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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 8. No. 11

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May 2013 [CD 13 race]

Campaign Donations Flowing For Choi and O’Farrell

Endorsements A-Plenty In Race’s Final Stretch

By Colin Stutz Ledger Contributing Writer

By Colin Stutz Ledger Contributing Writer

In the final month leading up to the city’s May 21st municipal runoff elections, money continues to flow into the City Council District 13 (CD13) race in support of candidates John Choi and Mitch O’Farrell. As of the April 6th filing period, that race had nearly $1.5 million in total campaign contributions raised by all of the 23 candidates it once held. Since then, with Choi and O’Farrell actively campaigning, this figure is significantly greater now. Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy

A number of former City Council District 13 (CD13) candidates have stepped up to endorse the race’s two remaining competitors—John Choi and Mitch O’Farrell. It’s likely these once-contestants could each bring with them a section of the district’s voters for the May 21st general election, according to Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University Los Angeles. But in what was once the city’s most contested seat earlier this year with a candidate pool of 20 before narrowing down to 12 for the March primary election,

Garcetti Remains Silent

SUMMER’S AROUND THE CORNER—And that can only mean area neighborhood block parties are in the works. One popular one, drawing 200 to 250 attendees, is Los Feliz’s set for June 8th this year. Pictured is Woodie Wade of Woodie’s Kitchen preparing his signature sliders for the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party. See story, page 13. Photo: Michael Locke.

see CAMPAIGNS page 9

see CD 13 RACE page 4

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Local Band and Kids Rock Coachella By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist Los Feliz based Indie rockers The Airborne Toxic Event got their start playing Silver Lake and Echo Park’s clubs. The quintet’s 2008 hit song, “Sometime Around Midnight,” propelled the group into the music mainstream. Over two weekends, the band played the 90,000-strong 2013 Coachella Music Festival’s main stage—one of several local groups that made the scene, including the children’s choir from the Silver Lake Conservatory of Music, who backed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Lead singer and songwriter Mikel Jollett describes the desert festival as the crown jewel of Southern California see COACHELLA page 8

Focus on the Advertiser: Agemian and Fang, Attorneys at Law, page 6

One of L.A.’s Driest Years Has Griffith Park on Alert By Colin Stutz Ledger Contributing Writer

Los Feliz’s Airborne Toxic Event played Sunday afternoon April 14th on Coachella’s main stage. Photo: Autumn DeWilde.

Community News: LFIA Honors Margret Lohfelt (center) for years of beautification, page 10

School Reports: Franklin Elementary Goes Native, page 17

GRIFFITH PARK—This year looks likely to go on record as the fourth driest in Los Angeles’ written history, and that has Griffith Park on high alert for brush fires. According to Carol Smith, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, downtown Los Angeles has received 5.14 inches of rain this year whereas a normal year would be 14.42 inches. With the spring rainy season that lasts typically through March or April passed, she said there is cause for concern. “I wouldn’t be hopeful for a whole lot more rain,” she said.

Editorial: O’Farrell over Choi, page 19

Smith said the beginning of the year started out with average rain levels but fell off in January. However, she said, the threat of a draught is not imminent because statewide there has been plenty of precipitation. “In some places it was the closest to the wettest ever,” Smith said referring to Central and Northern California. But in Los Angeles’ largest park, the memory is still fresh of the May 2007 wildfire that burned more than 817 acres— nearly a fifth—of its property. Only this past winter did the park’s bird sanctuary finally see GRIFFITH PARK page 10

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Los Feliz Ledger [letter from the publisher] It’s hard to imagine Eric Garcetti not being at the helm of Los Angeles City Council District 13, but certainly that will be case when his successor—either Mitch O’Farrell or John Choi—will be decided May 21st in the city’s general election. We’ve produced an extensive amount of coverage on the CD13 race, including in this issue, where we look closer at endorsements

of O’Farrell and Choi as well as delving further into fundraising by both candidates. Also, only online this month, is a complete news analysis of the race, which has been the most contested city council seat—once having a candidate pool of 20—in this election cycle. Please read more at losfelizledger.com With regret, the Ledger will not be able to have a monthly column on handwriting as we indicated a couple of months back. Thank you to the many who sent in handwriting samples.

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Two Immaculate Heart Students Win Top Awards in Annual Writing Contest

Winning the top awards were seniors Maura Turcotte (left), first place, and Nicola Willoughby, second place.

Two students at Immaculate Heart High School were the top award recipients in the Cabrini Literary Guild’s annual creative writing contest. Garnering first place and $1,000 was Immaculate Heart senior Maura Turcotte of Glendale, with Immaculate Heart senior Nicola Willoughby of Silver Lake taking second place and $750. The Cabrini Literary

Guild, a philanthropic organization, announced the awards, including cash scholarship prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000, during a luncheon presentation April 11th at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. Approximately 89 entries from Catholic high schools in the Los Angeles area addressed this year’s essay topic on the value of an education.

