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GGPNC Approves Autry Expansion With Conditions

Historic Status Denied for Glen View Garden Apartments Site To Be Razed for Condos By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission has denied HistoricCultural Monument status to a 1930s-era, rent-controlled Los Feliz apartment building, allowing developers to move forward with a plan to raze the site and build a condominium complex in its place that could be twice as large. Members of the commission on Sept. 18th were split 2 to 2 over an application—submitted by the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) in June—to grant the protective status to the Glen View Garden Apartments at 1801-1817 N. New Hampshire Ave. With the fifth member of the commission absent, the motion failed. “This was a difficult issue,” said Ken Bernstein, manager of the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources. “It’s clearly a lovely building with a great historic character. I’m sure the commission would love to see it preserved—especially because it’s threatened—but the issue is whether the building rises to the level of significance necessary for Historic-Cultural Monument status. That bar is significantly higher than it just being a lovely historic building.” The GGPNC board had sought the designation as a way to protect the two-story, 22-unit apartment building from demolition. The site’s owner in November proposed constructing a four-story, 34-unit condominium development on the property, which was later upgraded to a five-story building with 44 for-sale units. The new project’s size would be allowed due to a density bonus through Senate Bill 1818, the State Density Bonus Law, for setting aside four of the units as very low income housing. The 2005 state law allows developers to build denser and taller buildings than otherwise allowed by zoning codes in exchange for including affordable units in their plans.

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By Rachel Heller Ledger Contributing Writer

WELCOMING FALL—Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and 40 walking enthusiasts enjoyed the councilmember’s annual Griffith Park Fall Equinox hike Sept. 23rd to mark the coming of fall. The walk started at the Observatory and ended at Mount Hollywood. This photo was taken looking west from the Charlie Turner Trail. Photo credit: Marie Chao

“Affordable housing was are low-income,” Owen said. borhood,” Owen said. “Zoning the issue for us—we thought “This takes 22 rent-controlled should be a local issue. Increased it would greatly help the area,” units and turns them into 44 density translates into increased said Bruce Arefi, manager of condos at market rate— exparking problems in areas that New Hampshire Heights, LLC, cept the few that would be afalready have parking problems. who proposed the project with fordable. We’re going to have a There is a lot of cost to the comseveral planning munity.” “Replacing the rent-controlled units with condos consultants. Arefi said that would mostly be sold at market rate would But replache and his coning the rentresult in an overall loss of affordable housing,” sultants are now controlled units rethinking the said Kenneth Owen, GGPNC with condos project’s scale due that would mostly be sold at net loss of affordable units.” to local concern. “Because of market rate would result in an The GGPNC is among a the objection from the neighoverall loss of affordable houscrowd of community groups borhood, we are trying to reing, said Kenneth Owen, chair that have opposed SB1818, duce the size of the building,” of the GGPNC’s Planning, saying state-mandated density he said, adding that his team is Zoning and Historic Preservabonuses promote a loss of afworking on designs that might tion Committee. fordable housing, override lolower the density by ten or “We have 22 existing cal zoning laws and destroy the twelve units. “At the end of the units of affordable housing, character of neighborhoods. day, when this development is rented to a stable population of “Zoning laws were put in for built, I am sure we will receive people in our community who a purpose—to protect the neigha lot of compliments.”

Big Political Drama In Little Atwater By Heather Downie, Ledger Contributing Writer Over the past year, an all too of 2005. But each had differfamiliar political neighborhood ent visions of how the chamdrama—the “new guard” oustber should adapt to an evolving the “old guard”—has been ing Atwater. playing out in Atwater Village. Things came to a head in Betty Bartlotta, owner August, when an almost enof Club Tee Gee and Atwatirely new board of directors ter resident for more than 50 was elected. Newman-Kuzel years and Mark Newmanand 11 others, who called Kuzel, owner of Maid in the themselves the “Vibrant VilUSA, who moved to Atwater lage,” defeated four incumthree years ago, have been at bents, including reigning the heart of struggle—of genchamber president Bartlotta. trification; of new ideas versus “It was time for a shakeold ideas; of out with the old up,” said Newman-Kuzel, and in with the new. who is now the new chamber Barlotta and Newmanpresident. Kuzel have sat on the Atwater While the election was Village Chamber Board of Diwon fairly, some ousted memrectors together since August bers expressed mixed feelings

about Newman-Kuzel passing out bright yellow “who you should vote for” guides on Election Day. “There was never campaigning in elections past,” said Bartlotta. “We’re a little organization.” Bartlotta, a member of the chamber for almost 30 years, and three incumbents were left off Newman-Kuzel’s slate. They said they were unaware the “Vibrant Village” was organizing, which left some of them blind-sided when their terms ended abruptly. “It was an embarrassment to all of us. Things at the elecsee Atwater page 14

