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Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 3

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The Americana Impact By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer Local residents this side of the I-5 who have long enjoyed the convenience of the Glendale business district should have noticed the changing landscape. It’s hard to miss— bounded by Brand Boulevard, Central Avenue and Colorado Street, is a monstrous 15.5 acre construction site with cranes and girders and all. The Americana at Brand, which broke ground in June 2006, is a $369 million mixed use project that, when completed, will feature 75 shops and boutiques, casual and fine dining, an 18-plex cinema, and will offer 238 apartments and 100 condominiums—all luxury residences. Set to open in spring of 2008, it’s the latest project of developer, Rick Caruso, best known in Los Angeles for The Grove and other outdoor shopping environments that challenge the traditional mall concept. General Growth Properties, which owns the nearby Glendale Galleria Mall and lost a bitter battle with Caruso to block the project, now seems to have accepted that challenge and is readying for the changes in store. “With the opening of new retail offerings in the immediate vicinity of [the] Glendale Galleria, customers get more choices and more reasons to check out our property,” said James Graham of General Growth Properties. But what about the smaller storefronts—the mom and see Americana page 7

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City Plans Hydomulching Of Park Burned Areas Officials Work To Prevent Mud Slides By Paria Kooklan Ledger Contributing Writer

HANGING ON TO SUMMER: Glendale residents Victor,10, and Alex Perez, 9, with their friend Luis, 10, enjoy some of the last days of summer at the Griffith Park swimming pool. The city pool, along with 13 others, will stay open this year for an extended two weeks, until Sept. 16th, thanks to a donation from Kaiser Permanente. Photo by Allison B. Cohen

90026: Hot Spot in Cooling Real Estate Market SILVER LAKE/ECHO PARK— The Los Angeles Times recently reported that our own 90026—Silver Lake south of the reservoir and Echo Park—is one of the region’s real estate hot spots, with a 46% increase in the number of homes sold in June 2007 over June 2006. According to experts, three factors have played a role in this trend: entry-level prices, needy buyers and no subprime mortgage problems. Experts say, the success of the 90026 zip-code has been sellers willing to set a fair price for their homes. In other areas, they said, buyers have continued to set prices too high trying to capitalize on pricing levels reached during the real estate market frenzy a few years ago. When prices are set properly, experts said, homes sell.

“This is still a strong market,” said George Moreno, of George and Eileen Moreno, a Re/Max brokerage team that specializes in real estate in the Los Feliz and Silver Lake areas. According to Moreno, their clients just went into escrow on two houses in the 90026 zip code and both properties got multiple offers over asking. Both sellers were extremely pleased with the activity on their homes and the prices they received. “The key is in the pricing,” said Moreno. “Ninety percent of the homes we’ve sold in the last six months, got at least the asking price or higher.” Part of the allure of the area, according to Moreno, is that the 90026 zip code draws professionals from the entertainment industry and other

Family Holds Vigil For Missing Man

GRIFFITH PARK—The city detailed plans for helping to prevent mudslides and flooding of burned acres of Griffith Park at a community meeting in August, including the spraying of hydromulch by the end of September over 500 of the park’s 800 burned acres. Mt. Hollywood Trail Reopens, see page 5.

types of executives that like the short commute from the area to downtown. “We’ve also seen a few buyers come from the Westside, where they couldn’t find what they’re seeking for the money they wanted to spend,”

“We’ve spent the last three months looking at everything we can do in the amount of time we have before the rainy season starts,” said Michael Shull, a civil engineer with the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks. “Our criteria were safety, the environment, and how much time we have.”

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see Hydromulching page 24

By Jennie Redner / Ledger Contributing Writer

Griffith Park Burn Areas: High and Moderate Erosion Potential

High Erosion Potential

Moderate Erosion Potential Source: Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks

Signal Installed at Hyperion & Monon Intersection Was Site Of A Deadly Accident

Roving Reporter: Where Do You Shop? . . . . . . . . . 3

By Paria Kooklan / Ledger Contributing Writer

Community: Silver Lake Day . 3 Good Life: “Cult Wines” . . . . . .13 City Sleuth: Where Noir Was Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . Su Casa C Real Estate: Area Home Sales . . . . . Su Casa G Entertainment: Calendar . . . .19 Taste of Los Feliz: Hope-Net’s Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Star Gazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Open Mike: More on Fritzie’s and Area Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

September 2007

The family of Solomon M. Templo, Jr. show a family photograph taken during happier times. (Left to right: Sabrina, 20, Katrina, 15 and Joy Templo.) Photo Credit: Allison B. Cohen For story, see Missing on page 2

SILVER LAKE—A traffic light was installed on Aug. 3rd at the intersection of Hyperion Avenue and Monon Street in Silver Lake. The busy intersection—which is flanked by Trader Joe’s and Gelson’s market—was the site of a deadly accident earlier this year when local resident Bill Wingard was killed while attempting to cross the street. “Some of our heavily trafficked city streets have become minifreeways and Hyperion Avenue is no exception,” said Los Angeles city councilmember Tom LaBonge. “We want to give everyone a chance to get where they’re going, but safely. This full signal will help greatly in this effort.” But some in the community wonder why the light took so long to install. see Signal page 24

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A Word from the Publisher and Editor The Reason Behind Taste of Los Feliz, Sept. 30

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On a recent Tuesday morning, I encountered two homeless men as I walked from the Ledger offices at Hillhurst and Avocado to Copy Cat, a local business, just up the street. And then there is the man who pushes the shopping cart—while yelling—along Hilllhurst. And then there is always the man at the local post office. Many of us remain perplexed about what to do when we encounter someone needy on the street. While we may care, most often, we ignore the people. Treating the homeless in a humane way was the reason Taste of Larchmont initially was conceived 15 years ago. Larchmont area leaders wanted a way to eradicate the panhandling problem in its business district—so it teamed up with Hope-Net, a non-profit that operates food pantries and soup kitchens throughout this side of Los Angeles. The goal was to provide every business—and shoppers—a list of Hope-Net pantries to refer homeless men and women to. Not only would this help the needy, but would also improve the business district of the area by getting panhandlers off the street. Doesn’t this seem more humane that ignoring the problem? I have handed out these cards to many homeless people throughout the years—and it is amazing what can happen when we actually acknowledge the problem, rather than ignore it. It is with this in mind that we gear up for our 2nd annual Taste of Los Feliz, Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. along Vermont Avenue. The goal is good food and community—but also to raise funds for Hope-Net to enable the agency to open more pantries in our area. (See Roberta Morris’ column this month about Hope-Net’s recent activities, on page 22.) As part of the event on the 30th, we will have a list of Hope-Net food pantries and soup kitchens available for the taking. How about picking up a dozen or so and keeping them handy in your purse or briefcase, for the next time you encounter someone in need? You’ll be surprised at the results.

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Man Missing Since August 13th LOS FELIZ—About 100 family members and friends held an evening vigil Aug. 22nd for Solomon M. Templo, Jr. who has been missing since Aug. 13th. The 53-year-old Los Feliz resident was last known to have done an errand at the Los Feliz Post Office about 3:30 p.m. that day. He drove home from the post office, according to his daughter, Sabrina Templo, 20, parked his car on Franklin Avenue and has not been seen or heard

from since. Family members found Templo’s cane and one bedroom slipper he had been wearing near his vacant 2003 Red Honda Civic. Templo weighs 170 lbs. and is 5’ 3” with salt and pepper hair and brown eyes. He has a mole on his upper left cheek and walks with a limp. The family has posted over 2,000 flyers in and around the area. Anyone with information should contact: (323) 8933102 or (323) 600-5433.

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Where do you shop? By Colleen Paeff Ledger Contributing Writer I do more shopping locally and in person than I do by the Internet. For clothes I buy more things from catalogs, but I do go to the Glendale Galleria periodically. I would prefer to support Los Angeles rather than Glendale, but I just find that for a lot of things it’s less stressful to shop in Glendale. Cheryl Walker I go to boutiques a lot. I Mostly I shop in the Silver Lake area. Sarah Yellin

For coffee beans I go to Intelligentsia, that new coffeehouse on Sunset. And for coffee on the go I go to Chango in Echo Park. For clothing I like Matrushka on Sunset. For gelatto, Pazzo Gelato. The Cheese Store of Silver Lake is great. I also go to Baller for hardware and Jill’s Paints in Atwater for paint. Randy Clement

[ POLICE BLOTTER SEPTEMBER 2007 ] garage door, entered and took an air conditioner and vacuum. Suspect fled with property.

Aggravated Assaults: 12 Robberies: 9 Burglaries: 15 Grand Theft Auto: 22 Burglary Theft from Vehicle: 33 Aggravated Assault: July 28th, on the 1100 block of Kenmore. Suspect #1 pointed a gun in the victim’s direction then fled. Aggravated Assault: July 27th, on the 3300 block of Merced Street. Suspect hit victim on face with an unknown object. Victim fell and the suspect kicked victim causing victim to blackout. Burglary: July 23rd, on the 3900 block of Clayton Avenue. Suspect cut lock off

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Burglary: July 30th, on the 1900 block of Micheltorena Street. Suspect entered vacant home for sale through open window, moved tools and light fixtures to the front door but did not take property. Suspects fled in a black SUV, possibly a Mitsubishi. Suspects described as a Male Hispanic and a white female white with shoulder length hair. Burglary: Aug. 3rd, on the 2800 block of Avenel Street. Suspect forced open front door, entered and took TV, bicycle, and cordless phone. INTERNET USAGE: Officers Chovan and Polehonkie want to remind everyone to speak to their children about Internet safety. Get the computers out of the bedrooms and put them in an area were parents can monitor computer usage.

Trolley Will Run, Sept. 29th On “Silver Lake” Day SILVER LAKE—Silver Lake may have much, but one thing it doesn’t have is it’s own DASH bus line. So a group of transportation minded residents formed the Silver Lake Transit Coalition in 2004, in part to gather support for a bus DASH line for the area. Currently, the city Dept. of Transportation has told Silver Lakers a DASH line cannot be created due to a lack of funds and a long bureaucratic wait. But, according to coalition member Catherine Bator, a DASH line is possible for the area if residents vote to approve to fund the line via a special tax. “We’d like to bring this issue to the ballot someday,” said Bator. To give area residents a taste of what a DASH line could be like, a special one- day only Silver Lake DASH run will be in place on Sept. 29th from 9

a.m. to 5 p.m. “We want to demonstrate to the neighborhood how convenient [a DASH line] will be,” said Bator. Instead of a regular city DASH bus, users should look for a special trolley with a Silver Lake Dash banner. Three trolleys will run in all from Griffith Park Boulevard to Hyperion Boulevard, around Silver Lake and Glendale boulevards, to Bellevue, Lucile and ending at Sanborn. Planners hope many take the free service that day to area events including the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council elections at Bellevue Park, the Farmer’s Market and the ground breaking for the new Silver Lake library at Silver Lake and Glendale boulevards. To celebrate the occasion, planners are now calling Sept. 29th, Silver Lake Day.

I really try to stay as local as possible. I like to support the local boutiques. On the rare occasion I need to go to the mall, I go to the Glendale Galleria. I really like The Grove but I usually go to Glendale because it’s closer. Lori Mazuer I try to support the local merchants in Silver Lake and Hollywood because if you don’t support the small businesses you lose places like the small record stores and book stores that really give a place it’s character. Christopher Aykanian I shop as close to home as possible. When you stay in your neighborhood you get to know people that live around you and people get to know you. It’s more personal. Dennis King COMMUNITY NEWS



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Silver Lake’s Grosh Scenic Rentals Providing Backdrops for Hollywood for 75 Years By Michael Locke / Silver Lake Correspondent First in an occasional series of articles about unique businesses that define Silver Lake. SILVER LAKE—If you live in Silver Lake, you’ve probably passed it a thousand times— the big, faded-ochre-colored warehouse on the south side of Sunset Boulevard between the Myra Avenue Bridge and Manzanita Street. For 75 years, the warehouse has been home for “Grosh Scenic Rentals� creat-

ing backdrops for event planners, theaters, dance troupes, churches and schools. Robert L. Grosh, founder of the company, was an accomplished artisan, beginning his career as an assistant and curtain boy in vaudeville theaters in his native Ohio, earning artisan-journeyman status at Armbruster’s Scenic Studio and advancing quickly, becoming Vice President of Los Angeles Scenic Studio in 1926.