King Students Screen Films and Animation During 10th Annual Festival LOS FELIZ—Thomas Starr King Middle School’s 10th Annual Animation and Film festival will take place Sun., June 2nd at the Vista Theatre from 9:45 a.m. until 12 noon. All are invited to this free event. The event showcases on year-long animation and film projects, including cartoon, written and produced by students. For the 10th Anniversary version of the festival, there will again be 3D Animated feature-ettes, history films and other films from the Gifted Technology-Arts Magnet.   “It has been an extremely satisfying and enjoyable ex-

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perience seeing students create their own cartoons, since they have been able to prove time and time again how very creative they have been, and are able to work with software that is complex and difficult to use,” said Kirk Palayan, King’s Computer Animation Teacher and organizer of the festival. As part of their study, students also visited studios such as Dreamworks Animation Studios, Film Roman (producer of the Simpson’s) and Sony Studios Animation. For information: www.animationandfilmfestival.com

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Los Feliz Ledger CD 13 RACE from page 1

Kbushyan added that his father, a former restaurateur and soup kitchen owner, is now also helping O’Farrell’s campaign by walking the precinct as well. “These are the things that are important,” Kbushyan said. “People have known my family for many years… We can unite the people behind the councilperson who truly represents their spirit and their soul and their needs.” Matt Szabo, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s deputy chief of staff, has publicly put his support behind Choi. He said O’Farrell’s work in the

at only two candidates today it’s a very different race. Sam Kbushyan surprised many in that primary election, as a candidate the press widely overlooked, he received the third most votes and led early in the night as vote-by-mail ballots were counted. In all, he received 11.36%—2,731 total—of the district’s votes, thanks largely to his engaging the Armenian-American community in East Hollywood’s Little Armenia. Now he has publicly endorsed O’Farrell in the runoff election and has

Hall,” Szabo said. “You need to be able to persuade seven colleagues, and the mayor, and in some cases the city attorney. “Mitch has done a lot of work in the community but he hasn’t done anything without Eric Garcetti. Without a city councilperson able to deliver, the field representatives have no power and Mitch was working

under one of the most effective councilmembers in City Hall… It’s important to know the community, but in order to represent your community you need to be able to move you agenda through City Hall.” However, if Garcetti wins the mayoral election, and “all pieces fall into place,” former CD13 candidate Mike

Schaefer pointed out, “Mitch will have a professional working relationship with the new Mayor.” Schaefer has also endorsed O’Farrell. He finished 11th in the primary race with 1.89% of the votes. Throughout the election there has been a strong narrative pitting local candidates see CD 13 RACE page 11

Throughout the election there has been a strong narrative pitting local candidates who have lived in the district for some time against newcomers or so-called “carpetbaggers” who only recently moved in to run for office.

been active in encouraging his support base to choose O’Farrell too. A longtime neighborhood activist, Kbushyan said the district’s ArmenianAmerican community has been historically overlooked and his campaign helped to unite it politically. It is a community of immigrants, he said, many of whom were first time voters he helped register, and in so doing “gave them tools to exercise their democratic rights.”

district for more than a decade as current-CD13 Councilmember and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti’s former senior aide would not translate as well to the city-level politics as Choi’s experience as Public Works Commissioner or at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor before that. “You are only as affective a councilmember to the extent that you can build coalitions and pull levers on behalf of your constituents in City

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LADWP POWER RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENT CONSTRUCTION ALONG LOS FELIZ BLVD APRIL 2 THROUGH FALL 2013

As part of the Power Reliability Program, LADWP crews replace underground power infrastructure along Los Feliz Blvd. Construction will begin April 2, 2013 and is expected to be completed in Fall 2013. Traffic control officers will be on-site to assist vehicles in traveling efficiently through the construction site. All lanes will be reopened at the end of each work day. Access to driveways and alleys will be maintained at all times.

Intersection of Los Feliz Blvd &Hillhurst Ave PHASE 1: April 1 to early May 2013 Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May include Saturday work. • Los Feliz Blvd (eastbound): All lanes open. No left turn onto Hillhurst Ave. • Los Feliz Blvd (westbound): Reduced to one lane through the intersection. • Hillhurst Ave (northbound): No left turn onto Los Feliz Blvd. • Hillhurst Ave (southbound): All vehicles must turn right onto Los Feliz Blvd. • The bus stop at the northeast corner, on Los Feliz Blvd, will be temporarily relocated.

LADWP POWER RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENT CONSTRUCTION ALONG LOS FELIZ BLVD APRIL 1 Ave THROUGH FALL 2013 Los Feliz Blvd, between Vermont & Cheswic Lane

As part of the Power Reliability Program, LADWP crews replace underground power infrastructure along Los Feliz Blvd. Construction will PHASE 2:andEarly May through late June 2013 begin April 1, 2013 will occur intermittently on weekdays through Fall 2013.

Monday through a.m. toresponsible 3 p.m. for responding to other power related needs for the Los Feliz LADWP power crews responsibleFriday, for carryingfrom out this9 work are also area as well as surrounding communities. As other unanticipated power repair needs arise in the system, crews will be reassigned and • Los Feliz Blvd: Reduced to one lane in each direction. pulled away temporarily from the construction on Los Feliz Blvd. All lanes will remain open to traffic on non-construction days. • Los Schedule Feliz Blvd (eastbound): No left turn onto Vermont Ave. Construction Construction has beenAve divided(northbound): into two separate phases will occur Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Vermont Noandleft turnintermittently onto Los Feliz Blvd. All lanes will be reopened at the end of each work day. Access to driveways and alleys will be maintained at all times.

PHASE 3: Late June through Fall 2013 Phase 2: Early May through Fall 2013 The majority of the work, cable splicing, will occur at night mitigate traffi Intersection of Los Feliz Blvd and Hillhurst Ave Los Feliz Blvd, betweento North New Hampshire Avecto Cheswic Lane Blvd: Reducedalong to one lane in each direction between Los Feliz BlvdIntermittent (eastbound): No left daytime turn onto Hillhurst Ave. impacts. construction will Los beFeliz necessary Los Feliz Vermont Ave to Cheswic Lane. Los Feliz Blvd (westbound): Reduced to one lane through the Blvd to install cable, two days per week on average, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vermontfrom Ave (northbound): No left turn onto Los Feliz Blvd. intersection. Hillhurst Ave (northbound): No left turn onto Los Feliz Blvd. • Los Feliz Blvd: Reduced to one lane in each direction next Hillhurst Ave (southbound): Must turn right onto Los Feliz Blvd. tobusthe area.corner, on Los Feliz Blvd, will be The stop work at the northeast Phase 1: April 1 through early May 2013

