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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 5

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“Greening” of the Park To Prevent Landslides Begins

Business As Usual For the Observatory Shuttles, Reservations To Stop

By Marie Cunningham Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—In the ongoing effort to restore the nearly 1,000 acres of land destroyed in last May’s Griffith Park fire, helicopters have dropped hydro-mulch on the park’s charred hillsides to prevent soil erosion during California’s upcoming rainy season. Aerial drops started on Oct. 13th and were completed as of Oct. 24th. The $2 million hydromulching program will be present mostly on the southern portions of the park where little vegetation and steep slopes make mudslides more likely. The aerial drops are in conjunction with ground efforts to hydro-mulch. Ground hydo-mulching is expected to continue into November. Hydro-mulch is an organic mixture of wood mulch and guar gum that is sprayed directly onto exposed soil and binds to it upon drying. It absorbs water, preventing rainfall from mixing with soil and eroding the landscape, and protects native seeds already in the ground from washing away so they can germinate. The hydro-mulch itself has no seed in it to ensure non-native plants are not introduced into the area. “Hydro-mulching reduces the amount of erosion by about 75%,” Mike Shull, Superintendent of Planning and Development for L.A.’s Dept. see Hydro-mulch page 16

[ What’s Inside ] Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Advertiser Focus: Casita del Campo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Good Life: Wine Cellars . . . . . . . 12 Real Estate: Area Home Sales . . . . . Su Casa G Senior Moments: We All Need A Dash . . . . . . . . . . 15 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 SLNC’s Doug Dickstein Says Goodbye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 & 23 Open Mike: Los Feliz Needs More Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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By Marie Cunningham Ledger Contributing Writer

WHITE CANE DAY: About 75 fully and partially blind men and women and Braille Institute staff and volunteers walked in the 4th annual 2007 White Cane Day Rally along Vermont Avenue on Oct. 15th. President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized the first White Cane Safety Day in 1964 with the hope of raising awareness about the white cane’s meaning and the need for motorists to exercise special care for the blind persons who carry it.

SLNC Election Challenged By Paria Kooklan / Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Two challenges have been filed in connection with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s recent Governing Board election, delaying the council’s announcement of the official election results. Both challenges involve claims that a candidate violated the written election procedures regarding campaigning. One of the challenges was filed by candidate Noah Stein against Renne Nahum, his competitor for the Region 7 race. Stein alleges that Nahum campaigned on the premises

of a polling area, in violation of the election rules. The other challenge was filed by SLNC Election Committee Chair Leanna Dickstein against Jason Lyon, who ran as an at-large candidate. Dickstein contends that Lyons used official emails belonging to the SLNC for campaigning purposes. The Los Angeles Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment, which oversees neighborhood council elections, forwarded the challenges to a “Final Decision Maker” (FDM) on Oct. 9th. The FDM, who has 30

$19 Million Gorilla Exhibit to Open

“It’s very different from our old exhibit,” said zoo curator Jennie McNary. “The old exhibit was a very typical exhibit, with a moat running around an island where the gorillas were. This new exhibit has multiple levels and glass-fronted viewing that allows people to get really close to the animals. It’s really lush and beautiful.” The exhibit will house six Western Lowland Gorillas—a family of four and a couple of bachelors—in two adjoining habitats that mimic the gorillas’ natural African environment. According to McNary, the naturalistic design will not only delight zoo-goers, but

By Paria Kooklan Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—The Los Angeles Zoo will unveil its new gorilla exhibit, called the Campo Gorilla Reserve, on Nov. 6th. The state-of-the-art exhibit, which cost $19 million and took four years to construct, will feature threequarters of an acre of tropical plants, trees and waterfalls, along with a forested walkway for visitors.

days to investigate the challenge and may request up to two 15-day extensions, has not yet issued a decision on either challenge. A statement on the SLNC website indicates that the group will announce the official election results as soon as both cases have been resolved. The election took place on Sept. 29th. Eleven Governing Board members were elected out of 19 candidates. The turnout of 516 voters was a 42-person increase over last year and constituted the third highest turnout in SLNC history.

GRIFFITH PARK—Starting Nov. 3rd, the Griffith Observatory will resume normal operations, ending a yearlong “By Reservation Only” access program that required visitors to reserve admission tickets in advance, park at offsite locations, and take a shuttle to facility grounds. The resumption of normal operations permits visitors to drive directly to the Observatory and gain entrance without prior reservations. After closing in Jan. 2002 for a $93 million renovation and expansion, city officials predicted an overwhelming number of visitors to the Observatory upon its re-opening. The temporary reservation program was implemented to prevent long waits and overcrowding at the site and to maintain normal traffic flow in the neighborhoods surrounding the Observatory. During the five years prior to the Observatory’s 2002 closing, annual attendance averaged 1.8 million visitors a year, including school children. Attendance since the re-opening through Oct. 16th was at 621,091, nearly onethird the average. Reasons see Observatory page 16

Meadow Debate Continues By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer

The Zoo’s Silverback Gorilla, Kelly. Photo credit: Tad Motoyama.

will provide increased stimulation for the gorillas as well. “The new exhibit offers a much richer environment for them than we were able to provide before,” she said. “There’s just so much going on in there.”

SILVER LAKE—Sides continue to duel regarding the possible opening of the Silver Lake “Meadow,” with at least two proposals currently being considered and a third expected by year’s end. To date, the city has proposed that six acres of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex— the so-called “Meadow”—be opened to the public during daylight hours. Additionally, a group called Silver Lake Friends and Neighbors—who are opposed to public access of the see Meadow page 16


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A Word from the Publisher and Editor Let’s Work Together to Improve Parking On our “Open Mike” page this month (page 26) there is an impassioned letter from a local Los Feliz apartment dweller who says that since permit parking (no parking nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) was established for Russell Avenue in Los Feliz, it now takes him upwards of 30 minutes each night to find parking. Homeowners on Russell are more than likely applauding the new restriction; while apartment dwellers and some late-night local businesses are probably cursing! How can we—homeowners, apartment renters and

businesses—work together for the good of our neighborhood in terms of making our “Village” an easier place to enjoy and shop? As a local resident, I too, have difficulty finding parking in Los Feliz. I often put off errands on Hillhurst or Vermont, because I just don’t feel like hunting for parking. Like the renter who can’t park his car to go home at night, I find myself circling streets. I can give up and go home, however. Our renter friend, can’t. At the September meeting of the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District—of which I am a board

member—the issue was raised (by myself and others) regarding the possibility of trying to garner more parking in the Village, possibly by contracting with existing parking lots that are either largely unused during the day or locked and empty at night. What do you think of this idea? Would you be willing to pay a fee to park in a lot in Los Feliz Village? There’s always the other idea of just ditching our cars all together. See Kimberly Gomez’ story this month (page 17) on the city’s efforts to make Los Feliz and other areas of Los Angeles more “bicycle friendly.”

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Los Feliz Ledger LaBonge & Garcetti Save Holiday Parade HOLLYWOOD—Local Los Angeles City council representatives, Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti recently announced that Hollywood’s traditional holiday parade will once again march down Hollywood Boulevard Sun., Nov. 25th. “We’re excited to see that this wonderful Hollywood holiday tradition continues,” said LaBonge whose district includes parts of Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills. “This is a great occasion to bring family and friends together as we mark the start of the Christmas season.” Earlier this year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced it would no longer produce the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Councilmembers LaBonge and Garcetti quickly worked to ensure the parade—now in its 76th year—could continue. “I’m proud to maintain one of Hollywood’s favorite traditions—Santa’s parade down our famed boulevard,” said counsee Parade page 7

New Myra St. Mural Unveiled Nov. 2nd

[ POLICE BLOTTER NOVEMBER 2007 ]

Aggravated Assaults: 2 Burglary: 13 Homicide: 1 Burglary Theft from Vehicle: 28 Robbery: 6 Grand Theft Auto: 12 Elder Distraction Burglary: Oct. 5th on the 2500 block of Aberdeen. Suspects used a ruse to enter victim’s residence and took $26,000 worth of cash and jewelry. Suspects then fled location with property. Burglary, Oct. 3rd: on the 1200 block of Westery Terrace. Suspect pried open rear sliding door. Suspect entered and alarm was activated. Suspect was detained by victim and was arrested. Burglary, Sept. 30th: on the 2500 block of Catalina St. Suspect forced open garage door, entered and took victim’s vehicle.

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Burglary, Oct. 2nd: on the 2600 block of Nottingham Pl. Suspect entered via unlocked rear sliding door and took a brown bag containing jewelry. Suspect fled. Homicide, Oct. 14th: on 2100 block of Sunset Blvd. Suspect shot victim several times and fled on foot. Victim succumbed to his injures and was pronounced dead. Robbery, Oct. 12th: on the 4300 block of Sunset Blvd. Suspect entered location wearing black clothing and demanded money from cash register. Suspect then fled location with property. Burglary, Oct. 7th: at 1900 Mariposa Ave. Suspect entered via open side window and took a jewelry box. Suspect then fled with property. Burglary, Oct. 7th: on the 3900 block of Franklin Ave. Suspect entered through unsecured garage, then entered residence and took laptop, jewelry, traveler’s checks and currency. Burglary, Oct. 15th: at 3100 Silver Lake Blvd. Suspect removed hinges to garage door, entered and took $3,000 in electrical tools.

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2nd Annual Taste of Los Feliz Draws Crowd, Raises Funds for the Needy VERMONT AVENUE—About 350 came out on Sunday Sept. 30th for the 2nd annual Taste of Los Feliz. In all, the event—which offers “tastes” from local restaurants to event goers—raised almost $20,000 for Hope-Net, a non-profit that operates food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the Los Angeles area. Two such pantries are being established currently in the Los Feliz area: one at Our Mother of Good Counsel church on Vermont Avenue and the second at Silver Lake’s Hollywood Free Clinic on Sunset Boulevard, set to open in 2008. “We are fully establishing ourselves in Los Feliz and surrounding areas,” said Douglas Ferraro, Hope-Net’s executive director. “We thank the community, the restaurants, the event committee and the sponsors for helping us establish a foothold against hunger and homelessness in the area.” This year’s participating restaurants were: Alcove, Aroma, Café Figaro, Café Los Feliz, Chi Dynasty, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Delilah Bakery, Dresden, Greenleaf Vegan, Home, House of Pies, Little Dom’s, Palermo, Pattaya Bay, Starbucks, Sweets for the Soul, Tiger Lily, Toni’s Bakery and Vermont. “This event is a success,” Ferraro said, “thanks to the wonderful drink, food and good will of the restaurants. Their work—and great food—will help us work to end hunger in the area.” The event was presented by the Los Feliz Ledger. The key sponsor was Keller Williams/Los Feliz. To see a list of Taste of Los Feliz 2007 sponsors and volunteers, see page 6. For more information about Hope-Net, visit: www.hope-net.info.

SILVER LAKE—A new Myra Street Mural, titled “Dream Again,” will be unveiled Fri. Nov. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Brandon Tu, 14 and a graduate of Thomas Starr King Middle School, created the mural design as part of a contest sponsored by the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the Franklin Hills Resident Association. The application of the mural was directed by Silver Lake’s Metro Gallery artist, Heng Leng with the assistance of 30 students from Thomas Starr King Middle School. The mural is the fourth to be painted under the Myra Street Bridge, thanks to the committed efforts of community residents. Tu is currently a freshman at John Marshall High School and has been creating designs for approximately three years. Heng has worked on several L.A. Beautification projects that involved children from L.A.’s Best schools. He has taught art classes and helped students in the completion of mural projects consisting of rainforest and reefs themes. He has also worked with the permission of several family owned businesses in Compton to create murals to minimize street graffiti vandalism. For more information, contact Metro Gallery, at (323) 663-2787 or visit www.metrogallery.org. COMMUNITY NEWS

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Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes Get a Preview at Our Third Annual Bike Night Join other cyclists—novices and experts alike-- for this preview night. The festival route will be closed to car traffic and open to cyclists only from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, November 19. Parking at LA Zoo. Located along Crystal Springs Drive in scenic Griffith Park, the light festival is a one-mile celebration with more than 500,000 twinkling lights and music. Visitors can drive through in their own cars or walk the route. More information can be found at www.ladwp.com or www.dwplightfestival.com

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Los Feliz Ledger “I enjoy interacting with people in the neighborhood, especially those who are involved in the neighborhood councils and residents’ organizations,” Hisserich said. “Assemblymember Krekorian stresses the importance of constituent service. I want to make sure that he is aware of how the community feels about the issues that are of concern to them.”

