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Vol 3. No. 4

Alcohol Appeal For Observatory Postponed LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission has postponed hearing the appeal challenging a variance permitting Wolfgang Puck’s catering company a full liquor license for events at the Griffith Observatory. Many supporters of the appeal were present at the Sept. 25th meeting at City Hall. But commission President Young S. Kim delayed the hearing until Nov. 13th stating city attorneys need a more complete Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before the case can be heard. The EIA is an evaluation of the effect Puck’s alcohol variance might have on the environment, measuring such things as air and noise pollution. Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, the Observatory’s exclusive caterer, requested the variance last March. The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) filed an appeal soon after the variance was granted. Marian Dodge, LFIA president, worries a full liquor license will compromise the Observatory’s purpose. “For 70 years the Observatory’s mission has been the scientific education of the people of L.A.,” Dodge said. “If the WPC has a full liquor license for special events, portions of the Observatory—even the entire Observatory grounds—can be blocked off. Then the Observatory will not be available to the community.”

[ What’s Inside ] Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Genesis of LaBonge Map . . . . . 3 Family: Los Feliz Mom’s Club . . 9 People in My Neighborhood: Sol Shankman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Real Estate: Local Real Estate Analysis . . . . . . . . . . Su Casa D & E Restaurant Review: Larkin’s . . 16 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Open Mike: The LFIA Didn’t Speak for Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Rising Village Rents Fuel Concern By Paria Kooklan / Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Rising retail rents in Los Feliz Village are impacting small businesses and fueling worries that mom-and-pop establishments will soon be replaced by corporate chains. “The whole face of Los Feliz is going to change,” said Denise Saker, who owns Rosetta Stone Gallery, a boutique on Hillhurst Avenue. “It’s going to lose its charm. I feel so sad about that, because I love this neighborhood.” Saker’s building was recently sold for $2 million,

and her new landlord is demanding $7,200 a month in rent for her 1,200-square-foot space, up from $2,000 under her old lease. So, after 30 years of doing business in Los Feliz—15 of them in her current location—Saker will be closing Rosetta Stone Gallery on December 31st. “I’m devastated by the loss of my business,” she said. Kelly Wood, who owns Karuna Yoga on Hillhurst Avenue, has seen her rent rise as well.

When her five-year lease recently expired, Wood was told her rent would rise from $2,000 a month to $3,100 for approximately 600 square feet of space. That works out to $5.17 per square foot, up from just $3.30. Though her rent has not gone up as dramatically as Saker’s, the climbing rent, Wood said, has made it difficult for her to turn a profit. In order to raise awareness of the problem, Wood held a fundraiser last summer at which she raised see Rents page 7

MESSAGE IN A CHESS DRAWER: Diners can get a dose of philosophy and therapy reading left behind notes stuffed the drawers of a table at the Alcove.

Chicken Soup for the Hillhurst Soul Drawer at Alcove Overflows with Anonymous Notes By Judy Coleman / Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Brunchers at Los Feliz’s Alcove café come for the people-watching, the omelettes and the cake. But some also come to confess. Since Alcove opened in 2004, its customers have stuffed love letters and anonymous notes in the drawers of an antique chess table in the restaurant’s back room. Customers started the tradition on their own, according to Alcove owner Tom Trellis. “The amount of notes has skyrocketed over the last three years,” he said, “and it’s fun to see customers discover that when they sit at the table and spend time leafing through them.” The notes are scrawled on napkins, receipts, tickets and

notebook paper. One notewriter described meeting the love of her life on an otherwise boring Tuesday evening. “Isn’t life funny?,” the note reads, “I never go out on weeknights.” Other diners went for anonymous wit: “If today is the first day of the rest of my life, I’m already a felon.” The fortune-cookie wisdom was also abundant. As one note cautions, “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.” Another was more comforting: “Remember, everything is okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” Alcove cake was also a source of inspiration for many note-writers. One customer recommended the buttercream

cake, while another, overstuffed diner declared: “I will go with a salad next time.” Owner Trellis recalled a few of his favorite notes of the past years. “Somebody left a note with a $5 bill attached offering an espresso and a treat to the next reader,” he said. “There’s one from a woman who arrived feeling lonely and depressed and found the notes and left feeling really inspired and feeling like part of a community,” he recalled. The restaurant has never cleaned out the notes and Trellis is not sure what will happen when the stuffed drawers overflow. “We haven’t crossed that bridge yet,” he said, “but I think we’ll have to buy a table with bigger drawers.”

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Local Upgrade to DWP Power Grid Helped Create Recent Outages By Paria Kooklan Ledger Contributing Writer After last year’s power outages that left some local residents without power for days, the Los Angeles Dept. and Power vowed to upgrade the city’s power grid to prevent blackouts. When the Labor Day weekend heat wave hit, temporary circuitry installed locally for that purpose—to help upgrade Los Feliz and Silver Lake’s system—failed, leaving thousands of Los Feliz and Silver Lake residents without power, up to three days in some locations. According to the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, roughly 29,000 of its electrical customers experienced power outages citywide during the heat wave. The most widespread and longest blackouts occurred in the San Fernando Valley and in neighborhoods surrounding downtown, including Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Koreatown, Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, Mount Olympus and Highland Park. Of the 5,700 electrical customers experiencing outsee Blackouts page 6

Missing Franklin Ave. Man Found LOS FELIZ—Solomon Templo, 53, a resident of Franklin Avenue, was found on a grassy area near his home Sept. 13th –a month exactly since he was reported missing on Aug. 13th. Templo, 53, who is retired and disabled, was taken to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente Hospital at approximately 9 p.m., Sept. 13th where he was stabilized and then released to his family. “My mom was losing hope,” said Templo’s 20-yearold daughter, Sabrina, who helped organize a vigil for her father in August that attracted over 100 friends and concerned neighbors. “But I tried to stay strong,” she said, “and think positively.” The family declined any more details.

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Epilepsy Freedom Walk Oct. 14th in Griffith Park By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer GRIFFITH PARK—The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will host its annual Epilepsy Freedom Walk, Sun., Oct. 14th at 11:00 a.m. in Griffith Park. The half-mile non-competitive walk is designed so children with epilepsy—even those in wheelchairs—can participate. An estimated 150,000 to 180,000 people in the Los Angeles area are estimated to have epilepsy. Participants can either walk on their own or as part of a team, such as the groupthat eight-year-old Ivanhoe student, Leo Decter, is putting together for his friends. “It’s so we can raise money for medicine for people with epilepsy like my sister, Addie,” he said. “And that’s a good thing.” Epilepsy Freedom Walk, Oct. 14th, 11 a.m. Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. epilepsyfreedomwalk.

Taste of Los Feliz Set for Sept. 30th

Man Arrested in Marshall High Assault FRANKLIN HILLS—A 19-year-old man was arrested Sept. 18th accused of committing an on-campus sexual assault a week before at John Marshall High School. On Sept. 13th, at approximately 5 p.m., school employees happened upon the crime in progress on an isolated part of the school campus. According to police, school employees were able to stop the crime; but the suspect fled on foot. Police, working with school police officers and detectives were able to identify the suspect and arrest him in Inglewood. The suspect is not a student at Marshall.

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CORRECTION: In last month’s article “Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Election is Sept. 29th,” we stated that Janet Cunningham had been on the Neighborhood Council previously. That was incorrect, Janet has not previously served on the SLNC board. October 2007

LFV BID Looking for New Board Members LOS FELIZ—The Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID) is seeking candidates for its upcoming November election. Currently, half of the 9member board seats will be vacated and are up for election. Elected board members meet monthly to work on issues to improve the business district in the Los Feliz Village area. New board members will be announced at the LFVBID’s December mixer and will start work in January. Members of the BID will receive a ballot via mail in November with a short profile about each candidate. To run for a seat contact out-going president Dora Herrera at

Map Maker and LaBonge Team to Create New Park Map GRIFFITH PARK—After a chance meeting with Los Angeles based map creator Graham Marriott, of Cartifact, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge asked if he could develop a fully realized map and brochure of Griffith Park. The map—included in this edition of the Los Feliz Ledger—was designed over satellite terrain imagery, showing hiking trails, bridle and bike paths as well as showing areas of interest, attractions and activities. Marriott worked with Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks to ensure accuracy and precise park boundaries and also with Chief Park Ranger Alsee Map page 7

VERMONT AVENUE—The 2nd annual Taste of Los Feliz—presented by the Los Feliz Ledger—will be Sun., Sept. 30th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. along Vermont Avenue. Participating restaurants include: Alcove, Aroma, Café Figaro, Café Los Feliz, Chi Dynasty, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Delilah Bakery, Dresden, Fritzie’s, Greenleaf Vegan, Hollywood Gelato, Home, House of Pies, Little Dom’s, Palermo, Pattaya Bay, Starbucks, Sweets for the Soul, Tangier, Tiger Lily, Toni’s Bakery and Vermont. Keller Williams is the primary sponsor of the event. Other local sponsors include: the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council; Prudential California Realty/ Los Feliz; Chris Laib, Prudential California Realty/Los Feliz; Scott Cain, Sotheby’s International Realty/Los Feliz; Heartbeat House Dance Studio, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the Silver Lake Health and Wellness Co-Op and Under the Table Gallery store. Committee members working on the event are: Allison Cohen, Kirk Gerou, Rosesee Taste page 7


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“Concerts in the Park” Finale Brings Good Vibrations


Meet Dennis Lytton, New CD4 Deputy for Los Feliz & Silver Lake By Michael Locke / Silver Lake Correspondent Everywhere Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge goes in the neighborhood, you’ll likely run into his new deputy for Los Feliz and Silver Lake, Dennis Lytton. Replacing Patti Malone in the spring of 2007, Dennis has “hit the ground running,” immersing himself in the issues and people that define and shape our community. A graduate of UCLA, Dennis got his degree in political science after attending community college in Huntington Beach. Prior to working for Councilmember LaBonge, he held a variety of jobs around public policy, including working for a member of the LA County Board of Supervisors, a state assembly member, a congressional campaign and as a consultant for the lumber industry. “I got to know Tom (LaBonge) and his field staff when I was a board member of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council. Besides being field deputy for Silver Lake and Los Feliz, Tom has me tracking

transportation issues. It’s a great job if you like public policy and have a short attention span because you get to look into so many interesting and different issues every day.”

by Michael Locke Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKE—Silver Lake’s Arts & Culture Committee scored another hit in bringing the summer concert series season to conclusion at Bellevue Park on Sept. 9th. Billed as “Nostalgia Sunday,” the hills surrounding the park were filled with musical styles including ‘60s doo-wop, reggae and jazz.