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Los Feliz Ledger [a dog’s life]

Canine Cancer: Recognizing the Disease By Jennifer Clark, Ledger Columnist Known for being a silent killer, cancer is one of the leading causes of death in dogs. Fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer. So how can owners know if something is amiss? There are many telltalewarning signs that can lead to correct diagnoses. Some of the more obvious signs of concern include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained bleeding and a persistent cough. Other, less noticeable changes may include a distended belly and straining to urinate. Any kind of suspicious lump should be biopsied, especially if it has recently changed in size or texture. Swollen lymph nodes, foul breath and lameness or swelling in the bones can also signal cancer. Purebred pooches have higher rates

of cancer, due to inbreeding (another reason to adopt that pound mutt). Treatment for canine cancer is the same as for humans. A veterinarian will discuss options such as chemotherapy and radiation or simple excision of tumor if that is a possibility. New tumor vaccines are being developed that will revolutionize dog cancer treatments. And of course there are alternative therapies available as well including hydrotherapy, acupuncture, acupressure and massage. While all of the signs can be terrifying, early detection is critical to halting the advancement of cancer. The best way to stay on top of your dog’s health is to maintain regular veterinary appointments, stay up to date on all vaccines and brush your dog’s teeth regularly.

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Three Bars for Classic Daiquiris By Tara de Lis, Ledger Columnist In an age when mixology has been parodied on everything from Parks & Recreation to Portlandia, it’s refreshing to see an old favorite like the Daiquiri trending. But a true Daiquiri doesn’t refer to the slushy-style, blended concoction popular at tropical resorts. A classic Daiquiri doesn’t require a blender, and it also shouldn’t come pre-bottled or with “insta”-anything. Instead, it’s a straightforward mix of rum, citrus and sugar. And there are some great bars in and around the neighborhood serving this refreshing sipper that’s an ideal pre-summer drink.

MessHall, still a relatively new addition to Los Feliz, located in the longtime Louise’s Trattoria location, is known as much for its cocktail program as it is for its comfort food. There are actually two versions of the Daiquiri here: one with clear rum and one with aged rum. Both feature simple syrup derived from evaporated cane juice. At Big Bar, also in Los Feliz, every bartender is trained in the art of classic cocktails, including the hand-shaken daiquiri. Coincidentally, an upcoming specialty cocktail—name undecided—will riff on it, with the addition of house-made pineapple shrub.

Silver Lake’s The Virgil is another hot spot for creative libations. A traditional Daiquiri was on the original cocktail list, but as of late has become more of a chalkboard special. There’s also an Air Mail, which is based on a Daiquiri, but comes honey syrup, fresh-squeezed lime-juice and is topped with sparkling wine. Tara de Lis is a freelance writer based in Hollywood. Advertise in the

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The Rowena Redo By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge Recently, I stood on a brand-new Rowena Avenue with a group of local stakeholders, pleased to inaugurate bike lanes on a totally remade street. What was formerly a four-lane speedway is now a street, with sidewalks, parking, bike lanes, a turn lane, and a car lane in each direction. I can’t claim credit for this Rowena redo. The idea came from a local resident, Michael Groszkruger, and happened only with immense community support. A bikeable, walkable Rowena Avenue will be an especially large benefit to students at local Ivanhoe Elementary. At our groundbreaking event, the bike lanes were full of children biking with their parents to school. The Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (LADWP) must also be credited. While the impacts of the River Supply Conduit Project have been

large, it was only because of the LADWP’s work that the street was redone so quickly. There is still much more work to be done on Rowena Avenue and other streets before Silver Lake and Los Feliz are truly multi-modal communities. What do you think of the Rowena road diet? I have promised to revisit Rowena after 90 days to see whether congestion levels are acceptable and these road improvements are well used. Email me at tom.labonge@lacity.org with your opinions. On another note, I want to remember Sal Castro, who died April 15th at the age of 79. Sal impacted the lives of tens of thousands of students. His 1968 walkout, begun at Lincoln High School, brought attention to issues of equality and sparked change. He was a neighborhood person, a local, and a kind soul. Sal is survived by his wife Charlotte, two sons, and two grandchildren. Let’s remember Sal as we educate our own children and grandchildren.

rock festivals. “If you play Coachella, you’re part of the music culture in general. It’s great to be a part of it, it’s great to feel vindicated and that you’re adding your voice to pop culture,”

“If you play Coachella, you’re part of the music culture in general. It’s great to be a part of it, it’s great to feel vindicated and that you’re adding your voice to pop culture,” said lead singer and songwriter Mikel Jollet said lead singer and songwriter Jollet, when reached on tour in Kansas. Because the festival does not cater to one niche, the mix of modern music and spectacle sets Coachella apart from other shows, as does its “massiveness,” said Jollett. He found the two weekends very similar, although the second weekend show, he said, was more relaxed and “less nerve wracking.” The band is in the midst of a tour to promote its third album Some Hot Blood. Recorded in Nashville’s, Blackbird Studios, it’s available April 30th. There was a good response from Coachella fans to the new material according to Jollett, who said the goal with the new record was

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a story, spending time with these ideas and characters and getting lost in them,” he said. The band came up through the Silver Lake music scene, playing gigs at Spaceland and Sunset Junction early on. Jollett counts Fitz and the Tantrum’s Michael Fitzpatrick among his friends—they can often

be found at LA Mill when they’re not touring. The Airborne Toxic Events’ live album was recorded at Disney Hall during the Philharmonic’s 2012 West Coast, Left Coast series that celebrates local artists. “It was an incredible privilege to play Disney Hall and we wanted to live up to it,” Jollett said who brought in a children’s choir and the Belmont High School Marching Band as backup. “The idea was for it was wide: it was such a great opportunity and we wanted to involve artists in community,” he said and reflect the city’s many aspects, nationalities and mix of cultures. For touring information: www.theairbornetoxicevent. com. Their name: inspired by a passage in novelist Don DeLillo’s White Noise.