Fueled by an unprecedented interest in motion pictures, Grosh quit L.A. Scenic in 1932 to start his own company, Grosh Scenic Rentals, which has been operating at the corner of Manzanita and Sunset Blvd. ever since. In the 1940s and 1950s nearly every major studio used R.L. Grosh & Sons sets. If you watch a 20th Century Fox musical from the period, you will, no doubt, see many of the sets produced at Grosh Studios. Walt Disney was a frequent visitor to the studio, designing some of the backdrops on Grosh’s paint frames that would ultimately be used for his latest project, the newly conceived “Disneyland� in Anaheim. And actor Jimmy Stewart used an upper loft at the studio as his “home� when he first came to Hollywood, according to Eric

Mueller, long-time warehouse manager of the facility. In 2007, Grosh Scenic Rentals celebrates 75 years of business, and maintains an inventory of over 5000 backdrops in diverse categories

and themes, a unique and positive force in the life of our community. For more information about Grosh Scenic Rentals, please visit online.

Griffith Park Recovery: Mt. Hollywood Trail Reopens GRIFFITH PARK—The Charlie Turner Trailhead to

Mt. Hollywood, Royce Canyon and Vermont Canyon were reopened to the public Aug. 27th, nearly four months after a brushfire scorched over 800 acres of the park. City officials have kept parts of the park and trails closed until they could determine the areas would be safe for hikers. Some areas and trails remain closed. The Charlie Turner Trailhead to Mt. Hollywood is the most popular trail in the park taking hikers 1.2 miles along a fire road to an elevation of 1,625 feet. For a list of open and closed areas in the park, visit


Pictured are Eric Obregon, Scenic Artist and Eric Mueller, Warehouse Manager for Grosh Scenic Rentals creating a backdrop for the heavy rock band “Flyleaf� in time for their August 2007 tour.


SLNC Hosts Emergency Preparedness Training Learn to care for your family and neighbors in a time of crisis. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety Committee will host a training course for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The training will be lead by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. and will be held on seven Wednesdays from 7 pm – 9:30 p.m. from Oct. 24th through Dec. 5.

The course will be held at the Dream Center—formerly Queen of Angels Hospital— located at 2301 Bellevue Ave., Los Angeles 90026. Parking is available in the lot off Waterloo and Kent. The cost for the course is free. For questions and to register contact Barb Dakin at  or (213) 413-4221.


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Stylish Ways to Spoil Man’s Best Friend On This Side of Town By Sean Paul Mahoney / Echo Park Columnist vored tug bone and a charmECHO PARK—West of Fairing squirrel shaped rope toy fax, owning by Jax & Bones which Jake is a dog that lovingly destroying as I write matches this article. your purse The merchandise in genmay still be eral is thoughtful, hip, and all the rage truly different from other pet but on this retailers. end of town, Next stop was the state of pet-owners take a more realisthe art doggy daycare center, tic approach. which can house up to twenty Personally, I enjoy the dogs a day. In addition to outcompany of my dog Jake and the thought of gussying him up in a sequined … they also offer web cam sweater or top hat access so concerned seems a tad humiliating for both owners can check on their of us. Still, I do dogs while they’re away believe in spoilfrom home. ing him from time to time so I ings to local parks, a grassy was curious to check out the outdoor oasis and a climate new doggie spa and boutique, controlled play area, they also K9 Loft on Sunset. offer web cam access so conUpon visiting K9 Loft, cerned owners can check on I was greeted by Annie who their dogs while they’re away took me on a tour of the fafrom home. Sounds a little cilities. The front of the shop snooty for Echo Park but the houses must-have dog accesfriendly environment deflates sories like Italian made leather any notion of pretense. leases, plush corduroy dog Lastly, Annie showed me beds and a plethora of chew the salon-like grooming statoys. I scooped up a mint fla-



tion as well as the boarding kennel both of which reflected the loft’s commitment to care and comfort. I revisited the retail section before I left. Pinstriped

dog leashes! Stainless steel feeding dishes! I knew I had to get out of there before I ended up in serious credit card debt. Now, I haven’t exactly

converted into one of those dog people, but K9 Loft offers unique services and gifts that keep both you and your dog’s sense of style and dignity beautifully in tact.

Silver Lake Day Care Program to Expand For the past 12 years, Camelot Kids has provided comprehensive child care and enrichment classes for 25 children ranging from ages 3-10 years, plus scholarships for underprivileged and children within the foster care system. With the Camelot Kids Ilan (with the wand on left) Hanora (with new building, the ladybug on her finger) were playing “dress up” when “we can now exa ladybug landed on Hanora’s finger. pand our current SILVER LAKE—Silver Lake’s program to up to 75 students,” Camelot Kids—a child desaid the school’s director, Thuy velopment center and preBui, “plus introduce new, creschool—will triple their stuative preschool programs for dent enrollment with the debut 2-3 year olds, including daily of a new building featuring a enrichment classes and a bilinlibrary and community amgual Spanish classroom.” phitheatre. The new facility has an The program will expand 800 square foot studio space from their current 400 square for dance and creative movefoot facility, located on the ment and, according to staff, Ivanhoe Elementary School there are plans for a commucampus, to a 3,500 square foot nity children’s library and an facility at 2880 Rowena Ave. outdoor stage for children’s

productions and plays. The building also features state-of-the-art technology in ensuring the safety of the children, a strong ecologically green philosophy, a diverse staff and a low children-toteacher ratio. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. and the new school plans to open in mid-September. “Camelot Kids has been Silver Lake’s best kept secret for over a decade,” said Bui. “I am thrilled about our growth and am committed to ensuring the facility maintains the highest level of quality with a strong emphasize on individualized attention and a balanced approach to education, throughout the expansion.” To help the expansion, the program is accepting monetary donations and gently used children’s books, furniture, educational toys and other items. Call (323) 662-2663 For more information or email:

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mop shops along Brand Boulevard? Directly opposite the Americana’s construction barriers are empty sidewalks reminiscent of a ghost town—an image made complete with dust blowing from the construction site on a recent warm afternoon. Some small businesses remain, but, according to owners, their customers have dwindled. The area has already taken a hit with the recent closings of Tower Records and Comp USA. “I make half the money I used to make three or four years ago,” said Isabelle Davotian, owner of Brand Beauty Salon. Davotian said she only stays afloat, however, with a loyal client base. And she’s not optimistic this trend will change once The Americana opens. “I don’t think people coming for that area are going to look at this side or will be interested that much,” she said. And from another merchant who preferred to not give his name: “What I care about [new on the block] The following are new members to the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Grace Ellay-collective gallery and boutique

Ramey LJ Arnold, owner 1615 Silver Lake Blvd. LA CA 90026 Phone: (323) 664-0568 www.

K9 Loft

doggie day care, grooming, retail boutique

Gil Dan & Alex Saboud, owners 2170 W. Sunset Blvd. LA CA 90026 Phone: (213) 484-6006

A rendering of the Americana at Brand looking south. Courtesy: Caruso Affiliated

is if there’s a tobacco shop in [The Americana], then they have to deal with me,” said the manager of the Brand Cigar Club located across the street from the Americana site. Caruso’s team sees it dif-

Glendale Post Office Teaches eBay Selling Strategies The U. S. Postal Service will hold a seminar on selling and shipping eBay items through the U.S. mail. The free event will be held Thurs. Sept. 13 at the Glendale Main Post Office, 313 E. Broadway in Glendale. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and the seminar will be from 11:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The event is by reservation only. Call Sharice Green at (818) 265-9200 to secure your seat. For information, contact or (818) 265-9266.

ferently. “I think we have spent much time addressing potential concerns—to avoid any duplication of businesses in the immediate vicinity,” said Todd M. Russell, Sr. Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for Caruso Affiliated. “We’ve introduced many new names to the marketplace to enhance the experience for the consumers walking or driving to the property.” Caruso’s staff have also been in touch with other Glendale business organizations to ensure the Americana’s impact is positive throughout the area.

“We’re working pretty closely with the downtown Glendale Merchant’s Association and being proactive about looking to develop a niche marketing plan to drive some of The Americana visitors to their businesses,” said Judy Kendall of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. Other than traffic, Kendall, and others, said they believe any initial changes in customer flow will smooth out over time. “Glendale is a little behind Burbank or Pasadena but this is the same management for The Grove so they know what to do. I think it’s good for the economy of Glendale,”

said Kai Kim, manager and partner of Sushi Kai on nearby Maryland Avenue. Rather than detract from existing business, The Americana is looking to double the 26 million people that the Glendale Galleria annually attracts to its property and will target the residents of Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles. “We’re a totally different mix with a more affluent consumer,” said Russell of Caruso Affiliated. “And because of the accessibility to the major freeways, the potential boost in numbers is substantial.”


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Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Election is Sept. 29 19 Candidates On the Ballot SILVER LAKE—The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Governing Board election will be Sat., Sept. 29th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nineteen hopefuls are competing for the board’s eleven open seats—one seat in each of the area’s regions, as well as four open at-large seats. Polling will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Micheltorena St. Elementary School (1511 Micheltorena) and Bellevue Recreation Center (826 Lucille). Stakeholders can also vote by mail by sending in the request to do so (see opposite page for the form). Vote by mail requests must be received by Fri., Sept. 9th. Here’s a look at the candidates:

REGION 1: Scott Crawford, 57, is an actor and local resident. He is running for the Council because he is concerned about the increasing numbers of chain stores and homeless people he sees in Silver Lake. He also wants to preserve the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood. If elected, he plans to serve on the Arts and Urban Design committees. Michael Sandler, 30, is a local resident and professional fundraiser. He is running for the Neighborhood Council in the hope of effecting change in the community. His primary concerns are traffic and litter, creating green spaces and public safety. “I would like to see more green

spaces, such as the Silver Lake Meadows, open to residents,” he said.

REGION 2: Tenaya Hart Wallace, 33, works as a community educator. Wallace was raised Silver Lake and attended Ivanhoe Elementary and John Marshall High School. She has now returned to raise her own family here. Wallace is running for office to ensure greater local participation in the Neighborhood Council. She would also like to see Silver Lake return to the economic and cultural diversity that has made it one of L.A.’s best neighborhoods. “Through the elections I plan to hear from constituents about the issues that concern them most and then champion those issues and concerns,” she said.

REGION 3: Andrea Marquez, 14, is a local resident and student at John Marshall High School. She decided to run for the Neighborhood Council in order to work on issues such as beautification and recycling. She would also like to see more people involved in the Council. If elected, she plans to serve on the Youth & Families committee.

REGION 4: Mark L. Hummer, 47, works at Micheltorena Elementary School.

He is running for his seat in order to give school stakeholders a voice the Neighborhood Council. “Sadly, more than a few parents have expressed to me the opinion that the SLNC is not interested in representing them,” he said. “I would like to change that.” Hummer is also concerned about lower income families being forced out of the neighborhood by gentrification and would like to see non-English speakers provided with equal access to the council. He has participated in the Youth & Families Committee throughout the past year and will continue to do so if elected. Rusty Millar, 50, a local resident who works in regulatory affairs, has always been inspired by local government. A founding member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, he was one of its first co-chairs and would like to continue serving as a member. Millar, who previously served on a city council in Northern California, would like to use his experience to continue working on growth, traffic, and participation issues in the community. If elected, he plans to serve on the Transportation & Public Works and Urban Design & Preservation committees.

REGION 5: Spencer Strauss, 25, is a local resident working in the enterta inment industry. While Strauss is concerned about issues such as the

rising cost of living and park maintenance, he also said he wants to work on the issues his constituents care about. “I have no agenda,” he said. “I simply wish to implement policy as the residents see fit.” If elected, Strauss plans to serve on the Urban Design & Preservation and Transportation & Public Works committees. Bob Yeager, 36, is a local resident and college administrator. He feels the Neighborhood Council is a “great way to get ideas to the city.” If elected, he plans to work on traffic, development and beautification issues. He would also like to see the Council expand its outreach to neighborhood residents and stakeholders.

REGION 6: Thuy Bui No information or photo avail

REGION 7: Renee Nahum, 54, works as the director of a senior citizens’ organization and serves as an alternate member of the L.A. County Democratic Party. “I am an activist and environmentalist,” she said. Nahum’s decision to run for the Neighborhood Council was prompted by a desire to work on environmental, public safety and traffic issues. She would also like to see the community have more input regarding local real estate developments. Noah Stein, 36, lives in Silver Lake and works as Director of Strategic Planning for Playboy Entertainment. His decision to run for the Neighborhood Council was prompted by a desire to see agreement on what he calls “intractable issues.” If elected, Stein plans to work on traffic, responsible growth and public safety problems.

