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Issue 28

February/March

TRAFFIC BARRIER BATTLE OVER PICFAIR

2013

MAYORAL CANDIDATES WENDY GREUEL & KEVIN JAMES

CRIME WATCH

AND SO MUCH MORE....

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS FLEX THEIR MUSCLES

HAPPY VALENTINE, love from TNN


Publisher/Editor/Reporter

Dianne V. Lawrence Associate Editor/Reporter

Renee Montgomery Staff Reporters

Carla Pineda, Deborah Charles, Chelsee Lowe, Dawn Kirkpatrick

TNN Staff L - R Back Row Deborah Charles, Chelsee Lowe, Dawn Kirkpatrick, Carla Pineda L - R Front Row Renee Montgomery, Dianne V. Lawrence

HAPPY VALENTINES! Sending lots of love to our “I read it cover to cover!” dedicated readers, our wonderful advertisers, generous donors and my most excellent staff! ELECTIONS COMING The Primary Nominating election is Tuesday March 5. The top two winners from that race will advance to the General Municipal election on Tuesday, May 21. We have the final Mayoral Candidate responses from City Controller Wendy Greuel and conservative talk show host Kevin James. COMMUNITY SPECIFIC PLAN UPDATE There was a large turnout at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center where residents aired their concerns, support and wishes regarding the City’s proposed development vision for portions of our community. TRAFFIC BARRIER BATTLE OVER Take a trip down City Hall Wonderland with editor Dianne V. Lawrence as she winds her way through the loopy labyrinth of City Hall shenanigans while investigating how traffic barriers were approved and supported by city agencies and representatives. FEATURED ARCHITECTURE The Congressional Church of Christian Fellowship in Sugar Hill was a pioneer of diversity in our community. Read about the founding of the church by an African American, Japanese American and White American in 1945. OUR COMMUNITIES Trying out a new feature where we explore the background of some of the neighborhoods within our borders starting off with PICFAIR. Never a dull moment in our community so put your feet up, grab a cup of Joe or a delicious homemade smoothie and take a little stroll around your community!

Contributing Writers

Steve Orlov Daily News, Steve Wallis Proofreader

Dawn Kirkpatrick Layout & Design/Executive Ad Sales

Dianne V. Lawrence TO ADVERTISE OR SUBMIT IDEAS

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Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel

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10 Featured Teen: Romy Flores 13 Tonny Okello #1 Runner 14 Op Ed. Los Angeles Wonderland Barriers, Regulations, City Hall, Lawsuits 15 Specific Plan Meeting at Nate Holden 16 Our Community: Picfair 18 Featured Architecture: Congressional Church of Christian Fellowship 22 Neighborhood Councils Flex Their Muscles 23 New OPNC Board. I Remember When: The Yellow Line Streecar 24 En Espanol BACK PAGE: Retailers Map

COVER Drawing of the Fitzgerald Mansion on the N.W. corner of Arlington and Adams by John Reynolds - www.johnsreynolds.com Correction: Photo of Eudardo Kobra's mural on Mr. Brainwash building in Dec. Issue taken by Maxie Floyd Apologies Maxie!

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Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel Answers Resident Questions D. V. Lawrence

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endy Greuel began her political career in Mayor Bradley’s office serving for 10 years as Bradley's liaison to the City Council, City Departments and the Community on public policy issues ranging from child care to homelessness to senior care and health issues. From 1993 to 1997, Greuel worked in the administration of President Bill Clinton. She served with Cabinet Secretary Henry Cisneros as the Field Operations Officer for Southern California for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development where she became involved in projects offering opportunities for homeownership, job creation, economic development and social services. During her tenure she managed HUD's response to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. From 1997 to 2002, Greuel worked as an executive in government and community affairs for DreamWorks SKG, an entertainment studio in Los Angeles. In 2002, Ms. Greuel was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, where she was the architect of historic business tax reform. In 2009, she was elected Controller for the City of Los Angeles.

In your view what is the primary reason for Los Angeles’ current financial crisis? What do you think could have been done differently? Is there anything that can be done that is currently not being done? The City’s current financial crisis stems from a combination of the Recession and a Council that has tried to kick our budget problems down the road instead of looking for real solutions. As Controller, I have challenged the status quo and identified over $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse that the City has lost to wasteful spending. Los Angeles needs a strong manager and fiscal watchdog who understands the budget and is willing to be honest with people. We need to get back to basics, and implement Performance Based Budgeting, have strong oversight to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and maintain a strong Reserve Fund. As Mayor, I will work with the Council to ensure that we are on the right fiscal path.

I believe transparency and accountability are keys to good governance. As a Councilmember and as Controller, constituent services and responsiveness have been a top priority. I have made it a priority to take on constituent issues and do the little things that are so critical to a resident’s quality of life. As Mayor, I will hold community forums, town halls and office hours throughout the City to make sure everyone has the opportunity to make their voices heard. I will be a mayor for all of Los Angeles so no one is left behind. How would you help marginalized communities with persistent quality of life issues like graffiti abatement, illegal vending, commercial vehicles parking on residential streets and larger issues like crime, violent crime and gang activity? I have been a vocal advocate for putting more resources towards our police force. That is why I am so proud to have earned the endorsement of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. I will continue to partner with the LAPD to ensure our neighborhoods are safe and communities protected. In my district, I worked actively to ensure that graffiti abatement happened in a timely fashion and worked to improve the City’s abandoned vehicle program. Additionally, I’ve pushed a comprehensive program to provide a safe place for our youth after school, including expanding LA’s Best, increasing our Recreation and Parks and library programs, and expanded GRYD and Summer Night Lights programs. Many expressed concern about the problems of the poor, especially children living in poverty in Los Angeles. What are your thoughts on this and do you have an action plan to address it? First and foremost, we need to grow our economy by creating good paying jobs and making it easier to do business in the City. I will bring Hollywood production home, invest in job training and apprentice programs, phase out the business tax, cultivate entrepreneurship and promote small business growth. As Mayor, I

City Council and the way it is run is often perceived as dysfunctional by residents interacting with it. What are some of the problems you perceive with the way the council is run and what, if anything, will you be able to do to change it once in office?

