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Issue 5

April - May

HAPPY EASTER! Washington Boulevard Whose Vision Will Prevail? How To Find The Right School For Your Child THE CLUBS OF THE 60’S & 70’S AND LOTS MORE

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(MINC) What are your interests…? 2nd Sunday of the month MINC OUTREACH Committee: Creating ways to reach into the community.

2nd Monday of month MINC STAKEHOLDER meeting: Improving quality of life in the community.

2nd Tuesday of month MINC BUDGET Committee

Learn how to receive funding for MINC community projects!

2nd Thursday of month MINC PLUM Committee:

Affecting land related community issues.

3rd Monday of month MINC BOARD meeting:

Come see your elected boardmembers at work.

Ad Hoc Saturdays W_CEDC for WA Blvd:

Help us resolve all issues related to WA Blvd.

“Design” Committee:

Business & other beautification!

MINC BOUNDARIES roughly from Fairfax to Crenshaw Blvd and from 10 Freeway to Venice Blvd although we do go as far up as Pico Bld between La Brea & Crenshaw Blvd.

All meetings are 7pm to 9pm Community room of Wilshire-LAPD station 4849 Venice Blvd except;

Outreach

3pm Atomic Café, 5001 Washington Blvd. & W_CEDC & “Design” 10am to noon. LAPD Become a Positive Force in your Neighborhood today!

VOLUNTEER!


a Community’s Vision

Everyone was in agreement that no more auto shops, liquor stores, gas stations, 99 cent stores, fast food places, check cashing places, tow yards or chain anything be allowed nor tall buildings ala Wilshire Blvd. (Many thanks to all the contributors)

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As it turns out the United Neighborhood Neighborhood Council (UNNC) has been working with the community since 2003 and has created a Specific Plan for developing Washington Blvd. Happily that plan includes much of the vision expressed by the responders to our little survey and in this issue, Gavin Glynn will look at how that plan came about, what needs to happen to bring it to life and some of the obstacles that are preventing it from moving forward.

With its easy access to Hollywood, Santa Monica, downtown and the Crenshaw District, our area is becoming a desired destination for residence and business. It is not a surprise that everyone is chomping at the bit to see the Washington Corridor follow the same kind of smart development and growth we see happening in the two communities we link, Downtown and Culver City.

We have a great interview with Wren T. Brown, the Founder and Producing Director of the Ebony Repertory Theater at the Nate Holden Center. Wren grew up on Washington, just down the street from the theater. He talks about his memories of what the neighborhood used to be and his vision for the Theater and the Community.

ver the last 20 years, neighborhoods throughout the 10th District have found renewed life with an influx of residents committed to restoring classic architecture to its former glory and revitalizing their neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood News recently sent out a request asking Gloria Garner, another long time resident reminisces about neighborhood club life in the 60’s and 70’s people to share their vision of the Washington corridor:

The Collective Vision for the Washington Corridor: It is important to say at this point that growth will a pedestrian friendly commercial district made up of restaurants, art galleries, clothing, shoe, special boutiques. A small upscale boutique neighborhood hotel, the development of live/work spaces (lofts) along Washington Blvd. to attract the young professionals working in Hollywood. Mixed use, low level (heightwise) projects with community useful businesses on the bottom and 1 or 2 story well designed apts./condo’s on top affordable for mixed income. More fast growing trees and small parks with benches, lots more green space, banners for the designation of historical areas with faces of historical residents or business owners, like Ray Charles & Hattie McDaniels. Cafes that will preserve the charm and character of our old, historic buildings. a late night bakery (open AT LEAST UNTIL 11PM!!!! wouldn’t that be grand!), an outdoor/partially covered newsstand, an upscale liquor store with a gorgeous selection of wine, an intimate nightclub for local performers/bands (check out the Vintage Hollywood!) a low key patch of grass set aside for a dog park, a café/bakery/independent bookstore, under one roof. The shopping center at 10th ave and Washington RE-VAMPED eliminate the swap meet, etc and replace with stores like Trader Joes. A branch of a local financial institution like USC Federal Credit Union would be nice. An eventual restoration of the wonderful commercial buildings along Washington from Western to Crenshaw. Tasteful parking facilities on Washington to complement any redevelopment. Tasteful period lighting and signage should be integral to the redevelopment. A drug store, butcher, cafe/family restaurant (Check out the Eureka and Atomic) and pet shop. Did anyone mention a candlestick maker?

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not happen if you do not get out and support many of the local businesses that are already manifesting your vision. They tell me they are holding on by a thread and if we do not use them, we will lose them, putting us all back at square one. In this issue I am creating the

Neighborhood News Events Calendar.

It will contain dates and places where we can come out, meet each other and share dinner or an ice cream or a performance. It will be incredible fun, you will get to make new friends and have the pleasure of supporting the positive growth of your community. You might even win 2 free tickets to the next production at the Nate Holden Performing Arts.

We are also holding a FABulous FUNdraiser for the Neighborhood News at the Vintage Hollywood.

It will be an evening of performances by musicians and singers (myself included) who are dedicated to the music that was being created when these homes were being built. There will also be a viewing of Blues For Central Avenue and a raffle of prizes from our advertisers.

Editor-In Chief

theneighborhood news@yahoo.com


Content

8 Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

18 The Development of Washington Boulevard

DIANNE LAWRENCE

GAVIN GLYNN

12 Restaurant Review Atomic Cafe IVY

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16 Neighbor Report: Flags of Pride MASON BENDEWALD

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS EVENTS CALENDAR NEIGHBORHOOD FUNdraiser

23 art in the corridor Lucas Reiner CARLA WEBER

15 FEATURED RESIDENCE MILLER/CALHOUN HOUSE

AN EDIBLE LANDSCAPE JAMES THE GARDENER

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FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS

20 ASSOCIATION & BLOCK REPORTS

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A HEALTHY YOU

22 RESTAURANT REVIEW

LINDA OTTOBRE

LOOKING UP MARTIN ROSS

10 NEIGHBOR REPORT MARTIN ELI WEIL

11 ORIGINS OF EASTER DIANNE LAWRENCE

13 NAVIGATING THE LAUSD SCHOOL PLACEMENT SYSTEM GAVIN GLYNN

14 PLACES I REMEMBER

GLORIA GARNER TAKES US BACK TO THE CLUBS OF THE 60’S & 70’S

CEVICERIA LARA ELIN SODERSTROM

24 Classified ads, Advertiser info 25 ADVERTISER LOCATION MAP

DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS Eureka Cafe, Washington LIbrary, Atomic Cafe Nate Holden Theater, Papa Christo, Ceviceria If you would like to distribute to your neighbors doorstep email us or call 323-871-9119 Sit back, relax, and enjoy your tour around the Neighborhoood.