AT LARGE: Courtney Blackburn, 16, is a local resident and high school student. She decided to run for her seat because she wanted a youth voice on the Council. Blackburn considers public safety—in particular, the unsafe walking conditions along Silver Lake Blvd.—of primary importance. If elected, Page 


she plans to serve on the Public Safety and Youth & Families committees. Janet Cunningham, 50, is a local resident and landscape designer. She has already served on the Neighborhood Council for four years and would like to continue working on issues such as traffic, development and protecting the Silver Lake Meadow. Cunningham would like to see “more events and more work on issues important to the locals, and fewer silly projects that take away the uniqueness of the neighborhood.” If elected, she plans to continue serving on the Beautification and Preservation committee. Jason Lyon, 39, is a local writer and teacher. Lyon has already served on the Council’s Governing Board for four years, including two years as co-chair, but is eager for more. The issues Lyon is most concerned about balancing the need for affordable housing with quality of life issues, preserving the neighborhood’s unique character and promoting participation in city government and Neighborhood Council proceedings. “While I am very proud of the work the SLNC has done for the past four years, I would like to start experimenting with more inclusive meeting styles to increase stakeholder involvement,” he said. Whether he is elected or not, Lyon plans to continue serving on the Council’s Governmental Affairs and Urban Design & Preservation committees. Kristin McGrath No information or photo avail

Paul Neuman, 52, a Silver Lake resident, works as a city council and state assembly deputy. He is also an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee. Neuman’s decision to run for the Neighborhood Council was prompted by his desire to provide greater government access to all Silver Lake stakeholders. Specifically, he would like to see the public have more say on issues like traffic, neighborhood beautification and protecting the Silver Lake Meadow. “We need more community empowerment to September 2007

Los Feliz Ledger cut through bureaucratic red tape and government indifference,� he said. Joanna Paden, 30, works as a staff assistant for the American Cancer Society. She is running for office to give back to the community and get to know her neighbors better. Her main focus as a Council member would be on issues such as

traffic flow through Silver Lake, graffiti and community identity. She would also like to see the Council organize and/ or promote more community events. Joel Ritz No information or photo avail

Patrick Seamans, 55, has lived in Silver Lake for 23 years. Seamans

would like to use his professional experience as an architect to help the Neighborhood Council work on urban design and housing issues in the community. As a disabled resident, he also wants to raise awareness about the need for better disability accommodations. If elected, Seamans plans to join the Council’s Governmental Affairs, History Collective, Urban Design and Preservation, Arts and Culture and Beautification committees.

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Los Feliz Ledger [being whole]

Shifting Your Thinking About Reversing Pollution By Elma Mayer / Ledger Columnist The Silver Lake hills are a hazy silhouette this time of year and the San Gabriel mountains a faint memory in the thick brown air. The ocean view from the Observatory? Forget about it! Smog is a taboo subject in Los Angeles. The weatherman calls it a beautiful day, conveniently ignoring the poison henna horizon. The five-day forecast gives the humidity and surf report, without mentioning the sepia-stained sky. Air quality is worsening again after a few hopeful years. The 2007 American Lung Association State of the Air Report ranks Los Angeles as the most polluted city in the nation. To change our polluting habits, there is essential work to be done on the ener-

getic and spiritual levels. The energetic work—the shift in thinking—must precede the physical work of cleaning up the environment. If a critical mass of humanity understood individual responsibility and interconnectedness, we’d quickly make the necessary changes. Try this powerful globalenergy-shifting technique. It is not wishful thinking, nor is it just a visualization or affirmation. This will actively affect change in the collective conscious mind, each time you do it. Imagine you are connected to every individual mind in Los Angeles. Send your mind, your attention, outward‌ to the whole state, the nation, the planet. Now, ask the collective

mind to become aware of individual responsibility for pollution. You don’t need to know how this will work. Just make the request, letting go of the details for now. Ask this collective entity to create effective solutions, and to change unhealthy habits. And lastly, ask your higher self to support you in making the necessary

lifestyle changes—easily and without resistance. We can consume less physical matter, and produce more spiritual energy—it’s clean and renewable. We can find ways to lift the haze, to clear our minds so we can clear the air. We can talk about the smog without fear or guilt, and so take action.

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supplies as well as an interactive guide for children. Locally, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety Committee has partnered with the fire department in sponsoring Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). In October, a new set of training classes will begin, open to all. Barbara Dakin, the SLNC’s Public Safety Committee’s co-chair, believes the training is empowering. “After you’ve been through the training, you’re not the same person,” Dakin said. “You get an understanding how challenging a disaster would be. CERT teaches you how to think on your feet. You have to mobilize to save lives; you just can’t sit in your house and panic.” To sign up for the CERT classes, which begin Oct. 24th, contact Barbara Dakin at (213) 413- 4221 or

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The Paris Tasting in 1976 put California on the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine map as chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon from the Golden State bested Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest. But perhaps equally important to Napa winemakers was the arrival in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cultâ&#x20AC;? wine phenomenonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a new generation of winemakers who unexpectedly surpassed the established names. Christened by critics and championed by auctioneers and sommeliers, wineries like Harlan, Colgin, Grace, Screaming Eagle and Araujo burst on the scene with high scores, equally high prices and production low enough to make finding them nearly impossible. Following are a few promising choices of up and coming cult wines, most still selling for double digits when available direct from the winery. Gargiulo Vineyards grows first-rate cabernet, merlot and more in Oakville, next door to the prime real estate of Screaming Eagle, perhaps the most famous of the original cult wineries. The Money Road Ranch cabernet ($65) and merlot ($35) represent tremendous value. And the Aprile, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;super Oakville blendâ&#x20AC;? showcasing sangiovese, offers an alternative for those who prefer non-Bordeaux varietals. Scarecrow comes up on virtually everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of top new wineries, and its debut bottle, the 2003 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, hit one out of the park with near-perfect scores. The vineyard, in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley, was planted in 1945. Property owner J.J. Cohen was chief of production at MGM, and his role in overseeing The Wizard of Oz is the source of the whimsical name. Named for the coastal fog that creates a unique microclimate ideally suited to its pinot noir grapes, Sea Smoke crafts some of the most sought after pinots in the Golden State and beyond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We almost had riots when we received our allocation,â&#x20AC;? said Trey Beffa of K&L Wines in Hollywood. And then there is, Coup de Foudre, which translates as â&#x20AC;&#x153;when lightening strikesâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;thunderbolt,â&#x20AC;? and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what winemaking partners John Schwartz and Danielle Price (have captured in a bottle. The â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04 cabernet sauvignon, the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut, sold for $100 on release, and only 500 cases were produced. If you want any of the original cult wines today, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at buying at auction or in a top restaurant for a small fortune. With some of the above wineries, you might still be able to get on their mailing lists, where you can buy them at their actual release prices.

Two years after opening, Tropicalia has become a fun and reliable spot with food that keeps improving. Tropicalia is named after a Brazilian musical style, but the food, although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flavorful and diverse, is perhaps a bit Americanized. Perhaps Brazilians donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat ceviche with tortilla chips and guacamole, or put balsamic vinaigrette and cashews on baby lettuce salad, but the result is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant where kids can find something theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll like, too. Portions are large; the aforementioned Salada Brazileira with hearts of palm, avocado, caramelized plantains, lettuce and cashews, is enough for four to share as an appetizer. Mains range from Brazilian-style stewed or grilled meats to fish stew and fajitas. Moqueca de peixe is a traditional fish stew, also available with shrimp, in a rich coconut and tomato sauce reminiscent of a mild Thai curry. The half grilled chickenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zesty crust adds interest to the moist Chicken Tropicalia; black beans, Brazilian rice and plantains round out the hearty platter ($11.99). Like the chicken, Bife Tropicalia ($13.99), can be had with or without Molhado

tomato sauce; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit chewy, as skirt steak usually is, but plenty satisfying nonetheless. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Tropicaliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French fries, nicely cooked to a toasty brown and perfect for dipping in the various sauces on the plate. Tropicalia is open for lunch and dinner and the menu also includes a Braziburger and several other sandwiches, the Tropicalia salad with polenta strips and black beans, various Brazilian quesadillas and a veggie combo plate. The Farfalla folks seem to have figured out just what appeals to hungry Los Feliz residents. Tropicalia Brazilian Grill, 1966 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 644-1798 Pat Saperstein blogs about L.A. restaurants at

*** Little Domâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Hillhurstâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the former La Belle Epoque spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will open in September with dishes from its big brother Dominickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as well as breakfast and Italian deli items. *** 15 has opened in Echo Park with short ribs, peach risotto, flatiron steak and a Kobe burger. A liquor license is still pending. Soon to open, also, in Echo Park, is Two Boots Pizza known for pizza and Cajun food.



Intelligentsia Coffee has opened on Sunset Boulevard. A branch of the Chicagobased coffee roaster, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first L.A. outpost and offers outdoor seating and pastries from BreadBar and Echo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delilah Bakery.

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Los Feliz Ledger [people in my neighborhood]

Nancy Beyda By Colleen Paeff Ledger Contributing Writer

HOLLYWOOD HILLSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hollywood Hills resident Nancy Beyda left her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to attend UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate film program in 1980. By 1981 she was working for Roger Cormanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New World Pictures, editing his films for television. When Beydaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work started to interfere with classes, she left the graduate program to devote herself to a film career fulltime. Beyda loved working in editing so when she started a family in 1989 she expected to get back to the cutting room within a couple months. But the birth of her Beydaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first child proved to be a turning point. Instead of returning to editing, she became interested in childbirth education, crosscultural parenting practices and how birth and parenting choices affect those cultures. As Beyda started talking

to more mothers she discovered that many of them were unhappy with their childbirth experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have as positive an experience as I did and I was trying to discover what made the difference,â&#x20AC;? she said. This search led Beyda to a career as a childbirth educator and labor doula. As a doula, she assists laboring women throughout the labor and delivery process. Beyda calls it â&#x20AC;&#x153;mothering the mother.â&#x20AC;? An attendant at over two hundred births, Beyda said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the presence of a doula can decrease the chance of cesarean and the length of labor, reduce the need for pain medication and facilitate a normal, natural birth experience.â&#x20AC;? Scientific studies have proven this to be true. One such study, conducted in 1998 by The Cochrane Collaborationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Preg-

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â&#x20AC;Ś An attendant at over two hundred births, Beyda said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the presence of a doula can decrease the chance of cesarean and the length of labor, reduce the need for pain medication and facilitate a normal, natural birth experience.â&#x20AC;? nancy and Childbirth Group in Oxford, England, concluded that â&#x20AC;&#x153;. . .every effort should be made to ensure that all laboring women receive support, not only from those close to them but also from specially trained caregivers.â&#x20AC;? In the last few years, Beyda has also added prenatal yoga instructor to the list of

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Los Feliz Ledger [real estate]

Becoming and Staying a Real Estate Agent Is Far Too Easy By Richard Stanley / Ledger Columnist “So easy, a caveman could do it,” that’s what I thought recently as I renewed my real estate license, a ritual the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) requires each licensee to perform every four years. A couple evenings spent browsing some dry, printed material followed by a few open-book true/false quizzes on the internet, $120, a week’s wait and I had my new license in hand, printed on cheap, shiny paper—good until 2011. I felt glad to get this onus off my back, but did I feel good about the experience? Nope— not at all. Here’s why: The avowed purpose of the DRE is “to protect the public in real estate transactions and provide related services to the real estate industry.” Generally, the DRE does a fair job, but it could go a long way toward fulfilling that mission better. If I ran the DRE, here’s some of what I would do:

It’s way too easy to get in and to stay in real estate. First, require licensees to have a college degree. Real estate requires self-discipline, focus and diligence—qualities that come to the fore over the course of a successful college career. Second, the cost of a

Today, there are over 427,000 real estate licensees in California. Of the multitude of licensees who are members of our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), 55% never represented a seller in the last year. real estate license should be at least $5,000 for salespersons and at least $10,000 for brokers—at inception and upon each renewal. Third, licenses should not be renewed unless the person is actively “in the business” of real estate. Reasonable criteria should be

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The licensing process is far too easy. The exams have laughably-low pass levels—and the open-book, Internet exams are caveman-easy. The exams I just took required a passing grade to be at least 60%. Imagine: an open-book, true/ false quiz of 25-50 questions see Real Estate Su Casa D


Raise the Bar Today, there are over 427,000 real estate licensees in California. Of the multitude of licensees who are members of our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), 55% never represented a seller in the last year.

determined, e.g., for salespersons, at least four closed transactions per year. Brokers should not be allowed a license unless they have held a sales license for at least the preceding five years (an exception might be attorneys, IF they are actively “in the business”).