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Sherry Bebitch Jeffe said in today’s political environment that total is not extraordinary. “You spend as much as you can,” she said. “Whether or not it works is another matter.” Choi is hoping his labor support pays off. As of April 6th, he had received more than $400,000 in total donations and nearly matched that with another $380,000 in independent expenditures from labor unions. Of those independent contributors, his former employer, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, was the most generous of all. By the time the race is over, Choi will have run a campaign easily costing more than $1 million. Also, as of April 6th, however, having spent more than $466,000 already on his campaign, Choi had less cash on hand than O’Farrell. Thanks in large part to a $77,676 boost from the city matching funds and about half the total reported expenses of Choi’s campaign, on April 6th O’Farrell had more than $136,000 cash on hand compared to Choi’s $120,000. Following the primary election, Choi’s reported fundraising is roughly $112,000 to O’Farrell’s almost $70,000. O’Farrell has received no independent expenditures in this time, whereas Choi’s labor support has continued to be strong coming in at $142,000. Still, as it has been throughout the race, O’Farrell’s fundraising efforts within the district—which runs from Hollywood to Echo Park—has been drastically superior to his opponent’s. About $75,000 has been raised on behalf of O’Farrell within zip codes that fall within the CD13 boarders, equaling about 47% of his total contributions. In contrast, Choi has raised $34,000 in these zip codes, accounting for only 8.5% of his total campaign contributions. Choi responded to his

lack of local funds by attributing about half of his contributions to the broader KoreanAmerican community. About $65,000 of his contributions has come from within Koreatown’s zip codes, of which there is minor overlap with CD13. If elected, Choi, a Korean immigrant, would be the city’s first Korean-American City Councilmember. “Over half of the funds that I’ve received throughout

“I didn’t know about his comments,” said Choi. “I believe his comments are out of line. In fact, they’re outrageous. I don’t agree with his view, I’m a full supporter of marriage equality, equal rights and benefits, absolutely there’s been no question.” But there are more issues within the Korean-American community. Though Choi is campaigning on labor dollars, he has also received donations

About $65,000 of Choi’s contributions has come from within Koreatown’s zip codes, of which there is minor overlap with CD13. If elected, Choi, a Korean immigrant, would be the city’s first Korean-American City Councilmember. the election have come from the broader Korean-American community,” he said. “A community that has tremendously long history with the city of L.A., has contributed to its culture, to its economy, and has never had a voice. And I’m speaking about the broader [Asian Pacific Islander] community, in terms of it having been over 20 years since we’ve had any Asian American representation in the city of L.A. That to me is not indicative of a special interest that’s trying to buy the seat. That’s indicative of a community that wants some political voice in the nation’s second biggest city.” This is not without its political issues, however. Choi’s campaign received $2,100 from Pastor Richard Shin of Glory of Jesus Church congregation, Shin’s wife, and another pastor there. The former president of Council of Korean Churches of Southern California, Shin has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and supporter of 2008’s controversial Yes on Prop 8 campaign. Upon learning of this, rather than returning the money, Choi said his campaign donated the funds to the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

from various companies with a history of workers rights violations. Among those is $3,600 from Forever 21 staff and the Chang family that owns and operates the clothing retail chain, which has had a history of sweat-shop conditions reported at contracted factors overseas in countries such as China, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam, but also in Los Angeles according to a 2011 expose in BusinessWeek that found a local sweatshop where seamstresses earned about 12 cents per garment. That company is also under investigation for violating minimum wage, overtime or child labor standards. Another contributor who has maxed out donations to the Choi campaign at $1,400 is Dae Lee, the owner of Joia Trading Inc., which last year was indicted for selling jewelry imported from Asia that contained metals which are potentially toxic especially to young children. Choi has also received $700 from Have Fashion, Inc., which in 2010 was ruled to have violated the fair labor standards act. And donor Jin Chil Jhung has donated $500 to Choi’s campaign, a trader for the Royal Imex., Inc. subsidiary of Henan Rebecca

Hair, which has been reportedly tied to working with Chinese Falun Gong slave labor camps to manufacture its products. This is all pretty far removed from Choi and does not incriminate the candidate, said Choi’s campaign manager Mike Shimpock. Turning attention to O’Farrell’s fundraising, of note is $700 donated by federal bank fraud felon Juri Ripinsky’s Continental Development Group. Ripinsky has been in the news lately for donating funds to Eric Garcetti’s mayoral campaign as well. Continental Development Group’s donation is just one of many the O’Farrell campaign has seen from developers or other real estate and property interests around the city. Others include $3,500

from developers E M Caplow & Associates, $2,650 from the family of Hollywood developer Ferris Wehbe, and $1,650 from Paramount Contractors & Development. Choi said such donations suggest O’Farrell will be beholden to these developers, but O’Farrell contests this is untrue. “I’ve put everything out there,” said O’Farrell. “I talk about affordable housing, I talk about rent control, I talk about affordable housing ordinances. This is always what real estate developers see, so I think that everyone who supports me, both financially and with votes, realizes that at the end of the day I will do what’s fair and what’s best—what’s best for the city, what’s best for the district.”

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LFIA Honors Los Feliz Beautification Volunteer

LFIA Honors Margret Lohfelt (center) for years of beautification of Los Feliz.