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The ‘Meet Your Neighbors’ APRIL Events Calendar COME OUT AND JOIN US at any of the following events to help SUPPORT AND GROW YOUR COMMUNITY and get a free raffle ticket in order to

WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO THE EBONY REPERTORY PRODUCTION OF THE LOS ANGELES PREMIER OF CROWNS (worth $100) at the NATE HOLDEN THEATER Make a reservation to get preferred seating at any of these venues CALL 323-871-8580 OR EMAIL theneighborhoodnews@yahoo.com

Tuesdays APRIL 14

PAPA CHRISTO’S 6pm – 8pm

Pair up with a neighbor and get a

free bottle of great wine! APRIL 21 VEGAN VILLAGE 6pm – 8pm This healthy food is lip smacking. Wait until you try the deserts! APRIL 28 NATRILIART 6pm – 8pm 10% off The best Jamaican food around

Wednesday APRIL 15

EUREKA 10am -12pm MOMS & KIDS10% off, Bring the kids VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE NIGHT Free 7:00PM Poor Little Rich Girl

Thursdays April 16 April 23 April 30

. TANA 6pm – 8pm Incredible Ethiopian food. Veggie, lamb, beef. ATOMIC CAFE 6pm – 8pm 10% off Burgers! Fries! Pizza! Gourmet style CEVICERIA 6pm – 8pm excellent seafood (see this issue’s review)

Saturdays April 11

ROYAL THAI MASSAGE 1-2 pm Beautiful environment . Peaceful. GELACO ITALIAN ICE CREAM & COFFEE 2 - 3:30 (bring the kids!) 10% off

Dark chocolate, Espresso bean, Strawberry Fresca, Butter Pecan, fresh Ginger, Green Tea..need I say more? April 19 PEACE LABYRINTH 12 pm Free www.peacelabyrinth.com Right in our backyard…Earthly Paradise. Garden Tours with a docent who will share information about the historic mansion, Meditation gardens and walking the labyrinth. ALL LOCATIONS ON MAP, LAST PAGE.

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Community Events SOUTH SEAS HOUSE Benny H. Potter Universal Access Playground Dedication Saturday, May 2

12pm Community Activities 3pm Ceremony begins

Spring Camp April 6-10

Ages 6-12 years $60 regular care 9am-4pm $70 extended care 8am - 6pm

Science Fair Saturday,

April 25 11am-2pm Hands on science experiments with real scientists

To be featured Diesel powered environmentally friendly Hummer which will be traveling to Antarctica for scientific experiments.

Health Fair in May, Date TBD

(Original date of April 4th has been postponed) 2301 W. 24th street 90018 Ph.323.373.9483 Fax 323.373.9774

MOMS Club of West Adams Is holding a MOTHERS DAY FUNDRAISING RAFFLE To Benefit The Gramercy Housing Group

They provide young, homeless mothers with a home, education, daycare and employment placement.

Prizes include tickets to the museums, gift certificates to local restaurants, classes and shops, free haircuts, a photo session, an organizing consultation, gift baskets, customized jewelry and much, much more. Tickets are $2 each or 12 for $20 For tickets Contact Mia at mia@cestfinicom Winners will be notified after May 9th.

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Washington Irving Library April and May WaterColor Magic art exhibit by Leroy Carter.

Adults Saturdays Book Club April 18 and May 30. 10:00am All adults are welcome

Financial Planning

Construyendo su casa Financiera Saturday April 18, 2:00 pm . Presented in English & Spanish.

Job Skills Workshop.

Saturday April 4, 10:00am, Ages 16 - 24 Sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Leslie Perry, Master Storyteller “In My Lifetime” Saturday May 16, 3-5 pm.

Meet Leimert Park Village Book Fair Authors and How to Publish “BOOT CAMP” Saturday May 30, 11am-4 pm,

TEENS Craft program for teens.

Tuesday, April 28, 4:00 pm.

“Gourmet Pretzel Workshop for Teens” Tuesday, May 26th, 4:00 pm

CHILDREN Preschool Storytime Mondays, 11:00 am

Family Storytime

Thursdays, 4:00 pm


The Tom Bradley Youth and Family Center

5213 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90019 http://www.fsstech.org/BradleyCenter.html 323.687.4662 The Tom Bradley Youth and Family Center is a comprehensive information and referral service center, servicing the Mid-City and West Los Angeles communities. The Center offers an array of services which deal with the immediate needs of the surrounding community. For those community organizations and businesses that need a place to host meetings, the TBYFC offers free use of its conference room. Usage is based on availability. Please contact the Center for detailed information and scheduling. CAHSEE-California High School Exit Exam Stepping into your future, offered at the Tom Bradley Youth and Family Center beginning January 12, 2009 on Tuesdays to Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. This program is especially for teens ages 17 – 19.

Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, FREE Workshops donations welcome

3500 W. Adams Blvd.,west of Arlington. www.peacelabyrinth.org. registrar@peacelabyrinth.org, For Info Contact Judy (323) 737-4055 ext 1137, Every Monday SACRED TONES WORKSHOP 7:30-8:30 p.m Thursday, April 2, May 7 SOUL DANCE CLASS Contact Alisha Hayes, alisha@soulsdance.org Every Friday 7:30-9:00 p.m. Video Presentation: John-Roger, Founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness shares the teachings of the Spiritual Heart. Every Sunday (Except closed April 12-Easter) 12-4 p.m

OPEN TOURS, LABYRINTH & GARDENS and The 1910 LA Historic Cultural Monument. 3500 W. Adams

Sunday, April 5 FORGIVENESS WORKSHOP Refreshments will be served. Contact Debbie Roth, (323) 737-4055 ext 1179. Gardens closed Saturdays and Mondays except when an event is scheduled plus Easter Sunday, April 12

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The first, and only African-American Equity theatre company in Los Angeles.

