Los Feliz Ledger Vol 10. No. 2 Read by 100,000+ Residents and Business Owners in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Echo Park & Hollywood Hills More LaBonge Staff Changes [cd4 race] O’Grady Hopes 2nd Time’s The Charm By Allison B. Cohen and Colin Stutz GRIFFITH PARK—Los Angeles City Council District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s Deputy of Griffith Park, AnneMarie Johnson, has resigned her post. Johnson will be Shan Chao replaced by longtime hiker and office newcomer Shan Chao. Johnson leaves the district post she held for more than a year for job opportunities in her acting career. She said she could balance her parttime post at Council District 4 (CD4) for some time with her acting, but now “things have really gotten quite busy and I didn’t want to not do my best in both fields. So I elected see LABONGE page 18 August 2014 By Allison B. Cohen and Colin Stutz THAT’S “GOOOOOOALLLDDD!”—Los Angeles City Officials, the LA84 Foundation and former Olympiads announced July 28th, the start of a $10.5 million renovation of the 26-acre John Ferraro Soccer Fields in Griffith Park, the city’s largest soccer facility. The renovation will replace all seven severely worn dirt fields with synthetic grass, saving 10 million gallons of water annually, according to city estimates. Currently $3.5 million has been raised for the project, including $1 million each from the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles. About 100,000 youth and adults currently play annually at the site, numbers, the city said should increase to 340,000. The announcement was made on the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. 1984 Olympiads on hand for the announcement were diving champion Greg Louganis, 400-meter hurdling champion Edwin Moses, cycling silver medalist Nelson Vails and track and field’s Rafer Johnson who lit the Olympic flame that year at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during opening ceremonies. Pictured here are soccer enthusiasts from Atwater Village’s Chevy Chase Recreation Center Day Camp who came out to celebrate the announcement. According to city estimates, more than 35,000 youth in local soccer programs live within minutes of the site. Photo: Allison B. Cohen LOS FELIZ—Tomas O’Grady is the newest candidate to enter the increasingly crowded race to represent Los Angeles Council District 4 (CD4). He brings years of community service and advocacy with him, as well as a failed effort to gain the seat in 2011 against incumbent Tom LaBonge. O’Grady, who lives on Edenhurst Avenue, is an Irish immigrant and the co-founder of the non-profit Enrich LA, which builds edible gardens in schools throughout the Los Angeles area. Next year, LaBonge will be termed out of office. Council District 4 includes widespread neighborhoods that are see CD4 RACE page 21 Dr. Fleiss Remembered By Locals and Daughter Heidi New Art & Installations at Barnsdall: Graffiti And Homeless Staff and Family Hope to Continue His Practice By Ryan White, Ledger Contributing Writer By Bruce Haring, Ledger Contributing Writer HOLLYWOOD BLVD—Park regulars and advocates are voicing alarm over what they say are steadily deteriorating conditions at Barnsdall Art Park. A surge in trash, homeless encampments, graffiti and vandalism have been made worse, they say, by the city’s lack of maintenance and lax security. The city’s park stewards, however, insist they’re doing the best they can to care for the grounds with limited resources. “I’ve been coming to this park all the time, because I only live three or four blocks away. I’ve seen this place go downhill,” said Thai Town resident Carl Percival who has been coming to Barnsdall since the 1980s. Percival said conditions have steadily worsened over the last few years. “My main concern is that when I come up here, we’ve got a whole crowd of people sleeping and damaging the back there,” referring to areas where homeless congregate. Los Feliz resident Marlan Warren has organized a Face- IHHS Senior: Top Female Debater in the U.S., page 14 Eastside Eye: Route 66 Rediscovered at the Autry, page 22 LOS FELIZ—Dr. Paul Fleiss was a complicated man. He worked as a favored pediatrician to Hollywood stars, yet felt compelled to work for free for those less well off. He was a well-known author who advocated against infant circumcision, was a champion of breast-feeding and did not insist on childhood vaccinations for his patients. He plead guilty in 1995 to conspiracy and bank fraud in connection with a high-profile prostitution ring run by his daughter, Heidi, now 48, and was also investigated and sanctioned by the Medical Board Community News: Poisons Impacting Griffith Park Wildlife, losfelizledger.com of California n 2007 for inadequate record-keeping. Yet in both legal circumstances, there was an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from those who see FLEISS page 26 Real Estate: “Flea’s” Los Feliz Home on the Market, page 12 book page called “Clean Up Barnsdall Art Park Trash and Spirit,” and she has persistently lobbied the park’s manager to see BARNSDALL page 17 Arts & Entertainment: L.A. is Rocking in August, page 26 Los Feliz Ledger [letter from the publisher] Former Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, convicted in July of four felonies and possibly facing six years in prison, will still receive his $116,000 city annual pension. Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012 signed a law requiring state public employees to forfeit their pensions if convicted of a felony. The city is currently considering following suit, but thus far has not. Insanity, given the city often “cries poor” relative to much needed city services, such as clean up and security at Barnsdall Art Park, which we cover on page 1. We also detail in this month’s addition that owners of structures wishing to renovate or developers wanting to build along the Los Angeles River will now have to pay a fee up to $700 to cover the cost of city planning department staff expenses (see page 13). The city also paid $1.75 million in legal fees recently to three community groups who sued it over the Hollywood Community Plan. Ansee LETTER page 3 Coffee House ���������������� ��� ������������� ������������������ Available at these locations: LOS FELIZ FOUNDED 20 05 Dresden Restaurant 1760 N. Vermont Avenue Delivered the last Thursday of each month to 34,500 homes and businesses in the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Echo Park and Hollywood Hills communities. House of Pies 1869 N. Vermont PUBLISHER /EDITOR Citibank 1965 Hillhurst Avenue Los Feliz Public Library 1874 Hillhurst Avenue Allison B. Cohen ADVERTISING SALES Los Feliz 3 Theaters 1822 N. 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Even harder to recall a time when the shaded front brick patio wasn’t there and packed with an incredibly diverse set of patrons from students to flirting couples to Japanese tourists to well-known actors. Alcove’s owner and founder Tom Trellis exited the corporate world and a career in human resources with a dream of transforming two historic bungalows into a welcoming café. Although he had no previous restaurant experience, he did have expectations of quality and style. He wanted Alcove to have an old Europe feel—hence the marble, chandeliers and French caféstyle seating. Four years ago, Trellis added the Big Bar, serving mixologist-made and classic cocktails. Just before that, he started Alcove chocolates with five flavors. Today, there are 12 flavors available from a dark chocolate fleur de sel to a spiced milk chocolate and peanuts. The chocolate business was a natural outgrowth of the café’s servings. In addition to the early morning to late night menu, Alcove organizes a slew of events beginning on New Year’s Eve when the café celebrates 10 time zones; on Valen- tine’s Day there’s a prom; and during the warmer months, there are outdoor screenings of classic films. Special events and private dinners can be hosted in the restored, 1897-built back house, the oldest house in Los Feliz. Today, Alcove has 110 employees and Trellis is most grateful for the community’s support. Would he do anything differently? “Sure we’ve made mistakes, but those mistakes have helped our business grow,” Trellis said. He does wish that the popular restaurant had a bigger kitchen and even more parking. One tradition that continues to inspire is found in an old chess table close to the street-facing bungalow’s back door. From the first week, people began leaving notes in a small drawer. “It became a viral process and people are still doing it,” said Trellis, noting that some notes are funny, others poignant and sad, many are unsigned but all have been saved. He hopes someday to turn them into a coffee table book to benefit a local charity. And after 10 years, the most popular items on the menu, according to Trellis are, “the Cobb salad, the country breakfasts and anything red velvet.” The Alcove Café & Bakery, 1929 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 644-0100. www.alcovecafe.com “We trust that the authorities will see that their efforts are misguided and presumably sparked by a disgruntled former employee with an axe to grind,” said Gentlecare attorney Mark Geragos. Geragos has represented high profile clients including Congressman Gary Condit, Roger Clinton and actress Winona Ryder, among others. FBI Raids Atwater Village Company By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided a business in early July investigating allegations of criminal activity. “The search warrant is under seal and it will stay under seal as we have an ongoing investigation,” said Laura Ei- miller, a spokesperson for the FBI in Los Angeles. The business—Gentlecare Transport Inc., an ambulance company located at 3539 Casitas Ave.—had been under an on-going investigation, according to Eimiller who would not provide specifics about the case. 20% off purchase with coupon - expires 12/31/14 good for coffee and tea only FREE coffee cupping, every Friday at noon • LEARN home bru-ing classes • SEE LETTER from page 2 other $240,000 of city money funded an environmental report that essentially puts two youth baseball fields within an empty field at Crystal Springs in Griffith Park. When told those opposing the ballfields would sue if the city council approved the ballfields, one city official, whom I will not name, responded: “The city gets sued all the time.” August 2014 Tom LaBonge (CD4) and Bernard Parks (CD8) will be termed out in 2015. Another five council seats (in even numbered districts: 2, 6, 10, 12 and 14) are up for grabs. We don’t need city leaders increasing fines while wasting taxpayer dollars due to lack of compliance with state law, poor strategic planning and coalition building and certainly not with this type of blasé attitude. www.losfelizledger.com local artwork • WATCH local short films every month 1866 N. VERMONT AVENUE CORNER OF FRANKLIN & VERMONT FREE PARKING AND WI-FI FOR BRU CUSTOMERS www.brucoffeebar.com COMMUNITY NEWS Page 3 Los Feliz Ledger Marshall Hit-And-Run Victim Plans Homecoming in August Skylar’s room at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is decorated with photos of family and friends. He expects to come home in August after being hit by a car that failed to stop in May. Photo: Ameera Butt/Los Feliz Ledger. Police Continue Search for White Convertible BMW the accident he could hardly move his arm. He sits at a table, grabs some putty in his right hand and squeezes and moves it around 10 times. Then he tries to stretch the putty between his two hands 10 more times. He still plans to join the military after he gets out of the hospital. And what would he tell the person who hit him that day in May? “I’d say, ‘confess, come forward,’” Skylar said softly. According to LAPD Det. Michael Kaden there are no new leads in the case. Kaden said vehicle parts recovered from the scene were from a white 2001 to 2006 BMW Z4 