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LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) honored long-time volunteer Margret Lohfeld by planting a deodar cedar tree in her honor at 4126 Los Feliz Blvd. in a tree dedication ceremony April 13th. Lohfeld served as chair of LFIA’s Beautification Committee for two decades during

which time she was responsible for the planting of nearly 50 deodars along the boulevard. “We can’t think of a more deserving and dedicated person to honor with one of the deodars that so represents our community,” said Faith Ford, who serves as LFIA’s current Beautification Committee chair.

GRIFFITH PARK from page 1

constant and he sees the most potential threat within open spaces where wild chaparral grows. “In those communities of plants there is the propensity for brush fire,” he said. But basically, he continued, the entire area is at risk because of fire-friendly characteristics such as the “steep terrain and great open space that is Griffith Park.” Already fire season in the greater Los Angeles area has started with more than 100 acres charred in Monrovia. Rain is measured starting July 1st. The driest year in Los Angeles’ recorded history was 2006-07, when just 3.21 inches of rain fell. The record before then was in 2002-03, when 4.42 inches fell. The third-driest year was 1961 with just under 5 inches. With this year, three of the city’s four driest years in the last 135 years will have occurred in the last decade. To prevent fires, Torres said park patrons should adhere to the ordinance that prohibits smoking anywhere in Griffith Park and help to educate tourists on this as well. He added that everyone should be aware and prepared. “At our entrances we try to project that Smokey the Bear attitude of, ‘Only you,’ and there’s just a little warning at the entrance of what the day’s conditions are,” Torres said. Experts advise citizens to check the LAFD.org website for red flag notifications on particularly hazardous days and to make sure to park their cars leaving enough space for fire department vehicles to get by if needed.

reopen. That there were only a few smaller blazes during the years following the fire, is a mixed blessing, said Captain Rodrigo Fuentes for Fire Station 56 of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), which is the first responder to fires at Griffith Park. “It’s good and its bad,” he said, “because now that brush is really thick and drying up. So now when we do have [a fire] hopefully it won’t be a windy day, but it’s going to burn very fast and hot.” Fuentes said the “brush is ready” for fire in Griffith Park and said its dryness is comparable now to what it would normally be in August. “It looks scary,” he said. To prepare, his station and the entire LAFD does annual brush training each spring and review company and department standard operating guidelines. In Griffith Park there is a water system setup with hydrants around the property. Also, he said, at the ranger station at the park’s base, there are two water tenders that are portable water tanks for areas that do not have hydrant access. Several factors go into the park’s evaluation of any given day’s fire threat, according to Senior Park Ranger Albert Torres, including relative humidity, wind, temperature and whether or not there is a cloud cover. On days when the danger level is rated critical or extreme, more park rangers are assigned for duty. According to Torres, the park’s brush growth has been Page 10 COMMUNITY NEWS

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Los Feliz Ledger [keen to be green]

I’ll Take My Coffee Green, Please By Meher McArthur When I first moved to Southern California, I found the coffee culture here very confusing. I remember an early visit to Starbucks, when my colleague ordered a “Grande Latte 2%” and I had no idea what that was! Fifteen years later, although I’m still a bit baffled by the complex language of coffee, I’m more concerned with consuming coffee with minimal environmental impact. But this too can get complicated. First, it’s important to buy “fair trade” coffee, made from beans bought directly from the coffee growers, because this benefits the farmers—and not the middlemen. Second, since coffee is the most heavily sprayed food crop in the world,

we should buy organic. Third, rather than coffee grown in large plantations, it’s better to buy “shade grown coffee,” as these beans are grown in jungles and promote natural ecological relationships between different trees, plants, resident and migratory birds. It’s a lot to remember. I read about a super-green coffee company in Canada that delivers its beans in reusable mason jars by bicycle. This eco-friendly option may not be available here yet, but with sustainable coffee companies like Cafecito Organico (www.cafecitoorganico.com), Groundwork (www.groundworkcoffee. com) and Caffé Vita (www. caffevita.com” www.caffevita. com) in our neighborhood and more grocery stores stocking fair trade, organic and even

shade-grown beans, I don’t have to worry as much about how green my coffee is. Now, I can get back to deciding whether to have a tall decaf 2% cappuccino or a grande blended frappuccino with agave syrup!

L.A.’s Latest Map Bonanza Topic of Los Feliz Library Talk May 16th A serendipitous story about the greatest map gift ever made to the Los Angeles Public Library will be told by map librarian Glen Creason at the Architecture and Beyond Lecture Series Thurs., May 16th, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Creason, who was put on the Los Angeles map scene with his 2010 book, Los Angeles in Maps, will lecture on “A Gift for the Ages: The Story of the House Full of Maps Given to the Los Angeles Public Library.” More than 100,000 maps were given to the library from the John Feather Collection found in his Mt. Washington home destined for demolition. The maps would have been destroyed, along with the house, until realtor Matthew Greenberg contacted the map librarian. Skylight Books will have copies of Creason’s book for purchase and signing at the event. Free. For more info, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710.

