recent transplant to the area when he took office in 2001. At a candidate forum in Silver Lake in late January, state senate aide and Atwater Village resident Robert Negrete addressed this issue directly. “I did not parachute in last year to run for this office,” he said. “Special interests didn’t tap me on the shoulder and say ‘It’s your turn to run. Move into this district.’ I’m doing it because I love these communities.” Former Echo Park neighborhood council president Jose Sigala also noted his local roots, saying, “I did not have to move into this district to run… You do have special interests running in this race.” By the fundraising numbers Choi has promoted himself as the campaign’s frontrunner but such a distinction is not so easily made. Just 8% of his total fundraising has come from zip codes represented within CD13. In contrast, O’Farrell may be somewhere in the middle of the pack with overall fundraising, but leads strongly in local contributions with nearly $20,000 more than Choi raised within the district. Still, campaign contributions do not paint a complete picture. Nearly half of the district is voting-age Latino, meaning any candidate able to rally support there could have say. The race’s Latino candidates include Negrete, activist and UCLA professor Dr. Octavio Pescador, and small-business owner Roberto Haraldson. After addressing the audience in Spanish at that Silver Lake candidate forum, Haraldson said, “If you don’t speak this language, you don’t speak the language of our district, which is a district that needs a lot of help… When you’re choosing a representative from our community, you need to find somebody who reflects the majority of what this community is. Now if you think the representative of this community is somebody who has had years and years of experience in our city’s government, if you think that’s an average person in our community, then that’s the candidate for you. But if you want somebody who reflects the values of our district, choose a candidate who does that.” March 2013

[keen to be green]

Crying Over Bottled Milk

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By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columnist I think I suffer from G.A.S.— Green Anxiety Syndrome. It hits me in restaurants when I have leftovers and can only take them home in the restaurant’s plastic containers. I panic – should I waste the food or the container? And when I’m buying milk. We drink organic milk, and every week I throw out several cardboard or plastic containers (into the blue bin, but still it’s waste that needs to be processed.) Our local Gelsons in Silver Lake sells milk in glass bottles, but it’s not organic. I could drive to Whole Foods in Glendale to buy milk in glass bottles, but what a terrible waste of gas! I may not be lactose intolerant, but recently the milk issue had been aggravating my G.A.S.! But there’s hope. My fam-

ily has moved temporarily to Atwater Village while our poor, burnt house in Silver Lake is being rebuilt. One of the upsides is that I recently discovered Atwater Village Farm along Glendale Blvd. When I dropped in one evening, I found that as well as their offerings of organic, locally grown fruit and veggies, locally baked bread and healthy Asian goodies, they also have organic milk in glass bottles—whole and 2%! I was so excited I almost cried. I realize that this is not a normal response but, having one less large container to dispose of every few days really helps cut down my trash. And I can even walk there. It looks like I might have found some temporary relief from G.A.S.!


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Los Feliz Ledger [senior moments]

“Constructive Paranoia” By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist Recently, a New York Times column written by Jared Diamond, author of the book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? made an impression on me. After falling in his shower, Diamond realized that he needed to pay more attention to the mundane and frequent activities of his life that might endanger him, especially at the age of 75. In other words, because of his aging, the odds

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according to Diamond, that Americans often exaggerate the risks of dangers beyond our control, such as a plane crash, or a crazy gunman, and at the same time, underestimate the risks that we can control. In other words, we often worry about the wrong dangers. For those 65 and older, the risk of falling in our own home is high, just because we spend a lot of time there. Statistics confirm this. Accidental falls, stumbling, tripping, or slipping,

especially in your own home. Do you use a handrail when you go up and down stairs? Do you have a mat for your shower or bath? Do your rugs have skid-proofed backing? Do you have non-slip surface on outside stairs? Do you have flashlights available in all your rooms in case the power goes out? What about having a phone in your bedroom or a safety alert system? Are all your items that you need within easy reach? Do you need grab-bars in your

Studies have concluded, according to Diamond, that Americans often exaggerate the risks of dangers beyond our control, such as a plane crash, or a crazy gunman, and at the same time, underestimate the risks that we can control. In other words, we often worry about the wrong dangers. For those 65 and older, the risk of falling in our own home is high, just because we spend a lot of time there. Statistics confirm this.