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will make sure that all our city's children have adequate resources to fuel their learning, regardless of their zip code. The streets of Los Angeles have become a serious problem for drivers. We understand that fixing sidewalks and streets has been compromised by the budget but what new thinking can you bring to the solution? One of the things I learned while working for Mayor Tom Bradley is that improving Los Angeles requires both thinking big and delivering on the details. As a Councilmember, I made fixing our sidewalks and streets a priority. I initiated the 50/50 sidewalk program, filled 164,345 potholes, repaved 120.23 miles of street and repaired 35.27 miles of sidewalk. We must commit to innovative solutions to improve our transportation infrastructure, and we need a tough fiscal watchdog to make sure that our transportation dollars are being spent as effectively as possible. What is your vision of the future of mass transit in Los Angeles and what are you able to do to bring that vision about? I will lead efforts to improve transportation that keeps the economy moving, creates a more livable city and lets everyone spend less time in traffic. With Measure R, we have a unique opportunity to think big in redesigning our transportation. What we need is world-class transportation system, including more light rail, buses, subways, and bikeways. As Mayor, I will continue to pursue common-sense reforms to synchronize traffic lights, fix more sidewalks, pave more streets, and keep rush hour moving. Currently there is no plan for the Wilshire Corridor subway to stop at Crenshaw which is a direct line south to the heart of the African American business district. Is there anything you would be able/willing to do to address this? Continued on Pg. 17

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Mayoral Candidate Kevin James Answers Resident Questions D. V. Lawrence Kevin James is a true anomaly in Los Angeles mayoral contests. A long-time conservative, talk show host, attorney and former federal prosecutor, he has declared that he wants to be the first openly gay Republican mayor in Los Angeles and believes the people of Los Angeles will embrace his vision. Although he successfully raised large amounts of money while on the board of Aids Project LA between1995 and 2000, he falls behind the mayoral fundraising of the big three, with Wendy Greuell and James Garcetti taking the fundraising lead and Jan Perry following closely behind. But we have learned that huge amounts of cash, although helpful, does not a winner make. He declares that he is a “fiscally responsible, socially moderate Republican with a real streak of independence�. In your view what is the primary reason for Los Angeles’ current financial crisis? What do you think could have been done differently? Is there anything that can be done that is currently not being done? The Executive Employee Relations Committee entered into contracts, year after year, that the city could not afford, and the City Council gladly rubber-stamped their actions. Neither the EERC nor the Council can legitimately feign ignorance, or blame the bad decisions on an "unknown" recession -- numerous community members, bloggers and radio broadcasters (including myself) warned the Council and the EERC that we could not afford the overly-lucrative contracts they were about to enter into. These same Councilmembers regularly received huge financial support for their campaigns from the very employee unions that benefited from the employee contracts. Whatever the unions wanted, the unions received - even in crisis. Whether it was ERIP (Early Retirement Incentive Program), "transferring" general fund employees over to the DWP budget to avoid laying them off, or "shifting" costs to future years to make the budget appear balanced, the unions got what they wanted. In addition to the questionable planning referenced above, overly optimistic investment forecasts have also contributed to the crisis. Current forecasts of 7% to 8% are no longer realistic (if they ever really were). As you know, CalPERS just reported a 1% return at the state level for the year ending June 30. As you also know, anything below the fund's discount rate of 7.5% (which most public pensions in the U.S. use as their rate) forces the taxpayer to cover the difference. There is also a culture of corruption in City Hall that current leadership has allowed to grow. Salary reform and real pension

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reform must be implemented. City leaders have, thus far, been unwilling to make the decisions needed to solve the city's financial crisis. I am the only candidate that is independent enough to implement the necessary reforms. City Council and the way it is run is often perceived as dysfunctional by residents interacting with it. What are some of the problems you perceive with the way the council is run and what, if anything, will you be able to do to change it once in office? The City Council under the leadership of former Council President Garcetti and President Pro Tempore Perry (both of whom are running against me for Mayor) has been publicly criticized for rigged voting procedures and back-room deals. Here is a story from the LA Times containing the headline "Automatic 'yes' votes allows time for back-room dealing at City Hall". http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/08/local/la-me-backroom92010mar09 Here is a link to a study from the Center for Governmental Studies about back-room dealing in the LA City Council (under Garcetti's and Perry's leadership) results in the City Council voting unanimous over 95% of the time. http://policyarchive.org/handle/10207/bitstreams/95541.pdf (See p. 5 of the Study). As Mayor, I will work to expose the questionable procedures put in place by the City Council and will use the Mayoral podium to publicly speak out against such questionable tactics because public knowledge and public pressure results in the kind of true transparency and accountability that is necessary to clean up city government. How would you help marginalized communities with persistent quality of life issues like graffiti abatement, illegal vending, commercial vehicles parking on residential streets and larger issues like crime, violent crime and gang activity? What is your vision for community development? Which neighborhoods do you feel need immediate assistance? I would help these communities by making enforcement of city laws (including municipal codes, etc.) a priority. Making enforcement a priority requires personnel and the funds to pay for such enforcement (in employee time, etc.). In order to have the funds to focus on enforcement, we must implement the salary and pension reform I discussed above. I would also improve City Hall's relationship with Neighborhood Councils, Homeowners Associations and other important Continued on Pg. 17

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Plastic Bags On the Way Out? D.V. Lawrence

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he City of Los Angeles is a significant step closer to implementing the ban of single-use plastic bags approved by the City Council in May of 2012. The Bureau of Sanitation completed its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) this January and concluded that the proposed project would not result in any significant adverse impacts on the environment but would result in beneficial impacts on air quality, biological resources, and hydrology and water quality. Large stores are allowed to phase out plastic bags over six months and then provide free paper bags for another six months after which they will charge 10 cents per paper bag. Small retailers will have a year to phase out plastic. It now awaits City Hall certification and adoption. Public Review Period: The Draft EIR is available for public review from January 25, 2013 to March 11, 2013. You can read it at http://www.lacitysan.org under "What's New".

Updates Deborah Charles

MIDTOWN CROSSING Where San Vicente, Pico and Venice meet. Lowes Home Improvement has enjoyed a 1.8% increase in its third quarter earnings report. Spaces for Ross Dress For Less and Chipotle are being built and due to open this summer. The Dental Whitening office is now open for business. In an attempt to lure Trader Joe's to Midtown Crossing, a petition generated by Norman Gilmore of Jefferson Park included 2,893 names, and was submitted to T.J.'s by Councilman Wesson's office two months ago. No response yet. PICO - HAUSER PLAZA With 11,000 sq. feet of space downstairs and 5,200 sq. feet of space upstairs, finding businesses to fill this prime Pico Shopping District location has been slow. But a Mediterranean style restaurant and Pizza place have signed on.

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Dawn Kirkpatrick

PICO SHOPPING DISTRICT ROBBERS STILL AT LARGE

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he Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Burglary Detectives are investigating a series of commercial burglaries along Pico Boulevard that occurred during the month of October 2012 when Wilshire Area experienced five commercial burglaries during the early morning hours. The burglaries occurred between the 4200 to 5500 block of Pico Boulevard. As many as five suspects had entered each business. The suspects took

property and money during the burglaries. Wilshire Burglary Detectives have recovered video surveillance of the burglaries and in one instance captured still photos of one of the suspects, described as a male Black, 20-25 years of age. The photo depicts a unique tattoo along the right side of the suspect’s neck, which appears to be the letter “W” in a cursive script, similar to the logo of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Additionally, Wilshire Detectives have determined that the suspects were driving a dark colored 1995-2000 Chevrolet Astro Van. Wilshire Burglary Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect with the unique tattoo along the side of his neck. Anyone with information regarding this crime or suspects is urged to contact LAPD Wilshire Burglary Detective Paul Quan at 213-922-8251. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-IM-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts. From lapdonline.org