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Los Feliz Ledger [city sleuth]

Where Noir was Born Los Feliz Blvd. at Western Avenue By Diane Kanner / Ledger Columnist Around midnight on “He had the squarest jaw Oct. 28, 1937, a make-shift anybody had ever seen,” Bruce bomb exploded in the baseHenstell writes in Sunshine and Wealth. The boys downtown, ment of the Clifford Clinton the book says, called Clinton a family home, located where “boy scout.” His parents had Los Feliz Boulevard meets been Salvation Army officers, Western Avenue. None of the and their cafeterias were known Clintons were injured. A police investigation of the crime for giving away food to those was a pantomime meant to who could not afford to pay. impress upon Clinton his up“Every night before he hill struggle if he continued went to bed,” his daughter investigating the Los Angeles Jean recalled several years ago, Police Dept. from his post on “he went for ice cream in the the County Grand Jury. refrigerator.” Someone learned Clinton raised the ire of his habit and entered the of the fuzz after he accepted Clinton’s backyard from a County Supervisor John Anneighbor’s driveway. But the son Ford’s offer to investigate … he uncovered a trail of rumors of cormisdeeds leading back to ruption in the food service of Mayor Frank Shaw’s tenure County Genas chairman of the Board eral Hospital. of Supervisors. The owner of Clifton’s Cafeterias, he uncovered a trail bomb the intruder carried was of misdeeds leading back to placed under cabinets, not the Mayor Frank Shaw’s tenure refrigerator, and when it exploded, it blew into the yard, as chairman of the Board of not the house. Supervisors.

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Clinton’s Spanish Mansion at Western Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard. Herald Examiner Collection / Los Angeles Public Library

Private detective Harry Raymond was not so fortunate. Ready to testify against the ties binding the underworld and the city’s politicians, Raymond stepped into his car in his Boyle Heights garage on Jan. 14, 1938, and was nearly killed when he stepped on the starter, detonating dynamite. “It confirmed all, that Clinton and his supporters had charged,” author Guy Finney wrote in Angel City in Turmoil in 1945.

Clinton launched a successful recall campaign against Shaw, and Fletcher Bowron became the new mayor. Nelda Clinton, who was active in the local women’s club, wrote My Husband’s Death Struggle with the Vice Czars of Los Angeles for True Story magazine. Clinton ran unsuccessfully for Mayor himself in 1945 before turning to research in nutrition to satisfy his altruistic nature.

The Meals for Millions Foundation was the result, making dehydrated food available to relief agencies. When their three children left home for college and marriage, the home on the boulevard was sold and the Clintons moved to Crescent Heights Boulevard. Clinton died in 1969. Today, the Clinton family are still at the helm of Clifton’s Cafeteria at 648 S. Broadway.


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Los Feliz Ledger Real Estate from Su Casa B

and a grade of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? allows you to represent the public in the handling of their most valuable asset! I would require at least one proctored essay-type question in English, too. I am continually amazed at how many licensees do not understand English well. English is the language of business in our country. Tightening up the get-in/stay-in criteria would go a long way toward raising the caliber of participants in a business that desperately wants to be called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;profession,â&#x20AC;? yet has far too many members who just hang on waiting for easy money.

panies a written offer to purchase real estate. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market, these amounts can be significant. All such checks are supposed to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;good.â&#x20AC;? In practice, few are. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so â&#x20AC;&#x153;earnestâ&#x20AC;? about a potentially â&#x20AC;&#x153;badâ&#x20AC;? check? Nada! Instead, a licensee should write into the terms that the buyer shall wire transfer or otherwise deposit the 3% into escrow upon opening thereofâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and obviate the need for a check entirely. A fresh loan pre-approval from a reputable lender or mortgage broker, coupled with a proof of liquid funds for the down payment is far more impressive than a rubber check.

multiple offers on a property. There is too much temptation on the part of licensees

Ban Earnest Money

Restrict Dual Agency

Require E&O Insurance

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earnest moneyâ&#x20AC;? is what realtors call a deposit, usually a personal check for 3% of the price offered, that accom-

The DRE should not allow the same sales licensees to represent both a seller and a buyer in the event there are

The DRE should require every licensee to carry ad-

equate errors and omissions (E&O) insurance. Licensees who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find insurance, or

The DRE should not allow the same sales licensees to represent both a seller and a buyer in the event there are multiple offers on a property. There is too much temptation on the part of licensees to steer clients toward results that benefit them more than their clients. to steer clients toward results that benefit them more than their clients.

let coverage lapse, should be provided insurance, much as lenders require, and sometimes provide, insurance for borrowers. Rates would reflect past losses, thereby easing out sloppy or unscrupulous licensees.


Expand the Internet Database In the interest of public policy transparency, each licensee should have a current headshot available on the Internet database (yes, imposters have been known to pose as licensees). Local boards of real estate should be required to post their arbitration decisions publicly on the Internet. How else can the public learn who behaves professionally, and who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t? Sundays Off! No other â&#x20AC;&#x153;professionâ&#x20AC;? is so all-available as residential real estate. If I ran the DRE, I would ban all licensed real estate activity on Sundays. Even the most ambitious sales agent needs time for a balanced life. Real estate is not an emergency!

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Los Feliz Ledger [angles on architecture]


The Neutra Colony in Silver Lake

90026 Condominimums

By Karen Numme and Laura Massino Smith Ledger Contributing Writers

1701 CLINTON ST 401 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $423,000

90026 Single Family Homes 1818 1855 1672 2121 1429 854 1920 630 2518 644

ROTARY DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $963,000 REDCLIFF ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875,000 MORTON AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875,000 PRINCETON AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 825,000 WESTERLY TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 777,000 N DILLON ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 722,000 PRESTON AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660,000 N VENDOME ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 625,000 MAYBERRY ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 565,000 LAVETA TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 527,000

90027 Condominimums

4301 LOS FELIZ BLVD 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $800,000

90027 Single Family Homes

5146 2431 2073 1714 1950 3531 2162 3856 4042

LOS FRANCISCOS WAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,150,000 N CATALINA ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,480,000 N CATALINA ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,426,500 HOLLYVISTA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,355,000 MYRA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,318,000 GRIFFITH PARK BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,168,000 LYRIC AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 974,000 FRANKLIN AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800,000 CUMBERLAND AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 735,000

2017 2254 2441 2051 3015 2374 3147 3922 3643 3246 3027 4166 3738 2113 4400

N ALVARADO ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,270,000 BANCROFT AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,250,000 EARL ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,135,000 KENILWORTH AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,100,000 SILVER LEA TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 883,000 EDGEWATER TER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830,000 HOLLYDALE DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 752,000 GLENFELIZ BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 733,000 BRUNSWICK AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 687,000 LARGA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 670,000 PETITE CT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 662,000 PERLITA AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 630,000 BRUNSWICK AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600,000 COVE AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 594,500 BRUNSWICK AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 580,000

90039 Single Family Homes

90068 Condominimums


Show and Tell: Children’s Gardening By Melissa Berry / Ledger Columnist

2700 CAHUENGA BLVD E 4319 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 470,000 3480 BARHAM BLVD 117 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439,000 2700 CAHUENGA BLVD E 2305 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 431,500 90068 Single Family Homes 2922 3421 1924 7110 2614 2256 2278 3127 2234 6617 2234 6617

Los Angeles’ mild climate and “anything goes” attitude has allowed for a greater sense of experimentation in design and architecture here than in other places. The Neutra Colony in Silver Lake is proof of this. These single-family homes were all created after World War II through the early 60s, otherwise known as “MidCentury Modern.” Just prior to this, there was Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival, English Tudor Revival and the French Chateauesque. What Richard Neutra was designing was radically different. Austrian born Neutra relocated to Los Angeles in the early 20s. In the 1930s he received a loan for $3,000 to

build his residence in Silver Lake. Located at 2300 E. Silver Lake Blvd. it still stands, although it is technically the second version of what became known as the “VDL Research House II.” The first house was destroyed by fire in the 60s. What currently exists is the rebuilt home of Richard Neutra and his family. Designed largely by Dion Neutra, Neutra’s son, the house is now owned by Cal Poly Pomona. The moniker “VDL” stands for Van Der Leeuw, a Dutch businessman who loaned Neutra the original $3,000. Neutra experimented with materials in this house, the reason for the other half of the name “Research House.” On the second story, there is a copper colored glass window. This was the same material used in astronauts’ helmets and prohibits ultra-violet light from penetrating. The fabrics and carpeting in that room have

N BEACHWOOD DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,575,000 TARECO DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,520,000 CANYON DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,365,000 SENALDA RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,200,000 RUTHERFORD DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,200,000 BRONSON HILL DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,100,000 W LIVE OAK DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,100,000 DERONDA DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,060,000 VISTA DEL MAR AVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,005,000 LAKERIDGE RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 913,000 RINCONIA DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800,454 LANKERSHIM BLVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800,000

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

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Why not make September do double duty in the garden? Of course, it’s time to plant those winter vegetables: root vegetables like beets, carrots, onions, beans and potatoes, but don’t forget those summer vegetables you still have… your children! It’s time for them to get back to school, and why not help them be prepared with something unusual for “show and tell?” How about if they have some seedlings and sprouts to take in that they’ve started…with your help. It doesn’t take much, it can be really fun since it all keeps changing and

they’ll have “show and tell” for weeks to come. In fact, keeping a photo record and an “edible” scrapbook might be a nice touch too. With whatever you want to plant in your garden for winter, the seedlings can be started in a very simple manner and all you have to do is start enough seedlings for your own use and then some for the “school project.” Here’s what you need for the “school version:” • one cardboard dozen egg carton • egg shell from cracking eggs in half

never faded. Another experiment was the glass front door. Surely not shocking now, but this type of door would have been seen in an office building in the early 60s, and in fact, was designed for that purpose. The other houses in the Neutra Colony are also located on East Silver Lake Boulevard, characterized by flat roofs, large expanses of glass and no ornamentation. The original Neutra office is located at 2379 Glendale Blvd. The work of Dion Neutra can also be seen at 2434 Earl Street in the “Treetops.” The Neutra Colony is a time capsule of mid-20th century architecture that has become an icon of Los Angeles. Laura Massino Smith is a Master of Architectural History-Architectural Historian and author of a series of guidebooks of Los Angeles architecture. Karen Numme holds the title of Master of Architecture & Landscape Landscape Architecture and is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Los Feliz. • bit of potting soil to fill the half egg shell • seeds The fastest way to get seedlings going is to sprout them between wet paper towels. Beans, carrots, onions, radishes—all will work. Put the seeds in between wet paper towels and wait a couple of days for them to sprout. After they’ve sprouted, put them in the egg shell with a bit of potting soil sprouted side up! After they’ve gotten a good start, you can transfer them to a cut off quart milk container so they can travel well—and make it to school for show and tell. One of the best things is that if the children aren’t keen on the results, they can always feed them to the class rabbit or guinea pig!

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September 2007

Los Feliz Ledger [ Senior Moments ]

Sept. 29 Set to Recognize Local Grass Root Efforts By Stephanie Vendig Ledger Senior Columnist Three community efforts that will surely enhance our community are finally bearing fruit. Plans are being made to designate Sat., Sept. 29th to formally recognize the results of these efforts. Government institutions can respond to need, but it is the people who are the impetus to “getting something done.” Efforts by individuals and community groups working together with the support of our elected officials can make it happen. The Silver Lake Library, the Griffith Park Adult Community Center and a proposed Silver Lake Dash bus system are becoming a reality because our councilmembers, Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti, made a commitment to help local residents achieve their goals. If you, by chance, go down (or up) Riverside Drive just south of Los Feliz Boulevard you might notice an almost completed building at the back of the parking 07-GSH-002 GoodBestAd.4.0.qxp lot next to Friendship Audi-

torium. From two ordinary portables previously used by the Observatory staff during remodeling of the Observatory, one might say a flower is blooming because of the help of LaBonge and his staff. Out of this recycling, the Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) has been created as a place for people to gather for enjoyment, learning, and working together. Due to construction delays at the time the Ledger went to press, the center is expected to open the end of October or the beginning of November. If you go by the corner of Silver Lake and Glendale boulevards you will already see construction of a new librarytaking place. This library will be a source of pride because of the input of the community through quite a few hearings when the architects and those in charge heard and looked to the community for direction. It was nice to hear that plans were 6/18/07 because 4:02 PM the Pagecom1 changed

munity had a different view of what was needed. For the third community effort, the Silver Lake Transit Coalition, a group of residents, decided to take matters in their own hands when the governmental agency couldn’t respond. This group was formed out of concern for the growing traffic problems and limited public transportation in the Silver Lake area. The Department of Transportation, which operates the DASH system, asked for proposals from city neighborhoods in 2004, as part of their expansion plans. We placed 20th on the list. But since DASH can only expand one route a year, waiting 20 years didn’t seem helpful. Today, lack of money has stopped expansion in its tracks. But with the help of Garcetti’s staff and a consultant, the group found out about benefit assessment districts. A neighborhood could form a district to fund needed public services, such as lighting. If the residents approve, each property owner will be assessed a fee which is prorated among the property owners who benefit. The coalition is now going to the community to build support

for this proposal by using the Hollywood Bus Trolley to demonstrate the route and its merits, in combination with the other scheduled events on Sept. 29th and later, when there will be a grand opening for the new Griffith Park Adult Community Center.

