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Volume 62 No. 39
Serving the Park Labrea and Wilshire Communities
September 25, 2008
City Sends Eviction Notice
to Hollywood Heritage
Man Stabbed to
Death Outside
Barney’s
Beanery
Group Told to Vacate Historic
Wattles Mansion
BY EDWIN FOLVEN
BY AMY LYONS
A
A
40-year-old man was
stabbed to death on
September 18 outside a
busy West Hollywood restaurant,
and sheriff’s department investigators are asking the public for any
information that may lead them to
the people responsible for the
killing.
Dep. Bill Brauberger, a Los
Angeles
County
Sheriff’s
Department spokesman, said the
incident occurred around 1:35am
outside Barney’s Beanery, located
in the 8400 block of Santa Monica
Boulevard. The victim, identified as
Michael McClure, apparently
became involved in an argument
inside the restaurant and was leaving when a fight ensued. McClure
was stabbed several times in the
upper torso. Paramedics arrived and
took him to Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center, where he was pronounced
dead.
Lt. Gil Carrillo, with the Los
Angeles
County
Sheriff’s
Department’s Homicide Bureau,
said investigators were called to the
scene and interviewed several witnesses, but no arrests have been
made. Carrillo would provide very
little information because the investigation is ongoing, but said police
are looking for three or four
I
fter two decades in residence at Wattles Mansion,
Hollywood Heritage needs
to find a new home. In recent weeks,
the City of Los Angeles presented
the longtime preservation group
with an eviction notice dictating
they vacate the city-owned premises
by early November. Though an initial eviction notice gave Hollywood
Heritage only 30 days to vacate, a
subsequent notice, sent to correct
mistakes on the first notice, gave
them 60 days, according to
Hollywood Heritage officials.
The Wattles Mansion has a storied history that Hollywood
Heritage has been trying to preserve. In 1907, Gurdon Wattles, an
Omaha banker, commissioned
architects Myron Hunt and Elmer
Grey-who also worked on The
Huntington Library and the Rose
Bowl- to design a Mission Revival
home with sprawling grounds and
gardens. The city bought the property in 1968 to the tune of approximately $2 million. Hollywood
Heritage began restoring the estate
in 1983 and has used the spot as its
main headquarters for more than
See Heritage page 21
photo by Edwin Folven
Television personality Leeza Gibbons (left) greets guests with caregiver services coordinator, Linda Peterson, during the opening of
Leeza’s Place at Olympia Medical Center.
Leeza’s Place at Olympia
Offers Caregiver Support
BY EDWIN FOLVEN
C
aregivers in the greater
Wilshire area now have a
place to turn for support,
information and resources with
the opening of a new Leeza’s
Place on September 18 at
Olympia Medical Center.
Leeza’s Place was started in
2004 in Florida by television personality Leeza Gibbons, whose
mother and grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease,
as a way to share experiences and
See Leeza’s Place page 22
photo by Amy Lyons
Since 1983, Hollywood Heritage has been based in the city-owned
Wattles Mansion, located on north Curson Avenue.
See Stabbing page 20
Hop On New Bus Route WJCC Dives Into New Aquatics Center
Renovations Will
Through Historic Downtown Include
new Locker
I
BY EDWIN FOLVEN
V
isitors to Los Angeles will
now have a new way to
see the sights through a
new “Hop On, Hop Off” route
being offered by Starline Tours
that will highlight cultural
resources and historic sites in
downtown.
City Councilmembers Tom
LaBonge and Jan Perry joined
Starline Tours president Vahid
Sapir and chairman Kami
Farhadi at the Olvera Street plaza
on Wednesday to announce the
new tours. The new downtown
line will connect with existing
lines in the Mid-City and
Hollywood areas, giving riders a
chance to see a large region of
Los Angeles with one ticket. The
new downtown route will use the
same London-style double-decker buses that have become fixtures in Hollywood, and there
photo by Edwin Folven
The buses offer rooftop views.
See Bus Lines page 20
Room and Saline Pool
BY AMY LYONS
I
f Michael Phelps inspired you to
dive into swimming during the
Beijing Olympics, you may be
happy to know there will be a new
pool to splash around in next year.
The Westside Jewish Community
Center (WJCC) will celebrate the
groundbreaking of its newly renovated aquatic center on Wednesday,
October 29. Overhaul of the aquatic center is only the beginning of
the WJCC’s ambitious rebuilding
process, which is made possible by
a successful capital campaign.
Expected to be completed in
2009, the new aquatic center will
be a big draw for the community.
Four-time Olympic medalist Lenny
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press file photo
Four-time Olympic medialist Lenny Krayzelburg will oversee operations.
Krayzelburg heads a swim school
at the existing center and is the honorary chair of the capital campaign
for the renovation. Currently, 1,200
children use the facility per week.
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enjoyment to their experiences,
with new locker rooms, a saline
pool, a new water heating system,
See WJCC page 21
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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
2 September 25, 2008
25 School Safety
Discussion
Calendar
B
ob Spears, director of emergency
services for the Los Angeles
Unified School District (LAUSD),
will discuss school preparedness and
safety issues at public meeting of
Westside Community Emergency
Response Teams (CERT) on
Thursday, September 25. The free
meeting is part of a series sponsored
by volunteers with the Los Angeles
Fire Department. The meetings provide information on emergency preparedness issues. The start time is
7:00pm and the location is the Los
Angeles Fire Department Station #5,
8900 S. Emerson Ave. For more information, call Jim at (310) 445-9062.
duction of “Hamlet”, opening
Saturday, September 27 at 8:00pm.
Coming full circle, the theatre opened
its doors in 1991 with a production
“Hamlet”, Shakespeare’s famous
tragedy about revenge, the nature of
madness and the outcomes of grief.
Tickets are $25-$40 and can be purchased by calling (818)240-0910 ext.
1 or visiting www.ANoiseWithin.org.
Books and Cocktails
S
ip cocktails and munch on appetizers while listening to author
Bret Parsons discuss and sign
“Colcord—Home” (published by
Angel
City
Press)
Saturday,
September 27 at Design Within Reach
Beverly Hills, 9647 Brighton Way.
Cocktail service begins at 5:00pm.,
discussion begins at 6:15pm, with
book signing to follow. For more
information and to RSVP, send an email to: [email protected]
Summer Concert
Closure
T
he free outdoor “1st & Central
Summer Concerts” series in
downtown Los Angeles concludes on
Thursday, September 25, with a global dance party featuring rhythmic
bands offering Latin-laced surf music
and sub-Saharan desert blues. The
concert begins at 6:30pm at the plaza
of the Japanese American National
Museum at 369 E. 1st Street in Little
Tokyo. For more information, visit
vuswww.janm.org or call (213)6250414.
26 John Wayne
Honored
T
he USC School of Cinematic Arts
will host a film and career retrospective of screen legend, John
Wayne, over the weekend of
September 26 – 28 at USC’s Norris
Theater. The tribute includes a threeday film festival, several panel discussions, and the launch of a fourmonth-long museum-grade exhibition, one of the first exhibits to comprehensively examine and showcase
the life and times of John Wayne. The
exhibit will be located in the David L.
Wolper Center in USC’s Doheny
Memorial Library. Admission is free
but an RSVP is required. For more
information on the event, visit
www.cinema.usc.edu/JohnWayne.
28 Hemingway’s
Inspiration
photo by Craig Schwartz
John Pankow and Kate Burton star in John Guare’s “The House of Blue
Leaves” at the Center Theatre Group. The play, a dark comedy about
families in strife, runs through October 19 at the Mark Taper Forum at the
Music Center. The venue is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. For tickets and
more information, call (213)628-2772 or visit the web site at www.centertheatregroup.org.
Project Ethos
P
roject Ethos, a bi-annual, red carpet event in Los Angeles that
showcases emerging forms of creativity, will take place on Friday,
September 26 at 8:00pm. The daughter of “Top 40” radio legend Casey
Kasem, Kerri Kasem, will host the
event at the Avalon in Hollywood.
Inspired by the legendary icons in
fashion, music and art, the event organizers will transform The Avalon into
an all sensory experience of psychedelic 60’s icons, 80’s neon color
palettes, innovative tunes, hip new
trends and original pop art. Tickets are
$25 pre-sale and $30 on the day of the
event, and can be purchased online at
www.projectethos.com. The Avalon is
located at 1735 Vine St.