LOS FELIZ—After two hours of discussion, board members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council (GGPNC) voted Sept. 16th to support a “limited expansion” of the Autry National Center— if Autry officials agree to a lengthy list of restrictions on the project. The decision follows more than a year of consideration by several committees of the GGPNC, which began studying the impact of the Autry’s proposed 129,000 square-foot expansion when museum officials announced their plans to the council in 2007. “We do not oppose the Autry being in Griffith Park,” said Bernadette Soter, chair of the Parks, River and Open Space Committee. But, she added, “what has been proposed is excessive and would promote the commercialization and urbanization of the park.” Several board members and stakeholders at the meeting voiced concerns over increased signage, an underground parking structure and a height variance the Autry has requested as part of its expansion plans. One stakeholder called the size of the structural additions “unnecessary and damaging” to the museum’s setting in Griffith Park. “I love the Autry, but would not want to see it expand at the expense of Griffith Park,” he said. Others said they felt the museum’s growth would benefit Los Angeles residents. Los Feliz resident and active GGPNC participant Barbara Ferris said the Autry is a valuable cultural institution that enriches the community and has shown respect for the environment. “The Autry has been a good steward of its location,” Ferris said. “It has conducted itself in a dignified and honorsee Autry page 5


Los Feliz Ledger [ letter from the publisher ] I am heartened by Kim Gomez’s story about author Sandra Tsing Loh’s appearance at Skylight Books, ranting about the flight of middle class families from public schools (see School Guide, page 6). My children were in pri-

vate schools until we moved to Los Feliz. The education my 13-year-old has received at Thomas Starr King’s Magnet has been exemplary. Many I know are scared off by King’s size and low test scores for the traditional school. I urge you to overlook those fears and take a look at the Magnet. This year, my son’s history

class is a series of “seminars” conducted using the Socratic method of inquiry. He is also learning invaluable organizational and study skills and his animation teacher was so animated himself at a recent open house, I was ready to sign up and go back to middle school. Look into it. It’s terrific and it’s free.

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Los Feliz Ledger Coldwell Banker Auction Benefits Local Charities By Michael Locke LOS FELIZ—The Coldwell Banker branch in Los Feliz on Hillhurst Ave. raised $7,500 at a Sept. 12th Silent Auction on the company’s outdoor patio. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities. Office manager Lori Ramirez praised event cochairs Candace Kentopian and Chris Corkum who “rallied the troops,” she said, collecting over 80 items for the auction donated by local businesses and Coldwell Banker agents. The event was catered by Café Los Feliz, Cheech’s Pizza, Chi Dynasty, Home, Il Capriccio and Vermont Restaurant.

Hearing for Alleged Arsonist, Oct. 20 By Heather Downie Ledger Contributing Writer The preliminary hearing

for a transient charged with setting multiple fires in Griffith Park last summer has been rescheduled for Oct. 20th. At that time, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will determine if there is a strong enough case against Gary Allen Lintz, 43, to warrant a trial. Lintz pled not guilty to four counts of arson in connection with the Griffith Park Aug. 23rd blaze. Investigators have said they believe Lintz to be connected to at least eight fires last summer in the park. Lintz is currently being held without bail.

Signal OK’d Near Reservoir By Kimberly Gomez [ POLICE BLOTTER OCTOBER 2008 ] Burglary: Aug. 29th, 3900 block of Tracy. Suspects gained entry into building, broke windows, took property.

Aggreviated Assaults: Robbery: Burglary: Burglary Theft from Auto: Grand Theft Auto: Homicide:

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Burglary: Aug. 18th: 1900 block of Alexandria. Suspect cut hasp off garage door lock, entered location and took property. Robbery: Aug. 24th: Edgemont and Franklin. Victim approached by suspect who demanded property. Suspect then punched victim in the face and fled with property.

Robbery: Aug. 31st: Vermont and Melbourne. Suspect approached victim and pointed a small semi automatic handgun. Suspect demanded property and ordered victim to return to her vehicle. Suspect later taken into custody. Burglary: Sept. 5th, 1500 block of Silverwood Terrace. Suspect entered residence via unlocked front window that held cooling unit. Suspects entered and removed property. Burglary: Sept. 5th: 1400 block of Waterloo St. Suspect entered resident by prying open the front door. Suspect removed property.

Robbery: Aug. 24th, 3600 block of Los Feliz. Suspect requested cigarette from victim. Suspect assaulted victim and attempted to strike several times with handgun.

Robbery: Sept. 6th, Fountain and Myra. Victim was riding bicycle when suspects approached, punched victim in the face and took property.

Burglary: Aug. 27th: 4600 block of Finley. Suspect removed rear kitchen window screen, entered open window and took property.

Homicide: Sept. 15 , at Sunset and Silverlake boulevards. Victim succumbed to a single stab wound to the chest.

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Barnsdall Gala Raises 60K for Art Park

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LOCAL ARCHITECT HONORED—(Left to right): Gail Goldberg, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Planning joined with Cheryl Johnson, president of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation to present the foundation’s Olive Award to noted architect and Los Feliz resident, Brenda Levin at the Third Annual Art+Architecture Gala held at Barnsdall Art Park, Sept. 6th. The event raised over $60,000 for the park and its programs.