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Sierra Bonita Neighbors Assist Police in Capturing Burglar

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coordinated effort between concerned community members, LAPD Wilshire Area patrol officers and detectives led to the rapid arrest of an armed burglar, Wilshire detectives announced yesterday. On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at around 11:30 a.m., Wilshire officers received a radio call of a possible burglary suspect in the 1200 block of Sierra Bonita Avenue. Residents noticed a gold Jaguar cruising the neighborhood and two suspects suspiciously knocking on doors in an apparent attempt to find homes to burglarize. Though the suspects fled before the witnesses were able to call 911, the sharp-eyed citizens wrote down the vehicle’s license plate number before they drove away. After determining the suspects broke into homes just moments after the homeowners left, officers and detectives swarmed the area in an effort to locate additional witnesses. A quick discussion at the scene enabled them to connect the car to a series of burglaries plaguing the division in recent weeks. They then contacted the Operations West Bureau’s Burglary Task Force, a specialized unit that targets residential burglars with gang ties, and the task force quickly deployed to the area. Within hours, police located the vehicle in Southwest Division and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, 27-year-old Rayshawn Joseph Foote of Los Angeles, was carrying a stolen loaded pistol and had burglary tools in the car. Foote is considered an individual known to be connected with narcotics sales and is under the supervision of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Police searched Foote’s residence and recovered $2,300 in cash and additional evidence linking him to various burglaries. "This was a great collaboration between everyone," said Detective III Frances McBride, burglary coordinator for Wilshire Division. “We couldn't have done it without the help of Continued on next page

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our alert community members.” Foote was arrested and booked for burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Detectives believe he is working with a larger crew of burglars who are responsible for numerous break-ins in the Fairfax District and West Los Angeles. Anyone with additional information regarding the crimes call 213-4730557. From lapdonline.org

Gold Chain Snatching Warning “On 12/31/12, at approximately 2:00 pm, victim was walking in the area of San Vicente Blvd and Keniston Ave. As he was walking, he was suddenly approached from behind by the suspect, who snatched his gold necklace from his neck. Suspect then ran in a southbound direction. Suspect was described as a Male, Black, 5’9, 180, approximately 29 years of age, wearing glasses…. Avoid wearing jewelry in public view especially if you are walking alone. Due to the price of gold, chain snatches are becoming a frequent occurrence. This type of crime is conducted in seconds, literally. Again, always be aware of your surroundings. Trust your instincts.” - Senior Lead Officer Ruben Gonzalez

Local Significant Crime Increase LAPD crime analysis indicates a significant jump in crime in the following communities over the last 3 months: Arlington Heights, Harvard Heights, Adams/Normandie and Mid City. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/la-crime-alerts824.html

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Romy Flores

A Mid-City Rose Chelsee Lowe

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t isn’t every day you meet a 13-year old as exuberant and articulate as Romy Flores. Despite being of the age when angst and impatience often set in, Romy shows no such qualities. As a recent transfer to New L.A. Charter School on Washington Boulevard, Romy is taking the expected load of classes for a 7th

of mostly everything. They have to cook, study the Qu'ran, watch after the children. They also have to collect the firewood, and they have to walk far. On the way, they are sometimes attacked and even raped.” Romy and her classmates have been able to correspond with kids their own age in Darfur, thanks to a teacher’s mother-inlaw who visited the camp with the Jewish World Watch. “One of the girls [at the camp] wants to be a doctor, and we want to help her. They all go to school, but after high school, there are no more educational options for them. It’d be really nice for them to have a college.” When asked who has most impacted her life, Romy first cites her parents then a handful of important teachers, the first of which was Ms. Conn, her 4th grade teacher. “She was really hard on me; she was hard on everyone. But she didn’t show any sign that she didn’t want you to succeed.” Then came Ms. Vizas, a middle school history teacher who pushed Romy when she wasn’t taking her homework seriously. “She gave me second chances, and she made me feel really good [when I caught up].” Finally Romy described Jill Manning, mother to

one of her sister’s good friends. “She’s a really strong woman in my life, like my mom. She’s honest and straightforward about everything. She raises her daughter on her own, and she shows a kind of strength I don’t see in everyone every day. She helped me when I was coping with changing schools, [because] I was being bullied.” Her advice to other kids her age? “Even when you have really hard things going on in your life – at home, or at school – you have to really remember that if someone thinks or says bad things about you that it doesn’t matter as long as you believe in yourself. Try not to believe anything that anyone else says.” Her parents own a catering company, so the fact that she’s at home in the kitchen makes sense. She has singlehandedly made three and five-course meals for her family in the past, and one of her favorite things to cook is Julia Child’s coq au vine. “I like cooking on my own. I like being creative, and I like making something that looks like art and tastes delicious. I follow recipes mostly, but will play around a little. I always add more vanilla,” she adds with a laugh.

grader: humanities, math, science, physical education and more. She speaks candidly about her strengths and weaknesses as a student. “Now that I go to this school I realize that I’m a little bit behind in my science. At my old school, there were a lot of people who didn’t do work, and even I didn’t do my work sometimes. But at my new school, there are very few people struggling. I’m getting caught up, and I’m really happy.” Though science may be a challenge, it’s also one of her favorite subjects at the moment. Another project Romy is passionate about is her school’s upcoming fundraiser to benefit Sudanese refugees. With the help of the Jewish World Watch, each 7th grade classroom has developed a plan to earn monies to help the Sudanese improve their lives. Romy’s class will sell mango popsicles and their own version of a Gummy Worm in order to buy solarpowered stoves for the camp. Romy understands the seriousness of the situation in Darfur -“We’re really trying to spread awareness about what’s going on there. It’s been going on for years and years. The refugee camp is safer, but the people still aren’t safe. The women are in charge

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Harvard Heights Represents! Steve Wallis

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Okello from Hobart Blvd. in Harvard Heights won the 2013 Allstate Life Insurance 13.1 Marathon in Marina Del Rey. TNN says BRAVO!

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“Curiouser and Curiouser” Down the Rabbit Hole of Traffic Barriers, Council District Officials, Neighborhood Associations, City Agencies, City Hall and Lawsuits. D.V. Lawrence

“Barrier” 1. A fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access. 2. A circumstance or obstacle that prevents communication or that keeps people or things apart. 3. A medieval war game in which combatants fight on foot with a fence or railing between them. “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass From 2005 to 2013 I found myself wandering through an Alice In Wonderland landscape of required government regulations that were not required, a City Council Representative that represented on whim, Council District deputies contradicting themselves and struggling with “truthiness”, City Agencies engaged in self admitted “irregularities”, City Hall motions that implied but lied and Court rulings that defied logic. In other words business as usual at the OK Corral they call Los Angeles government. Hold my hand and walk with me as I take you through the Looking Glass.... Continued on Pg. 20

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Community and City Planners Meet at the Nate Holden Center To Review the West Adams-Baldwin Hills -Leimert Park Plan Renee Montgomery

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already congested area could indeed absorb such a rise without creating more traffic gridlock. West Adams residents urged the department to spend more time evaluating the area’s “character neighborhoods” to ensure their architectural integrity and quality of life would be maintained. Several testified about the very low ratio of green space to resident population and urged the City to build more parks and bikeways into the plan. The paucity of street trees compared to other neighborhoods also arose. Many speakers wondered how the special character of this diverse urban area would be maintained and hoped more small businesses wouldn’t be driven out by chain or box stores. Residents in Leimert spoke out against higher height allowances in the commercial zones near Slauson. Several residents commented that the city has never really addressed the many social issues promised for clean up after the L.A. Riots, such as homelessness. Representatives from the William Grant Still Art Center and others testified about the impact of the "ho" hotels frequented by prostitutes, near their businesses. Homeowners complained about the over-abundance of auto repair shops and liquor stores presently in the area. An attorney representing Kaiser Permanente Center, which borders the zone, went on record approving the plan.

