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Los Feliz Ledger
Vol 11. No. 11
Read by 100,000+ Residents and Business Owners in Los Feliz, Silver Lake,
Atwater Village, Echo Park & Hollywood Hills
Hollywood Sign
“Band-Aids”
Makes for Bad
Beachwood
Blood
O’Farrell Case
Dismissed
By Erin Hickey
Ledger Contributing Writer
LOS ANGELES—After multiple postponements, a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles
City Councilmember Mitch
O’Farrell, his 2013 election
campaign and at least two
other defendants over a car accident, has been dismissed, according to public records.
It is unclear why plaintiff
Kimberly Canody requested
the dismissal, but a judge dismissed the case this March
without prejudice, which
means Canody has the option
to re-file at a later date if she
chooses.
Canody was originally
represented in the lengthy
proceedings by attorney Kyle
Madison, but began representing herself earlier this year.
According to court filings, Canody claims she was
By Allison B. Cohen
THREE HUNDRED FIFTY FOOT GORILLA—This is the view—behind the iconic sign hikers and tourists want to see—that has wreaked havoc in the Beachwood residential neighborhood and its
small Village, which are directly below it.
Photo: L. Pettet/Getty Images.
see O’FARRELL page 5
Attorney
Says Ruling
“No Impact”
on DeLeon
Lawsuit
see DeLEON page 10
Politics:
Neighborhood Council
Elections, page 4
BEACHWOOD CANYON—
Attempts to stem the crush of
tourists trying to get near the
Hollywood Sign—and return
the once quiet and bucolic village located in its shadow to
serenity—are pitting homeowners against merchants and
raising questions regarding public access versus public safety.
Petitions are flying left
and right, and today, threats of
boycotting the area’s tiny business district and filing lawsuits
have become commonplace.
“It was like Mayberry,”
said Patti Peck, the owner of
the Beachwood Café, “and
now it’s been fractured.”
The problem started about
ten years ago as smart phones
see BEACHWOOD page 15
Local Produces Documentary
on Dodgers TV Shut Out
LOS FELIZ—Local Tom Wilson is not shy about pointing
By Allison B. Cohen
Attorneys for Walter DeLeon, the unarmed man who
was shot in the head by a Los
Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD)
officer last June while walking
on Los Feliz Boulevard, said a
recent ruling by the Los Angeles Police Commission that
the shooting of DeLeon was
justified will have “no impact”
on a civil rights lawsuit filed in
April on behalf of their client
against the city and the police
department.
“The stakes have not been
higher for the LAPD in over
a generation,” said Ben Meise-
May 2016
Tom Wilson, pictured here after interviewing sports and media journalists
from the Los Angeles Times, wrote,
filmed, edited and narrated the onehour documentary.
out injustices when it comes to
Major League Baseball.
Day Trekking:
Elysian Park, page 6
In 2007, he took on how
baseball statistics are recorded
in the steroids era. He protested players known to have
taken steroids should have
an asterisk by their names so
fans could know the achievement—like when Barry Bonds
bested Hank Aaron’s homerun
record—occurred under the
influence of performance enhancing drugs.
Enraged by the staining
of the game he loves, Wilson
manufactured and sold 16
x 16-inch foam asterisks for
similarly minded fans to wear
in protest at ballgames.
And now he’s taken on
something much bigger—
what he fears may ultimately
be the end of America’s favorsee DODGERS page 10
Community News:
Legal problems over mural for
new bar, Bukowski’s, page 9
[EASTSIDE EYE]
Where Did All The Art Galleries Go?
By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist
Exterior of Winslow Garage, Silver Lake
There was a time when visiting the Coffee Table on Rowena Avenue meant a look at
a frequently changing display
from local painters and photographers.
Community News: Advocates
push for citywide OK for street
vendors, page 9
But the Coffee Table’s colorful walls were demolished years
ago, echoing the economy’s impact on art friendly showcases in
Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
see ART page 10
Out & About:
Taste of the Eastside, May 1,
page 23
Los Feliz Ledger
[letter from the publisher]
The ongoing
and
seem ing ly
never-ending Beachwood Hollywood Sign issue feels often
like there is no one good solution—and there’s not.
The problem is (see our
front page story) with GPS
now on mobile phones, tourists are inundating the residential neighborhood to get
close to the Hollywood Sign
to take a selfie. Hikers are
also prolific walking the residential street to get to one of
many Griffith Park entrances—and the sign.
Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu inherited the issue from former
councilmember Tom LaBonge
when Ryu took office last July.
Since then, the issue—and
finding solutions—has been
near the top of Ryu’s agenda.
In our story, we quote
one homeowner who says the
city’s fixes, including creating
restricted parking along half
of No. Beachwood Drive, including near the commercial
area, are like playing whacka-mole and that one Band-Aid
fix only creates a new wound
elsewhere, including other areas of Griffith Park.
I cannot think of another
neighborhood in Los Angeles
that has such a tourist magnet
at the end of its street. Having
reported this story for years
and extensively for this edition, I, like the homeowner,
feel today’s fixes are a no-win
situation.
“It’s a bad experience for
everyone,” said the resident,
Jack Conrad, who is quoted
in our story. “Bad for the tourists. Bad for the businesses.
Bad for the residents.”
New ideas and a new way
of solving the problem must
be explored—big ideas—
even those that challenge
long-held and beloved conventions, like possibly closing the trailhead at the end
of Beachwood, the possible
construction of a parking lot
or even the creation of a Hollywood Visitors Center that
could shuttle tourists near
the sign for their selfies.
None of these are easy
answers and none may even
be possible. According to
Ryu’s staff, he will release a
comprehensive plan for the
entire hillside next to the
iconic landmark in either late
May or June. No one thinks
solving this problem is going
to be easy, but relief could
not come soon enough for
everyone involved: residents,
businesses, hikers in the area
and tourists alike.
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Fancy Pants Spend Mother’s Day
with the family creating art and
critiquing fashion. This artist-led
tour for families will focus on fashions of the 1700s as depicted in
European art. Afterwards, kids and
their parents will make paper fashion accessories perfect for playing dress-up. While you’re there,
show the kids the moving cars of
Chris Burden’s Metropolis II and
perhaps even hold a picnic on the
luscious Hancock Park grass. Free
with LACMA general admission.
LACMA, Sun. May 8th, 12:30 p.m.
5905 Wilshire Blvd. Information:
(323) 857-6010, lacma.org
Scent Lab Kids age five and up can
create a unique perfume for mom
at this special event as part of the
Hammer Museum’s AIX Scent Fair.
Perfume maker Persephenie Lea
will provide instructions on how
to combine aromas in this drop-in
workshop. Other, non-kid friendly
AIX Scent Fair events will take
place at the Hammer throughout
Mother’s Day weekend, including a
scent class for adults (and accompanied teens) hosted by the Institute for Art and Olfaction. Free.
The Hammer Museum, Sun. May
8th, 1 p.m. 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Information: hammer.ucla.edu
Pretty Princess Painting &
Pamper In one room at LA Mother, mom will be able to relax by
spending an hour painting and
sipping on Mimosas. All the while,
kids 8 throuh 17 will be taught
how to pamper their mother by
learning how to make simple appetizers, a body scrub and some
simple massage techniques. Tickets are $43.19 for adults and $22
for kids. La Mother, Sun. May 8th,
1 p.m. 1627 North Gower St. Information: www.itswineyart.com
Anthropological Anthology:
A CraftLab Family Workshop With
Lisa Occhipinti Gather your family
together to make a book. Fill pages with writing, pictures, collage
and any other creative expressions and then Occhipinti, a highly respect print artist, will bind it
into a handsome hardcover. What
a delightful way to express your
love for mom. Free. Craft And Folk
Art Museum, Sun. May 8th, 1:30 to
3:30. 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Information: cafam.com
Cymbeline at the USS Iowa
Billed as a historic Mother’s Day
event, this presents one with
the opportunity to take part in
two rare events. The first, is a
one night only performance of
the rarely produced late period
Shakespeare work Cymbeline,
staged by San Pedro’s Theatrum
Elysium. The second is that this is
the first time ever that a live theater performance will take place
on the USS Iowa. Shakespeare’s
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Britain, will be staged under the
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May 2016
Los Feliz Ledger
[street level]
Not Sanders, Trump or Clinton, But Folks From
Your Neighborhood
Judge Clears Way for
Waverly Drive Sale to Katy Perry
By Michael Darling, Ledger Contributing Writer
On May 14th, the city will hold neighborhood council elections for Los Feliz, Silver Lake, East
Hollywood, Atwater Village and Echo Park, among others. Do you plan to vote in your neighborhood council election? Why or why not?
“Yes, because I
think those are
the people who
have more effect on your
daily life than
whoever’s in the White
House.” – David B., outside
the Skylight Theater on Vermont Avenue.
“Yes, I don’t
know how I’ll
vote, but I
know I will.” –
Cheryl S., outside Skylight
Books on Vermont Avenue.
“I didn’t know
the election was
happening and
I
probably
won’t because I
don’t have the
time to research the issues.” –
Eric V., outside Skylight
Books on Vermont Avenue.
May 2016
“Absolutely! I
love Los Feliz
and have lived
here for 10
years and I just
started realizing there were neighborhood
councils. I like being involved
and I want to take care of the
best neighborhood in the best
city in the world. I even have
the council meetings programmed into my phone’s calendar.” – Caroline W., outside Sacred Light on Vermont
Avenue.
serve and everything else will
fall into place. If politicians all
came to the table and discussed what’s needed, we’d be
better off, but that’s not going
to happen.” – Mark S., outside Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue.
“Yeah, I am.
You’ve got to
uphold
the
C on s t it ut ion
and law. It
needs to be the
will of the people, not special
interests and that applies to
the national and local level.
Like, right now we’re in economic slavery. Straighten out
the taxes and the Federal Re-
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A judge canceled the deed
and invalidated the sale of a
former convent in Los Feliz
to businesswoman Dana Hollister April 13th, clearing the
way to make the property
available to singer Katy Perry.
Los Angeles Superior
Court Judge Stephanie Bowick had taken two separate
motions under submission in
February in a case that pitted Perry and the Los Angeles
Archdiocese against Hollister
and the Sisters of the Most
Holy and the Immaculate
Heart of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, a convent the archdiocese oversees.
Lawyer J. Michael Hennigan, on behalf of the archdiocese, and Perry’s attorney,
Eric Rowen, both praised the
rulings. Rowen said he expects
the sale to Perry to occur soon.
The archdiocese started
the litigation by filing suit
against Hollister last June
19th. The sale to Hollister was
favored by two nuns, Sisters
Rita Callahan and Catherine
Rose Holzman. A previous
court ruling indicated the
nuns had no authority to enter
into the sale with Hollister.
The sale to Hollister was
for $10 million, of which only
$100,000 was paid, according
to the archdiocese.
The proposed sale to Perry
would be worth $14.5 million,
consisting of $10 million in
cash and an agreement to provide an alternative property
for a prayer house for priests,
which is also on the property,
worth $4.5 million, according
to the archdiocese.
COMMUNITY NEWS
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[neighborhood council elections]
Candidates Finalized for May Elections
By Erin Hickey, Ledger Contributing Writer
Neighborhood
council
election season is in full swing,
with elections taking place
May 1st for the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council
and May 14th for the Atwater
Village, Greater Echo Park
Elysian, Los Feliz and Silver
Lake neighborhood councils.
EAST HOLLYWOOD
In East Hollywood, 28 candidates have filed: Jon Johannsson for District 1; John
O’Donnell for District 3;
Mark Charles Ramsey, Tereza Yerimyan, Susanna Furios
and Tyler Adams for District
4; incumbent Eric Soldevilla,
Jamaal A. Gulledge and Jose
A. Galdamez, Jr. for District
5; Harry Peck, Trey McCurley and Arasele Torrez Jimenez
for District 6; incumbent
Robert Peppermuller for Indigent Services Rep.; Shahan
Suzmeyan for Public Safety
Rep.; Lynn Fountain Campbell, Jason Farmer and Barbara Carmichael for Arts and
Culture Rep.; Keith Miller
and Jennifer Lee for Community Services Rep.; Shyamal
Mazumder and Ishraq Ali for
Tenant Rep.; Seta Panosian
for Property Owner Rep.; Jeff
Zarrinnam for Business Rep.;
Robb Winer for Faith Based
Community Services Rep.;
and incumbent Jessica McBride, Stephanie Garcia, Matthew Sanderson and Michael
Atkins for At-Large Rep.