27 Prince of
Denmark
A
Noise Within, Glendale’s classical repertory theatre company,
will launch its new season with a pro-
A
film set in 1956 Havana, Cuba,
“Hello, Hemingway”, will
screen at the Arbeter Ring on Sunday,
September 28 at 7:00pm. The film
centers on Larita, a poverty-stricken
orphan who is denied a scholarship
because of her social status, and finds
solace in the works of Ernest
Hemingway. The dialogue is in
Spanish with English subtitles. The
Arbeter Ring is located at 1525 S.
Robertson Blvd. For more information, call (310)552-2007.
Ballet at Bookfair
M
edia City Ballet will present the
World Premiere of “The Four
Musicians,” a new ballet, at the
Seventh Annual West Hollywood
Book Fair, to be held in West
Hollywood Park on September 28.
The new ballet is based on the classic
Grimm’s fairy tale, “The Four
Musicians of Bremen”, a story of four
animals whose owners are upset with
them. The complete schedule of
events for the fair, which will be held
from 10:00am – 6:00pm, is listed at
www.westhollywoodbookfair.org.
West Hollywood Park is located at
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
2 No Place to Be
Somebody
A
production of the Pulitzer Prizewinning play, “No Place To Be
Somebody”, will be presented by the
Stella Adler Theatre opening on
Thursdsay, October 2 at 8:00pm. The
story centers on Johnny Williams, a
New Yorker with a bar and restaurant
who also runs a small stable of prostitutes. Johnny is surrounded by gangsters, hustlers, and rough characters,
but he also befriends an actor and a
poet, both of whom have big dreams.
Tickets are $20 and group discounts
are available. For reservations, call
(323)960-4443
or
visit
www.Plays411.com/noplace.
The
Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773
Hollywood Blvd., 2nd floor.
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Entertainment) will celebrate its
ten-year anniversary by premiering,
“Tilted Frame”, a multi-media meets
comedic improv act, at Theatre
Asylum on Thursday, October 2. The
show will bring together the best of
Los Angeles comedic improv artists.
The show starts at 8:30pm and tickets
are $10. Theatre Asylum is located at
6320 Santa Monica Blvd. For reservations, call (323)960-7753.
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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
3 September 25, 2008
Suspect Sought in Robbery at the Coffee Bean Warning Issued About Thieves
Posing as DWP Workers
BY EDWIN FOLVEN
P
olice in Hollywood are searching for a lone assailant who
forced his way into the Coffee Bean
& Tea Leaf on Melrose Avenue on
September 18 and robbed several
employees at gunpoint.
The incident occurred at 6:25am
at the store located at 7502 Melrose
Ave. A female employee was
reportedly standing near the front
door when she was confronted by
the suspect and was forced inside.
The man then confronted the other
employees, took them into a rear
office and demanded cash. He fled
on foot, and no one was injured,
according to Det. Gary Kukaua, of
the
Los
Angeles
Police
Department’s Hollywood Division.
“It appears that they were just
opening for business. The suspect
entered the location and took some
other employees inside as well, then
he took some cash,” Kukaua said.
“There is no indication that it is
related to any other incidents at this
time.”
The suspect was described as
being an African American man
between 25 and 35-years-old. He
was approximately six-feet-twoinches tall and around 260 pounds.
The suspect was wearing a black
sweater, black pants and brown
work boots. No vehicle was
observed, and it was unknown in
which direction he fled, according
to Kukaua.
Anyone with information is
asked to contact Det. Kukaua, with
the Hollywood Division’s Robbery
Unit, at (213)972-2932.
I
Police are Looking
Into Four Incidents in
September
BY EDWIN FOLVEN
L
photo by Edwin Folven
An armed suspect robbed employees at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on
Melrose Avenue on September 18.
West Hollywood Presents 7th Annual Book Fair
T
he City of West Hollywood and
L.A. Weekly present the 7th
Annual West Hollywood Book Fair
on Sunday, September 28 from
10:00am to 6:00pm at West
Hollywood Park.
The West Hollywood Book Fair
will feature 12 stages with more
than 400 celebrated authors and
artists appearing in more than 100
panels and book signings, storytelling, poetry and theatrical performances and writing workshops.
The West Hollywood Book Fair is
one of Southern California’s
largest, most eclectic literary
events, attracting more than 25,000
readers and writers of all ages and
interests. Numerous book sellers
and literary non-profit organizations will also exhibit at the West
Hollywood Book Fair.
West Hollywood Park is located
at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. For
information, call (323)848-6515, or
visit the website at www.westhol-
lywoodbookfair.org. For the hearing impaired, call (323)848-6496.
os Angeles Police Department investigators are warning the public about a pair of suspects who have been posing as
city workers to gain entry into
victims’ residences and commit
burglaries.
At least four incidents
occurred between September 19
and 22, including one in
Hollywood and another possibly
within the LAPD’s Wilshire
Division. The other incidents
occurred in West Los Angeles
and the Venice area, according to
Det. Leonora Lindsay, with the
Commercial Crimes Division,
Burglary Special Section.
The incident in Hollywood
occurred on September 22 in the
700 block of Curson Avenue.
Two men wearing workmen’s
vests similar to those worn by
Los Angeles Department of
Water and Power (DWP) workers, knocked on the resident’s
door and said they were working
on a water line in the area and
needed to check the water quality inside the house. The resident
accompanied one suspect into
the kitchen while some phony
tests were conducted, as the second suspect entered the house
and stole cash and jewelry from a
bedroom.
“We’ve had about four or five
of them in the past week and are
asking that the public be aware of
this scam and notify police if
they see anything suspicious,”
Lindsay said. “They have been
occurring within the Pacific
Division, West Los Angeles,
Hollywood and Wilshire. We
don’t know if it’s the same suspects or different crews working
together. They have been active
lately, and it is unusual to have
several occur in such a short period of time.”
Investigators with the LAPD’s
Commercial Crimes Division
became involved because the
crimes span such a large area.
Lindsay said the crimes are not
uncommon, and have occurred
sporadically over the years
throughout the city. She said the
suspects generally target elderly
victims, and in the West Los
Angeles case, they are believed
to have scouted out the residence
and chosen it because they
noticed a walker inside an open
garage. Lindsay said no one has
been injured, but the suspects
should be considered dangerous.
“They like to target elders and
often times, they will look for
something like a handicapped
placard or something else that
indicated there is a senior living
there,” Lindsay added. “They are
known as distraction burglaries
because one suspect gains the
victim’s confidence, while the
other commits the burglary. The
suspects are pretty friendly to the
elderly victims, they befriend
them and we’ve even had cases
where they even give them hugs
before they leave. There was one
case where the suspect and the
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4 September 25, 2008
Operation Bottleneck Alleviates Traffic Problems ‘TarFest’ Celebrates Music, Film
L
os Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa announced on
Monday that he is implementing the
latest phase of his plan to reduce
traffic delays and cut commuter wait
times through the Operation
Bottleneck Relief program. Known
as Phase IV of the program, plans
call for adjusting traffic signal timing and adding longer green lights at
some of L.A.’s most congested
intersections
Villaraigosa was joined by Los
Angeles City Councilmember
Wendy Greuel, 2nd District, and
Los Angeles Department of
Transportation (LADOT) General
Manager Rita Robinson for the
announcement, and said the results
of the Operation Bottleneck Relief
II and III traffic congestion relief
programs show they have been a
success.
“We will allow commuters to see
green, as we launch phase four of
the Operation Bottleneck traffic
congestion
relief
program,”
Villaraigosa said. “This traffic relief
program will focus on the city’s
worst traffic hotspots where the rubber meets the road and get traffic
moving faster.”
Operation Bottleneck Relief IV,
will task LADOT engineers with
making technical adjustments and
signal timing improvements, and
optimizing green light time at 60 of
L.A.’s most clogged and congested
intersections.