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n January 15th the L.A. Department of City Planning rolled out the proposed updated city plan affecting the broad area bordered by Pico on the north, Slauson on the south, Fairfax on the west, and Arlington on the east. Preceded by an open house where maps, diagrams, documents and City Planning staff were available at display tables to answer the public’s questions, the hearing session was held to a packed auditorium at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. In general, residents and community organizations commended the Department on the challenging and ambitious plan. It lays out the possible development of the area primarily along the main arteries of Crenshaw, Adams, Washington, Pico and other major boulevards, attempting to couple development along major transit hubs, (such as the Crenshaw Expo station), allowing for mixed-use. The plan does not touch residential neighborhoods according to City staff, only commercial districts. A number of concerns were voiced during the two-hour formal hearing session however. Foremost was the Plan’s accommodation of 25,000 new housing units, including affordable housing, representing 25% growth. Several residents questioned whether the

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The majority of commentary centered around the issue of fast-food restaurants – with McDonald’s turning out several speakers to the hearing in favor of the chain. A mother currently being hosted by the Ronald McDonald program, a dietician advising McDonalds, a local franchise-owner and a Latino McDonald’s manager all remarked on the company’s exceptional record of community service and local hiring record. In turn, several community health advocates and residents objected to the relaxation of ordinances preventing more fast food restaurants to develop in the area. All remarks become part of the public record to be considered by city planning staff and the Planning Commission. Whether a speaker was paid had to be disclosed on the preliminary comment sign-up form and is also on record. Numerous speakers including representatives from MINC and UNNC were concerned that the comment period did not allow enough time for the public to digest the enormous amount of material and suggested that Planning Commision Hearing date on April 11 should be moved back. The plan can be accessed at: http://cityplanning.lacity.org/cpu/ WestAdams/DraftPlan/WAdams_CP.pdf. Comments: Reuben Caldwell, Dept. of City Planning at reuben.caldwell@lacity.org; Phone number is (213) 978-1209.

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PICFAIR VILLAGE Dawn Kirkpatrick

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icfair Village is a hidden part of Mid-City Los Angeles nestled between Pico Blvd. on the north, Venice Blvd. on the south, Hauser Blvd. on the east and Fairfax Ave. on the west. It was originally named Pico Boulevard Heights by the Santa Monica Land and Water Co., which developed the area in the early 1920s. The neighborhood was considered up and coming back then and was called the “New Wilshire,” in an ad from the time. There was even a Pico-streetcar line that provided convenient access to the Santa Monica Land and Water Co.’s tract office at Pico and Fairfax.

one of his book’s characters on the Village’s Stanley Ave. The Village now enjoys a diversity of boutiques, restaurants and other businesses. It hasn’t been too long since Picfair Village was more known for its “auto-body shops and vacant retail spaces [that] lined Pico” Blvd., wrote the L.A. Times in 2007. Today, that seems to be changing. Picfair Village is now becoming known for its diversity and unique place in Los Angeles history.

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The name Pico Boulevard Heights eventually became the Pico Fairfax Neighborhood Association and then the Picfair Village Community Association. In 1998, according to the Picfair Village website, “Picfair Village was established…by a group of neighbors who were committed to making [the] neighborhood the best it could be.” In general, many Mid-City residents say they’ve never heard of Picfair Village and wonder if it takes its name from silent screen stars Mary Pickford and Douglass Fairbanks but it actually comes from Picfair Village’s location at the intersection of Pico and Fairfax and from the Picfair Theatre, which opened at the corner of Pico and Fairfax in the 1940s. It closed in the 1980s and then was burned down during the 1992 L.A. riots. Before closing in the 80s, though, the theatre featured such films as Abbott and Costello comedies, Gandhi and Shaft. Plaza Wholesale Electric Distributor of Lighting and Electric Supplies and the Super Coin Laundry now stand on the spot where the movie theatre used to be. Picfair Village has come a long way since the days of Pico Boulevard Heights. The neighborhood is now filled with Spanish Colonial, English Cottage and traditional-style homes that were built in the 1920s and 1930s. Unlike many Los Angeles neighborhoods in the past, Picfair Village welcomed diverse populations “and attracted many Jewish and African American residents,” according to the L.A. Times. Walter Mosely, a successful writer of African American and Jewish descent, not only used to live in Picfair Village but also placed the home of

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Wendy Greuel Cont. from Pg. 4 I am strongly in favor of a stop at Leimert Park. We need a transparent and accountable public transportation planning process so that all of our neighborhoods are involved in these vital decisions. The Wilshire Corridor subway is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape Los Angeles’ public transportation system, and it is critical that no part of the community is left behind. We had some 10-year-olds going door to door selling baked goods to raise funds for simple school supplies. People want to send their kids to public schools but are discouraged by the deplorable conditions. This has to change. What is your vision for this change? As someone who attended public school, and as the only candidate with a child in public school, the quality of our city’s schools is a deeply personal issue for me. We need to reform our schools so our children can compete in the 21st century economy. As Mayor, I will champion common sense reforms such as supporting effective teachers and longer school years. We have to stand up and say no when Sacramento wants to balance the budget on the backs of our teachers and kids. I want every child in LA to have the chance to achieve their dreams. I will be the mayor of all Los Angeles, and that means a Mayor of our schools and our kids. Small business owners are feeling squeezed for money by any means necessary as the City tries to increase its income. The installation of parking meters in newly developing business districts, had fees for using the meters raised 400% in the last few years which discourages curious drive-by shoppers. They have also started being fined for displaying wares in front of the store which is the only way to catch the eye of drive-by customers. What plan do you have to work with small business owners to create an atmosphere of City support for their efforts? As an elected official and small business owner, I have a unique perspective on job creation. I was the architect of historic business tax reform, a dramatic change that made the city more competitive with the surrounding area. The small businesses of today are our economic drivers of tomorrow, and we need to do everything we can to support emerging businesses. I will create an office of small business to ensure this issue is a priority for our city and ensure that registering a business and obtaining city contracts is a straightforward and transparent process. LAUSD is the second largest school district in the US but they don’t report to the Mayor unlike other major cities. Do you see this as a benefit or detriment? What are the consequences of this? It is essential for the Mayor’s office to closely partner with LAUSD to ensure that the resources meant for our kids are being used in the most effective way possible. As Mayor, I will ensure that LAUSD funding goes into classrooms, not to downtown bureaucrats. The Mayor’s office should also continue to partner with LAUSD on afterschool programs such as LA’s Best, Safe Routes to School