SILVER LAKE—Anticipating pedestrian safety issues when the Silver Lake Reservoir Walking Path is completed and the “meadow” opens to the public, a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and Earl Street, according to Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti. The crosswalk should be operational by spring 2009, concurrent with the opening of the meadow. But many of the threedozen Silver Lake residents who attended a meeting this summer on the matter said the signal could create cut-through commuter traffic on Earl Street. Some neighborhood residents are asking the project be reconsidered and for the city to perform a thorough study. According to city reports, Silver Lake Boulevard currently counts up to 19,000 cars daily, many driving excessive speeds. COMMUNITY NEWS

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Elevado Street Transformed by Block Party By Michael Locke Silver Lake Correspondent SILVER LAKE—It has been exactly four years since my I wrote an article for the Los Feliz Ledger about the Primrose Hill Block Party in Silver Lake, describing how these neighborhood get-togethers enrich a community and build strong relationships. On Saturday, Sept. 6th, the group got together again for the 14th consecutive year. The block party movement seems to be gaining momentum. On Labor Day weekend, a group of like-minded neighbors on Elevado Street held their first—after years of thinking about it. “Since moving to Elevado Street three years ago, I’d heard rumors of a block party,� said Catherine Borek. “We discussed the plan enthusiastically: we’d shut down the street, get out the grills, see if the neighborhood garage band would play, have some games for the kids. But every summer, we would all head back to work or school, without taking action,� she said. This year, instead, Borek and others did something about it and called a planning meeting. “Families, couples, and singles filed in, all enthusiastic and ripe with ideas,� said Borke. The event included a “heat-of-the-day pool party,� a local band playing, a barbeque potluck and an end of day neighborhood sing-a-long. “The Monday following our block party, Elevado Street felt different,� said Borek. “New neighbors emerged to join the street-side conversation. Kids raced around the block without needing a parent’s watchful eye. People seemed connected, happy. I think this is a feeling that will last at least until the second annual Elevado Street Party,� she said.

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able way during this process.” John Gray, president of the Autry National Center, said the expansion plans were designed to hide the parking area behind the facility and bring more green space to the front of the 11.93-acre property. At a public open house in February, Autry officials unveiled their plans to add new galleries, classrooms, storage areas and spaces for theatre and music performances to

neth Owen, chair of the GGPNC’s Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee. “There is a benefit to bringing part of the Southwest Museum’s collection to augment the collection present in Griffith Park, but we don’t believe all the proposed square footage is necessary.” Nyla Arslanian, chair of the GGPNC’s Neighborhood Improvement Committee, disagreed. She said the Southwest Museum’s collection was

John Gray, president of the Autry National Center, said the expansion plans were designed to hide the parking area behind the facility and bring more green space to the front of the 11.93-acre property. the site. Part of the expanded gallery space would house transferred items from Mt. Washington’s Southwest Museum, which was acquired by the Autry in 2003. But critics said the acquisition of the Southwest Museum’s collection—which had previously been housed in a 32,000 square-foot facility—doesn’t justify the extra square footage the Autry has proposed. “We recognize that the Southwest Museum is smaller than its collection,” said Ken-

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“severely in jeopardy” before the Autry stepped in to take over the institution. The board ultimately voted to approve the expansion with eight conditions attached, including that the Autry limits the height of any new structures to 30 feet, does not build Phase 2 of its construction plans – an additional 50,000 square feet including a subterranean parking facility – and commits to maintaining the Southwest Museum’s Mt. Washington facility.

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Staying Centered By Elma Mayer Ledger Columnist Angry about lying political leaders? Worried about economic and ecological collapse? As negativity barrages you on all frequencies, it’s important to stay centered. This doesn’t mean you should never get ornery, or upset with the status quo. Just make sure you regain balance quickly after your nice satisfying rant. Anger, fear and other negative emotions are not necessarily bad. But avoid holding onto them excessively. Like the food you eat, or the air you breathe, it’s fine if emotions enter your field, are processed and then released. Negativity becomes toxic if it stays in your energy field and festers, through suppression or obsession. How can you tell if emotions have become toxic? Time, for one thing. If you experience outrage or panic for a few seconds, and then you’re finished and can move on, it’s no problem. But mental arguments, loops and an inability to stop thinking about the issue are a sign of toxicity. How can you eliminate un-

wanted thoughts and emotions? Suppression won’t work. Talking it out sometimes helps, but often just amplifies the problem, cementing it deeper. Eliminating toxic thoughts and emotions energetically is more effective, because it won’t re-trigger you—you don’t need to re-live it, you just release it. Try this self-healing tool: as you say each statement,

gently focus on your spine. This enters the “command” via your nervous system and qi meridians. Use it for any negative emotion, unwanted thought or limitation. “I delete [negative emotion] from body, mind, spirit. I disentangle from other people’s [emotion]. I am centered, grounded stable. I align with my Highest Self.”

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Los Feliz Ledger [greetings from tom]

Working to Make King Pedestrian Safe By Tom LaBonge It has now been six months since the first of three disturbing accidents last spring involving students walking home from Thomas Starr King Middle School, my alma mater. I want to bring you up to date on the work that Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and I have been doing to make sure that tragedy does NOT strike at King again. This month, we are leading a walk to King with about 200 students, community leaders and FedEx employees on Oct. 8th, International Walk to School Day. The walk will coincide with similar events in 30 countries around the globe that intend to instill healthy habits among students, promote safety and discourage traffic congestion near schools. The point is that this is a serious problem worldwide and is not limited to the Silver Lake/ Franklin Hills neighborhood. Still, we are addressing this issue in a number of ways with the goal of reducing the number of accidents near King to zero. Last April, Council President Garcetti and I stood with Los Angeles Unified School Board member Yolie Flores Aguilar and King Principal Kristen Kaiser to announce a $900,000 grant to improve pedestrian safety around the school. The traffic on Fountain Avenue near King had been bothering me for years; the two council offices worked hard to obtain the grant from the Caltrans’ Safe Routes to School program. We were proud to announce that we had won it. Unfortunately, all of the acci-

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dents happened between the day that we announced the grant and the day we began implementing it. In each incident, students were jaywalking. So, the first step is teaching students about pedestrian safety. An organization called SafeMoves launched an educational program at King in July and it culminates with the activities on Oct. 8th. Next, we will install speed feedback signs to encourage drivers to slow down as they approach the King campus. Then, we will widen sidewalks around the school and upgrade the lighting in the dimly lit freeway underpass just south of campus. Please be patient, especially through the construction. And, please, please, slow down when you drive by the school.