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Meet Your Neighbors: The Hisserich Family, Devoted Public Servants By Michael Locke / Silver Lake Correspondent Meet the Hisserich Family, familiar faces in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz area whose members have spent a lifetime largely devoted to involvement in the life of our community. John Hisserich serves as a consultant to our representative in the California State Assembly, Paul Krekorian on Silver Lake and Los Feliz issues; the Hisserich’s daughter, Helmi is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Housing & Economic Development Policy (her partner Tori Patterson is a LAUSD librarian), while their son, Charles is a firefighter for the City of San Gabriel. Daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra play important roles too. Elizabeth is an attorney working at the University of Southern California and Alexandra is an assistant production coordinator at Warner Brothers. Mom, Susan Hisserich works as a sales assistant for a firm representing newspapers and is the “head cheerleader” for the clan. The children are all enrolled in area schools; Charles’ daughter Heather is a student at Glen-

dale College, while Helmi and Tori’s daughter, Madeline, is a student at Ivanhoe. Most of Los Feliz and Silver Lake are represented in the California State Assembly by Paul Krekorian, a Democrat who was elected in 2006. The 43rd Assembly District includes the cities of Glendale and Burbank, as well as most or all of the communities of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, North Hollywood and Valley Glen. Shortly after taking office, Krekorian asked Hisserich, whom he had met while both ran in the Democratic primary for the 43rd District in 2000, to join his staff. During the campaign, they had developed a mutual respect and friendship and Hisserich was pleased to have the opportunity to work with him representing the neighborhoods that the Hisserichs call “home.” John Hisserich has lived in the Silver Lake-Los Feliz area for over 30 years with his wife, Susan. In 2005, he retired from the University of Southern California where he served in several capacities,

Pictured are the Hisserich Family at home in Silver Lake: Seated (L-R) Madeline, Susan, John and Alexandra; Standing (L-R) Helmi, Tori, Charles, Elizabeth and Heather.

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John Hisserich may be reached at the 43rd Assembly District Office, 620 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, and (818) 240-6330 or by email: John.Hisserich@asm.ca.gov.

COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation To be considered at our November 14 meeting is proposed destruction of classic affordable housing at 4517-25 Franklin (for condos), at 1801-1817 New Hampshire (for condos) and at 4638-42 Prospect (for parking lot). A good idea? Let us know.

Parks, River & Open Space In an effort to promote a healthy environment the Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival will be having “walk only” days. From November 21st thru 25th you can park at the Zoo and walk the beautiful festival route. This is a pilot program and there is consideration to make the whole event a walking/biking/stroller event. What do you think?

Transportation In light of the pedestrian fatality on Franklin it was requested that Northeast motorcycle division of the LAPD monitor Franklin Ave. on a more consistent basis. But because of budget constraints and personnel shortages this could only be done periodically.

Education Committee This committee is currently looking at projects that schools within the area need financial assistance to complete. Recently approved was a $300 expenditure for King Middle School for their school Beautification Project. Please contact Dr. Sarah Napier for more information. E-MAIL: SALNLA96@AOL.COM

Did you know… The Autry is looking to expand their presence in Griffith Park. The size of the building may double. The artifacts gained in the Southwest Museum merger will be among the new added items available for public viewing. What happens to the Southwest Museum and it’s property? Come on buy our meetings and discover the answers with us.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ ECHO PARK CORRESPONDENT ]

Turning “30-Whatever” in a “20-Something” Neighborhood By Sean Paul Mahoney / Echo Park Correspondent Recently, I c e le br at e d a birthday that officially takes me out of the “early thirties” category. Numbers, to me, are trivial nuances that come attached with certain stigmas so I like to call this particular number, which happens to rhyme with dirty jive, “30-whatever.” Maybe it’s a tad delusional or dishonest but it helps soften the blow. The omnipresence of “20somethings” in my neighborhood could be a contributing factor. While it is true that Echo Park has always attracted young adventurous types, lately, it’s as if they have taken over. From the sickly barely legal girls on clothing company billboards to the baby-faced boys hanging in the coffee shops, it is nearly impossible not to feel like a cast member from the movie Cocoon. To blend in, I try to avoid saying things like: “I remember when The Brite Spot

served a $4 breakfast special,” and “When I first moved here, The Shortstop was still a policeman’s bar.” That being said, my inability to recognize certain musical acts performing at The Echo is a telltale sign that I am no longer part of a certain demographic. Another reason why this birthday might be hard to swallow could have something to do with my childhood. When I was 11, my mother was 35. She seemed ancient to me and I honestly believed that I would I never be that old. She had already had four kids, a couple of mini-careers and was finishing a degree in accounting. In hindsight however, she really wasn’t as decrepit as I thought. After all, I still feel like I’m in my 20s and I’m sure my mom felt the same way. Her current youthful energy tends to support this theory. This morning, as I walked around the lake with a crop of “60-somethings” in their sweat suits, “30-whatever” didn’t look so bad. Am I the see Echo Park page 8

LFIA to Host Photo Day, Nov. 17th

CERT Training Continues thru Dec. 5

$1.4 Million Raised for Autry

LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) is hosting its annual Photo Day Sat. Nov. 17th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to collect old family and scenic photographs taken in the Los Feliz community prior to the 1970s.  The event will take place at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Residents can donate their old photos or have copies scanned on site at no charge. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by LFIA’s History Committee in cooperation with the Los Feliz Branch of the L.A. Public Library. “LFIA’s Archival Photos Project is an on-going campaign to collect old photos taken in the community so we can preserve our rich history,” said LFIA’s History Committee co-chair Norman Mennes. “We’re looking for snapshots that reflect activities and events in Los Feliz from the early 1900s to the 1970s.”

Learn to care for your family and neighbors in a time of crisis. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety Committee is continuing to host a training course for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The training is lead by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. and will be held on Wednesdays from 7 pm – 9:30 p.m. through Dec. 5. The course will be held at the Dream Center—formerly Queen of Angels Hospital— located at 2301 Bellevue Ave., Los Angeles 90026. Parking is available in the lot off Waterloo and Kent.

GRIFFITH PARK—The Autry National Center celebrated the 100th birthday of its founder, Gene Autry, on Sept. 29th. Chaired by Jackie Autry, the event was attended by close to 1,200 museum patrons, celebrities, and friends of Autry who helped raise a record-breaking $1.4 million for the Autry National Center. Proceeds from the event will support education and outreach programs that serve thousands of children, their families, teachers and scholars each year, as well as the Autry’s art and artifact acquisition fund. Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson headlined the program that included tributes from Norm Crosby, Joe Pesci and Joe diGenova—and a surprise video tribute from Ringo Starr.

The cost for the course is free. For questions and to register contact Barb Dakin at bdakin@pacbell.net or (213) 413-4221.

The Photo Day is free and open to the public. Parking at the library is limited, but there is also street parking. For more information, call the LFIA at (323) 660-1914 or email history@LFIA.org.

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Casita del Campo Celebrates Dia de los Muertos Like No Other By Laura J. Weinstock / Ledger Contributing Writer Casita del Campo (literally “little country house” in Spanish) is neither little, nor rural. Located on Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake, this Mexican restaurant is teaming with

space—outdoor and indoor patios, banquet rooms, a cocktail lounge and a room for theatrical and comedic performances. After speaking with the co-owner, Nina del Campo, a warm-hearted woman from Bogotá, Colombia, the true meaning behind the name became clear. “There is a lot of love in this place,” she said. “The customers, the employees, everyone who comes here, loves each other.” Rudy del Campo, who founded the restaurant in 1962, was originally a dancer in movies. According to Nina, who met Rudy in 1965, Rudy appeared in Singing in the Rain, an American in Paris and he was a Shark in West Side Parade from page 3

cil president, Garcetti. “After they’re done with Thanksgiving turkey, I want everyone in Los Angeles to bring their families to Hollywood to kick off the holiday season.” Santa Parade LLC has been contracted by the City of Los Angeles to produce the event. Celebrities who will

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Story, which wrapped in New York in 1961. Tired of collecting unemployment between movies, he returned to his native Los Angeles—his family originates in Mexico—and began preparing for a new career. Casita was born, shortly thereafter. The walls of the spacious eatery are covered with photographs from West Side Story and with paintings by numerous artist-friends. The stunning mosaic tables made by Gina del Campo, daughter-inlaw to one of Nina and Rudy’s sons—they have four children together—add to the restaurant’s charm. Gina sells them made to order. For the upcoming Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday which begins Nov. 1st and lasts until the 15th, Casita has something special planned. One room in the restaurant will house an altar—built every year by son, Robert. Photographs of loved ones who have died are placed on the altar, along with pan de muerto (bread for the dead), flowers and anything the loved ones once enjoyed (tequila shots, for example). According to Mexican belief, the dead receive these participate in this year’s parade include Mary J. Blige, the cast of Disney’s High School Musical and American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin.

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Los Feliz Ledger career, money, or even your favorite food, exercise, or hobby. On the other hand, a major financial stress, or a relationship blowout that’s really upsetting you, may not cause any weakness at all in your energy field!

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Your Own Energy Switch By Elma Mayer Ledger Columnist Your energy field is a very sensitive electrical system. An overload of stress can trip your circuit breakers, turning off your energy flow. This causes communication breakdown between your brain, nerves, body and mind. Your energy field can be weakened by any thought or trigger. Do you know what turns your energy off or on? Most people are surprised to find that it’s usually not what they think it is. You may be turned off to the very things you want— health, your goals, your partner’s attention, your home,

When thoughts, emotions and sensations trigger each other, they create a feedback loop that can shut down your circuits. Your conscious mind does not know what weakens you. The only way to tell is by testing your energy flow for each trigger. There are no machines that do this. But there are easy en-

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ergetic techniques. Anyone can learn to do a self-muscle-test. A major hidden stressor is when thoughts, emotions and sensations are entangled. They gang up on you, short-circuiting your energy. For example, a headache is a physical sensation. It’s bad enough by itself, without adding thoughts or fears to the mix. Thinking: “Why do I have to suffer?� or “What if it’s a brain tumor?� only compounds the stress. When thoughts, emotions and sensations trigger each other, they create a feedback loop that can shut down your circuits. Learn to identify the thought component, the emotional aspect, and the sensation. Keep them separate and independent of each other. If you don’t, they will stress you much more as a group than separately. Elma Mayer, MA, is a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics. www.nowhealing. com (323)309-7687.

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same skinny “scenester� that took up residence here 8 years ago? No and thank goodness for that. The slightly heavier and wiser version of me still feels at home in a neighborhood filled with shiny, optimistic youthfulness. Besides, if I stick around for another thirty-whatever years maybe I can get a senior discount at The Echo.