and Safety Valet programs to help our children achieve their full potential. Given the city's own plan to add most of its new housing on commercial corridors, how do you plan to acknowledge the concerns and protect the character of the affected residents? With 113 new Metro stations opening in the next ten years, this is the time to plan and develop affordable housing around our transit corridors. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution for the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Density makes sense for some areas near transit hubs but not in others. During my time on Council, I always made it a point to have all stakeholders around the table when important decisions were made to their communities. In order to protect residents and promote efficient development, I support a comprehensive update of the City’s zoning codes, which were last updated in 1946, and will make sure that residents have a major voice in the rewrite process. Los Angeles is a city of many communities, and as someone who has lived in and engaged with this city my whole life, I understand the need to preserve the unique character of each part of the City, and as Mayor I will make sure that no part of Los Angeles is left behind. www.wendygreuel.org To read the full interview go to www.theneighborhoodnewsonline.net Click on City Politics Kevin James Cont. from Pg. 6 community groups to enlist their support, manpower, and direct knowledge of their specific communities. There are also new technologies that are available to significantly improve notice of these problems and enforcement procedures. The communities that need immediate assistance include South Los Angeles, parts of central Los Angeles near downtown, as well as parts of the Valley including the East Valley. At the moment, response from city agencies to calls from the public regarding illegal alterations to historic properties are mostly ignored; by the time anyone responds (if at all) it is usually too late to have any effect. Most of these agencies have little understanding of regulations regarding historic preservation, so that their responses are ineffective. What will you do to strengthen Historic Preservation in the city? Once again, a lack of priorities is the root cause of another problem. The special interests that have run City Hall for too long through their outrageous political contributions to council members and citywide officeholders contributes to numerous systemic problems throughout the city, including the lack of importance placed on Historic Preservation. The City of Los Angeles has adopted a "so sue me" attitude in its willingness to ignore existing city plans, including the city's General Plan and numerous Community Plans. For too many years now, city officials have ignored city residents and taxpayers while focusing their priorities on the wishes of their biggest

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The Congretional Church of Christian Fellowship Deep Roots in Diversity Renee Montgomery

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rivers on the 10 Freeway are familiar with the charming sight of the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, 2085 S. Hobart in Harvard Heights, between Western and Normandie. This West Adams Heights edifice was commissioned by the Armenian Gethsemane Congregational Church of the firm Quntin and Westberg in 1941. Typical of numerous buildings in this core district, the occupants’ history is as stunning as the architecture. Originally written by the late Mildred Knox; edited by Carol Hall Holliday and Lura Daniels-Ball with review from Jesse Ford, Ruth Jordan, Mildred Parker and Corliss Leathers: “On December 9, 1945, three ministers sat nervously in the living room of a house at 3332 W. Adams Boulevard: Rev. Harold Kingsley, an African-American; Rev. Royden Suzu-Maga, a Japanese-American; and Rev. Raymond Booth, a white American. The three pastors were tense because it had been publicized that they would begin holding interracial church services for former Los Angeles Japanese residents just returned from internment camps, Blacks moving into the neighborhood facing restrictive property covenants, and interested Congregationalists from other churches. About 80 people from diverse backgrounds came out to attend this first worship service and the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship (CCCF) was born. Shortly thereafter the SoCal Superintendent of Congregationalists and Christians Conference applied to the National Board of Homeland Ministries for a post-war emergency loan to purchase a two -story house at 3125 W. Adams Boulevard where the CCCF conducted its first meeting in 1947. The new congregation flourished as the post WWII SoCal population burgeoned but the racial make-ups of neighborhoods were changing. Soon Rev. Royden Suzu-Maga, the JapaneseAmerican founder, answered a call to a church in his home state of Hawaii, and. Rev. Raymond Booth, the white American founder, decided to retire, -- leaving Rev. Harold Kingsley, the

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African American founder, as the sole pastor. In 1958 a young, charismatic Rev. James Hargett took over the pastorate and during the next 11 years the Church of Christian Fellowship, became known as an ‘active community civil rights’ congregation. Along with his many pastoral duties, Rev. Hargett was the West Coast Convener for Southern Christian Leadership Conference – still owning the shoes he wore when walking with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the ‘Selma to Montgomery’ march. With urban flight to the suburbs in the 1960s a number of mid-city church buildings became available. The Christian Fellowship purchased the current Hobart building from the Armenian Gethsemane Church property for $150,000.00 – followed by a vacant lot next door for parking. On January 6, 1963, the congregation paraded triumphantly from its original home --the two-story house at 3125 West Adams Blvd. at 2nd Avenue--, to the church’s new home on S. Hobart. Later the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship acquired a parsonage, plus a two-story Hobart Avenue residence adjacent to the church – which, according to County property records, was the first house sold to an African American, challenging and eventually breaking restrictive racial covenants in the Sugar Hill-Hobart Boulevard neighborhood and the nation. The church went on to rent the residence as living quarters for Cesar Chavez’s farm workers, consistent with the CCCF’s community justice mission. Under the present leadership of Rev. James K. McKnight. CCCF now houses a head start program, feeds the hungry, and partners with a group helping gang members to transition. The church also addresses the issues of at-risk young black males, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and supports youth and senior programs. From its humble beginnings the church has grown to become a multi-cultural family of faith characterized by love and sincere concern for others." Architectural historians David Gebhard and Robert Winter described the building in their book Architecture in Los Angeles: A Complete Guide as “A small but impressive Spanish Colonial Revival church building, whose tower is visible from the Santa Monica Freeway. The Hispanic borrowings of the designs are varied. The tower is from the Mission Revival, the entrance of the cast stone suggests the Churrigueresque, and the central rose window relates to the late Gothic in Spain. All of this mixture of sources has been carried out well.” Located at where Hobart and Oxford come together below Washington Blvd., the church features large stained-glass windows of the Apostles encasing the worship area. The CCCF later added stained glass windows with logos of the American Missionary Association’s historically black colleges.