Garcetti For Obama By L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti The excitement among the 80,000 people who filled Invesco Field was palpable. The crowd had waited in line for hours, many having traveled to Denver from across the country, but people were patient. We were becoming a part of American history that I am confident will be told to future generations again and again. Senator Barack Obama’s speech accepting the Democratic nomination for President last August was unlike any other I have seen. Some differences were obvious, such as the enormity of the crowd. But Obama’s speech was also unique because of this unprecedented time in our country’s history. The 2008 election comes at a moment when the choice we make about our country’s leadership will likely define much of the century ahead.

Our next president will need to make tough decisions and provide strong leadership to put our economy back on track and to restore the world’s faith in our country. Obama stands with the majority of Angelenos on the issues we care about: improving public education, creating more good jobs, keeping our neighborhoods safe, providing access to healthcare for all and protecting our environment. He has outlined a platform that will expand opportunities for every family, from focusing resources on early childhood education and cutting taxes for working class families. Unlike his opponent Senator John McCain, Obama is committed to protecting our coasts from additional offshore oil drilling, and is focused on expanding our nation’s use of

renewable energy such as wind and solar. Unlike McCain, Obama opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning and has a plan to bring our troops home. Obama is committed to revitalizing America’s urban cities. I have seen his passion for Los Angeles first-hand. I had the privilege of joining him at First AME Church when he visited Los Angeles on the 15th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1992. On this momentous occasion, he recalled the story of a newborn baby shot by an errant bullet during the chaos. Because the bullet was close to the baby’s spine, surgeons thought it best not to remove it. Today the child is a teenager, but the bullet remains in his spine—a constant reminder of the need to tend to our cities and our

people, and of the healing work that remains to be done. Scores of people who have never been involved in presidential politics—who long ago had given up hope in government’s ability to serve the community or who had never before even pondered it—are volunteering their time and talents to help elect him, including many residents of our neighborhoods. Echo Park artist Shepard Fairey created one of the campaign’s most iconic images now seen across the country—the red, white, and blue portrait of Obama with the word HOPE emblazoned across the bottom. The Obama for America campaign recently opened its Los Angeles headquarters. Readers who are interested in volunteering can call (310) 836-2009 or http://my.barackobama.com/ page/s/casignup.

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Stephanie on Safari By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist

Ideally, retirement offers more opportunities for travel. The growth of the cruise ship industry—whose average age of clients is 67—and the travel industry in recent years has been phenomenal. And marketing to the 50+ population is in full force. Between discounts offered for older travelers and organizations catering to this demographic, traveling to a distant place is not the

You can be part of a safari group that sets up their own tents, or like we did, go to a semi-permanent camp of tents with pit toilets, some rigged flush toilets, showers from buckets overhead and a common eating area. You can join a group, or you can go as individuals with your own guide. Safaris are rarely aerobic. You may take walks, but you are separated from the animals

For me, it was like taking the lab session of a wildlife biology course. With the guide, you were not only looking for animals, you were introduced to their habits, their predators, their food, and how they survive. privilege of only the young or the rich. My traveling to distant places started in 1963. Some 40 years later, the travel gene is in my blood, and I continue to look for different kinds of trips which will help me understand this planet Earth with its diversity of people and nature. Recently, an African safari in Botswana became my choice. A safari focuses on observing wildlife in their own habitat. Parks and reserves, including private concessions, are set aside to protect these animals. Botswana, just north of South Africa, has 40% of the country reserved for wildlife. Generally, the price of safaris will vary according to your accommodations—of which there is a wide range.

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by your vehicle, including canoes or boats. In a Land Rover with open-air seating, you look for sightings of animals throughout the day. If you are the restless type, it might be “boring” as you patiently wait for animals and birds to appear magically before you. For me, it was like taking the lab session of a wildlife biology course. With the guide, you were not only looking for animals, you were introduced to their habits, their predators, their food, and how they survive. We were looking at tracks and dung to see where they might be going or what they were doing. And it was positively exciting when we were “up close and personal.” If you are fascinated by animals at the zoo and are interested in their natural state, consider a safari for your next trip—and never say you are too old.