Elections will be held May
1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
Armenian Youth Center, 1559
N. Kenmore Ave.
ATWATER VILLAGE
The 29 candidates running
for Atwater Village are: incumbent Mike Leiaghat,
former neighborhood council member John Ciulik, Vat
Tann, John Bradley, Lawrence
Hafetz and Rick Stoeker for
North Atwater; incumbent
Karen Knapp, Karen Barnett,
Jessie Yoo Goddard, Damian
Diaz and Weston Westenborg
for Central Atwater; incumbent Courtney Morris, Amy
Allen, Matthew Weil, Erin
O’Brien, Phil Jones and Rueben Martinez for South Atwater; Bill Griffith, Daniel Nava
Palacios and Paul Pagnone for
Business Rep.; incumbent Torin Dunnavant for Community Group/Nonprofit Rep.;
incumbent Edward Morrissey,
Mario Cardenas and self-identified atheist Matt Waggoner
for Faith-Based Organizations Rep.; incumbent Monica
Waggoner for Education Rep.;
and Diahanne Carolyn Payne,
Paul Trinh, Jit Dutta, Andrew
Mackay and Jody Rath for At
Large Rep.
Elections will be held May
14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Revo Café, 3134 Glendale
Blvd.
ELYSIAN ECHO PARK
Thirty candidates have filed
to run for the Greater Elysian Echo Park Neighborhood Council: Steven Farrell, Nathan Stayton, Mark
Suh, Darcy Harris, David
“Rockello” Rosen, Mary Jane
Hunter, Daniel S. Elder, Damian Pelliccione, Logan Garrity and Manuel Pool for At
Large Rep.; Luis Gonzalez and
Jackelyn Valladares for Community Interest Rep.; Michael
Galano, Kevin Fisher, Justin
Brossier and Paul Bowers for
District 1; Shayne Fiske Goldner, Jim Brown and Chad
Christopher Kline for District
2; Andrew Knauer for District
3; Tad Yenawine for District
4; and Patrick Petra, Jeffrey G
Kontorovsky, Mike Jolly, Amber Tarshis, Andy Griggs, Velinda Rockello, Joselyn GeagaRosenthal, Emma Rosenthal
and Johnnichael Hull for District 5.
Elections will be held May
14th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Edendale Branch Library,
2011 W. Sunset Blvd.
LOS FELIZ
Los Feliz also has 30 candidates: Lenora Claire, Annabelle Gurwitch, incumbent
Brian J. Cornelius, Sheldon
Hirshon, incumbent Courtney Ballard and Kathleen Byrnes for District A; Amy Foell,
Jon Deutsch, Rohitkumar
Srinivasa, Michael B. Hoffman, Harold Lowell Franklin,
incumbent Christina Amirian
Khanjian, Shaun Temple and
Janet Kim for District B; Gina
Isaac, Madison Blu Fairchild,
Michael Tapia, Debra Matlock and Barbara Howell for
District C; incumbent Nello
DiGiandomenico,
Michael
Hain, Jerry Minor, Dan McNamara and Joanna Lamb
Looby for District D; and
Dani Walker, Joseph Garner,
Bryant Edwards, Kevin Randolph, incumbent Danny Cohen and Josh Steichmann for
District E.
Elections will be held May
14th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at
LAFD Fire Station 35, 1601
Hillhurst Ave.
SILVER LAKE
Silver Lake has 39 registered
candidates: Dario Martinez,
Gabriel Blanco, Antonio
Stifano, Patty Jausoro, incumbent Glenn Harrell,
Jordan Bromley, Scott
D Plante, incumbent
Anne-Marie
Johnson,
incumbent Jerome Courshon, incumbent Heather
Carson, Monika Bee, Corina
Danckwerts, Brian M Falls,
Lourdes Fuentes and Adam
Collins for the seven available
“At-Large” seats; Scott Crawford, Douglas J. Loewy and
Jia Gu for Region 1; Elizabeth
Torres, incumbent Georgene
Smith Goodin and incumbent
Barbara Ringuette for Region 2; Jessica Salans, Nicolas Somilleda, Jenna Freyenberger and Adam Somilleda
for Region 3; Tracey Woolfolk, Rusty Millar, Gustavo
Delgado and incumbent Jay
F Bennett for Region 4; and
Caroline Pham, Bob Lisauskas, Michael Buch and Daniel
Rodriguez for Region 5; Betsy
Smith Isroelit, Taryn Poole
and Jeremy L Ross for Region
6; and Terrence Jackson, Stacey Boucher and Chris Jackson
for Region 7.
Elections will be held May
14th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at Micheltorena Elementary
School, 1511 Micheltorena St.
or online by advance registration at empowerla.org.
More information about
the candidates, including
statements and photos, is
available at empowerla.org.
Anyone who lives, works,
owns property or is otherwise
a community stakeholder is
eligible to vote in the council
election for that neighborhood by providing supportive
documentation, such as a valid
California Driver’s License or
utility bill, on Election Day.
A full list of acceptable
forms of documentation is
available at empowerla.org.
Advance registration is not required for in-person voting.
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May 2016
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LADWP ‘Demonstration Garden’ Just Rocks
By Erin Hickey, Leger Contributing Writer
LOS FELIZ—When a notice
appeared in mid-March on
the gates of the Rowena Reservoir—a water storage facility
designed to look like a park, but
owned by the Los Angeles Dept.
of Water and Power (LADWP)
and closed to the public—indicating the grass surrounding
the facility was due to be replaced with a “demonstration
garden” of California friendly
landscaping, nearby residents
had visions of succulents and
native plants.
Instead, they got rocks: a
mix of pink and green gravel
and decomposed granite, arranged by color in a wave-like
pattern.
The redesign, known as
the Rowena Reservoir Parkway Turf Replacement Project, is part of a larger LADWP
effort to replace grass at its
facilities with more droughtappropriate landscaping.
Carla Blair, who has lived
in the neighborhood for eight
years, said she and her neighbors support the water conservation aspect of the project,
but that’s about it.
“They stopped watering
[the grass], and I don’t think
anyone in the neighborhood
May 2016
really objected to that,” she
said. “But the rocks are not my
favorite.”
Blair’s neighbor, Justin
Browne, who
is spearheading an attempt
to get LADWP to change
the design, was
not as diplomatic.
“ H a v e
you seen it?”
he asked. “It’s
hideous.”
Of greater
concern
for Blair and
Browne
is
what’s in store
for the Ettrick
Street border
of the reservoir.
According to LADWP
representatives,
because
Ettrick is on an incline, gravel
and decomposed granite are
not viable turf replacement
options, due to the potential
for runoff during rainy seasons. Instead, LADWP plans
to replace the grass on that
street with concrete.
A letter to the LADWP,
www.losfelizledger.com
signed by 40 residents in the
project’s immediate vicinity, called the plan for Ettrick
Street “totally unacceptable,”
and said it “would single
handedly destroy the street’s
character.”
Furthermore, the letter alleges, Ettrick’s existing palm
trees, which the plan would
leave intact, “would most definitely suffer” from water runoff and additional heat generated by the concrete.
On April 19th, LADWP
Property Manager Heidi Hiraoka, who oversees the Rowena
Reservoir, and a representative
for District 4 Councilmember
David Ryu met with a group
of about 20 residents to discuss
their concerns about the project.
At the meeting, Hiraoka
said that due to the scope and
timeline of LADWP’s turf replacement program, it is unlikely the gravel and granite
design—which has already
replaced much of the grass on
the Rowena Avenue, Maxwell
Street and Hyperion Avenue
borders of the reservoir—will
be changed, but there was still
the potential for compromise
on Ettrick Street.
Community suggestions
for such a compromise included synthetic turf, a tiered
planting system that would
resist runoff, a community
garden or most popular, doing
nothing at all.
“Just leave it as dead grass,”
Browne said at the meeting.
“It’s ugly, but it’s okay.”
For now, the LADWP appears to have taken Browne up
on his suggestion.
On April 22nd, Hiraoka
emailed those who had attended the community meeting
that, based on their feedback,
“concrete will not be installed
on Ettrick Street and the turf
will remain in place ‘as is’ for
the indefinite future” until a
compromise can be reached.
O’FARRELL from page 1
O’Farrell’s campaign were
insured, according to court
documents.
A fund opened by
O’Farrell last March under
city campaign finance laws,
raised $21,300 from 18 donors
towards the councilmember’s
legal defense and any possible settlement or judgment
against him.
A
spokesperson
for
O’Farrell declined to comment
and attempts to reach Canody
have been unsuccessful.
hit head-on while riding her
scooter on Santa Monica Boulevard by a driver hired to pass
out flyers for O’Farrell’s campaign, and as a result required
12 surgeries and suffered permanent injuries.
Separate documents filed
on O’Farrell’s behalf claim the
councilmember is not liable for
any of Canody’s damages, as he
did not directly hire the driver,
but rather his campaign did.
Neither the driver nor
COMMUNITY NEWS
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Day Trekking: Elysian Park Hiking Trails
By Mike Pallotta, Ledger Contributing Writer
West Elysian Park Drive Trail
ELYSIAN PARK—For so many
Los Angeles residents, a hike
here means winding through a
packed parking lot at the foot
of Dodgers Stadium. And with
the new season having just begun, fans are swarming Elysian Park from every direction.
But if your only experience at
Elysian has been baseballrelated, you’re sorely missing
out on some recreational hiking trails and intimate walks
through nature, open to the
public from sunrise to sunset.
Founded in 1886, Elysian Park is the city’s oldest
park and its second largest. At
1.65 square miles, the park has
trails extending throughout
for exploration. But, to narrow it down, here are two easily accessible hikes—one loop
in the west and another in the
north end.
dium Way. Leading north is a
dirt path with a white gate—
this is your starting line.
This first portion of the
trail is well trodden and has
some slight twists and turns,
but nothing too strenuous.
Between that and the steady
incline, hikers get a leisurely
walk that’s only as exerting as
you make it. Whichever pace
you choose, just be sure to take
in the scenery: felled trees,
California Goldenrods, overgrown green brush and twisted branches framing views of
Elysian Valley and Mt. Washington in the distance.
Keep following the path as
it traces alongside the 5 Freeway heading northwest, until
you hit a sharp curve bending
back south and up the hill. At
this point, about 0.7 miles in,
you’ll get some real elevation,
which is sure to take a toll on
your calves.
But, the sharp incline is
worth it, because about ¼-mile
up the path you’ll reach the
peak to find the Marian Harlow Memorial Garden. With
succulents, white and purple
daisies and a bench facing the
WEST:
Elysian Park Drive Trail
The intersection of Elysian
Park Drive and Stadium Way
provides a couple different options for hiking. For this path,
enter on the west side of Sta-
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downtown skyline, the garden
makes the perfect resting spot
for a short break.
Once you’re back on the
trail, it’s somewhat of a straight
shot down south, with smaller
offshoots cutting back east to
Elysian Park Drive if you need
a shortcut. If you’re in it for
the long haul, just stay on the
main trail until you come to
an area shrouded by eucalyptus trees and lush green ferns.
Eventually, you’ll arrive at
a yellow gate along Academy
Road. To your left will be a
graffitied no smoking sign at
the edge of a cracked asphalt
road closed to through traffic—that’s Elysian Park Drive.
Follow along the road as it
loops back to where you entered at Stadium Way.
What’s especially notable
about this trail is the variety—
you’ll find a mix in elevation,
terrain, flora, and views of
downtown and northeast L.A.
Not to mention, if you show
up on a Saturday at 9 a.m.? Ladies and gentlemen, welcome
to the dog show. You will see
a cavalcade of every kind of
dog there is—from the tiniest
white fur balls to the biggest
Direwolves anywhere.
For those looking for a
solo experience, you may want
to take the next trail instead.
NORTH:
Angels Point Road Trail
Where the Elysian Park
Drive trail offers a recreational
Elysian Park Drive Trail
walk, the Angels Point Road
trail gives hikers a treacherous
3-mile adventure climbing up
and into the park’s hills.
To get to the path, you’ll
come to the intersection of Elysian Park Drive and Stadium
Way, but cross to the east side
of Stadium Way. When you do
cross the street, be very careful
because cars are going around
40 mph and they might not see
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stadium. But, don’t fret. You’re
just passing by the shooting
gallery at the Los Angeles Police Academy.