[fitness]

Considering Alli? By Nancy J. Krank Ledger Columnist If you pick up a magazine, watch television, or go to the market, chances are you have seen the first Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter weight loss pill “ALLI�(pronounced Ally). This drug is to be specifically used with a reduced calorie, low fat diet and exercise program. Alli inhibits the absorption of dietary fats. Research shows that when individuals are on a low fat diet, exercise regularly and take Alli, they lose up to 50% more weight on average than if they had only dieted and exercised. According to the official Alli website, www.myalli.com, “the active ingredient in Alli attaches to some of the natural enzymes in the digestive system preventing them from breaking down about a quarter of what you eat.� Since undigested fat can’t be absorbed, it passes through your body naturally. Here is where you will notice side effects of the drug, especially if you are not careful with limiting your fat consumption. The makers of the drug recommend taking it up to three times a day with each meal containing fat. They also recommend those meals contain no more than 15% fat. What happens if you over induldge your fat consumption? You can experience excessive flatulence, loose stools and frequent and

difficultly controlling bowel movements. Also, if you don’t eat enough fat in your meals, there is no fat to be blocked. As with any drug, there are some individuals who should not use Alli, such as people who have problems absorbing foods; those who are not overweight and those who have had organ transplants. According to the FDA, individuals taking blood thinning medications, or those being treated for diabetes or thyroid disease should consult a physician before using Alli. If you are thinking of using Alli, I first recommend talking to your physician to see if it is the right drug for your weight loss goals. You should also discuss Alli with a Registered Dietician (see eatright.org to find a one locally) who can create a food plan to help you reach your goals with the least amount of side effects from the drug. If you decide to use Alli to help you lose weight, follow the program and diet guides that are provided with the product. Take the added step of seeking professional guidance from your physician, nutritionist and trainer to provide you with a healthy support system that will speed you along your weight loss path. Nancy Krank is an ACE-Certified Personal Fitness Trainer who also has a Certificate in Fitness Instruction through U.C.L.A. Extension. Nancy lives in Los Feliz and has been training one-on-one clients for 23 years. fitnesstrner@aol.com

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Los Feliz Ledger [ family matters ]

How Does Your Garden Grow? By Kathy A. McDonald / Ledger Columnist I attribute my green thumb to my ancestors: my great-grandparents were Kansas farmers; and my dad, a now retired attorney, is an expert tomato and basil grower. I hope my kids get that connection with nature that comes from working in the garden. My younger son informs that he knows how to garden but he just doesn’t like to. I understand his feelings: I resisted working in my parent’s yard growing up—I picked oranges—that’s about it. Decades later, I’m proud that in a limited way I can grow some of what we eat—although this year, it was only lettuce, the occasional lemon and tomato. My vegetable crop was rather meager: approximately, three $300 green zebra tomatoes, once I factored in all the costs involved. However, there’s an irresistible quality to eating just-picked lettuce or flavoring a dish with freshly cut herbs that makes the effort and expense worthwhile. My favorite volunteer time

at Ivanhoe Elementary was working with my kids’ teachers and planting small plots outside their classrooms. We did best on flowers from bulbs and California poppies and once even grew a pumpkin. During my son Colin’s 3rd grade year, his class grew lettuce and ate it after months of tending the crop. He vaguely remembers that it tasted good. I was inspired in part by Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard program, where chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse helped establish gardens and an eco-literacy program at a local middle school. “We need to tech sustainability,� Waters, doyenne of California Cuisine, once advised me. “We need to think about what grows where and what grows best and bring ourselves into an understanding of seasonality,� she added maintaining that tending an edible kitchen garden establishes an immediate understanding of the season. Waters explained that in her small home garden in Berkeley, she produces salad

greens, radishes and Meyer lemons almost year round. She points to the long tradition in Europe of potager gardens, which produce food for the entire household. Waters believes that Americans should embrace that tradition. “We’ve become so involved in lawns that we forget it’s a potential place for something edible,� she said. Waters recommends Rosalind Creasy’s The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping as a resource. For those that like the idea, but are not so much doing it yourself, locally Marta Teegen of Homegrown (www. homegrownlosangeles.com) will plant and tend your own organic kitchen garden. Among her dozens of suggestions for edible fall plants are golden beets, Vidalia onions and Italian parsley. A wide selection of starter plants is also available at both the Sunset Nursery and Sundays at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. For great seed and plant selection, check out Natural Gardening Company at www.naturalgardening.com, the oldest certified organic nursery in the U.S. And when those delicious sugar snap peas ripen, don’t be surprised when you discover your kids eating them off the vine!

[ star gazing ]

November 2007 Anthony Cook / Griffith Observatory

Standard time returns on Sun., Nov. 4th. This will make dawn and sunset to suddenly seem to be an hour “too early,� making the morning seem brighter and the evening gloomier than seems warranted by the clock. Daylight Saving Time will return on March 9th next year. The bright, cream yellow planet Jupiter, in Ophiuchus the Snake Bearer, is nearing the end of its evening visibility. It is very low in the southwest at the end of twilight, and at mid-month, it sets at 6:35 p.m. The waxing crescent moon appears six degrees below Jupiter on the 12th. The red planet Mars, about a month away from a 55 million mile approach to Earth, rises at about 8 p.m. at mid-month and is nearly overhead at 3:00 a.m. As the dust raised in the Martian storms that threatened the Mars rovers last summer now settles, a four-inch or larger diameter telescope may be used to discern dark markings on the ochre disk of the planet. Mars outshines the bright stars of Gemini, Auriga and Orion that immediately surround it, and appears to twinkles less than the stars do. The ringed planet, Saturn, in Leo the Lion, rises before 1 a.m. and is more than half way between the eastern horizon and overhead when dawn

starts, appearing more yellow and brighter than Leo’s bright star Regulus, now to the planet’s upper right. Venus, the brightest planet, is the blazing white object that is eye catching from its rising in the east before 3 a.m., until dawn is well advanced, when it is more than a third way between the horizon and overhead. Venus approaches the bright star Spica of Virgo the Virgin on the morning of the 30th. Swiftly moving Mercury can be seen during morning twilight at about 6 a.m. P.S.T. throughout the first three weeks of November and appears 10 degrees above the east-southeast horizon. During the last week of the month, Mercury dives back into the glare of the sun. The moon is in the early morning sky during the first week of November. It reaches last quarter phase on the 1st, passes near Saturn in waning crescent phase on the 3rd and 4th, near Venus on the 5th and Mercury on the 7th, then reaches new on the 9th. Re-emerging into the evening sky in as a waxing crescent, the moon appears below Jupiter on the 12th, reaching first quarter phase on the 17th and is full on the 24th. The waning gibbous moon is close to Mars on the evening of the 26th.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ Ivanhoe elementary ]

Ivanhoe Welcomes New Students & 1:1 Program By Sunny Mejia, Sean Murphy, and Heidi Kim Ivanhoe Elementary School welcomed new students at every grade level this fall. In addition to new faces, a new technology program is also coming to Ivanhoe this year: the Apple 1 to 1 Learning program, providing every student a laptop computer,

starting with the 4th and 5th graders. Since we are the first elementary school in this area to try this program, it has been a little tricky to start up. First we had to get the parents to support us, then we had to ask them for donations. With the new will come

old favorites, too. Many annual events are on Ivanhoe’s calendar, once again. Among these are the Book Fair, which Ivanhoe’s librarian Heather Anderson says has always been a fun tradition. This year’s fair is at the end of February 2008. The Showcase of Excellence, described by principal Jumie Sugahara as a time for students to show families their creative arts, is scheduled for May 20th, 2008. Finally, the International Faire wraps up the school year, from June 913. 4th grade teacher, Molly Hoene, says the fair is a tradition at Ivanhoe that helps kids learn more about the countries and cultures of the world.

Students Go “Green” At Ivan-Hoe-Down

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SILVER LAKE—Ivanhoe students participated in the Green Witch and Green Wizard of Silver Lake Pageant at last month’s annual fall “IvanHoe-Down.” The pageant is sponsored by the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce to help promote a more “green” Silver Lake. The winners were adorned with crowns, made of recycled material. Students were invited to participate by wearing their “vision” of a Green Wizard or Witch and by writing about how they feel we all can make Silver Lake more “green,” healthy and sustainable. “If I was the recycling princess of Silver Lake I would use my powers to make kids pick up trash,” wrote one winner, Gabby Fontanesi. “I would also put compost boxes on every block so that at the end of each week gardeners could come and get the compost to make better soil for Silver Lake to plant more plants.” Eden Hain, 4th grade, received a special prize for composing and playing an original song: “Save the Earth.”

[ lycee international ]

Symphony in the Glen By Camille Werzowa, 8th-grade On Sun., Oct. 14th, the LILA Middle School Choir performed at Symphony in the Glen in Griffith Park. The classical concert was held in support of the Griffith Park recovery, and featured Music Director, Arthur B. Rubinstein. The LILA choir sang French and American songs. The choir was guided by Ms. Toni Kasza, who led them in famous songs from The Choristes and from Beethoven. “Ode to Joy,” one of their selections, is a challenging song to sing by Beethoven, but the LILA Middle School Choir sang it perfectly and without any difficulty. Other songs performed were: “America the Beautiful,” “California Dreamin’,” “Oh How Lovely,” “SoDo-Ti-Do,” “Zip-a-De-DoDa,” “Cerf-Volants,” and “Oh Nuit Vois Sur Ton Chemin.” Singers represented the school by wearing their LILA shirts, and each singer had a smile on their face when they sang. The atmosphere was joyous, and Mrs. Kasza, who started the choir last year, seemed most pleased to see everyone enjoying the performances. There was a drawing contest and games for children. Many people entered the drawing contest. The prize was $50. Smoky the Bear was also there. Many people took pictures with him. It seems like Smokey is very famous here in L.A. The LILA Middle School Choir performs every second Monday of the month, on the LILA grassy knoll (the soccer field) at the French American school (LILA) on Russell Avenue, at 4:00PM. In Dec., they perform every Monday. And on Dec. 1st, they will perform at the Los Feliz Tree lighting. The Choir is a required class for students in 6th-8th grade.

[ los feliz charter ]

Dr. Carlos Cortez To Join Advisory Board The Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts has announced that Dr. Carlos E. Cortés will be joining the school’s advisory board. Cortés is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990, he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, as well as serving on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication since 1995, and he has been an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute since 1999. His recent books include The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity and The Making— and Remaking—of a Multiculturalist. Additionally, Cortés is co-author of the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies series, senior consultant for the McDougal Littell World History series, and Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s television series “Dora the Explorer” and its sequel “Go, Diego, Go!” In addition, he has also performed his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage. A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses and organizations, Cortés has lectured around the globe on the implications of diversity for a broad range of institutions. He will participate in developing LFCSA’s media literacy program and will be a presenter in the school’s Summer Institute Program.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ KING MIDDLE SCHOOL ]

Assemblyman Paul Krekorian Visits King

[ pilgrim school ]

Fall Is Off to a Busy Start

By Anahit Muradyan

By Connor Quinto-Chandler, 9th grade

State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, representing the 43rd district, paid a visit to King Middle School on September 25th. The 43rd district encompasses North Hollywood, Burbank, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and parts of Atwater Village. “I am very impressed how the school seemed very clean and appropriate. I even went in a few classrooms, and it was very interesting how all the students were focused on their subject,� he said in an exclusive interview. Krekorian said he is focusing on several “green� projects, like skylight roofs for schools, for example. The skylight roofs would bring warmth from the sun during the winter and save on energy costs. He is also very supportive of recycling. It was exciting to have the Assemblyman on campus. He had this to say about middle school: “This is a very critical time in your lives, great opportunities will happen and these are three years you don’t want to miss out on.�

November at Pilgrim School is busy! We have our first open house, which will be held on November 17th. Parents who are interested in enrolling their kids definitely won’t want to miss this. Then comes our wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for First Church members and school parents where the students serve the food. In sports news, we are ready to add a new one to the roster: our very own Boy’s Volleyball team, and we hope our first year will be a good one. Last but not least, we are putting a certain student on the “Pedestal of Glory,� (I’ll have to see if I can make that a usual for the column ‘cause I got to say, it has a nice ring to it) and the certain student’s name is David Kim. David is now the number one golfer in LA County for the 11 and under age group, so if you ever see David Kim walking down the street, ya best not challenge him to a game of golf, or ya might just feel it in the mornin’.

[micheltorena]

[ ihhs ]

Immaculate Heart “Blue� Brightens the Neighborhood

Halloween at Micheltorena By Lyndsea Reed & Vanessa Carrillo

By Lauren Aleman and Heidi Slojewski Look for a current of bright blue t-shirts early this month as students flow from Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School onto the sidewalks of familiar streets in the Los Feliz neighborhood. IH celebrates its 10K Walk annually after raising needed funds for school programs. All students have been involved in the fundraising effort for the past several weeks. Collecting donations has its rewards: If IH reaches its goal, then all students, faculty and staff will enjoy a rewarding day of relaxation the Monday following the Thanksgiving weekend. Also upcoming is Immaculate Heart High School’s annual Academic Playday for prospective students, scheduled for Sat., Nov. 17th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on campus. Eighth grade girls from any school are invited to this event to learn more about IH. Also IH drama students—The Genesians— will be performing George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan starting Nov. 15th and ending the last of four performances on Sunday, the 18th. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting school.