Thanks to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation & Parks, L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti and local business sponsors, the concert series has become a community fixture. Dorsay Dujon, co-chair of the SLNC Arts & Culture Committee, brought an outstanding lineup of performers to the stage, beginning with reggae band Nassau Steel. Led by Doyle McKinney on steel drums and vocalist Aisha Humphrey, the talented singer evoked a young Sarah Vaughan. Robby Marshall, a young

saxophonist who lives in Silver Lake, brought his jazz quartet RootSystem to the stage, offering original compositions with a distinctively world sound. Finally, the Mighty Echoes brought the crowd to its feet with a joyous songfest of “oldies but goodies.” The doo-wop group, which hails from Echo Park, brought their unique a cappella act to the stage with style, comedy and a tight harmony. Dujon, who produced the event, promised “there will be more music in the park next year, music that lifts the spirit and is food for the soul.”

And how does Lytton hope to help Los Feliz and Silver Lake? “I’d like to help Silver Lake and Los Feliz reach it’s potential as great neighborhoods in Los Angeles. So much has been accomplished in the last several years but much more can be done. What is possible is beyond what we have imagined.” Dennis Lytton may be reached at dennis.lytton@


Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council... a board of 19 of your neighbors who have been organized as an advisory body to the City of Los Angeles. The purpose of the GGPNC is to participate as an advisory body on city services of concern to you. The mission of the GGPNC is to promote citizen participation in government at all levels by encouraging citizens to advise City government. Now start advising. That’s how you helped us Save the Derby!!

COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation Here’s the idea. Allow development to the point where people get out of their cars and into public transportation. How to do it? Create the “SNAP” plan which promotes increased development. How’s traffic and parking in your area? Let us know…

Parks, River & Open Space The City of Los Angeles is working as quickly as possible to open Griffith Park to public use. Burn areas will be closed on a long-term basis. Other park areas will be opened as conditions permit. For a good list of open and closed areas check out

Outreach We’re always looking for new and creative ways to reach our community. If you have any projects or ideas that highlight “local” issues please let us know and we may be able to help. Los Feliz Village… there’s no place like it… help us keep it that way.

Education Committee Track expansion at Marshall is expected to be done by 2010. New projects: Helping Los Feliz Elementary get volunteers for their tutoring center and Family Resource Center... providing resources for new landscaping at King Middle School…

Did you know… …our area State Assemblyman is Paul Krekorian? If you have questions about: renters assistance programs - or - consumer complaints - or - issues with the State Franchise Tax Board - or- any legislative issues - give him a call at 818-240-6330. Now that’s Public Service!

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To find out more about any of your councils activities just go to the website and check out our calendar. And as always all meetings are open to the public… …this means you!

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Confessions of an Urban Pedestrian By Sean Paul Mahoney Echo Park Correspondent

I don’t drive and I don’t own a car. Feel free to gasp or drop this very newspaper in shock. I’m used to that response. My little life in Echo Park is centralized and everything I need is either a walk or quick bus/train ride away, thank you very much. Still, for all of the convenience and peace of mind this lifestyle provides, it is certainly not free from unique perils and obstacles. Our fair city is internationally known for being a town where “the pedestrian has the right of way.” Having

pounded these pavements, however, I seriously question this policy. Daily, I risk being mowed down by a motorist who is simultaneously trying to change their shirt, drink coffee and IM their best on friend while driving. Hence the walker stare down was born. Somewhere between a snarl and a glare, the stare down involves making a stern eye contact with the multi-tasker in question. The stare basically says “Hey! I’m just trying to walk to the grocery store. Please don’t run me over!” If successful, the apologetic driver sheepishly

acknowledges your existence and no one gets hurt. This is just once of many defense mechanisms the L.A. walker has to develop in order to get from point A to point B in one piece. Others include the intimidating “shout like a crazy person,” the not recommended “full contact hood punch,” and the classic “run like hell.”

Mainly, I try to stay aware and courteous, reserving the extreme tactics for crisis situations only. On a serious note, last year a close friend told me one of her colleagues was killed crossing Hyperion. A few months later and just blocks from my apartment, a woman and her dog were hit in the intersection. Clearly, drivers and

walkers alike are not communicating. So consider this a confessional, a call for mutual respect. We’re here, we walk, get used to it. After all, we walkers don’t need a special pat on the back for doing something “green.” We simply want to get to our destinations safely. Just like you.

“Music Box” Steps Day Oct. 27th SILVER LAKE—If you saw the film, you can’t forget it. Two clumsy delivery men play Sisyphus with a piano they’re hired to haul up to a house at the top of an enormous stairway. The film is called The Music Box and stars the classic comedy team of Laurel & Hardy. Located between Vendome Street and Descanso Drive in Silver Lake, the famed film site has long been a mecca for movie buffs from around the world. And since 1995, it has played the lead role in an annual children’s film festival called Music Box Steps Day. Music Box Steps Day features free food, a raffle, live music, a magic show, Laurel & Hardy look-alikes, and the highlight: multiple screenings of the Oscar-winning film in a tent set up in the recently renamed Laurel & Hardy Park, directly across from the steps. The event, founded by Silver Lake resident Vincent Brook, has attracted visitors from near and far. The event is sponsored by the Silver Lake Improvement Association, the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles City Council District 13. This year’s 13th Annual Music Box Steps Day will be held Sat., Oct.27th, noon to 3 p.m., at Laurel & Hardy Park, 900 Vendome St. Admission is free. Info:

New Mural Will Beautify Myra Avenue Underpass by Michael Locke / Silver Lake Correspondent MYRA AVENUE—Led by the ongoing efforts of neighborhood activist, Peter Bedard, the Myra Avenue Underpass will soon be graced by a third mural. The new mural was designed by Brandon Tu, now a freshman at Marshall High School and will be painted by students from Thomas Starr King Middle School under the direction of Metro Gallery artist, Heng Leng. October 2007

Working with King teacher Kirk Palayan, students came up with several preliminary designs which were then submitted to an online vote by members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the Franklin Hills Residents’ Association. Approximately 200 people cast ballots in the competition. The Myra Avenue Underpass has undergone significant transformation in recent

years, with upgraded lighting, maturing street trees and the completion of two new developments on the north side of the underpass, the art deco Laguna Apartments and the Sunset Silver Lake Lofts, with a third development being planned for the southeast side of the street. An opening reception at Metro Gallery honoring the young artists is being planned. COMMUNITY NEWS

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Los Feliz Ledger Blackouts from page 1

ages on the Saturday before Labor Day, 2,600 were in Eagle Rock. Most of those residents did not have their power restored for 24 hours. Meanwhile, some Los Feliz and Silver Lake residents had to wait two days or more for their power to be restored. “Hotter areas tend to have more heat-related outages,” said DWP spokeswoman Kim Hughes. “The coastal areas are cooler, so people don’t use their air conditioners as much and the equipment doesn’t blow out. It all depends on how many people in your neighborhood have their air conditioners on.” According to Hughes, homeowners can help prevent blackouts by keeping thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, turning air conditioners off at night and using as few appliances as possible. “People had the air on 24/7,” she said. “It’s like running your hair dryer all day – the equipment wouldn’t get any time off, and it would break down.” Las Vegas and Palm Springs have equipment that’s built to withstand that kind of energy usage, but L.A’s systems are meant to cool down overnight, when people usu-

ally turn their air conditioners off, she said. “The equipment we’ve always had is geared toward use and efficiency for our climate,” Hughes said. “But with climate change, we’re going to have to reassess. We’re looking at replacing the transformers with different types of transformers – the kind they have in Palm Springs or Arizona.” In the wake of the outages, Los Angeles City Council members Eric Garcetti, (Council District 13) and Tom LaBonge, (Council District 4) and others called for an audit of DWP’s efforts. The utility will also be required to provide monthly reports on its progress as it upgrades the power grid. For its part, DWP has suggested a 9% rate hike to help pay for new staff and equipment. In the meantime, Los Feliz and Silver Lake residents can expect more heat-related blackouts. That’s why DWP needs to do more, Councilmember Garcetti said at a news conference on September 11th. “Last year, they told us [the heat wave] was a once in a hundred years event,” he said. “But, it did happen again. And I think in this time of climate change we have to be prepared for it to happen again.”

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approximately $5,500. “It’s more and more challenging to make ends meet,� she said. “We can’t continue as we are.� Wood’s landlord, Elizabeth Klock, said she felt her prices were reasonable. “The rents naturally go up when the leases expire,� she said. “Some of [my tenants] had five, 10, even 15-year leases. The value of the space goes up.� That’s the Catch-22 that occurs when a neighborhood becomes as popular as Los Feliz Village, said Dora Herrerra, president of the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District. Herrerra, has owned and operated Yuca’s on Hillhurst

“Someone is always going to be willing to pay it,� she said. “So the neighborhood may go corporate because the smaller people can’t pay these prices. We [in the Business Improvement District] are just trying to stall that for as long as we can.� Prudential realtor Lane Aaronson, who has worked in Los Feliz for nearly 30 years, agrees with Herrera’s assessment. “Right now, no matter how high the rent is, the space will get rented,� he said. “It’s all about supply and demand.� The demand for storefronts in Los Feliz Village is extremely high, Aaronson said, while the supply is “miniscule.� As a result, the past decade has seen local retail rents rise from $1 or $1.50 per square foot to $4

â€œâ€Śthe neighborhood may go corporate because the smaller people can’t pay these prices. We [in the Business Improvement District] are just trying to stall that for as long as we can.â€? – Dora Herrerra for over 31 years. She recently opened a second location on Hollywood Boulevard. She is also one of the founding members of the Business Improvement District, which for the past 16 years has tried to promote the Village as a shopping and dining destination. She said that she and others knew rising rents might become a problem if their efforts succeeded. “We knew we were creating a monster,â€? she said. “We knew we would have this problem at some point. It was inevitable.â€? Unfortunately, Herrerra said, there is no easy solution to the problem of high rents.