Keep your head down,
stay cool and before you know
it, you’ll arrive at Angels Point,
another tucked away, scenic
place to peer out over the city.
What makes this location extra special—other than the
fact that it’s a prime smooch
spot for couples—is the Frank
Glass and Grace E. Simons
Memorial Sculpture. According to a plaque at the foot
of the sculpture, it was built by
Echo Park’s own Peter Shire to
commemorate Glass and Simons, two community leaders
who helped preserve the park.
Sadly, the sculpture has been
covered in graffiti since it was
erected in the ’90s, but it’s still
a sight to behold.
To finish the hike, just
make your way back onto Angels Point Road—again, remain on the side of the road
to avoid through traffic—until you loop back around to
the starting point on Stadium
Way. Congratulations, you’ve
survived the many dangers
and enjoyed the beauty of Elysian Park.
Angels Point Road Trail
hill. Also, there’s no stop sign
or crosswalk. Upon completing
this first death-defying task,
you’ll be ready for your journey
to begin.
Heading north, pass the
gate on your left and start
up the trail. Similar to the
Elysian Park Drive trail, this
path is adorned with beautiful flowers, overgrown greenery and gnarled trees. More
experienced hikers might prefer this path, however, due to
the bends, curves and elevation. As soon as you’re coming
around the hill—and it doesn’t
take long—the trail narrows
along a steep drop-off over the
5 Freeway and northeast Los
Angeles. To heighten the sense
of danger, the path is occasionally peppered with sharp,
knee-high steel bars jutting up
out of the ground, seemingly
leftover from what was once a
guardrail. Now, they just wait
to impale a clumsy hiker.
And, if that’s not enough,
there are old water pipes weaving in and out of the hillside,
jagged rock formations, omi-
out of your mind though and
continue on your journey until you see a dilapidated stone
wall above on your right.
Climb up the steps, keeping
your balance, then hop the
wall onto Angels Point Road.
Now that you’re on the
road, go west, but be sure to
hug the side to avoid cars.
About ¼-mile up the road
you’ll come to another white
gate on your left, with a graffiti-covered ditch that’s only
a few feet wide. Follow the
ditch all the way to the end,
where you’ll see grass fields
straight ahead. Rather than
cut across the fields, walk up
to the open space on your left.
From this vantage, you’ll have
a clear panorama of Dodgers
Stadium and downtown Los
Angeles. Benches line the
hill, so feel free to stop and if
there’s a Dodgers game, take
it in from the cheapest seats
possible.
Once you’ve soaked in the
view, take the gravel path until you reach Parks Road. This
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[representative schiff]
Repealing the Gun Industry’s Inexcusable Immunity Shield
By U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff
In 2002, fear
gripped the
nation’s capital as two
snipers took
the lives of
ten
victims
in and around Washington,
DC. When the culprits were
found and arrested, investigators learned that the gun they
used — a Bushmaster semiautomatic assault rifle — had
been stolen from a gun dealer
in Tacoma, Washington, with
a long history of having guns
simply go missing from its inventory.
Families of the victims
brought lawsuits against both
the dealer, for failing to oversee the sale of its weapons, and
Bushmaster, for continuing to
provide the guns to a negligent
dealer. After a judge allowed
the case to move forward,
both defendants settled out of
court for $2.5 million.
The specter of the gun
industry being held accountable for this type of negligence
spurred immediate action by
the National Rifle Association
(NRA). The NRA mobilized
its staunchest supporters in
Congress with a breathtaking
request, which the organization dubbed its number one
priority: a sweeping exemption
from liability for gun makers, gun dealers, and even the
NRA itself.
It was an audacious move.
After all, civil liability is how
we hold companies and individuals responsible for acting
with reasonable care towards
others in our society. No other
consumer goods industry had
such sweeping immunity.
[assemblymember gatto]
Scandal-Ridden Public Utilities
Commission Needs Reform
By California Assemblymember Mike Gatto
It’s hard to
find a region
of our state
that›s not concerned about
the California
Public Utilities (PUC) Commission, from
the pipeline explosion in San
Bruno to the colossal gas leak
in Porter Ranch.
Despite allegations of serious ethical lapses and other
misconduct, the commission
has failed to adopt meaningful
changes from within. And legislative efforts to bring needed
reforms to the commission
have all been vetoed. So I have proposed a broad
reform that would make the
PUC more focused, more specialized and more accountable. The proposal is simple: The
Legislature will place on the
ballot a constitutional amendment asking Californians to
remove the constitutional protections of the PUC—protections that make it untouchable
and unaccountable—and to
rethink its broad mandates,
replacing it with more nimble
and functional agencies. The new constitutional
provision would further instruct the Legislature to reconfigure the duties of the PUC to
maximize public safety, ratepayer protection and the ability of the public to participate
and intervene in regulatory
proceedings in the most transparent way possible. This reform would not do
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But after an intensive lobbying campaign, the NRA got
exactly what it wanted: the
so-called Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
(PLCAA), passed in 2005.
At the time of its passage,
supporters of the law attempted to downplay its scope and
unprecedented nature. They
argued that the law was merely intended to prevent rogue
judges and juries from attributing independent criminal
acts to the gun industry.
But in its practical impact,
PLCAA has gone well beyond
that point. It has shut the door
to nearly all lawsuits by victims of gun violence against
gun makers, distributors or
sellers — even in cases where
plaintiffs would have had a
strong case if their injury involved a car, a knife, or a prescription drug.
Right now, the families of
those first graders murdered in
Newtown, Connecticut are suing Bushmaster, the company
that made the assault weapon
which the shooter used to kill
26 at Sandy Hook Elementary
School. There is a very real fear
away with any of the functional protections we ratepayers
currently enjoy. But it would
ask Californians to come together to rethink our regulatory regime. For example,
should the commission focus
on the arcane details of limousine safety while gas pipelines
are blowing up? As part of my investigation into the Porter Ranch
gas leak, we discovered that
in 2014, the commission was
notified in writing of serious
corrosion and the high likelihood of a leak on the aging
infrastructure in the gas reservoir, and yet it appears they
did nothing to prevent it. Would this calamity have
been avoided or handled better if there were one small,
specialized, accountable agency focusing on one thing (gas
pipeline safety) and one thing
only? Could the public better
hold regulators accountable if
dealing with such an agency? The answer to these questions is clearly “yes.” And that
is the same reason lawmakers
and the public should vote
“yes” on my reform measure
to break up the PUC.
Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Utilities & Commerce Committee and the
longest-serving current member
of the State Assembly. He represents California’s 43rd Assembly
District, which includes Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank.
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has been allowed to proceed in
the near term, that they will be
barred from proceeding in the
long-term because of PLCAA.
That’s why I’ve introduced
legislation to repeal this law.
There is no single policy
that can stop gun violence or
mass shootings, but that is
no excuse for inaction on repealing PLCAA, addressing
mental illness and closing the
loophole that allows people to
buy weapons without a background check. The question is
whether we can adopt policies
and laws that substantially decrease the 30,000 Americans
killed each year by guns, while
respecting the rights of law
abiding gun owners.
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opposing the tower.
In a letter to the Los Angeles City Planning Dept.,
residents voiced their concerns
about the project, among them
that “cell towers are ugly…
[and destroy] the view and the
entire look and feel of a neighborhood” and that they “negatively affect real estate values.”
According to the letter, if
approved, the Verizon could
result in an influx of other
new cell towers, since under
the Telecommunications Act
of 1996, once one tower is approved, the city “cannot discriminate or prohibit other
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Street Vendors Push for Citywide Legalization
By Erin Hickey, Ledger Contributing Writer
ECHO
PARK—“L.A.
loves street food culture,”
Clare Fox told a crowd of
about 60 Los Angeles
street vendors and their
supporters, who gathered
recently on Cesar Chavez
day in Echo Park to protest what they called the
“ongoing criminalization
of street vendors” and to
push for citywide legalization.
“But does the city
respect street food vendors?” she asked.
“No!” the crowd
shouted back.
Fox is the executive director of the Los Angeles Food
Policy Council, a body created
in 2011 by then Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to
expand access to healthy food
in lower income communities, the same communities in
which the bulk of Los Angeles’s street vendors live.
According to Fox, street
vending is already an integral
part of Los Angeles culture,
and “the law needs to catch
up.”
In November 2013, Los
Angeles City Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Curren
D. Price, Jr. authored a motion
that would begin the legalization process for street vending, but three years later, little
progress has been made.
According to public records, the motion has gone
back and forth, between two
city council committees and
the city’s Chief Legislative
Analyst, seven times since its
introduction.
Attempts to contact Huizar and Price to check on the
status of the motion were unsuccessful.
Nancy Meza with the East
LA Community Corporation
(ELCC), a nonprofit Latino
outreach organization, said
she believes the council has
been moving the issue from
one committee to another to
avoid taking action.
Late last year, a group of
street vendors filed a lawsuit
against the city of Los Angeles
over what they say was the illegal confiscation of their carts
and equipment by the Los
Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD),
according to an October Los
Angeles Times article.
With proper permits,
street vendors are sometimes
legally allowed to operate during parades, festivals and other
special events.
But, a jewelry vendor at
the Chavez Day protest—who
asked to be identified only as
Deborah—said she and other
vendors faced LAPD harassment when they participated
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Mural Poses Legal Issue for New
Bukowski Owner
By Erin Hickey, Ledger Contributing Writer
tin Luther King Day parade
earlier this year.
“We had 15 police cars try
to move us out of the park,”
she said.
According to Deborah,
the police eventually conceded
that she and the other vendors
were legal participants in the
event, and allowed them to
stay.
“Street vending is already
a part of our culture that needs
to be formalized,” said ELCC’s
Meza. “City Hall can’t continue to wait and stall while vendors are being harassed and
criminalized every day.”
Complicating the issue,
said Meza, are Health Dept.
permits, which are routinely
issued to street food vendors.
According to Meza, because of
these permits, many vendors
mistakenly think they are operating legally.
Further, said Meza, LAPD
enforcement of street vending
laws is inconsistent, resulting
in hefty fines and merchandise
confiscation for some vendors,
while others are let off with a
warning, or in some cases, not
approached by police at all.
“We want [enforcement]
to be based on actual policy,”
said Meza. “Not just whether
[an officer] feels nice that day.”
The LAPD did not respond to requests for comment
on their enforcement protocol
for street vending.
According to previous reports, some opponents of citywide legalization have suggested designated vending areas as
a possible solution instead, but
such attempts have been unsuccessful in the past.
In 1994, an ordinance was
passed to allow for the creation
of “Special Sidewalk Vending
Districts,” which would make
vending legal in specific neighborhoods.
However, according to a
2014 report by Los Angeles’
Chief Legislative Analyst, only
one such district was ever created, and none currently exist.
According to the report,
the city paid a contractor over
$235,000 to manage one such
district in MacArthur Park.
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But despite the high operational costs, the now defunct
vending district generated just
over $5,000 in city revenue.
Aside from being costly
for the city, the report states
many vendors found the process of forming vending districts to be “cumbersome.”
ELCC’s Meza said she
agrees with this assessment,
and does not consider designated vending areas to be a viable solution.
“We want to stay away
from vending districts and really push for citywide policy,”
said Meza.
LOS FELIZ—A mural at Kingswell and Vermont avenues
depicting Charles Bukowski,
a poet and novelist who lived
most of his life as an East Hollywood local, is poised to create a bit of legal trouble for
business owner Marci Siegel.
At issue is that the mural,
commissioned by Siegel—
who hopes to open a beer and
wine bar on Kingswell Avenue,
which would be called Bukowski’s in homage to the author—was painted on top of a
pre-existing mural: “Six Heads”
by artist Monte Thrasher.
Thrasher said he was never
informed of Siegel’s intent to
paint over his mural, a violation of the 1990 Visual Artists
Rights Act, a United States law,
which mandates 90 days’ notice
be given to the artist before a
mural can be painted over.
Instead, Thrasher claims he
found out his art had already
been covered when concerned
locals began to contact him.
Upon that discovery,
Thrasher hired Eric Bjorgum, an attorney who specializes in such cases and the
president of the Mural Con-
servancy of Los Angeles.
Bjorgum previously represented artist Kent Twitchell, whose six-story mural,
“Ed Ruscha Monument,” was
painted over in downtown Los
Angeles. Twitchell won the
case and received $1.1 million
in damages.
According to Siegel, who
was unavailable by phone but
reached via email, she believed
she was allowed to paint the
wall, as she had received permission from her landlord.