Targeted for traffic relief are 3rd
St and Fairfax Avenue; Franklin
Avenue and Vermont Avenue;
Beverly Boulevard and Vermont
Avenue; Hollywood Boulevard and
Laurel Canyon Boulevard; Olympic
Boulevard and Vermont Avenue;
Sunset Boulevard and Wilton Place;
Highland Avenue and Hollywood
Boulevard; Franklin Avenue and
Highland Avenue; Highland Avenue
and Art Along the Miracle Mile
T
photo by Edwin Folven
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced new plans to ease traffic at some
of the city’s busiest intersections, including 3rd Street and Fairfax
Avenue. Several other intersections in the local area are also included.
and Odin Street; 1st Street and
Vermont Avenue; 3rd St and
Vermont Avenue; Franklin Avenue
and Gower Street; and the Beverly
Center Driveway and La Cienega
Boulevard. Additional intersections
include Veteran Avenue and
Wilshire Boulevard; 1st Street and
Vermont Avenue; 3rd St and
Vermont Avenue; 6th St and
Vermont Avenue; and Argyle
Avenue, Dix Street and Franklin
Avenue at the intersection with the
Hollywood (101) Freeway
The previous three phases of the
Operation Bottleneck Relief programs have made technical adjustments, improved signal timing and
optimized green light time at 103
intersections throughout the City of
Los Angeles. The program to date
has been successful in reducing traffic delay by almost 4,057 hours
each day, or an average of 29 percent, and has shaved commuters’
wait times at red lights by eight seconds, according the Mayor’s Office.
“It’s important that we push the
envelope and constantly work to
find creative and innovative ways to
use our resources to alleviate traffic,” Villaraigosa said. “Operation
Bottleneck is one element of a comprehensive strategy our city needs
to improve the flow of traffic and
provide a convenient and reliable
alternative to using a single passenger vehicle.”
Identity Theft Suspect Receives 12 Year Sentence
T
he Los Angeles City Attorney’s
Office has announced that a
12-year jail sentence has been
secured against a Los Angeles man
who was accused of identity theft.
The
suspect,
Muhammad
Shabazz, was arrested after a traffic
stop in June when he was found to
be in possession of multiple forms
of identification under different
names.
Shabazz pled no contest to 18
criminal counts, including 15 identity theft-related charges, one count
of driving on a suspended driver’s
license, one count of habitual traffic offenses, and one count of being
under the influence of cocaine.
Judge Daviann Mitchell sentenced
Shabazz to 12 years in County Jail
and was ordered to have no option
of electronic monitoring.
The charges stem from an incident on June 20 where Shabazz had
failed to stop at a stop sign and
officers later suspected he was
under the influence of cocaine.
While in custody, officers recovered 14 miscellaneous forms of
identification under different
names from Shabazz’s wallet,
including debit cards, check books,
a driver’s license, a social security
card, and a California identifica-
tion card. Shabazz is believed to
have stolen the information from
victims throughout the city, but no
further information was available.
Results of the investigation were
forwarded to City Attorney’s
Criminal and Special Litigation
Branch for prosecution by Deputy
City Attorney David Bozanich and
Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth
Barrera-Reny.
Shabazz was taken into custody
in August after failing to appear at
his original arraignment date.
Shabazz will begin serving his sentence immediately, according to
the City Attorney’s Office
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he Miracle Mile Players will
present the 6th Annual
“TarFest” running Friday,
October 3 through 5 in the
Miracle Mile. With most events
free and open to the public, the
indoor/outdoor, multi-venue festival features art exhibits, film
screenings and music. New this
year is a one-mile run along the
historic Miracle Mile, preceding
an afternoon of outdoor arts education programming at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art.
TarFest provides an opportunity for Los Angeles-area artists to
gain creative exposure in the cultural center of the city, and brings
artists and the local community
together to showcase the art. The
festival’s diverse programming
has broad appeal, and encourages
residents to explore all the culture the city has to offer.
The festival kicks off on
Friday, October 3, with an art
exhibition, juried by Howard
Fox, curator of contemporary art
and senior curatorial fellow at
LACMA. The opening reception
will be held at 6:00pm at the
Korean Cultural Center at 5505
Wilshire Blvd.
On Saturday, October 4,
TarFest continues with the
TarFest Film Festival. The festival include a series of shorts by
cutting-edge filmmakers and will
showcase Los Angeles’s emerging music video and short film
scene, No film runs longer than
five minutes, and the screenings
will be held from 1:00 to 3:00pm
at the Korean Cultural Center.
After the film screening, the El
Rey Theatre will host the TarFest
Music Program. The event will
include local musical artists as
well as a special guest appearance by international art star and
DJ, Shepard Fairey. The El Rey
Theatre is located at 5515
Wilshire Blvd., and the doors
open at 7:00pm. Admission is
$10, and guests must be 21 years
old to attend.
The final day of the festival
will begin on October 5 at
9:00am with the inaugural
Miracle Mile Run. The event is a
one-mile run that starts at
Wilshire
Boulevard
and
Sycamore Avenue and ends on
Wilshire in front of Chris
Burden’s “Urban Light” installation at LACMA. The run is open
to the public and features a free
fun run for youths, 10 or younger.
The eight age divisions are 11-13
and those in high school; 19-29;
30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 or
older.
Entry fees are $10 for adults 19
or older, $5 for youth ages 11-18,
and free for kids 10 or younger.
All participants will receive a
free event t-shirt, and awards and
prizes from Nike will be presented to the top three runners in each
division.
TarFest is presented annually
by the Miracle Mile Players and
is supported by the Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs
and LACMA. Proceeds from the
sixth annual TarFest will benefit
LACMA’s Next Gen program,
LAPD
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Division
Explorers and Fairfax High
School.
For more information about
TarFest or a schedule of events,
visit the website at www.tarfest.com.
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6 September 25, 2008
Athletic Field at Hollywood School Gets Funding
L
os Angeles City Council
President Eric Garcetti has
announced that the City of Los
Angeles has awarded $700,000 to
help build an athletic field at
Camino Nuevo High School in the
Virgil Village neighborhood in
Hollywood.
“We want our young people to
have access to public schools that
help them learn and grow academically and as people,” Garcetti said.
“The new athletic field will give
students at Camino Nuevo the
opportunity to get some exercise,
play team sports, and learn good
sportsmanship.”
The $700,000 grant comes from
the city’s Community Development
Block Grant, which are federal
funds that are allocated to support
projects in qualifying low-income
neighborhoods. The total cost of the
field, including the land acquisition,
is approximately $7.9 million. The
school has already raised $5 million
in private funds for the project.
“Can you imagine if we could
build soccer fields all over this part
of the city? We could prevent a lot
of social problems, including gang
problems, if our children and youth
had more opportunities to participate in community sports and recreation programs,” said Philip Lance,
co-founder and president of the
board for Camino Nuevo. “Not to
mention the intangible value of the
photo by Edwin Folven
The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood has been put up for sale.
Historic Hollywood Theatre
Could See Change of Hands
BY AMY LYONS
T
“The El Capitan has a storied
history in the entertainment
industry. It is our desire to find a
buyer who will maintain the
building’s industry legacy long
into the future,” Uhlmann said.
Walt Disney Company has a
long-term lease at the building
and there is no indication that
they will break that lease once
the property is sold.
CUNA Mutual acquired the
property around the time of the
Northridge earthquake and did
extensive rehabilitation after the
temblor occurred. Various
restoration efforts in the last 25
years were made possible not
only by CUNA, but also by The
Walt Disney Corporation, Pacific
Theatres
and
Hollywood
Heritage.
“In bringing the building up to
‘Class A’ standards after the
earthquake, CUNA Mutual also
sought to retain the building’s
1920s-era style,” Uhlmann said.
“The renovation of the theatre
and office building, including the
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evenings.
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located in a low-income, densely
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academic underperformance in the
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higher standards, the public charter
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26 in the West Hollywood Park
Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente
Boulevard.
A reception, hosted by ONE
National Gay and Lesbian
Archives, will begin at 6:30pm,
and an exhibit, lecture, reading and
book signing by author Felice
Picano begins at 7:00pm.
Picano is an American writer,
considered by many to be the
founding father of modern gay literature. He founded SeaHorse
Press in 1977, and later co-founded “The Gay Presses of New
York” in 1981, where he was editor-in-chief. He was an editor and
constant writer for several popular
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New Rules Passed for School Meal Programs
S
tate Superintendent of Public
Instruction Jack O’Connell has
announced that new state regulations on foods and beverages sold
on public school grounds have gone
into effect in September.