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he Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC) which stands exactly midway between Fairfax and Normandie along the Washington Corridor, serves as a beacon of hope, progress and change for a community that is on the edge of a revival. After driving past a mix of motels, manufacturers, car repair shops and liquor stores, the award winning architecture of the NHPAC, is a welcome ‘Wow!’ to the eye. It stands on the grounds of the former silent movie house The Rimpau Theatre, which became the Metro Theatre, and in 1965, the Ebony Showcase Theatre, established by Nick Stewart. Nick, a successful actor who had played the part of ‘Lightnin’ on the old Amos and Andy T.V. series, was the voice of Brer Bear in Disney’s Song of the South and appeared in several other classics. The Ebony Showcase served as a vital center for Black artists from 1950 until the ‘80’s.

by Dianne Lawrence Parisian Room, next to Francis’ Drive-In. You had Tommy Tuckers Playroom, a supper club. There were well maintained retirement homes, two major banks, Bank of America and Crocker Citizen Bank, two major super markets and a pharmacy, two cleaners, three shoe shine parlors, barber and beauty shops, mom and pop eateries, a five and dime, Savinar Luggage company, the IT Club, The Hillcrest Club, the Kite Restaurant, See’s Candy, Arlington Skating Rink and the landmark, Ebony Showcase Theater. When Wren realized the community that had informed and shaped his life was decaying, he sought out a small group of concerned fellow residents and they agreed to ensure the continuation of the arts in their community. In 2007, Wren founded the Ebony Repertory Theatre Company (ERT) and in February 2008, with the support of Councilman Herb Wesson, ERT became the resident company and operator of NHPAC. Wren not only looks at the company as a way of assisting the revival of Black culture in the Mid-City but as a way of encouraging the rebirth of businesses that provide much needed services to the community.

The NHPAC was built by the Community Redevelopment Agency, and opened its doors in June, 2003. Most of us watched it stand idle for years and wondered what was going on. After an initial identity crisis, Wren T. Brown stepped in and provided an identity the Center seemed designed for. Wren, a fourth generation Angeleno, has lived in this community from his birth in 1964 till the present “Our commitment to the Mid-City comand grew up 90 yards from the Ebony. munity is to make the Ebony Repertory Theatre a cultural destination and to “I have vivid memories of the vibrant mid engender business development along city landscape, but particular fondness the Washington Blvd. that will compel for Washington Boulevard between Haus- the eradication of the drug and prostituer to the west and Arlington to the east, tion trade and gang activity, giving rise to During my formative years, Washington business prosperity and intentional civilwas lined with everything a community ity among the residents of this wonderful needed to see itself as a whole. You had neighborhood. For many years, WashingOssie and Reg’s [pristine] Garage for ton was the most traveled artery in the city foreign cars at Hauser, the Aloha Swim of Los Angeles. As on of the anchors of School, law offices,a medical building Washington, it is our desire to reclaim the and a Dog and Cat Hospital at Cochran. 10th District as a cultural destination.” You had a drive-thru market at Orange Drive. At La Brea and Washington, there Their inaugural production this past fall was was the world famous jazz nitery, The August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running”

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and in one year Ebony Repertory has achieved tremendous milestones with the development of a formal relationship with Dance at the Music Center, establishing residency relationships with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Amazing Grace Conservatory, California Dance Institute and the Brotherhood Crusade. They have presented the eminent professor and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, the acclaimed New York based dance company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and from Spain, the internationally acclaimed Flamenco star, Compania Rafael Amargo. Wren’s vision is as large as the community that raised him.... “Ethnic and Racial minorities have often been marginalized resulting in a distorted sense of ones legitimate place in the overall society. To the extent to which one group loses the power to control their own image, questions of selfworth, self-esteem and societal value are adversely affected to the detriment of all members inside and outside that group. Many vital minority theaters and arts organizations throughout the country have failed in the last tow decades, leaving an important cultural and artistic void filled too often by dysfunctional and destructive alternatives: misogynistic music; demeaning theatrical portrayals; and buffoonish caricatures of black culture and its contributions to the growth and development of our nation. The absence of a viable theater in minority communities creates a critical problem that must be addressed if those communities hope to realize the finest ideals of the American Dream.” Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse, proudly present, The L.A. Premiere of “Crowns”. May 5 – June 14, at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, and then at the Pasadena Playhouse July 10-August 23. (see ad in this magazine for address & contact).


NATURAL HEALTH

A Healthy You

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bout 25 years ago I came across a book that gave me a completely new perspective on health, and the notion of taking responsibility for “my own” general health. “Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy” was written by the actor Dirk Benedict, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1981. The book was published in 1987 as his testament to a viable alternative approach to health. His premise? We have the ability to heal ourselves, if we take responsibility for our diet and lifestyle. Living in Los Angeles is stressful. We are all familiar with the 10 Fwy during rush hour. Stress weakens our immune systems and makes our bodies more susceptible to colds, flus and other infections we would normally have the ability to fight off. Luckily, planet earth offers a bounty of plants that aid our body’s natural healing process. Echinacea and goldenseal root are the most widely known herbal supplements that can safely be taken on a daily basis. Echinacea helps build immunity, and goldenseal root actually helps our body rid itself of the toxic compounds that come from poor diet and pollution. Lysine, an amino acid is beneficial for our skin, and aids in the healing of infections (commonly referred to as “nature’s antibiotic”). In this column I will pass along some plant and diet based tips, to help you take a more holistic approach in healing and dealing with the troublesome symptoms of stress and other ailments. Herbs, taken as supplements and teas, are fantastic for healing our insides. They are also wonderful for our outsides (skin). In the next issue, I will focus on local resources that will help you take responsibility for your health.