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bert Torres to plot new trails, remove dangerous routes and map details such as drinking troughs, water tanks, emergency helispots and vista spots. An interactive version of the map, for the Web, is in progress that will animate seasonal creeks, sensitive wildlife habitats and watershed boundaries, to name some features.

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or even $4.50, he said. Aaronson also said that the recent real estate downturn has not affected either retail rents or the sale price of commercial buildings in the neighborhood. “Interest rates would have to go sky-high and property values would have to really plummet for the commercial market to be affected here,� he said. “Of course, there is always a breaking point,� he said. “There will come a point where people need to make a profit, so they need the rents not to be so high. The question is where that point will be.� “It is a problem for the small businesses,� he said.

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Ivanhoe to Pilot Computer Program by Pamela Ludwig Drefuss Ledger Guest Writer Ivanhoe Elementary’s “1 to 1” program is ready to roll out in October. The program provides one laptop computer to every 4th and 5th grader, and one to every teacher. A mobile computer lab will also be available for younger students for keyboarding and computer use. “The basic idea is simple. We want to bring Ivanhoe’s classrooms into the 21st century,” said Carlos Hernandez, Ivanhoe’s technology supervisor and program coordinator. Ivanhoe is the first noncharter LAUSD school to incorporate the laptop program. “A lot of eyes are on Ivanhoe and this program. It has the potential to affect all LAUSD students,” said Hernandez. The program was funded by community donors, grants, parents and with matching grants from companies. “The program dissolves socio-economic differences and provides children of all learning styles the opportunities to excel,” said Joanna Looby, mother of Lucky, a 5th grader. But some parents worry that Internet access will be a distraction. “I see lots of ways [computers] can support curriculum, but the Internet…can be a confusing distraction. If they can learn how to distill the information, that would be an invaluable skill,” said Peter Wolfe, father to 5th grader, Bayjolie. For information, or to sponsor a student: www.lausd. or contact Carlos Hernandez (323) 664-0051.

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Ivanhoe to Host 3rd Annual “IvanHoeDown” Oct. 20th

[ Pilgrim School ] By Connor Quinto-Chandler, Grade 9

School Musical 2); Michelle Krusiec (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and the upcoming What Happens in Vegas opposite Cameron Diaz); Jim Connor (Blades of Glory, TV’s Desperate Housewives, the new Kelsey Grammer sitcom, Back to You); Ethan Cohn (Lady in the Water, TV’s Heroes, Gilmore Girls, Huff ); and former Ivanhoe student Miles Melendrez, drumFestivities will include music, mer and vocalist a haunted house, a pumpkin for The Melendrez Brothers, who have patch sale; pumpkin opened for the Red decorating and other crafts; Hot Chili Peppers. and hair and face painting. Emceeing are actress and songstress Pinky Jones and Ivanhoe dad, ages will include many cultures Steve Melendrez. and cuisines, including a Dia de Applications should be Los Muertos celebration and the submitted to Ivanhoe teachers fire fighters of Los Angeles Fire by Oct. 15, with a tax-deductDepartment, Silver Lake Station ible check of $10 made out to #56 cooking up BBQ fare. “SLCC.” Late entries will be Also highlighting the accepted the day of the pag2007 IvanHoedown is the eneant for an additional $5. All vironmentally themed Green proceeds go to the Friends of Wizard & Witch of Silver Ivanhoe to support school proLake pageant, sponsored by grams and activities. the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce. Students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade at Ivanhoe are eligible to enter. Applications and full rules are available from Ivanhoe teachers or in the school office. Winners will be selected on originality of costume— their “vision” of a environmentally responsible or “green” Silver Lake wizard or witch, constructed of at least 50% recyclable, organic or natural materials—and an up to 40-word essay on what they would do for the Silver Lake community to help it be green, healthy and sustainable. Celebrity judges for the contest include: Alyson Reed (High School Musical, High

My freshman year has gotten off to a great start here at Pilgrim. Not only is this the nicest looking school I’ve ever attended, the programs, teachers, coaches and students have been great. Pilgrim has a huge, newly remodeled gym (with the capacity for basketball and volleyball) that we all love. We are also expecting a new and improved courtyard, designed by a Pilgrim parent (and host from a home show on HGTV!) for the middle and high school students to enjoy. Here, we’ll have our very own space to eat lunch, study and socialize. September is still alive with a football Homecoming game and dance, a middle school retreat to Cedar Lake and an allschool luau on September 28th.  October will be busy too. First there is the Pilgrim Sunday Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 7th and Trips Week which will send 8th graders on a 24-mile Colorado River trip; 9th graders to a retreat at Camp Pilgrim Pines, 10th graders, sea kayaking in the Channel Islands; and our juniors and seniors to visit colleges in the Midwest.

SILVER LAKE—Ivanhoe Elementary School will host its 3rd annual IvanHoedown, which will feature the Green Wizard & Witch of Silver Lake pageant, Sat. Oct. 20th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities will include music, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch sale; pumpkin decorating and other crafts; and hair and face painting. Food and bever-

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Back to School at Micheltorena! By Patricia Delatorre and Heather Ruffin

This year at Micheltorena there’re many changes. One change is a new principal. Her name is Ms. Furfari. Our school is looking forward to more awesome field trips, greater projects and harder work. It’s going to be fabulous, but only if we all contribute and persevere to help make great things happen and to make Micheltorena the best school it can be. Not only do we have a new principal, but we also have new teachers to share and learn with. Also, we have a new assistant principal, Mr. Kim. But best of all, we have new friends and old friends to hangout with. Sometimes change is a good thing for the student body. Micheltorena is an excellent school. That’s why the students are looking forward to a great year. We are all a family at Micheltorena and we will work together to make exciting things happen at our school. Check out our school. We soar high!!!!!

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Los Feliz Ledger [ micheltorena street school ] By Dorit Dowler-Guerrero Ledger Guest Writer Micheltorena Street Elementary School has a new principal and steadily rising test scores. New principal Susanna Furfari brings a wealth of knowledge from her tenure at Eagle Rock Elementary School. Additionally, Micheltorena continues to be one of the top most improved schools in LAUSD showing a 38 point gain in this year’s California Academic Performance Index tests (API). It was the greatest gain of any Silver Lake area school, placing their score at a respectable 721. This gain in API is partially attributable to a relief in overcrowding. Formerly a year round school, Micheltorena is now on a traditional calendar with the average class size of 19 and a manageable student body of 448. The school also has a progressive arts program, an orchestra teacher, a vocal teacher and after school programs including Hollywood Art Council, LA’S BEST and an all grade after school gifted program. New programs for this school year include dance classes from the California Dance Institute, a science lab and enhanced PE programs that include yoga and meditation. Also, the school will introduce, this year, a PTA and the Friends of Micheltorena (FOM)—a parent, teacher and community non profit organization focusing on fundraising and community outreach. [ king middle school ]

King Improvement Projects in the Works By Anahit Muradyan Starting this month improvement projects will be taking place all over Thomas Starr King Middle School. Some of the projects are replacing old flooring in the auditorium, the boys’ and girls’ gym and a few classrooms. The cafeteria was recently painted and there are plans to add “healthy food� murals to encourage students to eat healthier. Areas of the school will be repaved, which is estimated to take up to six months to complete. King students will also play an important role in the improvements through the gardening club offered by LACER (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation), an after-school program. The gardening club plans to plant flowers in and around the amphitheatre. The changes will be going on throughout the 2007-2008 school year, so keep your eyes open for an improved Thomas Starr King Middle School. [ immaculate heart high school ]

Los Feliz Has New Mom’s Club LOS FELIZ—Over 20 mothers and their children gathered in the play space behind Dragonfly DuLou, for the first time in September for the first ever Los Feliz Mom’s Club.

The group will operate under the Mom’s Club Corporation, a national non-profit, founded in 1985. With the area changing, some local families saw a need. “We moved in about 10

Pictured from left: Karen Prendergast with son, Dillon; Carol Gardener with daughter, Silvia, and Christine Blackburn with daughter, Alabama.

years ago and there were no families here and now we have thousands of children here in Los Feliz and Silver Lake,� said Lana Chirco Baltz, owner of Dragonfly DuLou who lives in Los Feliz with her husband and children. All the more reason, says Blackburn, for the group to establish a strong presence in Los Feliz to support the local neighborhood and businesses. “There are some issues that need to be addressed in Los Feliz and as we grow in numbers our political clout can grow,� said Erica Chapman who attended the group’s inaugural meeting with her son, Wyatt. Contact losfelizmomsclub@ gmailcom for information.