So, on the 29th, leave your car behind and experience all Silver Lake has to offer—Ride the DASH (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to elect the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, visit the Farmer’s Market and break ground for the new Silver Lake Library.

Silver Lake Senior Club Calendar General Meeting: Wed., September 19th, Place to be announced. Trips

Tues., Sept. 25th, Tour of Adamson House, Malibu Lagoon Museum & Malibu Pier, lunch at Pepperdine University Cafeteria, $10 (lunch not included), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23rd, Warner Brothers Studio VIP Tour, $35 (lunch not included), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15th, Fillmore & Western Railroad in Heritage Valley on a vintage train, $45 (includes lunch) 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13th, Trip to Palm Springs, $10 (lunch not included) 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Palm Springs Follies Optional ($45, 1:30-4:30) Call Doris Slater at (323) 667-1879 or Jeanne Phipps at (323) 6642681 for information on trips beginning in September and to sign up.

September Classes

All classes will take place at the Silver Lake Recreation Center starting the week of September 4th. 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 Widows and Widowers Group, September 14th, 2 pm (323) 662-9686 or email for place and more information For Information on the Silver Lake Senior Club, call Stephanie Vendig at (323) 667-3043 or e-mail at Sunset Hall is a membership organization for Free-Thinking Seniors! Annual Membership: $50. Join us for our Annual Meeting Sun., Sept. 23rd at 4:00 p.m. CFI West, Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. 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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said Moreno. “Here, they are able to find more house for the money, so they decide it’s better to live in a nicer home and drive a little farther to work.” The area is also attracting a lot of first-time buyers, according to’s Brock Harris. “The people looking here are first-time buyers attracted to the culture and psychology of this area,” he said. Typically, he said, they are home shoppers with a baby on the way or those that are ready to

“Prices are holding their own,” Weiss said, “because the homes are more affordable. This is a starter home market.” Much of the current real estate market’s problems— mostly in lower priced market areas—has been the increase of foreclosures as once attractive interest rates on sub-prime loans have adjusted as expected, to higher rates. Many homeowners have found themselves no longer able to afford their monthly mortgages. The 90026 area has been immune to that Experts say, the success problem, said experts, as of the 90026 zip-code housing prices here have been out of reach for the has been sellers marginal buyer. willing to set a fair price “This was not a subprime lenders market befor their homes. cause our home prices are jump up from renting—they too high,” said Harris. “Very are those shoppers that don’t few sub-prime loans were have to buy, he said. made here. However, this is a “90026 is trendy and strong stated income, or Altbuyers come here from West A, loan market, because many Hollywood or are already here have their own business, renting in this area, and are or work on contract in the entertainment industry.” very familiar with the restaurants and shopping,” said realThe Moreno’s concur. tor Karen Weiss of Coldwell “We’ve only had one Banker-Los Feliz. transaction impacted by the recent tightening in the lending Today’s buyers, Weiss said, market,” said Moreno, when a are in their 30s, and although, buyer’s credit score dipped due she said, some are moving-up to excessive other purchases from small condos to houses, made while in escrow. for most, this is their first home. see 90026 page 17


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Part of the allure of the area is that the 90026 zip code draws professionals from the entertainment industry and other types of executives that like the short commute from the area to downtown. —George Moreno, Re-Max/Los Feliz in real estate for 25 years, said these trends are more typical. First, prices are stable, she said. Second, it takes 60 to 90 days to sell a house, and third, buyers have a good inventory to choose from. “Although there is not that much inventory in 90026,” she said, “we’re returning to a more typical market, with

“The people looking here are first-time buyers attracted to the culture and psychology of this area.” —Brock Harris, of the market until the first part of 2009, local experts said the market is finally stabilizing. “We’re moving towards a more normal market, different from the frenzied market we’ve experienced for the last five years,” said Coldwell Banker’s Weiss. Weiss, who has worked

two of those three elements in place today—stabilizing pricing and typical market times. Jennie Redner, MAI, Principal of TerraFirma, is a real estate appraiser living and working in Silver Lake. She is also on the Board of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Los Feliz Ledger [theater review]

Marital Woes Exposed in Two Local Plays By Marilyn Oliver Ledger Theater Critic It’s Just Sex, written and directed by Jeff Gould is a comedy set in contemporary suburbia. The action begins when Joan (Forbes Riley) finds her husband Phil (Eric Lutes) on the couch with a hooker just before two couples are expected for a dinner party. Joan decides to get even with her husband by suggesting a party game where everyone tells the truth. When guest Carl (Thomas Calabro) confesses that he has secretly thought of spouse swapping, Joan concurs. In the second act, the couples have to face the consequences of their sexual adventures. The dialogue is fast and hilarious, and the actors, are terrific with

standout performances by Riley, Calabro and Bryan T. Donovan. A play with such obviously adult themes could easily become vulgar, but the craftsmanship of It’s Just Sex enables the play to stay on the side of racy rather than raunchy. Extended through Sept. 23rd.         The Outskirts of Paradise, by Jamie Virostko, at the Met Theatre in Hollywood, also deals with the problems of a long, stale marriage. After thirty years of marriage Joe (Brad Henson) and Alice (Bibi Tinsley) live a life of quiet desperation in the Mid-West. To deal with her dreary life, Alice drinks a lot, smokes an occasional joint and lusts after Eddie, their handyman. Joe, a teacher, hides his feelings beneath his curmudgeonly behavior. There are several subplots to the play, including the tension produced when the couple’s two children and Joe’s mother visit for Memorial Day. Then there’s the missing

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dog and the hidden gun. But in the end, this is yet another play about a dysfunctional family with characters one can’t really care about. Although the talented cast gives credible interpretations, the problems are with the play itself which starts with an interesting premise but in the end doesn’t quite live up to its promise.   It’s Just  Sex, Fri. and Sat. at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave. 8 p.m. Sun. at 7 p.m. Ends Sept. 23. $25$30 (323) 960-7721.    The Outskirts of Paradise, MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave. Hollywood. Thurs. through Sat. 8 p.m. Ends Sept. 15. $15. (323) 223-6564. Free Parking.

LOS FELIZ—Streets, views and locations found in Silver Lake and Echo Park have a starring role in Los Feliz-based filmmaker Christ Gorak’s independently made thriller Right At Your Door now playing in theaters. Although this is Gorak’s first feature as a writer/director, he previously worked as an art director and production designer on major films such as Minority Report and Lords of Dogtown. His search for the perfect location—a Craftsmanstyle bungalow with views of downtown—took him up and down all the area’s hills. “I wanted to land it all in reality,” said Gorak. “I tried to serve up fiction and entertainment, not medicine. The film is cerebral, thrilling and nail biting, not a rehash of reality.”

Shot in 19 days, Right at Your Door stars Mary McCormack and Rory Cochrane (CSI Miami) as a couple coping with the results of a dirty bomb attack on Los Angeles. “One thing about L.A. is that it has an innate apocalyptic quality about it; doom can strike at any moment via earthquake, fire or god forbid, terrorist attack,” said Gorak. Gorak wrote the script in part as a reaction to the war in Iraq and the atmosphere of fear permeating after 9/11. He sought a local location believing that “this part of town hasn’t been exploited by film.” And per his architectural training, the house serves as a third character in the film. Adds Gorak: “I let the location talk.”

Lounging Around, Hollywood Style By Stella Matthews / Ledger Columnist What do you get when you cross the Velvet Ma rga rita with the Blu Monkey Lounge and all your amazing friends? Give up? Well, I’ll tell you… a swank, posh, fabulous birthday celebration. If you know anything about Leos, you know that we like the best of everything.

as they seemed to go well with the delicious Chicken Asada and the Spanish versions of the 80’s hits that were echoing through the room. After a tasty meal we made our way to the Blu Monkey Lounge, located at the corner of Hollywood and Western. The place was swarming with cool people chatting and moving about. The space was dimly lit with a deep Middle Eastern décor… very Moroccan. Mosaic displays on the walls,

So, in a true Leo fashion, I decided to push my birthday shindig to the outskirts of my usual, casual, hipster hood. We don’t settle for less. So, in a true Leo fashion, I decided to push my birthday shindig to the outskirts of my usual, casual, hipster hood. It was time to go all out… a time to go Hollywood. The Velvet Margarita has always been a favorite. The retro, Spanish, indie, Elvis vibe is undeniable when you’re looking to impress. Walls covered in red and black velvet, sparkly silver sombreros, and candelabras strategically placed… the atmosphere itself is enough to satisfy the appetite! There were seven of us for dinner… all seated comfortably in the obscure corner booth. Pomegranate margaritas were my drink of choice,

hanging lanterns, satin curtain panels as privacy screens between the several areas provided for lounging, along with deep colored velvet pillows almost gave it a slightly romantic feel. Amy Winehouse’s Back In Black album was playing and I realized that the place was perfect for the chill environment I had so desperately hoped for. It turned out to be one heck of a night. A night that was worthy of a fiery, compassionate Leo like myself…a night that everyone enjoyed tremendously. And there’s no better feeling than that of hosting a night of dinner, drinks, dancing and laughing with people you love.


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Los Feliz Ledger [september 2007 events calendar] Art Events Arclight Cinema Exhibits Presents: Artist P. J. Andrews “Underdog” and his contributions to the world of Pop Art by bringing Saturday morning cartoon characters to life. Through September 12th., Downstairs Lobby. Photographer Monique Lai displays amazing talent in her signature “Private Property” series. Through September 12., Upstairs Lobby. visit: 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. Info:

Black Maria Gallery “Self Indulgent Werewolf:” Artist Tom Neely in his first Los Angeles exhibition encompasses three new painting series and sculpture installation. Through October 15th., 3137 Glendale Blvd. LA, CA 90039 Information (323) 660-9393

Autry National Center presents the life and career of actor, Gene Autry exhibitions celebrating his 100th birthday. “Gene Autry and the TwentiethCentury West: 1907-2007” June 22, 2007 through Jan. 13th., 2008 “Picturing the People,” exhibition includes over 135 photographs and objects of Indigenous people. September 7, 2007 through January 27, 2008 All events are free with museum admission. 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA, CA 90027 Info: (323) 667-2000  

LittleBird Gallery Art exhibition “Off They Flew” 100 birds benefiting The Griffith Park Restoration Fund. National and International artists donate their individual style and talents with small decorative wooden birds. All proceeds go directly to the revival of Griffith Park. Public reception: September 8th., 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Through September 22nd., 3195 Glendale Blvd. Atwater Village Info. (323) 662-1092

Metro Gallery Internationally renowned artists Gronk and Ricardo Garcia present their joint exhibition of abstract paintings entitled, “Momento.”

Works of Art Hairsalon presents Artist Winifred Johnson Brewer and photographer Bill Leigh Brewer display their artistic talents in the exhibit, “Crossroads.” Opening reception: September 8th., 7: 30 p.m. to 11:30p.m. Live music and poetry readings featuring S. A. Grissin. 4655 1/2 Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90027 Info. (323) 667-0072 or

Clubs Los Angeles Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr. Public welcome.

September 2007

Dining Hope-Net sponsors the 2nd Annual Taste of Los Feliz Sample food from local restaurants. September 30th., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds help homeless families and low-income individuals. For tickets and information visit: or call (213) 389-9949

Films ArcLight Cinema presents Musical (21 +) Mondays Party Come enjoy a cocktail and sing along to Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brandon, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons. September 3rd., 7:30 p.m. 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. Admission and information:

Autry National Center presents double-features of Actor Gene Autry: Champion-Wonder Horse of the West, Under Fiesta Stars (1941), The Strawberry Roan (1948) with special guests Karla Buhlman, Pertrine Mitchum September 8th., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebration of Gene Autry 100th birthday continues with a marathon screening of the late actor’s first starring role in the science fiction-western, Phantom Empire hosted by Karla Buhlman. September 29th., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events are free with museum admission. Reservations: (323) 667-2000.

Health 35th Annual Cancer Convention on Alternative Therapies and Nutritional Approaches to Cancer and Other Diseases Sheraton Universal Hotel, Labor Day Weekend, September 1st-3rd. For programs, doctor referrals and patient lists contact the Cancer Control Society Info. (323) 663-7801. Natural Hormone Replacement for Menopause Seminar by Dr. Anju Mathur, Wednesday Sept. 12 and Sept 26, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Limited seating. (323) 661-7661.