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Change of Season Change of Scene By Melissa Berry Ledger Columnist Now is the time to clear out the summer planting and prepare your garden for winter crops.   Remove old plants and chop, chop, chop them up and put them in your compost bin or the city green bins for recycling into compost.   If you see knots in your roots, your garden has been victimized by nematodes—microscopic worms, many of whom are parasites of insects, plants or animals. Be sure you rotate your crops and do not plant the same thing in that space next summer which will somewhat foil the nematodes who were expecting the same tasty plants as this year. While you are digging, don’t worry if you see “white stuff” that looks like mold— decomposing wood chips and leaves produce ugly but useful nutrients for your garden. If you see a beetle about 1.5” long that looks like it is made of shiny glass and has black and bright gold stripes, you’ve hit the jackpot for “good luck” because what you have found is a Jerusalem Cricket. Don’t pick him up, they do bite, but just let him burrow his way back into the ground.   Advertise in the

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Griffith Park Adult Community Club Calendar General Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 12 pm - 3:00 pm, Friendship Auditorium, Lunch and Program Chef Marie’s Halloween Feast, Friday, Oct. 31st, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., GPACC, a full-course Italian meal for $20. Call GPACC for details. Trips: Monday, Oct. 6th, Oak Glen in San Bernardino Mountains. We tour Riley’s colonial farm and apple orchard with lunch included. Waiting list. Call Doris Slater at (323) 667-1879 for details on pending trips. Waiting Lists are kept on all trips.

October Classes Contact Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) at (323) 644-5579 or stop by 3203 Riverside Dr., in the parking lot of Friendship Auditorium south of Los Feliz Blvd to get a schedule of classes and events. Silver Lake Recreation Center at 1850 W. Silver Lake Dr. (323) 644-3946 also has classes. The Lunch Program: Lunch is served 5 days a week at the Center. $1.75 is a donation for those over 60 years. Daily lunch is served at 12 p.m. and you can come in for coffee and check in at 11:30 a.m. For Information on the Griffith Park Adult Community Club and getting a newsletter, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043, or e-mail at vendig@sbcglobal.net or call Jeanne Phipps at (323) 664-2681. Programs for Free-Thinking Seniors!  

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By Wendy Caputo Ledger Columnist The estimated population of seniors in the United States is 36.5 million. In 2005, the estimated population of the baby boomer generation born between 1946 and 1965 was 78.2 million. Seniors will soon be a majority population in the U.S. The workforce is getting older and people are working much longer, either by choice or to survive. Social Security and Medicare funds have been burdened for years, and will only become more so. It is imperative to look at your financial picture now and plan wisely for your future as an older adult. Older adults must speak out, insisting on quality, affordable universal health care and retirement security for all Americans. October 2008

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Allison Levinson King By Colleen Paeff, Ledger Contributing Writer ECHO PARK —A l l i s o n Levinson King grew up in a small town of 5,000 in upstate New York. She credits her move to Southern California, first to Santa Monica then to Echo Park, with helping her discover her life’s work. “I love the expansiveness of Los Angeles,” King said. “You can do anything you want here. I don’t think I’d have become an acupuncturist if I’d stayed in New York.” It took a few years before King found acupuncture, though. When she arrived in Los Angeles, she refinished furniture and waited tables. She was a massage therapist and, for many years, a kundalini yoga teacher. But after acupuncture cleared up some of her health issues, she was hooked. “I loved the way it made

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me feel… I wanted to study it in graduate school. I wanted more of a theoretical basis for the healing work,” she said. King received a four-year master’s degree at Yo San University on the Westside. Soon after, she completed her internship and spent a year doing house calls before opening the Chinese Medical Practice in Silver Lake, at the corner of Glendale and Rowena, in 1997. Most of her patients come for fertility issues, pain management, or during pregnancy. “Every time a new patient comes in,” King said, “it’s like solving a puzzle.” For years, King divided her time between her private practice and teaching. She married in 1999 and in 2001 her daughter, Lucy, was born. Nowadays, she focuses on her work, a daily yoga practice and family life. “I’m able to balance my work schedule with being a mom,” she said, “and I love that.”

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“We work hard to educate our clients so they can make their own choices. We want to help them bring their own vision alive,” — Gary Guarino sion of labor all worked out. Guarino does the designing and Newman, the organizing. They say it’s been smooth sailing since the two relocat-

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What Is “As Is�? by Richard Stanley, Ledger Columnist “As is� is an often misunderstood real estate term. Often, sellers mistakenly believe that “as is� means “caveat emptor,� or “buyer beware�—that a property may be sold without seller responsibility for any defects the property may have. Not so. Sellers have a duty in modern real estate transactions to disclose defects known to them—in writing—to a buyer. By doing so, the seller may release herself or himself from later liability. If a seller fails to disclose defects that might influence a buyer’s decision to purchase, the seller could be held liable later for fraud. Merely saying to a buyer that a property is sold “as is� never exempts a seller from these disclosures unless the seller represents a trust and has no, or limited, personal knowledge of a property’s condition, represents an estate or has acquired the property through foreclosure. The current California Association of Real Estate purchase agreement does not use the term “as is,� but states instead, “Unless otherwise agreed: the Property is sold in its PRESENT

physical condition as of the date of Acceptance.� The buyer should not assume that the seller will perform any repairs not specifically mentioned in the purchase agreement. Most sellers and all realtors are required by law to pass on any reports in their possession. If you, as a seller, have an old report from when you purchased the property, or a roof or termite inspection in your file, you should give it to a prospective buyer—even if the problems were corrected. If you or your realtor have copies of reports commissioned by a buyer prospect who cancelled a prior escrow, you should pass these reports along to a subsequent buyer prospect—even if you don’t agree with the facts or conclusions presented in the reports. A seller’s best protection against legal problems after a sale is to have a well-informed buyer before the sale closes. So, you see, “as is� almost never is.