Further, Siegel said,
Thrasher made no attempt to
contact her until he aired his
grievances during public comment at a March Los Feliz
Neighborhood Council meeting, at which point he had already hired legal counsel.
Bjorgum said his ideal
outcome would be to take no
legal action. Instead, he said he
would prefer, with Siegel’s blessing, to remove the new layers of
paint and restore Thrasher’s mural, which he said could be done
with relative ease.
But Siegel said she “would
not consider restoring the previous mural.”
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DODGERS from page 1
ite sport—as more and more
fans, first priced out of ballgame tickets, are now being
priced out of even watching
games on television.
Wilson, 56, has produced
“Moneyball Too—A Baseball
Story,” a one-hour documentary
about the current Los Angeles
Dodgers/Time Warner Cable
deal that has shut out more than
50% of Los Angeles households,
now in its third year. Since TV
came along, Dodger games
have always been broadcast on
free television.
Guggenheim made the
deal with the cable company
in 2013 and was guaranteed
$8.3 billion over 25 years for
the rights of the then new
Dodgers owned channel,
SportsNetLA.
For Wilson, his documentary—which can be rented or
purchased on the web channel
Vimeo—is not really about
baseball at all. It’s about greed.
Guggenheim purchased
the Dodgers in 2012 for $2
billion from owner Frank McCourt. Soon thereafter they
created their own sports channel, SportsNetLA—and cut a
deal with Time Warner Cable
that it would have the exclusive
rights to show Dodger games.
But when the cable company
tried to sell the games to other
carriers, asking for $5 for each
of their customers—Dodgers
fan or not—well, they balked.
Now, more than 3 million
Angelenos, many of whom
are of lower income, have
DeLEON from page 1
las, an attorney with the Los
Angeles based law firm Geragos and Geragos. “Walter DeLeon survived the unthinkable. In cases like this, usually
there’s not a survivor. It’s usually the officer’s word versus a
dead person’s word.”
In a 12-page report dated
April 13 used by the commission to decide on the issue,
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
identifies eight witnesses that
corroborate officer Cairo Palacios’ fear that DeLeon, then
48, was carrying a gun, hidden behind either a towel or a
t-shirt, and his life, or others,
was in danger.
Seven witness statements,
additionally, are nearly identical including witnesses’ accounts they believed DeLeon
was pointing or aiming something towards the officer’s patrol car.
DeLeon was shot three
times by Palacios, and two
bullets hit him in the head.
Deleon suffered catastrophic
injuries, including the loss of
one pound of his brain, the
loss of an eye and the loss of
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been shut out of watching the
Dodgers.
“This community built
that team,” Wilson said. “This
is a matter of greed. The people that this affects the most
are the people that cannot afford it….Guggenheim made
this deal without any consideration of the fans.”
The documentary took
Wilson two years to produce.
Not only does Wilson make
his case in the documentary
that an entire generation of
kids now may never see Dodgers play ball, but he does so
through interviews with such
sports heavy-hitters as New
York Times Sports Business
Reporter Richard Sandomir,
USC Annenberg Institute of
Sports Media Director Daniel Durbin, society and media
reporter Meg James, national
baseball reporter Bill Shaikin,
and Bill Plaschke of the Los
Angeles Times.
“I thought it was a terrific
documentary,” Plaschke said
in an interview, “and not just
because I am in it. This is the
biggest stain on the Dodgers’
ownership since Frank McCourt—even before Frank
McCourt.”
Though McCourt is credited with running the Dodger
franchise into the ground,
games were still available on
free television.
“It drives me crazy,”
Plaschke said, “when [the
Dodgers’ ownership] tell people to call the cable company
and put the heat on them.
It’s a Dodgers problem and a
problem that can only be fixed
by the Dodgers.”
According to Wilson,
about 2,000 people have
bought the documentary and
the feedback has been 100%
positive.
Lifelong Dodger fan
Frank Gallagher, of Burbank,
is one such viewer, who said:
“I’m not a fan anymore. I am
boycotting the Dodgers.”
Gallagher said the documentary illustrates something
bigger than baseball.
“I think [Tom] tells a story
that says a lot and not just about
baseball. It’s the way everything
is heading. Large financial institutions are coming in and buying something and then extracting what they can…regardless
of the fans….He’s made a documentary that is a microcosm,”
of the current state of affairs in
the United States. “A race to the
bottom,” he said.
With Guggenheim reaping
its return on investment fivefold so quickly, Wilson’s documentary makes the point that
the Dodger deal may be the first
of many, as other teams have
TV deals on the horizon.
A representative from the
Dodgers declined to comment
for this story, but did say the
organization is aware of Wilson’s film. A request for comment from legendary Dodger
announcer Vin Scully was
refused by the Dodgers front
office. Additionally, a request
for comment from Magic
Johnson, who is part of the
Guggenheim group, was not
returned.
ART from page 1
First, the economic downturn devastated independent
spaces and now the recovery
and spike in commercial rents
have pushed artists and galleries to less expensive digs further east—places such as Boyle
Heights and El Sereno—while
the art scene has moved to
Culver City, Chinatown, various locations downtown, including its Arts District, and
and the founder of Winslow
Garage—a micro-gallery in
the Silver Lake hills located in
Wild’s garage—recognized a
need for alternative spaces.
“There’s a lot of experienced artists who come from
out of Los Angeles who are
excluded from the L.A. gallery
scene,” she said.
Despite the temporary
nature of most project spaces,
Wild opened her exhibition
“There are more artists [locally] than you
can count and more artists than galleries,”
—Soap Plant and La Luz de Jesus owner Billy Shire
Highland Park.
“There are more artists
[locally] than you can count
and more artists than galleries,” says Los Feliz based Soap
Plant and La Luz de Jesus
owner Billy Shire.
After 30 years in business,
Shire has seen many area spots
“fade into the woodwork” or
migrate elsewhere. In the past,
his famed outsider art gallery
was the cornerstone of the now
vanished Los Feliz Art Walk.
La Luz has survived, Shire
contends, because it has carved
out a niche as a purveyor of
outsider art, gets support from
the Soap Plant in lean times,
has a robust online presence
and is powered by “pure stubbornness.”
Shire recently signed a
lease for another 10 years at
his Hollywood Boulevard location, with future exhibitions
booked through April 2017.
Elizabeth Wild, an artist
space in 2001 and continues
to operate it by appointment
only.
“It’s a labor of love that’s
about artists meeting artists,”
Wild says of Winslow Garage.
Ongoing at Winslow
Garage is painter Stephanie
L. Stein’s exhibition Recent
Landscapes: Orienting our
interiority into the exterior
world, a collection of romantic landscapes influenced by
Chinese paintings.
“Because of the high
stakes and investment involved,” Stein, a Los Feliz
resident said, “galleries are less
experimental.”
And these days, they’ve
become almost a thing of the
past in Silver Lake and Los
Feliz.
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his ability to walk.
DeLeon spent five months
after the shooting in a neurology trauma center and underwent nine surgeries.
A request for comment on
the police commission’s ruling and the civil rights lawsuit
from the LAPD was denied.
According to Meiselas, regardless of the police commission’s report, the civil rights
lawsuit is on track to go to trial
about two years from now.
“We have 44 witnesses,”
he said and “hundreds of hours
of our own investigation.”
While the police commission ruled Palacios acted
in fear of his life, according to
Beck’s report, the two officers
involved contributed to the
confusion during the incident
by yelling simultaneous commands at DeLeon, which, the
report read, “can sometimes
lead to confusion and non
compliance.”
“There are clues in their
report,” Meiselas said, “that
something went wrong....
There’s nothing in police protocol that says you can shoot a
guy in the head.”
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May 2016
Los Feliz Ledger
[real estate]
Small Number of Homes Garnering Multiple Offers
By Erin Hickey\, Ledger Contributing Writer
$1.23 million, up just
under 2% from the previous year, while in the
same area, six condos
sold at a median price
of $470,000, up nearly
25% from March of last
year.
Echo Park had 27
homes sell this March,
at a median price of
$899,000, up over 20%
from the same time last
year. Only one condo
sold, for $520,000. Data
is not available for comparison with the previous year, as no condos
2169 Willetta St. recently sold for $1.5 million, with 11 offers. Sotheby’s Joe Reichling and
Boni Bryant were the listing agents, and Keller Williams’ Peter Reyes was the selling agent. sold in Echo Park during
March 2015.
There were 92 single-famresearch firm out of La Jolla,
In Los Feliz, there were 16
ily homes and 11 condos sold
California.
homes sold, at a median price
in the Ledger’s coverage area
Thirty-five homes sold in
of $1.46 million, up 11.4%
this March, according to data
the Hollywood Hills’ 90068
from March of last year. Mefrom Core Logic, a real estate
zip code, at a median price of
dian price was down, however,
for the three condos sold in
the area, nearly 10% from last
year to $545,000.
This March, 14 homes
sold in Silver Lake’s 90039
zip code at a median price of
$850,000, a 16.4% increase
over the same time last year,
but only one condo sold, for
$305,000. No condos sold in
Silver Lake in March 2015.
The real estate market is
strong and inventory still low
in our coverage area, according
to Joe Reichling, a realtor with
Bryant/Reichling Real Estate
at Sotheby’s Los Feliz, but real
estate is more “house specific”
than “market specific” at the
moment, said Reichling.
According to Reichling,
there is limited inventory of
houses that buyers perceive
as “quality,” which results in
multiple offers on some homes,
while others sit on the market
for months with no interest.
“There are certain homes
that strike an emotional chord
The Oaks of Los Feliz
May 2016
with buyers,” said Reichling.
“Others do not.”
One example of such a
phenomenon is 2169 Willetta
Street, located in a 90068 area
between Beachwood Canyon
Drive and Cahuenga Boulevard known as the Hollywood
Dell.
Reichling said he and his
partner Boni Bryant originally
listed the property, which he
described as “an absolute fixer,” for $1.199 million. It ended up closing, 11 offers later,
at a much higher price of $1.5
million.
The home, Reichling
said, once belonged to
Charles Lisanby, an award
winning production designer, who was also known
for being a muse to pop
artist Andy Warhol. This,
combined with the home’s
“unique and beautiful design,” made it highly desirable for many buyers, said
Reichling.
Price: $14,950,000
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[HOUSE & HOLMES]
Name in Lights
By Rob Loos, Ledger Columnist
We decided
to do our part
and make our
1920s era duplex “drought tolerant.”
We resolved to remove
every water-guzzling piece of
flora in our yard and replace
them with plants like Matt
Damon grew on Mars in zero
water conditions.
But we faced one giant obstacle—what we thought was
a “tree,” was actually a giant
thirty-foot tall Bird of Paradise plant.
So after we killed all of
the grass, we created a pebble
pathway design highlighting
my new-found friend, “The
World’s Largest Bird of Paradise.” Unfortunately, I realized that I forgot that the
lights in our front yard were
hard-wired to an electrical
outlet. With all of the digging,
the electrical lines had been
severed.
I faced this situation as I
face all of my home improve-
ment woes, by contacting my
friend, the super-contractor,
Dave. I think I provide Dave
with all of those funny stories
where he has “this client” who
does something really stupid,
and Dave is able to fix it.
So I shared my dilemma
with Dave on the phone.
“I’ve got a simple solution
for you,” Dave said. “Forget
the wires and the old lights.
It’s much simpler and cheaper to get the solar powered
ones. They last longer, they’re
brighter, and they save on electricity.”
I hit my local hardware
store and ten lights later, our
front yard was lit up. And our
Bird of Paradise was crowing
about its new “up” light and
not having to battle the begonias for water.
Which all goes to prove
the lesson I always seem to
learn about home improvement: “If I can’t figure it out—
and I know that I can’t—my
friend Dave can.”
Realtor and Photo Expert
Richard Stanley To Speak on
“Street Photography”
HILLHURST AVENUE—Los
Feliz photo historian Richard
Stanley will talk on “Street
Photography: Private Eyes On
Public Places” at the Architecture and Beyond Lecture
Series May 19 from 6:45 until
7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave.
Stanley, who is also a realtor with Coldwell Banker, will
give a multimedia presentation
on photographers who take
images in public places on
such subjects as fashion and
streetscape.
A long-time resident of
Los Feliz, Stanley is a graduate
of Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of
Technology, where he studied
photography. The free lecture series—
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BEACHWOOD from page 1
derstood divided into three
parts: upper Beachwood nearest the trailhead access to
the Hollywood Sign; middle
Beachwood, which includes
22 homes and the area’s small
commercial district; and lower
Beachwood, composed mostly
of apartments extending to
Franklin Avenue.