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he days are getting longer, heading towards the June summer solstice so we have to wait until after work and dinner for a dark sky. Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, is usually lost in the sun’s glare but for a few weeks in late April you can glimpse Mercury as a bright white “star” close to the horizon, just after sunset. On April 26 the crescent moon will be just above Mercury, visible for about an hour after sunset. In comparison to “here this week gone next” Mercury, the slow moving master of time Saturn, can be seen all spring as a bright yellowish “star” if you look to the south, about half way up between the horizon and the zenith (the spot directly overhead). If you look due east about one third of the way from the horizon to the zenith you will see a bright reddish star, Arcturus. A classic summertime star, Arcturus is in the “local neighborhood” of stars nearest the sun. Only 37 light years away, Arcturus is a Red Giant star, older than the sun, and much much larger which is why it is so bright in our sky.

Linda Ottobre

Always consult with your physician before adding supplements to your diet

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NEIGHBOR REPORT

Martin Eli Weil

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July 2, 1940 - February 22, 2009

artin Eli Weil was an early and active member of the West Adams Heritage Association and a cherished member of our community. An expert in historic design, materials and colors, Martin specialized in restoration projects of landmark historic homes and other significant properties in Southern California. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, an organization formed in 1978 as part of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library and other threatened landmarks. In recognition of Martin’s preservation efforts, the West Adams Heritage Association created the Martin Eli Weil Preservation Award and named him the first recipient in 2006. Martin passed away in his beloved 1905 Greene & Greene-designed Craftsman bungalow, his most personal restoration project, where he had lived since 1985.

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The Origins Of Easter

n Los Angeles we are constantly surrounded by flowers, green lawns and leafy trees so our Springtime is not as dramatic as the colder climates. But if you’ve ever experienced a long harsh winter you will know the emotional impact of the first crocus peeping through melting snow and leaf buds getting fatter and fatter. It feels as if winter will never end and suddenly Spring is bursting on the scene. It is no wonder one of the oldest Christan traditions, Easter, celebrates the resurrection of Christ during this time of renewal. Easter traditions are a mixed blend of Christian, Jewish and pagan influences. It was during the Jewish observance of Passover in 30 AD that Christ was crucified and rose from his tomb three days later. Many early Christians were Jews and observed ‘Pascha’ as a new feature of Passover during which the ‘paschal’ lamb was sacrificed. Pasha celebrated the

coming of the Messiah and it also became equated with the proclamation of resurrection. The name Easter itself came from the name Eostre, an Anglo Saxon pagan goddess of Spring whose festival fell right on the vernal equinox. As Christianity spread through Europe, adopting the name of Easter for “Pascha”, made it easier for converted pagans to slowly shift their thinking from celebrating the emergence of renewed life and the growing days of the Sun to celebrating the renewed life of Christ the Son. By the 2nd century Easter was well established. The egg is a symbol for life emerging from what appears to be a dead object and painted eggs, games with eggs and eggs used in this symbolic function are found throughout the world. The rabbit is famous for its fertility and both the rabbit and the egg have been associated with Eostre. - Dianne Lawrence

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

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Atomic Cafe

just ran in to grab take-out but the clean, hip and slightly futuristic design at The Atomic Café was so inviting I decided to grab a seat in what is becoming one of the favorite hangouts for local movers, shakers and neighbors. Primarily focusing on simple foods; sandwiches, salads and pizza’s, the menu is anything but simplistic. It was an unexpected delight to find artisan breads and crusts, handmade daily from neighboring Normandie Bakery. One of their featured items is the herb crusted 10” Pizza, baked on stone and covered in your personal favorites for $0.49 a topping. We tried their BBQ Chicken Pizza and although the sweet onions, bacon, chicken and homemade BBQ sauce made a mouthwatering impression, it could have done with a little less cheese and sweetness in the sauce. The Pilgrim’s Turkey Sandwich was an amazingly moist herb-marinated turkey breast (not an easy feat!) stuffing, gravy and cranberry all on that fresh bread. Simply satisfying and comforting. Lucy’s Salad woke me back up from my turkey nap. A jazzy combo of baby greens, green apple, cranberry, blue cheese, candied walnuts and balsamic dressing -- it was crisp and a beautiful blend of fresh flavors. I was unable to resist topping off my order with a “Must Have Side” of Beer Battered Onion Rings. Here’s a tip,

resist gobbling them when they arrive at the table. Take a stroll to the condiment bar to get a bit of catsup and mustard. That will give the grease time to wick away onto their paper wrap and the onion time to firm back up. Then dunk and munch! Simply everything that an onion ring should be! Hours later I was still thinking of how much I enjoyed those rings. How often do you reminisce about a humble plate of rings? See you there!

ATOMIC CAFE 5001 W. Washington Blvd 90016 1 blk west of La Brea 323-935-6789 open all day and evenings.

4,0 0 0 c o p i e s o f T H E N E I G H B OR H OOD N E WS, 8,000 - 10,000 re a de rs . FO R A D R AT ES T H E N E I G H B OR H OOD N E WS @YA H OO. COM OR CA LL 323-871-8580

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NEIGHBOR REPORT

NAVIGATING THE LAUSD SCHOOL PLACEMENT SYSTEM Parents don’t despair! Let Neighborhood News reporter and experienced parent Gavin Glynn be your guide and reveal the secrets of finding a school for your child.

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lmost 40 years ago, LAUSD (in a delayed response to Brown Vs The Board of Education 1955) decided to offer busing for inner city students to Mid-Town and West Side schools. It would offer minority students an opportunity to attend a school in a safer neighborhood in order to focus on their studies and not their safety. The program was called “Magnet” because the school would attract these students with special focus on content (Math, Science, Language or Art) .