By Diane Kanner, Ledger Columnist LOS FELIZ—In their continuing effort to unearth photographs showing Los Feliz area people and places before 1970, the Los Feliz Improvement Association’s History Committee will take over the Community Room of the Los Feliz Branch Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave., on Nov. 1st, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Armed with the expertise gained from five previous such efforts, the committee will take submissions of photos and documents. When the committee started in 1987, its first photos came from the Title Insurance and Security Pacific Bank collections. These photos had

been reprinted so often, they had ceased to excite anyone. Los Feliz from Barnsdall Park, 1895—it was the same old, same old. Then two things

tween the 600 images he has unearthed, and 200 which the LFIA acquired at previous Photo Days, the organization’s holdings are up to 800. “This is a beautiful shot,� he says of a view in Griffith Park of three women in Victorian era dress escorting their children on a pathway

Armed with the expertise gained from five previous such efforts, the committee will take submissions of photos and documents. happened: the arrival of the internet and a volunteer named Donald Seligman who moved the group’s fascination with the past into the 21st century. Seligman organizes photographs and Los Feliz documents with the precision of a professional archivist. Be-

through a grove of trees. In many cases, he has been able to edit photos with PhotoShop and improve them. Now the LFIA hopes to find photos from personal nonprofessional collections. Information: LFIA (323) 6601914 or history@LFIA.org.

Richard Stanley, a Los Feliz resident, is a 20+-year veteran of the local real estate market. www.richardstanleyrealtor. com.

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Back When the Possibilities Were Endless The 50’s Astro Coffee Shop

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Astro Family Restaurant Coffee Shop (formerly Conrad’s Drive-In and before that Donly’s) located at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue on Fletcher Drive is an “old-school� style 50s diner. Built in 1958 it was designed by the architectural team of Louis Armet and Eldon Davis. The firm specialized in diner design including the chain of Bob’s Big Boy and others. Now known as Armet Davis Newlove Architects, the

firm is still practicing today creating designs for El Pollo Loco, Del Taco, Norm’s and other restaurants. What makes Astro unique is the form of the building and the construction method and materials. The exterior walls were constructed with concrete blocks wrapped with chevronshaped “wings� on both sides. The blocks have been turned on end to create an interesting surface treatment and the walls have been angled slightly to create an interlocking block pattern at the corners of the structure. The wings create a sense of flight and ascension soaring up to a sharply pointed, tenuous roofline. Green painted structural I-beams with circular perfo-

rations creating a decorative pattern adorn the front of the building. This structure is a reflection of the collective mentality of post-war America. After World War II the consciousness of many was that of endless possibilities. We had just won the war, the baby boom started, the space program excelled, and new technologies that had been developed for the war effort could now be applied to situations at home. Many negative and repressive sentiments were occurring simultaneously, but the general feeling was one of great selfconfidence as a world power.

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Free Art Class for Kids Barnsdall Jr. Art staff present handson art projects. Atwater Village Library Oct. 10th, 3:30 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353

Books Atwater Village Library Used Book Sale Oct. 18th, 10:00 a.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353 Meet The Authors: “The Book of Horror List” a novel by Amy Wallace Oct. 19th, 7:30 p.m.; Rolling Darkness Review: An Annual Halloween event with Horror writers. Oct. 25th, 7:30 p.m.; Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., (323) 660-1175 www.skylightbooks.com

Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr., Public welcome.

Atwater Village Library Scrabble Club Oct. 25th, 1:00 p.m. 3379 Glendale Blvd. (323) 664-1353 Echo Park Library Crochet & Knitting Club Beginners welcome. Oct. 4th, 11:00 a.m. 1410 W. Temple St. (213) 250-7808   Los Feliz Library Book Club Oct. 11th, 11:00 a.m. 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710

Registration required. Autry National Center 4700 Heritage Way (323) 667-2000 #227 www.autrynationalcenter.org   Fall Greek Theatre Concerts Sigur Ros, Oct 2nd. David Byrne, Oct 3rd. KCRW presents The Swell Season, Oct 4th. The Greek Theatre 2700 N. Vermont Ave. Tickets:www.greektheatrela.com  

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Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers look at celestial bodies using a variety of telescopes and meet with amateur astronomers. Oct. 4th, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800 or www. griffithobservatory.org

“Hollywood’s Anti-Moderism: An Update and Reconsideration.” Lecturer: Thom Andersen Reception: Hollyhock House Oct. 1st, 7:30 p.m. Free Admission Barnsdall Gallery Theatre 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Info:www.culturela.org  

Films Alex Theatre Film Society Presents: “King Kong” (1933) Oct. 25th, 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Alex Theatre 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets:www.alextheatre.org   Monster Movie Madness Free Admission Oct. 16th, 5:00 p.m. Edendale Branch Library 2011 W. Sunset Blvd. (213) 207-3000

Free Computer Classes for Seniors Learn how to navigate the Internet. Oct. 7th, 3:00 p.m. Los Feliz Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710