that appeared to have a black convertible top. “We know the right front was damaged on the vehicle along with the right side mirror because it’s sheered off,” Kaden said. There were no witnesses at the site. “The [surveillance] videos [are] from a business, [and] the chance of getting a license [plate number] are nil. I don’t have any leads other than I know what the vehicle looks like,” he said. Christ’s Church at Griffith Park on Edenhurst Avenue in Atwater Village will host an ice cream social fundraiser Aug. 10th at 6 p.m. at the church according to pastor Bruce Fleenor. Proceeds will go to Skylar’s medical bills, he said. By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer EAST HOLLYWOOD—He speaks softly as he can’t raise his voice, so much so you have to lean in to hear what he’s saying. “I can’t throw a ball yet. I can’t do boxing, I don’t [know how to box] but I can’t now,” he says with a smile. “I miss movies and I miss [my] friends.” Skylar Samuel Streeter lies down on his bed at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard, clutching some gummy strawberries that his mother, Atwater Village resi- cording to Los Angeles Police Dept. officials. Pictures of family, such as his older siblings and parents, circle the sink in his hospital room so he can remember them, his mother said. Skylar said he doesn’t remember anything from the day he was hit. He only remembers waking up in the hospital after a 15-day coma. “Even the doctor said he’s kind of like a miracle person, he woke up and didn’t know who he was,” Valerie said. According to his mother, Christ’s Church at Griffith Park on Edenhurst Avenue in Atwater Village will host an ice cream social fundraiser Aug. 10th at 6 p.m. at the church according to pastor Bruce Fleenor. Proceeds will go to Skylar’s medical bills, he said. dent Valerie Streeter, brought for him on a recent weekday. Sunglasses—with one lens darker than the other and taped down in the middle— rest on his head. They help with his double vision, he said. Streeter, who attended John Marshall High School, was unable to attend his graduation in June due to a hit and run accident a month earlier. On May 21st, Skylar— who had just turned 18—was hit by a car whose driver failed to stop on Fletcher Drive near Larga Avenue. Streeter was jay walking across the street acPage 4 COMMUNITY NEWS Skylar suffered from brain trauma. Now, he is starting over. “They’ve been teaching him how to pronounce words every day,” Valerie said. “He is going to have a lot of therapy, even when he gets out” in early August. Currently, he is allowed to go home every Sunday to see family members and friends. Skylar said his favorite thing about his hospitalization is therapy, when he works with an occupational therapist to make his right arm stronger because after www.losfelizledger.com August 2014 Los Feliz Ledger Water Policing Enforcement Intensifies Due to Drought By Hayley Fox, Ledger Senior Contributing Writer As California continues to wither under one of the worst droughts in recent history, mandatory, statewide regulations aimed at improving conservation will go into effect Aug. 1st. These emergency rules don’t require cities to cut overall water use by a certain amount, but rather give local officials the power to implement fines of up to $500 a day on irresponsible water wasters. According to the State Water Resources Control Board, the new regulations are intended to cut down on outdoor urban water use, because most Californians use more water outdoors than inside. In some places, more than 50% of daily water is used on landscaping and lawns. “We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus in a statement. at the Aqueduct Centennial celebration,” he said. “The water there is recirculated, and I hope we can continue these efforts throughout the City.” Recirculated water, that is not potable, is acceptable according to the emergency state regulations, even though state officials say they are encouraging usage of recycled water. There are no plans to shut down the Mulholland Fountain, but LADWP officials said they have reduced the height and flow of its water to reduce water loss from overspray in windy conditions. The LADWP continues to offer incentives to customers to keep saving water. LADWP recently raised its “Cash In Your Lawn” rebate from $2 to $3 a square foot, hoping customers will trade in their thirsty lawns for droughttolerant plants. “Customers may not be The LADWP continues to offer incentives to customers to keep saving water. LADWP recently raised its “Cash In Your Lawn” rebate from $2 to $3 a square foot, hoping customers will trade in their thirsty lawns for drought-tolerant plants. “And, more important, we have no idea when it will end.” Water officials say that these regulations may be expanded if the drought worsens. For Los Angeles, these restrictions are old hat. Since 2009, the city has had a water conservation ordinance that meets the state’s emergency restrictions. Since this ordinance was enacted about five years ago, water use in Los Angeles has dropped by about 17%, according to officials. As a result, the city now uses just as much water as it did more than 30 years ago, even though the population has continued to grow. But according to the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (LADWP), they’re still taking strides to cut down on water use wherever possible. Los Angeles City Councilmember (CD4) Tom LaBonge points to the 50,000-gallon Mulholland Fountain as an example of pointed conservation. “In my district, the LADWP recently restored the historic Mulholland Fountain August 2014 willing to change out both a front and back lawn, but converting even just one of them can save a lot of water and help better manage their bill,” said LADWP’s Jim McDaniel. But if consumers aren’t willing to make the changes themselves, three new water cops are expected to hit Los Angeles streets the remainder of this summer and could be handing out tickets to water wasters. These new hires will be part of the LADWP’s “Water Conservation Response Unit,” which previously consisted of only one individual. Rick Silva was the lone fulltime enforcer, responsible for patrolling nearly 500 square miles of land and monitoring residents conservation, or lack thereof. Meanwhile, some Los Angeles communities are taking conservation efforts into their own hands. The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council’s greening committee has discussed ways to save water. “As a greening committee in a neighborhood that is right next to the Los Angeles Rivwww.losfelizledger.com er, it would be nice to think of clever ways, through the neighborhood council system, to be more water conservative,” said Torin Dunnavant, chair of the committee. Although no definite plans have been made, Dunnavant said in the past the committee has discussed providing water saving workshops to residents, or looking further into what city programs currently exist, in which residents can participate. The new emergency state drought regulations are expected to last at least 270 days, and prohibit all Californians from applying potable water to a driveway or sidewalk, or washing their car with a hose that uses potable water—unless the hose has a shutoff nozzle. Los Feliz Ledger Online Look for these stories only at losfelizledger.com • • • More on the death of Notre Dame High school graduate, Nick Fagnano, who died while swimming at Venice Beach after lightning hit the water July 28th. Fagnano was a friend of Publisher Allison B. Cohen’s family, a resident of Los Angeles City Council District 4 (Sherman Oaks) and was about to start USC in the fall. Wildlife sampling reveals high incidence of rat poison in Griffith Park wildlife, including the park’s resident mountain lion, P-22. Out and About: Calendar for August 2014 Results from last month’s poll when we asked: Should the city shut down the Mulholland Fountain in light of the severe drought we are currently experiencing? • 63% of respondents said yes • 37% said no This month’s poll: Starting with our September 2014 edition, we will profile one local or regional issue of concern to our readers, leading up to the March 2015 election, when Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be termed out of office and replaced. While all issues indicated in the poll are important, please select only one that you feel is the MOST important to you now as a voter (see list of issues at losfelizledger.com). COMMUNITY NEWS Page 5 Los Feliz Ledger “Stepchild” Street in Atwater Looking for Recognition By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Fletcher Drive looks like it could go on forever—past the blue-collar and service shops that dot its sides. On a bright, day with no clouds in sight to give relief from the Los Angeles heat, cars zoom to and fro on the Fletcher Drive Bridge, which was built in 1927. Chances are the cars— driving past a U-Haul Moving and Storage business, various liquor stores, body shops, even a Foster’s Freeze—don’t know they’re in Atwater Village. The two other main thoroughfares through the heart of Atwater Village—Glendale and Los Feliz boulevards—already garner a lot of attention from traffic, pedestrian friendly streets, restaurants and bakeries. That’s why the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) and local nonprofits and organizations are considering possibly putting a “Welcome to Atwater Sign” on a median along the street. “Fletcher has a very different vibe than what’s going on Glendale [Boulevard] as far as the kinds of business that are there,” said Courtney Morris, co-chair of the AVNC. “A lot of times when we focus… on beautification projects, Fletcher is the stepchild of the neighborhood. We don’t ever really consider it.” To date, the issue has not yet been brought to the full AVNC council for discussion. An AVNC committee, officials from the Friends of Atwater Village and the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce has asked artist Brett Goldstone—who designed the Great Heron Gates located at the Los Angeles River and Flecher Drive—to consider designing the marker. “Glendale Boulevard gets lot of traffic. Los Feliz [boulevard] also gets a lot of traffic,” said Sergio Lambarri, also with the AVNC. “Unfortunately Fletcher Drive doesn’t get that same type. Hopefully with that sign, we can enhance that boulevard, and it can be a catalyst to change that area.” Fletcher Drive has come a long way to look like what it does today, but local officials say work still needs to be done. A mural, as well as the rocks in the median where the potential sign could go, are all recent signs of improvement in the past few years, according to Sandra Caravella, with Friends of Atwater Village, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Atwater Village’s local history. “The street as a whole doesn’t leave room for trees,” she said. “I look at [the sign] as one more piece of adding something nice to the area. Number one, it’s art and I love [Goldstone’s art].” Markets dotted the stretch of Fletcher Drive since the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Caravella said. Luis Lopez, who has been working with his father at Luis Lopez Automotive on Fletcher Drive since 1993, said that he’s seen the area change. His business has been located on Fletcher Drive since 1968. Around 2000 was when the first spark of civic duty trash cleanups began, according to Lopez, who is also a boardmember for the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he said, a neighborhood watch was formed and then councilmember, now Mayor Eric Garcetti’s streetscape improvement plan was put in place for the long-term vision for Fletcher Drive. The street is definitely better. Drugs and prostitution have been reduced greatly, according to Vince Amador, owner of Atwater Screen & Glass located on Fletcher Drive. The glass shop has been at that location for 35 years. Fletcher Drive “deserves more love than it currently has,” said Torin Dunnavant, co-chair of the AVNC. He said a lot of residents have come to the neighborhood meetings concerned about the type of people hanging outside the U-Haul business. “It’s an area that needs more support so it’s more livable for people who are right on Fletcher Drive,” Dunnavant said. LOS FELIZ Rec and Parks Commissioner Blumenfield Resigns By Allison B. Cohen Kafi Blumenfield with the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners resigned July 1st. According to city officials, she left her post to take a new undisclosed position. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in January 2014. Her resignation from the 5-panel board creates a conundrum if a commission vote ends in a 2-2 tie. “We expect to appoint a new [Recreation and Parks] Commissioner in the next few months,” Curry said. “In the meantime, if there is a split vote, the commission will have to determine how to proceed. According to Curry, the commission will have only met once this summer since Blumenfield’s departure. 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But having also served in those areas as a part-time youth minister, he saw ministry as a way to help change people’s lives. He started as a pastor in Highland Park 11 years ago. Darlene and Dennis Tofte, who live in Tujunga, make the roughly 19 mile drive three times a week to be part of his congregation. 323-258-5482 1638 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041 www.alphastructural.com Visit us online for our August Intro Special. Save over $50! “I just figure if I can help one kid be accepted at school because he’s on the basketball team, that’s a pretty cool thing to be able to do.” — Bruce Fleenor According to Andy Hasroun, president of the chamber of commerce, Fleenor was selected because it seems he’s always around and has never been recognized before. “I remember, personally, we blew balloons for [a] community event 10 years ago and that’s when I met him, and he’s a quiet person behind the scenes that nobody appreciates,” Hasround said. In addition to his pastoral duties, Fleenor coaches kids’ basketball at Chevy Chase Recreation Center in Atwater. “I remember what it was like to be a shy, gawky kid and there was one guy [my Little League Coach] who would call me every year and ask ‘Bruce, are you going to play this year? It gave me credibility with the other kids to be a basketball or baseball player,” Fleenor recalled. “I just figure if I can help one kid be accepted at school because he’s on the basketball team, that’s a pretty cool thing Page 8 COMMUNITY NEWS Darlene is the church’s treasurer and she and her husband have been with the church since 1937. “I work very closely with him so I’ve gotten to know him very well and of course am thrilled that someone else can see what we know about him,” said Darlene. It’s a very well deserved award, said her husband, Dennis, adding that Fleenor is talented in woodwork, construction and anything else that needs to be rebuilt. Fleenor also used to serve on the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council until last year, according to Torin Dunnavant, co-chair of the board. “He just has always been one of the most generous people in the neighborhood,” Dunnavant said. “Last winter he and JeanMarie [Wisniewski] planned a dinner for homeless folks and it’s almost like it’s not surprising when Bruce does something amazing like that.” 3178 Glendale Boulevard, L os Angeles, CA 90039 323.906.0088 www.pilatesmetro.com Libby Butler-Gluck Promoted to Ledger Ad Sales Manager Libby ButlerGluck has been promoted to Advertising Sales Manager for the Los Feliz Ledger. Gluck’s promotion was effective July 1, 2014. She started with the Ledger in 2012. “Libby has become an invaluable asset for the Ledger,” said publisher Allison B. 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While I have sponsored legislation in Congress to put in place stronger national standards for notification of data breaches, so far Congress has failed to act. I have also worked to increase penalties and enforcement for identity theft crimes, but the reality is that most who commit such online crimes get off scot free, in part because they frequently commit their crimes in other nations that are uncooperative with U.S. investigators. Estimates are that only around 2% of offenders end up facing a penalty or prison. Breaches like the one at Target are far from the only way that criminals seek to get your personal information. Criminals have resorted to a plethora of techniques— some that are highly sophisticated and some of which are decidedly “low-tech.” From the old techniques— literally pickpocketing individuals, dumpster-diving, “shoulder surfing,” meaning watching as you put in your pin to an ATM or listening into your private conversations as you give your credit card number over the phone, to the new—using email spam, hacking or breaking online passwords –- criminals will stop at nothing to get your data. Luckily, despite the best [ASSEMBLYMEMBER GATTO] Local Business Brews Jobs & Delicious and Refreshing Beer efforts of criminals, there are ways to protect yourself. To help you learn how to avoid being the target or victim of identity theft, I’m hosting a forum with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, FBI, IRS, So- August 2014 with local nonprofit organizations—including Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation— have supported socially- and environmentally-minded projects such as producing a specific craft beer called the Greenway IPA to support the Los Angeles River Greenway 2020 project. Gill’s entrepreneurship creates jobs and helps inspire young women to believe that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. But she is not alone. Many smallbusiness owners in Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, and the Hollywood Hills devote their lives to creating jobs and building community. It’s important that we recognize these businesses for their positive contributions. If you know of a local small-business owner who deserves recognition, I want to hear about it. Please write me at [email protected] In the meantime, whether you are a small business owner, an environmental advocate, or both like Gill and Yanow, it’s important that your voice is heard in the Capitol. If you or someone you know is not registered to vote, you can now do so online, by visiting http://registertovote.ca.gov/. www.losfelizledger.com The forum will be held Mon., Aug. 4th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Witherbee Auditorium at the Los Angeles Zoo. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to (323) 3155555 or (818) 450-2900 and I will hope to see you there. 25% Off* with this Ad St. Vincent de Paul’s 54,000 square-foot thrift store offers clothing, shoes, furniture, housewares and appliances. * mattresses and cars are excluded. expires 9/1/14 — no photocopies By California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto ATWATER VILLAGE—Local businesses are the backbone of a strong local and state economy. The annual California Small Business Day Awards Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the contributions of small businesses to the State of California. This year, I was privileged to honor a business that is breaking the mold for brewers around the world and serving up much more than ice-cold beer. At 29-years-old, Beachwood Canyon’s Meg Gill is the youngest female brewery owner in the country. Meg’s brewery in Atwater Village is both the fastest growing, and largest craft brewery in Los Angeles County. In less than three years, Golden Road Brewing has grown to more than 150 employees and brings more than 20,000 visitors a week to its restaurant and pub. In addition to building a successful small business, Gill and Golden Road co-founder Tony Yanow—who also owns Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend restaurant—have remained focused on creating a vibrant Los Angeles. Founded in 2011, Golden Road Brewing partners along cial Security Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspector. 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While the number of available homes for sale is still relatively few, there are slightly more houses coming onto the market for purchase than in the previous six months. That means buyers will finally have a wider selection. But there’s still a lot of competition out there for homes, so those wishing to purchase will have to move fast. “Inventory is starting to loosen up and homes are starting to move,” said Tim Meinelschmidt of Icon Properties/ Keller Williams Larchmont. “Homes are spending less time on the market than last year, 40 days on average versus 52 days.” Eileen Moreno of George August 2014 & Eileen Moreno Realtors agrees. Although she notes that inventory is still “relatively low,” she said a few more properties are available. “Homes that are in movein condition, with bonuses like a yard, view or pool, are still in high demand,” she said. “And homes needing work are still in demand by the companies and buyers looking to fix and sell.” Cash is king when it comes to purchases. “In the Los Feliz and Silver Lake areas, we are still seeing strong down payments,” Moreno said. “Often we are seeing parents purchasing properties with all cash for their kids, or, at a minimum, helping with the down payment.” Judy Oroshnik of Berk- www.losfelizledger.com shire Hathaway Home Services said “intrepid is the word that comes to mind” when describing buyers in the market. “The average buyer with 20% or less down is competing with all-cash or large equity-down buyers,” she said. “Buyers in our market have to persevere and be very focused in their search, finding ways to engage the seller beyond the underlying financial terms. It’s a real time commitment to get to that happy ending.” LOCAL HOUSING MARKET STRONG DQ News, a real estate research firm based in La Jolla, CA, reports continuing solid results in the area’s residential sales for June. In the Los Feliz 90027 zip code, 21 single-family homes sold for a median price of $1.2 million, down 2.1% from the previous year. The median home price per square foot year-over-year. The Silver Lake 90039 zip code saw 13 homes sell in June for a median price of $775,000, up 36% year-over-year, repre- “Buyers in our market have to persevere and be very focused in their search, finding ways to engage the seller beyond the underlying financial terms. It’s a real time commitment to get to that happy ending.” — Realtor Judy Oroshnik for single-family residences in the 90027 zip was $565. Three condos sold in 90027 for a median price of $430,000, up 32.3% year-over-year. Echo Park’s 90026 zip saw 19 single family homes sell for a median price of $740,000, a 0.6% drop from the previous year’s June results. The average single-family residence sold for a per square foot price of $616. Five condos sold for a median price of $450,000, up 45% senting a $618 median price per square foot. There were three condos sold for a median price of $500,000, up 44.9% year-to-year. In Hollywood’s 90068 zip, 25 single-family homes sold for a median price of $1 million, a 6.9% increase yearto-year. That represents a median price of $615 per square foot. Five condos sold for a median price of $365,000, up 22.9% year-over-year. Su Casa REAL ESTATE Page 11 Los Feliz Ledger Flea’s Not Giving it Away By Bruce Haring, Ledger Real Estate Reporter O’Farrell Funds $75K to Help with Area Homelessness By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer Echo Park and Silver Lake are,” said PATH spokesperson may get some help in the form Jeremy Sidell. of a two-year $75,000 contract PATH’s work in the between a homeless assistance neighborhoods is to identify group and Los Angeles City homeless individuals and proCouncil District 13. vide access to facilities, shelPeople Assisting the ters and finding permanent or Homeless, or