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IH Welcomes New Class Members By Lauren Aleman and Heidi Slojewski, Class of ’10 Sisterhood is celebrated every year at Immaculate Heart High School and this year was not an exception. On Sept. 7th, students continued a beloved school tradition by greeting the freshmen for “Welcome Day.� The four classes of Immaculate Heart performed skits, songs and dances dedicated to the Class of 2011. Tenth graders kicked off the special event with capes, sunglasses and the color yellow. As “Super Stunna Sophomores,� they informed classmates of their super-hero intentions to “save� the freshmen from any harm, as demonstrated with a Spiderman-themed song sung in their name. Next up were junior class members, sporting berets and striped shirts for their French theme. Known as “J’taime Juniors,� they presented a skit based on the Madeline story, featuring ballet. They also sang their Freshman-themed version of “Spectacular� from Moulin Rouge! Not to be upstaged, the seniors dressed as “Sixties Seniors� – complete with beehive hairdos and 60s attire. Class members did their take on the musical Hairspray, offering their song to the freshmen by singing “Welcome to IH!� As the fourth and final class, freshmen introduced themselves to the school as “Fitness Freshmen� and dressed their part with spandex, shorts and hair-bands. They sang and danced to “Push It,� from the Disney Channel’s Jump In! As a surprise bonus to the day’s performances, the IH faculty became the “Sesame Street Staff� in a clever skit designed to educate Elmo on the benefits of attending Immaculate Heart High School. Later, the students gathered on the quad to share potluck lunches and then dance to music in preparation for that evening’s “Welcome Day� dance on campus. October 2007







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Thai Sabai Massage By Laura J. Weinstock / Ledger Contributing Writer THAI TOWN— I’d never had a traditional Thai massage before, so I approached my 90-minute appointment at Thai Sabai with some trepidation. I needn’t have worried. From the moment I walked in the door my experience was wonderful. The dÊcor is light and airy and immediately put me at ease. I was ushered into a private massage room that did not resemble typical, massage settings. Instead of a table, there was a

mattress on the f loor, with three shiny, black stones and a paper orchid at the foot. Another orchid lay on the pillow. I was given a loosefitting top with ties and a pair of very large shorts and told to change into them. From that point on, I entered an other-worldly event. It was as if I’d gone to Thailand, without ever leaving L.A. Sasivipa, the senior masseuse at Thai Sabai, was incredible. With 33 years of nursing under her belt and a decade

of massage on top of that, she trains the other massage therapists. Even though her daughter gave birth to a baby girl at 4 a.m. the morning of my appointment, Sasivipa was able to give me her full attention and energy. Thai massage, which originated 5,000 years ago and is three hundred years old in its current form, seems like a misnomer. It is actually a combination of stretches and body rotations, acupressure, mild chiropractics and energy work. In typical massages, I emerge practically comatose, only to find my relaxed muscles tightening back up an hour later. To my delight, this did not occur after my Thai


Heal Thy Self By Elma Mayer / Ledger Columnist The conceit of western medicine is that medical treatment heals. But a treatment cannot heal you. A cast cannot knit a broken bone. It can only provide support so the bone can re-grow. Antibiotics, painkillers and surgery do not heal. They kill bacteria, shortcircuit the nervous system and remove unwanted matter. But they do not regenerate – only your body can. You are the best healer there is. You’ve already healed yourself countless times, without professional help. Your inner healing technology kicks in, and the cut heals, the hurt mends. Human healing ability is taking a huge evolutionary leap. New technologies abound – and they’re not just machines. Myriad healing modalities are now available to the general public, like Reiki, Chi Gong, Yuen Method and Emotional Free-

dom Technique. More people than ever are healers. We are evolving our ability to heal, consciously and actively – far beyond the body’s already-amazing capability to regenerate. Imagine healing with conscious control, at will. This is not just fantasy. The ability to heal intentionally exists right now. Anyone can do it. Try it now. Here’s a very simple, general technique. Notice an area of discomfort in your body. Now imagine there’s a switch on your spine that “turns on� healing. Flip the switch to the “on� position – just pretend – visualize it. Now, check in with the area of discomfort. If there’s even a little improvement, in the next few minutes, know that you’re not making it up. You have activated self-healing. Don’t assume that healing

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The challenge of Eco-Consciousness By Kathy A. McDonald Ledger Contributing Writer Packing my son off to college recently exposed the reality of our disposable, consumer society. His personal archive holds everything from a collection of favorite fast food toys to a Game Boy player and accessories, enumerable Pokemon and Magic cards, to stacks of worksheets from his AP statistics class. All told, a terrifying accumulation of obsolete toys, memorabilia, photos and just junk especially when it came time to pack it, leave it or dump it. Ideally, one shouldn’t let children amass and hold on to so much stuff. Easy in retrospect, but as I flipped through

a Beckett collector’s magazine (remember the basketball card craze?) and the cherished box of Pokemon cards, I wondered how do you deny your kids the latest must have? And once you’ve bought it for them, how can you just toss something that seems perfectly reusable? What I’ve found is that it takes time to get rid of obsolete stuff responsibly whether it’s going to a garage sale, to Out of the Closet as a donation to a hand-me-down for the neighbor kids or siblings or to an e-waste site. It would be better to avoid the build-up of stuff, which in part means taking control consumer-wise. As kids get older

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that certainly becomes easier. Nothing cuts short a teenage buying spree faster than holding firm and requiring that they pay for the coveted item with their own money. Shifting the mind-set of younger children is more of a challenge. Jessica Jensen, former Los Feliz resident and founder of eco-website, has an interesting exercise for families that demonstrates a household’s environmental impact. Save all your trash for a week: newspapers, junk mail, food packaging and plastic bags and then pile it up outside just to see firsthand what a family can produce waste-wise. Don’t just think of it as throwing away one bottle, look at the cumulative consumption. “If you do a little bit of math with your children, you can figure out how much waste your family produces in a year,” said Jensen. Multiply that by the community and city’s population and it becomes a daunting figure. Simple changes, like recycling, become habitual. What about those defunct Pokemon cards? I haven’t quite broken the cycle completely: they’re now boxed and stored in the attic for my son, the next generation’s problem.

Marshall High Grad Receives Cancer Society Scholarship

LOS FELIZ—John Marshall High School graduate Maritza Marquez has been named one of 60 students statewide to receive financial assistance with college expenses through the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor Scholarship program.

Marquez, currently a psychology/sociology major at California State University Long Beach, will receive up to $5,000, as she works toward a degree to become an academic advisor. Marquez, 18, was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer last year when she was, a senior at Marshall. She underwent a total thyroidectomy, radioiodine therapy—which required total isolation— and ongoing hormone replacement therapy and missed only three weeks of school. “The scholarship eases the worry about paying for my education and inspires me to study hard,” said Marquez. “I never thought that I would be able to gain something positive out of an experience that was painful for both me and my family.”

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The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man of the Mountainâ&#x20AC;? A Griffith Park Hero By Colleen Paeff / Ledger Contributing Writer LaBonge presented Shankman with a plaque from the City of Los Angeles declaring August 26, 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solomon Shankman Day.â&#x20AC;? He called Shankman a â&#x20AC;&#x153;marvelâ&#x20AC;? and added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a doctor in thinkology. Any of us that stop to chat with Sol know he has a great mind.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every conversation I have with Sol, he says something significant and quotable,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Paul Fleiss, who was in attendance Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge that day. with Shankman as he names August 26th And another â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solomon Shankman Day.â&#x20AC;? participant, Toby Early on a Sunday mornLeaman said: [Sol is] â&#x20AC;&#x153;the wising last August, over a hunest man I know. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a terrific dred people made their way to role model. . . and his interests the Griffith Park Observatory, are so varied.â&#x20AC;? well before the Observatory Shankman took the event opened its doors. It was an in stride. Upon receiving his ethnically diverse group of old plaque he thanked everyone and young, conservative and for coming, then said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hipster, joined together to celnot overwhelmed because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ebrate the 92nd birthday of a too old to be over-anything.â&#x20AC;? man who had touched the lives Shankman was born in of everyone presentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Solomon Toronto, Canada in 1915. He Shankman. first discovered Griffith Park at

Shankman, a long-time resident of Los Feliz, has walked the trails of Griffith Park every day for the last 30 years. Shankman, a long-time resident of Los Feliz, has walked the trails of Griffith Park every day for the last 30 years. Most of the people at the Observatory, including Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who organized the celebration, met Shankman on the trails.


the age of 22, while visiting his parents, who had emigrated to Los Angeles a few years earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My legs took me up to the top of the hill about the second day I was here,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came on a day when the rains were good and the hills were lush and green. . .and I fell in love with it.â&#x20AC;?

In 1939, after receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto, Shankman followed his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead and emigrated, first to Boyle Heights, then to Los Feliz. Initially, it was a heart ailment that propelled Shankman to take to the trails. After a year his heart had improved, but he continued to hike. Thirty years later, his eyesight severely impaired by macular degeneration, a medical condition resulting in loss of central vision, Shankman still walks three and a half miles every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knows the trails like the back of his hand,â&#x20AC;? said Shankmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Janet Williamson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and everyone on the trail knows him.â&#x20AC;? LaBonge praised Shankmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenacity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The [Griffith Park] fire didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop him. You know what he did? He took a tougher trail.â&#x20AC;? Just as the fires didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop him from hiking, Shankmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss of vision hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped him from enjoying the written word. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an avid reader,â&#x20AC;? said Williamson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so when he lost his sight enough that he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read, he started talking to people on the trail to see if they would read for him.â&#x20AC;? Several people now read to him in his home each week. Shankmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life has no doubt been enriched by the friendships he has made in Griffith Park, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plain to see that those friends feel equally enriched by his presence in their lives. Mario Ballesteros, who drives Shankman to the trailhead bright and early each morning, expressed a feeling shared by many of the people who turned out to celebrate Solomon Shankman Day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Sol,â&#x20AC;? Ballesteros said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has been my inspiration.â&#x20AC;? October 2007

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Above the rhythms of the city, this beautiful traditional home serves as a stage for ultimate entertaining. Suitable for any setting, this stylish residence offers vws from dwntwn to the ocean. Lounge in spaces from the dining and family rms to the cozy brkfst nook. Host parties in a spacious LR w/frplc & lead your guests to a lrge outdoor patio complete w/cooking & bar facilities. Two master suites w/private baths provide the most enviable space to indulge in.




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Pristine, emotionally charming & updated, keeping in line w/ the integrity of this Craftsman home. Enter past the frnt yd & up wood steps to French doors leading into the house. Open living rm, formal dining rm, den, office, skylights & bonus rm complete this spacious home. Hdwd flrs, fireplaces in living rm & master bedrm. Enchanting large double lot w/ mature trees, patios & decks offering privacy perfect for entertaining. 1 car garage plus additional off street parking for two cars.

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.

2 BR 1.5 BA main house; garage converted without permit to detached guesthouse/ office /studio with ¾ bath, kitchenette and loft. Quality and polished charm galore. Updated systems, incl. central heat and air. Dining deck, sun-dappled patios, built-in barbecue, towering landscaping and swimmer's pool create a sublime get-away in your own backyard.




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Romantic Silver Lake Spanish Revival with beautiful courtyard entry. This 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath home features a large step-down living room with original Clay Craft tile fireplace, lots of light, and beautiful hardwood floors and woodwork throughout. The back yard offers loads of privacy with wonderful views, covered patio, large grassy area, and a separate dining area with an outdoor blue river rock gas fireplace. Come and enjoy this Silver Lake gem.