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“All the Saints of the City of the Angels,” solo exhibition by J. Micheal Walker, through Oct. 5th. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000 www.autrynationalcenter.org   “Maverick Art,” exhibition explores fifty contemporary artists of Western art, Oct. 4th through Jan. 4th, 2009 Private Viewing for Members Only: Oct. 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way (323) 667-2000 www.autrynationalcenter.org   “Off-Register,” this exhibition includes works from various artists and graphic designers, through Oct. 7th. LittleBird Gallery, 3195 Glendale Blvd. (323) 662-1092 www.littlebirdgallery.com   “A Bit More Today,” solo exhibition by Thomas Mulvane, Artist Reception: Oct. 11th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Oct. 11th through Nov. 3rd. LittleBird Gallery, 3195 Glendale Blvd. (323) 6621092 www.littlebirdgallery.com   “The Wonder,” a joint exhibition by Andy Kehoe, Ben Kenoe & Hiro Kurata, Artist Reception: Oct. 25th, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 1st through Oct. 31st. Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd. (323) 660-9393; www.blackmariagallery.com   “God & Politics,” a solo exhibition by Patty Grau, through Oct. 19th Art & Mayhem, 3416 Glendale Blvd., (323) 666-7731 www.myspace.com/artandmyhem

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Martinis: A Manly, Drink, No? By Paul Hickey, Ledger Contributing Writer It starts as a faint ripple on the icy surface of a placid lake, the oily residue of a pimento stuffed olive floating in a tiny river away from the fulcrum of the rounded pick holding the olive that is nestled at the bottom of a “Sex And The Cityâ€? martini glass. The very name, martini, conjures an image of the sophisticate, but the cosmopolitans that the girls drink in “Sex And The Cityâ€? aren’t really martinis at all, they are candy drinks served in a martini glass so that the girls can feel ‌‌well, sophisticated.      For many years this country’s martinis—and champagne as well—were served in sherbet glasses. No one seems to know why, but the original martini, supposedly invented

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By Pat Saperstein Ledger Restaurant Critic Sunset Junction is ground zero for vegans. At Flore Vegan Cuisine, a well-rounded menu is served at a bustling cafĂŠ with sidewalk tables; Vegan Spot offers deli favorites with a veggie twist, while Bulan Thai brings a more refined style of cooking to the ubiquitous Thai vegan spot. At Bulan, corn cakes sub for tod mun fish cakes, with the same crispy appetizer appeal. Kow soi noodles swim in a thick coconut sauce; with so much flavor it’s impossible to tell that the chicken strips are faux. Bulan pumpkin marries hearty Kabocha squash with chunks of tofu in a garlic and basil-perfumed curry sauce to delicious effect. Everything from papaya salad to duck curry gets the vegan treatment here; diners squeamish about fake meats can find tofu or vegetable dishes aplenty. Vegan Spot, on Sunset Boulvard storefront, makes its own “roast beefâ€? for the Philly cheese steak and roast beef sandwiches. The creamy sauce on the avocado-baconlettuce-tomato sandwich was good enough to make a carnivore forget that the bacon was of the tempeh variety. The piece de resistance – a vegan Twinkie – was on the heavy side, but hit the spot for those who find the Hostess variety objectionable. At Flore Vegan Cuisine try the club sandwich with battered tofu and tempeh bacon, or the enormous veggie burrito. Bulan Thai, 4114 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 913-1488 Flore Vegan Cuisine, 3818 W. Sunset Blvd.,(323) 953-0611 Vegan Spot, 3206 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 667-0116 Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at EatingLA.com

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Kathy McDonald, Ledger Columnist Modeled after downtown’s successful art walk, Los Feliz now hosts a monthly art walk the first Friday of the month, which welcomes visitors to open houses at local studios, galleries and shops. More than 50 people visited the 11 destinations on Sept. 5th’s inaugural event that included unconventional spaces, like a studio garage on Catalina Ave. to La Luz de Jesus’ cutting edge exhibit of neo folk art by Anne Faith Nicholls. The Art Walk’s official start point and parking lot is Hollywood Lutheran Church where maps show the way to other locations, principally centered around the Hollywood Blvd./ Vermont Ave. junction. “We’re encouraging public art spaces,� said Art Walk organizer Roberta Morris who could be found at Hollywood

Lutheran Church’s Courtyard Studio and artspace. A bluegrass combo added a harmonic touch to the “perfect night,� according to Hollywood Lutheran’s Pastor Dan Hooper, who hoped the ongoing event would take advantage of “the creative energy of this neighborhood.� The Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, Skylight Books and Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church were among the sponsors; the Art Walk is a project of a new umbrella arts organization that was formed to explore spirituality and arts as well as sponsor other artsrelated ventures. Local artists and studios are welcome to participate. Scheduled future Art Walk nights are Oct. 3rd, Nov. 7th and Dec. 5th. For more information and a map of galleries go to www. losfelizartwalk.org.

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Courtyard Gallery & Arts opens at 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave. with the work of new local artists. Special events planned each month! Pick up a map to all participating galleries!

St. Francis of Assisi parish starts the parish fall festival season off with their annual fiesta, Friday Oct. 10th. It’s a weekend of friends, family, food, rides, raffles and games through Sun, Oct. 12th. Each year a highlight of St. Francis’ Fiesta is the blessing of the animals after the Sunday mass. It’s one way to commemorate their patron, St Francis. Our Mother of Good Counsel and Blessed Sacrament Church are both celebrating their annual fall fair Oct. 17th through 19th. A special feature of OMGC’s Fall Fair

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each year are the thousands of books to be had, some of the most interesting titles you’ll find anywhere. They’re sold at a fraction of the cost. An outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the best Belgium waffles in the neighborhood, with eggs, sausage and mimosas.Rides, games and a beer garden are highlights of both Blessed Sacrament and Our Mother of Good Counsel’s fairs. Our Mother of Good Counsel is located at 2060 N. Vermont Ave. The international cuisine and live music is a highlight of Blessed Sacrament’s annual Carnival, the largest single

fundraising event for their school and parish. They rely on volunteers to make this amazing family-centered event a success. They can use help soliciting donations, planning and installing decorations, setting up before the event, preparing food, and running the various booths. “Whether you can spare the time help with donations now or a few hours during the weekend itself we would be grateful for any time you can give,� said Valerie Milano, Blessed Sacrament Parish Carnival chair. Blessed Sacrament, 6657 Sunset Blvd. For information: www. blessedsacramenthollywood. org and www.omogc.org.