The California Department of
Education worked with nutrition
representatives from the field to
develop the regulations after hear-
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certain ambiguous areas of the law
that were making compliance difficult. The State Board of Education
adopted the regulations in May, and
the regulations became effective on
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The new food and beverage regulations work in conjunction with,
and do not take the place of, existing state law. The standards included setting limits on fat, saturated
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8 September 25, 2008
Waves of Beautiful Writing
Flow Through ‘Sea Change’
N
Mad About
ick Salamone’s new play, “Sea
Change” might just as well be
titled “Adrift”. The five friends,
three gay men and two lesbians, set
sail on a small fishing boat sometime in the’70s off Provincetown,
drift through the ‘80s, still loosely
connected, but hitting the rocks and
shoals of AIDS, and find their tightknit group radically changed in
2000. Shadows of Shakespeare’s
“The Tempest” haunt the play,
which takes its title from Ariel’s
song, “Full fathom five thy father
lies; Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade But
doth suffer a sea change Into something rich and strange…”
In some sense, Jan (played here
by a magnificent Lisa Tharps)
believes herself to be, like
Prospero, a magician who rules the
elements, looks down on real life
and sees through it. She promises a
storm and a storm ensues. She
promises a whale off their bow, and
the first scene ends with the rare
appearance of one. Fran De Leon
Theatre
as Elle has the joyful brightness and
light of the sprightly Miranda, the
clever, willful daughter of Prospero.
These two women, newly in love,
are out on a lazy summer day,
ostensibly whale-watching with
Gene, a learned poet and scholar
(winningly played by Ryun Yu),
with whom everyone aboard,
including an anything-but-sober
Sunny (a jokey hunky Nick
Cimulca) and the characteristically
inept ‘square’ newcomer, Val ( a
competent Clay Storseth) are in
love, and in lust. These five consti-
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tute the typical flotsam of the let-itall-hang-out ‘70s, adrift on a tide of
drug-induced nirvana, content to let
the tides and the winds decide their
uncharted course. The play is much
more than this; nevertheless it
seems their aim is to stay high, get
higher if possible, and ensure that
everyone around them is equally
blown away. The acting is superb,
so much so that even the audience is
able to metaphorically turn on, tune
in, and drop out.
Ten years after that luxurious
slumber party on the water, that
non-program has hit a snag with the
first incident, within this tightly knit
group, of the dreaded new, capitalized killer AIDS. After this, nothing
will ever be the same. They may
still seem like the same people, but
there’s been a major sea change.
Nevertheless, the friends remain
tight, if anything, more cemented
than before. Until……..
The three acts literally mirror the
three decades the play covers as
things have changed, and as things
have remained the same. Le plus ca
change, le plus c’est la meme chose,
the French say – the more things
change, the more they remain the
same. Salamone has divined the
nature of friendship, and human
nature in an offbeat and ultimately
photo by Allison Moon
From left, Clay Storseth, Lisa Tharps, Fran de Leon, Nick Cimiluca, and
Ryun Yu star in “Sea Change”.
fascinating way; quite as funny as
it’s off-center, as it’s smart, as it’s
new, as it’s wild, as it’s mature. His
dialogue is grand, just beautiful,
poetic,
liturgical,
even
Shakespearian in style, but with
none of the awkwardness that bad
copyists of The Bard sometimes
display. (Personally, I found an
excess of Christian doctrine, or
maybe just an emphasis on it, in the
later act, but I admit that’s just not
my cup of tea.)
On a personal note: I saw the
beginnings of “Sea Change” ten
years ago, but wouldn’t recognize
that rough draft now. It’s grown up
under careful nurturing and the
hands, or the keyboard of a mature
playwright.
The Davidson/Valentini Theatre,
at The Gay and Lesbian Center’s
Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N.
McCadden Place, Hollywood.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm,
Sundays at 7:00pm, through
October 12. (323)860-7300 or
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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
9 September 25, 2008
Crash Victims Honored
at Melrose Ave. Shop
Mayor Vows to Protect City From
Financial Upheaval on Wall Street
M
ayor Antonio Villaraigosa
took action intended to
ensure the financial health of the
City of Los Angeles on Monday
by directing key city department
heads to immediately conduct a
review and risk assessment of the
possible impact of the national
economic crisis on city government’s operations, finances and
“The residents of
the City of Angels
should not have to
pay for the sins of
corrupt Wall Street
power
brokers.”
Administrative Officer, the City
Treasurer, the Department of
Water and Power, the Port of Los
Angeles, Los Angeles World
Airports,
the
Community
Redevelopment Agency, the
Police and Fire Pensions Board,
DWP Retirees Pensions Fund and
the Los Angeles City Employees
Retirement Systems.
The city’s pension systems are
structured to withstand periods of
market volatility by investing in
highly diversified portfolios and
spreading their holdings across
multiple asset classes.
The City of Los Angeles also
enjoys a strong bond rating, and
its pension systems are well funded and adhere to fiscal policies
approved by the city council.
Nonetheless, the magnitude of
the national economic turmoil
demands swift action to protect
local residents, the mayor said.
“The unprecedented upheaval
on Wall Street demands unprecedented vigilance at city hall,”
Villaraigosa said. “The residents
of the City of Angels should not
have to pay for the sins of corrupt
Wall Street power brokers.”
Hollywood Chamber
Gives Nod to LaBonge
-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
photo by Edwin Folven
Flowers, candles and cards were placed near the corner of
Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard on Tuesday to
honor the victims of a plane crash last Saturday that seriously
injured a Los Angeles area musician and popular Hollywood DJ,
and killed two of their close friends. The memorial was placed by
fans outside of a clothing store known as The Fast Life, which was
owned by Adam Goldstein, who is better known as DJ AM.
Goldstein and musician Travis Barker, the drummer for the band
“Blink-182”, suffered serious burns when a Learjet they were traveling in crashed in Columbia, South Carolina, as it attempted to
take off. Killed in the crash were Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City,
and Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles. The plane’s two pilots, 31year-old Sarah Lemmon of Anaheim Hills, and 52-year-old James
Bland, of Carlsbad, also perished. Goldstein and Barker were
reported to have sustained second and third degree burns, but
are expected to survive. They remain hospitalized in South
Carolina. Goldstein is also owner of the Hollywood nightclub LAX.
Barker was formerly a member of the platinum-selling “Blink-182”
and also appeared on his own MTV reality show.
pension systems.
“We will not allow the unsound
and unconscionable practices of
Wall Street to stop the progress
we’ve made on increasing the
public’s safety and improving the
delivery of basic city services,”
Villaraigosa said in a memo sent
to city department heads on
Monday. “As city leaders, we have
an opportunity and obligation to
demonstrate strong fiscal management to ensure the financial health
of the city and to protect every
taxpayer dollar.”
Villaraigosa directed key city
departments to review the city’s
pension funds, debt portfolios,
possible future bond expenditures
and proposed capital projects.
The directive extends to the City
photo courtesy of the 4th Council District
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, (center), 4th District,
was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce last week
for his representation of the area. LaBonge was pictured with a
group from Coldwell Banker on Larchmont Boulevard, including
Peggy Bartinelli (left seated), Sandy Boeck, John Winther (left
standing), Sue Carr and June Ahn.
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10 September 25, 2008
Mad
Musing
Breaking News
B
uilt into my life script,
probably put there by
Mother Earth, or Mother
Nature, or maybe my own
mother, is my overweening
sense of responsibility for
everything that happens in my
own life, my children’s lives,
my home, my state, my country,
in fact the world. It’s a terrible
burden, but somebody has to
bear it. I take seriously the
words of Samuel Francis Smith,
who wrote, “My country, ‘tis of
thee...” I’m told he meant something entirely different, but I
take the phrase to mean that, as
an adopted American, it’s up to
me to keep it bright and shiny
and spanking clean...and, above
all, entertaining.