When it comes time to pick the students, those with 16 or more points are given preferential treatment. The rest of the names are put into a lottery and organized into a list (think draft card number). Minorities are given preferential treatment but remember in integrated services, Caucasians are the minorities. So if your child is biracial or multiracial be sure to list them as the minority race of Caucasian. Also, LAUSD does not want you to know that each Principal gets to choose an Every rainy December all students allotment of 10% of the student population receive a “Choices (Oportunidades) at their own discretion. Ancient secret so Brochure” to select one school to attend shhhh! the following year with busing free of charge. Your chances of enrolling in other Parents, not the LAUSD, rate the school’s schools are directly related to the quality of performance with an API (Academic your local school. The lower the API (Aca- Performance Index). High API schools demic Performance Index) the greater your have a tendency to have influential parent chances to go to another LAUSD school. groups (competitive Volvo momzillas) and Once all the brochures are mailed back in can make PTA meetings rather scary and (due the first Friday after the Christmas harried. Wonderland School in the Hollybreak) and accounted for, your student’s name is considered for its home school wood Hills is #1 and Third Street is number disadvantages. For example, low school #2 with Community Magnet (Bel Air) and performance on CA Standards gives you Open Magnet (Westchester) in 3rd and 4th 4 points, overcrowded population gives respectively. If you are interested in an API you another 4 points. Sibling already school of over 650 and you want to stay in attending requested Magnet, 4 more the neighborhood, you would go to 24th points etc... up to a possible 24 points. Street, John Burroughs or Palms Middle School and then to LA High Magnet Track If you do not get into the Magnet school A in our neighborhood. of your choice you can have your child’s name referred to another Magnet selecIf location is dependant on your work tion. Otherwise you are then “wait listed” until the second week of the semester. or childcare address (proof of enrollIf you are wait listed, you may pursue ment to an after-school program ie; YMCA open enrollment in the month of May near the school) then you would do open at other schools in their general or enrollment in May to Third Street School honors programs without losing your K-5, Palms Middle School, then Hamilton place in line for your Magnet selection. H.S. or Fairfax H.S. and apply for a work If you are not chosen for the Magnet school or childcare permit in the area you want of your choice, your points will be car- your child to attend school. The Performried over and added onto the following ing Arts track is 32nd Streeet K-8 (USC) year. Students with 24 points are given or Loyola Village K-6 (Westchester), Matheir choice, 16-20 points is fairly good, rina del Rey Middle School 6-8, and then too but not definite. 12 points and under are definitely put into the lottery system. Hamilton High School. The Ivy League You can be called up to the second week route is Third Street School, Palms Middle of the Fall semester to find out you’ve been School, and then L.A.C.E.S. H.S. If you accepted into the school of your choice. want the sports track then you do either

Mark Twain Middle School or Westchester H.S., University H.S., Palisades Charter or Fairfax H.S. Social Awareness takes you to Ivanhoe School or John Marshall H.S. in Silverlake or Miguel Contreras H.S. downtown. If you have a child with special needs then LAUSD is your only route for assessment and placement in any public, non-public, or private school. Even if you are already in a private school you must have your child assessed for special needs at your home school. LAUSD will never fight you in court but you do have to prove you are willing to go to court before they will pay for your student to go to a special needs school. The best Special Ed. Programs in mainstream schools are Beethoven Elementary (Venice), Mark Twain Middle School (Venice) and Fairfax High School (Melrose). The LAUSD General and Special Ed. offices are in Baldwin Hills. They are located just south of La Brea and Rodeo Blvd. Shhh! Another secret.....If you do not like your school go directly to the district office to change it and get loud if you have to because it is very quiet there and they would be happy to please you just to get rid of you. Conscientious parents find the best schools for their kids. Occupied parents also want the best schools but only to drop off their kids to be entertained or emotionally fixed. Remember Magnet schools also have troubled kids and the Westside does just as many drugs, fast cars, and crimes...only more expensive ones. Lastly, document everything out of the normal on a calendar, notebook, journal, post-it...you will need it and only it to fight LAUSD. First question is alway “When did you first notify the principal?” Gavin Glynn West Coast Consultant ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous

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Just across the street from the Milimo was MOORE’S restaurant where L.F. and Geraldine Moore were the proud owners. They served the best THE RED HUT, MYRON’S, CLUB MILIMO, soul food in the world. What never ceased to amaze me was that even though it MOORE’S, COSMO CLUB, was just a small restaurant it was always CLUB CARAVAN, JAZZ-A-GO-GO, crowded. Most times you would have to wait at least an RUBYIAT ROOM hour for service but no one got impatient or angry because Lets join neighbor Gloria Garner as she takes us back they knew when their turn came they were going to be well pleased. to the 60’s & 70’s for a night on the town!

PLACES I REMEMBER

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ack in the day we didn’t have all these separate neighborhoods. In those days there was Sugar Hill where the wealthy like Kingfish, Amos and Andy, Dorothy Dandridge, and so many other actors, lawyers and doctors resided. Sugar Hill ran from Western Ave. to Gramercy Place and Adams Blvd. up to 24th St.. The other was Buckingham Square, which ran from Adams Blvd. where Buckingham and West Blvd. connect and up to Washington Blvd. Then it started again At Washington Blvd. and Victoria all the way to Venice Blvd. This was another elite area where actors such as Hattie McDaniels, Red Fox, Mya Angelou, Ms. Wiggles, Sir Lady Java, John T. McClain (who owned the It Club on Washington Blvd) and many other rich and famous lived.

Let’s continue our evening and stroll on down to Adams Blvd. and make a right turn to the corner of Hobart Blvd and Adams Blvd to the COSMO CLUB which later became the CLUB CARAVAN. Pat Patterson was the proud owner and everyone from Beverly Hills to Watts would come out to party and dance. Limos, body guards, athlete’s, movie stars, attorneys and doctors would rush from work to get there for a night of fun, laughter and dancing. OT(Otis), Marcellus, Clarence, and Eddie were the men of the hour, serving up some of the best drinks in town. Keeping up with the times, Pat Patterson later changed the name of the club to the JAZZ-A-GOGO which now had Strippers, Pole Dancers and even Snake Dancers. Now those were the fun days!

Now get your memory cap on because we are going to go way back when. Let’s start with the RED HUT, located on the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Western Ave. These were the days when everything was open 24/7 and all the Jazzy People hung out for good meals, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or just to sit around and discuss business over a cup of coffee or tea.

But if you wanted to be a little less wild and more conservative, you could go west up the hill to the corner of Adams Blvd. and Manhattan Plc. to the RUBYIAT ROOM where your elite loved to hang, It was a beautiful Black owned Hotel and Night Club, where most of your out of town important people would stay and have fun when visiting the Los Angeles area.