This contemporary traditional in the Moreno Highlands of prime Silver Lake affords Observatory, Hollywood Sign & idyllic hillside views. Formal entry to split-level, open living areas with soaring ceilings and hardwood floors. Living room with fireplace. Formal dining and breakfast areas. Sunny cook’s kitchen. Much sought after floorplan with 3 brs & 2 baths “up”, 4th br/den & 3rd bath “down”. Expansive deck with built-in spa for entertaining. Vast storage area. Ivanhoe elementary.

Enter this 1913 Craftsman beauty and you enter a bygone era. Maintains its architectural integrity and charm. Beamed ceilings, formal dining room, living room, FOUR large bedrooms, TWO updated baths with orig character, built-ins. Large front porch, elegant entry, grand staircase, second staircase in rear. Mix sound studio in back. Newer systems.













Late Mid-century feel, first time ever on market, trust sale, perched on the hill with fabulous views. Extra spacious rooms. 5 bedroom, 3 baths family room and den, great work at home space. Large rear yard all waiting for the personal touches.

Two beautifully restored California bungalows in the historic Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Just minutes from Downtown L.A. and neighboring Silver Lake, these two vacant units offer the serenity of hillside living with the convenience of a great location. With new windows and roof, hardwood floors, fresh landscaping, and recently remodeled kitchens, these two charming bungalows are the perfect investment opportunity. Projected rentals and expenses.

Designer-done Spanish in much sought after Atwater Village. This 4 BD, 2 BA home features a fully updated kitchen w/ custom cabinetry & stainless steel appliances. Walnut honed hardwood floors throughout, indoor laundry, gas fireplace in living room, central air/heat and all updated systems. Master bedroom retreat w/ French doors open to a magnificently manicured pool-size lot, patio w/ deck & bonus art studio space. One car garage. Very pvt & perfect for entertaining.





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Los Feliz Ledger [ real estate ]

Has the Local Bubble Burst? By Richard Stanley / Ledger Columnist We are in a period of upheava l in the real estate market. But how bad is it? Sales Perspective Considering the Beachwood Canyon area, Los Feliz and Silver Lake/Echo Park, both units sold and dollar sales volumes are down this year versus last year by about one-third. Market times are now about two months for houses that sell. Interestingly, sales prices are up about 6%. Comparing square footage and bedroom and bath counts of properties sold this past August versus August of 2006, there does not appear to be a great disparity or trend. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Selling? Houses are still coming on the market for traditional reasons: death, divorce, relocation and urgent family needâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for instance, a new baby, retirement or health limitations. There are still a few â&#x20AC;&#x153;flipperâ&#x20AC;? houses that are

being rushed onto the market. Some of these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even quite finishedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the urgency is that palpable. In our market area, the sub-prime foreclosure and â&#x20AC;&#x153;short saleâ&#x20AC;? houses are fewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; so far.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;stated incomeâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;no docâ&#x20AC;? loans and â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero downâ&#x20AC;? or low down payment loans are, for the moment, extinct. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;jumboâ&#x20AC;? loans over $418,000â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the ones most Californians need to purchase residential real esSuddenly getting a loan, tateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;can be tough to get today. The even if you have great rates are not so bad credit, is an iffy proposition. but getting the loan paperwork through Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Buying? the underwriting mill can be Highly educated buydaunting. Be prepared for ersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most shoppers todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; long delays in getting loan will avoid over-priced and dull approval and also many and houses. And flippers are on the unusual stipulations required sidelines now, and with them by lenders as conditions of is gone their multiple offer funding new loans. The days madness that drove prices earof easy, cheap purchase money lier this decade. and re-finance loans are definitely over. Who Is Lending and Borrowing? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Prognosis? The big change of late is So far, prices in our local in the mortgage market. Some market have not dropped, but lenders have closed their doors prices are dropping in outlyand hundreds of staff have ing areas. Buyers here relied been fired. Suddenly getting heavily on loans based upon a loan, even if you have great risky underwriting practices. credit, is an iffy proposition. Personally, I doubt that we Just about all loans today are will see a repeat of the local â&#x20AC;&#x153;fully documented.â&#x20AC;? So called see Real Estate Su Casa page E


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Los Feliz Ledger Examples of this style can also be seen in international precedents such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the

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Deconstructivst Goodwill By Karen Numme and Laura Massino Smith Ledger Contributing Writers

Created in 1999 by Santa Monica-based architect William Dale Brantley and his firm aARts Architects, the Goodwill Industries Building at 4575 Hollywood Blvd. is an eye-catcher. Falling into the historical period known as Deconstructivist Post-Modern architecture, which directly followed Mid-Century Modernism— roughly from the 1970s to 2000—this type of architecture allows the viewer to see the “works” of the building, such as I-beams, insulation, duct work and in this way making them artistic features and not something that is

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meant to be covered over and never seen. At the Goodwill building, left exposed is the insulation in the ceiling and the duct work. There is no dropped ceiling and there are no interior walls in this structure. Industrial halide light fixtures reflect the shiny surface of the insulation drawing your eye to the bright ceiling. The overhanging roof of corrugated steel provides shade and another visually interesting surface seen underneath. By exposing these industrial materials and drawing attention to them. Architects and designers must work within the constraints of the city requirements and because this is a commercial corner lot, the requirements were such that there had to be transparency into the building. Clearly, that was accomplished here.

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Four Famous Finials Find Fresh Function By Diane Kanner / Ledger Columnist

LOS ANGELES—First Congregational Church of Los Angeles at the corner of 6th and Commonwealth is an historic landmark in every category under which a structure can meet the municipal criteria. Notable architects, its construction in poured concrete in a contemporary version of the Gothic style, a sanctuary that soars 75 feet skyward—the elements together are an inspiration for believers and nonbelievers alike. The church is officially Historic Cultural Monument 706. During the Jan. 17th, 1994, 6.7 Northridge earthquake finials were jolted from their corners on the church tower leaving the sanctuary below vulnerable to damage. The decorative spires were removed and shipped to Inglewood Park Cemetery where they languished. Too heavy to be returned safely to the tower, their future seemed to be that of other discarded architectural elements. Could eight-ton finials be employed as anything but finials? Donald Battjes, a church member who is

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the Chief of Operations of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, saw a solution. When the estate of a church member provided funds for four new light-weight finials (molded from the originals), there was still money remaining. So, last Aug. 28th, the four original 17-foot-high finials were returned to the church and school grounds. Masons installed each on a concrete base on either side of the church and school parking area, bolting them with engineering systems not available

when they were originally installed on the tower. Passersby like Los Feliz resident Cheryl Johnson, whose daughter Ashley attended Pilgrim School, have been strongly moved by the sight of the finials. Now serving as entry portals for students and parishioners, the spires give hope that Pilgrim and First Congregational can continue their mission in a city where so many religious institutions are struggling with challenging problems.

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Big Home Sales Drive Price Increases in Los Feliz By Jennie Redner / Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Six homes north of Los Feliz Boulevard sold in August, pulling the monthly median price for the 90027 zip code up to $1.3 million from the typical monthly median price of $900,000 to $1.1 million, according to DataQuick, a real estate reporting firm. Homes in 90027 typically sell for $400 to $500 per square foot, but agent John Davidson, of Mossler & Doe Associates, said: “The August prices were pulled up by the sale of a house designed by architect Roger Hong in the Los Feliz Oaks subdivision.” The Hong-designed home sold at a premium price of

$700 per square foot. “The home has been preserved exactly as Hong built it and the buyer appreciated the simple elegance of the design and the fact that it had never

been altered. Up there, all the homes have pools and views, but in addition, this home had extraordinary architecture,” said Davidson. The five other North Los Feliz homes sold for prices in the $505 to $542 per square foot range, which translates to prices ranging from $1.2 to $1.8.

The August sales volume of 15 homes sold in 90027 is in line with the average number of monthly sales for the last two years, of 16 homes per month, according to DataQuick.

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50% price drop of the early ‘90s. What may happen is that we enter a relatively long period of stagnant, or slightly lowered, property values. Don’t look for significant change soon. People tend to defer making long-term financial commitments when change is imminent. Such change will not take place until at least January 20, 2009.

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Pumpkin Party Time! Carve ‘em or Cook ‘em! By Melissa Berry / Ledger Columnist

Local Landmarks Seen In Shulman Exhibit At Central Library

[ SELECT HOME SALES OCTOBER 2007 ] 90026 Condominimums 1701 CLINTON ST 402 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $319,000

By Kathy McDonald Oh, where does one begin when discussing pumpkins? Just because you may not have grown these squashes doesn’t mean you can’t play with your pumpkins! From the ever popular jack-o-lanterns and decorations, to traditional pies, small carved out sweet pumpkins as bowls to hold crème of pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds as a nice change from sunflower seeds and the ubiquitous pumpkin carriages in fairy tales. For those of you carving Halloween pumpkins, there are materials you need that will definitely make the initial preparation of your pumpkin easier. While it is possible to struggle through this preparation stage with just a serrated knife, sturdy metal spoons, and a small nail, there are all kinds of pumpkin carving sets available at stores like Osh for those ambitious pumpkin artists out there. Preparing Your Pumpkin • First cut a whole in the top for a lid. Be sure to angle the saw inwards so the lid sits on top of the pumpkin and doesn’t fall through! Depending on how you plan to use the pumpkin determines how far to cut the lid down from just the top to maybe 25% down. • Scoop out the seeds and the strings with a sturdy spoon. You can wash the seeds thor-

oughly and toast them in a slow oven for roasted pumpkin seeds. • Scrape some of the flesh from the inside so the pumpkin is about an inch thick wherever you plan to be carving on it. I just learned about this, and it really makes it easier to carve. Take the nail I mentioned earlier and see if you can get that through the skin to help estimate the thickness. The design is up to you. You can do the traditional snaggle-toothed, slanted-eyed, evil looking pumpkin, or you can go on the Internet and print out some patterns that spark your imagination. Just remember, when carving a curve, just slightly turn the saw and keep the knife at an angle. To remove the cut pieces, push from the inside. How you light you pumpkin is up to you: a pumpkin light or a candle in a holder. Place the candle on tin foil and put the lid on. After a minute remove and lid and look for smoke marks. You should make some vents where the smoke marks are! Step back from your handy work and try to be the first on your block to yell “Boo!”