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Kevin James Cont. from Pg. 17 campaign contributors and political insiders and lobbyists. My opponents have all been in office for over a decade and have already proven to you that they will only listen to the special interests first. I will strengthen Historic Preservation by actually holding the Planning Department (and other related departments including Building and Safety) accountable, by listening to the concerns and ideas of neighborhoods groups, Neighborhood Councils, Homeowners Associations and other important community groups and concerned residents. I will require that the department heads actually follow the city's General Plan and Community Plans and enforce the existing codes and laws that relate to Historic Preservation. The poverty issue was a question that several residents were concerned about, especially children living in poverty in Los Angeles. What are your thoughts on this and do you have an action plan to address it? As the former Co-Chair of AIDS Project Los Angeles, I have worked extensively in the non-profit arena with agencies that serve residents living in poverty. APLA's Housing Assistance Program was one of the agency's most important programs -- so I have experience in addressing these important problems. My action plan includes making Los Angeles a much more business-friendly city through the implementation of a business improvement package (details available on my website at www. kevinjamesformayor.com), adding job training and job placement services, and ending the culture of corruption that has given wellfunded special interests priority in City Hall at the expense of lower income communities. My plan to deal with issues related to skid row (that has been referenced by various media outlets - http://blogdowntown. com/2012/08/6977-improving-skid-row-mayoral-candidatesand) points out that the first priority in providing housing assistance has to be families with children. The streets of Los Angeles have become a serious problem for drivers. We understand that fixing sidewalks and streets has been compromised by the budget but what new thinking can you bring to the solution? I am well aware that the most significant hurdle in solving this problem is funding. With federal and state funds becoming harder to obtain, we are forced to rely more on local funding. The funds that we are able to apply towards street and sidewalk repairs must go a very long way. We must, therefore, be smarter in the choices we make regarding street and sidewalk repairs. Furthermore, my opponents have drained the city's special revenue funds (used to pay for such repairs) and transferred hundreds of millions of dollars into the city's general fund to pay salaries that the city cannot afford to pay. The bad decisions made in the past few : years by my opponents, even while the city was operating in deficit, has resulted in this infrastructure crisis. www.kevinjamesformayor.com To read the full interview go to www.theneighborhoodnewsonline.net Click on City Politics

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n 2005 Councilman Martin Ludlow, (who eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring to embezzle campaign funds) then represented Council District 10 and the community of Western Heights (WH). At the request of a local WH resident, a lawyer working for him, Councilman Ludlow introduced a motion in City Hall granting the residents of WH authority to install temporary traffic barriers in our community. These would eventually be replaced at the resident’s own expense and effort, with permanent barriers. The barriers were to be placed at three locations, two partial barriers allowing exits and one full barrier with no exit or entrance…right next to our Fire Station. Residents were responsible for raising the funds, taking out the insurance, getting the required permits and hiring the firms to install the final barriers. After one year of effort the motion was presented and passed at Council in 2005. It took the residents 6 years to raise the money to install the permanent barriers. The motion cited California Vehicle Code Section 21101 (a) (2) and 21101.4 which allows for barriers if the street suffers from “an unsafe volume of traffic and a significant incidence of crime.” The motion implied the criteria had been well met and the barriers were needed to stop it. The motion passed unanimously. It directed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin helping the residents move forward. DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE “In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” When the community woke up and without warning found itself surrounded by barriers, I began to investigate how and why it had happened. It eventually led to the motion, filed away in the city hall archives, and the discovery that none of the required documents, importantly - a recommendation by the police department - sign offs from the Fire Department, studies by the Department of Transportation, were attached….nada, zip, zilch. It didn’t even contain the ad hoc survey of the community taken by the Western Heights Neighborhood Association and used by Ludlow to justify moving forward. (The survey simply asked IF there were going to be barriers, which configurations would the respondents choose. 76 responded - we have over 300 residentsand only 57 made choices). So the only attached document to the motion in the archives was a note saying there were no attached documents. Whoa. THE MOTION AND THE LAW 1. REQUIRED: According to Code 21101.4 the city can block off a public street when: “The local authority finds and determines that there is serious and continual criminal activity in the portion of the highway recommended for temporary closure. This finding and determination shall be based upon the recommendation of the police department or, in the case of a highway in an unincorporated area, on the joint recommendation of the sheriff's department and the Department of the California Highway Patrol.” What Actually Happened: The City Hall motion submitted by

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Ludlow stated that, “In addition, this neighborhood has also experienced significant crime (burglary and gun violence) with easy "get away" access to the freeway” Based on the lack of required recommendations or studies by specific city agencies, this was an opinion not a fact and a look into crime stats for the community at the time identified this neighborhood as low crime. Not beset by prostitution or drug crimes. 2. REQUIRED Section 21101 (C) The affected local authority conducts a public hearing on the proposed street closure. (D) Notice of the hearing is provided to residents and owners of property adjacent to the street proposed for closure. What Actually Happened: The motion had been presented and passed at City Hall without any community notice or public hearing. The community, including the Fire Station, woke up one morning surrounded by barriers. After the motion passed, the four or five residents who had advocated for the barriers, were then chosen by the Council office to work with Dept. of Transportation and decide on the configuration of the barriers, without alerting the community or involving them. The chosen few gave themselves the authority to decide for the community, where and what kind of barriers would be installed. They picked an option that got only 19 out of the 57 votes in their own original survey - a full barrier next to the Fire department preventing emergency vehicles from entering and the community from leaving. Even the Fire Station had not been alerted. 3. REQUIRED: Temporary barrier permits must be renewed every 180 days until the traffic problem from the prostitution and drug sales had calmed down. What Actually Happened: These renewals were ignored. Issues #1 and 2 alone rendered the barriers illegal. The criteria defined by the very code they referred to in the motion, had not been met. Unfortunately when Councilman Herb Wesson was elected to the CD10 post after Councilman Ludlow’s early departure, he ultimately decided to ignore these issues -- despite Battalion Chief Castro’s statement in a CD 10 meeting with city agencies that LAFD would not support the barriers, despite the Department of Transportation’s concern over the “irregularities” involved, and despite his previous statements to the community that there would probably be a compromise. Instead, Councilman Wesson made a decision to let the barriers stay as they were and thumbed his nose at the Fire Department by letting the barrier blocking emergency access, remain. Despite his public stand that the issue was resolved and he was no longer involved, email records show that his office provided ongoing critical assistance to the residents involved until the barriers were finally installed six years later. Emails obtained through public record requests indicate that he also routed some of CD10's discretionary funds to help pay for the final permits. SHE’S MAD! “Do you think I've gone round the bend?" "I'm afraid so. You're mad, bonkers, completely off your