CD 13 RACE from page 4

who have lived in the district for some time against newcomers or so-called “carpetbaggers” who only recently moved in to run for office. That story has continued to be at play in the runoff. O’Farrell has lived in the district for more than 20 years, while Choi just moved to Echo Park in 2011 and is being characterized as an outsider by many. That divide was interestingly highlighted by some former candidates’ early endorsements when Szabo and Assistant Fire Chief Emile Mack both stepped up to back Choi. Both those candidates were widely viewed previously to fall in that transplant category as well. Meanwhile, the so-called “neighborhood candidates,” Kbushyan and attorney at the California Department of Justice Josh Post, had announced their backing O’Farrell. “I believe the new councilmember needs to be someone who has, in a sense, paid his dues in the community through community advocacy and participation,” said Post, calling O’Farrell a true grassroots candidate. “Mitch has done this. And to be frank, while John Choi may be a nice guy, no one in our community had heard of him six months ago.” But Choi’s recent endorsements by former candidates Jose Sigala and Robert Negrete should likely win him some local points. “These are folks that have

been in the district I’d say far longer than Mitch has been in the district. And those are the type of people I think are supporting my candidacy,” said Choi. Recently, O’Farrell added Sheriff Lee Baca and Congressman Xavier Becerra, as well as current Councilmembers Tom LaBonge, Jan Perry, Bill Rosendahl and Bernard Parks to his list of backers. Noticeably absent from that list has been O’Farrell’s former boss, Garcetti, which could make a massive difference in the race were he to speak up. “We can just chalk it up to [Garcetti] being a candidate,” said O’Farrell. “I know this: we communicate regularly, we support each other, and we are facing some of the same opposing factors that are funding our respective opponents’ races.” Choi’s list of supporters is growing increasingly long as well. Mayor Villaraigosa, Speaker of the State Assembly John Perez, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Jose Huizar and Joe Buscaino have all backed his campaign. Choi has also received the support of Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers and State Senator Ricardo Lara, as well as the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and Young Democrats organizations.

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LOS FELIZ | 4210 CROMWELL AVENUE | web: 0284842 | $2,775,000 Tour de force cutting edge modern circa 2013 with light filled sophistication and everything to offer North of the blvd in prime Los Feliz. Konstantine Valissarakos 323.252.9451

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Los Feliz Block Party Slated for June 8th When Two Historic Homes to be Honored By Michael Locke, Ledger Contributing Writer Since becoming an activist in the Silver Lake community over a decade ago, I’ve been singing the praises of the good oldfashioned neighborhood block party as a way of connecting to the people that we should be literally speaking, closest to, our neighbors. Inspired by our exposure to the Primrose Hill Block Party in Silver Lake, a neighborhood happening since 1994, my wife Donna and I began hosting a block party for our neighborhood four years ago. The party was successful beyond our wildest expectations with approximately 200 to 250 participants each year. The event has traditionally been held on the second

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Illegal Flower Vendors Problematic in Griffith Park By Colin Stutz Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—Illegal flower vendors, selling flowers to motorists along Forest Lawn Drive near the 134 Freeway onramp, are causing traffic congestion and spooking horses, according to city officials. According to Los Angeles City Council District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s Field Deputy Mary Rodriguez, motorists headed towards Mt. Sinai Memorial Park and Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuaries stop to buy flowers from the illegal vendors at a cheaper rate than the cemetery florists. This has caused traffic at times to snarl on the on and off-ramps. More dangerously, though, according to Rodriguez, the cellophane that the flowers are wrapped in makes a crinkling sound and also reflects light, spooking horses in the park. This has resulted in thrown riders, many of whom are novices renting horses at the nearby stables. When approached by police and park rangers, vendors often ditch their inventory and run into one of the nearby equestrian tunnels that run under the freeway. On one instance, pursued by a park ranger, Rodriguez said the vendors assaulted him with rocks. All of this has resulted in a large amount of trash around the park as well. On a recent cleanup, Rodriguez said, they filled more than two truckloads of debris leftover by the vendors. The issue was brought to the attention of LaBonge’s office in late-January. Since then, Rodriguez said CD 4 has been working with the Dept. of Water and Power to install fencing around the Headworks Reservoir that runs adjacent to the area. There has also been communication with the Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation about installing signage indicating that motorists cannot stop there. Additionally, State Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s office is also working with the California Dept. of Transportation to install fencing around the on and off-ramps as well as adding additional signage there as well. And the Los Angeles Police Dept. is stepping up efforts to keep the area patrolled. “It’s a collaborative effort,” said Rodriguez. COMMUNITY NEWS Page 13


Los Feliz Ledger [senior moments]

New Passions As We Age By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist At our Griffith Park Adult Community Center “Community Celebration” in April, we had a talent show created and directed by one of our members, Peter Bonerz, who is an actor and director best known for his role as the dentist on “The Bob Newhart Show.” The par-

film, “Quartet,” filmed in England and directed by Dustin Hoffman, is about a retirement home for gifted musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Muscicisti founded by Guiseppe Verdi. The residents continue to be engaged in their former profession, either through teaching the

cle in the aarp.org/magazine for February/March 2013. The interview naturally inquired about his reaction to the theme of “Quartet” which is about aging and “the mortality hovering over the characters and binding them.” The film was impressive since in addition to the stars, it also featured musicians over 70. For Dustin Hoffman, he referred to life as a three-act play and that beyond retirement, it would be considered

had three more acts. Consider this quote attributed to writer W. Somerset Maugham: “When I was young, I was amazed at Plutarch’s statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would

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young or creating music with each other. The plot centers upon their need to raise funds to keep the home going and their hope that the yearly concert presented by the residents on Verdi’s birthday would be the answer. This movie was Dustin Hoffman’s debut into directing. And since Mr. Hoffman moved into directing at 75, he was the subject of an arti-

take too long.” For most of us, there is sadness upon losing what you used to do or be, but at the same time, you can’t just go to bed. You move on to those interests that engage you, and you use talents or experiences that had been with you in your earlier life to create new or reinvented passions.