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that he would fall in a shower are high, just because he takes a shower daily. So, he came up with the term, “constructive paranoia.” For example, from his experience studying New Guineans living in the forest, Diamond learned that camping under a dead tree in their forest, no matter how beautiful, strong and solid it looks, is dangerous. All these large trees at some point fall down without warning, and one at a time. So when the New Guineans refused camping under the trees, they were using “constructive paranoia.” They have deduced that since they can’t predict when one will fall, because of the frequency of its happening, it is wise to stay away. Studies have concluded,

according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), impact one out of three adults 65 and older. Although caused by many things including medications, ill health and aging, falls are the leading cause of death due to injury. By using the concept of “constructive paranoia,” you can be vigilant about your life style in order to reduce your risk of a fall,

bathroom? Are your floors clear of clutter? These questions are examples of ways to reduce hazards at home. Besides making your house safer, there are other CDC recommendations on their web site www.cdc. gov. Look for safety for older adults. Remember you are not limiting your life style; you are just trying to keep the risks of accidents at a low level.

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Los Feliz Ledger [Franklin Avenue Elementary]

How to Stay Safe When You are Crossing the Street By 2nd Graders Hayden Dunne, Equinox Halili, and Jaxon Hoang

When crossing the street, it is very important to follow safety rules. Wait for the crossing signal before you step into the street, and make sure to look left and right. If there is no traffic light, find a safe spot on a corner where you can hear and see cars coming. Children should always hold an adult’s hand when crossing. Avoid crossing the street in between two parked cars because the driver may not see you. That is very dangerous and it is the cause of many serious accidents. At night, wear bright colored clothes so drivers can see you.

March 2013

[temple israel of Hollywood] Sam Baron and Jacob Tartakovsky, 6th Grade It’s been a very busy month at temple Israel. We celebrated Family Day, an Israeli alternative to separate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations and had a school-wide Family Math Night where each teacher taught a math game and students and their families circulated the school to play. Recently, the 6th grade took a visit to the Alexandria house, a cooperative home for women and children who are going through hard times and getting back in their feet. This incredible center helps out members of the community with early childhood education, afterschool programming for kids, job placement services, education and jobs. When the 6th graders were there, we played with the kids in the preschool, took a tour of the homes and spoke with the founder, Judy, who told us she and the organization work to change social policy on a political level. Soon, the 6th graders will return on several evenings to help cook meals for the residents and help the elementary students with their homework.

[pilgrim school]

Our “Seussical Musical” By Nicola Kachikis, 4th grade We have had our auditions, we have had our callbacks and the 2013 Pilgrim Musical has been cast! Students from Elementary grades through High School will make this production of “Seussical Musical” memorable. Many of my friends, as well as yours truly, have parts in this show. Our director, Miss Julianne, has made the whole process, from auditions to practices, a whole lot of fun. From what our director says, the costumes will live up to the fabulous imagination of Dr. Seuss. I get to play the part of Mazie, the vain bird who leaves Horton the elephant with her egg while she takes a “vacation for one afternoon.” I’ve been told my costume will have a beautiful tail and I will have a great time swishing it all over the stage. Our performance will be held in Stuart Hall the fourth week in April and, in the meantime, I look forward to practicing with my friends and having a great time giving my best during the performances.

[Ivanhoe elementary]

“Lunches for Bunches” By Charlotte Gilmore, 4th Grade Something I love about Ivanhoe is that it is so generous.  One thing Ivanhoe does is a program called “Lunches for Bunches.” On a specific day, students bring in an extra lunch. The extra lunches are then brought to Ascencia, an organization in Glendale that helps the homeless.  Things to put in the lunches are sandwiches, fruit, juice boxes, and other nonperishable items.  We usually get about 15 to 20 lunches each time, but we are hoping for more.  This program was started in 2010. Sophia de Reeder, who is our current student council president, thought of the name.  The next “Lunches for Bunches” will take place on March 1st. Thanks to “Lunches for Bunches” and other programs, Ascencia provides food throughout the year to those who need it.  Along with food, Ascencia also provides clothing and shelter. 