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head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Efforts to make these points at the Western Heights Neighborhood Association, now being used to raise funds and move the project forward, were met with curt dismissals and a “nothing to see here, move along” attitude and ultimately, when I wouldn’t let it go… efforts to dismiss me as, well, crazy. As one resident pointed out, “Why would they listen to you? They are being supported by Councilman Wesson.” Indeed. So I started to take it up with the city. When I asked my contacts at the city agencies, the Department of Transportation, Board of Public Works, how they could keep moving forward to assist with this project, knowing that none of the legal criteria had been met, the people I talked to said, “if the Councilperson tells us to do it, we do it.” When I asked “even if it goes against legal procedures?” they all said the same thing… “it happens all the time. Councilmembers rule.” I asked how they get away with defying the law. Their answer? “Because nobody has the money to sue the city.” In 2012 I brought a lawsuit against the city. I met my lawyer through a community member who had successfully brought barriers down in her neighborhood. The lawyer had taken her case on contingency. He was reluctant to consider my case but when he discovered there were no supporting documents attached to the motion at City Hall - “None!?”he asked increduously, “Nada” I replied - he took on the case. We combed through records requests, emails between agencies and Councilman Wesson’s office and asked all the involved city agencies, Councilman Wesson and the city attorney to explain their legal basis for allowing the installations. The city agencies either had no answer or pointed to the motion at City Hall. Councilman Wesson, as usual, simply ignored the question. And the City Attorney responded to my efforts in pointing out their deficiencies, by reintroducing the motion to City Hall in 2010 in an effort to cover their tracks. Yet they still failed to send out the legally required notification to all the residents. The Council Office did ask for and received statements from the various city agencies claiming no objection to the barrier. But the one response, the only one that mattered, from Chief Charlie Beck of the L.A. Police Department, was very telling. He said they had no objection, and added “without recommendation”. As mentioned, state law requires a recommendation from the police department based on evidence of the need for barriers. He made a point of not making one. My surmise is that he knew the law, knew a lawsuit was coming, and he did not want to supply any recommendation without evidence to support it. So we sued. We sent the city attorney our brief which outlined in detail the various violations, previous rulings on the issues we raised, emails and records supporting our claims (to read the brief go to our website click Eye On Wesson), and we eagerly awaited their response. Finally. We would receive the legal argument for why these barriers were allowed in our community. We got their response…No argument. Instead they went for technicalities. We should be suing the Western Heights Neighborhood Association and we didn’t file our lawsuit within 90 days of the passing of

the 2005 motion or reintroduced motion in 2010. So...apparently the city attorney's office could not justify the actions of Councilman Ludlow, Councilman Wesson, the City Hall approval of the motion nor the actions of the residents in charge of the project and in fact, I should have sued the residents. So I had proved the point, whatever the outcome of the case. My lawyer had encouraged me to sue the residents along with the city but despite my distaste for their behavior as a group, I could not bring myself to do so. My lawyer argued back to the City Attorney that the Association was not the entity that obtained the city permits, in fact the city produced no records revealing whether a permit was ever really signed and if so, who it was issued to. Who exactly should be sued? He also argued that we filed our motion within 90 days of the final approval for permits by the Board of Public Works. Up until that date, the residents did not have the final permit approval and there was a possibility that given the irregularities they may not get approval at the required Public Works Commission hearing. They also had great difficulty raising the funds and there was reason to believe this may stop them. The courts typically want all remedies explored before you file a lawsuit. We had felt hopeful when we were assigned a judge that held little regard for city shenanigans. But when I arrived on my court date, my lawyer was crestfallen. “Bad news” he claimed. Our judge had been reassigned to another department. Our new judge was more likely to rule on the deadlines than on the merits. Sure enough the hearing was short and focused on the city’s claim that we should have filed within the 90 days of the City Hall motion. We received his ruling against us a few days later confirming his argument...we should have sued the residents and after the City Hall motion in 2010. TEA PARTY OVER! “Well that was the silliest tea party I ever went to! I am never going back there again!” A local resident told me how lucky our community was to have a Councilperson willing to help the community by bypassing frustrating and time wasting government procedures in order to get something done. I responded by making the point that we then don't have a government official representing a community, we have a Lord ruling a fiefdom, picking and choosing who they'll help. “Too many people aren't paying attention and can't be bothered to vote, which allows sleazy opportunists to easily build fiefdoms." - Steve Lopez, LA TIMES Although I was disappointed and frustrated with the reality of community politics and fighting City Hall - as my lawyer said, ”well, they got away with it” - there was so much I was grateful for. There is something about fighting against all odds that shapes character in a positive way. And most importantly...the creation of this magazine, a result of asking the question “How does a community hold their representatives accountable?” Realizing that connecting communities and encouraging communication was a way I could contribute to the solution, I started The Neighborhood News. We're into our 5th year and publish 13,000 to 14,000 copies every two months. Thank you Readers!

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Neighborhood Councils Flex Their Muscles Rick Orlov Daily News Staff Writer

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recent fight over a proposed $3 billion bond issue for street repairs illustrated the growing influence of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles city government, as they exerted enough influence to keep the measure off the ballot for now. The success in that case represents an evolution for the councils, which at their inception a dozen years ago were seen as potentially powerless because they held no real voting authority in city matters. But through wider participation and exerting a louder voice, observers say, they are now fulfilling the influential role envisioned for them when voters revised the City Charter in 1999. "This is what it was meant to be," said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles, and who served as the top aide to the appointed Charter Reform Commission. "They were meant to be a strong community voice and weigh in on major issues. It might be annoying (to the City Council) but the whole idea was to create a different form of review and allow the community to weigh in." The street bond proposal from Councilmen Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino provided the perfect vehicle for neighborhood councils to weigh in. Englander and Buscaino proposed on a Friday afternoon to have the council vote the following week to place the bond on the May 21 ballot, without any formal staff reports and only sketchy details on the cost for the public. Neighborhood council groups, starting with the Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, and supported by the Valley Alliance and others, called for a 60-day delay to allow time for review of the proposal. City Council offices began receiving telephone calls of protest from homeowners. The public outcry forced the council to put off the bond until a future election. "In truth, that's the way it should work," Sonenshein said. "It's not giving the neighborhood council a veto power, but it is including them in the process." Englander acknowledged as much. "Everyone I talk with says there is a need to fix the streets, but they were unhappy with the process," Englander said. The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) is planning a review of the role of the neighborhood councils in the future. A daylong discussion is scheduled for Jan. 26 to look back at the original intent of neighborhood councils as part as an overall plan for their future. Greg Nelson, the first general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, said he foresees a constant struggle between neighborhood councils and the city over early access to information and being heard.

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"The City Charter requires an early notification system, but the problem is that regulations were adopted that were weak in this regard, so the City Council regularly ignores this part of the City Charter," Nelson said. BONC weighed in on the issue earlier this month, voting to send letters to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council members reminding them of the City Charter provisions and asking that the neighborhood council role be included in future decisions. The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, (DONE) which oversees the councils, recently had a new general manager, Grayce Liu, confirmed. Liu said she sees the neighborhood councils at a crossroads. "They have increased their ability to access City Hall and are demanding to be part of the process," Liu said. "I think we also need to deal with (city) departments to get the more aware of the neighborhood councils. "Some general managers will call me and say they want the neighborhood councils to weigh in on an issue in a week. With 95, it's just not possible to move that quickly. We tell them they have to do more outreach to make the neighborhood councils part of the process." Villaraigosa regularly turned to the neighborhood councils for help when he was first elected, winning their support to increase the trash fee with the promise the money would be used to expand the Los Angeles Police Department. He also made strong appeals to win their support for his budget initiatives and even when he needed to reduce their annual budget from $50,000 to $45,000 because of the city's financial problems. He still sends out an annual survey to the neighborhood councils on budget priorities. BONC Commissioner Doug Epperhart said the problem is getting the City Council to listen. "Some are very good in dealing with their neighborhood councils," Epperhart said. "Some have this overriding sense that they are the elected representative and if they feel it's important they know best how to handle it. "What neighborhood councils have to realize is the game here is politics. It means more to fill up a room with 100 people wearing the same colored T-shirts to get something accomplished." BONC Vice President Len Shaffer said the neighborhood councils have begun to mature in learning how to get the city to respond to local needs. But he also sees the establishment of more coalitions of neighborhood councils as being an effective voice on major issues. "As the coalitions continue to form around the city, they hopefully will begin to act together on issues," Shaffer said. "That's a whole lot of people with the power to serve as an education force to tell people what's going on." And, with the upcoming race for mayor, the neighborhood councils hope to pressure the candidates to acknowledge their place in city government, with several joining to host candidate forums and other events. Reprinted from the Daily News with permission. http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22446403