Down the street on the corner of 30th and Western Ave. was MYRON’S, one of the finest Nightclubs, owned and operated by Myron Collins and Peter Rabbit. Here is where all the athletes and movie stars and everyone that was anyone would party and dance the day and night away.

Well this little stroll has made me very tired and hungry. I want to hear about some of the things we have strolled through that you remember so send an email to: theneighborhoodnews@yahoo.com and share your memories with us.

Let’s not forget FATBURGER, on Western Ave. between 31st and 30th st. between the Red Hut and Myron’s. We are talking about the best hamburger in the world! The kind where the meat was 100% cow and so juicy you needed a bib to eat it. Let’s get off that subject, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Remember it takes everyone in the community to help create a place we want our children to remember fondly so pitch in and get involved in the community activities that are trying to bring our neighborhood together!

On the corner of 29th and Western Ave. was the CLUB MILIMO where Jimmy the bartender was the talk of the town. He had a knack for keeping his customers happy and laughing all the time. When Jimmy made you a drink, you had a drink!

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Peace. Gloria Garner


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The Miller Calhoun House Residents: Husband and Wife, David Miller & Wendy Calhoun Children: Brenna and Sophia Pets: Luckee the pitmix, Clea the beagle, Tigger the cat, Blueberry the hamster House built: 1920 by Emma Roseberry for $5,030. Architect: Frank Tyler Favorite Features: U-shape room layout is great for entertaining. guest room has it’s own bath and adjacent entrance. sunroom. subway tile in the kitchen. wonderful built-in cabinetry in dinette, dining room, main hallway, and master bathroom. large backyard. ample windows with lovely sunset views on the west side.

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NEIGHBOR REPORT

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Flags of Pride

hose of us living in West by Mason Bendewald Adams know about the great neighborhoods that are tucked away off the big congested through streets running East and West, but how do you know when you are driving from one neighborhood to another? The next time you head to the grocery store, or take the kids to school – . look up! You should notice proud flags attached to once barren lampposts, all along our corridors The flags, designating the boundaries of our 8 unique neighborhoods, were designed with a craftsman style logo to compliment the historic nature and architecture of our area. The banners which can be seen elegantly lining Pico, Venice, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Exposition and Rodeo make it an easy way to visually identify what neighborhood you are actually in. When I saw the flag that designated my neighborhood, “Angelus Vista”, I knew I was home. The UNNC Flag project was spear headed by Jess Bravo and Andrea Dunlop from the UNNC Economic Development Committee. More information can be found at www.unnc.org PHOTO BY Mason Bendewald, Director and Producer and an Angelus Vista neighbor

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neighborhood Issues

The Development of the Washington Corridor

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n April of 2000 I sent an e-mail to Mayor Riordan inquiring about the redevelopment of Washington Boulevard. Riordan had just sold off the last farm land between Ventura and Los Angeles County, making Los Angeles County officially land locked from the Pacific Ocean to San Bernardino County and creating a perfect scenario for redeveloping the inner city. His commissioner sent me a terse reply stating “Washington Blvd. was not a target for redevelopment from Mayor Riordan’s office.”

I was furious. Washington Boulevard’s central location made it an obvious target for development. West Adams is the only neighborhood 15 minutes from Downtown, Southland, West Side or Hollywood. Originally developed in the 1900s as a bedroom community to urban downtown, the 360 degree vistas of true Southern California made it desirable to the original Superstars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is built on a mesa, high enough to protect it from flooding (pre-Los Angeles River Wash) and to catch balmy south seas breezes off the marina. Washington Blvd. used to be the destination of all of the Southland for city life until the mid-1960s when the eminent-domained freeway severed it from its lifeline. Now, it is the only thoroughfare from the ocean to Whittier, CA and is nicknamed by the Latinos as the “El Camino Barrio” or the ghetto highway. In 2001, mayor James Hahn, created a system of neighborhood councils in order to empower Angelenos and their neighborhoods. Our local branch is called United Neighborhood

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dismissed our proposal outright. He referred to his redevelopment vision of Western Avenue as “The Western Empire.” It turns out (according to the L.A. Times) while chairing the MTA Board, he thwarted an impending Metro depot at Arlington and Exposition to reserve the land for Korean American housing developers who had donated to his campaign. As a result, in 2006 federal charges were brought against Councilman Ludlow. There were also State charges brought against him, stemming from violations of campaign laws involving the use of union funds to pay expenses for his political campaign. He did a plea bargain of no contest with the State if the Federal investigation was dropped. Superior Court Judge Menendez had to reprimand Ludlow for smiling at his sentencing of only “community service” (ironic vernacular) by telling him to “wipe the smile off his face because he lost the public’s trust.” He was also The community spent two years of prevented from running for office for dedicated nights at the South Seas 10 years House trying to figure out how to change the Manufacturing Zoning status of After Ludlow left office, UNNC Washington Boulevard to Retail Zon- worked with the community to ing in order to make it more inviting to finalize the Specific Plan proposal. developers. It would take major support The UNNC Board passed a detailed from the councilperson to switch the version of the proposal in 2006 and zoning for redevelopment of the Wash- Meyers and other UNNC stakeholders ington Boulevard Corridor. We finally met with Council District 10 staff and the presented the proposal to our Council- Planning Department staff to discuss and review UNNC’s Washington person Martin Ludlow in 2004. Blvd’s Corridor Specific Plan. CD 10 Ludlow had moved the CD10 office staff members also sat in on numerous from Crenshaw Boulevard to Western UNNC-sponsored community meetAvenue to demonstrate his commitment ings about Washington Boulevard. The to the Korean American community. written plan encompasses surveys to Because he had a vested interest in determine what type of zoning is needed to South Koreatown’s Western Avenue he promote new development (attractive

Neighborhood Council (UNNC), and is comprised of eight neighborhoods in Historic West Adams. I joined the UNNC’s Zoning Committee in order to have an affect on the redevelopment of Washington Boulevard. In 2003, the Committee’s chairperson, Laura Meyers, presented an opportunity to the UNNC zoning committee to create a Specific Plan to develop the Washington Boulevard Corridor (Crenshaw Boulevard to Normandie Avenue). We the citizens of UNNC were empowered to write up a plan by developing zoning surveys, land use conditions, and a streetscape or vision for Washington Boulevard. We came up with the Washington Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan. It is important to note that this is separate from any Community Redevelopment Association’s (CRA) plan, which is the councilperson’s vision as opposed to the neighborhoods’ own vision.