Every year on Oct. 31, Micheltorena has a festival celebrating Halloween. During the parade, we perform. After the performance, we have a festival. For the performance, we dance. Sixth graders are doing a Halloween dance in their costumes. They put on scary music and they dance and groove and perform for the fun of it. At the end of school, everybody buys tickets so that they can buy food, drinks and play games. What the school does with the money is to get field trips and recess supplies. This will be one of the best years ever!

[ribet academy]

Ribet Sculpture Students Exhibit “Day of the Deadâ€? Work Ribet Academy’s high school sculpture class will have a triptych exhibited at the Pico House Gallery at El Pueblo Historical Monument through Nov. 19th. According to school staff, the piece is the only one in the exhibit created by students. Other work exhibited is from professional artists. The exhibit is: DĂ­a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Sacred Memory Honoring the Dead Across Cultures. 424 North Main Street.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ the good life ]

Home Cellars By Chris Rubin Wine and Spirits Columnist Home wine cellars aren’t for amateurs. I previously would have classified myself as at least a semi-professional, but now that I’m taking on a cellar project at home, I think I gave myself too much credit. Forget the cost and complexity of a cellar, at least for the moment. The real question is this: how many of us actually require one? Sure, I have tons of wines that demand proper storage, or they will eventually end up like most of the produce in my refrigerator: sad and withered, and not fit for consumption. But the biggest problem I face is knowing how to sort and track the wines, and I suspect this is not uncommon. And not all wines need to age, or are meant to. Sauvignon blanc, the noble grape of white Bordeaux and plenty of good stuff from California, New Zealand and beyond, generally tastes best relatively young and fresh. Yet fill a cellar with

wines and I defy you to remember what is where, and which is meant to be drunk when. Most wine is consumed in this country within 72 hours of purchase, and I’m beginning to understand why. And so do the wine magazines— Wine Enthusiast just recently ran a story on whether wines in general really benefit from prolonged aging. I have had many spectacular older wines, so I know some bottles inarguably improve over time, but the question is whether most people are up to the task of aging them. And I’m convinced the answer is no. Once you have a cellar, the temptation is to buy more and more wine. And, at least in my case, the new wines go on top of or in front of the old ones, which are quickly forgotten. That’s why there are people like Jeff Smith, whose Carte Du Vin (www.carteduvin.com) helps people manage their cel-

lars. Smith, author of The Best Cellar, inventories customers’ cellars and helps them remember what they have. “What should I drink and when?” Smith said, is the most commonly asked question. And a common complaint is that people have held on to wines too long. By inventorying his customers’ cellars and checking various resources,

Smith can let them know what wines should be consumed sooner rather than later. Not all wines age the same. “Part of what makes a ‘better’ wine better is ageworthiness,” Smith said. “First growth Bordeaux from a great vintage, for example, will age extremely well.” My collection consists primarily of California cabernet,

some of which will age well for many years to come. I will need to be well organized with the new cellar, keeping the wines not meant to age at the top of the racks where I will be reminded of them every time I walk in. I suggest the same for other amateur collectors, whether you have a proper cellar or just a closet stuffed with bottles.

[ a dog’s life ]

The Gift of A New Dog: Make Sure You’re Prepared By Jennifer Clark / Ledger Columnist You might think the holidays are the perfect time to surprise a loved one with a new puppy or dog (no doubt from one of the many rescue agencies in Los Angeles), but before you spread the joy of giving, it’s important to be sure you have fully prepared for a new addition to the family. New dogs, especially new puppies, are like babies: they demand constant attention and time as they adjust to living in your world with your rules. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration and purchased before bringing home a new four-legged friend. Practically speaking, dogs need food and water containers, a collar, leash and a place to sleep. In addition, you may want to consider a crate (for crate training or travel), a puppy pen or a doggie gate, toys and treats. You should also do research ahead of time to figure out what kind of veterinarian you are interested in sending your dog to, traditional or holistic. Talking to others with dogs is a great way to start looking at the many possibilities in health care providers for dogs. It’s a good idea to know where your dog will be able to stay (be it a friend’s house or kennel) before you bring the dog home, especially in case Page 12 LIFESTYLES

of an emergency. And while it may seem like you are overpreparing, knowing the name of a trainer you can turn to in case a problem arises may save a lot of frustration if you want to address the issue as soon as possible. Finally, and the most difficult issues to sort out, are the logistics of your house rules. Every family is different and will no doubt have different rules in effect, but the key here is consistency with whatever you deem fit. There are a plethora of books on the subject available to you before you bring your dog home. You’ll need to decide where your dog will sleep (in bed with you or in their own bed in a separate area?), where the dog will stay during the day and how you will decide to discipline her (clicker, positive reinforcement, leash training). Adoption and sales of dogs and puppies soar during the holiday season followed by a very concerning spike in shelter occupants post-holiday which means that not all recipients of new dogs are ready to take on the responsibility or have clearly thought it through. If you do adopt a dog this year, taking the time to prepare will ensure that your home will be your dog’s home for life. www.losfelizledger.com

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Los Feliz Ledger [ restaurant review ]

Michelangelo Pizzeria Ristorante By Pat Saperstein It’s been 10 years since Michelangelo first opened on a formerly sleepy stretch of Silver Lake Blvd. The restaurant must be pleasing the residents, to have lasted this long. On a recent cool Tuesday night, it looked like half of Silver Lake was gathering on the heated patio and inside the compact restaurant, looking for some moderately-priced Italian comfort food with a side of Venezuelan hospitality. At least some of the parties received a warm welcome from the handsome owners, but our more inexperienced

waiter never told us about the list of specials, which we certainly would have tried. The spare dining room is decorated with a few of the namesake statues, but plenty of candles add a touch of romance. The patio is probably the best spot; although Silver Lake Blvd. traffic congeals near the signal in front. The menu sticks mostly to Southern Italian fare, with several salads, a dozen pastas, panini sandwiches, thin-crust pizza and a few chicken entrees. Insalata Caprino mixes lettuce and radicchio with Greek olives and goat cheese; it’s simple but satisfying. A Quattro Stagioni pizza ($11.95) is thin and crispy, with sections devoted to somewhat salty ham, peppers, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. We’re both fans of

the linguini calamari ($14.95), although the kitchen could use a slightly lighter hand with the sauce. But the calamari is tender and the tomato sauce has an appealingly creamy quality. Raviolis, as well as gnocchi and a few risottos, fill out the pasta section of the menu. A small selection of Italian wines are available by the glass or the bottle; or bring your own for $8 corkage. Michelangelo is a handy neighborhood long-timer—as well as one of the few real restaurants in the area that offers delivery. Michelangelo Pizzeria Ristorante, 1637 Silver Lake Blvd. (323) 660-4843. Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at EatingLA.com

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SILVER LAKE DASHERS, like this local threesome, got on board the Silver Lake Dash last Sept. 29th. The DASH line—a special red trolley in this case—ran as test to help garner support for a permanent DASH line in Silver Lake. A group called the Silver Lake Transit Coalition would like to bring the idea of a Silver Lake DASH line to a ballot. Funding for a DASH line would come from a resident approved special tax.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ people in my neighborhood ]

Gloria Martin: Barnsdall’s “Phoenix� Has Returned By Colleen Paeff / Ledger Contributing Writer

Barnsdall’s Gloria Martin.

When Gloria Martin moved to Silver Lake in 1951, she was a 23-year-old with a passion for the arts. Martin and her husband, architect Albert P. Martin—whom she met while studying fine arts at Cooper Union in New York City—had moved west to be near Albert’s mentor, Richard Neutra. In 1954, when their first child was born, Gloria Martin’s passion took a back seat to motherhood. “I was so serious about artwork that I knew I couldn’t deal with both of them,� she said, “so I just did motherhood. I had decided that for 10 years I would focus on my children, and then I’d take care of myself.� True to her word, in 1964 when her third child started 1st grade, Martin enrolled in a ceramics class at Barnsdall Art Center. “I just surrounded myself in ceramics,� she said, “learning everything you could possibly want to know.� The following year Martin enrolled at Los Angeles City College (LACC) where she spent three years honing her craft. When she finished her studies at LACC in 1968, she immediately headed back to Barnsdall, this time as a teacher. She taught adult ceramics and sculpture classes, while

continuing to create her own artwork. In her 32nd year teaching at Barnsdall, the compound, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House, closed for retrofitting and repairs. While numerous other classes offered by the Barnsdall Art and Junior Arts Center carried on in a church basement, the ceramics program, without its kilns, was forced to close. The building that housed the kilns had been deemed unfit for use as a school and there was no funding for new kilns. So when the Barnsdall Art Center reopened in 2003, it was still without a ceramics program. Funding for the new kilns was eagerly sought, however, and in the spring of 2007, the Barnsdall ceramics program reopened its doors with brand new kilns and Martin returned to teach. Word about the program’s reopening seems to be spreading slowly, though. Martin said the center “used to be brimming with ceramics students.� But her current class, which meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., is only half full. “People have just forgotten about it,� she said. But Martin isn’t worried. She likened the ceramics program at Barnsdall, to a certain mythological bird, and joked that she possesses some of the same qualities. “After 30 years of teaching and an 8 year hiatus, like the Phoenix, I have returned.�

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Los Feliz Ledger For the open house, turn on all lights—a house can’t be too light and bright inside.  Plus, lit fixtures are more attractive.  Open window coverings, winBy Richard Stanley / Ledger Columnist dows and garden doors. Put fresh flowers out or a bowl of fruit on the dining table or in First, an update is due visessary furniture, shampoo the kitchen. Avoid incense and à-vis last month’s column in the carpets—even if they scented candles.  They arouse which I said that jumbo loans will probably be replaced by suspicion that you might be were extinct. They’re back!  the next owner.  Touch up masking dank odors. During Most loans, including “statpaint or repaint ceilings or an open house, give pets the ed income” loans, are again rooms, if necessary (it’s OK day off at the groomer or the available. One catch:  good to paint out stains from rekennel—why chase away a credit is now more important paired leaks, just answer disperfectly good buyer because than ever.  Look for great rates closure questions truthfully).  of cat allergies or fear of dogs?  well under 7% for 30-year Wash the windows (espeAnd lastly, take a hike or go to fixed jumbo loans. What’s cially if you have a view!).  If the movies.  Don’t be present more, the inventory is chock you don’t have the decoratduring open houses or showfull of amazing opportunities ing gene, hire someone who ings.  You are paying your rethat would have been snapped does.  In extreme instances, altor, in part, up instantly in ferocious bidto be your ding just months ago. For sellers, this stretched out eyes and ears.  Even the most attractive [ real estate ]

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and well-priced houses can now take a month, or more, to sell.  For sellers, this stretched out market time means LOTS of open houses—and extra effort to find the right buyer.  Keep some of the following in mind as you get ready for your next open house: You have one chance to make a first impression.  Your house should be clean—including being free of offensive odors from pets, smoking or food. De-clutter.  Clean off horizontal surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.  The idea is that cleared counters look bigger.  Fewer pieces of furniture in a room make the room look more spacious and airier.  Once you’ve removed unnec-

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market time means LOTS of open houses—and extra effort to find the right buyer.  you may want to consider “staging” your house with rented furniture installed by an interior stylist.  Ask your realtor for referrals.  Spiff up flower beds with colorful plantings, especially on the path to the front door.  Trim overgrown trees to enhance curb appeal.  Every realtor touts a “sparkling” pool—make sure yours is.  Finally, put away your family photos.  If not, prospective buyers will be reminded that they are in someone else’s house—instead of in a house that they might live in. 

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Finally, hide cash, jewelry, prescription drugs, credit cards, financial documents and small valuables, including lap top computers.  Don’t just put things out of sight.  Hide them well.  Professional thieves rarely mingle with earnest open house visitors, but I’ve known problems to occur.  If persons knock on your door asking to see the house without an appointment, never let them in.  Be polite, firm and ask them to call your realtor. The best-prepared houses often achieve the best results.  Just remember that the way you sell a house is not the way you live in it.