My amateur and professional
forays into theatre, movie and
television criticism over the
past dozen or so years, and my
experience as Goddess-Elect,
back in 2000, have convinced
me that the most important part
of my task is to keep my constituents entertained. Time and
again, it’s been proved that people have the stomach, and the
craving for - at one end of the
spectrum - horror and violence,
and at the other end, laughter,
with not much in between.
Serious stage plays are no
longer the staple of Broadway;
movies that deal with the
‘smaller’ issues, like family,
relationships, and romance are
written off as unimportant; his-
torical documentaries, replays
of the classics, and nature specials are labeled educational,
irrelevant, and boring. The dual
mandate of contemporary
books, magazines, movies, television, even newscasts and
infomercials is to terrify or
amuse. If a movie doesn’t scare
the daylights out of the audience, make them cringe in
bloody fear, generate nightmares, or have people, preferably teen-type people, screaming with hysterical laughter in
cadence with the simulated
laugh track, then it’s metaphorically headed straight to video.
My current contention is that
as the media goes, so goes real
life. We’ve developed such a
craving for excitement, tragedy,
fear and loathing, that anything
that happens in the world that’s
less than meteoric rates only a
passing grade on the public’s
interest scale. The enormous,
hungry maw of public opinion
has become so greedy for the
nourishment to which it’s
become accustomed, that even
when there’s nothing much happening worldwide, it has
become necessary to invent
something. The war in Vietnam,
while it was certainly real
enough, was probably the first
war to be fought on TV.
Suddenly, the whole world was
watching.
And then there was CNN.
There was total saturation.
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of talk, scandal, rumors, punditry, argument, conjecture, briefings, updates, late-breaking bulletins, spin, newsbreaks, interviews, debates, commentary,
press briefings, celebrity sightings, and interminable play by
play between reporters, anchors
and press secretaries, repeated
over and over again, providing
24 hours of sheer, glorious, real
life fantasy. Enough to keep any
fictional horror freaks, sated
sci-fi buffs, policy wonks,
tragedy queens, or amateur
newshounds, off the streets and
in front of the television, where
they belong.
Like many others, I can date
my conversion to real life fantasy, as opposed to that in books
and movies, to the Menendez
Brothers who killed, you may
remember, both their parents
while they were watching television. Court TV and blow-byblow descriptions of every
minute event in the lives and
trial of those nasty little boys
was enough to close all the
libraries, board up the movie
palaces, put book shops out of
business, and cause a drop in
the country’s birthrate. Cable
companies prospered; TV
Personality became an honorable and sought-after profession; and stay-at-home date
nights for lascivious teens
became as popular as the back
seat of their fathers’ jalopies.
When news of that tragedy
became stale, we had the
Northridge Earthquake and the
L.A. Riots; then O.J.became the
bad boy to go to for entertainment. Once more we were in a
seventh heaven of delight. Oh,
how we hissed the villain and
cheered on the hero, depending
on whether we were into crime
or punishment. Work stopped in
offices all over town while secretaries wept for Nicole and,
under the desk, secretly
swooned over the dashing football hero. When Simpson’s
white Bronco crawled down the
405 freeway at 30mph, chased
by cops speeding at 25mph, the
cries of jubilation from the freeway overpasses were far
Oh, how we
hissed the
villain and cheered
on the hero,
depending on
whether we were
into crime or punishment.
exceeded by the screams of joy
or horror from the living rooms
of millions of cable subscribers.
It was amazing the number of
grandmothers’ funerals employees had to leave work to attend
during the famous trial.
We were in a remote part of
Finland, out of the range of the
Herald Tribune and family
members with cell phones,
when we caught CNN recording
the terrible tragedy of the death
of Princess Di. The rest of our
stay in Europe was punctuated
with sad stops at any establishment that could access CNN.
When it began to seem as if
there would never be another
event that would captivate the
world as those others had, the
Newt Gingriches of this world,
and the Kenneth Starrs decided
they’d had enough of other people having all the fun, and guess
what? Monica Lewinsky and
Linda Tripp began duking it out
in the Oval Office, reportedly
naked. Whoa! Impeachment!
The cable news stations raised
the flag at all their branch
offices and started a massive
hiring push so they could get on
the bandwagon at every possible stop on the trail of a naughty
President Clinton who’d got
caught with his moral compass
down. We were in Italy when
that hit the air waves, and CNN
got more attention from the
Italians and millions of tourists
than the Bridge of Sighs, the
Sistine Chapel, and
Michelangelo’s ‘David.’ (Albeit
he’s naked and gorgeous.)
Because a world without
scandal has become like an egg
without salt, or a day without
sunshine, and since CNN and
every other news, or gossip
channel abhors a vacuum, in my
self-assumed capacity as arbiter
of world affairs, that’s the real
reason for submitting my credentials for Vice-Goddess last
week (www.BeverlyPress.com).
Since last week, I’ve decided
to change the office I’m running
for. I just remembered that
when one of my children came
home from school and
announced he’d been voted
Vice-President of his class, I
asked him what that meant in
the great scheme of second
grade things. He replied that it
meant he was President in
charge of Vice. So I am planning to change the title I’m
seeking to Assistant Goddess;
it’s less suggestive.
I’m not into sloganeering, but
I do remember a little tune we
used to sing when playing
jump-rope in the schoolyard. I
might use it, just changing the
words slightly, it goes:
“I see Russia, I see France,
I see Sarah’s underpants.”
CNN, MSNBC please copy.
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
11 September 25, 2008
Jewish Community Observes High Holy Days
T
he local Jewish community will
begin observing the High Holy
Days in the coming week, with the
celebration of Rosh Hashana — the
Jewish New Year —beginning at
sundown on Monday, September
29, followed by Yom Kippur — the
Day of Atonement — beginning at
sundown on Wednesday, October
8.
The High Holy Days period is
considered the holiest time of the
year for the Jewish community, and
local temples and synagogues will
be holding services.
• Temple Beth Zion, located at
5555 W. Olympic Blvd., will offer
services beginning on September
29 with Erev Rosh Hashana from
7:00 to 9:00pm. Additional services
will be held on Tuesday, September
30 from 8:30am to 1:45pm, and on
Wednesday, October 1 from
8:30am to 1:30pm. A Shabbat
Shuva Service is planned on
Saturday, October 4 from 9:00am
to noon.
Temple Beth Zion will hold Kol
Nidre services on Wednesday,
October 8 from 6:30 to 9:00pm,
and will hold a Yom Kippur ceremony with Yizkor and a dedication
of memorial plaques on Thursday,
October 9 from 8:30am to 6:50pm.
Additional holiday services will be
held between Saturday, October 11
and October 25. For a complete
schedule or information, call
Temple Beth Zion at (323)9339136.
• Congregation Kol Ami, West
Hollywood reform synagogue on
La Brea Ave., will once again be
hosting High Holy Days ceremonies at Immanuel Presbyterian
Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Kol
Ami partners with Immanuel to
provide a spacious sanctuary with
seating for all congregants, family
and friends.
The High Holy Days observances begin with Erev Rosh
Hashana on Monday, September 29
at 8:00pm; and Tuesday, September
30 at 10:00am, with a children’s
service at 10:30am. Day two of
Rosh Hashana services will be held
on Wednesday, October 1 at
10:00am at the Congregation Kol
Ami Temple, 1200 N. La Brea Ave.
Yom Kippur services begin on
Wednesday, October 8 with Kol
Nidre at 8:00pm, followed by a
morning service on Thursday,
October 9 at 10:00am, and a children’s service at 10:30am. A
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members of the public who are
interested in attending to call the
temple office at (323)606-0996.
• Temple Israel of Hollywood,
located at 7300 Hollywood Blvd., is
holding High Holy Days services
beginning with Erev Rosh Hashana
on Monday, September 29 at
8:00pm. On Tuesday, September
30, services begin at 8:30am with a
ceremony for families with toddlers
through second graders at 8:30am;
a main sanctuary service at
10:30am; followed by a Minyan
service at 10:30am; and additional
services for teens at noon.
On the second day of Rosh
Hashana, Wednesday, October 1,
Temple Israel will host a chapel service at 10:00am. Kol Nidre services
begin on Wednesday, October 8 at
5:30pm and 8:00pm, followed by
Yom Kippur services on Thursday,
October 9 beginning at 8:00am. A
variety of different services and
workshops will be held throughout
the day, but the main Yom Kippur
sanctuary service will be held at
10:30am at the Temple. Additional
services for Sukkot begin on
Monday, October 13, and Simchat
Torah services will be offered
beginning on Monday, October 20.