(continued) stores and restaurants, mixed use hous- answer questions from the Quality of ing) community stakeholders asked Life committee. I was able to ask him about the UNNC’s Washington for. Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan. He Currently CD10 Councilman Herb responded with “Everybody wants Wesson does not accept nor support restaurants but we have to give them the will of the UNNC. In fact, CD10 liquor licenses.” Huh? He reduced has been sitting on it so long the city the community vision, developed with planners have redirected their efforts extensive community involvement by a to CD9 Councilmember Jan Perry’s robust cross section of neighbors, over district’s, East Washington Corridor a substantial period of time…….to a Specific Plan. The new target area liquor license problem? I am left to is southeast of downtown where the wonder if he has even read it. manufacturing zoning has flipped to retail zoning virtually overnight. Perry The L.A. Times in homage to the wanted to capitalize on the new excite- Obama Transparent Government ment of her South Park neighborhood mandate, published a website, listing (Nokia Live, ESPN Center, J. W. Grand all of the councilperson’s campaign Marriot Hotel) to the near southeast contributions. I was dismayed to discover how many manufacturers side. contributed to his campaign coffers I met with Herb on a recent Satur- and can’t help but wonder about the day afternoon at the home of Etchie connection between this and CouncilMura on 7th Avenue. He was there to man Wesson’s reluctance to modify or

change the manufacturing zoning to accommodate the kind of local businesses the community wants. It leaves me to wonder if our Councilpeople are here to serve us or are our communities here to serve the ambitions of our Councilpeople? For more on this point http://www.laweekly.com/2009-02-26/ news/los-angeles-on-300-000-a-year/2 Gavin Glynn West Coast Consultant ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous

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COMMUNITY REPORTS

HARVARD HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASS. CRIME: Although Officer Muy said crime is down compared to last year, there have been 4 recent burglaries in Harvard Heights, 2 on Oxford Avenue between Washington and Venice and two on 15th street between Hobart and Western, as well as a recent robbery and knife assault on 15th Street near Oxford Ave. (Please note an additional recent attempted burglary on Oxford between Washington and the 10 Freeway – Steve) People are also being robbed on the streets for their cell phones, side kicks and ipods –please take extra care when using these devices out in public. Reports of gambling and constant loitering near the corner of Venice and Oxford and in front of U-Haul were also brought up at the meeting. Officer Muy noted that gambling is difficult to address as it is a misdemeanor and therefore has to be committed in front of a police officer to be actionable. LOUD PARTIES UPDATE: If the officer can audibly hear the noise within 50 ft (150 ft if in a car) he can now issue a citation without first having to issue a warning. The second call will result in equipment seizure. CLUB LATINO: Club Latino, on Pico between Oxford and Western, has shut down and is now for sale. PACIFIC STATES UNIVERSITY; Pacific States University is currently expanding and in the past 12 months has acquired 3 single-family homes, gutting the interiors and paving over the back yards. In defiance the R2 zoning, the HPOZ designation and the department of building and safety, they are claiming tax exemptions on the properties as they are being put to institutional use. All known violations will be compiled for a presentation to building and safety in an effort to force compliance. Pacific States University would like to comply by changing the current residential zoning on their properties. Further updates as they develop. CHAMPS PROGRAM: a city program to address problem properties. Perennial problem properties, including the top eight on Hobart, Westmoreland and Roosevelt, will soon be reported to Det Eric Moore who will arrange a meeting with all the owners and managers of the properties and present the documented community concerns and violations that have been logged. He will offer his assistance and various resources in resolving the issues. If an owner is not responsive, Detective Moore will then consider their stance antagonistic and use all available means to get them to comply or get them out. ELECTIONS The five HHNA officers were re-elected to another one-year term. Steve Wallis – President, Gary Rieck – VP, N. Harvard Heights, Jason Berkin – VP, S. Harvard Heights, Liz Cooper – Secretary, Roger Stewart – Treasurer - STEVE HOLLIS

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25th ST. BLOCK CLUB We had two break-ins on our block recently. The Schultz family was at home during the break-in; the alarm scared the intruder off. The Commons were away for the evening. They have a really tall fence around their property and someone still climbed over it. We have also had some activity at the vacant house on the block. Recently after 2 years the house is finally being worked on by someone; we hope this keeps people from breaking in and that it sold soon. We have one person on our block recovering from cancer. We would like her to know that she and her family are in all of our thoughts and prayers. Last but not least we had someone hit a parked car on our block. The guy who hit the car looked like he was going to run off but his front tire blew and he had to stop. The guy was uninsured; thankfully the owner of the car had insured motorist coverage along with physical damage coverage. What he did not have was a collisions waiver deductible (CWD). This endorsement waves the deductible if the accident is not your fault. Without it you have to cover your deductible regardless of fault. Everyone should have this on their policy. This endorsement is normally around $40 bucks or less a year but worth every penny!

LAFAYETTE SQUARE ASSOCIATION Mr. Berdell Knowles, Relationship Manager for Broadway Federal in the Midtown Shopping Center Broadway Federal Bank received $9 million in economic stimulus funds to distribute in the community that they serve. He spoke at our meeting and is willing to speak at your next meeting. He will take about 15 minutes to have an interactive talk about the current economy, banking, and community economic development. Jackie Dupont WESTERN HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION. After much lively and friendly community discussion and voting, the amendments to the Associations By-Laws are finally in place. The By-Laws now identify the membership of the Association. Previously anyone who lived in the neighborhood was considered a member whether or not they attended or supported the meetings. Now membership is confined to those who have signed a membership card.