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Bettie Lou Topper: Custodian of Local Modern Architectural Marvel By Diane Kanner / Ledger Columnist Among contemporary Los Angeles architectural personalities, Bettie Lou Topper’s name is not as identifiable as say “Shulman” or “Neutra.” She has known them all, however, for she lives in the one Los Feliz structure chosen by WESTWAYS magazine in October as a Los Angeles “Modern Master.” “The revolutionary con-

struction methods that Richard Neutra used,” the article says of her 1927-29 Lovell House, “made Europe take notice of the fledgling Modern movement in the United States.” Topper and her late husband, Morton, purchased the home in 1960, raised five children—Ken, Linda, Jeff, Dan and Douglas—and helped lo-

Neutra’s contemporary, architect Rudolph Schindler, count on her willingness to share the home, as do architecture programs at USC and UCLA. Topper was sur…she lives in the one Los Feliz prised when words structure chosen by WESTWAYS like “battered” and “outdated” were used magazine in October as a Los to describe the state Angeles “Modern Master.” of the Lovell House the Hollywood Silver Lake in a story in the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center, Times three years ago. Pilgrim School and the Los “It needs work, there’s no Angeles chapter of the Ameridoubt about that,” she recently can Institute of Architects. admitted. “The roof has been Groups promoting the work of taken care of since then how-

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3756 Prestwick** LOS FELIZ Listed at $1,695,000 3 bd, 3 ba + den on dbl lot

3729 Landa St.* SILVER LAKE Listed at $829,000 2 bd, 1.5 ba, fpl, + gst apt Ivanhoe Dist.

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2362 Peru St.* ELYSIAN HEIGHTS Offered at $1,095,000 3 bd, 2 ba, swimmers’ pool, grotto

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Avenel Housing By Karen Numme and Laura Massino Smith Ledger Columnists opens up the kitchen to the living room and provides a permanent dining area. By using these devices, what would be considered by some to be a small space, has the feeling of something much larger. Just off Rowena Avenue Ain was born in Pennsylnear the intersection of Hyvania, but attended the Uniperion Avenue is Avenel Street, versity of Southern Califorwhere in the late 1940s archinia. He worked with Rudolf tect Gregory Ain designed Schindler, Richard Neutra “Avenel Housing.” and Charles Eames and othBuilt after World War II ers. He designed many singleas “starter housing,” there are a total of 10 units; five each in two separate structures with a walkway in the middle. The flat roof, pure rectilinear form, large expanses of glass and An example of “Avenal Housing”--big on design, short on space, by architect Gregory Ain. lack of adornment are all typical characteristics family homes, but was known of the Mid-Century Modern for low-cost housing tracts in style prevalent after World Reseda, Alta Dena and most War II, especially in Southern significantly Mar Vista. The California. The Avenel HousMar Vista Housing Tract of ing was built as a solution to 1947 was designated a Historthe housing shortage after ic Preservation Overlay Zone World War II. in 2003. On the interiors, each unit is approximately 1,000 square Karen Numme, is a Master of feet with a large patio at the Architecture and Landscape end. A glass wall draws the eye Architecture and is a realtor to the outdoors from the intewith Keller Williams Realty in rior and visually (and physiLos Feliz. cally) expands the space. www.karennumme.com Ain used unique spacesaving devices on the interiors. Laura Massino Smith holds a A sliding wall connected to a Master of Architectural track above—similar to the way History degree, is an Architeca sliding closet door works—is tural Historian and author of used to open up the bedroom a series of guidebooks of Los space or close it off. A kitchen Angeles architecture. She is table-top placed between the also the director of Architecture kitchen and living room wall Tours L.A. in lieu of a formal dining area, www.architecturetoursla.com

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By Melissa Berry 90026 Single Family Homes 1806 WEBSTER AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,180,000 1303 MALTMAN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,099,000 2123 VALENTINE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 945,000

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1843 LUCILE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 899,000 1860 LUCILE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 886,500 646

N DILLON ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 699,000

2728 GLASSELL ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650,000 1614 AVALON ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 532,500 2150 SANTA YNEZ ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450,000 710

ROSEMONT AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294,000

90027 Condominimums 1971 RODNEY DR 204 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $530,000

90027 Single Family Homes 2226 N BERENDO ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,550,000 3257 WAVERLY DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,075,000 3601 HOLBORO DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,812,000 2009 N SERRANO AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,260,000 3477 BEN LOMOND PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 915,000 2445 LYRIC AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 870,000 1511 N NORMANDIE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515,000

90039 Condominimums

2018 GRIFFITH PARK BLVD 119 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $460,000

90039 Single Family Homes 3032 SCOTLAND ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $865,000 1948 N ALVARADO ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 810,000 3503 GLENHURST AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800,000 3927 REVERE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650,000 2420 RIVERSIDE PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 528,000 1988 LANDA ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 475,000

90068 Condominimums 2,222 N BEACHWOOD DR 314 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $620,000 3,625 FREDONIA DR 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 549,000 3,480 BARHAM BLVD 321 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 490,000

90068 Single Family Homes 2225 MALAGA RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,000,000 3206 CANYON LAKE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,720,000 2200 OUTPOST DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,600,000 6325 RODGERTON DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,538,000

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7139 MACAPA DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,500,000 5613 VALLEY OAK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,500,000 6449 TAHOE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,350,000 2435 CAZAUX PL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,310,000 2114 VINE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,230,000

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6384 WEIDLAKE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,175,000 3223 TARECO DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,155,000 3250 VELMA DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 925,000

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This 1923 Mediterranean-revival home is the sole home next-door to Los Angeles's official mayoral residence. Last sold in the 1970s, the home retains its original character. High ceilings, heavy cornice moldings, a coffered ceiling in the dining room, original tile in the baths and a novel, 1930s-era "cocktail room". MBR en suite with office/nursery. Family BRs have pvt terraces.

Sleek Palm Springs-style Architectural on one of the highest streets in the Los Feliz Estates. 3BR, 3BA, family room, sun room. Downtown to ocean vu. Atrium living room under hi pleated roof. Very light and bright throughout. Great MBR suite with Roman tub, double dressing/vanity areas.

This spacious (over 2700 sq.ft.) 4BR + DEN, 2.5BA "mid-century" traditional affords lake, city & mountain views AND has a HUGE rear yard with pool & spa! Newer kitchen w/granite counters & center island. Master suite has bath w/double sinks & private deck overlooking the view! Ivanhoe Elementary!

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1924 Mediterranean in Bronson Canyon thoroughly updated with sleek designer amenities. Exterior is reminiscent of architect Irving Gill's simplified volumes and arches. Inside, the deep autumn tones and polished wood surfaces recall the Orient Express, yet the whole is updated with today's tastes and needs. Newer systems include central HVAC, seismic retrofitting and much more. Flat, grassy garden is just right for kids or pets. Quiet, pvt.

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Updated Traditional in Silver Lake. Living rm/dining rm w/fp large open kitchen w/ tons of cabinets 2 bdrms, a bath on the main level & master with bath and deck up. Attached w/outside entrance a possible 4th bdrm or studio w/bath. HW frs, newer systems, roof & AC. Big rear patio & 2 car garage.

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First time on the market in 30 years, this California bungalow with Craftsman inspiration is the cosmetic fixer you've been looking for. Located in the heart of the Los Feliz Village and just blocks from the Sunset Junction, this 2 bed/1.5 bath includes hardwood floors, high ceilings, and an open manicured backyard. Large lot, zoned R2. Bring your creativity, designer, and/or architect and give this home a fresh look.

Charming Atwater Bungalow with gorgeous hardwood floors updated kitchen and bath, central AC and heating system, large dining room, wood burning fireplace, and character details. There is an add'l rear yard with desert motif landscaping and a large deck off the back bedroom. The one car garage has been converted into a sound studio with multiple layers of soundproofing and it's own electrical sub panel, 2 phone lines, and it is wired for high speed internet.

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Luxury condo in "Los Feliz Towers". Quiet 1st floor unit with huge garden patio. Priced to Sell. Move-in condition. Upgraded kitchen and bath cabinets. Full service building with doormen, pool, fitness center and 2 saunas.

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Lovely Spanish Style View Home! Spacious front patio, formal entry. Large liv.rm. w/faux frplc & balcony, formal dining rm. w/pic window, refurbished kit w/stove & refrig. cheerful brkfst rm with ceiling fan, laundry rm. incl. washer/dryer. Guest bathrm on 1st level. 2nd flr has 2 bdrms + bonus 3rd bedroom or den, full bathroom. Ample storage in basement. Double garage. Wonderful Franklin Hills/ Los Feliz Neighborhood.

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Los Feliz Ledger [ Senior Moments ]

A DASH Bus Line Will Help More than Seniors By Stephanie Vendig / Ledger Columnist On Sept. 29th, DASH was introduced to Silver Lake. Delighted riders shuttled between the ground-breaking ceremonies of the Silver Lake Library, Trader Joe’s, South of Sunset to Bellevue Park to elect Silver Lake Neighborhood Council members and other places around the proposed loop. However, it is not permanent yet, as the location of stops and the route must be fine tuned. Most of all, there is a need to make sure that DASH is viewed as a benefit to our community, for the cost will be shared among the property owners along the route (probably 4 blocks on each side) rather than through the normal government Proposition A funding, which is limited. In 2004, the Los Angeles city Dept. of Transportation (DOT)—planning for expansion if funds become available—requested proposals for new DASH routes. Proposals from some 80 neighborhoods, including one from Silver 07-GSH-002 GoodBestAd.4.0.qxp Lake, were submitted. Ac-

cording to criteria, Silver Lake ranked #20 on the list. The expansion, defined as one new route a year, revealed that Silver Lake must wait a long time to be part of the system. DASH is a city bus sys-

boarding passengers per year. With the support of Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti’s office and the Silver Lake Transit Coalition—a group made up of residents and representatives of local organizations—have been working to get DASH sooner. To help, a “Benefit Assessment District” was presented as a way to fund the operation. The property owners who will benefit by the route

With the support of Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti’s office and the Silver Lake Transit Coalition… have been working to get DASH sooner. To help, a “Benefit Assessment District” was presented as a way to fund the operation. tem focusing on Los Angeles neighborhoods. The DASH line uses a short route and is intended for areas that other Los Angeles city bus and rail systems do not cover. The fare is 25 cents, and the time between buses would be approximately 25 minutes. In our immediate community, Los Feliz, Echo Park, and Downtown have DASH routes. According to the DOT web site (www.ladottransit.com) there are some 36 routes with 400 6/18/07 4:02 PM Page 1 vehicles serving 30 million

will be assessed according to a formula, and will vote by mail on the proposal. When the DOT expands the system to the Silver Lake neighborhood, the costs of operation will be transferred to city funding. Meanwhile, increased traffic in our neighborhoods lately borders on the extreme. Congestion is becoming the rule of the day. So, at the very least, DASH could reduce the number of cars. If people could easily take advantage of shopping without the hassle of parking,

local businesses—as well as shoppers—would definitely benefit. And if our neighborhoods were more pedestrianfriendly, our property values would be enhanced. At the same time, for some, aging means driving will not be a choice at some point.

So, for seniors, this concept can come only too soon. Please let Councilmember Garcetti of CD13 know your views and get more information on the proposed DASH by contacting Aida Alvarado at 5500 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90029, (323) 957-4500.