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tion could have been done very differently,” said Bartlotta. The roots of the “Vibrant Village” divide date back to dissenting votes and differing opinions over decorations for Atwater’s 2007 Christmas tree lighting. Newman-Kuzel’s vision was grand—one of large decorations and lots of lights. Bartlotta wanted something simple and unassuming. A short stroll down Glendale Boulevard reveals similar tensions—an evolving mix of new, trendy boutiques and historical, more modest landmarks like the Club Tee Gee. It’s not just the businesses that are changing; a growing affluent community is melding with long time Atwater residents. Bartlotta, for example, has lived in Atwater since 1956. She took over Club Tee Gee from her ex-boyfriend in early 1970s and has been on the Atwater Chamber of Commerce since the early 1980s. She is an Italian from New York with a successful business, strong opinions and a larger-than-life personality. Newman-Kuzel, on the other hand, is an openly gay, trendy male. He frequents Starbucks and the cellar of 55 Degrees Wine. While his e-mails are always upbeat punctuated with smiley faces, he gives off the

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impression that he’s not afraid to go after what he wants. Which is why it’s not surprising that Newman-Kuzel defended his idea to pass out voting guides at the election. “Everyone had the opportunity to campaign,” he said, adding that just because he was the only one who jumped at the chance doesn’t mean his decision was unethical or wrong. Campaigning at the polling site, according to Atwater business owner Louis Lopez, who oversaw the election, is allowed. “Betty got a lot of people to show up and vote as well,” said Lopez. “Everyone had the chance to solicit votes. Mark was just the only one to show up with election materials… It may have rubbed people the wrong way, but the elections were fair.” Former Chamber treasurer Veronika Caballero, co-owner of Dave’s Accordion/Caballero Dance, felt the election was legal, but still felt the universal changeover that NewmanKuzel sought—and won—she said, was not necessary to infuse the Chamber with a much needed new vitality. “I just think it took a lot of moxy to do that,” she said. While she praised NewmanKuzel for his hard work, she said she wished there could

have been compromise between the old and new guard moving forward. But by election time, disagreements over events like the 2007 Christmas Tree Lighting— Atwater’s biggest event of the year—became a slippery slope to butting heads over creative vision and money issues that left little room for power sharing. In the fall of 2007, Newman-Kuzel was both chamber director of membership and a member of the Christmas Tree Lighting committee. He pounded the pavement and raised over $6,000 for the event. But there were artistic differences. Caballero and Barlotta wanted the event to be quaint and charming. They felt Newman-Kuzel’s vision was big and flashy. In all, 600 people turned up for the December lighting. The chamber agreed it was a success, despite their initial reservations, and voted in January to provide a free $50 membership through the end of the chamber’s fiscal year to any business owners who donated to the event. Not long after, controversy over the definition of “fiscal year” erupted. At a June board meeting, four members of the board in-

cluding Newman-Kuzel, voted to extend free membership until the end of the calendar year— December 31st. They said this was in accordance with chamber bylaws. Four other members— Bartlotta; Treasurer Caballero; Allison Cohen, publisher of the Los Feliz Ledger; and Edward Rodarte, branch manager of Union Bank, voted that the membership should only be valid until June 30th, the end of the chamber’s fiscal year. They said this was the date voted on and documented in the board’s January minutes when the idea of free membership was first discussed. The two sides were at loggerheads. Some on the board believed that Newman-Kuzel wanted to keep the new members active for the August election in order to attempt to take over the board. In an effort to broker a compromise, Cohen, who had only recently joined the board, solicited the help of other chamber professionals and a mediator to help resolve the question of when an organization’s Bylaws are in conflict with an approved motion. Ultimately, the board could not agree on having outside help solve the issue and Cohen’s idea for mediation was nixed. “The minutes of the meeting stated,” the memberships

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would be valid until June 30th,” said Barlotta. “What good is a motion if it’s not followed?” Newman-Kuzel said his rational for sticking to his was “complicated,” and would not elaborate further. In the end, Lopez organized a compromise to break the stalemate. The financial situation of each new member was evaluated and some members were granted free membership until December and others until June. Looking back, Lopez said while it was everyone’s fault for letting the controversy erupt in the first place, everything from the vote to election day “was done fairly.” Today, everyone is moving on. “Regardless of who won or lost, everyone in the new Chamber is now working together in a positive manner,” said Newman-Kuzel, who is already busy corralling donations for this year’s Tree Lighting. Bartlotta said that while she was part of the chamber for three decades, she’s busy with running her own business and is not holding a grudge. “When I’m done with something, I walk away. This was a vote and it’s in the past.” She said she understands that politics happen, even in a small place like Atwater.

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