[st. james’ school]

Sweet Times By Nicole Klar On Thurs., Feb. 14th, my class had a Valentine’s Day party. We had a lot of fun decorating hearts and passing out candy.  We watched the Valentine’s Day episode of Charlie Brown. It was a perfect video for the occasion.  When kids were passing out their Valentine’s Day cards, everyone couldn’t wait to eat the candy, but unfortunately we had to wait until we got home. The treats that we were allowed to eat were delicious.  Valentine’s Day was awesome at St. James’.

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Los Feliz Ledger [john marshall high school] By Allia Parsons As the second semester continues on with full speed, students at Marshall have begun to think about the classes they will be taking next year. This has introduced some issues regarding classes that have been cut due to lack of enrollment and budget cuts. These classes like Honors Calculus or a Spanish level 4 class, are a necessity if you will be applying to most of the private east coast colleges, and many selective colleges across the nation, because they fulfill the four years needed for both language and math. However, the UC’s and many other colleges only require three years. So naturally Spanish 3 is where most students end their language class career. However, if you are a 10th grader in Spanish 3, you need

at least one more year to fulfill all the four years. Instead of keeping Spanish 4 all that’s left is an AP Spanish Literature class. This raises an issue because one hand we want to take another year of Spanish, however we know that taking an AP (advanced placement) Spanish class would be too rigorous for us non-native Spanish speakers. Therefore the issue is raised whether we should sacrifice a good number of Spanish years for potentially not doing well in a class. A group of my peers and I have decided to begin making a petition to get this Spanish 4 class back onto the Marshall roster. Though it may not pass the first try, this is an issue that will continue to cause issues for the new classes coming into Marshall, hopefully our concerns will be heard.

[immaculate heart high school]

A New Semester at IHHS By Claire Danna ’15 and Celynne Hebron ’15 At Immaculate Heart, February sparked a flurry of activity as a new semester kicked in. Our talent show featured some stellar students expressing themselves in song and dance, which brought smiles to all of our faces. During our much anticipated accreditation visit, our students and faculty stepped up to showcase the best of IHHS. Finally, our school tradition known as the Ring Ceremony celebrated the official status of our junior students as upperclasswomen of Immaculate Heart as they formally re-

ceived their class rings. February also launched a transition to many new extracurricular activities. As the winter sports season comes to a close, the IH spring teams (track, softball and swimming) are ready to get to work and to start competing. Meanwhile, auditions for the spring play As You Like It have taken place, and our theatrical students are rehearsing for their performances, which start March 21st. The students who participate in clubs, the school newspaper, and yearbook are also hard at work portraying student life and making IHHS an exciting and inspiring place to be as the second semester gets going.

Among the other highlights of March, the artwork of seven IH students will be included as part of a larger high school exhibit opening March 3rd and continuing through April at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, our annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon and Fashion Show will take place March 15th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel and will feature members of the senior class as models. Also on tap are two spiritual retreats, the Kairos retreat for senior students as well as the Sophomore Class Retreat, both offering time for reflection and an opportunity for students to build stronger relationships not only with each other, but with themselves.

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[star gazing] By Anthony Cook, Griffith Observatory A comet, C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS, will be visible after sunset this month. Binoculars may show the tail of the comet, starting about 30 minutes after sunset, starting on March 6th. The comet will be located a few degrees above the westsouthwest horizon, and will be a little farther north and a little higher each evening until about the 12th, when it reaches its maximum of 11 degrees above the horizon half an hour after sunset. The comet will be due west on the 10th, and in the west-north-


west by month’s end. The comet is expected to be at its brightest on March 10th. The crescent moon will be 10 degrees above the comet on the 13th. Detailed viewing information is available on Griffith Observatory’s website Depending on its visibility, the comet may be featured through Griffith Observatory’s public telescopes on clear evenings. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday morning, March 10th. Spring begins in the northern hemisphere at 4:02 a.m., P.D.T. on the 20th.