Silver Lake Senior Club Calendar Trips Thursday, December 13th, Trip to Palm Springs, $10 (lunch not included) 9 am to 7 pm, Palm Springs Follies Optional ($45, 1:30-4:30) Call Doris Slater at (323) 667- 1879 or Jeanne Phipps at (323) 6642681 for more information on trips. November Classes All classes will take place at the Silver Lake Recreation Center. When Griffith Park Adult Community Center opens, some classes will move to the new site. Mondays: Tai Chi, 9:30-11:30, Gym, free • Life Story Writing, 12:30-3:30, free Tuesday: Strength Training, 1:00 – 3:00, free Wednesdays:

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Los Feliz Ledger Observatory from page 1

why the attendance records were low, according to city officials, range from people’s unfamiliarity with the reservation system to an avoidance of ticket costs levied when using shuttle transportation. The Observatory has long been one of L.A.’s most popular free attractions. However, general tickets were $8 during the temporary reservation system, which some felt was not keeping with Col. Griffith J. Griffith’s stipulation, upon giving land to the city, that it remain free to visitors. But Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Park, which operates the site, assured that ticket revenues were used only to cover the cost of the shuttle service. “There was no cost-recovery for the city,” he said. Hydro-mulch from page 1

of Recreation and Parks, said. “It will immediately impact the slopes with the highest erosion potential.” The city is further preparing Griffith Park for the rainy season by cleaning and replacing parts of its drainage infrastructure to prevent flooding. Concrete rails have also been installed at the base of some hillsides

Even still, a shuttle reservation system—which some nearby homeowners did not like, claiming the shuttles were excessively noisy and spewed pollution along the shuttle’s route to the Observatory on Vermont Avenue—was still needed, according to Mukri. “We could never have accommodated the number of visitors on the weekends without it,” Mukri said. Dr. E.C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory since 1974, said the temporary reservation system “absolutely fulfilled its intentions.” “Racing to re-open with high public and civic demand, the Observatory had to smoothly return to [its new] space. We needed to control that in a way that was predictable,” Krupp said. “We planned for the most likely scenario.”

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meadow, fearing crime, litter and harm to wildlife—has floated a compromise plan that protects the area for California Native plants and wildlife while providing a smaller “viewing area”—about 1/3rd of the total available land for the public. “Our group has always said that we feel the coyotes, the blue herons and other species have had that as a habitat and it’s morally our responsibility to see that they have their place,” said Brian Wakil, of Silver Lake Friends and Neighbors who designed and presented the new plan. The issue of possibly opening the meadow—which has been closed for 60 years and is located along Silver Lake Boulevard between Armstrong Av-

enue and Earl Street—began in 2000 when a new “master plan” for the area was being conceived. Since then, designs regarding the meadow have been presented in public forums. According to Andrew Sears, president of the Committee to Save Silver Lake Reservoir, the community, in these forums, has already chosen to open the site. Not doing so, said Sears, “would be a huge waste,” of previous community input and “people would forever be looking at the space wondering how this happened.” Like many residents, even the environmental community seems split on the issue. “Once you open an area indiscriminately and allow the area to be used as an open park every day it is no longer habi-

tat,” said Dr. Rosemary White, chair of the Sierra Club endangered species and wildlife committee, L.A. chapter. But the Audobon Society supports protecting the space but with human access, according to Garry George, executive director. George said people should be able to experience nature—particularly in an urban environment. Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, who oversees the area, is still hearing pros and cons from all sides. “Although I haven’t endorsed any specific plan yet,” said Garcetti, “I have heard suggestions from people on all sides of the issue.” Garcetti said a new proposal—that hopefully meets the needs of both sides—is expected later this year.

to help minimize soil movement during rainfall. About 30% of Griffith Park remains closed to the public as the restoration project continues. Visitors to southern portions of the park can access Western Canyon through Fern Canyon up to the Observatory, but not beyond the Mt. Hollywood-Charlie Turner Trail. All northwestern Griffith Park trails are open.

The proposed “compromise” plan offered by the group Silver Lake Friends and Neighbors, would have a “viewing” area for the public while maintaining the natural wilderness of the site.

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Study on Increasing Bike Use Underway By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE— The city has hired an outside consulting firm, Alta Planning + Design, to find ways to encourage bicycle riding among Angelinos. The firm has previously helped cities with bicycle use plans such as Portland, San Francisco and West Hollywood. Specifically for Los Angeles, the city will be looking at L.A. neighborhoods and how routes can be designed to facilitate bicycle riding. “A bigger issue to most people is, how can we provide for bicyclists without adding to the congestion picture,” said Michelle Mowery, bicycle program coordinator for the city’s Dept. of Transportation. Mowery said boosting connectivity for bicycles to public transportation—such as the Metrorail System—is one of the key issues they will be looking to improve with a new bike plan for the city. But the bike centric communities of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park and East

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Hollywood are being urged by local advocacy groups to voice their support for alternative transportation options. “[We are] the epicenter of the bike scene,” said Erik Knutzen, of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Knutzen said he only travels by bike in the area and even to Culver City weekly. “It’s a civic responsibil-

Kochersperger said that local bus routes are rarely straightaway and are slower, but, she said, she does appreciate the uniqueness of taking the bus in Los Angeles. “When you’re sitting in your car you’re definitely not meeting people outside of your experience,” said Kochersperger. Like Kochersperger, it ap-

“We are seeing a huge boom in bicycle traffic and people asking elected officials for improvements,” said Michelle Mowery, bicycle program coordinator, Dept. of Transportation. ity to get out of our cars,” he said. But what about local mass transportation? A recent midmorning excursion found the buses from Silver Lake into downtown’s Union Station running on schedule and connecting to the LAX Flyaway bus on time. “We have plush buses, we run on time, they are clean, our drivers are professional,” said ticket agent Connie Holmes. Anna Kochersperger, a resident of Echo Park said not owning a car makes her shop and work locally.

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pears more are opting for two wheels. “We are seeing a huge boom in bicycle traffic and people asking elected officials for improvements,” said Mowery, the city’s bicycle program coordinator. “I’m thinking within the next 10 years… we can… increase ridership to 5% from [the current] 1% percent for commute trips.” For information on upcoming meetings for L.A.’s Bicycle Plan visit www. bicyclela.org.

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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

Silver Lake Art Collective Tour Nov. 3rd & 4th

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War Explored

Take A Walk on the Dive Side

By Marilyn Oliver / Ledger Theater Critic

Ye Rustic Inn & the Drawing Room By Stella Matthews / Ledger Columnist

Currently two local plays â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roomâ&#x20AC;? present takes on the issue of war. The former deals with protest; the latter, with intrigue. With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairâ&#x20AC;? youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re immediately back in a time when Hippies, communes and loveins were the rage. The exuberance of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Children,â&#x20AC;? their joy of living and loving, and their irreverence toward societal norms is set against a grim background of turmoil and a controversial war.â&#x20AC;Żâ&#x20AC;Ż The best thing about this show is the live music. Songs

in Hollywood and is set in the elegant New York apartment of millionaire philanthropist Vincent Astor. The play focuses on movers and shakers of society in the decades between the world wars. The action takes place between 1927 and 1939, as the wealthy and powerful meet at Astorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner parties to discuss world affairs, such as Stalinist Communism and the Nazis.â&#x20AC;Żâ&#x20AC;Ż Astorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inner circle provided intelligence for the British and the United States and were the precursor of the CIA. Against the backdrop of Against the backdrop of opulence and privilege, the opulence and privilege, the action becomes increasaction becomes increasingly ingly tense as the world, tense as the world, and and particularly America, particularly America, is drawn into what will become a world war. is drawn into what will Among the fine perbecome a world war. formances, particularly such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Aquarius,â&#x20AC;? notable are those of Shawn Maâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Let the Sunshine In,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good cAulay portraying Astor; John Morning Starshine,â&#x20AC;? and of Gegenhuber as Roosevelt; and course, the title song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairâ&#x20AC;? Dylan Maddalena as Marshall are performed with zeal by a Field III. high energy cast. My favorite Scene changes and the number, the haunting â&#x20AC;&#x153;What passage of time are punctuated a Piece of Work is Man,â&#x20AC;? by charming vocal â&#x20AC;Żinterpretawith lyrics from Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tions of songs of the era sung â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamlet,â&#x20AC;? recalls the musicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by Donna Giffen who appears origins as part of the New York in authentic, stunning evening Shakespeare Festival. gowns of the period. Perhaps the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most Arrive early to read the poignant character is the sensiprogramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short bios for each tive Claude Bukowski, played of the characters and to review by James Barry, who anguisha historical timeline. es about going to war, burns his draft card and is ultimately â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairâ&#x20AC;? runs through Nov. caught by the draft. 3rd at the Met Theatre, Because this is a produc1089 N. Oxford Ave., Holtion that includes nudity, lywood. Reservations: (323) smoking, casual references to 960-4442. $34.99; seniors drugs and promiscuity, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and students, $30. for children, the timid or the â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roomâ&#x20AC;? plays through easily shocked. Nov. 17th at the Open Fist In a stark contrast to the Theatre Company, 6209 Sangrimy setting of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hair,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ta Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Roomâ&#x20AC;? is a new play written, Reservations: (323) 882-6912 directed and designed by Miwww.openfist.org,â&#x20AC;Ż$20. chael Franco at the Fist Theatre

LA City College Theater Academy Announces Fall Season LOS ANGELESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Los Angeles City Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater Academy has announced their 79th fall season lineup of productions. In November, the academy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recent Tragic Events,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a black comedy by Craig Wright and directed by Leslie Ferreira. Performances are: Nov. 9, 10 and 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 17th in the Cameo Theatre. Their December performance will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel,â&#x20AC;? a New York Drama Desk Award and Obie award-winning drama by Da-

vid Rabe and directed by Louie Piday. Performances are set for Dec. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8th, also in the Camino Theater.

dive bar (n): a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub One would think that living in a town thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so reputable for all its glitz and glamour would have very few dirty little watering holesâ&#x20AC;Śat least from the outside. Living here on the inside, we all know the truth. Everywhere you turn, you can find one. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re around every corner, in every strip mall, down every scary staircase in the alley. And it just so happens that two of my favorites are right here in good, old, reliable Los Feliz. Ye Rustic Inn and the Drawing Room. Located just across Hillhurst from each other, these two little dank dungeons of a place sit face-to-face, parking lot to parking lot. And they have for decades. Ye Rustic, with its pub-ish, British atmosphere, has the best bar food menu around (the fried zucchini and wings are to die for!). There are big, dark, comfy booths surrounded by TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing your favorite sports. A bit more â&#x20AC;&#x153;rusticâ&#x20AC;? than your average sports bar, this is a great place to chill with friends, eat drink and be merry. The adult libations arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that strong and to be honest, a little pricey. Although when push comes to shove they do the trick. And you can always count on the jukebox in the back corner to be playing your favorite classic rock songs without getting too indie for Rusticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own good. Drawing Room is a beast of its own. Emanating a slippery 70s vibe complete with dark red leather booths and chairs, this dirtier than dirty, deliciously dingy room gives

the feeling of partying in some random basement house party back in the day. The Christmas lights strung throughout the bar and the dragon mural along the wall add to the festivities, while the bartenders are straight up no nonsense. The drinks are cheap, folks. Cheap and stronger than you think. The jukebox is a perfect blend of classic rock, 80s metal, and 90s alternative rockâ&#x20AC;Ś back when â&#x20AC;&#x153;alternativeâ&#x20AC;? was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;indieâ&#x20AC;? of today. So when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something simple and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not entertaining those out-oftowners that we all seem to have so frequently, take a walk on the dive side. And wear whatever you want because really, nobody cares.

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SILVER LAKEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Silver Lake Art Collectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an organization of local artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present its 7th annual open studio tour, Sat. and Sun. Nov. 3rd and 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some 15 local artists will be included in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour. A detailed map and list of participating artists is available at www.silverlakearts.com. A preview and artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will be held Fri. Nov. 2nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at J Ferrari Gallery, 3015 Glendale Blvd.

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Los Feliz Ledger [NOVEMBER 2007 events calendar] Edited by Debru Petrov Art “Picturing the People:” A collection of over 135 objects and photographs of and by Indigenous peoples. Through January 27th. Autry National Center ,4700 Western Heritage Way. Admission and information: (323) 667-2000. www.autrynationalcenter.org

Tribal (African, New Guinea and the Americas) art. Nov. 10th - 11th. Hours: Saturday, Nov. 10th from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Center. 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica. Information: (310) 455-2886. General admission: $12 per person.