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Olympic Neighborhood Council Elects a New Board

L - R Laura Rudison, Sherri L. Woods, Maria Tostado Wolf, Leo Guerro, President John Jake, Secretary Minuk Kim Treasurer Pamela Whittenbury, Peter Schulberg, Anya Adams, Charles Cohen, Batstone Raja, Vice President Ralph B. Johnson, not in attendance. photo D.V. Lawrence

Wondering what your Neighborhood Council is up to? PICO NC www.piconc.com, United Neighborhoods NC www.unnc.org Olympic Park NC www.opnc.org Mid City NC www.mincla.org

Washington Blvd. was layed out in 1897 as the Grand Boulevard that ran from downtown all the way to the ocean. It was not paved until 1920. The yellow car (pictured here) of the Los Angeles Railway W Line ran from Downtown to Rimpau Boulevard along Washington Boulevard. The more familiar red car ran along Venice from downtown to the ocean. (notice all the bike riders)

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Para Los Vecinos Que Prefieren en Español

LOS LADRONES DEL DISRITO COMERCIAL DE PICO TODAVIA ESTAN EN LIBERTAD

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os Detectives de Robo del Departamento de Wilshire de Policía de Los Ángeles investigan una serie de robos comerciales a lo largo del Bulevar Pico que ocurrió durante el mes de octubre de 2012, cuando el Área Wilshire experimentó cinco robos comerciales durante las primeras horas de la mañana. Los robos ocurrieron entre el 4200 a 5500 bloque del Bulevar Pico. Por lo menos cinco sospechosos habían entrado en cada negocio. Los sospechosos tomaron propiedad ajena y dinero durante los robos. Los Detectives de Robo de Wilshire han recuperado la vigilancia de vídeo de los robos y en un caso capturó todavía fotos de uno

de los sospechosos, descripto como un macho Negro, 20-25 años mayores de edad. La foto representa un tatuaje único a lo largo de la derecha del cuello del sospechoso, que parece ser la carta “W” en una escritura cursiva, similar al logotipo del Club de Béisbol de Ciudadanos de Washington. Además, los Detectives de Wilshire han determinado que los sospechosos conducían a 1995-2000 Chevrolet Astro Van coloreado oscuro. Los Detectives de Robo de Wilshire buscan la ayuda del público en la identificación del sospechoso con el tatuaje único a lo largo del lado de su cuello. Alguien con la información en cuanto a este delito o sospechosos. Por Favor ponerse en contacto con LAPD Wilshire Detective de Robo Paul Quan en 213922-8251. Durante no horas de oficina o los fines de semana, las llamadas deberían ser dirigidas a 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Alguien deseando permanecer anónimo debería llamar Frenos de Delito en 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Los informantes también pueden ponerse en contacto con Frenos de Delito por texting al número de teléfono 274637 (DELITOS en la mayor parte de teclados numéricos) con un teléfono celular. Todos los mensajes de texto deberían comenzar con las cartas "LAPD". Los informantes también pueden ir a LAPDOnline.org, chasquido en

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Pueblo de Picfair es una parte escondida del Mediados de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles recostado entre el Bulevar Pico en el norte, Bulevar de Venice y en el sur, Bulevar de Hauser en el este y Fairfax Ave . en el Oeste. Fue al principio llamado Alturas de Bulevar Pico por el Santa Monica Land and Water Co, que desarrolló el área a principios de los años 1920. La vecindad 'webtips' y seguir los plazos límites. fue considerada y volviendo entonces y fue llamada “Nuevo Wilshire,” en un anuncio a partir del tiempo. Había hasta un Pico-carril-de-tranvía que proporcionó el acceso conveniente a tales películas como Abbott y comedias Costello, Gandhi y Eje. El Distribuidor Eléctrico de la Venta al por mayor de Plaza de Iluminación y Provisiones Eléctricas y el Lavado de ropa de Moneda Súper ahora está de pie sobre el terreno donde el cine solía ser. El Pueblo de Picfair ha venido un camino largo desde los días de Alturas de Bulevar Pico. La vecindad está llena ahora de Casita de campo Colonial, inglesa española y casas de estilo tradicionales que fueron construidas en los años 1920 y años 1930. A diferencia de muchas vecindades de Los Ángeles en el pasado, el Pueblo de Picfair dio la bienvenida a poblaciones diversas “y atrajo a muchos residentes americanos judíos y africanos,” según el L.A. Tiempos. Walter Mosely, un escritor acertado de la pendiente americana y judía africana, no sólo usada para vivir en el Pueblo Picfair sino también colocó la casa de uno de los carácteres de su libro en Stanley Ave . del Pueblo. El Pueblo ahora disfruta de una diversidad de boutiques, restaurantes y otros negocios. Esto no ha sido demasiado hace mucho el Pueblo de Picfair era más conocido para sus “tiendas de autocuerpo y espacios de venta al público vacantes [que] rayaron Pico” Bulevar, escribió el L.A. Tiempos en 2007. Hoy, parece cambiarse. El Pueblo de Picfair se hace ahora conocido para su diversidad y lugar único en la historia de Los Ángeles.

la oficina de extensión de Compañía de Echar agua y Tierra de Santa Mónica en Pico y Fairfax. El nombre Alturas de Bulevar de Pico finalmente se hizo la Asociación de Vecindad de Pico Fairfax y luego la Asociación de Comunidad de Pueblo Picfair. En 1998, según el sitio Web de Pueblo Picfair, “el Pueblo Picfair fue establesido por un grupo de vecinos que fueron cometidos a la fabricación [de] la vecindad el mejor que podría ser.” En general, mucho Mediados de residentes de Ciudad dice que ellos nunca han oído de Pueblo Picfair y maravilla si esto toma su nombre de estrellas de pantalla silenciosas Mary Pickford y Douglass Fairbanks pero esto realmente viene de la posición del Pueblo Picfair en la intersección de Pico y Fairfax y del Teatro Picfair, que se abrió en la esquina de Pico y Fairfax en los años 1940. Esto se cerró en los años 1980 y luego fue incendiado durante los disturbios de L.A. 1992. Antes de cerrar en los años 80, sin embargo, el teatro presentó

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