PATH, and transitional housing, accordCouncilmember Mitch ing to Marisol Salguero, with O’Farrell’s office entered into O’Farrell’s office. an agreement for homeless Regarding Echo Park, outreach in Echo Park and Silthere is currently no emerver Lake in July. gency homeless shelter in the “We will have a PATH area. team, two people in a van with PATH conducted cursory a cell phone responding to reassessments in July and found quests from community [and approximately 36 homeless staff] from the Council Dispeople in Echo Park, accordtrict [and] from police, identiing to PATH’s Sidell. fying where the encampments In an 7.19.14—Gail Crosby Ad:Layout 1 7/20/14 8:26 PM effort Page 1to bring more Gail’s Sales “Flea’s” 35,000 square foot house was built in 1925. He purchaed the property for $4.5 million in 2011. es will come on the market?” Balzary originally bought the house for $4.5 million in 2011. The house is a 35,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style compound built in 1925. The gated and walled property sits on 3/4ths of an acre and includes a library, an eat-in kitchen, a rooftop deck, formal living and dining rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Among the house’s unique features are a guesthouse and what’s described as a “speakeasy,” a bar located in the basement behind a door. Nourmand’s Stellini said he did not know if the bar had actually been used in that capacity. “It’s just been described as that,” he said. The grounds feature 100-year-old olive trees, stone pathways, an outdoor fireplace and a saltwater swimming pool. There are also views of the city, nearby woodlands and the Griffith Observatory. N. VERMONT AVENUE—Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary has put his North Vermont Avenue house on the market for $6.8 million. The home is located in an area with numerous celebrities, and is just around the corner from the house that recently claimed the highest price ever paid for a single-family home in Los Feliz, the six-bedroom Villa Andalusia, which sold for $8.3 million. Sherri Rogers and Anthony Stellini of Nourmand & Associates are the listing agents for the Balzary property, known as the Van Griffith estate. It was formerly part of the Griffith Estates, a sprawling piece of property that was broken up into smaller units. “There are very few estate properties in Los Feliz,” said Stellini. “People who want to live in them have to grab them when they’re on the market. Who knows when the next time one of these bigger hous- attention regionally to the issue, Tad Yenawine, with the Greater Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) said a GEPENC committee has approved a motion supporting the statewide initiative “The Homeless Bill of Rights” asking the city adopt it as a basis for its policies regarding the homeless. The motion, authored by State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, (D-San Francisco) creates legislature allowing the homeless to move freely and to rest and sleep in public spaces as well as the right to occupy a legally parked vehicle. Recent Sales and Listings Why do so many prefer to work with Gail? “Dearest Gail, thank you for the terrific care you took in selling our family property. You treated our mother as a family member as you negotiated all aspects of the transaction... Many times you went above and beyond the call of duty in the personalized services that you provided. 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And her grandmother had always urged her to “do more than what is asked or required.” Rather than let her illness get her down, she was motivated to be more productive. It was natural that Crosby’s career in real estate grew out of her love for people and for her Silver Lake neighborhood. “My job is two-fold. One is to give my clients guidance. And, I want to make people wealthy.” Crosby has built a repu- tation of honesty, integrity, and strong service. “I write it all down on my notebook and then I’ll give it some thought about how I can help [clients] achieve what they want,” she said. With what she describes as distinctive and powerful homes in a postmodern community, Crosby feels her neighborhood is one of the greatest places in which to live. 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River By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Two ordinances establishing landscape and urban design standards and rules for residential, commercial and industrial buildings along the 32-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River were approved by the Los Angeles City Council in July. Both ordinances apply to new development and for existing buildings seeking city approval for major renovations. The ordinances will be in place Aug. 20th according to the LA-RIO, establishes the geographical boundaries in which the new standards will be applied, meaning all neighborhoods adjacent to the Los Angeles River. The ordinances were passed, however, even though some local residents said there has been no recent outreach or workshops to educate the public directly impacted by the new design standards. According to Karen Barnett, of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council current outreach on a lack of city staff. Consequently, she said the city focused on areas that continuously had concerns about the ordinances like in the San Fernando Valley. The ordinances do not change the zoning in neighborhoods, she said. “It’s the reason [why we were] being cognizant. There’s so many different land use types along the river is the reason why, at the end of the day, we ended up with a very The ordinances were passed, however, even though some local residents said there has been no recent outreach or workshops to educate the public directly impacted by the new design standards. According to Karen Barnett, of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) since the ordinances h ave passed, the community has no choice but to accept them. “The community doesn’t know what is going on,” she said. city officials. One ordinance, called the River Improvement Overlay District, sets standards such as what greenery can be planted within the district as well as rules for screening, fencing, exterior lighting and noise, among others. Regarding fencing, with the exception of single-family homes, all new projects are required to maintain a visual connection between the river corridor, the frontage road and the abutting property, according to the ordinance. The ordinance indicates all fences located less than 10 feet from the river cannot be higher than six feet. The second ordinance, August 2014 (AVNC) since the ordinances have passed, the community has no choice but to accept them. “The community doesn’t know what is going on,” she said. According to Claire Bowin, a senior city planner, earlier in 2008, Atwater Village residents were supportive of the ordinances. “It’s been seven years,” Bowin said. “It’s been a long time, which is unfortunate, and that’s where I think the community is understandably upset and thinking they haven’t heard about the ordinances. I share the community’s frustration.” Bowin blames the lack of www.losfelizledger.com select number of standards that could apply to anybody,” she said. Bowin said anyone wanting to build a new structure or renovate an old one will be charged fees to do so depend on the size of the project or property. Fees will range from $200 to $700, and will be used to cover the cost of city planning department staff expenses. Los Angeles City Council District 13 plans to hold a public meeting to discuss planning and zoning issues, including the ordinances, in early September, according to a spokesperson with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s office. 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In fact, one of the benefits of traveling abroad is seeing things that other countries are doing better. I was struck by how many solar panels I saw on the roofs of apartment buildings in southwestern Turkey. Why don’t we have more? Our friends in London could put all food waste in special recycling bins collected by the city, far more than what we can put in the bins In Turkey, where coffee is widely consumed, the only place where I saw disposable paper cups was at Starbucks. Drinking coffee hasn’t become a wasteful activity there. bit more sustainable. At most airports, we saw separate trash cans for plastic bottles and cans, newspapers and trash; in Istanbul we ate nothing but delicious locally grown food (the Turks import very little food or drink); in London, public transport was more comfortable than ever, and in New York, volunteers at Battery Park refilled my water here. In Turkey, where coffee is widely consumed, the only place where I saw disposable paper cups was at Starbucks. Drinking coffee hasn’t become a wasteful activity there. While our trips overseas may consume lots of dirty jet fuel, they show us what is possible elsewhere and help us to rethink our own ways when we come home. KEEP SAVING WATER, L.A.! STATEWIdE dRouGhT Know your watering days. Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun ODD Addresses EVEN Addresses Water conservation in Los Angeles is mandatory. Limit your outdoor watering to 3 days a week, 8 minutes per station, before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. LADWP.com/WaterConservation Advertise in the Los Feliz Ledger (323) 644-5536 NAKAHOUSE | Hollywood Hills Page 14 Su Casa REAL ESTATE www.losfelizledger.com August 2014 LOS FELIZ | 4520 Dundee Dr. | $3,300,000 | web: 0285798 | New Listing Historical Cultural Monument 674. Edward Fickett, Architect. 1966. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Patricia Ruben 323.671.2310 LOS FELIZ | 5280 Los Adornos Way web: 0285733 | $1,997,000 Los Feliz Estates contemporary 4bd/5ba. Remodel w/chef’s kitchen and deluxe master. Yard w/sculptural fountain. 5280losadornosway.com Konstantine V. | Rick Yohon 323.270.1725 SILVER LAKE | 1433 Westerly Terr. | New Listing web: 0285844 | $1,675,000 Stunning wood/glass/steel/concrete design. This 3 beds, 2.5 bath and den 2 story home offers huge terraces and breathtaking views. Rosemary Low 323.363.0381 SILVER LAKE | 1437 Westerly Terr. | New Listing web: 0285841 | $1,675,000 3bds/2.5ba + den. Designed and built by the owner/builder/designer this brand new organic steel/glass/wood home is a knock out w/views. Rosemary Low 323.363.0381 LOS FELIZ | 1921 N. Hobart web: 0308076 | $1,595,000 On a beautiful tree lined street set behind a white picket fence. Original moldings, generous sized living & formal dining room. with built-ins. Jeffrey Young 213. 819.9630 HOLLYWOOD HILLS EAST| 2845 N.Beachwood Dr. web: 0285778 | $1,469,000 “Village Colonial” designed by noted 1930’s architect Max Maltzman. 4 wonderful bedrooms, 4 stunning baths. Direct access 2 car garage. Konstantine V. | Rick Yohon 323.270.1725 ANGELINO HEIGHTS | 1072 W. Edgeware Rd. web: 0285670 | $1,399,000 5 bed/3 baths, including a lower level guest suite with full bath, studio space, full basement, separate entrance. Joseph Lightfoot 213.700.4438 SILVER LAKE | 1642 McCollum St. web: 0285775 | $1,299,000 Spanish contemporary has warm style and modern function, 2 beds upstairs feature baths en-suite, a guest beds with bath, cook’s kitchen. Joseph Lightfoot 213.700.4438 LOS FELIZ | Mediterranean Duplex web: 0285747 | $1,265,000 Large units with 2bds/1.75ba each. FDR’s, high ceilings, French windows/drs, original moldings. Laundry in units. Huge yard. By Los Feliz Village. Valerie Martin 213.389.0896 LOS FELIZ | 3424 Huxley St. | New Listing web: 0285774 | $1,199,000 This 1969 residence features a large open floor plan, atrium and great indoor/outdoor flow leading out to a hard-to-find huge flat backyard. Rob Kallick 323.775.6305 SILVER LAKE | 1801 Redcliff St. | SOLD Listed at $1,199,000 Designer done bungalow with detached studio and gorgeous pool. open floor plan, 3 beds and 2 baths, and a large private flat lot. Rob Kallick 323.775.6305 LOS FELIZ | 4607 Welch Pl. | In Escrow web: 0285783 | $1,099,000 4bd/2ba Character Craftsman includes: oak floors, built-in cabinets, upgraded systems, and period fireplace. Joseph Lightfoot 213.700.4438 SILVER LAKE | 967-969 Hyperion Ave. | SOLD Listed at $1,099,000 Stylish duplex with accessory building in the back yard located on a large lot lushly landscaped lot close to Sunset Junction. M. Tabakian | N. DeWinter 323.376.2222 ATWATER | 4302 Edenhurst Ave. | SOLD Listed at $999,000 1 story ranch horse property w/saltwater pool + large artist studio w/calibrated skylights on an over sized lushly landscaped w/ 2 horse stables. M. Tabakian | N. DeWinter 323.376.2222 LOS FELIZ | 2014 Oxford Avenue | SOLD Listed at $929,000 Charming Country French, with high ceilings and a guest house. Built in 1922 this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 .75 bath sits on approx. 