The city has tried numerous ways to fix the problem,
including the installation of
restricted parking in upper
Beachwood about a year and a
half ago. But, people say, that
only pushed the problem to
middle Beachwood.
Then in March, the city
extended the restrictions to
that area. The 22 homeowners in middle Beachwood have
applauded the decision, while
owners of the shops, offices and
the area’s café have cried foul.
“For six years we have
experienced whack-a-mole,”
read a commentary in the
Hollywoodland Homeowners Assoc. newsletter dated
April 11th. “Each Band-Aid
dreamed up creates a new
wound somewhere else.”
What’s missing, many say,
is a comprehensive plan to resolve the problem, not just quick
fixes pushing it down the road.
“It’s a bad experience for
everyone,” said resident Jack
Conrad, who is also the public
became ubiquitous, offering
GPS directions to a once hardto-locate entrance to the famed
Hollywood Sign at the end of
North Beachwood Drive.
Tourists in cars have since
overrun the area, turning it
into what looks like the parking line trying to get into Disneyland or out of Coachella.
Homeowners report hikers and tourists routinely
knock on their doors, asking
to use a restroom, and those
are the respectful ones. On a
recent Sunday, one such hiker
asked a resident outside his
home if she could borrow his
wifi password, as she could not
get a signal to text a friend.
No one disagrees the situation has become untenable.
In fact, the Los Angeles Police
Dept. closed off the entire threemile street—extending from
Franklin Avenue to its dead end
at a Griffith Park trailhead leading to the sign—on New Year’s
day this year when the crush
became too much.
But some say the city’s
most recent series of solutions
to the problem—the installation of restricted parking along
about half of the street—is
only pushing the proverbial
can down the road.
For its 3 ½ miles, North
Beachwood Drive is best un-
safety chair of that homeowners group. “Bad for the tourists. Bad for the businesses.
Bad for the residents.”
According to Estevan
Montemayor, a spokesperson
for Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu—whose
district oversees the area—such
a plan is expected to be released
by the council office in late
May or June. But Montemayor
would not provide any advance
details for this story.
In the meantime, the recent restrictions near the business area, have merchants worried. And some say time is not
on their side.
“What I am seeing are
periods of time,” said Alex
Papalexis, whose family has
owned the Beachwood Market for generations, “when my
customers come to the lot and
there’s not a spot....The fear is
for the long term.”
Meanwhile, the commercial area has about 50 or
so parking spots that will not
have
restrictions—including 30 in a shared parking lot
owned by the grocery store—
which nearby residents say are
plenty.
Institutional knowledge of
the issue appears to have been
lost during the transition between outgoing councilmember
Tom LaBonge and Ryu.
Papalexis said LaBonge
would often pop into the grocery store to say hello during
his 14 years in office.
“[LaBonge] leant an ear
to us. He knew the nature of
the neighborhood. He did not
want to hurt the businesses”
with parking restrictions, said
Papalexis. “This is changing
the feel of what this neighborhood has been for so long.”
But before LaBonge left
office last June, he authored a
motion for restricted parking
daily in the business area.
A request for comment
from LaBonge was not returned.
According to Ryu staffers,
their office has simply been
trying to renegotiate what appears to be LaBonge’s change
of heart.
They say they had over 40
meetings on the issue between
last July, when Ryu took office, and last October. Since
then, there have been more.
But according to merchants, only two such meetings have been with them.
One of which was last
October, when representatives
from the council office met
with merchants and a representative from the affected 22
homes in middle Beachwood
on the issue. During that
meeting, the businesses agreed
to the parking restrictions, but
with conditions.
Those caveats included possible angled parking near the
businesses, parking meters and
the provision business owners
could purchase the permits—
currently not allowed in Los
Angeles—for the use of their
customers and employees.
At the end of the meeting,
held at a nearby restaurant, the
merchants, and Ryu’s Chief of
Staff Sarah Dusseault, hoisted
beer mugs in a toast celebrating the negotiations.
But some say the meeting
felt more like a fait a compli,
while the business owners
thought it was just the start of
talks.
“We were promised some
conditions,” said Jeff Meyer,
owner of Hollywoodland
Watch and Clock Co., “and
none of them ever happened....
[The parking restrictions in
the business district are] irresponsible and it will ruin what
we have. We have nothing to
do with this problem.”
But the council office
said it feels victorious in that
it has effectively rescinded LaBonge’s daily parking restrictions to be less draconian. The
restrictions that went up in the
area are for weekends and holidays only.
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UNIQUE AND CELEBRATED HOMES
LOS FELIZ | 3656 Lowry Road | SOLD
Offered at $1,835,000
Sold for $2,250,000
As featured in the Wall Street Journal
Residence of iconic American artist, Shepard Fairey
SUNSET STRIP | 3225 Oakshire Drive | SOLD
Offered at $1,595,000
Sold for $1,915,000
As featured in the Wall Street Journal
Home of Glee actress Dianna Agron, a romantic compound
LOS FELIZ | 2833 Shadowlawn Avenue | In Escrow
Offered at $1,835,000
c. 1935 Spanish. Silver Lake Farms, where life takes root. Farm-to-table living on a 21,004 sq.ft. (approx) lot. ½ acre (approx)
of water-wise planted land; gastronomic collection of vegetables, citrus trees, culinary herbs, succulents, flowerbeds, fragrant
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LOS FELIZ | web: 0286584 | 4916 Finley Avenue | Listed at $2,397,000
Elegant Georgian Colonial manor in Los Feliz designed by legendary California architect Wallace Neff.
Konstantine Valissarakos 323.252.9451
LOS FELIZ | Wallace Neff Villa | In Escrow
web: 0286514 | $4,977,000
Circa 1924 gated Spanish Colonial Masterpiece
restored to vintage perfection. 5bd/6ba, pool, view.
Konstantine V. | Rick Yohon 323.270.1725
LOS FELIZ | 4421 Dundee Drive
web: 0286290 | $2,695,000
Fabulous Newer Tudor, “Balmoral Estate” with
curb appeal. 5bd/5.5ba with stunning views.
Manvel Tabakian | Nadia De Winter 323.376.2222
LOS FELIZ | 2621 N. Commonwealth Ave. | In Escrow
web: 0286467 | $2,595,000
Dramatic living space approx. over 5,200 sq.ft.
on 1/3 acre. 5bd/7ba, pool, spa & outdoor kit.
Konstantine V. | Rick Yohon 323.270.1725
LOS FELIZ | 2001 Micheltorena St. | New Listing
web: 0308669 | $1,700,000
Welcome home to Casa Torena, a timeless 1948
3bd/2ba Spanish home in Moreno Highlands.
Jeffrey Young 213.819.9630
BURBANK | 1045 Vista Grande St. | New Listing
web: 0286586 | $1,598,000
Private compound, own your own ½ acre lot with
front and back flat grassy yard. This 3bd/3.5ba
Spanish home with a family room has 2 fireplaces.
Rosemary Low 323.660.5885
SILVER LAKE | 1815 Webster Avenue | In Escrow
web: 0286513 | $1,575,000
Over 2400 sq.ft. of space, privacy, pool, and a
separate lower level perfect for a home office,
studio or guest space. www.1815Webster.com
Rob Kallick 323.775.6305
LOS FELIZ | 2346 Ronda Vista Drive | In Escrow
web: 0286513 | $1,375,000
Views and the best of Los Feliz living in this updated Franklin Hills home. Tastefully remodeled with a
nod to its 1940s origins, 3bd/3ba move-in ready.
Rob Kallick 323.775.6305
LOS FELIZ | 4127 Cumberland Ave. | New Listing
web: 0286513 | $1,299,000
Charming 4-plex offers the best of Los Feliz &
Silver Lake. Front duplex is a side-by-side, 2bd/1ba
units. Above the 3 garages is 1bd unit with a balcony.
Johnny Johnston 323.671.2326
EAGLE ROCK | 5258liveoakview.com
web: 0286238 | $1,275,000
2 story Mediterranean home N. of Colorado in
Eagle Rock. 3 bed and 3 ba, sparkling pool, large
pvt lot, 2 bonus art spaces. Completey updated.
Charlie Clark 323.304.5276
EAGLE ROCK | eaglerockpostandbeam.com
web: 0286239 | $1,175,000
Hilltop post & beam. Original detail. Walls of glass,
open floor plan, detached artist space, Spectacular views, Once in a lifetime opportunity. Privacy.
Charlie Clark 323.304.5276
SILVER LAKE | 2366 Edgewater Terr. | New Listing
web: 0286592 | $899,000
3 bedroom and 2 bath - pretty Spanish in the heart
of Silver Lake with terraced yard. Great for 1st time
buyers.
Gail Crosby 323.428.2864
PASADENA | 1588 Corson Street
web: 0286238 | $898,000
Originally built in 1926, this California bungalow
has been lovingly redone. 4bd/2ba, high ceilings,
light fixtures, dining room, and breakfast area.
Rosemary Low 323.660.5885
LOS FELIZ | 2000 N. Hobart Blvd. | New Listing
web: 0308670 | $20,000/month
Classic Los Feliz Mediterranean, c. 1922 on over
1/3 acre of park like grounds, street to street lot
that adjoins Laughlin Park. Summer lease.
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ENCINO | 16815 Bajio Road | New Listing
web: 0286238 | $12,500/month
Designer done contemporary with high ceilings, huge level lot, 5bd/4.5ba, gourmet kitchen,
range, granite counter, fireplace, open floor plan.
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LOS FELIZ | 3245 Lowry Road | New Listing
web: 0286532 | $8,500/month
Spanish colonial revival styled residence. Exceptionally maintained by 3rd generation family. 2
story home is comprised of 4 bedrooms, 3 bath.
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LOS FELIZ | 3245 Lowry Road | New Listing
web: 0286532 | $2,000/month
Guest House. Private single home perched atop
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[BUY LOCAL]
New Eateries for Dodgers Fans
By Kathy A. McDonald, Ledger Columnist
No matter what happens
on the field, Dodgers fans have
much to be excited about on
the way to and from Dodger
Stadium. Welcoming them are
new eateries, bars and coffee
spots in Echo Park and Silver
Lake, opened since last season.
All offer tasty alternatives to
ballpark fare.
Get caffeinated before
games at Eightfold, just east
of Vin Scully Avenue. Set in
two storefronts, the modern
coffee bar’s interior is bright
and light.
There are poetry zines and
art books for sale in addition
to coffee beverages and gourmet teas.
Across Sunset, on the
ground floor of The Elysian
apartment building, Winsome
has a sheltered patio and comfortable booths inside. Drop
in for to-go coffee drinks and
house-made pastries.
Breakfast/brunch
and
lunch specialties include seasonal salads, whole grain dishes and a hearty hamburger.
Ostrich Farm now has
brunch available Saturday and
Sunday. House-made tartines,
sandwiches, salads and the popular blueberry, lemon ricotta
pancakes are on the menu.
San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee is another addition
to Echo Park. Drip, pour-over
and cold brewed coffees are
among the options at this sleek
space with oversized picture
windows.
For vegan baseball fans,
Donut Farm, also originated
in the Bay Area and has out-
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A new address for Dodger Stadium and
new eats for fans on their way to and
from the game.
of-the-ordinary flavors from a
lavender Earl Grey to the decadent Mexican hot chocolate.
Pre-and-post game, check
out The Whisperer where wine
selections are paired with music. The baby back ribs and
fried chicken dishes are already
a home run with patrons.
Button Mash mixes nostalgia—loads of vintage pinball and video games to play—
with Starry Kitchen’s take on
bar food. The crispy tofu balls
and tamarind fried chicken
wings are popular starters.
The Dan Dan noodles—
minced pork topped with
Sichuan
peppercorns—are
memorable for their kick.
One outcome is decided:
the season will be more delectable than ever.
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1525 W. Sunset Blvd.; Blue
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[KEEN TO BE GREEN]
Protection from Pests
without Poison
By Meher McArthur, Ledger Columnist
With summer
around the corner and increasing news reports of both the
West Nile and Zika viruses, it’s
time to protect ourselves and
our families against mosquitos.
The most potent bug sprays
on the market, however, contain strong chemicals including
diethyltoluamide—also
known as DEET—which has
been known to irritate skin and
cause neurological damage.