India, Ismael Miranda, Tito Rojas, Domingo Quinones, Arquimides, Jenny Colon, Isidro Infante, Yomo Toros performs September 22nd., 7: 30p.m.; The Wave Smooth Jazz 94.7 FM presents the MercedesBenz WaveFest featuring Michael McDonald, Patti Austin, Marc Antoine, Poncho Sanchez performs September 28th., 7 p.m.; The Wave Smooth Jazz 94.7 FM presents the Mercedes-Benz WaveFest featuring India.Arie, Ziggy Marley, Ottmar Liebert, Philip Saisse Trio performs September 29th., 7 p.m. For tickets and information visit: or

Spectacular Summer Performances at the Hollywood Bowl The Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks features the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform September 1st., 8:30p.m.; The Big Picture: The Films of Paramount Pictures features the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform September 2nd., 7: 30p.m.; Diavolo Dances Salonen features the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform, September 4th., 8:p.m.; B.B. King Blues Festival with special guests Robert Randolph, James Hunter, The Family Band performs September 5th., 8 p.m.; Boris at the Bowl features the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs September 6th., 8 p.m.; Daryl Hall & John Oates with special guests The Spinners performs September 7th, 8th., 8:30p.m.; KCRW 89.9 FM presents Underworld, Paul Oakenfold with special guest Carmen Rizzo performs September 9th., 7:p.m.; American Originals features the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs September 11th., 8 p.m.; From the Old World to the New features the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs September 13th., 8 p.m.; Fireworks Finale: Pink Martini at the Cocoanut Grove with special guests Carol Channing, Henri Salvador features the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performs September 14th, 15th., 8:30p.m.; September 16th., 7: 30 p.m.; Arcade

For tickets and a complete schedule of performances visit: or Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents “Sundays Live” Free Chamber music concert series: Tchaikovsky-Trio in A Minor, Opus 50 featuring Los Angeles Alumni and Friends, September 2nd. 6 p.m.; Handel/Halvorsen featuring guest artists from the Dilijian Chamber music series, September 9th., 6 p.m.; Works of Arutunian, Granados, Babajanyan, Milhaud, and Sharafyan, September 16th., 6 p.m.; Austrian Consul General sponsors an evening with violinist Serena Mckinney, John Chen piano. September 23rd., 6 p.m.; Johannes Brahms-Sonata in D Minor, Opus 108, September 30th., 6 p.m. Leo S. Bing Theatre 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036 Info visit: or (323) 857-6000 Public Welcome

Free Hikes at Griffith Park Take a nature hike with Park Ranger Ernie Ybarra, September 29th., 9 a.m. All ages welcome. Meet at the Grittith Park Visitor’s Center (Lobby). For information call: (323) 913-4688 ext. 1549 email:

Latino Heritage Celebration focuses on Latin American culture, educational activities, crafts, music, dance groups. September 8th, 9th., 10: a.m. to 4 p.m. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr. Admission and information: (323) 644-4200 or

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. September 15th., 2: p.m. to 10 p.m. Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd. Reservations: (213) 473-0800 or

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Politics Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council September 18th, 7:p.m. 1965 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz Community Police Center

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council September 5th, 7:p.m. 1511 Micheltorena St. Micheltorena Elementary School

Lectures & Learning Center for Inquiry-West “Feed Your Brain” lecture series presents Gil Garcetti in “Water is Key: Improving Health and Empowering Women in Africa.” September 16th., 11: a.m. 4773 Hollywood Blvd. LA, CA 90027, Info:(323) 666-9797 or visit:

Book signings: Author Diana Serra Cary discusses her literary works, Jackie Coogan the World’s Boy King: A Biography of Hollywood’s Legendary Child Star, Hollywood’s Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era., Sept. 1st., 5 p.m.; Mark Z. Danielewski shares his novel, Only Revolutions,Sept. 6th., 7:30 p.m.; Richard Lange discusses his book, Dead Boys, Sept. 7th., 7:30 p.m.; Skylight Books presents its staff member Cory Garfin’s, ZYZZYVA Journal, Sept. 9th., 5 p.m.; Mark Salerno shares his artistry of poetry in Odalisque, Sept. 14th., 7: 30 p.m.; National Book Award finalist Carol Muske-Dukes shares her novel, Channeling Mark Twain., Sept. 22nd., 5 p.m.; Author Steve Almond discusses his literary novel, (Not That You Asked) Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions: A Collection of essays and opinions., Sept. 25th., 7: 30p.m. 1818 N. Vermont Avenue (323) 660-1175

the American West at the Autry National Center. With more than 40,000 square feet of gallery space and a dozen galleries, your groups will enjoy learning about the diverse people who shaped the American West. Be sure to allow time to shop at the museum store, enjoy a meal or snack at the cafe, catch a film, a live performance, or pan for gold! Groups of 10 or more save over 25%!

Live Summer Concert Series at The Greek Theatre A Wonder’s Summer Night with legendary Stevie Wonder performs September 5th., 8 p.m.; The Goo-Goo Dolls benefit Griffith Park concert re-scheduled date from June 19 perform September 6th., 7: 30p.m.; Kings of Leon with special guests Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manchester Orchestra performs September 7th., 7:30p.m.; The Friends and Family Tour featuring Vince Gill with special guests Amy Grant and Del McCoury Band performs September 8th., 7 p.m.; Antidoto 2007 featuring Julieta Venegas, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jumbo, Lucybell, Allison, Volumen Cero, Upground and Inbox performs September 15th., 4 p.m.; Damien Rice performs September 20th., 7: 30 p.m.; KCRW 89.9 FM presents Air performs September 21st., 7:30p. m.; LA Salsa Festival: El Cantante de Los Cantantes featuring Jose Alberto “El Canario,”Cheo Feliciano, Oscar D’Leon, La

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Citizen Enforcement Needed For Smoking Ban in Griffith Park By Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge The motion to ban smokAs we know now, the ing in all city parks became law Griffith Park inferno of May in the last couple of weeks and 8th and 9th was caused by the it could not have happened at careless toss of a cigarette butt a more critical time. near Roosevelt Golf Course, Mayor Antonio R. Vilultimately resulting in at least laraigosa and I were joined by a quarter of the park being the Coalition for Smoke-Free scorched. One careless act and Parks and other one-quarter support groups One recent day, I pulled off a of the park for the ordinance- bold act and actually took a goes up in signing ceremony cigarette out of the hand of smoke, causat the Merry-Go- a smoker who I encountered ing such devRound, the land- on a trail in Griffith Park and astation that stomped it out. mark that just esthe park is caped the flames on that fateful unlikely to recover for at least day in May when Griffith Park 10 years. went up in smoke. Then, on Aug. 13th there We unveiled the green was a five-acre fire near Western Canyon that may also and white signs that will go have been caused by a careless up at all 390 city parks that smoker. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear we need to be clearly state: NO SMOKING citizen-enforcers to help spread with the international symbol the word to those we see to of a cigarette with the slash obey the new NO SMOKING through it. ban, even if it means confrontWe are serious about promoting health and safety in ing offenders! our parks. As many of you know, I

Symphony In The Glen to Hold Free Concert for Park Recovery in October GRIFFITH PARKâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Old Zoo Picnic Area, where Symphony In The Glen presents an annual concert series, has been closed since the May 8 fire. Unable to present their free concerts this summer due to the closure, the nonprofit has announced an autumn free concert for the park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to so many people who wonder what they can do to help with park recovery,â&#x20AC;? said Arthur B. Rubinstein, conductor of Symphony In The Glen Free Concerts in Griffith Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think what we all need is a rallying point.â&#x20AC;? The community can bring blankets and picnics, learn whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening with the recovery effort, learn what they can do to help, and then simply enjoy the park while a 55 piece orchestra performs Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monumental â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eroicaâ&#x20AC;? Symphony.

By Eric Garcetti Los Angeles City Council President

hike in the park several days a week in the very early hours, usually around 6 a.m. My routine is to pick up litter on my hikes. The shocking thing is that even in the weeks following these fires, the litter I see includes cigarette butts along the side of trails tossed by thoughtless hikers. Not only are they violating our new law, they are really courting danger. One recent day, I pulled off a bold act and actually took a cigarette out of the hand of a smoker who I encountered on a trail in Griffith Park and stomped it out. Although she was none too pleased with my actions, I still felt I did the right thing. We cannot afford to give anyone a pass to smoke in mountain fire zones under any circumstances. We still have the rest of the fire season to endure, meaning potentially to the end of the year as our rainy season doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t officially begin until January. Since we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough park rangers to patrol the hundreds of miles of trails all hours of the day, all of us park users need to be citizen-rangers, in a nice way, of course! Griffith Park has already seen signs of recovery, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help her along by spreading the word. The sooner the park rebounds, the better life will be for all of us who love it so much.

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The CaliforThe lake has great imnia Cultural provements coming as well. and Historic In 2004, Los Angeles voters Endowment approved a half-billion dollar bond for water quality has awarded by a 74% margin. The only more than bond that ever won more city $3 million support was for the zoo. The between the Frank Lloyd City Council approved six Wright Hollyhock House projects under Proposition and the boathouse at Echo O, and one of the projects Park Lake. was Echo Park Lake. The $1.93 million awarded A great deal of the water to Hollyhock House will help that flows into open that space our rivers, onto on Aline Barn- A great deal of the water sdallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olive that flows into our rivers, our beaches Hill as a muand into our onto our beaches and into seum. And the bay sits in our bay sits in $1.45 million Echo Park Echo Park Lake. going to the Lake. Clean it Echo Park resand clean the toration is part of a long prowhole region. Our accomcess of revitalizing that whole plishment in Echo Park Lake park, from the cultural heriwill be four-fold: weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cut our tage of the 1930s boathouse to bacteria count, get into compliance with federal pollution the quality of the water in the regulations, eliminate pollulake itself. tion from downstream and The Spanish-styled boathouse opened in 1932 with improve the park with beautiful, environmental amenities, a red-tile roof and a working such as replacing the lawn beacon. Like too many valued landmarks in our city, its grass with grassy swales that charm soon went neglected. filter runoff before it even hits The past few years have seen the water. the commencement of a halfConstruction should begin towards the end of 2010. million dollar restoration, There will be a very active with much help from Congressmember Xavier Becerra. public input process for the The new grant will launch the design phase, and I will let you boathouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full return to its know more in this space as it progresses. original glory.















September 2007

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A September to Remember By Douglas Dickstein SLNC Co-Chair

There are so many Silver Lake Neighborhood Council events this month—most notably the SLNC Elections on September 29—that I’m going to eschew my usual witticisms and fascinating personal asides and instead use my column this month to just let you know what the heck is going on. September 5th SLNC Governing Board Meeting, 7pm at Micheltorena Elementary (1511 Micheltorena) Attending a Governing Board Meeting is always a good way to get caught up on the SLNC and this month should be especially interesting as controller Laura Chick will give a special presentation.

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September 7th Deadline to submit SLNC Election Vote by Mail Ballots For those who won’t be able to vote in person on Sept. 29, be sure your vote by mail form arrives by this date. Need a form? Go to or just cut out the form in our page advertisement in this month’s Los Feliz Ledger. September 9th Free SLNC Concert SeriesThe Mighty Echoes, 3pm to 6pm at Bellevue Recreation Center (826 Lucile Ave.) The 4th SLNC Concert of the summer takes place featuring the Doo Wop band The Mighty Echoes plus the jazz outfit RootSystems and well-known band Nassau Steel. September 20th SLNC Candidate Forum sponsored by the SLIA, 7pm at Russian Orthodox Church (650 Micheltorena) Want to meet the candidates for this year’s SLNC Election?

Learn where they stand on the issues? Even ask them a question yourself? Don’t miss this year’s SLNC Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Silver Lake Improvement Association. September 29th SLNC ELECTIONS 9am to 5pm Micheltorena Elementary and Bellevue Recreation Center There is no single more important event all year for the SLNC than the annual election. The truth is, the more people who vote the more influence stakeholders in Sliver Lake will have with the city in regards to our community. Honor the dedication and commitment of this year’s candidates by voting in the SLNC Elections. For more information on all these events, plus candidate statements, log on to www.



Mt. Hollywood Trail Re-Opens By Charley M. Mims, President Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council The Dept. of email to let community leaders Recreation & know that the transportation Parks has anconsultant for the Planning nounced that Department has completed the trail from gathering the information the Charlie needed to put together the Turner Trailhead to the top draft EIR for the long awaitof Mount Hollywood is now ed Hollywood Community open. Plan’s revision. The draft EIR On Monday August 27, should be out this fall and will 2007 Councilmember Tom be open for public comment LaBonge and at community Mayor Antonio It is important for meetings set Vi l la ra igosa specifically for us to share our lead a hike from this purpose. this trailhead to perspective on how Please keep the top of Mt. land should an eye out for Hollywood for of these be zoned—read notice all of us hikmeetings. It ers who have developed—in the is important not been able Greater Griffith Park for us to share to use this trail our perspecNeighborhood since the extentive on how sive brush fire land should be Council area. in the park. It zoned—read feels like we are starting to get developed—in the Greater our park back. Please do not Griffith Park Neighborhood use the trails east of Dante’s Council area. View as they are still closed To keep on top of these pending restoration—this inand other issues go to the web cludes the continued closure site of your neighborhood of the Bird Sanctuary. council at fre Associate Planner Mary quently. Enjoy the remainder Richardson recently sent out an of a beautiful summer!