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the second-act when you are pursuing your interests in spite of possible body limitations. The third act would be “something that alters you, some infirmity or whatever,” he said. However, when he shared that sentiment with the cast, somebody responded, “Maybe it’s a Shakespearean play with five acts.” According to Mr. Hoffman, that pleased him as he then

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Los Feliz Ledger [restaurant review]

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Beachwood Café Brightens Up Local Colors

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” Is a Comic Feast By Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic Sometimes it’s fun to go to a play that has no deep inner message, no pondering of the meaning of life and no inner psychological angst. That’s why I enjoyed the Glendale Centre The- Pictured left to right:  Clement von Franckenstein, Reatre’s production becca Balding, Brenda Dietlein, Kate Landro, Andrew Mark Christopher Tracy. of “The Man Who Prine, Photo courtesy: Glendale Centre Theater. Came to Dinner.”   The play was a hit when many films and guest spots on it appeared on Broadway many television programs. His in 1939  and was also a sucinterpretation of the irascible cessful movie in 1942. The Whiteside keeps the action playwrights, Moss Hart moving.  He adeptly maneuand George S. Kaufaman, vers himself around the set wrote the comedy using their in a vintage style wheelchair. friend  Alexander Wolcott, a Brenda Dietlein portrays Whi1930s radio star and theater teside’s long-suffering assistant critic, as the prototype for Maggie Cutler with style.   their central character, the The audience loved the egocentric and domineering antics of Banjo, Whiteside’s Sheridan Whiteside.  movie actor friend who apWhen shortly before pears in the second act and Christmas  during a speakplayed by a second Equity ing tour Whiteside slips on actor, Mark Christopher Traice and injures his hip outside cy. Some of the other characthe Ohio home of prominent ters interpreted their  characcitizen Ernest Stanley and his ters in a rather broad manner wife, he moves in and takes that at times came a tad close over, meddling in the lives of to exaggeration. The play is dieveryone he meets.  rected by Heather Lowe Set in December 1939, When it comes to period the play has many references pieces, I am rather picky about from that time that might go costumes and set.  Angela over the heads of some audiWood was able to glean effecence goers.    Some may not tive costumes from the comknow of Zazu Pitts, True pany’s extensive collection to Story Magazine and  legendrecreate the 1930’s.  The small ary Broadway actress Kathryn central stage was effectively deCornell. Nevertheless, the fast signed to capture the feeling of paced comedy, some of it rathan Ohio home in the 1930’s. er corny,  keeps the attention of  the audience in tow.                 “The Man Who Came to This is a community theDinner,” Thursday through Satater—meaning many of the urday, 8 p.m.  Saturdays and actors are talented amateurs.  Sundays at 3 p.m. through May However, for this production 11th.  All ages. Glendale Centre the role of Sheridan Whiteside Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., is played by Equity actor AnGlendale.  $21 to $23.  Reservadrew Prine, whose impressive tions: (818) 244-8481 or www. resume includes lead  roles in glendalecentretheatre.com.

By Pat Saperstein Ledger Restaurant Critic There’s something about coming across a restaurant hidden in a canyon that feels like travelling to another city, and Beachwood Cafe is no exception. When the 35-year old Village Coffee Shop closed in late 2011 after 35 years, former Millie’s and Edendale Grill owner Patti Peck came in to give the worn cafe a makeover with the help of architect Barbara Bestor. Chef Minh Tran revamped the menu to hit standards like bacon and eggs, BLTs and burgers, but added Asian accents, vegan and vegetarian choice and an emphasis on farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Dinner dishes range from the $12 Angus burger (with fries or kale salad) to Dover sole with glass noodles and tamarind-ginger broth ($23). Some selections are well under 500 calories, like a smallish but nicely-roasted Jidori chicken breast ($16) with cauliflower-garlic puree and house made cranberry sauce. At breakfast, black rice congee with ham hock and fried egg ($10) is a successful Asian-styled dish, with plenty of crispy pork cubes and shreds enriching a comfortingly murky broth inflected with pickled jalapenos. The Beachwood Café is a fine spot for the laid-back ladies and gentlemen of the canyons and their well-dressed offspring to hang out. And it’s always a treat to have a meal in one of L.A.’s secluded canyon restaurants.

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“Wax Museum” By Charlotte Gilmore, 4th Grade Every year, 4th and 5th graders do a book report on someone. Except it isn’t a normal book report: they will be dressing up as their person of choice and presenting a firstperson speech that will tell that person’s life story. Their audience will be parents, students and teachers. These people can wander from student to student, so that it will be like a living wax museum. The Wax Museum is a good way to learn. Each student has to know their subject so well that they can pretend to be them in a speech and allows students to work on public speaking. It combines an educational book report with creative expression. Some that have been presented in the past: Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Harriet Tubman, George Washington, Nadia Comaneci, Princess Diana and Michael Jackson.

May 2013

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Annual Egg Drop Contest

Havana Returns! (in Silverlake!)

By Nicola Kachikis, 4th grade

By Nicole Klar

Last month, P i l g r i m School held our 37th Annual EggDrop contest for the 3rd through 5th graders. In the contest, each student must design and build a package for a raw egg, using a variety of materials, excluding hard plastic or wood. The egg must survive the four-story drop from the top of the Seaver Building. After the fall, students must unwrap their package down to the egg. The student who has created the smallest package in which the egg has survived the drop, wins 1st place. The day before the contest, we calculated the surface area of our egg packages. This helped the judges determine the smallest surviving package and also taught us a bit about gravity, air resistance and what makes an object drop slower or faster. Send the

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It was fun to see what my classmates came up with for this challenge. Many had unusual shapes and some used fun materials like jello, a stuffed animal and candied popcorn. This event was a great way to learn about math, science and design. We all learned from each other’s successes and failures.

The Silverlake Children’s Theatre Group (SCTG) is for the first time ever reviving a past production, Havana! When first performed, Havana was a hit. Not only was it so popular among many because of the drama, mystery, and romance that unraveled throughout the story, it was uniquely staged as “living theatre” where the audience follows a charac-

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Los Feliz Ledger [temple israel of hollywood]

[franklin elementary]

“I’m In Israel!”