Though most repellents
now contain less than 30%
DEET, the Center for Disease
Control still suggests avoiding spraying onto the face or
wounds and washing hands
after use to prevent ingestion
and absorption of such chemicals. Unless we are traveling
to parts of the world rife with
dengue fever, malaria or Zika,
it seems wiser just to avoid put-
ting such potentially harmful
chemicals on our bodies and
down our drains.
Natural insect repellents
made with essential oils may
be less potent than chemical
repellents, but they appear to
have fewer side effects.
Sprays containing geranium, lavender, basil and lemon
oils are helpful, as is planting
citronella grass, lemon balm,
rosemary, basil, catnip and
scented geraniums close to
home. These scents smell good
to us, but not to bugs.
In addition, if we avoid
outbreak areas, eliminate
standing water, stay indoors at
dawn and dusk when the bugs
are most active and wear long
sleeves and pants when we do
go out, we should be able to enjoy a summer free from pests,
pestilence and poison, too.
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[RESTAURANT REVIEW]
Ozu East Kitchen Brings Cinematic Taste to Atwater
By Pat Saperstein, Ledger Columnist
Almost
overnight, Atwater
has become the
kind of neighborhood where
lots of locals might recognize
the name of the great Japanese
director Yasujiro Ozu. But you
don’t have to be a foreign film
connoisseur to appreciate the
minimalist style and modern
Asian fusion menu at Ozu East
Kitchen, the four-month-old
restaurant on Glendale Blvd.
Owner Paul Yi has
worked as a film executive and
producer, so in addition to the
restaurant’s name, a variety of
visuals are projected on one
wall, from Ozu classic Tokyo
Story, to Steven Spielberg’s
E.T., to basketball games.
The interior is spare but
stylish, with blocky dark
wood benches and tables and
high ceilings criss-crossed by
tubular light fixtures that act
as a design element. The stools
offer no place to put coats or
purses, so if you’re a fan of
back support, you’ll want to
try to grab the table that has a
bench against the wall.
If you’ve been to one of
Roy Choi’s restaurants like
Chego, you’ll recognize the
flavor sensibility: Crank up
the soy and Sriracha, layer
[STARGAZING]
Mercury in Transit
By Anthony Cook, Ledger Columnist
The innermost
planet, Mercury, will pass directly between
Earth and the sun on Monday,
May 9th. This kind of event is
called a transit of Mercury.
In Los Angeles, the transit
will have been in progress for
45 minutes by sunrise and will
“
watch a webcast of this event.
During the last three days
of May, Mercury will look like
a bright star close to the eastsoutheast horizon at 5:14 a.m.
Mars is visible all night
long on May 22nd/23rd when
it is at opposition—at the
point directly opposite the sun
During the last three days of May, Mercury
will look like a bright star close to the
east-southeast horizon at 5:14 a.m.
continue until 11:42 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time.
Through a properly filtered solar telescope, Mercury
will appear as a very tiny black
speck. The last transit of Mercury happened in 2006, and
the next takes place in 2019.
Unless you have access
to equipment that is specialized for safe viewing of the
sun, however, it will be best to
”
in the sky.
As a result of the relative
positions of the sun, Earth,
and Mars, Mars rises at sunset,
sets at sunrise, and is highest
in the south at about 1:00 a.m.
on that date.
On the night of the 30th,
Mars is closest to Earth, 46.8
million miles away, the closest that it has been to us since
2007.
on bacon or pork belly, and
top everything with an egg.
Ozu East Kitchen leans more
Japanese, but the menu is also
influenced by Yi’s Korean heritage.
One of our favorites on
the compact menu is the
crispy rice cakes, which combine chewy Korean jumbo
noodles with chili vinaigrette
and the ubiquitous egg. Avocado toast with crispy rice
where the bread usually sits is
a clever variation.
A fusion-style Cobb salad
with Kurobata ham, egg and
edamame is less successful,
with neither the substance nor
Oppositions and close approaches are eagerly anticipated
by observers of Mars because
these are the times, recurring
approximately every two years
and two months, when the
planet’s details are most easily
seen through telescopes.
Saturn rises above the
east-southeast horizon at
10:05 p.m. on the 1st, and
at 7:57 p.m. on the 31st. Saturn is highest in the southern
sky five hours later. S a t urn’s magnificent rings and
its moons require a telescope
to see.
The moon is new on the
6th, first quarter on the 13th,
full on the 21st, and reaches
last quarter on the 29th.
For an hour before dawn
each morning from the 3rd to
the 6th, a few swiftly moving
meteors from the eta Aquariid
meteor shower may be seen
as they stream from the eastsoutheast horizon.
These are fragments that
were shed by Halley’s Comet
in past centuries, and they occur when Earth passes close to
the comet’s orbit. Comet Halley itself will not be back until
July 2061.
flavor of the real thing.
In the greasy-yet-delicious
department are chicken-fried
tofu with mayo, soy and jalapeno and fried rice with pork,
spam and mushrooms topped
with a fried egg.
We love chili, garlic and
mayo, but it would be nice to
have a few lighter, healthy vegetable choices like simple sauteed fresh greens.
While several of the small
plates are fun, the ramen is a
problem. The black garlic oil
in the chicken ramen gives
the broth an unpalatable bitterness that left us unable to
finish it.
Pork ramen also proved
unfinishable, due to way-toosalty broth, and the noodles
themselves are average. Udon
noodles with shrimp and a
kimchi cream sauce sounded
like an intriguing ramen alternative, but the result was cloyingly rich.
Ozu East Kitchen has a
solid wine list and several local
craft beers on tap, which is a
nice touch.
The housemade sodas,
unfortunately, taste mostly
of sugar, but we’re interested
to try Asian flavors at an ice
cream annex that’s slated to
open soon.
There are also bento box
specials available at lunchtime
with selections like kung pao
tofu and seared salmon.
The restaurant is still in
its early days, so for now order
a glass of Acorn Saison and
some chicken-fried tofu and
avocado “toast.” Perhaps Yi
can bring in a ramen consultant, because Atwater is rooting for Ozu East Kitchen to
become a great casual neighborhood spot.
Ozu East Kitchen,
3224 Glendale Blvd.
323-284-8773
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BEACHWOOD from page 15
May 2016
ART
Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years
Of Traditional Tattoos From The
Collection Of Jonathan Shaw If
you’ve ever been to a tattoo parlor,
you’ve probably seen a tattoo
flash, the tat designs displayed
on shop walls. Nowadays, most
flash are created by flash artists
who mass-produce these prints,
but traditionally, they were made
by the tattoo artists themselves.
This special two-night exhibition
features rare hand drawn tattoo
flash, some over 100 years old.
On May 4th, collector Jonathan
Shaw will sign copies of his book
Vintage Tattoo Flash, which
features many of the designs
included in this exhibit. Free. La
Luz de Jesus Gallery, Tue. May 3rd
and Wed. May 4th. 4633 Hollywood
Blvd. Information: (323) 6667667. laluzdejesus.com
BOOKS
Margaret Guroff Guroff discusses
her lively history of the bicycle, The
Mechanical Horse. Guroff looks
at the many unexpected ways the
bicycle shaped the world, including
how it led to paved roads, the
new opportunities two-wheeled
transportation provided for women
and even the bike’s role in World
War I. Free. Skylight Books, Wed.
May 18th, 7:30 p.m. 1818 N. Vermont
Ave. Information: (323) 660-1175.
skylightbooks.com
FILM
The Big Lebowski Kick off the
summer with the Coen Brothers’
1998 low stakes noir comedy. This
endlessly quotable cult classic
finds our hero, Venice stoner Jeffery
“The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges),
exploring the weirder corners of
L. A. after a pair of goons ruin his
living room rug, which really tied
the room together. Presented as
part of the Eat See Hear outdoor
movie series, the screening will
be preceded by a performance
by Santa Monica rock band Opus
Orange. Tickets start at $15.76.
The Autry National Center of the
American West, Sat. May 28th, 5:30
p. m. 4700 Western Heritage Way.
Information: eatseehear.com
MUSIC
Soft White Sixties San Francisco
rock band Soft White Sixties take
up residency at the Satellite every
Monday night in May. The band,
currently working on their second
record, has a sound reminiscent
of the decade in their name. It’s a
raw mix of garage rock, soul and
R&B. Free. The Satellite, Mondays
May 2016
through May, 9 p.m. 1717 Silver Lake
Blvd. Information: thesatellitela.
com
Peter Bjorn and John Swedish
indie trio Peter Bjorn and John are
best known in the U. S. for their
hits “Young Folks” and “Second
Chance”. They come to L. A. in
advance of the release of, Breaking
Point , their seventh record and
their first new album in five years.
In keeping with the Scandinavian
theme, New York based Norwegian
singer Okay Kaya opens the
evening. Tickets start at $19.50 The
Echo, Thu. May 5th, 8:30 p.m. 1822
Sunset Blvd. Information: (213) 4138200 and theecho.com
THEATER
Dry Land The Echo Theater
Company hosts the West Coast
premiere of Ruby Rae Spiegel’s
Dry Land. Set primarily in a Florida
high school’ girls’ locker room, this
drama is, according to the New York
Times, a “tender, caustic, funny
and harrowing” look at female
friendship and abortion. Tickets
are $25. Atwater Village Theater,
through Sun. May 15th. 3269 Casitas
Ave. Information: (310) 307-3753 and
echotheatercompany.com
HISTORY
An American Genocide: The United
States And The California Indian
Catastrophe From 1846 to 1873,
the Native American population of
California plummeted from 150,000
to 30,000. UCLA history professor
Benjamin Madley will discuss
this massive loss of life and the
active role the state and federal
government had in causing it. Free
with Autry admission. The Autry
National Center of the American
West, Thurs. June 25th, 7:30 p.
m. 4700 Western Heritage Way.
Information: theautry.org
take over the Upright Citizens
Brigade Theater for an evening of…
something. It might be stand-up,
sketches, a short play or a night of
short films. The only guarantee is
that Huebel, Scheer and whoever
else drops by will create a one of
a kind hour of comedy. $5. UCB
Theater Franklin Avenue, Mon.
May 2nd, 11 p.m. 5919 Franklin Ave.
Information: ucbtheater.com
FOOD & DRINK
Taste Of The Eastside The sixth
annual Taste of the Eastside food
festival will feature some of the
best restaurants in Los Feliz, Silver
Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village,
Highland Park and Eagle Rock.
Participating restaurants include
Little Dom’s, Spitz, Kitchen Mouse,
Malo and Ozu East Kitchen. There
will also be a beer garden featuring
local brewers El Segundo Brewing
Co., Eagle Rock Brewery, Highland
Park Brewery and Strand Brewing
Co. Tickets start at $40. Los Angeles
River Center And Gardens, Sun.
May 1st, 4 p.m. 570 W. Ave 26.
Information: tasteoftheeastside.
com
COMMUNITY
Origami Day Celebrate Asian-Pacific
American Heritage Month with a
workshop on origami making. Learn
about the history of the art form
and then fold your own origami
creations. Paper will be supplied by
the library. Free. Edendale Library,
Thu. May 31st, 4 p.m. 2011 W. Sunset
Boulevard. Information: (213) 2073000. lapl.org
“Some of the business
concerns are very legitimate,”
said Dusseault. “This is how
we came up with the compromise for just the weekend and
holiday [restrictions].”
Further, according to Dusseault, some of those merchant’s
conditions will be met and are
currently in the pipeline.
But she said, city agencies close to the issue, including the LAPD, asked that the
situation be triaged to protect
public safety.
“The business [area restrictions] went in now,” said
Dusseault, “because of the
chaos and volume of traffic
over [last] Christmas when
the Los Angeles Police Dept.
shut down Beachwood. They
were unable to keep residents
safe. The LAPD and the city’s
Dept. of Transportation asked
us to move on this as quickly
as possible. Every [city] agency
has requested we move on this
as quickly as possible.”
So, in March, the restrictions—specifically no parking
without a permit on weekends
and holidays from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m.—were installed.
While the restrictions are
technically “temporary”—presumably in place for 12 to 18
months while things are sorted
out—some like Meyer said, he
doesn’t have time to wait on a
study of their analysis.
“I don’t have 18 months,”
he said.
According to Meyer, he
started losing business when
the first restrictions in the upper area of Beachwood were
imposed. Now, he said, with
the restrictions near the commercial area, his business has
nearly come to a halt.
“It’s scary what I am going through,” he said. [The
council office’s] arms are being twisted by [homeowners]
that are being inconvenienced.