For information or reservations, call
Temple Israel at (323)876-8330.
• The Wilshire Boulevard
Temple, the oldest temple in the
City of Los Angeles, will be hosting
Erev Rosh Hashana services on
Monday, September 29 at 4:45pm,
6:45pm and 9:00pm at the Temple,
3663 Wilshire Blvd. On Tuesday,
September 30, family services will
be held at 9:00am and 11:00am at
the Wiltern Theater, corner of
Wilshire Boulevard and Western
Avenue. The second day of Rosh
Hashana services will be held on
Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00am.
Kol Nidre services will be held on
Wednesday, October 8 at 4:45pm,
6:45pm and 9:00pm. Yom Kippur
morning services will be held
9:00am and 11:00am at both the
Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the
Wiltern Theater. Afternoon ceremonies are scheduled at 1:30 and
2:30pm at the Temple, followed by
Yizkor and Neilah services at
3:30pm. For more information
about services by the Wilshire
Boulevard Temple, call (213)3882401, or visit the website at
www.wbtla.org.
• Congregation Etz Jacob, located at 7659 Beverly Blvd., is holding Erev Rosh Hashana services on
Monday, September 29 at 6:15pm,
which will include a candle lighting. Services resume on Tuesday,
September 30 at 8:00am, with
Mincha and Maariv services at
6:15pm. Additional Rosh Hashana
services will be held on
Wednesday, October 1 at 8:00am
and 6:15pm.
Erev Yom Kippur services will
be held on Wednesday, October 8 at
3:00pm, with Kol Nidre ceremonies at 6:00pm. Yom Kippur services continue on Thursday,
October 9, beginning at 8:00am,
followed by Yiskor at 11:30am.
Congregation Etz Jacob is also
hosting Sukkot services on
Tuesday, October 14 and 15 beginning at 8:30am. For information on
services at Congregation Etz Jacob,
call (323)938-2619.
• Congregation Shaarei Tefila,
located at 7269 Beverly Blvd., is
also holding High Holy Days services beginning on Monday,
September 29 with Erev Rosh
Hashana at 6:25pm. Rosh Hashana
services will begin at 8:00am on
Tuesday
and
Wednesday,
September 30 and October 1.
Erev Yom Kippur services begin
on Wednesday, October 8 with Kol
Nidre at 6:10pm. Yom Kippur services begin on Thursday, October 9
at 8:00am. Rabbi Nachum
Kosofsky and cantor Asher Scharf
will preside over the ceremonies.
For information call (323)9387147.
• In anticipation of the upcoming
Jewish New Year on September 30
and October 1, Chabad has
announced that it is expanding its
free High Holiday services. Just as
many Californians are struggling
with rising mortgage payments,
soaring gas prices and financial
uncertainty, the costs of synagogue
worship have also risen, and for
many, it is hard to keep up. But this
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,
Chabad is making sure nobody is
turned away from worship.
“Especially in these difficult
times, we can all benefit from
attending synagogue, and now
more then ever we need to ask for
an abundance of blessings,” said
Rabbi Mendel Cohen, director of
Chabad’s Humanitarian Division
and The Friedman Chabad Center.
“Unlike many congregations,
membership is not required to join
us at Chabad, all are welcome, free
of charge, regardless of background
or affiliation.”
Chabad is also offering a program called “Sponsor a Seat In the
Synagogue” in which donors can
support the worshipper of their
choice at the services. Free services
will be held at the Los Angeles
Yeshiva Campus, located at 5444
W. Olympic Blvd., on both Rosh
Hashanah, on September 30 and
October 1, and Yom Kippur, on
October 8 and 9. For more information on High Holiday services or to
make reservations, call (323)965
1111 or visit the website at
www.sharingthewarmth.com.
• Mount Sinai Memorial Parks
and Mortuaries will host free
memorial services observance of
the Jewish High Holiday tradition
of remembrance of loved ones. The
traditional Kever Avot memorial
services will be held on Sunday,
October 5 at 10:00am at Mount
Sinai Hollywood Hills, and at
1:00pm at Mount Sinai Simi Valley.
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everything you own does not automatically pass to the state. Typically,
the distribution will be to your spouse
and children and then to other family
members. The state’s plan reflects the
legislature’s guess as to how most
people would dispose of their estate
and establishes protections for certain beneficiaries, particularly minor
children. The rules of “intestate succession” may or may not reflect your
actual wishes. Estate planning
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the state’s default plan to suit your
personal preferences.
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It is important to understand that the
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even when you die without a will.
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Generally, upon your death, your half
of any community property presumptively belongs to your surviving
spouse. Additionally, if you own
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tenants with right of survivorship, the
property will pass directly to the
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12 September 25, 2008
Quality Food & Beverage
Stands Up to Its Name
BY AMY LYONS
I
f pedestrian-friendly Third Street
seems an appealing place to stop
for a bite, Quality Food &
Beverage is one of your best bets
for cozy comfort and hearty fare.
Just two blocks west of Fairfax
Avenue, this home-away-from
home, no-nonsense nook serves
breakfast and lunch daily, drawing
particularly large crowds on the
weekends, when lines spill onto the
street. The relaxed dining experience at this intimate, light-filled
place, where the soundtrack features friendly background banter
and faint strains of big band brass,
makes the wait worthwhile.
At full capacity, 50 patrons fill
the restaurant’s two small rooms
and a few sidewalk tables. Cool
shades of mint green cover the
walls and sturdy, square, wooden
four-top tables complete the homey
décor. Roy McMakin, a renowned
artist and designer who heads
Domestic Furniture, created the
splendidly simple tables and chairs.
McMakin got his start creating
sculpture that mimicked furniture,
then switched to creating furniture
that resembles beautiful art work.
McMakin’s aesthetic stamp gives
Quality Food & Beverage an artful
touch, and large windows fill the
place with natural light.
The mid-day menu offers standard lunch fare like salads and
sandwiches, but stretches far above
and beyond the boring. On a recent
lunch outing, I ordered the West
Coast chicken sandwich, a mixture
of grilled chicken breast topped
with avocado, roasted red pepper,
feta cheese and basil dressing
served on ciabatta bread ($11.95).
This sandwich bursts with the subtle sweetness that only roasted red
peppers can supply. The other predominant flavor comes from the
pleasantly pungent smattering of
feta that gives this sandwich Greek
flair. Napkins are a must here, as
the basil dressing sometimes strays
from the bread. Side orders include
French fries, coleslaw, green salad
or sweet potato chips. I chose the
latter of the bunch, venturing into
unknown territory. The orange slivers of crispy sweet potato were a
scrumptious complement to my
sandwich. They’re dense and filling, so you only need to munch a
few of them to be wholly satisfied.
A nice alternative to simple potato
chips, these colorful munchies are
not only tasty, but a good source of
vitamins A and C.
Other lunch options include several additional unique sandwich
offerings, such as the chicken
pesto, ahi tuna steak, curried chicken salad and many more. The salad
list includes more than a dozen
entrée salads, including the popular
roasted tenderloin salad; the avocado, orange and asparagus salad;
and a goat cheese salad that puts a
pan friend medallion of goat cheese
atop a bed of mixed greens with
almonds and herb raspberry vinaigrette dressing. For vegetarians,
there’s a veggie burger, a
Portobello mushroom sandwich
and a variety of dishes where
greens take center stage.
Not up for a salad or sandwich?
Fear not. You can order a t-bone
steak, petit filet mignon, roasted
salmon or a shrimp and scallop
platter. Options abound at Quality
Food & Beverage, which is why so
many patrons have stuck with the
tried and true family-owned business since its inception in 1993. If
breakfast is your favorite meal of
the day, Quality Food & Beverage
is a good place for omelettes and
other egg dishes. The offerings are
endless, from an omelette packed
with lox, artichoke hearts or merguez sausage. The fruit cup is a big
draw for the early crowd because of
its freshness and variety. No canned
peaches find their way into this
dish, but plenty of fresh blueberries, strawberries and pineapple
chunks mingle with melon slices.