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Los Feliz Ledger [eastside eye]

Art: This Medicine Goes Down Easily By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist Art can transform lives. At Children’s Hospital, the “Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program” is a wide-ranging, expressive arts therapy that helps patients cope with illnesses by engaging in arts-related activities from drawing to drumming. On the hospital’s staff are art, music and dance movement therapists, “who use arts as a tool to serve the social, emotional cognitive and behavioral needs of patients,” according to Alex Field who leads the program. Volunteers, often performing artists, augment the program that served more than 24,000 patients in 2012. Arts are integrated into a patient’s treatment plan. In the same way that medication is prescribed by doctors or nurses, a patient is referred for evaluation and a therapist determines the best fit. “There are so many powerful metaphors in the arts,” Field said. For instance, perhaps even at bedside, a family can draw together which can help them illustrate and communicate the stress of dealing with a serious illness and its impact on a family. The expressive arts therapists are also trained in psychology and family dynamics. By communicating through music, art or movement, families and patients are able to cope better and more creatively with their experience. Within the hospital, the program is seen as an essential service. “The entire medical team is open to these options,” said Field. There are several Cre-

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ative Arts workshops throughout the week and up to 10 performances. In-patients and out patients are able to participate from ages two and up. For some, it is their first experience with an arts curriculum. An artist-in-residence on staff helps train volunteers on how to interact in the delicate environment. Community partners such as students from USC’s Thornton School of Music, present all types of musical styles in entertaining and healing sessions at the facility. For more information on the Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program:

FATHER FORD from page 1

served for more than a decade. “I was so dismayed when Ford was allowed to stay in a pastor role and work at San Roque,” Stevens said in an interview.

OMGC additionally has a kindergarten through 8th grade church in 2003 and eventually school on its premises. received a settlement totaling According to OMGC’s $1.1 million. The victim, Dalpastor, Mott, while Ford las, TX based Matt Stevens, served at OMGC, he had no said he has discovered 19 other contact with chilindividuals who dren and parish told him they Various other allegations in Ford’s ad m in ist rators, had been molested by Ford. file include “inappropriate touching” did not know of previous incidents Va riou s Ford other allegations of male students throughout his career, regarding and sexual abuse. in Ford’s file inan affair with a former seminary The OMGC’s clude “inapprostudent who died of AIDS and sexual office manager priate touching” Mary Hickey conof male students relations with other adult men and firmed the parish’s throughout his seminarians. ignorance and career, an affair said Ford “drove with a former Though Ford did not join in and drove out” for the seminary student who died another parish that was not masses he performed. of AIDS and sexual relations the end of his career. Five years Ford died in 2011 at the with other adult men and later, from April to May, 2010, age of 71. seminarians. Ford served as a back-up priest The Archdiocese of Los In 2005 Ford retired as assigned by the Archdiocese for Angeles did not return repastor of San Roque Church weekend masses at OMGC. quests for comment. in Santa Barbara where he had

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Eastside Eye Picks for March: Western Women’s History Tour at the Autry National Center. Every Saturday in March at 1 p.m. a docentled tour will put the focus on women and their often overlooked place in the history of the West. Laluzapalooza, 27th Annual Group Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery at Wacko. More than 15,000 works were submitted to this famously eclectic group show. The 27th edition features 230 works from 125 international and local artists. March 1-31, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.,


Los Feliz Ledger [the good life]

Belly up to the Blue Boar By Tara de Lis, Ledger Columnist It’s hard to find a good pub in Los Angeles. The real spirit of a public house is welcoming to folks from all walks of life— and all (adult) ages—who like to enjoy a drink and a lively conversation. Curtis Nysmith noticed this void—and he opened the Blue Boar in the summer of 2011. Both the concept and the name itself were inspired by his time in London. The fact that it has the lived-in look of an authentic British pub is no accident. Nysmith hired Spacecraft Group (Kitchen 24, Mohawk Bend) to design the vintage-style interior. The effect is dramatic, from the long, wooden bar and highceiling arches to aged brick and mismatched framed artwork. It gives it a sense of permanence, in the most unlikely

of places: the hyper-trendy Cahuenga Corridor. The crowd is surprisingly mixed. Nysmith says, “We get students from L.A. Film School, and we get 60 year olds that live in the Hollywood Hills and want to come down for fish and chips.” It’s not unusual to see people bring their parents in. The bar includes handcrafted, but approachable, cocktails. The most popular is their take on the Pimm’s Cup, which uses a mix of cucumber, strawberry, mint, citrus fruits and ginger beer. Ten taps include UK beers like Guinness and Harp, along with Blackthorn cider. More local craft brews, such as White Rascal and Stone IPA, make appearances as well.