I am trying to survive. That’s
what’s different. If I loose my
business, I loose my house.”
Jennifer Bennett, who
owns My Fair Lady’s Flowers,
said since the parking restrictions, she now sometimes resorts to “curbside checkout,”
where customers, unable to
find parking, idle momentarily
in their car in front of her shop
while she completes their transaction drive through style.
Greg Williams, the owner
of the commercial building,
which is composed of five merchants and five apartments,
meanwhile, said he feels completely left out of the process.
According to Williams,
the council office did little to
get his input on the situation.
“No one reached out to
me at all,” he said, adding:
“[Ryu] never reached out to
[the owner of the market] either. And that market has
been there since 1933.”
Ultimately, Williams said
he requested a meeting with
Ryu and that occurred, but
the parking restrictions, he
said, “always seemed like it
was a done deal.”
Williams is now considering shuttering the shops altogether and converting those
spaces into residential townhomes. He says, the only alternative is closing the trailhead all
together, an option that is met
with opposition by many, including Friends of Griffith Park.
“This trailhead should
remain open and many local
residents are adamant to keep it
open,” said Gerry Hans, president of the non profit. But public access without the infrastructure—like a parking lot and
bathrooms—has created what
Williams calls a situation today
akin to “Mt. Rushmore.”
“This used to be a great
local neighborhood,” he said,
“with a commercial center. Now
it’s a recreation tourist center.”
Williams—and
some
merchants interviewed—said
they are now considering a
lawsuit. And they think they
have a majority of area residents on their side.
There have been at least two
petitions circulated opposing
the restrictions near the business
see BEACHWOOD page 31
SCIENCE & NATURE
Sunset Walk And Talk Join a park
ranger and an Observatory guide
at the Observatory’s West Terrace
for a moderate hour-long hike
into Griffith Park. As you take the
Charlie Turner trail into the Berlin
Forest and back, you’ll learn about
the history of Griffith Park and
objects visible in the early evening
sky. Free. Griffith Observatory, Tue.,
May 17th, 7:30 p.m. 2800 E.
Observatory Rd. Information: (213)
473-0800. griffithobservatory.org
COMEDY
Huebel and Scheer Present Crash
Test Once again, comedians and old
friends Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer
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4121 CAMINO REAL, MT. WASHINGTON
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3744 GLENFELIZ BLVD, ATWATER
$795,000
1924 Remodeled Spanish, 2BD/2BA w/ garden & garage.
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7135 HOLLYWOOD BLVD #501, SUNSET
$795,000
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323.252.9870
2270 HELIOS DRIVE, BEACHWOOD CYN
$599,000
Not in MLS, Historic Torro Del Moro, 1BR/1BA, renovations, patio.
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323.359.7300
1951 N. BEACHWOOD DRIVE #106
$615,000
Newer contemporary unit with patio. Two parking spaces.
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4300 SUNSET DR, LOS FELIZ
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2180 COLDWATER CANYON, BH
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Art Cardiel Brings an Artist’s Approach to Hairstyling
at Works of Art Hair Studio
By Kimberly Gomez, Ledger Columnist
From a top floor above
Umami Burger, Art Cardiel’s
Works of Art Hair Studio
overlooks and influences Los
Feliz’s hippest strip of Hollywood Boulevard.
For 15 years, a steady
stream of artists, actors, models, musicians, writers, and
behind-the-scenes studio people have ascended the wooden
staircase for a transformative
experience.
Cardiel is a natural in
the Los Feliz neighborhood.
When he was a stylist at Transcend Hair Salon—formerly
on Hillhurst Avenue—Los Angeles magazine named him one
of 1997’s “Best in L.A.,” saying that Cardiel’s “clients left
looking like nymphomaniacs.”
That quote shot Cardiel’s star
to the top.
Since then, LA Weekly has
twice named Cardiel’s Works
of Art Hair Studio the best
hair salon in the city.
Cardiel tries to ensure
that none of his customers
leave dissatisfied.
“No two heads of hair
are the same,” said Cardiel.
“You’re as good as your last
Art Cardiel at his Works of Art Hair Studio.
piece of artwork.”
It was while studying art
at Pasadena City College, just
short of transferring to Art
Center, when Cardiel chanced
upon the campus cosmetology
been involved with the many
opportunities his chosen art
medium provides. From stints
on fashion, film and music
video shoots, to hair styling
contests, to training events for
a town full of hairdressers,
Cardiel stands out as one who
appreciates each individual
client’s viewpoint when they
walk through the door.
“In LA, there will always be
a stylist for everybody. Art gets
that and lets you be you here.”
With some prodding,
Cardiel shared a story about
an experience that he had with
a client who had floor-length
hair. She walked into Works
of Art after a six-month search
for someone to perform her
first haircut.
“I asked her, ‘Why me?’”
Cardiel said. “She said, ‘You
have the best reviews. You
work with long hair.’”
Cardiel began his work
and cut her hair below her
shoulders.
“She trusted me,” Cardiel said. “She was crying the
whole time. All the emotions
came out and she blossomed
in the chair.”
LA Weekly has twice named Cardiel’s Works of Art Hair Studio
the best hair salon in the city.
department.
“Everyone was having fun
and creating, and using chemicals and color and cutting,”
said Cardiel. “It turned the
light switch on for me.”
Since then, Cardiel has
several hair product companies, he’s done it all.
“He’s a gifted guy and the
nicest man I’ve met in hairdressing,” said Steven Martinez, a stylist at Works of Art.
Martinez added that in
Cardiel said Works of Art
is ideal for moments like that.
“I draw a lot of people
like that who care about hair
more than just a superficial
thing,” said Cardiel. “It’s
ritual too.”
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Immaculate Heart High
School Junior Katie Hughes
has earned the highest possible composite score of 36
on the ACT, the leading U.S.
admissions test that determines academic readiness for
college.
While the actual number of students earning the
top score varies nationally
from year to year, on average less than one-tenth of
1 percent of students who
take the ACT earn the top
score.
The ACT consists of tests
in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is
scored on a scale of 1-36, and
a student’s composite score
is the average of the four test
scores.
Hughes, 16, said she was
“extremely shocked” when
she learned about her top
score, especially since this
was her first time tackling
the ACT test. “I didn’t know
how to react,” she said. “I
knew that I felt really good
on test day, but I definitely
wasn’t expecting this!”
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[MOTHER OF INVENTION]
ER IQ: What You Need to Know
By Rita Mauceri, Ledger Columnist
range of issues from pyloric
stenosis, to stitches, to infected
lymph nodes.
This time around, the
diagnosis was bacterial meningitis and it was not his first
“
happy, and back at school.
But throughout our hospital experiences, we have
learned a lot. There are crucial
things you need to know—
and do—if your child ends
up in the ER. With luck, you
won’t ever need this information; but if you do, it will
prove invaluable.
Don’t worry about asking too many
questions or the wrong questions.
Ask it all and do it before anything is
done to your child.
My son recently ended up
in the Kaiser emergency room
on Sunset Boulevard. I wish I
could say it was his first visit,
but it was not.
Since he was six months
old, we’ve made almost annual
visits to the ER facilities at
Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital, and Kaiser for a wide
round with that either. That
was the bad news.
The good news was that
we have health insurance and
we have incredible local hospitals. My husband and I got our
son the treatment he needed
and he is once again healthy,
”
1. Ask questions. Don’t
worry about being a nuisance. Don’t worry about
asking too many questions
or the wrong questions. Ask
it all and do it before anything is done to your child.
2. Be an advocate. Doctors know a lot, but they
do not know your child
the way you do. Be vocal
about what you feel is best
and why.
3. Get to know the nurses.
They are the key to getting things done. I can’t
say enough about the
amazing caretakers we
have had over the years.
4. Carve out time to sleep.
My husband and I took
turns sleeping at the hospital. What we learned
early on is that people are
constantly coming into
the room—to take vitals,
check charts, start meds,
end meds, empty the trash,
bring water and so on. During each of our hospital
stays, we asked that tasks
be synced up wherever possible to minimize disruptions, and the nurses were
always happy to do so.
5. Embrace the PIC line.
It is essentially one main
line through which all
meds go in and all blood
samples come out, so your
child doesn’t end up being
poked in a dozen different
places every day. The first
time our son had meningitis, doctors wanted to
put in a PIC line and we
hesitated because it required putting our son
under anesthesia again.
We ultimately did it and
were so happy we did.
6. Be honest with your
child. There is zero upside
to telling your child something won’t hurt or “may
not” involve a needle. He
or she needs to be able to
trust you, and the doctors and nurses need to be
able to do their jobs. In
the end, your honesty will
comfort your child more
than anything else.
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[THEATER REVIEW]
My Mañana Comes Illuminates the Dreams of the
Underpaid
By Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic
When most of us dine
out, we’re not really aware of
the busboys who fill our water
glasses and clear our plates.
My Mañana Comes, onstage at the Fountain Theatre,
takes the audience into the
kitchen and into the lives of
four young men who struggle
to maintain their dignity in
spite of low wages and a grueling work schedule.
As a result, you come to
care about their frustrations
and their dreams.
Set in the kitchen of an
upscale New York City restaurant in summertime, the play
tells the story of four likeable
young men.
Through his frugality,
Jorge (Richard Azurdia) has
been able to amass $30,000 to
build his family a new house
in Mexico. Pepe (Pablo Castelblanco) is newly arrived from
Juarez and struggles a bit with
English.
Whalid (Peter Pasco) is a
Mexican American from New
York who has little connection
with his roots. Peter (Lawrence
Stallings), who is the supervisor of the kitchen crew, is an
African American who adores
his five-year-old daughter.
The camaraderie between
the men is palpable. As they
slice up limes, fill salt shakers
and rush back and forth from
the kitchen to the dining room
to serve fussy diners, they banter and joke with each other,
giving the audience a window
into their lives.
Jorge dreams of returning to Mexico. Pepe yearns for
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adults (323) 660-5277
Conversational
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Thursdays at 3:00-4:30
Griffith Park Adult Community Center Calendar
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016,
12:00 – 2:30 pm,
Lunch, General Meeting at Friendship Auditorium
Program: “A Salute to our Volunteers”
You can sign up for lunch at GPACC between 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Check out the painting class taught by Kathy Metz
on Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30, $40 for 4 sessions a month.
The class is structured for beginners or advanced students
as well as for group and individual instruction.
The Lunch Program: Lunch is served 5 days a week at the Center.
$2 donation for those over 60 years. $4 for less than 60 years.
Daily lunch served at 12 pm. Coffee and sign-in at 10:30.
The busboys (Pablo Castleblanco, Lawrence Stallings, and Peter Pasco) expertly
rush around the kitchen in My Mañana Comes.
new shoes. Whalid is studying to become an Emergency
Medical Technician and Peter
just wants to spend time with
his daughter.
However, the problem of
making ends meet on their
meager wages is an underlying
current which comes to a head
when a sudden pay cut threatens their livelihoods and their
friendships.
The balance between
workers who are legal and
those who are illegal also becomes an issue.
Written by Elizabeth Irwin and directed by Armando
Molina, My Mañana Comes is
filled with humor while addressing the serious issues of
what constitutes a living wage
and the rights of the undocumented.
The actors were so convincing that I had to remind
myself that they are actors, not
real busboys.
The choreography, which
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has the men rush from one
place to another without colliding, is amazing and keeps
the actors in almost perpetual
motion.
The realistic set design
by Michael Navarro with its
locker room, time clock, and
counters takes the audience
immediately into the restaurant’s kitchen.
Lighting by Jennifer Edwards marks the passage of
time.
This is a charming play
with a serious message. I’m
sure that in the future I will
have a different reaction to
those who serve my food.
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(323) 667-3043, or e-mail at [email protected]
GPACC is located at 3203 Riverside Dr., just south of Los Feliz Bl.
My Mañana Comes, Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain
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Echo Park’s Self-Defense Sundays Teach Anti-Rape Techniques
By Mike Pallotta, Ledger Contributing Writer
ECHO PARK—In 2015, the
amount of rapes in Los Angeles increased 8.6% and aggravated assault skyrocketed
27.5% from the year before,
according to LAPD crime statistics. In the last six months,
Echo Park alone has had 5 reported rapes and 43 instances
of aggravated assault.
People like martial arts instructor Cory Klink are doing
their part to help prevent these
violent crimes. Each Sunday at
noon, Klink meets with a small
group of about 12-15 students
at Echo Park Lake to teach the
basics of self-defense—blocks,
punches, and kicks—within
an intimate, safe space.