All produce at Quality Food &
Beverage is California grown and it
shows in every bite.
Bread lovers will be bowled over
by the fresh, flaky buttermilk biscuits and the Challah French toast.
Don’t forget to wash down your
meal with fresh-squeezed juice.
Keep in mind that this daytime
eatery is popular, especially with
the weekend brunch crowd. Parking
isn’t an issue on Saturdays and
Sundays, because the restaurant
offers free valet service – take them
up on it or you’ll spend too much
time circling for a spot. The wait
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Quality Food & Beverage offers top-notch lunch and breakfast in a
comfortable setting.
ing, so your dining experience is
sure to be pleasant. Once seated,
you’ll have no doubt that Quality
Food & Beverage is the best choice
for excellent food with service to
match.
Omelettes, egg dishes, pancakes
and other breakfast entrees: $7.95$15.00. Sandwiches: $9.95-$13.50.
Salads: $8.95-$13.75.
Quality Food and Beverage is
located at 8030 W. Third St. Open
7-days-a-week from 8:00am –
3:30pm; (323)658-5959.
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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
13 September 25, 2008
RESTAURANT
NEWS
Watch ‘The Office’ at
Chili’s Restaurant
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n Thursday, September 25,
enjoy the season five premiere
of NBC’s hit Emmy-nominated
show “The Office” at the characters’ favorite restaurant: Chili’s.
Come to the Westwood location
dressed as your favorite character
from the show and join other local
fans for a look-a-like contest and
trivia challenge for a chance to win
copies of “The Office Trivia Game”
and “The Office DVD Board
Game” from NBC and Pressman
Toys. Afterward, stay to watch the
premiere and enjoy your favorite
Chili’s appetizers and drinks. From
8:00pm – 9:00pm the fun will
include the trivia challenge and
look-a-like contest. The show starts
at 9:00pm. Chili’s Westwood is
located at 1056 Westwood Blvd.
For more information, call
(310)481-2228.
Learn Mixology at
The Sky Room
T
he Sky Room in Long Beach
has added a special mixology
class to its line-up of cocktail howto sessions. Join experts on
Saturday, September 27 for
Mixology 104, a class featuring
lessons on pouring the perfect
Lynchburg
lemonade
and
Cranberry Jack (Daniels) concoctions. The class costs $30 and
includes
light
appetizers.
Participants will also get take-home
drink and dinner recipes. To reserve
a spot, call (562)983-2703. The Sky
Room is located at 40 S. Locust
Ave., Long Beach.
Culinary Tips from
Chef Eric
C
hef Eric’s Culinary Classroom
has released a schedule of
classes for the Fall season. Three of
the classes on the long list of offerings will take place on Saturday,
September 27. First up is “Candy
Making” ($85 per person), which
is back by popular demand. Starting
at 9:00am-12:00pm, this class is for
students who want to learn how to
make delicious treats for special
occasions. Join chef Eric and learn
about cooking sugar and the variety
of candy you can easily make in
your own kitchen. Recipes include
chocolate truffles rolled in cocoa
powder, traditional chocolate and
caramel turtles, delightful divinity
fudge, homemade marshmallows,
chocolate fudge, pralines, sea salt
caramels, traditional peanut brittle,
and cuttlefish toffee crunch with
almonds and dipped in chocolate.
Next on the list, from 2:00pm5:00pm, is “Super Soups” ($80 per
person), where the secrets of a great
stock will be revealed. Chef Eric
will show participants how to easily make chicken, fish and beef
stock and turn them into a variety of
soups. This class covers everything
from traditional chicken noodle
soup, American bounty vegetable
soup, cream of broccoli soup, sweet
onion and arugula soup, creamy
Jamaican yam bisque, savory corn
chowder, morel and cremini mushroom soup, light garlic and saffron
soup, and tasty carrot and ginger
rosemary soup. See how easy it is
to create delicious soups in your
kitchen. Lastly, from 7:00pm10:00pm, there’s a “Sushi Making
Class” ($90 per person) in the
line-up. Participants will learn how
to buy the freshest fish, and how to
cut and prepare it properly. Chef
Eric will show you how to make
traditional sushi rice, a variety of
sushi rolls, spicy sushi, sea eel and
more. Chef Eric’s Culinary Kitchen
is located at 2366 Pelham Ave. Los
Angeles. For more information, call
(310)470-2640 or visit www.culinaryclassroom.com.
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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
14 September 25, 2008
POLICE BLOTTER
The following information was reported to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s
Station and the LAPD’s Wilshire Division between September 10 and
September 18, 2008. If you are a victim of a crime, here are the telephone
numbers of local law enforcement agencies: Los Angeles Police
Department, Wilshire Division (323)485-4022 and Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station (310)855-8850.
Wilshire Division
years-old.
September 12
An unknown suspect smashed a
window and burglarized a 2003
Honda Accord parked in the 500
block of S. Orange at 11:30pm.
The suspect stole a stereo and
electronic equipment.
At 8:00am, an unknown suspect
entered through a bathroom window and burglarized an apartment
in the 5000 block of San Vicente.
The suspect stole technical instruments and ransacked the apartment before fleeing.
An unknown suspect smashed a
window and burglarized a 2003
Nissan Pathfinder parked in a lot in
the 300 block of S. La Cienega at
11:00am. The suspect stole a
purse.
At 4:00pm, an unknown suspect
smashed a window and burglarized a 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant
parked in the 100 block of N.
Hayworth. The suspect stole auto
parts and accessories.
September 14
At 9:30am, an unknown suspect
smashed a window and burglarized a 2001 Volkswagen parked in
the 200 block of N. Alta Vista. The
suspect stole auto parts and
accessories.
An unknown African American
male suspect burglarized a store in
the 5000 block of Wilshire at
5:20pm and stole an undisclosed
amount of liquor. The suspect was
approximately 45-years-old, fivefeet-ten-inches tall and 160 lbs.
An unknown suspect entered
through a side window and burglarized a residence in the 100 block
of S. Orange at 10:30pm. the suspect stole camera equipment, a
purse and an undisclosed amount
of cash.
At 5:50pm, two unknown
Caucasian female suspects burglarized a department store in the
8500 block of Beverly and stole
clothing. Both suspects were
approximately 20-years-old, fivefeet-eight to five-feet-nine-inches
tall and 120 to 135 lbs.
At 11:45pm, an unknown suspect
pried open a door and burglarized
a 2006 Cadillac Escalade parked
in a lot in the 6700 block of
Wilshire at 11:45pm. The suspect
stole electronic equipment.
An unknown suspect stole a bicycle that was locked to a pole in the
5000 block of Wilshire at 6:00pm.
No further information was provided.
September 13
At 1:00am, two unknown male suspects, one Hispanic and the other
African American, approached
from behind and snatched a purse
from a victim near the corner of La
Brea and Rosewood. The Hispanic
suspect was approximately 24 to
28-years-old, five-feet-ten-inches to
six-feet-tall and 210 to 220 lbs. The
African American suspect was
approximately 25-years-old, sixfeet to six-feet-two-inches tall and
220 to 250 lbs.
An unknown suspect smashed a
window and burglarized a 1999
Ford Explorer parked in the 8500
block of Beverly at 6:30am. The
suspect stole a purse before fleeing.
At 7:40pm, an unknown Hispanic
male suspect swerved his vehicle
several times and attempted to hit
another motorist following a road
rage incident near the corner of
Fairfax and 3rd. the suspect was
approximately 28 or 29-years-old.
No further information was provided.
An unknown Caucasian female
suspect attempted to steal jewelry
from a department store in the 100
block of The Grove at 9:55pm, but
was detained by security and
arrested. The suspect was 49-
At 9:00pm, an unknown suspect
entered a subgarage at an apartment building in the 600 block of
Orange and burglarized a 1994
Honda.
September 16
At 7:45am, an unknown suspect
pried open a door and burglarized
a 2006 Ford Escape parked in the
6000 block of Wilshire. The suspect stole electronic equipment
before fleeing.
An unknown Caucasian male suspect removed a chain and stole a
bicycle from outside of an apartment building in the 300 block of S.
Cloverdale at 6:00pm. The suspect
was approximately 55-years-old.