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Acclaimed architectural photographer Julius Shulman’s career spans seven decades. An exhibition of 150 of his photographs, now archived at the Getty Research Institute, will be on display downtown at the Central Library’s Getty Gallery from October 6th through Jan. 20th.

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MICHELTORENA ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,550,000 W TEMPLE ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,150,000 N OCCIDENTAL BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 865,000 REDESDALE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 860,000 W SILVER LAKE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 802,000 KENT ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 675,000 BERKELEY AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 567,000 N VENDOME ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 540,000

90027 Condominimums 4455 LOS FELIZ BLVD 1207 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $551,000 4614 FINLEY AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499,000 4343 FINLEY AVE 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499,000

90027 Single Family Homes 2640 3743 4110 1900 3777 1873 4021 1511 1606

NOTTINGHAM AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,550,000 AMESBURY RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,825,000 DUNDEE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,400,000 MYRA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,400,000 PRESTWICK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,340,000 DELOZ AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 880,000 CLAYTON AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 829,000 N KENMORE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 649,000 MYRA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 638,000

90039 Condominimums 2929 WAVERLY DR 206 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $370,000

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Photograph by Julius Shulman. Ennis House, Los Feliz, interior, 1953. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

Shulman’s photographs capture metro L.A.’s modern architectural history and the exhibition includes such iconic images as architect Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 as well as local Los Feliz landmark the Lovell Health House designed by Richard Neutra. A veteran chronicler of the area’s rich modernist history, Schulman most recently advocated for the Sliver Lake meadow’s preservation. The Central Library is located at 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. The exhibit is free and open during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

ANGUS ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,335,000 GLENFELIZ BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,100,000 EDENHURST AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,020,000 ANGUS ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,010,000 IVANHOE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 867,500 MADERA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 832,000 GARDEN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732,000

90068 Condominimums 1966 TAMARIND AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 573,500 2225 N BEACHWOOD DR 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561,000

90068 Single Family Homes 2149 5610 5959 3340 2510 2828 3252 2933 3124 2740 5544 3156 6455 2577 2341 3378 3327

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Los Feliz Ledger [ Senior Moments ]

Volunteering By Stephanie Vendig Ledger Columnist With the new Griffith feel good and give you a sense Park Adult Community Center of satisfaction. Giving back to opening soon, and after visiting your community or serving your several senior centers, I realized community or organization to that volunteers are vital for a make life better is perhaps the quality facility. But more than most significant motivation for that, I also saw that for the volvolunteering. Along with a good unteers assisting in this way is dose of altruism, people benefit valuable for their wellbeing. from being with other people, Volunteering, choosing to staying active and feeling a sense help others or organizations of their value in society. without compensation, is an With the largest generaintegral part of our American tion ever to pass through its cultural fabric. According to 40s and 50s now moving into the Corporaits 60s (77 …volunteering overall in tion for Namillion), America is near a 30-year high. tional and 20% of the In 2006, 61.2 million people Community popu l at ion volunteered, investing an Service, volwill be over u n t e e r i n g estimated $152 billion worth 60 within overall in of labor into the social sector. five years. America is These “baby near a 30-year high. In 2006, boomers” will also turn to 61.2 million people volunvolunteerism as our current seteered, investing an estimated nior generation has, but their $152 billion worth of labor motivation and interests may into the social sector. be a bit different. There are many reasons for In 2005, the MetLife Foungiving your time and effort for dation/Civic Ventures “New the benefit of others. Altruism is Face of Work” Survey found often cited as a reason, but rethat boomers have a strong deally, it is not entirely an altruistic sire to launch their working lives act. Volunteering can make you into opportunities that involve

significant social contribution. A majority of individuals 55+ agree that they would prefer volunteer opportunities that make use of their personal or professional skills. Senior centers are often a central place for people to find volunteer opportunities, and the federal government is helping to promote this volunteerism through the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency (www. created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with volunteer opportunities. One offered program is the Senior Corps. Conceived during John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities within The Foster Grandparent Program, The Senior Companion Program and the RSVP program. RSVP connects volunteers over 55 with volunteer opportunities matching their skills and availability. The program, in most communities across the nation, is usually connected to a senior facility where there is a system of matching volunteers to needs either in the center or in the

community. RSVP supports individual volunteer efforts by providing insurance (accident and liability), and partial reimbursements for transportation and meal expenses. The Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks operates the program in Los Angeles

and the Griffith Park Adult Community Center will become a “station” for RSVP. This means that you can find an opportunity to volunteer just by coming to the center, whether it is to help out at the center or to find a volunteer experience in the community.

Silver Lake Senior Club Calendar General Meeting: Wed., Oct. 17th. Friendship Auditorium on Riverside Drive, Lunch ($2 donation) with meeting and program, 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trips Tues., October 23rd, Warner Brothers Studio VIP Tour, $35 (lunch not included), 9 am to 4 pm Thurs., Nov. 15th, Fillmore & Western Railroad in Heritage Valley on a vintage train, $45 (includes lunch) 9 am to 5:30 pm, waiting list only Thurs., Dec. 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 for more information on trips. October 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: Yoga and Stretching, 9:30 – 12:00, free Thursday: Line Dancing, 10:15 – 11:30, $16/4 sessions or $5/session Fridays: Yoga with Susan Quon 9:30 – 11:30, $4/session starting 9/21 Tai Chi with Susan Quon 11:30 – 12:30, $2/session starting 9/21 Craft Workshop, 11:00 – 1:00, free • Painting 1:00 – 3:00, free New! Aerobics to Latin Dance Rhythms, 2:30 – 4:30, free, $12 material fee Widows and Widowers Group, October 12th, 2 pm Call Bob Friedman at (323) 662-9686 or for place and more information For Information on the Silver Lake Senior Club, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 6673043, or e-mail at or call Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681. Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!   To learn more about our current calendar of classes, concerts and cultural events, visit For information: Wendy Caputo (323) 962-5277 Ad sponsored by Sunset Hall

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Map of Griffith Park: All 4,212 Acres of It

An Oral History of Silver Lake

By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge This is the most exciting issue of the Los Feliz Ledger I have contributed to because it contains a first-ofits-kind Griffith Park map for your use and enjoyment. I have wanted to produce a comprehensive map of the country’s largest urban park for years and so we budgeted this expense out of Council funds. All that was previously available was a poor quality photocopied dotted trail map. I always believed that this greatest of civic resources that boasts dozens of amazing places to experience should have a visitor’s guide. As readers of this newspaper, you are already stakeholders in the great Los Feliz/Silver Lake neighborhood, it seems fitting that you should be the first to get a copy. Griffith Park means different things to different people. Some people are hikers or cyclists or golfers or horse-

back riders or L.A. Zoo-goers. Families with small children also seek out the pony and Griffith Park Railway rides. Music lovers may attend a concert at the Greek Theatre and not set another foot in Griffith Park. Ditto for those who go to the Griffith Observatory for its unequaled jetliner views of the Los Angeles basin. One thing that most people touch upon is how close this oasis is to the heart of the city. You can hike a thousand feet up from Vermont Canyon to the top of Mount Hollywood through canary pine groves and chaparral and feel miles away from city life. From the time I played youth sports with my brothers on the ball fields that were bulldozed to make way for the Golden State freeway decades ago, I’ve been a big champion of the park and all its features. When you read the descriptions of the park’s attractions, activities, histo-

ry, natural environment and points of interest, you will be amazed. Even knowing what I know, I still marvel at the breadth of offerings. When the devastating May fire forced the closure of some very popular hiking and horseback trails through the burn areas, park users “rediscovered” trails on the north side of the park—and fell in love with the “new” routes. With 4,212 acres to explore, rediscovery is limitless. When I’m in the park, usually at dawn, I am impressed with the number of people whose day begins hiking as mine does. Griffith Park is like oxygen to some of us— we would not survive without our daily dose. But as eager as I am to share this publication with you, I am also eager to hear back from you. Please let me know your thoughts by emailing me at tom.labonge@ Should you want additional copies of the map, there will be available at Ranger’s Station on Crystal Springs Road. Check out the excellent park exhibit while you are there. Griffith Park is truly a park for the people as Griffith Jenkins Griffith intended. Please read and share this map with others. Together, let’s enjoy and love the great City of Los Angeles and Griffith Park!

By Douglas Dickstein / SLNC Co-Chair In the film Joe Gould’s Seresidents in hopes of enacting on cret, an editor for The New Yorker a smaller scale what Joe Gould meets a Greenwich Village local had failed to do—An Oral Hisnamed Joe Gould who claims tory of Silver Lake. to be writing a voluminous Oral The project has had fits and History of the World, a record starts, but this year, led by the of 20,000 conversations he’s steady hand of SLNC History overheard. In the end, however, Collective Chair Bob Herzog, it turns out that Gould is a bethe committee has recorded guiling sham numerous and there is inter views The SLNC History with men no such history awaiting and women Collective was any interested whose time formed to record publisher. in Silver Lake The film spans the past interviews with is based on a 50 years. As some of the true story set the interin the 1940s, views pile up, area’s longest a time when the commitresidents… New York tee is close to was a far bigbegin editing ger city than together the Los Angeles and Greenwich pieces in the hopes of potenVillage a more active comtially unveiling a final reel munity than Silver Lake. But sometime next year. there are many Silver Lakers If you’re an editor or a who were born here in the professional in video produc1940s and many more have tion, a history buff or just come since then and each has love Silver Lake and would added to the cultural diversity, like to work on this exciting character and history of this project, stop by the SLNC great Los Angeles neighborHistory Collective meeting hood. the fourth Thursday of every A few years ago the Silver month at the SLNC Offices Lake Neighborhood Council on 2898 Rowena or email the embarked on one of its most committee at history@silverambitious projects to date. The Who knows, perSLNC History Collective was haps you may even make an formed to record interviews interesting interview subject with some of the area’s longest yourself.