The Importance of Native Plants

By Eliza Noxon, 6th grade

By Julie Garabetian, Maia Supple and Chloe Waimrin, 4th graders

Since kindergarten, our class has been learning all about Israel, and now, six years later we have finally come to the place talked about all this time. After a painful 15 hour flight we touched down in Israel, and boarded a huge bus that took us to our sister school, Tzahala, where we were greeted by a screaming mob of friends waiting to welcome 12 tired sixth graders to their homes and families. The differences between Israel and Los Angeles are quite drastic. One day, we went to various classrooms to answer student’s questions about Los Angeles and life in

America. One student asked what we do during bombings. I answered by saying that we had no bombings in L.A., and so he told me what to do during a bombing. This came as a shock to me. The fact that they drill children in bombing procedures seems almost scary to me, but it seems as though it is not scary to people in Israel.   Another difference is how free and unattended the children are. Every day you see kids walking down the streets to school, and dance class, and the pool. In L.A. I don’t think I have ever seen a child walking alone on the streets.  It’s just not safe.  But in Israel, it absolutely is.

[our mother of good counsel] By Chrisitan Ng, 8th grade

[king environmental studies magnet]

We had a Science Fair in February where kindergarten through 8th grade participated. We invited high school teachers to judge 6th through 8th grade projects. I was proud for winning 1st place from my 8th grade class. The 12 winners from our fair went on to compete at the L.A. County Science Fair in Pasadena. We came back with eight participation medals; one special medal from the Navy, and, including myself, four Honorable Mention medals. I was proud to represent Our Mother of Good Counsel and hope the school can participate next year and bring home more medals.

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In March, the Theodore Payne Foundation came to our school to help us plant native plants in our school. Lisa Novick, a specialist from the foundation, gave a presentation about how im-

portant native plants are for the wildlife in California. Native plants are those not brought from different places. Most animals depend on native plants to survive and the plants need only rainwater.

Ms. Novick taught us many different facts about native plants. For example, some plants provide berries and seeds. When the flower dries up, seeds are available for the animals to eat. We planted: coffeeberry, wild cascade, creeping sage, ceanthus, verbena, passion vines and manzanita. We look forward to seeing our garden grow.

Learning About Saving Energy By Faraaz Hasnat, 7th Grade In my English class with Ms. Munoz, we’ve learned more about energy usage by writing a research paper on the topic. Our overarching question for our project was, “Why should we save energy and how will we do this in our homes, school and community?” We used classroom iPads, conducted interviews and surveys, created outlines, citations and Works Cited pages for essays. Last, we made a creative, informational comic strip and flyer. This experience was important because I learned that using less energy can save and preserve valuable resources for our future generations.

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Los Feliz Ledger [editorial]

Don’t Let CD13 Be Confiscated By External Forces By Harout Harry Semerdjian Arguably the most challenging city council election during the March 5th primary, was the race in Council District 13, which includes some of the most prized territory in Los Angeles including Hollywood, Little Armenia, Silver Lake, Glassell Park, Elysian Park, Atwater Village and 12 other neighborhoods. Strategically located between downtown and Hollywood, CD13 is one of the most diverse districts in all of Los Angeles. Out of an astounding 12 candidates—more than any other local race—Mitch O’Farrell won first place in the primary while John Choi placed second. They head to the May 21 runoff. The most underperforming of all candidates was Matt Szabo, coming in at a humiliating 6th place despite having the endorsement of such heavyweights at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Mayor Richard Riordan—a firm testimony that in Los Angeles, grassroots support often takes precedence over fame and riches. What makes this race intriguing is the very complexity of the district, which is territorially the smallest but the most densely populated out of all the 15 districts in Los Angeles. If Los Angeles is considered the most ethnically diverse city in the country where over 200 languages are spoken, CD13 is home to speakers of at least 100 of those languages. In essence, CD13 is similar to a United Nations where people of a remarkably large number of ethnicities, races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds live, many of whom congregate in their own enclaves or corridors. While much of Los Angeles is very diverse and expansive, navigating and leading CD13 is as complex as trying to run a separate city. In fact, with its quarter of a million people, CD13 has a population greater than that of neighboring Glendale, the third largest city in Los Angeles County after Los Angeles and Long Beach. This is precisely where the professional grounding and background of a candidate becomes vital, to determine who can best manage the district and help meet its multifaceted needs. Mitch O’Farrell, a former field Deputy and Senior Advisor of 10 years to Eric Garcetti, has been a resident of CD13 for the last 31 years. John Choi, a former director May 2013

of the L.A. County Federation of Labor and Public Works Commissioner, moved into the district just last year to run for office. While Mitch O’Farrell has a decade of experience working in the district meeting the direct needs and challenges of its constituents, John Choi has been unknown to residents except for his recent billboards that dot the district and dozens of mailers cluttering voters’ mailboxes. The latter is a result of an amassing of enormous campaign funds, in large part due to support Choi has received from the powerful labor movement. Meanwhile, Mitch O’Farrell, has spent just onefifth of the funds of his opponent, relying solely on grassroots support and local donations. Given the dire needs of Los Angeles and particularly a district that is lacking in jobs, public funds and resources, and where crime and poverty are rampant, residents throughout echo calls for a local councilman who knows and understands their needs. The seat for CD13 is not for sale and its residents, including myself, are against its confiscation by external forces. While it is inappropriate and unethical to fittingly move into any district or locality in pursuit of political ambitions, L.A.’s CD13 is particularly the wrong district to impose oneself and embark on such a disingenuous path. This is why I have joined Mitch O’Farrell’s campaign, to ensure that we do not become a vassal district to outside influences.

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