SIGALA from page 6

“I do realize that the information they have provided to me is about a previous board and I did not want to in any way punish the current board in its efforts of trying to get this to us in a timely manner,” she said. “It’s always disturbing to me when I hear of allegations of wrong doing. Anytime I get an allegation there has been improper use of public funds we jump on top of that.” Liu said she has alerted the city attorney and city council to the issue and EmpowerLA will be conducting its own audit to see if they come up with the same conclusions.

arching entity to make a call or ruling and they’re not doing that it’s going to lead to some problems,” Castillo said. Empower LA’s general manager, Gracye Liu, did not move into that position until last December after several months in an interim capacity, and could not yet respond to the report, she said, until reviewing the final draft presented at a Feb. 26th GEPENC governors board meeting. Once she has reviewed and approved the final submitted reconciliation report, Liu said she will see that the GEPENC’s finances are finally unfrozen.

GARCETTI from page 1

secure neighborhoods.” Despite more than a decade in office, Garcetti said there is still plenty more he wishes he could have done for the district. Such projects include creating a park in walking distance from everyone, including one at the old Red Car property in Silver Lake and another in the southern part of Atwater Village; more paved streets and expanding general services through the area. “There’s always projects and a lot of work left,” he said. “But the big recession also hit us a few years ago, it was a break on a lot of the possibilities of what we could do.” “That said,” he continued, “we still added jobs, we still added revenues, we still had ribbon-cuttings, ground-breaking amidst the worst economy we’ve

seen in our lifetimes… So yeah there are always things, even though crime is down 2/3rds, every life lost [when a] serious crime [was] committed, is something that keeps me up at night and makes me want to do more to prevent that from happening to anyone.” With the growth this district has experienced, Garcetti said his successor will have to focus on striking a sustainable balance that keeps the community affordable. Listing challenges, the next CD13 representative should expect, he said: “To keep the diversity and the mix that’s always defined our community; to be able to help improve traffic and the schools—there’s never a shortage of challenges that our city faces. I think we have so much forward momentum but there’s still a lot of

challenges that remain.” “I think the next councilmember will have to have strong constituent services,” Garcetti said. “You know once you solve more serious problems like gang crime and murderers and things like that people turn to quality of life concerns. So you never have a reduction of the volume of calls and emails, but I would advise my successor to go out there and be pro-active. Knock on people’s doors like I’ve done for 11 years, hold office hours so people can see you face-toface like I’ve done my entire time, and develop partnerships because there’s a limit to what a council office and do—there’s a limit to what a city can do—but there’s almost unlimited potential for the 250,000 souls that call Council District 13 home.”

Tara de Lis is a freelance writer who lives in Hollywood.


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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

“To Be Young, Gifted and Black” By Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic Playwright Lorraine Hansberry stands out as the first African American woman to have a hit play, A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway. The drama won a New York City Drama Circle Award.   To Be Young, Gifted and Black currently onstage at Actors Co-Op’s  David Schall Theatre in Hollywood is a recap of Hansberry’s life and her fight against racism.   After her death from pancreatic cancer at age 34, her former husband, Robert Nemiroff, created the play using excerpts from her plays, journals, essays, poems, letters and speeches.  The result is more a retrospective literary work than a drama. It consists of a series of vignettes that are loosely threaded together to recreate the influences in Hansberry’s life that led to her struggles to become a writer.  Hansberry’s frustration with  the unjust treatment of blacks in America  led her to write A Raisin in the Sun. Later, she wrote a less successful second play, A Sign in Sidney Brusteins’ Window dealing with the struggles of young liberals whose ideals conflict with reality. Excerpts  from these two works are among the most effective scenes  in this production. Although at times


disjointed, a talented ensemble of actors brings the scenes to life. Director Andi Chapman sets the scenes on a minimalist stage on which  the actors portray multiple characters. Hansberry was played by three different actresses: Deborah Marlowe, Elayn J. Taylor and Kimi Walker. The transitions between the three was at times confusing.  To Be Young, Gifted and Black seems more a literary work than a drama, and  I almost felt that it might be better to read the script rather than spend over two hours watching the play.  To Be Young, Gifted and Black, through Sunday March 17th on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  There is an additional  Saturday matinee March 16th at 2:30 p.m. 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood First Presbyterian Church. $30; Seniors $25; Students $20. Reservations: (323) 462-8460 ext.300 or online at










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