8,100 sq.ft. lot. M. Tabakian | N. DeWinter 323.376.2222 PASADENA | 1738 Oakwood St. | New Listing web: 0285844 | $828,000 South of the prestigious Altadena Town and Country club, this 3bd/2ba has a stone fireplace in the living room and approx. 10,239 sq.ft. lot. Rosemary Low 323.363.0381 SILVER LAKE | 2724 Ivan Hill Ter | New Listing web: 0285839 | $799,000 Built in 1937, this 2-bed/1- bath, featuring hardwood floors, a decorative fireplace, and built-in bookshelves with a desk in the living room. Diane Evans 323.401.3987 LOS FELIZ BROKERAGE | 323.665.1700 Marc Giroux, Vice President and Brokerage Manager 1801 North Hillhurst Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90027 sothebyshomes.com/losangeles *Source MLS/CLAW May 2014 county sales and price activity.Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Los Feliz Ledger BARNSDALL from page 1 devote more resources to the grounds in recent months. In June, Warren began uploading photos of park problem spots. “There was a ton of graffiti, it was just awful,” she said. “This place was just a complete wreck. The Schindler house had trash all over and it had been vandalized.” Warren’s photos caught the attention of Tomas O’Grady, executive director of Enrich L.A. and newly named candidate in next year’s Los Angeles City Council District 4 race. O’Grady helped lead an anti-privatization campaign at Barnsdall several years ago in response to the city’s proposal to partner with a private organization to run it. “It should be this amazing campus with activity and joy and greenery, and it’s falling apart,” O’Grady said. Warren, O’Grady and other like-minded allies aren’t the only ones upset by mounting problems at the park, which is crowned by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, recently nominated for UNESCO World Heritage site status. The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, a nonprofit that hosts cultural events and park fundraisers, pointed out the homeless issue in a letter dated May 2nd to Los Angeles City Council District 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and other city leaders. “I am writing to express our deep concern regarding the growing number of homeless encampments that have taken root at Barnsdall Park during the past few months,” Foundation President Marshall Lewy wrote. The letter expressed sympathy for the homeless but urged the city to engage in “a near-term effort to remove and prevent the further proliferation of encampments.” In response, O’Farrell’s office convened a meeting of various city agencies and park stakeholders in June, according to Jeanne Min, O’Farrell’s chief of staff. “We are actively monitoring the situation and partnering with other agencies such as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to see if we can assist the homeless,” Min said. According to Foundation President Lewy said there’s been a growing need for more security and maintenance over the past year. While some point to the proximity of medical services as a magnet for the growing homeless population at the site, Lewy also suggested the ongoing gentrification of downtown and Hollywood could be adding to the homeless presence in the park. The number of city agencies overseeing Barnsdall adds complexity. The Dept. of Cultural Affairs manages the park with help from the Dept. of Recreation and Parks (grounds), Los Angeles Police Dept. (security services) and Dept. of General Services (buildings). Several observers suggested that post-recession staffing reductions in city departments have made problems at the park worse. “I think the effect of the cuts that started with the recession are really coming home to roost,” Lewy said. Currently, there’s one fulltime security guard. “They say there’s 24-hour security. I don’t see it,” said Thai Town’s Percival, who said the unarmed guards are ineffectual when it comes to patrolling and enforcing park rules. O’Grady of Enrich L.A. echoed those concerns. “Security is clearly a problem at the park,” he said, a problem compounded by the park’s unsecured borders. “People are coming in at all hours of the park. No one is telling them they’re breaking the law.” O’Grady suggested launching a fundraiser to raise money to install secure fencing around the park’s perimeter allowing maintenance crews to securely close the park after it closes at 10 p.m. The homeless have used Barnsdall Park as a resting place for decades. A Los Angeles Times article from 1987 mentions their presence. An April 19th morning homeless count done by the East Hollywood Los Feliz Homeless Coalition “found a total of 10 individuals: five inside the entrance at the lower parking lot on Hollywood Boulevard, and another three in the upper area,” according to the Foundation’s letter to the city, with additional camps in the back. On July 19th, about a dozen volunteers pitched in to bag trash and groom the grounds in a service day organized by the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. By the end of the morning, a pile of trash bags had been stuffed and a halfdozen broken sprinkler heads had been rounded up. O’Grady was among the crew. “All of the olive trees are clearly diseased,” he said. “It’s clearly uncared for. There’s nobody minding the store.” Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Park Manager Leslie Thomas acknowledged “an increase in tagging, vandalism and other activities in recent months” as well as more homeless and transients. But he also suggested that more staffing help isn’t likely anytime soon. “In conversation with the three other city of Los Angeles departments responsible for managing and operating Barnsdall Park, [we’ve] been told that without additional [human and financial] resources, any changes to the current levels of park maintenance are not imminent,” he wrote in an email. O’Grady said he isn’t going to wait for the city’s gears to spring into action. “We’re going to organize a huge cleanup with 100 volunteers,” he said, citing his newest plans for a one-day volunteer blitz to remove graffiti, tend to trees, and remove trash within a couple of months. The Northland Village Church in Atwater Village has offered to help “give the park a good old’ scrubbing,” O’Grady said “The only thing [the city has] to do is get out of the way.” Lewy of the Foundation is still optimistic the city will step up with more park resources and improve conditions. The foundation has offered to make a contribution toward maintenance. “I think it’s alarming for people who have been coming for a long time,” Lewy said. “We don’t want to see it tip over into a maintenance issue that we can’t recover from. There’s too much good momentum happening.” Historic Neutra Building’s New Chapter By Michael Locke, Ledger Columnist SILVER LAKE—The historic Neutra Office Building, which served as the studio and office of modernist Architect Richard Neutra from 1950 until his death in 1970, has opened a new chapter in its storied life with the addition of a new museum and gallery. 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Nowhere was that vexation more apparent than reaction from residents during a small lot subdivision workshop and a Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council planning and land use committee meeting in July. Residents from both Echo Park and Silver Lake complained that small lots cause overdevelopment and don’t reflect the individual character of neighborhoods. They blamed the city for failing its residents by adopting the 2005 ordinance that promotes small lot development and in turn, they say, more density. Small lots are properties bought and sold like conventional single-family homes but are only permitted in multi-family or commercial zones for projects with up to 47 units, like duplexes and triplexes, according to Simon Pastucha, from the City of Los Angeles’ Planning Dept. “[Small lot development has] been met with some successes and some failures and often times when the small lot subdivision property comes to a neighborhood, it’s met with a lot of suspicion,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, whose Council District 13 oversees Echo Park, Silver Lake and Hollywood. Between 2005 and 2013, 1,556 small lot developments were approved by the city, according to city statistics. Each small lot subdivision must be reviewed and approved by city of Los Angeles staff, and is subject to a public hearing. O’Farrell said the small lot subdivisions were intended not to increase density in neighborhoods. “It’s important we continue this ordinance, that we look for ways to improve it,” A rendering of a proposed small lot project on Waterloo St. between Echo Park and Silver Lake boulevards. O’Farrell said, including ensuring developments respect neighborhood aesthetics. Regarding a proposed small lot project on Waterloo Street between Echo Park and Silver Lake boulevards, Echo Park residents have voiced displeasure. The project in question is two parcels at 1427 and 1433 North Waterloo St. with 10 proposed units that would have three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms each, according to Laron Turley, project manager with Newport Beach-based Planet Home Living, the project’s developer. Each unit would be approximately 2,000 square feet with two, private garage spaces. Echo Park resident Mike Conley said the small lot looked like “1980s Santa Monica.” “It looks like dentist offices,” he said. “I think it’s an aesthetic mistake. [I] don’t think it fits in with the character of the neighborhood.” Jan James, another local resident, said density and the cars the units would spawn are also problematic. But according to the developer, they are backing off the number of units currently permitted by the city. “The allowable density based on the square footage of the lot is 18 units and we’re proposing 10 units which is a 55% reduction,” project manager Turley said. “Like modern construction we are providing two garage spaces per home.” He said as a developer, they’re long-term investors and stakeholders in the area. “We don’t plan to leave,” Turley said. “This neighborhood is valuable and there is a character we are trying to be part of in Echo Park, Silver Lake, Eagle Rock, Hollywood.” LABONGE from page 1 to resign and concentrate on other projects.” Those other projects include a new television show and movie, neither of which she said she could divulge any specific information.. She said she will also hopefully be producing and co-directing public service announcements for the Los Angeles Police Dept. Johnson is also a Silver Lake Neighborhood Council governing board member, a position she said she hopes to retain. “That’s just a once-amonth situation, usually in the evening,” she said. “I haven’t run into any problems there yet but I’ll have to take it month by month.” LaBonge said he wishes Johnson well. “As you know, not only is Anne-Marie Johnson a skilled community leader and Deputy for Griffith Park, but she is also an amazing and talented actress,” said LaBonge in a statement. “My office and I couldn’t be more happy and excited for her future endeavors. Her hard work and dedication to District 4 will truly be missed. We wish her all the best.” Johnson’s replacement, Chao, previously worked as a marketing coordinator and environmental planner for the Chinatown Business Improvement District. Other previous positions include a learning and education consultant with Pricewaterhouse; a special events coordinator with the Hollywood Reporter and a volunteer in LaBonge’s office. 