9:00 a.m. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome. Los Angeles Garden Club Meets 2nd Monday of each month. Visitors’ Auditorium, 4730 Crystal

LittleBird Gallery, “Over the river and through the woods,” is the new work and installation by solo artist Lisa Solomon. 3195 Glendale Blvd. Through November 8th. (323) 662-1092 www.littlebirdgallery.com

Girls Drawin Girls, Burlesque and Pinup Art. A collective of women artists. Thurs., November 15th 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Show is the brainchild of Melody Severns and Anne Walker and is a collective of female artists in the Los Angeles area, most of whom work in the animation industry. The show aims to create a new and exciting take on pinup art, an art form that is largely male-dominated and promote female empowerment through the redefinement of what is considered “sexy.” Fast Frame of Glendale, 112 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale. www.fastframeofglendale.com (818) 545-0044. The Floating World, featuring new work by Gina Stepaniuk and Linda Vallejo, through Nov. 3rd. Metro Gallery, 1835 Hyperion Ave. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. (323) 663-2787 or www. metrogallery.org. 2007 Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show, featuring a wide selection of internationally renowned art dealers and galleries specializing in antique and contemporary Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Central South Asian) and

Food Native American Food Harvest. Come sample Native American culinary delicacies. Discussion: panelist include Barbara Cox, food editor for Native People magazine, Nephi Craig, Chef Founder of the Native American Culinary Association and Dr. Rebecca Hernandez from the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. November 17th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets and registration required. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way (323) 667-2000. www.autrynationalcenter.org

Black Maria Gallery, “Immigration Punk” features recent works by local and international artists. 3137 Glendale Blvd. Through November 10th. Information (323) 660-9393 www.blackmariagallery.com

Silver Lake Art Collective, 7th Annual Art Tour, November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception: November 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., J Ferrari Gallery, 3015 Glendale Blvd. For a map and list of participating artists www.silverlakearts.com.

curator Micheal Duchemin. Free with museum admission. 4700 Western Heritage Way. (323) 667-2000. www.autrynationalcenter.org

One of the offerings at the 2007 Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show: Guardian Watersnake with Hornbill Wings, Dayak, Borneo Island, Indonesia. Wood. Circa early 20th Century. Courtesy of Mark A. Johnson Asian & Tribal Art.

Books Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale, November 17th. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1358 Los Feliz Library Used Book Sale, Nov. 24th, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188

Celebrations Dia de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) presented by the Barnsdall Art Center and Junior Art Center. A celebration with art, workshops, theatre, music and food.   Through Nov. 20th. Opening celebration, Nov. 2 with workshops starting at 4 p.m. and celebration at 7 p.m. 4814 Hollywood Blvd. Free.

 Clubs Atwater Village Library Book Club, November 13th, 1:00 p.m., 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1358

Springs Dr. Griffith Park November 12th; 10:00 a.m. to Noon, “Ferns for Home and Garden.” Public invited. Los Feliz Library Book Club November 10th; 1:00 p.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188

Crafts The Los Feliz Library Quilting Guild will hold their 3rd annual quilt show, Nov. 17th, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library, Hillhurst Branch, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188. Members of the guild will show their work from the past year.

Films Saturday Double Features at the Autry National Center “Sgt. Gene Autry-Preparing America for World War II,” “In Old Monterey,” (1939) and “South of the Border,” (1939). Special guests: Karla Buhlman, VicePresident of Autry Entertainment, and the twentieth-century west

Health The Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center will hold its 11th annual Senior Health Fair, Wed. Nov.7th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flu shots will be given until 12 noon. 1360 N. St. Andrews Place. Information: (323) 957-3900.

Lectures & Learning The Los Feliz/Silver Lake branch of the League of Women Voters will meet Nov. 28th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the community room of the Los Angeles Public Library/Los Feliz branch, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188. The subject of Immigration will be discussed. Open to the public. Reindeer Romp: Celebrate the holiday season with Santa and his reindeers. Crafts, keeper talks, special guests appearances, includes after hours entertainment. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, November 22nd through Jan. 8th. 5333 Zoo Drive. (323) 6444200 www.lazoo. Free Computer Classes for Seniors Leanr to navigate the Internet. Nov. 13th; 3:00 p.m. Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188

Senior Driver Safety Program for motorists 50 and above will be held at the Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center, Nov. 13th and 15th from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $10 registration fee required. 1360 N. St. Andrews Place. (323) 957-3900. Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers invites all to come take a closer look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur astronomers. Nov. 17th., 2:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. Reservations: (213) 473-0800 or www.griffithobservatory.org

Music Live Concert Series at The Greek Theatre Al B. Sure’s R & B concert, featuring Tyrese, Ginuwin, Tank, Avant, 112. Nov. 3rd, 7:30p.m. and Evanescence performing with special guest Sick Puppies, Nov. 10th, 7:30p.m. 2700 N. Vermont Ave. For ticket information: www.ticketmaster.com

Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council November 20th, 7:00 p.m. Los Feliz Community Police Center www.ggpnc.org Silver Lake Neighborhood Council November 7th; 7:00 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena St. Elementary School www.SilverLakeNC.org

Theatre  A Noise Within Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Nov. 18th; 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 234 South Brand Blvd. Glendale. For ticket information call: (818) 240-0910 extension #1.

Atwater Village Library Scrabble Club, Nov. 24th; 1:00 p.m. Bring your own boards and tiles. Los Feliz Library Scrabble Club, Nov. 11th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring your own boards and tiles. Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m. to

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Los Feliz Ledger [greetings from tom] By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge Hard to believe, but it’s been a year since we re-opened the Griffith Observatory and instituted a timed reservation shuttle service. In the intervening 12 months, nearly three-quarters of a million visitors have returned to this very wonderful landmark despite the challenges of getting there. Now, things will be as they traditionally have been in the past. Anyone can drive (or walk, hike or cycle) directly to the Observatory and go right in. Or, they can just walk around the building to enjoy the views of Los Angeles from all its decks and heights. No where else in all of Los Angeles affords the kinds of drop dead views of the basin that on a clear day could mean seeing the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro or even Catalina Island. The shuttle system had its critics but at the end of the day it worked well enough. The fear that crowds would overwhelm the Observatory when it reopened after a fouryear renovation and expansion was valid. We’ll never know if this would have come to pass. What did prove to be true is that the $92 million tab to

bring this greatest of civic landmarks into the 21st century was well worth it. If there is one criticism is that the fantastic show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium is often sold out. The other great upside, of course, is that none of the three fires in the park this year, the one in May that scorched nearly 1,000 acres, got anywhere near the Observatory. What a tragedy that would have been! Spread the word that the Observatory is more accessible than ever. Let’s celebrate and share this fantastic place with everyone we know. On the way to the Observatory, many of you will notice how “green” the scorched hills of Griffith Park have become. The hydromulching of the scarred hillsides is over. Now, we await the rains that we hope will return this winter to nourish the soil and start the rejuvenation of our favorite urban park. In the next few weeks, some of you will see K-rails placed on Vermont and Commonwealth avenues to divert water runoff during heavy rainstorms. The Dept. of Recreation and Parks has included this preventative measure if erosion and mudslides occur. It’s a good plan. See you soon on the trails.

[ california assemblymember Paul Krekorian ]

No More “Nurdles!” By Paul Krekorian In my first year in office, I have sent ten important bills to the Governor for signature. Eight of these bills have now been signed into law.   One bill I am especially proud of is AB 258 aimed at reducing man-made pellets

the Governor has put California in the forefront as a world leader in the effort to rid our oceans of man-made debris. Another bill I am proud of is AB 946 – which will expand distributed solar energy generation in California and increase the State’s overall renewable energy output, while simultaneously reducing car-

By signing this bill, the Governor has put California in the forefront as a world leader in the effort to rid our oceans of man-made debris. known throughout the plastic manufacturing industry as “nurdles.”  Tiny pieces of clear material used to create commonly used plastic items, nurdles seep through into storm water systems and, subsequently, into the Pacific Ocean, threatening the lives of birds, fish and other forms of marine life. The Pacific Ocean is one California’s most vital economic and natural resources and we must act to ensure its survival.  By signing this bill, Page 20 POLITICS

bon emissions. Finally, there is AB 1013, which makes neighborhoods safer by authorizing local officials to bring eviction actions against gang members and others who use their residences to store or sell illegal weapons and ammunition. Krekorian represents Burbank and Glendale, and the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Los Feliz, North Hollywood,  Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys.

[ SLNC ]

Hellos and Goodbyes on the SLNC By Douglas Dickstein, SLNC Co-Chair

November marks my 2year anniversary on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. It also signifies my last days on the board. I didn’t run for re-election, so on November 7 (or December 5th depending on resolution of election challenges) I step down. I ran for the SLNC because I hoped to make a positive contribution to Silver Lake; because I’d been involved in nascent organizations and felt I could contribute to the SLNC’s development; and because I liked politics and thought it’d be fun. As I look back over the past 24 months, I’ve made some positive impact, helped the organization make some strides, and it has been fun—and occasionally exasperating. The Neighborhood Council system is still a work in progress. The SLNC consists of 21 volunteers, the majority of whom work full-time. It’s not surprising that sometimes the ideas generated from the SLNC and its committees exceed the reach of reality. At times, the SLNC has been unable to become a factor in important neighborhood debates—from traffic issues to the Meadow at Silver Lake Reservoir. Even when the SLNC has attempted to weigh in on fractious issues—such as lights at Bellevue Park—we haven’t always acted as mediator and have backed away from taking definitive positions. Still, the SLNC has grown in many positive ways. Community projects—the Annual Beautification Day, the ArtCan project, the Bellevue Park Concert series and more—all show how positive a force the SLNC can be. In addition, the SLNC has played legitimate roles in reinstating the LADWP Solar Energy Rebate Program, gaining Historic Preservation status for local structures, and more. The fact that the last two SLNC Issues Meeting —on LAUSD School Reform and Disaster Preparedness— have been well attended, plus the increased voter turnout in the last two SLNC elections, indicates the organization is relevant. If I accomplished anything, it was subtle and not really my own doing. Being part

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Observatory Liquor Application Withdrawn By Charley M. Mims, President Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council On October 16th, Wolfgang Puck Catering withdrew their application for a zoning variance to serve alcoholic beverages at catered events at the Griffith Observatory. This was a great victory for the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and for the residents of areas leading to the Observatory from Vermont Canyon to Western Canyon. The GGPNC had advocated for a moderate approach that would have allowed wine and drinks at catered events with rules applied to the frequency of events and the hours events would last—including the hours that alcohol could be served and the hours that catering trucks could come through residential neighborhoods. While the Dept. of Recreation & Parks sought to preserve most of these decisions to department management, the catering firm really wanted full discretion. Many hours of committee and Board time were devoted to fact-finding hearings and discussions about the importance of supporting the educational mission of the Griffith Observatory while maintaining reasonable rules to protect the peace and safety of the adjacent residential neighborhoods. There were many meetings with department management and with our councilmember and his staff to try to arrive at a mutually beneficial solution to the challenges faced by the Observatory, their caterer and our

stakeholders in the local communities. The GGPNC conducted a poll whose responses were split 50% to 50% on the question of serving alcohol at all. An overwhelming 85% of respondents favored the moderate path of the GGPNC to require some reasonable restrictions on catered events and the hours of alcohol service. While our collective voices were heard by City officials, the residents of Vermont Canyon engaged a lawyer who found a defect in the environmental review process followed by the caterer and approved by the Associate Zoning Administrator in granting a variance. This could have resulted in a requirement for more substantial environmental review. Faced with this prospect, the caterer, Wolfgang Puck Catering, decided to withdraw their application for a zoning variance. While the GGPNC helped lead the charge on this issue, the residents of Vermont Canyon and the Los Feliz Improvement Association were the two groups that filed the last appeal and the lawyer for the residents found the flaw in the environmental review process that finally caused the caterer to throw in the towel! This demonstrates what can be achieved when your neighborhood council works with the stakeholders and with other local organizations to cause your voice to be heard. Congratulations to you and to all Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council stakeholders.