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Los Feliz Ledger

Ride-A-Long with The Hollywood/LA Beautification Team

[ Star Gazing for OCTOBER ] By Anthony Cook / Griffith Observatory

By Kimberly Gomez / Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Here in close proximity to Griffith Park, local residents are likely to be in touch with the greenest swath of Los Angeles in some way, whether it’s using the park for hiking trails, views, air, and exercise or strolling our tree-lined boulevards. But living in Los Angeles, folks in the area also have surely experienced the frustration of seeing freshly-painted graffiti blighting their neighborhood. It is with great relief, however, that often that same graffiti is painted out—meaning painted over— in a relatively short time. That’s thanks to the efforts of the Hollywood/LA Beautification Team who answer calls to eradicate graffiti in excess of 3 million square feet a year. The group also removes more than 30 tons of trash for Los Angeles city council districts 4 and 13—roughly from Atwater Village through Rampart to La Cienega Boulevard. On a recent morning beautification team supervisor Juan Celaya, along with three workers—all court referrals serving time doing commu-

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nity service—descended upon the corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue. Their call was to remove graffiti left their overnight by late night partiers. In less than 20 minutes, the crew had removed the graffiti from street signs, light poles, a newspaper rack and a tree that had to have its bark scraped off. “Sometime I paint for two to three hours in one place,” said Celaya. The Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team is one of several non-profit organizations contracted by the city to remove graffiti from public and private property. “It’s discouraging, at times, when you see graffiti,” said beautifucation supervisor Herb Sims who started working for the organization after retirement. “We can remove it, but [it keeps] coming back.” The complete eradication of graffiti in the area is a tall order considering gang crime is on the rise according to Sharon Romano who has headed this organization since its grass roots progression from

a neighborhood watch group in Hollywood. “We take the city money and do the best we can with it,” said Romano. According to Romano, 45% of the city contract covers graffiti removal. The remainder, she said, goes to beautifying the neighborhood with tree plantings, youth job training, the creation of murals, adopting schools, garden projects and mentoring children and is supplemented by grants and private donations from fundraising events such as the organization’s annual fundraising event, which will be held Oct. 4th at Universal Studios. With private donations and grants, said Romano, the beautification team not only is able to put more cleaning crews out on the streets, but also fund their additional programs which are more valuable in empowering young people. For more information on how to help out Hollywood/ LA Beautification Team visit or

Jupiter is visible in the west-southwest as darkness falls, and its time of setting advances from about 10:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. throughout October. The planet is about 8 degrees above the bright orange star Antares, the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion. A clear view west-southwest 30 minutes after sunset offers a chance to see the planet Mercury about 4 degrees above the horizon during the first few days of October. Mercury then moves back into the glare of the sun and passes nearly between us and the sun on the 20th, then re-appears in the dawn, seven degrees above the east-southeast horizon 30 minutes before sunrise starting on the 30th. Mars rises by about 11 p.m., and passes less than 11 degrees south of directly overhead during the dawn this month. The planet shows a distinct orange color. Venus is in the morning sky and rises in the east at about 3:30 a.m. all month. Traveling eastward, Venus is in the viscidity the bright

star Regulus and brighter planet Saturn, passing closest to Regulus on the 8th and Saturn on the 14th. The waning crescent moon will make an attractive grouping with these objects on the morning of the 7th. The moon reaches lastquarter phase on the 3rd and is new on the 10th. It reaches first-quarter phase on the 19th and is full on the 25th. The moon will set just before 3 a.m. on the 20th, leaving nearly three hours to view the maximum of the Orionid meteor shower, fragments of Halley’s comet shed at innumerable past appearances. From a dark site, about 20 Orionid meteors per hour can be seen, but expect numbers to be less from light-polluted urban or suburban environs.

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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

GuerriLA Performs “Out Of Your Mind” In Nichols Canyon Home By Marilyn Oliver Ledger Theater Critic san, wife of the Pomerantz, the sophisticated New Yorker whose Plays take sneeze causes such great alarm. place in a va        Director Jane Lanier has riety of unmade great use of the unusual usual venues, space. Although actors and aubut perhaps one of the most undience are separated by only a usual and inviting local settings few feet, she has created an ilis GuerriLA Theatre’s presentalusionary world without the tion of two surrealistic one acts use of elaborate props or sets. in the living room of a stylish     GuerriLA Theatre is the mid-century home high in the brainchild of actress JenHollywood Hills.           nifer Lamar who started The overall production, the company five years ago. titled, “Out of Your Mind”            The company has always consists of two short plays, performed in the private home written by television writer which formerly was owned by and playwright Steven Kane. the actor Matt Damon. The        The first play, “In the Night house currently belongs to acof the Bed” takes the audience in tor Jerry Weil who stars in the middle of a strange dreams“Rhinovirus.” Lamar has percape resembling a movie set. formed in each production. The story swirls around         “My goal is to keep people Molly, ably played by Kelly acting,” said Lamar. “Most of the Ann Ford. Characters merge company’s actors are professionand change. Dr. Bodkin, acted als, and these plays allow them to by veteran television actor Alan keep in touch with their craft.” Brooks, morphs into Molly’s        The company has developed English professor, and her sister, a following that enjoys theater played by Kari Lee Cartwright, in the sparse location of a pribecomes Molly’s daughter, the vate home. Although the house, child she dreams about. at the top of Nichols Canyon, The second play, “Rhinoviis a perfect place to showcase rus” takes place in a future world works, Lamar also plans to take where health and happiness the productions elsewhere.” are required by law. In this Or “GuerriLA Theatre is mowellian setting, catching a combile,” said Lamar. “Also we are mon cold is a felonious crime. a 501C3 company, so a portion The setting is an upscale of our ticket sales is donated as New York City household where micro loans to small internaRat, a robot, performs the metional businesses in third world nial household chores. While countries. A portion of the the play is comedic, it also raises ticket sales is tax deductible.” serious questions about the de       sire for a future world that prizes “Out of Your Mind,” Oct. 5, 6, perfection and security at the 26, 27; Nov. 16, 17; cost of individuality. Dec. 7, 8. Tickets, $25 advance Jennifer Lamar, the inspirasale; $27.50 at the door. tion behind GuerriLA Theatre Reservations: (818) 972-2467 or gives a great performance as Suwww. GuerriLA

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By Pat Saperstein Ledger Restaurant Critic After several months of preview dinners, Larkin’s has finally settled comfortably into a craftsman bungalow at the outer edge of Eagle Rock. First time restaurateur Larkin Mackey has poured his soul into giving Northeast Los Angeles some down-home cooking and Larkin’s has fast become a comfy hangout for the neighborhood, with lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Sit outside on ...the house’s former the pleasant wraparound porch of living room is warm with the 1920s cottage, vintage paneling, framed or inside where the house’s for- photos and tables made from mer living room recycled painted doors. is warm with vintage paneling, black-eyed peas to nibble on framed photos and tables made while waiting, and main dishfrom recycled painted doors. es are served with a basket of The quaint touches are mini corn muffins. charming, if not always sucThe pork ribs smell enticcessful. Mason jar glasses ing as the sweet smoke drifts might work better as flower over the front porch, even vases than as drinking vessels, though they’re just warmed up and the glass-topped tables are on a gas barbecue. At $20, it’s slippery, with no placemats to a big and meaty portion that keep giant plates of ribs from could use some slow smokgliding precariously towards ing so that the meat separates the edge. more easily from the bone. The concept is contemFortunately, the kitchen porary soul food, and while has a light hand with the barit’s certainly understandable becue sauce and garlic mashed that a culinary school gradupotatoes make a hearty side. ate with vegetarian leanings Catfish ($15) is perfectly like Mackey would want to fried with a crunchy cornmeal lighten and update the soul crust, but the tomatoes and food canon—whether it’s peppers mixed into the accom-

panying greens have a spicy kick that doesn’t really mesh with the pungent collards. Other main dish choices include fried chicken, jambalaya and smothered pork chops. Desserts, which include sweet potato pie and banana pudding, tend to be on the sweet side. Red velvet strawberry shortcake ($8) is an interesting idea, but doesn’t work when the red velvet cake is hard and dry. Blackberry/blueberry cobbler ($7) is served in a cup, with no evident crust, just something soggy and cakey at the bottom. Lunch is more casual and inexpensive, with catfish po’boys, Mama’s Meatloaf Sandwich, hot link corn dogs and fried chicken salad. At brunch, diners can choose from three items for $15. With a cozy setting and friendly service, Larkin’s is a welcome addition to the fastgrowing Eagle Rock dining scene. Many locals, however, would embrace even more soul in the cooking—and maybe even some lard in the collard greens. While the restaurant awaits a beer and wine license, corkage is $5, but bring wine glasses unless the jelly glasses will suffice. Larkin’s, 1496 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, (323) 254-0934 Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at

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Los Feliz Ledger [OCTOBER 2007 events calendar] Art Events â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing the People:â&#x20AC;? A collection of over 135 objects and photographs of and by Indigenous peoples. Through Jan. 27th. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way (323) 667-2000 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immigration Punkâ&#x20AC;? features recent works by local and international artists. Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd. Opening reception: Oct. 20th., 7: 00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Through Nov. 10th. 323) 660-9393 â&#x20AC;Żâ&#x20AC;Ż Pasadena Art Weekend, Oct. 1214. Live music, contemporary art, cultural exhibitions and hands on activities. More than 40 exhibits. ArtNight, Fri. Oct. 12th, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; ArtWalk, Sat., Oct. 13th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; ArtHeritage, Sat. Oct. 14th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Pasadena Art + Design Open Market, Sun., Oct. 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Art Performance, Sun. Oct. 14th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (800) 307-7977 or www.

Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome. Los Angeles Garden Club Meets second Monday of each month. Visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Griffith Park October 8th; 10: 00 a.m. to Noon. Public invited. The Atwater Book Club October 9th; 1: 00 p.m., Atwater Village Library 3379 Glendale Blvd., (323) 664-1358 Public invited

Food Taste of Los Feliz, Sun., Sept. 30th along Vermont Avenue. Sample food from over 20 local restaurants. Proceeds benefit homeless and low income families and individuals. Tickets and information visit: or call (213) 389-9949.