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But the real incidence is probably much higher due to how heat makes other illnesses like heart disease, kidney or respiratory disease worse. The council estimates that another 1,800 die from illnesses made worse by the heat. Heat impacts groups of people differently. In a June New York Times column by Jane E. Brody, she warns that the elderly, young children, athletes of all ages and weekend warriors whose bodies have not adapted to heat stress are at high risk. For the elderly, the ability to cool down declines as blood vessels don’t dilate as easily to allow the heat to escape. The ability to perspire is also diminished in the older person. In addition, it is common for heat stress in the older person to develop gradually over several hot days, so it is important to pay attention to signals of stress. Fatigue, dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea and muscle cramps are common symptoms as well as a rise in body temperature. The biggest problem for the elderly is dehydration especially, when it is ignored because one may not feel thirsty. Without adequate intake of fluids, said Dr. Michelle Eslami, a geriatrician at UCLA “confusion, low blood pressure, inability to walk, decline of kidney function and urinary tract infections” can become prevalent. Medications can also make matters worse when there is heat. Obviously there are things you can do to prevent the worst, but it does mean you have to think ahead, for example, like having fans or air conditioners available. Keep windows open at night and particularly on two sides of the room. Keep the shades down on the windows during the day. If your house is impossible to keep reasonably cool, consider going to places with air conditioning. City Facilities are designated as cooling places. The Greater Griffith Park Adult Community Center is designated as such. when there is a need. 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Locally, according to the Los Angeles City Clerk, there were 126,281 registered voters in city council district four in 2011 and 20,521 cast ballots, a turnout of 16.2%. With 13 candidates currently filed in the CD4 election, several will have already surpassed O’Grady’s total 2011 funds by end of July. Other candidates running are Tara Bannister, Edward Teddy Davis, Sheila Irani, Step Jones, Wally Knox, Fred Mariscal, Joan Pelico, John Nelson Perron Jr., Carolyn Ramsay, David E. Ryu, Steve Veres and Oscar Winslow. Redistricting reshaped CD4 in 2012. Previously there were 126,281 registered voters in the district. That number was estimated in 2013 to be 157,982. The CD4 primary election will be held March 3rd, 2015. A general election runoff between two candidates will follow on May 19th, 2015 with the two leading candidates should any candidate fail to receive more than 50% of votes in March. National Night Out, Aug. 5th LOS FELIZ—The annual National Night Out, an evening promoting community connection and awareness across the country, will take place Tues. Aug. 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tables with community information will be set up at the Vermont Triangle, and at the Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles Fire Station 35, both on Hillhurst Avenue. Refreshments and prizes will be available at each table location. For more information call (323) 666-3950 or [email protected] Soap Plant Founder, Barbara Shire Dies at 100 SLNC Considering Ways To Make Spending More Transparent By Allison B. Cohen By Colin Stutz, Ledger Senior Contributing Writer A tribute to Barbara Shire at her July 20th memorial. Pictured also is her husband, Hank, who preceded her in death as well as family photographs of sons Peter and Billy. Photo: Gary Leonard. ECHO PARK—Barbara N. Shire, the founder of Los Feliz’s Soap Plant died on July 5th. She was 100. Shire was memorialized July 20th at her elder son Peter’s artist studio with about 50 in attendance, including son, Billy, who now oversees and manages Soap Plant/Wacko on Hollywood Boulevard. “She loved beautiful, beautiful things,” a friend of the family said, “and she was able to express herself with that store.” Shire was remembered as a conversationalist, “the mother to all” of Billy and Peter’s childhood friends always quick with irony and humor and a radical left-wing political personality. “I would be sitting at the table doing my homework,” Billy recalled, “while the Communist Club was meeting in my house.” According to Billy, his mother was often a protestor against dictator Francisco Franco and fought for democracy, trade and worker’s unions an educational reforms in Spain. Franco ruled Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. Shire was also remembered as one who loved to go camping and the love of “yak.” August 2014 “She was born to yak,” said Billy. She was also a long time Parliament cigarettes, but stopped at age 64. “If she had not smoked,” Peter said, “she would have lived to 250.” Both sons remembered their mother as a parent who let them be who they wanted to be and let them both freely explore the hills and valleys of Echo Park as children. She was eulogized as giving her children the freedom of creativity. Soap Plant began in 1971 on Sunset Boulevard as a family affair. The business then moved to Melrose Avenue in Hollywood in the early 1980s. In 1984, Wacko, descried as a “pop culture toy shop,” was opened and finally in 1995, both businesses were moved to Los Feliz on Hollywood Boulevard. Shire was born May 25, 1914 and attended the Anna Head School for Girls in Berkeley, founded in 1887. The school relocated to Oakland, CA and merged with the Royce School in 1979 and is now called the Head-Royce school. At 16, Shire enrolled to study biology at Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, which merged with Harvard in 1999. www.losfelizledger.com SILVER LAKE—While the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council has begun posted its expenditures online, the neighboring Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) is considering following suit. With 15 new governing board members elected in April, co-chair Charles Herman-Wurmfeld said the council is now open to and appreciative of constructive input. The public expenditures posting has already come up at Budget and Finance Committee meetings and is being explored. On the Budget and Finance Committee’s agenda in the new financial year is the goal to “explore new ways of making council expenditures and work products available to stakeholders both electronically and through hard copy,” said SLNC Treasurer Geogene Goodin. Currently, the board’s expenditures can be seen in each month’s agenda as part of the treasurer’s report, but there is no compilation of all monies spent readily available. Goodin said she looks forward to changing that in months to come. Hollywood Arts Council’s 29th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts • CaseyMcCabe, AMPRadio97.1DJ,Emcee • Danceandmusic fromaroundtheworld • Familyartworkshops • Childcelebrities • Andothersurprises! 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McDonald, Ledger Columnist Americans love the open highway, although it’s rare to find one these days. Now through early 2015 at the Autry, the Route 66: The Road and the Romance exhibition goes the distance to present the history of the United States’ first transcontinental highway and its place in popular culture. Together, the exhibition’s 250 artifacts trace all aspects of the road from its inception in the late 1920s to its demise, as the interstate highway system relegated it to byway status rather a main thoroughfare. The first to connect Chicago to Los Angeles, the 2,400mile highway in many ways encapsulates the history of 20th Century America. The proliferation of the private automobile, the paving and modernizing of roads, the establishment of roadside attractions and the eventual relative ease of travel are all here. Oil and cars not only revolutionized the American economy but also its landscape, and Route 66 played a significant role. “With the explosion of cars it was seen that the federal government needed to step in with the building of roads,” said the Autry’s curator of Western history, popular culture and firearms Jeffrey Richardson. At its inception, local boosters were behind Route 66’s selected path. The economic benefits were keenly felt, especially in the American Southwest. The exhibition opens with the very first map of Route 66 from 1926 and ends with recent and ongoing efforts to preserve the road’s physical remnants. Route 66’s influence on movies, books, art and Native American culture is also documented. Authors John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac both wrote their famous tomes, The Grapes of Wrath and On the Road respectively, after road trips along the route. More than 120 versions of songwriter Bobby Troup’s “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” which popularized the highway for many, are displayed via a vintage jukebox. Visual artists were also inspired by “America’s Main Street,” with work by Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock and Ed Ruscha (Twentysix Gasoline Stations) demonstrating that connection. Today, segments of Route 66 and signs marking its way can be glimpsed along Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock and Pasadena and at its termination close to the Santa Monica Pier. Although the exhibit mostly chronicles the city and mythmaking aspect of Route 66—a restored motel neon sign and Burma Shave advertisements add a touch of kitsch—the darker side of the route is examined too. Its dangerous curves, fatal car crashes and the travails of segregated minority travelers are surveyed. Exuberant, colorful and scenery-filled, much like the road itself, the Autry’s trip down the famed highway also includes a look at Disney and Pixar’s Cars and the neon-lit California Adventure theme park where a recreated Route 66 in “Cars Land” leads to the park’s most popular attraction: the Radiator Springs Racers. A series of programs and screenings are ongoing during the exhibition, such as an afternoon showing of Cars on Sept. 14th and a salute to Beat poets Sept. 11th. Speed over to The Autry for a visit. Find more information: TheAutry.org Children’s Festival of the Arts Set for August 10th The annual Children’s Festival of the Arts will take place at Paramount Pictures Sun., Aug. 10th from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. and will offer live performances, dance and music from around the world, family art workshops, face-painting, puppet making and more. The event is sponsored by the Hollywood Arts Council and is free. Child film and television celebrities will also be on hand as well as costumed characters, including Bugs Bunny from Six Flags Magic Mountain and The Amazing Dave (Magician Dave DeVito). “This wonderful non-commercial event has become a family tradition,” said Hollywood Arts Council executive director Shauna McClure. “People whose parents brought them to the festival in the past are now bringing their own kids.” The festival is partially funded by the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Barnsdall Arts, and Los Angeles City councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge. Food and drinks will be available for sale at the event. 