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Cosmopolitan Compassion Hope-Net: An Interfaith Effort by Roberta Morris Ledger Religion and Spirituality Writer LOS FELIZâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Foodies unite so the poor in our neighborhoods can benefit. The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second annual Taste of Los Feliz will be Sun., Sept. 30th.

Proceeds will benefit Hope-Netâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new and ongoing efforts, including a new Hope-Net food pantry at Hollywood-Sunset Free Clinic, opening in January 2008. Hope-Net was founded in 1988 to address the needs in the Wilshire Center area of the city. Today Hope-Net also provides food, shelter, clothing, and assistance to families

in Hollywood, Koreatown, Rampart, West Hollywood and Los Feliz. To date Hope-Net has served over a million people, with a focus now on providing groceries for low-income clients and ready-to-eat food for homeless clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope-Net was founded by a group of congregations,â&#x20AC;? said the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current executive director, Douglas Ferraro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has always been an interfaith effort. It includes the YMCA, the Islamic Center of Southern California, local synagogues and churches. These congregations can provide space free, and have their

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own group of volunteers.â&#x20AC;? Now Hollywood-Sunset Free Clinic is stepping up to the plate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With new locations,â&#x20AC;? said Ferraro, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we very much look where we know a need exists.â&#x20AC;? The opening of this new pantry is particularly appreciated in the area now. Our Mother of Good Council has had to temporarily suspend their involvement following the sudden death this summer of Father Walter Vogel who coordinated the effort at OMGC. Meanwhile the St. Vincent de Paul Society at OMGC continues to provide sandwiches at the church office Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, serves monthly hot meals to over 200 persons, and often arranges emergency food and clothing to people in need. Ferraro remains in dialogue with OMGC, as well as Hollywood Lutheran Church, looking forward to more food pantries opening within Los Feliz. Each Hope-Net Food Panty operates through the

A recipient of food from one of Hope-Netâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantries.

dedicated efforts of volunteers who order food, receive deliveries, stock shelves, and distribute the food to people in need, often on a weekly or even more frequent, basis. Several Hope-Net pantries are supported by Food Link Partners, including Los Felizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church. Food Link Partners collect non-perishable food and deliver it to the


Hope-Net provides food and assistance to families in need to help prevent homelessness.

pantry, usually on a monthly basis. Hope-Net encourages businesses, schools, civic and religious organizations to adopt a food pantry and become a Food Link Partner. Yet affordable housing remains the single greatest need faced by the people Hope-Net serves. From its outset, HopeNet addressed the concern for affordable housing and continues to look at ways to expand this part of its mission. Completed in 1993, their HopeWest Apartments provide housing for seventeen low and very low-income residents families. Each tenant family enjoys a three-bedroom unit in a safe and attractive building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmopolitan Compassion,â&#x20AC;? as the Hope-Net website claims. For more information, and to see how you can support HopeNet visit:



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individuals who was able to leave the safety of day-jobs and spread her life all over the world. On her journeys, she made friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and she made beautiful art. Her art remains a testament to a life fully lived and enjoyed.â&#x20AC;? In recent years, Scharffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work focused on making art from discarded materials she collected on her wanderings throughout Asia, traveling on a $10-a-day budget. During her travels, she kept a journal and took photographs of the people and landscapes she encountered along the way. Scharff chose to leave her art estate to the Overtones Gal-

lery so that her friend, gallery director Betinski can continue to exhibit and share it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a little bit of wonder, curiosity, and uniqueness in the world,â&#x20AC;? said former Silver Lake Neighborhood Council member Tom Blanchard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She will always be remembered for her beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;litter bugsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art cans on Sunset Blvd. I hope her art and spirit help fill that void. We are privileged to have Margiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art gracing our neighborhood streets.â&#x20AC;? Scharffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent work can be seen at the Overtones Gallery, 11306 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles and is open Thursday-Sunday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. (310) 915-0346. Scharffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mosaic â&#x20AC;&#x153;ArtCansâ&#x20AC;? trash receptacles can be seen at Parkman and Sunset and near Micheltorena and Sunset both on the north side of the street.

until dawn. This activity is known as the alpha Aurigid shower, and it may produce a bright meteor every 20 seconds or so at its peak. Even though a brilliant moon is high overhead, it is not expected that its light will seriously interfere with viewing. A clear location free of interfering lights, trees, and buildings and a chaise lounge for comfortably looking high overhead are recommended. Jupiter is the only bright early evening planet, visible low in the southwest sky as the sky darkens. Now visiting Ophiuchus the Snake Bearer, Jupiter is six degrees above the orange star Antares, the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion. The waxing crescent moon is near Jupiter and Antares on Sept. 17th and

18th. As September proceeds, the setting time of the giant planet advances from midnight to 10 p.m. Mars moves from Taurus the Bull to Gemini the twins on the 29th. The red planet rises between 11:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. during the month, and is nearly overhead in the south when dawn starts. Venus appears low in the eastern sky just before dawn. The waning crescent moon joins the brilliant planet on the morning of the 8th. Autumn starts on Sept. 23rd at 2:51 a.m. when the sun makes its annual north to south crossing of the celestial equator. On that date, day and night are of nearly equal length, and the sun rises and sets due east and west, respectively.

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Margi Scharff (1955-2007) Mixed Media Artist Known For Her Jewel-like Collages by Michael Locke, Silver Lake Correspondent

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Margi Scharff died of ovarian cancer on July 2nd. She was 52. Scharff was one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most inspiring and soulful people I have ever met and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be one of her many friends,â&#x20AC;? said Elizabeth Betinski, director of Los Angeles based Overtones Gallery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a true â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Citizen of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the rarest of [ Star Gazing for September ] By Anthony Cook / Griffith Observatory This month may start with a flurry of excitement in the form of a meteor shower. On the morning of Sat., Sept. 1 at 4:37 a.m. our planet should go through the center of a stream of debris left in the wake of comet Keiss in 82 B.C., and we may experience a brief but intense flurry of bright meteors for a short time centered on the time of the crossing. To make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss it, look high and to the northeast starting at 3:30 a.m., and watch

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Los Feliz Ledger Hydromulching from page 1

The city plans to repair existing dams within the park, install temporary debris barriers—such as fences—within the park itself, install concrete railing on residential streets to divert water and mud away from homes and cover roughly 500 of the park’s 800 burned acres with hydromulch. “This is the first line of defense against erosion,” Shull said. “It’s a proven best management practice used around the country.” Shull also stressed that the material used will be organic and will not contain any seeds, which can take hold and compete with naturally-occurring fauna in the environment. Local residents raised concerns about potential overspray from helicopters, as well as about the potential effects of the hydromulch on wildlife. “We’re taking every precaution to avoid overspray,” Shull said. As for the many animals living in the park, Shull said the hydromulch “shouldn’t harm them… They usually get out of the way anyway,” he said. The meeting occurred just one day after another brush fire burned in the park on Aug. 14th, this time a small one that destroyed only five acres before it was extinguished by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. The May 8th and 9th fire consumed over 800 acres of the park. “We’re doing everything

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Signal from page 1 signed individually… It’s a long “The Department of Transwe can,” to avoid future fires process.” portation isn’t all that interested and flooding, said Los Angeles “People had been clamorStill, Wingard’s friend Gatin making the streets pedesFire Dept. Asst. Chief Craig ing to get something done at trian-friendly,” he said. “They’re to believes there must be a way Fry. “We’re thinking outside that intersection for years,” just about moving cars.” to expedite the process. the box. And no city in the nasaid Tony Gatto, who was The fate of the intersection “It’s ridiculous for it to take tion is as ready as we are for a close friend of Wingard’s. finally changed in June of 2006, a year to get one traffic light put what may happen.” “There had been numerous when LaBonge requested the inin,” he said. Dept. of Parks and Recrecomplaints and many, many stallation of a full traffic signal. After the accident, Wingation General Manager John close calls.” ard’s partner, Gatto and other “It was really important to Kirk Murki also spoke at the Residents even asked the friends created an online petition me to get a traffic light in there,” meeting, mainly to answer city to simply remove the crossin support of a traffic light at the LaBonge said. “It’s the busiest questions from the many atwalk, Gatto said. That way, peintersection, ultimately gathering intersection in my district, so of tendees—such as hikers and destrians would be encouraged over 700 signatures. They were course it was very important.” equestrians—concerned about to cross at the traffic light at the unaware at the time that one had However, the light was not the lack access to the park in intersection of Rowena and Hyalready been approved. installed until over a year later. the wake of the fire. perion avenues. On the petition website, In January 2007, when Win“I understand why we “Having a crosswalk with gard was struck and killed in among the expressions of symcan’t go into the burned areas,” no light is often much worse pathy for Wingard’s family and the pedestrian crossing, the city one woman said. “What I can’t than having nothing at all,” said personal stories of near-misses at was still conducting research understand is why we can’t acRusty Millar, who chairs the Silthe intersection, are numerous on what type of traffic device cess the areas that weren’t afver Lake Neighborhood Councomments about the senselesswould be most appropriate for fected by the fire at all. Why cil’s Transportation Committee. ness of Wingard’s death. the intersection. are those areas closed?” “People think with a crosswalk “If they had done someAccording to Bruce GellCouncilmember Tom Lathey’re in a safe zone, so they just man, a spokesman for the city’s thing sooner, Bill might still Bonge—who hosted the meetdon’t pay much attention. But Department of Transportation, be here,” Gatto said. “Cutting ing—seconded the sentiments they are in fact very vulnerable.” that time frame is typical. the time [for the installation of of the frustrated audience memAccording to Millar, the Sil“Quality work takes time,” a signal] could stop this from bers and asked Mukri to open ver Lake Neighborhood Council he said. “Each light has to be dehappening to someone else.” up the route to Mt. Hollywood. began asking the city for a traffic He also stated that he would light on Hyperion Avenue more like to see the orange-jacketed than four years ago. Susan North Recreation and Parks workers— “They flatly refused,” MilMediator and Facilitator who are currently stationed at lar said. The Department of Office Address closed park entrances—replaced Transportation told Millar 2000 Riverside Drive with park rangers who, he said, Los Angeles, CA 90039 they didn’t have the budget for would ensure no one entered a traffic light on Hyperion. But Mailing Address the closed areas and could also 2524 Micheltorena St. Millar believes that an even Los Angeles, CA 90039 enforce laws such as the new enlarger obstacle was the DepartLos Feliz Ledger Sept 2007 Crossword acted no smoking ban. ment’s lack of commitment to 323.661.0226 Another community update pedestrian safety. meeting will likely take place within the next two months. Across 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 In the meantime, Mukri said, “everyone will just have 12 13 14 15 1 Makes lacework to be patient.” by knotting

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Fritzie’s Responds As the owner of Fritzie’s, I must respond to Pat Saperstein’s review of the restaurant, July 2007, Los Feliz Ledger. By the time my partner and I had taken over the restaurant in January 2007, the food at Giannino’s was legendary within our Silver Lake /Los Feliz community. People would get really upset if I even mentioned changing anything on the menu. The Garlic Bread, The Calamari, The Stracciatella soup. . . the list goes on and on. Every repeat customer who walked in the door insisted that I would be dammed if I changed their favorite dish. There are thousands of great classic dishes that have surpassed the test of time. A chef might get lucky and create a new dish from time to time. But chances are your best bet at being a GREAT chef is to learn the basics and the classics and do them well. This is my style as a chef and the direction I plan for Fritzie’s Pasta & Grill. As for a new and lighter offerings, I am well aware that the trend today for food is lighter and cleaner. In response to that, we have created: Grilled Tilapia over a bed of Organic Field Greens w/ Pineapple/Mango Salsa; Grilled Salmon w/ fresh herbs over a bed of seasonal market vegetables and homemade Mash and Grilled Vegetable Lasagna w/ Organic Spinach & Mushrooms.

And that’s just to name a few. But Saperstein failed to mention all of these items. My feeling was Saperstein was biased before she even walked into our door, based on a quote from her website from December 2006: “Silver Lake’s Da Giannino is changing looks like they’re continuing the same concept. I know the place has its fans, but I’ve never once been tempted to try it. As my readers know, other than La Buca, I find mid-range Italian to be one of the most boring types of restaurants, right after mid-range upscale comfort food.”