According to Klink, creating that safe space is a hugely
important aspect for its clientele, who face violence on a
daily basis: women, people of
color, and anyone who identifies as queer or transgender.
Since the first class started
in February, Klink has aimed to
teach students to defend themselves not only with their fists
or elbows, but with their body
language and voice as well.
“A lot of women and queer
folks practice hiding and invisibility to stay safe. As a re-
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sult, what happens is people
tread on them,” said Klink.
“So, what I’m having people
practice is physically taking up
more space, and shouting, and
setting bold limits.”
For nearly a decade, Klink,
who has a black belt in Shaolin
Kempo Karate, which incorporates the striking and kicking of
Karate and Boxing with the felling and grappling of Jiu-jitsu and
Mongolian wrestling, has taught
martial arts. Now, Klink wants
to apply those years of experience
to a karate class that focuses more
on stopping a violent crime than
winning a UFC match.
“[I teach] anti-rape techniques,” said Klink, “like
if someone is between your
legs…how do you get the person away from you? One of my
favorite things we do is [learn]
how to turn anything into a
weapon. You can grab a toothbrush and use it as a weapon.”
But it’s not all kung fu
kicks. The class, which typically lasts an hour, begins
with meditation practice before jumping into self-defense
maneuvers and cardio. A large
part of the class is also devoted
to detecting a potential threat
and knowing how to prevent a
fight before it ever begins.
The purpose, according to
Klink, is to arm the students
with as many mental and
physical tools as possible to
stay safe. That way the students
know how to take preventative
measures and be physically fit
enough to protect themselves
if they are attacked.
“You can tell by [the attacker’s] voice that the person
is aggravated. They have a plan,
and you need to be able to verbally deescalate and prevent the
fight,” said Klink. “And then, if
it turns into the person trying to
physically hurt you, here are the
techniques for that.”
The class then stretches
and cools down with a group
discussion of triggering incidents—moments where the
students encountered conflicts
in their day-to-day lives. This
open forum allows for emotional healing and personalized self-defense techniques.
For students like Lindsay
Taylor, Self-Defense Sundays
provide that therapeutic space
to learn martial arts and gives
them the strength to overcome
fear.
“In attending just a few
sessions, I have developed a
much healthier mindset regarding the possibility of having to defend myself,” said
Taylor. “Rather than hoping
I can simply avoid dangerous
encounters completely, I have
accepted both that they are a
possibility and that I [do] have
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the strength and capability to
protect myself, and even to
help others do the same.”
The classes cost $15 a
session, but payments are negotiable for those lacking the
funds. Anyone interested in
signing up can email [email protected] or message the Cory Klink Self Defense Facebook page.
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Los Feliz Ledger
[SENIOR MOMENTS]
Increasing our Life Span
By Stephanie Vendig, Ledger Columnist
A research
study recently published
in the Journal of the American
Medical Association indicated
that the gap in life spans between the rich and the poor
widened between 2001 and
2004.
The study showed American men with income in the
top one percent lived an average of 15 years longer than the
poorest one percent.
The conventional wisdom
“
care as the major correlation
in the determination of a long
life, but how do such opportunities as wide access to social,
educational and economic opportunities in the community
contribute to our life spans?
Obviously, we need to
look to our communities to
implement policies that can
help all people, rich or poor.
For example, New York
became one of the first major
cities to ban smoking in offices and bars. That changed the
Public institutions should not only
create laws or regulations that may
impact unhealthy individual behavior,
but provide opportunities for a positive
life style for the benefit of all.
is that it takes a good income to
live a long life. However, this
study found that where people
live also determines the length
of life, regardless of income.
In other words, a man
could add six or more years
to his life if he lived in New
York, rather than in Detroit,
in spite of being in the poorest
category.
We are accustomed to
looking at medical advances
and the means to access health
”
lives of people of all incomes,
and resulted in a dramatic decrease in smoking rates during
the 2000s.
From my perspective,
public institutions should not
only create laws or regulations
that may impact unhealthy individual behavior, but provide
opportunities for a positive life
style for the benefit of all.
For example, community
resources such as parks and
community centers benefit ev-
erybody, regardless of income,
particularly in the area of socialization.
In my view, ‘hang out”
places for children, teen-agers
and older adults are a crucial
healthy choice contributing to
a longer quality of life.
When people have the
opportunity to engage with
each other in informal ways,
they also increase their skills
of supporting each other, and
are more motivated to learn
healthier habits that contribute to a longer life span.
Therefore, the community plays a vital role when it
provides opportunities such as
parks and community centers.
And as a consequence, our
quality of life, and therefore
our life spans, may increase in
spite of our incomes.
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Still in just its first year,
the Robotics Program at Irving STEAM Magnet School
in Atwater has surpassed all
expectations.
The team won the championship at the Robotics
VEX Championships League
Tournament in Bakersfield
in March, and the following
month, they placed 12th out
of 150 teams at the National
Championships in Iowa.
VEX Corporation recognized the advanced math,
music and engineering magnet
with an award for excellence in
Robotics—a prestigious distinction that is only given to a
few schools across the county.
The Robotics Program
rounded out April by sending five students to the World
Championships in Kentucky
for advanced coding.
The school hopes that donors will support the Robotics
Program by helping them raise
the $3,000 then need to meet
their fundraising goal.
Immaculate Heart Makes
Summer Learning Fun
Immaculate Heart Middle School’s summer school
program starts June 13th and
runs through July 8th.
Courses include “Sneaking Up on Algebra,” “Rad
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“Animal Communication and
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Registrations must be submitted by May 23rd.
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[HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE]
[IMMACULATE HEART]
[THOMAS STARR KING]
New Schools
Athletics and AP Exams
Being a King Kin
By Isabella Payne, 6th grade
By Ashley Conde ’17
By Caelan Carter, 7th grade
Hello! It’s Isabella again, and
today I want
to talk about
something big
that’s going on
at my school: 7th grade acceptance letters! Everyone in our
6th grade class has been working very hard towards getting
into the secondary schools of
their choice. We have all gone
on many interviews and at-
tended shadow days.
After a long wait, we finally received our acceptance
letters on March 18th. I am a
little nervous about the idea of
middle school, but I am happy
that I will be attending Oakwood School next year. And
although it will be sad to move
on, we will all remember the
fond memories and experiences we have had at the Hollywood Schoolhouse.
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American
transcendentalist Ralph
Waldo Emerson once ruminated, “What potent blood hath
May.” Truly, at Immaculate
Heart, students have been vigorously pursuing their passions,
from sports to academics.
Immaculate Heart High
School held its annual Mary’s
Day festivities on April 29th.
This year’s theme was “Mary,
Mother of Mercy,” in accordance with Pope Francis’ declaration of a year of mercy.
Mary’s Day is a beloved IH
tradition honoring the school’s
namesake, Mary, mother of
Jesus. Student committees created head wreaths and decorations for the big day, and festivities included a special Mass,
dancing on the grassy quad and
crowning a statue of Mary.
Spring is an important time
for athletics as well. The varsity
swimming and diving team is
in second place for their league,
while junior varsity team is
in first. The varsity track and
field team is also in first place.
The softball team has also performed well, recently defeating
Marymount 23 to 7.
Academically, AP exams
will be held during the first
two weeks of May. This can
be stressful, especially for
students who are enrolled in
multiple AP classes. However,
many are able to approach
these daunting tests with grace
and intelligence. Junior Isabella Gordon said “The AP course
load over the school year has
been very challenging and
heavy, but I do feel prepared
for the upcoming finals.”
Although many students
are anxious about fast-approacing final exams, which
will be held from May 24th
through 26th, they also excitedly look forward to finishing
another academic year.
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Loyola High School of
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Mother’s Guild Luncheon over
a in April, a long time event to
raise funds for student scholarships. For the event, mothers of Loyola students decorate tables for the luncheon.
But these are not just any old
decorations. In fact, some had
said they often resemble Rose
Parade floats.
Table themes this year
consisted of everything from
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sons in the design.
Over the years, so many
wanted to see the table’s designs, that eventually, the
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I still remember my first
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Then came the mishap where
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We had to stay in the Library until 4th period, and
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three years at King would be
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At King, I have been
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I recently volunteered for a
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[GLENFELIZ
ELEMENTARY]
Cooking and
Gardening to
Join “Reading,
Writing and
Arithmetic”
ATWATER VILLAGE—Glenfeliz Blvd. Elementary School
recently received a prestigious
Los Angeles Unified School
District (LAUSD) designation as a School for Advanced
Studies (SAS) in Farm to Table
Produce and Culinary Arts.
LAUSD Advanced Studies programs are designed for
students identified as gifted,
highly gifted, or who who
demonstrate superior academic achievements.
According to Glenfeliz Principal Karen Sulahian,
children in the program learn
core subjects, such as Math,
Science and English, “through
fun, meaningful and engaging
activities like gardening and
cooking.”
The program will “emphasize environmental and
community awareness,” said
Sulahian, and “[instill] lifelong passions and responsible social nature in our
students.”
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Silicon Valley STEAM School
L.A. Bound
By Erin Hickey, Ledger Contributing Writer
HOLLYWOOD— Si licon
Valley based Stratford
School broke ground on
their new Melrose campus
April 5th in preparation to
begin classes in August.
The Melrose campus,
located at 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., will be the
Stratford parents break ground on the
first Los Angeles location school’s new Melrose location, along with
for the private STEAM school founder Sherry Adams (center).
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
first,” Adams said, pointing to
school, which currently has
her head.
18 campuses in San FranStratford will begin adcisco and Silicon Valley. A
mitting children in preschool
Pasadena campus is also set
through 5th grade this year
to open this fall.
and will grow by one class each
According
to
Stratyear for three years until they
ford founder Sherry Adams,
have expanded to 8th grade.
though Stratford students are
Tuition will range from
encouraged to have fun and
$15,000 to $26,750 per year deexplore, the classroom envipending on grade level, and acronment is a traditional one,
cording to Adams, unlike other
with an emphasis on core acaprivate schools, there will be no
demics and critical thinking.
additional fundraising or service
True to its Silicon Valley
hour requirements for parents.
origins, the school will also
The Melrose campus,
feature a robust technology
previously a private Armenian
program, which will focus on
school, will require several
developing coding skills, rathmillions of dollars worth of
er than learning to use specific
renovation in advance of the
software or applications.
August launch date, accord“We want kids to learn
ing to Stratford CEO Shawn
how to use this computer
Weidmann.
area. One, according to its originator, has over 250 signatures.
“It’s egregious overreach,”
said Alison Gallant, who has
lived in the lower portion of
Beachwood since 2000, of the
business area restrictions.
Another lower Beachwood
resident, Thomas Chorley, said
he has over 200 email and
hard copy petitions against the
village’s restricted parking.
A review of the email petitions indicates uniform opposition to the restrictions.
“I do believe this was put
in motion hastily and needs
a review and possibly [should
be] rescinded until it can be
good for everyone,” wrote one
such local, Fran Reichenbach.
Additionally, the Hollywood United Neighborhood
Council has officially taken
the side of the businesses.
Meanwhile, the 22 homeowners near the business district
say they have their own petition
demanding the restrictions.
According to resident Laura Davis, the petition resulted
in the city’s Dept. of Transportation concluding restricted
parking in the business district
was necessary.
“None of us moved here
thinking we were moving to
Universal City Walk,” said Davis,
who has lived in the area since
1987. “We are just trying to get
our lives back. People have been
urinating on our property, threatening us, throwing burning cigarettes out of their car windows
and there have even been hit and
runs where drivers hit our cars.”
According to Davis, residents on her block of Beachwood, just north of the business
area, did a 10-day study of the
parking situation in May of last
year, photographing, she said,
over 240 hours, the turnover in
the grocery store’s parking lot.
“The lot was full for only
two hours out of the 240,” she
said. “None of us understand
this claim that [parking restrictions] will hurt the businesses.”
One compromise is having the permit only parking
near the commercial area for
residents, but restricting it to all
others for 90 minutes. But the
residents again, say tourists and
hikers will still park there.
Merchants admit they initially were opposed to that option, but they’ll take that now.
Hikers in the area on a recent weekend, reported parking
was hard to find, but they eventually found a spot. The time it
took for them to hike from there
to the Hollywood Sign?
“About 2 hours 20 minutes,” one hiker said.
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