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They’re grateful they turned to Crosby for help. “I can say with certainty, we would have moved out of the neighborhood if not for Gail and her connection to the community.” Said George. “She’s kind of like an institution—everyone knows Gail’s name.” Artist, Allison Schulnick, appreciated Crosby’s creative spirit in displaying Schulnick’s personal art collection, to reflect the kind of buyer they were trying to attract. “It helped us get a lot of offers,” said Schulnick. “We didn’t want someone stale and all business and Gail had a lot of heart.” Crosby’s smile lingered as she recently toured a generational home she represented just a block from where she lives with her husband, Rod. “I actually believe a lot of things are fated and there is karma,” she said. To Crosby, the best transactions are when everybody walks away happy. “It’s honoring the people who live there, and people who are looking for something, and finding how I can put two positives together.” Advertise in the Los Feliz Ledger (323) 644-5536 [the good life] German Wines for Summer By Tara de Lis, Ledger Columnist In honor of its recent World Cup win, we thought it would be timely to spotlight a few fun German wines for summer. Naturally, such a large country has a range of regional styles and various grape varietals at which it excels, but here are three picks to incorporate into your summer meals and other get-togethers. The Salwey Pinot Blanc comes from the Baden winemaking region in the southwest of Germany. It has a very mild nose and a dry taste, with notes of citrus and a prominent minerality. It’s a light, restrained wine, perfect for anyone with a penchant for Pinot Grigio, but looking to try something a little different, at a friendly price point. Rosés also make for great summer wines, and are increasingly popular in the States, now that people are less likely to confuse them with White Zinfandels which are also pink. However, most people drink domestic products, or European brands, from France, Italy or Spain. German rosés are still rare discoveries. Try the Von Buhl rosé, made from Pinot Noir grapes. The 2013 vintage is young, but meant to be enjoyed early. It’s austere, but berry-centric: like a summer tart in a glass. Rieslings continue to be misunderstood, as many people expect all of them to be super sweet and viscous, when in fact, they have a wide range of flavor profiles and styles. While the Reinhold Haart Kabinett Riesling has an alluring perfume, the taste suggests an imminent apple harvest, presumptive of fall. Break in the 2007, as Rieslings aren’t ready right to drink right away and benefit from aging. Page 22 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT www.losfelizledger.com August 2014 Los Feliz Ledger Atwater Principal Exits Amid Poor Reviews from Parents and Staff Officials Hope to Have Replacement by Start of School Year, Aug. 12th By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Atwater Avenue Elementary’s principal has left the Silver Lake Boulevard school amid complaints from parents, staff and parents. Terry L. Burge was principal of the school from late November 2013 through June 2014, according to Thomas Waldan, a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) spokesperson. He has accepted a position with a company that helps reform ailing schools nationwide. According to ShelliAnne Couch, President of the Friends of Atwater Elementary, Burge was “allowed to resign” his position. “Teachers, staff and parents all had concerns that Mr. Burge was not delivering on any front,” said Couch. “We met with LAUSD, laid out the evidence and they acted swiftly.” Burge technically has taken a leave of absence and could be gone up to three years, at August 2014 which time, he can return to the school, but not likely as principal, according to Couch. “I am truly leaving Atwater with mixed feelings,” Burge wrote in a letter to parents in June. “I am so happy about my new career opportunity, but sad to be leaving such a great community where I have built so many wonderful relationships.” According to Couch, a search committee is currently interviewing new applicants and hope to have a new principal in place for the start of the new school year that starts Aug. 12th. www.losfelizledger.com Advertise in the Los Feliz Ledger (323) 644-5536 SCHOOL NEWS Page 23 Los Feliz Ledger Atwater Elementary Faultline Tests Inconclusive So More Will Be Conducted By Ameera Butt, Ledger Contributing Writer ATWATER VILLAGE—Results from tests, conducted on a playground area of the Atwater Avenue Elementary School earlier this spring have thus far been unable to find a fault running below the school. Instead the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials said it discovered groundwater, implying the testing is inconclusive. “If you find groundwater, to do additional testing and dig deeper. In May, a Los Angeles Times analysis released mapping showing which structures most likely sit atop the Hollywood Fault corridor. In Atwater Village, the mapping indicated the fault travels directly underneath Atwater Avenue Elementary on Silver Lake Boulevard. The LAUSD said it had In Atwater Village, the mapping indicated the fault travels directly underneath Atwater Avenue Elementary on Silver Lake Boulevard. you’re not able to identify different layers of strata below,” said Christos Chrysiliou, Director of Architectural and Engineering services with LAUSD. “The water will muck all of the information, so it won’t be able to draw a conclusion.” The district is working with the California Geological Survey, which provides scientific products and services about the state’s geology, seismology and mineral resources, already been was aware of the fault underlying the school, which was built in 1923. According to Chrysiliou, the initial tests went down about 40 feet in depth. A deeper test, he said, and one absent from groundwater, will hopefully bring more answers. Results on new testing, Chrysiliou said, could be available within two months and will identify if the school will need to be retrofitted. IH Senior Named Top Debater in the Country Katie Hughes, a member of Immaculate Heart High School class of 2014, became the top female Lincoln-Douglas debater in the country following her 3rd place win at the 2014 National Speech & Debate Tournament. Hughes competed in 15 rounds of debate over four consecutive days of competition at the recent National Championships in Overland Park, KS. This year’s debate topic was “Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens.” Hughes qualified to attend the national competition after placing 1st at the West Los Angeles District Qualifying Tournament in March. This is the second consecutive year that an Immaculate Heart student has participated in the national tournament. Hughes, the daughter of Joyce and Terry Hughes of Los Angeles and a member of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish Church, ends her four-year high school speech and debate career with this achievement. She will attend Stanford University this fall as a freshman and plans to major in physics. “I’m thrilled and very 4612 Welch Place in Los Feliz proud of Katie,” said Immaculate Heart debate coach Naemah Morris, who also received the National Speech & Debate Association’s School of Honor Award for Immaculate Heart. For more info (323) 666-6154 Celebrating 30 Years! preschool OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, August 20 & September 24 • 5-6pm Now enrolling Fall Sessions www.allchildrengreatandsmall.com MOMS CLUB OF los fELIZ MOMS OFFERING MOMS SUPPORT FOR MORE INFO CHECK US OUT AT LOSFELIZMOMSCLUB.ORG Page 24 SCHOOL NEWS www.losfelizledger.com August 2014 Los Feliz Ledger [mother of invention] The Modern Stay-At-Home Mom By Rita Mauceri, Ledger Columnist In 1967, around the time I was born, half of all mothers in America stayed at home, although the tide was turning. Earlier that decade, Betty Friedan’s seminal book The Feminine Mystique was released, sparking a wave of feminism and leading women to seek careers. The number of stay-at-home moms decreased over the next 30 years until 1999 when it was just 23%. Many experts expected that number to continue declining, but it did the opposite. According to a study released this spring by the Pew Research Center, the portion of mothers staying at home in 2012 was 29%—the highest since 1990. The increase was motivated by a confluence of factors from decreased job opportunities and higher unemployment to rising immigration and lingering doubt about the impact of working mothers on children’s development. An April 2014 feature on PewSocialTrends.org indicates those same factors may also help explain why more women are going back to work after having children, but doing it on their own terms by launching home-based businesses. Of the millions of femaleowned businesses across the country, there are no solid statistics on how many are run by stay-at-home moms, but undoubtedly the age of the Internet has facilitated working from a kitchen, living room, garage, or small craft corner. While babies nap or older kids do homework, moms can work via laptops, iPads or smartphones from the comfort of their homes. Understandably, tackling entrepreneurship and diapers simultaneously can be challenging. Starting a business is hard, as is parenting. Doing both in tandem is a Herculean undertaking, nevertheless one that appeals to many moms because it promises flexibility, quality family time and the opportunity to be available to children during some of their most formative years. “[A] big change we’ve seen in the past 15 years is acceptance. In the past, moms August 2014 have been reluctant to tell clients they work from home. Now it’s commonplace, even respectable,” according to Ellen Parlapiano, co-founder of mompreneursonline.com. Locally, the trend of working from home is thriving. Mothers like jewelry designer, Maya Brenner and Stroller Strides fitness trainer, Joanna Nesen, started successful businesses after their children were born. “For me, starting a business from home was the only option,” said Los Feliz mom, Amy Conroy, founder of Habla Blah Blah, which offers music designed to teach children language skills in Spanish, French, or English. “I didn’t want to miss a moment of my kids, but I had to work and create, too. Daily, my business takes a back seat and I’m not always a perfect mother. I am a little exhausted and super lucky, too. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Today, women have positions in a myriad of fields and a stay-at-home mom is just as likely to be an attorney or an architect as she is a entrepreneur fashion designer. In June 2012, Forbes Magazine noted, “a quiet revolution is taking shape right now among women. Unlike the ‘Quiet Revolution’ that began in the 1970s, which saw women leave the home and enter the workforce in droves, women today are leaving the workforce in droves in favor of being at home. But unlike generations of women before, these women are opting to work in the home not as homemakers—but as jobmaking entrepreneurs.” According also to Forbes, “[w]omen have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men for the last 20 years and tend to create home-based micro—less than 5 employees— and small businesses. Women will create over half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs expected to be created by 2018 and more and more are doing this from home offices across the country.” Of course, there are plenty of variables to consider for those who want to be at home wanting to join this trend. It’s not always a successful formula and doesn’t suit all personalities. But thanks to modern technology, women with entrepreneurial aspirations can now analyze reports as well as report cards, alternate between tweets and tummy time and create space in their schedule to breastfeed and balance budgets. www.losfelizledger.com [theater review] Shakespeare in Silver Lake By Marilyn Tower Oliver, Ledger Theater Critic When I heard that Coeurage Theatre Company was producing “Andronicus” at the Lyric Theatre, I knew I wanted to go. The play, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy, “The Tale of Titus Andronicus,” is seldom performed. This adaptation was produced by Jeremy Lelliott, the founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company. He also directs. A brutal tale of revenge, the subject matter is gory and is easily the famous playwright’s most violent play. Set in ancient Rome, the story has a vicious rape, dismemberments, murder, lust, and some rather graphic sex scenes. Although it is not for the faint of heart, the audience that packed the tiny theater the night I went, seemed to eat it up, and I didn’t see anyone leaving at intermission. I am, however, a little squeamish and had to avert my eyes during the rape scene. The plot is too convoluted to relate in this review, but in a nutshell Tamora, a Gothic princess, seeks revenge on the Romans who have captured her and her sons. Titus Andronicus, the victorious Roman general, is the object of her hate. In return Andronicus seeks his own vengeance. As you enter the small theater, drums and yells set the mood, and one knows that a violent tale is about to unfold. Fight scenes filled with acrobatics and brutality, choreographed by T.J. Marchbank, almost seem to spill into the audience. The close proximity to the action makes the violence even more real. The large cast of 16 actors is quite proficient in creating their characters. It is a little difficult to keep them all straight but a character map in the program helps. Of particular note are Ted Barton as Andronicus and Rebekah Tripp whose character Tamora is a precursor to Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s later play. Anthony Mark Barrow’s por- trayal of Aaron, Tamora’s attendant and lover, brings a welcome touch of humanity when he discovers the birth of his biracial son and along with Andonicus’ violated daughter Lavinia—played by Katie Pelensky—brings a touch of humanity to an otherwise grisly story. Although “Andronicus” is not one of Shakespeare’s finest, it is a precursor for his more famous tragedies and offers playgoers an opportunity to see a play that is rarely produced. A caveat: the violence and rather explicit sex scenes make it a play for adult audiences only. The price, however, is a plus. It is “pay-what-youwant”—a real deal considering the excellence of the cast. “Andronicus” through Aug. 17th , Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets: www.coeurage. org/tickets or (323) 944-2165. Lyric-Hyperion Theater Café, 2106 Hyperion Ave. SCHOOL NEWS / ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Page 25 Los Feliz Ledger [Almost Famous] Festivals Rock L.A. in August By Charles H. Cohen, Ledger Music Critic Late summer in Los Angeles is the place to be for any music fan. August marks the return of the annual Goldenvoice-produced “FYF fest” in downtown LA Los Angeles and the EDM super-festival “HARD Summer.” If that weren’t enough, we Angelinos are also graced by hosting Jay-Z’s annual “Made In America” festival at downtown’s Grand Park. In addition to the three festivals a host of live shows are set to make August one of the most memorable months in Los Angeles’ music history. FYF, which was founded by teenager Sean Carlson in 2004, started out at Echo Park’s own EchoPlex before expanding and spreading to the Los Angeles State Historical Park. The festival that has featured prominent acts such as: MGMT, Cold War Kids, James Blake, Beirut, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Flume now has a new home at Los Angeles Sports Arena and Exposition Park. This year, FYF features its strongest line-up to date with French superband, and former Coachella headliner, Phoenix on Saturday and the longawaited return of Julian Casablancas’ band The Strokes on Sunday. Casablancas will also be playing a solo-set on Saturday. Additionally on board are Interpol, Grimes, Ty Segall, Mac Demarco, and local talent from Odd Future emcee Earl Sweatshirt, Los Angeles Charter School for the Arts alumni sisters Haim and ambient electronica master Flying Lotus. The festival will run from Saturday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 24th. “HARD Summer,” known as the biggest annual EDM festival SoCal has to offer returns from Aug. 2nd to 3rd and features a lineup packed to the brim with world-class DJs and producers. Headlining this year will be: Jack U (a duo composed of Major Lazer’s Diplo and local dubstep guru Skrillex) and Tiësto. Other booked acts include: Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Baauer, What So Not, Clockwork, Disclosure, and teenager Martin Garrix. The festival is sold-out but if you failed to get your ticket have-no-fear as HARD Day of the Dead is just around the corner in November. Both festivals are 18 and over. Jay-Z’s “Made In America Festival,” which is held annually in different cities across the United States, will be landing in Los Angeles this year, but not without controversy. Many Angelinos protested the festival when Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that it would take place in Downtown’s Grand Park. But despite the picketing and disapproval of some residents the festival will run as planned. This year, “Made in America” will feature two separate festivals running simultaneously in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. While the lineup for both cities are great it seems that Los Angeles now has the edge over Philadelphia after the announcement that Kanye West would perform as the Sunday headliner. Others set to perform are: Imagine Dragons, Kenrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q, John Mayer, Steve Aoki and Chance the Rapper. With a lineup this strong the festival is sure to leave its mark on the Los Angeles music scene while catering to rap, EDM, and Alternative fans alike. “Made in America” runs from Sat., Aug.t 30th to Sunday, Aug. 31st with single-day tickets available for purchase. While the two festivals reign supreme over the music scene this month there are many other solo shows of worth. This year Australian super-producer FLUME will leave his mark in Los Angeles music history as the 22-yearold has sold out three shows at Los Angeles Live’s Club Nokia. If there is any show I recommend trying to see it’s his. FLUME has a knack for engaging his audience like no other while crafting a unique live experience every time. Additionally, local rapper Casey Veggies will return to Wilshire’s El Rey Theatre on August 13th joined by Niko G4. This show comes nearly one-year after Veggies and Houston rapper Travi$ Scott provided an epic show at the El Rey bringing out ScHoolboy Q, Tyler the Creator, Dom Kennedy, and Kanye West among others. Casey has been known to go the extra mile for hometown shows and this one should be no different. Just off a successful Coachella performance, Australian psychedelic-rock band Jagwar Ma--the publisher’s favorite--is also playing a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier August 7th at 7 p.m. Page 26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FLEISS from page 1 knew him. Fleiss died at his Los Feliz home July 19th. He was 80-years-old and reportedly died from complications related to a bicycling accident suffered earlier this year. He was still practicing medicine at the time of his death, and was one of the few remaining doctors who would Councilmember Tom LaBonge remembered Fleiss as “one of the greatest citizens of all in our community. Paul was a true champion of Griffith Park and hiked there every day. I remember all the time where I would throw my football to him and he would always catch it. Paul was truly a great man with a great heart. Los Angeles lost a great citi- Survivors include his daughters, Heidi, Amy, Shana and Kim; and a son, Jesse, who was with him at home when he died. Another son, Jason, predeceased him. Fleiss’s marriage to Elissa Ash ended in divorce. Fleiss’s office is located at 1824 Hillhurst Avenue. According to a woman in his office that would only iden- “…Paul was truly a great man with a great heart. Los Angeles lost a great citizen, but the heavens gained a new angel.” – Tom LaBonge make house calls. “I thought he would out-live everyone,” said his daughter, Heidi, in an e-mail exchange with the Los Feliz Ledger. Asked for some memories, she said, “That question could take me years to answer. I wasn’t done learning from him. I’m so, so sorry. I’m still waiting for him to call me.” Heidi said she last heard from her father on Saturday, very early in the morning when he reached out to her by either phone or text at 2:30 a.m. and asked, “When are you coming here? I want to hear about our pistachio grove.” It is unclear to what exactly Dr. Fleiss was referring. Local realtor Eileen Moreno, who had her two children under Fleiss’s care, called him “an amazing, loving and wonderful doctor.” “My kids were never afraid when going to see Dr. Fleiss,” she posted on Facebook. “He made his patients feel so loved and comforted. Although there were long waits in the waiting room, once inside the room with him, he made you feel that you were the most important patient of the day. He will truly be missed by all of his patients and all that knew and loved him.” Marianne Coffey, 65, a Ventura resident, also recalled Fleiss fondly. “I couldn’t say enough kind words about him. What a wonderful, kind man,” she said. Coffey said she met Fleiss at a meeting of the La Leche League, an organization that promotes breast-feeding. Although his office was far from her home, Coffey took her daughter to Fleiss after other physicians could not diagnose the child’s strange medical condition. Fleiss correctly discovered the girl had epilepsy. “If it wasn’t for him, she could have had a grand mal seizure, and something really bad would have happened,” she said. zen, but the heavens gained a new angel.” Fleiss was born on Sept. 8th, 1933, in Detroit. He moved to California in the early 1960s and took his residency in pediatrics at Los Angeles CountyUSC Medical Center. Need tify herself as Rita, she said it is uncertain if Fleiss’s practice will continue, but they were “hoping to do so. The plan is the family will continue the business,” she said. “They need to find out what needs to be done.” car care ? We Can Help Oil Change Service Air Condition Alignments Tune-Up's Electrical Brakes Tires Luis Lopez Automotive 2751 Fletcher Drive Los Angeles, CA 90039 www.lopezautomotive.com www.losfelizledger.com August 2014 Financial options for every phase of your life Whether you want to save for the future, secure a personal loan, utilize exclusive online and telephone banking services, or enjoy the convenience of our ATMs and many locations, we are here for you. Call, click, or stop by and talk with a banker. If you would like to open an account over the phone, call 1800-932-6736 any time (or 1-800-311-9311 for service in Spanish). Ghazal Barjesteh Store Manager • 323-644-4370 wellsfargo.com All loans are subject to application, credit qualification, and income verification. © 2014 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. 122933 07/14 We would like to say good-bye to an amazing man and doctor that we were so fortunate to have as our pediatrician for our now grown children. Our kids were never afraid of him - he would tell them that he was their friend and he was there to take care of them. He made his patients feel so loved and comforted. Even with a waiting room full of patients, when he was in the room with you he made you feel that you were the most important patient of the day. When our daughter and son heard of his passing, they said he was the kindest man they had ever known. Our hearts break to know that he is no longer here with us. He will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him. 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