Autumn Harvest and Gathering of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at the Autry National Center presents Asian chef Jet Tila, and Dr. Yong Chen. October 20th., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration and tickets required. (323) 667-2000 â&#x20AC;Ż Our Mother of Good Counselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Harvest Festival. Food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. Oct. 19th., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Oct. 20th., Noon to 11 p.m.; Oct. 21st., Noon to 7:00 p.m., 2060 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 664-2111.

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Lectures & Learning Scrabble Club, Oct. 27th; 1:00 p.m. Bring your boards and tiles. Atwater Village Library, 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353. Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Build a community altar and join in the celebration, at the Autry National Center. Oct. 21st., 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (323) 667-2000. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Life and Art,â&#x20AC;? Thurs., Oct. 18th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fastframe, 112 N. Brand Ave., Glendale. â&#x20AC;Żâ&#x20AC;Ż Free Computer Classes for Seniors Learn to navigate the Internet. Oct. 16th, 3:00 p.m., Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Info: (323) 9134710 â&#x20AC;Ż Architecture & Beyond. A panel of architects lead by Barbara Bestor, Oct. 25th; 6:30 p.m., Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710. Used Book Sale, Oct. 27th., 10:00 a.m. Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710 Free Public Star Gazing Parties 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. October 20th., 2:00 â&#x20AC;Żp.m. to 10 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. Reservations: (213) 473-0800 or

Halloween Celebrations Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Oct. 31st; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 3852 Edenhurst Ave. Safe Halloween Festivities in Atwater Village Bring your â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trick-Or-Treatersâ&#x20AC;? to Glendale Blvd. Local businesses participation. October 26th; 4:00 p.m. Start at: 3147 Glendale Blvd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged but not required. Chevy Chase Recreation Center, 4165 Chevy Chase Drive Oct. 31st; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Halloween event for grown-ups. Ghost stories from the Rolling Darkness Review, Oct. 26th., 7:30 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Avenue (323) 660-1175 Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens welcomes trick-or-treaters of all ages for safe, Halloween fun, crafts, music, and not-so-scary creepy crawlers. Free with zoo admission. Oct. 27, 28th, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., 5333 Zoo Drive. (323) 644-4200

Politics Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Candidates Forum, Oct. 4th; 6:00 p.m. to 7:30p.m. Atwater Village Library, 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 634-2862 Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, Board of Directors Election Oct. 6th; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 3716 Boyce Ave. (323) 634-2862.

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Oct. 16th, 7:00 p.m. Los Feliz Community Police Center, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles to discuss Immigration Reform, Part II, Oct. 17th., 10:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon, Los Feliz Library Community Room, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-4188. Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Oct. 3rd; 7:00 p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St., Micheltorena Street Elementary School


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A Needle in a Haystack Deck: Finding A Lost Pet By Jennifer Clark / Ledger Columnist Recently, Reba experienced her first move. She watched with anxiety as we spent weeks packing up all of our belongings, but she soon found comfort in her new digs and surrounding neighborhood with new smells and sounds all enticing her. Then, a gate was left open and she ran away. Although she was microchipped, the chip had the information from our old home and Reba had gotten out without her collar. We were in shock, panicked and did not know what to. Dogs are curious and eager to explore, but what happens if your loyal dog suddenly gets a chance to take off? Of course, search your property carefully. Another time, Reba got under our old house through a grate that had been pried off, but she couldn’t get back out without our assistance. You can also leave some items with your scent or the dog’s scent outside your

home. If your animal is microchipped, call the micochip company and have them put a “lost” note on your dog so the moment she is scanned anywhere, she will be identified as missing. Also, call local veterinarian offices, pet hospitals and shelters and other local pet adoption agencies. But what’s best are “pet lost” posters. Make sure yours have a current, color photo and your phone number, preferably a cell phone. Post these flyers within a one mile radius of your home—or more. Then wait. We were lucky. Six hours after Reba went missing, we talked to a neighbor who had picked her up and taken her to a local rescue organization, where another neighbor was fostering her for the night. We found her out on an evening stroll with her new human friend, unaware of the worry we experienced and the difficult lesson we had learned.

[ RESTAURANT NEWS ] By Pat Saperstein Ledger Contributing Writer Tiger Lily on Vermont is re-purposing its spacious restaurant and lounge. The bar area will remain the Asianinspired Tiger Lily, while the restaurant will become Mes Amis, a French bistro managed by Chip Garamella, formerly of Figaro Bistro across

the street. The Asian-to-French transformation should only take about a month, according to Tiger Lily owner Sumant Pardal, who retains ownership of both sides. *** Zanzabelle in Silver Lake has added Lunchbox Fine Foods to its mix of vintageinspired toys, ice cream and treats and is now open for breakfast with bagels, pastries

and coffee. Starting in October, Lunchbox will add paninis, sandwiches, salads and pre-packed kids lunches. *** We hear that Malo on Sunset wants to enlarge by adding 80 seats as well as live entertainment in a news upstairs area. Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at

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New Zealand’s Finest By Chris Rubin / Ledger Wine and Spirits Columnist Warm nights are about the only thing that will get me to switch from red wine to white. And whenever it happens, I’m shocked to remember how much I enjoy a nice chilled glass of chardonnay or sauvignon blanc.

Relatively underdeveloped, Marlborough felt, on that initial visit, like the Napa Valley before California wines became world famous. It was just a small farming town, where grapes have become increasingly popular since wines were first planted commercially not much more than 30 years ago. In the tasting room at Cloudy Bay, they pour all

I had to travel to New Zealand to try this and other bottles from what was rapidly becoming one of the world’s hottest wine regions. Especially the latter–and especially if it comes from New Zealand. That particular revelation came a few years ago in New York at lunch at Jean Georges. A colleague ordered Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, and when the cork was pulled— these days it’s a screwtop—a sweet perfume hovered over the table. I had to travel to New Zealand to try this and other bottles from what was rapidly becoming one of the world’s hottest wine regions. I finally got there and immersed myself in Marlborough’s finest, including Cloudy Bay and quite a few other top producers. Page 18 LIFESTYLES

their current releases, including several not available in the U.S. But it’s Sauvignon Blanc that won them international fame and put New Zealand on the world’s wine map, and their versions typifies the local style, with a heady perfume redolent, one critic said, of cat pee in a gooseberry bush. He meant it in the best possible sense, and it’s sharp, grassy and oddly seductive—and very different from how the grape expresses itself elsewhere. Locally, you can find Wild Rock Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough at Silverlake Wine, and you can track down the latest vintage of Cloudy Bay and other producers at larger wine shops around town.

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The Push For Women as Roman Catholic Priests Makes its Way to Los Feliz by Roberta Morris Ledger Religion Writer

LOS FELIZ—The first local chapter of the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) has opened in Los Feliz and is celebrating mass with Roman Catholic priest Olivia Doko at Claremont School of Theology chapel, Sept. 30th. “Our vision,” according to organizers, “is to reclaim the Roman Catholic Church’s

that these are valid. In June a meeting was held in a private home in Los Feliz, followed by a Catholic Mass celebrated by woman priest, Victoria Rue. The mass was the local chapter’s “kick off” event. Organizers said they are still in the process of forming the local chapter legally. Why a local WOC chapter and why in Los Feliz? “I’ve known about WOC since it began,” said Cheryl

same men once gave for not having women doctors and lawyers, but these men’s business is religion,” said Los Feliz’s Ortega. “When women weren’t… allowed to vote, the claim was that it was going to destroy the family. And now [the church] claim to have the Bible behind them. Real biblical scholars

don’t use the Bible, because [they believe] scripture doesn’t support these claims, but we have an institution that has a vested interest in not changing… I was elated when I first went to mass with a woman priest… I think most people, including most parish priests are ready for this. Most people would say this would be fine.”

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“I think the reasons for not ordaining women are the same men once gave for not having women doctors and lawyers, but these men’s business is religion,” said Los Feliz’s Ortega. early tradition of a discipleship of equals.” According to chapter organizer Kay Acres, the issue is about giving women the choice of the priesthood. “WOC is a group of women and men who just think this is right. I don’t want to be a priest, but if some woman wants to she should be able to do it,” she said. Founded in 1975, the WOC, in part, works to incorporate more women’s ordinations into the Church. Today, while the Roman Catholic Church maintains that women cannot be priests, women are being ordained and many Catholics maintain


Ortega, of Berendo Avenue in Los Feliz. “We went to a mass at Montecito and a group of us joined WOC right then.” Who are the women priests? Rev. Rue, a feminist theologian, writer, director and teacher of theatre, holds an M.Div. and Ph.D.  She teaches at San Jose State University in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies.  Also, county prosecutor, Jane Via of San Diego, was ordained deacon in 2004 and priest in 2006. Over 50 women have been ordained in recent years and over 100 candidates are in preparation.  “I think the reasons for not ordaining women are the

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with regard to the “burn areas” as you set forth in your open letter. Show where this includes your authority to communicate support for the closure of hiking. I do not believe the members [of the LFIA] ever voted on these subjects. At most, the Board may have, however. This would need authority which I request from you. Many of us in Los Feliz believe [the] Department [of Recreation and Parks] has over-reacted and is improperly keeping parts of the park closed contrary to the strong public mandate for Griffith Park to be open and accessible to the public. Many hiking trails remain closed for no good reason. People walking on the trails will not disturb anything. Apparently, you have bought into the Department’s paranoia. We do not understand or agree with the total closure analysis and many experts agree with us. You do not speak for us and many others in Los Feliz on this subject.

In response to “An Open Letter to Jon Kirk Mukri,” by Los Feliz Improvement Assoc. president, Marian Dodge (Los Feliz Ledger, Sept. 2007), as a member of the [Los Feliz Improvement] Association and resident of Los Feliz, my wife and I appreciate your work and efforts on behalf of the area. Nevertheless, I am interested in what authority stands behind your representation that the “Association. . . agrees with the recent findings and recommendation of the (Los Angeles city) Recreation and Parks Department…regarding the continued closure of the burn areas in Griffith Park.” We would also like to know if you were authorized to write a letter on behalf of the Association to cover the preclusion of such activities as hiking, walking, etc. in what you call the burn areas. These are important issues, particularly when you purport to speak for 1,000 households in the Los Feliz area. I request you provide whatever motion, resolution or other documentation including minutes, that show the action of the Association

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