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Over 125 voices will come together for the 11th annual Hollywood Inter-Faith Choir Festival at Hollywood United Methodist Church on Nov. 11th. “It’s become a wonderful ecumenical community,” said Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church’s choirmaster, Joe Lawrence. “Because it’s music it’s much easier to get people together. Music is the common language.” Dr. Sheridan Ball, guest conductor for the event, has conducted choirs that toured internationally, in Carnegie Hall on three separate occasions, at the Hollywood Bowl and a Mass at the Vatican in Rome twice.  Dr. Ball currently conducts the Southern Califor-

free instruments and classical music training for 250 underprivileged children in Los Angeles. Harmony Project’s own Hollywood Youth Orchestra will perform along with The Harmonies Girls Choir, under the direction of Maestro Antonio Espinal, who has been Music Director of the Spanish Choir at the Cathedral of Our lady of Angeles since 2004. The Harmonies Girls Choir is comprised of girls ages 8 through 18, offering them exposure to a world outside of the inner city through national and international tours and through the music itself. The choir works in a variety of musical styles including classical, contemporary, avant-

The Hollywood Lutheran Church Choir will perform at the Hollywood Choir Festival on November 11th.

nia Master Chorale, the Meritage singers and has directed choral ensembles at Cypress College for over 25 years. Each year, the festival also serves to raise funds for a worthy organization. This year’s theme “I Dream a World of Harmony” reflects the work of The Harmony Project, an organization that provides

garde, popular songs, Broadway, spirituals, traditional and sacred music. Two other Los Feliz area congregations will also participate: Hollywood Lutheran Church and the Vendanta Society. Remembered in song will be the late Peter Shneidre of the Vendanta Society. A composer

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with the The Ventanta Society, Shneidre passed away of a heart attack on Sept. 20th. Under the direction of Music Director Swami Atmavidyananda, two of the three works the choir will perform were written by Shneidre: “Om Shanti Om,” and “All the Way to Heaven.” The third piece they will perform, “Now With One Accord,” was composed by Allesandro Costantini. Also performing are Hollywood United Methodist Church’s choir, The Philippine Chamber Singers, Crescent Heights United Methodist Church’s Choir and St. Matthews Lutheran Church’s choir. A children’s orchestra will provide musical interludes throughout. The highlight of the event each year is when the guest conductor brings all the individual choirs together. This year, one of the three pieces the choirs will perform together is suitably, “How Can I Keep From Singing.” “The challenge,” Lawrence said, “is to put that many notes into one event.” The event will be followed by a reception catered by Elvera Farrington-Fleenor. The festival is held at Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave., Nov 11th at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($7 students and senior citizens) and are available at the door and include the reception that follows. For more information: www. hollywoodchoirfestival.org.

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Los Feliz’s Own Anne Meselson Dead at 102 By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Long-time resident, Ann Meselson died in September, at the age of 102. Born Ann Swedlow in New York in 1905, Meselson’s family moved west to Colorado to take advantage of farmland that was available through the federal homestead program. According to her son, Matthew, she had been known as a spirited farm girl who often shocked local townspeople by riding horses bareback. When she was 18, she married Hymen Meselson and in 1932, followed her husband to Los Angeles. The Meselsons had several residences in the area and their son, Matthew attended Ivanhoe Elementary, Thomas Starr King Middle and John Marshall High schools. Starting out as a modest collector, Meselson became

Ann Meselson, as a young woman in the 1950s.

an internationally-known collector of Japanese Art. The Meselsons contributed many pieces of art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. According to Meselson’s son, Matthew, his mother was always cheerful as a homemaker who loved to garden and was a great Cook. Even in her later years, she enjoyed Los Feliz to its fullest. “Mother loved the recent changes in Los Feliz and the local shops and the irises she would receive from Jasmine’s Garden,” said Meselson. She is survived by Matthew Meselson, a molecular biology professor at Harvard University; daughter-inlaw Jeanne Guillemin; granddaughters Zoe and Amy; and three Ann Meselson and her son, Matthew, in 2005, grandsons. at La Belle Epoque on Ann’s 100th birthday.

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More Parking Needed in Los Feliz I am a resident of the Hollymont Apartments on Vermont. The recent permit changes on Russell have hindered apartment dwellers’ ability to find parking by onethird. While it once took me 10 to 15 minutes to find parking, I now look forward to 20 to 25 minutes. The street I used to live on, in the Bay Area, was famous for garage sales. It seemed every weekend brought a new one. One homeowner, an elderly gentleman, so disliked anyone parking in front of his house (even momentarily) that he would spend all day sweeping the spot in front of his house to keep anybody from parking. Though I have since moved away, I am now faced with a whole section of Russell of elderly men with brooms. The street belongs to the city. Not the homeowner. I have to circle each night for one lousy spot to leave my car when Russell is now half empty, is pathetic. There is still much untapped parking available in Los Feliz—giant parking lots that are locked and closed at night. Why it took the Christian Scientists so long to exploit this deficiency is unknown, but thankfully they have and have made available their lot for paid parking. George Raymond Los Feliz

[ open mike ] Regarding “The Push for Women as Roman Catholic Priests Makes is Way to LosFeliz,” (Roberta Morris, Los Feliz Ledger, Oct. 2007) I am quoted in the article as saying Solution - Crossword that real Biblical scholars don’t use the Bible which, of course, is an absurd comment which I sincerely hope was not meant to belittle a very serious issue. My comment was: “Biblical scholars don’t use the Bible to misinterpret the early Church’s commitment to a discipleship of equals.” There is a world of difference between the two statements. Authentic scholarship strives to arrive at historical accuracy and not soley to validate current practice. Many Roman Catholic theologians seem to have arrived at the same conclusion.

Who’s “Happily Ever After” Is This, Anyway? By Stella Matthews Ironically, the same topic has emerged several times lately. I’ve philosophized, debated and analyzed it to death. Yet, remaining jaded by society and experience, I still haven’t arrived at a conclusion. How exactly do women today define success? Or better yet, what

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I think I can safely say, we’ve now reached the other end of the spectrum. We are now the ones who are hard-working executives, wives and mothers. We’ve taken on the male and the female roles of the past. will ultimately contribute to our happily ever after? In the 1940s and 50s, a women’s role was easily determined. For the most part, she was expected to be the ideal wife: housewife, mother and domestically adept… keeping everything neat and tidy for her hard-working husband. I can see why American women wanted more. So they asked for it—and they got it. The 60s brought the feminist revolution. We wanted equality. We wanted power. We wanted independence. And we got it. So after years of fighting, my generation of women has the opportunity to have it all. The question is how bad do we really want it? Like so many young women in their 20s and 30s, I was raised in a strict household. Good grades, high school diploma, college degree, move up the career ladder. “Success” was the motivator. “Achieve high goals” and “make something of myself.” These ideas were constantly getting drilled into my head. Not just by the parents, but by society in general. Nov. 2007 There’s no longer as much focus on being that “ideal

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Fantastic Income Property. Remodled Duplex, both with Chef’s Kitchen w/Stainless Steel, Granite Countertops. New Electrical, Plumbing, Hardwd Flrs, Soundproof Windows, Parking for 6, Spacious Deck & Patio in Rear

JOY JOAQUIN, S-CLASS GROUP

3809 AMESBURY ROAD

(323) 314-8843

En Vouge Lake Hollywood 1950s Mid Century Hillside home on quiet cul-de-sac. Serene views, 3 beds/2 baths, pristine hardwood oors. Over 1800 sq. ft. w/attached garage. Bonus area for a wine cellar, recording studio or workshop.

2215 RESERVOIR ST.

$599,000

2 /1 by Sunset Junction. New wood rs & windows. Updated kit w/ granite cntrs & SS appliances. New roof, electric & plumbing. New W/D & 42” plasma TV. Enjoy city lights from front porch.

AVANTIKA SHAHI

(310) 869-1539

ATTENTION INVESTORS

917 N. AVENUE 52

$549,000

Completely renovated. All new electrical, plumbing, bathroom & kitchen including appliances. New paint and bamboo oors throughout. New fencing and landscaping. Large picture windows offering beautiful mountain views. New carport behind the house.

MICHELLE JARVIS

(323) 316-4854

2957 11TH AVE.

SANDY ZALAGENS

4652 Hollywood Boulevard (Between Vermont & Hillhurst)

November 2007

$499,000

Character Spanish situated between Culver City in West Adams. Rewired w/ new roof, windows & ing. Batchelder replace & period details & Beautiful landscape and water features. Priced

www.losfelizledger.com

& USC plumbbeauty. to sell!

(310) 210-8742

0% DOWN DUPLEX INVESTMENT

$225,000

Only 2 left! Indianapolis Metro Area - Cash Flow – Tenants & Management in place! 2+2+garage each side. Seller Incentives make this 0% down w/ your good credit! Call or email today for a project overview and pictures! BruceSeid@kw.com

BRUCE SEID Investment Specialist

(323) 300-1033

Tel 323-300-1000 • Fax 323-300-1001 www.KWLosFeliz.com

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2150 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

323.668.7600

georgeandeileen.com

Los Feliz Hills Showcase Property

For Sale

2771 Glendower Ave. Los Feliz Hills $2,149,000 Developer or owner builder opportunity! Estate size property on one of the premier streets in the Los Feliz Hills with spectacular sweeping city views from downtown to the West Side. Existing house is 4052 square feet with building plans to add additional rooms bringing the home to approximately 5000 square feet. Seller has removed kitchen and baths and starting opening walls to begin renovation. There are plans for a total room count of five bedroom suites each with private baths and one additional half bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, family room, office, recreation room or possible screening room or second home office plus a large view deck for entertaining. In addition there is unusually large lot with 2 flat areas with room for a pool and much more. Lot size is 13,170 square feet. This is a fabulous investment opportunity to create your own Los Feliz estate.

For Sale

2510 West Silver Lake Drive Silver Lake $1,095,000 Character 3 bd, 1.5 bath Spanish home on lovely corner location w/original character & details thruout. Lots of potential! Living rm w/fireplace, hardwd flrs, French doors & windows, sun porch. Ivanhoe district!

For Sale

4147 Camero Avenue Los Feliz $759,000 Lovingly cared for gated Craftsman offers 3 bd, 2 ba, w/a large formal dining rm, family rm & home office. Remodeled eat-in kitchen w/S.S. appl. & granite counter tops. A/C. Spacious patio for entertaining.

For Sale

2532 Lyric Avenue Los Feliz $639,000 Well priced 2 Bedroom & 1 Bath Los Feliz Traditional. Living rm w/fireplace, hardwood floors. Large yard. A great entry level home in the hills!

For Sale

2616 Meadow Valley Terrrace Silver Lake $1,179,000 Lovely Cape Cod home offers 3 bd, 2 ba, family rm, home office or maids, remodeled kitchen & baths, hardwd flrs, 2 fireplaces, A/C, flat yard, patio, 2 car garage + 2 addt’l spaces & Ivanhoe Elem. It has it all!

For Sale

556 Windsor Boulevard Larchmont Village $919,000 Lovely 4 bedroom & 2 bath single level 1923 Spanish residence. Sunny updated kitchen. Formal DR. Hardwood floors. Fireplace. Spacious home w/approx 2004 sq ft. Walk to wonderful Larchmont Village.

For Sale

1715-1717 Griffith Park Boulevard Silver Lake $699,000 Charming Silver Lake Craftsman Duplex with incredible views & tucked behind tall hedges for privacy. This property was completely renovated with new systems approximately 3-5 years ago. Loads of character.

For Sale

3938 Boyce Avenue Atwater $689,000 Beautifully renovated Atwater 3 bd, 1 ba Spanish. Living rm w/fireplace & archway that leads to formal DR w/great windows. Spacious & bright kitchen w/new appliances. Hrdwd floors. Lovely yard w/room for a pool.

Sold

Los Feliz Silver Lake Franklin Hills

2114 India Street Silver Lake $649,000 Nicely renovated duplex on a quiet Silver Lake street. Each unit with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Newly remodeled kitchens and baths. Some view. Large yard. Two car garage with direct access into lower unit.

Sold

2456 Lake View Avenue Silver Lake $995,000 3322 Berkeley Avenue Silver Lake $539,000 Wonderful 5 bedroom + 4 bathroom Contemporary with views & pool. Spanish 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom bungalow. Yard with fruit trees.

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