This will help identify who the Association represents. The new membership will vote on whether or not to charge dues and if so, how much. They will also vote to elect new officers. Traffic Barrier Update: Because of a mix up in communication, the Traffic Barrier Committee has still not responded to the Permit Office’s request for proof they had fulfilled the requirements of the code used to install barriers. DIANNE LAWRENCE

Alsace Block Club Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilshire LAPD Community Room. The meetings last 1 hour so please come out and learn what is going on in your community. Look for our new block club meeting announcement in May. There are no specific boundaries. but we are located in the 1800 block of Alsace. Stakeholders from surrounding blocks can attend the meetings.

Alsace Block Club is looking for suggestions for community projects within Region 6 of the MidCity area.

Please come to the meeting to find out more information. MINC Region 6 Boundaries are as follows: South Middle of WA Blvd West Middle of Redondo Blvd East Middle of La Brea North Middle of Venice Joy Williams, President

WEST ADAMS SUGAR HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

WEST ADAMS AVENUES - Send-off party for Officer Brian Hun hosted at the home of Etchie Mura. He was promoted to Detective. Sergio Sanchez. New Sr. Lead Officer announced the Mont Clair Car Wash was declared a public nuisance by the citizens and it will be torn down in May, 2009. Contact him at 25833@ lapd.lacity.org or (323) 387-9615 or (213) 847-5944 - Children’s area now opened at Benny H. Potter Park. Pete Nishimura our Park Director announced the the official opening is Saturday May 2 @ Noon with a HEALTH FAIR to be announced. If you observe ANY suspicious activity in the park or annex please call General Service Police @ (213) 978-4670 or dial 311 and often. If you would like to have a FREE booth at the Health Fair contact Evangela Anderson our UNNC Park Chair at EANDER0828@aol.com or contact Carlton Stubbs directly @ (323) 373-9482 - Linda Marais presented the no overnight parking from 2AM -6AM proposal letter for Sylvia Lacy and the Department of Transportation (DOT). All were appreciative for Ethan Polk and Linda Marais for spearheading this action item. - Donna Jones spoke about our “waste basket adoption program” for 25th Street and shared photos of Doggie Waste Cans we could purchase to remind pet owners to curb and LEASH your dog at all times. - QOL agreed to do a walking tour on Labor Day Weekend in lieu of waning film contributions. - Derek Japha spoke on the imperative nature of writing a HPOZ/CCR plan and volunteered to compose one for WAAA. - Michelle Cortez asks for clarification on the scope of the beautification projects for WAAA. It was decided by the committee to focus on 25th Street since it what we all have in common. - Donna Jones requested the Park Advisory Board to secure a bike rack for the SSH. - Michelle requested UNNC money for a bike rack. - We would like the UNNC to purchase security cameras (posted high) to record vandalism and tagging suspects in the park.

We discussed the foreclosures in our neighborhood and our good fortune in having families able to buy some of them. We are working with other neighborhood groups to get several homes classified as Historic to help preserve the unique character of our area. New neighborhood places to enjoy were also discussed, such as Vintage Hollywood for film screenings and get-togethers, and Eureka Cafe’s new Soul Food Sunday brunches 11-3 every 3rd Sunday, starting March 15th. The association has been very pleased with the response time and interest of Gavin Glynn reporter our Police Officers. New neighborhood filming guidelines were theneighborhoodnews@yahoo.com passed around. Our latest beautification project is designing a monument and landscaping for the triangle at the intersection of LaSalle and Washington. We will be placing yard signs out in It is one of the most beautiful time for next months’ WASHNA meeting, 2nd Tuesday of each compensations of this life that month. Jacki Morie, WASHNA secretary no man can sincerely try to help

another without helping himself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

La Cevicheria and Seafood Grill

Chef Carolina Orellana, and husband, Grilled Fillets Julio, armed with recipes from all over Carolina absolutely excels with her boneless grilled fillets. Latin America have created a lovely Red snapper, salmon, or halibut are grilled until lush and served in 1 of 4 sauces- each one spectacular. Notable is atmosphere where no one is a stranger, the VERACRUZ sauce with capers and tomatoes. $10.99 only a friend they haven’t fed yet. Don’t miss! Soft spoken and gracious, Carolina, (alum of the Epicurean School ) has perfected fish. Everything she touches is delicious and elegant. Diners instantly warm to the effusive Julio as he bounds from the kitchen to greet you. Often he pulls up a chair to personally guide you through the menu.

Fish Tacos

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Art In The Corridor

LUCAS REINER

Reiner is also involved with Design Week at The Pacific Design Center and was one of a few artists chosen to create installations in the many empty spaces recently made available by the sudden business downfall. Making a negative into a positive, collaborating alongside fellow painter John Millei, the duo will be fusing their work to create an atmospheric installation from velvet paintings and 3 ½ minute films of Los Angeles trees. By the time this article sees print the installations will be gone but the creative forces are a constant with Reiner. Reiner told me that he once walked from the Coca Cola Company on Pico (east of downtown) all the way to the beach! Two breaks and a leisurely lunch later, it took 7 hours to walk. Reiner looks for the unexpected, enjoying the eclectic variations of life on the streets and savoring the beautiful and mysterious landscape that is the Washington corridor.

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ucked between the taquerias, fish markets, liquor stores and cabinetmakers found along Washington Blvd. are the artists who have flocked to the corridor to find an urban sanctuary to nurture their art. Right next to the Nate Holden Theater are a cluster of art studios. Among this small colony of artistic renegades, Lucas Reiner holes himself up and works on his paintings. Along with his paintings, Reiner also works on community projects. In March he curated a show of work by students ages 14-22 at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) which offers kids from the Rampart area, free community programs in academics, arts and athletics & the El Corazon Gallery.

“Painting has analogous restrictions upon it….over the years painters have found numerous ways to subvert this and other imposed restrictions. What interests me is this contest between limitations in painting and the limitless ability of the art to surpass its restrictions, showing the world as we have never seen it before.” Whether working on paintings that reflect a nano moment after a celestial explosion or a “tree-by-tree tour” which makes the viewer seem like they’re looking at nature portraits within the muted smog tinged L.A. sky, there’s a buzz of intimate, ardent activity. Reiner’s work can be seen at lucasreiner.com

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