Your review was just plain mean-spirited. And to have slammed the service as “disinterested” is to have slammed a waiter, Jose, who is admired by hundreds if not thousands of loyal customers. His 15-plus years of service to the restaurant and to the community is legendary. It is debated that there are three great cuisines of all time: Chinese, Italian and French. I’d like to think that at Fritzie’s, we will draw from all the classics and stick with these basics. For now and the next 15 years there will just be Fritzie’s Pasta & Grill— sticking to the basics one plate at time. Frank Boyle Owner Fritzie’s Pasta & Grill Silver Lake

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Hillhurst & Finley Needs a Traffic Light Regarding “Silver Lake’s Deadly Stretch of Road,” (Los Feliz Ledger July 2007), we take a great risk trying to enter Hillhurst Avenue from Finley Avenue, due to the long spacing of traffic signals from Ambrose to Franklin Avenue. Cars travel at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. And sometimes more, especially from Ambrose southbound because of its downgrade. Trying to enter the traffic on Hillhurst, or trying to cross at this intersection is playing “Russian Roulette.” For 30 years, calls to the serving councilmember are treated with the kindest of “lip service;” but no action.

The excuses include the expensive cost of a traffic light signal or that there is a long waiting list. Then why not install simple 4-way “Stop Sign?” Temporary electronic speed monitors are of no help and produce false data. Drivers automatically reduce their speed when they see the set-up. After the monitor is removed the dangers of “Russian Roulette” begins again. The residents of this area who support local businesses do no want to gamble with “Russian Roulette.” Louis E. Moore Los Feliz

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An Open Letter to Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager Department of Recreation and Parks

park infrastructure and the adjacent neighborhoods. We understand the need for recreation; however, it is secondary to this time-sensitive public safety issue.   We put our confidence in the Department and the Fire Recovery Team to advise all stakeholders as to when the Park burn areas can be prudently reopened.  In the meantime, patience is required from all interested parties, and we commit to doing our part in advising our members of such.

The Los Feliz Improvehas determined that it is ment Association, representsafe for pedestrian traffic ing over 1,000 households in to reenter. This will ensure the Los Feliz area, agrees with that natural restoration takes the recent findings and recomplace without the hardship mendations of the Los Angeles that hiking, walking, riding Recreation and Parks Departand unauthorized activities ment and the Fire Recovery would bring to the delicate Team regarding the continued process. closure of the burn areas in The restoration of the natural habitat is essential prior Griffith Park.    Marian Dodge to winter As a result of the May Sept Solution - Crossword 2007storms and associPresident ated runoff.  This is an issue 2007 fire, our state’s, counLos Feliz Improvement ty’s and city’s finest experts that greatly affects the safeAssociation ty and integrity of both the have been assembled and are analyzing and guiding the recovery efforts.  It is very Answers to Crossword Puzzle from page 24 heartening to our constituents and this organization T A T S E R A T P O I to see this unprecedented B R E W S A G O G L A N D collaborative effort of these S E R E S H O R T P A N T S esteemed experts.  Now, we P A N A M A S A O R T A need to all get out of their T O Y O R B G A P way and let them shepherd H O N E D A N A E E L our park back from the conE M I R E V E N T S O D D flagration.    W I G A D O C O P O R E Specifically, it is our B O W T I E S N O B N T H position that the burn arT H E A I D R A S P S eas should remain closed E D E I L L M A R until such time as the lost G R I E F P A J A M A S native habitat can properly D R E S S S H I R T P A C T reestablish.  These burn arP E S T S E D I T E C H O eas should not be reopened S T S R O M E S E E P until the Restoration Team [ editorial ]

Crossed Signals Adventures in Cultural Misunderstanding Several years ago, I was trying to park my car in a crowded Chinatown lot. The Latino parking attendant gestured in a way that was only vaguely familiar: his palm toward me, he seemed to be rapping on an invisible door but with his fingertips instead of his knuckles. I am Anglo, and I assumed he was giving me the “wait, stop” gesture. So I braked and smiled. Busy, he attended to another client and a moment later he signaled me again. Again I smiled: “I get it. The lot is crowded. You’re looking for a place to put me. I’m patient— I can wait my turn.” Once more, that gesture. I was beginning to wonder why he kept reminding me to do what I was already demonstrating a perfect willingness to do. So I gave him the “hands in the air” signal of abject obedience and mouthed “OK.” This went on for a while. Then, from a dim corner of my mind, I rememberd: that is the “come here” signal I’ve seen Latina moms use with their kids! Quickly, I shifted into “drive” and drove towards him, whereupon he showed me to my parking place. My Spanish wasn’t

By Susan North good enough to explain my gaffe, but just good enough to imagine what he was thinking: gringa loca. A gaffe was all it was but it got me thinking. How often, in this incredibly diverse city of ours, do we get our signals crossed, with consequences that range from merely awkward to altogether tragic? What is especially poignant is that often, behavior that is encoded to signal respect gets decoded as the exact opposite. Years ago when I was student teaching in an all-black school, an African-American colleague sagely advised me that black children are often taught to assume a head-down, eyes-up posture in order to convey respect. I was so grateful for this tip because, unlike a lot of white teachers who didn’t get clued in, I was spared misinterpreting the posture as denoting defiance or even hostility. (Later, a Dutch friend told me that in the Netherlands, schoolchildren showed their respect by sitting with their arms folded across their chests. An American teacher, walking into a room filled with polite Dutch children, would probably reach for the Valium!)

During L.A.’s civil unrest a decade and a half ago, it was reported that AfricanAmerican patrons of Koreanrun stores resented it when the merchants put change on the counter rather than directly into shoppers’ hands. I was told that it is extremely rude for a Korean to make change hand-to-hand, but it’s easy to see how the customers inferred that the merchants didn’t wish to have physical contact with them. We should question the assumptions we make. Your code of politeness and respect may look very different from mine. The encoding/decoding process is tricky, regardless of whether we are looking at inter-generational misunderstandings, miscommunications of the Mars/Venus type, or uncomfortable intercultural encounters. Susan North is a Silver Lake mediator. She can be reached at Send the Ledger miscommunications you’ve had to acohen@losfelizledger. com and we can print them in our next edition.

September 2007

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2494 N Edgemont

$4,719,000 3809 AMESBURY ROAD

$2,299,000 1442 KELLAM AVE

Gated, Tropical Contemporary, on hilltop at end of a cul-de-sac. Priv. on almost 1/2 acre. New w/ lavish details & dramatic expanses that invite indoor-outdoor living. Kitchen, dining room & formal living room flow w/ 12’ ceilings. Super sized Master w/city views. Soothing, spa style bath & glass shower. Giant 10’ sliders w/seamless openings to tropical grounds surrounded by bamboo. Sleek pool & separate, sexy guesthouse w/ 3/4 bath.

Contemporary Mediterranean redone, set around lush green yard. New open kitchen w/banks of windows + stainless appliances. Open family room w/FP + 4BR&4ba. Huge double master w/sitting area + amazing bath w/frameless glass shower + soaking bubble tub. Living room w/fp & dramatic dining area. Opening seamlessly to rear yard + patio. Lush grassy yard, canyon views and room for pool.

Dorothy Carter/Michael Orland

Dorothy Carter/Michael Orland

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(323) 300-1025 Henni Bouwmeester

$1,149,000 909 E Edgeware Rd


A priceless, rarely available East Lake Victorian in historic Angelino Heights. Original woodwork, pocket doors, stained glass. Upgraded systems, central air/heat. Stunning foyer, livingrm, frmldng, den, library, familyrm, 4 bdrms + maids, 5.5 bath. Built in 1888. Mil’s Act in place. Approx. 4400 sqft on 12,893 lot. Minutes from downtown and Silver Lake.

$949,000 6074 MYOSOTIS ST

(323) 804-8125


Wonderful Dutch Colonial with character and quality. Built in 1922, this charming home features a Living room with fireplace; built-in cabinets in the formal Dining room as well as the breakfast nook and lovely hardwood floors throughout. A beautiful stained glass window adorns the formal staircase. There are five bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms. This home contains many of its original details including crown moldings and folding doors. There is a two car garage.

Step into the world of a 1905 Craftsman. Filled with original detail; entrance hall, formal dining w/built-ins, livingrm w/stone fireplace, 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 modern baths. Great entertainment home w/cooks kitchen opening to a beautifully landscaped patio. New foundation, copper plumbing, electric, cntrl heat, paint inside outside, skylight, roof. All done in the last two years. But best of all enjoy the downtown skyline from your bedroom. Located in HPOZ, may apply for Mill’s Act.

3BR/ 2Bath private oasis. Remodeled by award-winning designer, this property is the ultimate indoor-outdoor California lifestyle. 270? views, 630SF bonus wrap-around deck on upper level, flat grassy yard with fruit-tress and Cabana, brand new bathrooms & kitchen w/ Cesar stone counters. Central AC/Heat, auto sprinklers. Minutes to old town Pasadena, downtown LA and Eagle Rock.


Henni Bouwmeester


(323) 896-9955


(323) 804-8125

$569,000 2952 11TH AVE

$549,000 2218 N NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE

$20k Seller Credit for painting, landscaping & closing!! Located Spacious character home boasts a rare 4 bedrooms! Zoned in University Hills above CSULA and 2 mi east of Downtown. R3, a prime candidate to divide and conquer your mortgage Split level 3+2 w/ large back yard. Hardwood throughout, 2 payments w/a little help from rental income! restored period baths, Nwr Central Air/Heat, Stucco, Electric & Copper Plumbing. Living room w/ fireplace and vaulted beam ceiling. Garage converted to rental unit. Five minutes from Downtown and Pasadena. Easy access to freeways. for pics.

BRUCE SEID - Investment Property Specialist (323) 300-1033 SANDY ZALAGENS

(323) 578 2518


Lease $8800 month. Moorish influenced Medit. full of old world details & new upgrades. Huge step-down liv. room w/FP. New cherry wood kitch. open to French doors to pool & grassy yard. Oval dining room lined w/french doors to front garden. Light & airy master w/private deck & lots of windows. Porches, verandas, & gardens. Walk to Los Feliz Village.

(310) 210-8742 Dorothy Carter/Michael Orland

(323) 300-1025



2226 N. Berendo St


Magazine quality updated Southern Colonial, reminiscent of Architectural Digest. High ceilings, dark wood floors + large crown molding and inviting verandas. Large living room w/fireplace + formal dining room surrounded by gardens. Cozy den w/entertainment center & french doors. Grand gourmet kitchen w/industrial appliances + breakfast area. Private, well planted grassy yard w/splash pool+spa. Gated drive + 2 car garage.

Dorothy Carter/Michael Orland

(323) 300-1025

4652 Hollywood Boulevard Between Vermont & Hillhurst September 2007

323-300-1000 phone 323-300-1001 fax

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1657 Coronado Street Silver Lake $619,000 Charming 1 bedroom + 1 bath starter home plus bonus room for possible home office and a 3 car garage on a deep flat lot. This home has been upgraded and freshly painted. Enjoy a beautifully landscaped front and rear yard. Lovely views.

For Sale

1715-1717 Griffith Park Boulevard Silver Lake $749,000 Charming Silver Lake Craftsman Duplex with Views Tucked behind tall hedges for privacy this property was completed renovated with new systems approximately 3-5 years ago and offers wonderful views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory.

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2616 Glendower Avenue Los Feliz Hills $2,395,000 Gorgeous 5bd+5bth Architectural + guest apt w/sweeping city views!


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Silver Lake

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Franklin Hills

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2510 West Silver Lake Drive Silver Lake $1,140,000 1938 Traditional on a lovely corner location w/original character w/lots of potential! Spacious beamed ceiling living rm w/fireplace, hardwd flrs & French doors & windows. Formal DR & enclosed sleeping porch for hm office. Walk to reservoir, restaurants, shops & Ivanhoe School!

2456 Lake View Avenue Silver Lake $995,000 Wonderful 5 + 4 Contemporary w/views & pool. LR w/natural lighting, high vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors, F/P & balcony. Cook’s kitchen w/ ss appl & granite tops. Great floor plan for home offices or guest apt w/2nd LR 2bds/2bths & 2nd kitch downstairs. Deck w/resistance pool.

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2114 India Street Silver Lake $695,000 Nicely renovated duplex on a quiet Silver Lake street. Each unit with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Newly remodeled kitchens and baths. Some view. Large yard. Two car garage with direct access into lower unit. Lots of additional parking. Owners unit will be delivered vacant.

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3320 Berkeley Avenue Silver Lake $559,000 Charming and gated 2 Bedroom and 1 Bathoom Spanish cottage.



2441 Earl Street Silver Lake $ 1,135,000 Classic Mid-Century, 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, Lovely grounds.

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