An unknown suspect smashed a
window and burglarized a 1995
Honda Prelude parked in the 600
block of S. Mansfield at 7:10pm.
The suspect stole clothing.
September 17
At 12:40pm, an unknown
Caucasian female suspect burglarized a store in the 300 block of S.
La Cienega and stole undisclosed
documents. The suspect, who was
49-years-old, was detained and
later arrested.
An unknown suspect smashed a
driver’s side window and burglarized a 2007 Toyota Yaris parked in
the 300 block of S. Cloverdale at
7:30pm. The suspect stole jewelry
before fleeing.
At 8:30pm, an unknown thief stole
a cellular phone and accessories
that were left unattended in a baby
stroller left outside of an apartment
building in the 500 block of
Colgate. The victim had left the
stroller unattended while she took
the child inside an apartment.
At 11:00pm, an unknown suspect
burglarized a 1994 BMW parked in
a lot in the 5600 block of Wilshire.
The suspect stole a purse and
documents.
An unknown suspect smashed a
window and burglarized a 2004
Cadillac parked in a lot in the 5700
block of W. 6th at 10:00pm. The
suspect stole documents and a
purse, with an undisclosed amount
of cash.
September 15
September 18
At 12:40am, two unknown Hispanic
male suspects approached from
behind and robbed a victim at
knifepoint near the corner of
Beverly and Formosa. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount
of cash and credit cards before
fleeing. Both suspects were
approximately 30-years-old and
five-feet-six-inches tall.
At 1:00am, an unknown suspect
smashed a front passenger window
and burglarized a 2004
Volkswagen in the 5000 block of
W. 6th. The suspect stole credit
cards and documents before fleeing.
An unknown suspect pried open
the trunk lid and burglarized a vehicle parked in a lot near the corner
of Spaulding and Wilshire at
8:30am. The suspect stole a cellular phone and documents.
At 7:00pm, an unknown suspect
smashed a window and burglarized a 2001 Mercedes Benz
parked near the corner of Beverly
and Crescent Heights. The suspect
stole a purse and luggage before
fleeing.
An unknown suspect smashed a
side window and burglarized a
1999 Honda Passport parked in
the 600 block of Orange at
9:00pm.
An unknown African American
female suspect attempted to return
stolen property in exchange for
cash at a store in the 5000 block of
Wilshire at 2:00pm. The suspect
was unsuccessful and fled. She
was approximately 30 to 38-yearsold, five-feet-ten-inches tall and
140 lbs.
At 3:00pm, two unknown
Caucasian male suspects acted as
termite inspectors to gain entry into
a victim’s home in the 6000 block
of Drexel, then burglarized the residence and stole a watch and jewelry. One of the suspects was
approximately 28 to 35-years-old,
five-feet-eight-inches tall and 160
lbs., while the other was approximately 25 to 30-years-old, five-feetseven to five-feet-ten-inches tall
and 150 to 170 lbs.
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September 10
At 1:00am, an unknown thief stole
a purse left unattended on a chair
in a restaurant in the 8300 block of
Sunset. The black Prada handbag
contained a wallet, cash, passport,
credit cards and a Blackberry cellular phone. The loss was estimated
at about $3,520.
An unknown thief stole a speaker
and three sheer curtains from the
outdoor patio area of a restaurant
in the 8700 block of Santa Monica
at 6:00am. The loss was estimated at approximately $250.
An unknown thief stole tools, valued at about $1,030, from the hallway of an apartment building in the
800 block of Westknoll at 12:30pm.
At 9:00am, unknown thieves
entered an unlocked vehicle
parked in the 8900 block of Santa
Monica and stole a laptop computer and bag, four leather jackets
and an Evinrude boat engine. The
loss was estimated at $2,320.
September 11
September 15
At 10:45am, an unknown suspect
burglarized a business in the 900
block of Fairfax and stole a cellular
phone, valued at $400.
At 2:45am, two unknown African
American male suspects forcibly
robbed a victim walking near the
corner of Beverly and Doheny.
The suspects stole a Brighton
watch, wallet, cash, credit cards
and identification. The loss was
valued at $1,363.
An unknown thief stole a cellular
phone left unattended on a desk in
a showroom in the 8600 block of
Melrose at 11:00am. The loss was
valued at $340.
At 11:45pm, an unknown thief stole
a cellular phone that was left unattended on a table in a restaurant in
the 8600 block of Sunset.
September 12
At 1:47pm, an unknown thief stole
a box that was delivered and left
outside the door of a residence in
the 1200 block of Harper. The box
contained a Kodak Easy Share
zoom digital camera, valued at
about $180.
An unknown Hispanic male suspect stole a hair clipper, valued at
$34, from a retail store in the 1100
block of La Brea at 8:25am and
fled on foot.
September 13
At 9:45am, an unknown African
American male suspect burglarized
a retail store in the 1100 block of
La Brea and stole a silver digital
camera, binoculars and a bottle of
liquor. The suspect fled on foot,
and no further information was provided.
An unknown suspect burglarized a
residence in the 500 block of Croft
at 1:00pm and stole a desktop
computer, valued at $1,500.
September 14
At 2:30am, an unknown suspect
burglarized a valet parked vehicle
at a hotel in the 8500 block of
Two unknown Hispanic male suspects stole an undisclosed amount
of metal rebar, valued at $6,000,
from a construction site in the 7500
block of Santa Monica at 7:00am.
At 7:30am, an unknown suspect
burglarized a residence in the 8700
block of Rosewood and stole a
Toshiba Laptop computer, valued
at approximately $800.
A victim reported at 8:30am that
two gold rings and two gold necklaces were stolen from an apartment in the 1400 block of Crescent
Heights by a Caucasian male and
female couple who had assisted
her. The stolen items were valued
at about $2,000.
September 17
At 4:33pm, an unknown suspect
burglarized an apartment in the
8600 block of Holloway and stole
approximately $60 in cash and a
computer memory card. Valued at
$60.
An unknown African American
male suspect burglarized a business in the 7900 block of Santa
Monica at 4:50pm and stole a Dell
laptop computer, valued at $1,500.
At 7:55pm, a male Caucasian suspect was arrested for receiving
known stolen property following a
stop for a vehicle code violation in
the 7700 block of Santa Monica. A
bicycle, tools and miscellaneous
items were recovered.
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Grand Avenue
Festival Offers
Multiple Free
Performances
T
he Los Angeles Philharmonic
Association offers a variety of
free performances at the 5th annual Grand Avenue Festival, a oneday cultural celebration taking
place on Sunday, September 28
from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
The event showcases an outstanding array of music, dance,
theater, art and food at downtown
restaurants on the cultural corridor of Grand Avenue.
A collaboration between the
cultural partners located on Grand
Avenue, the Grand Avenue
Festival is a public “open house”
that highlights the exceptional
caliber of cultural offerings along
the street.
Honoring Esa-Pekka Salonen’s
final season as music director of
the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
the L.A. Philharmonic presents
four performances in Walt Disney
Concert Hall’s main auditorium.
Inspired by Salonen’s signature
piece, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of
Spring”, the performance begins
with a contemporary orchestra
nod to the famed composer with
acclaimed
artists
Christian
McBride, Sonus Quartet and
Double G, music director of
“daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra”.
Four local high school students
were chosen as composer fellows,
working with the philharmonic’s
consulting composer for new
music, Steven Stucky, to create
original compositions influenced
by the festival theme and played
by the featured artists.
Following this performance,
McBride performs a jazz interpretation with “A Rite of Spring
Situation” which includes the colorful vibe of Patrice Rushen on
keys, Jahi Sundance on turntables
and Walter Smith III on tenor sax.
The third and fourth variations
are eclectic sets by the notoriously exhilarating daKAH Hip Hop
Orchestra, featuring Sonus
Quartet. The artists all celebrate
the timeless relevance of
Stravinsky’s work creating a feast
of sound.
Auditorium performances are
free, but require tickets and are
limited to four per person. Tickets
are given out one hour before the
performance in front of Walt
Disney Concert Hall on First
Street between Grand and Hope
Avenues.
In addition, the W. M. Keck
Foundation
Children’s
Amphitheatre and the Gardens
offer a mix of music and collaborative art alongside the entertainment offered in the auditorium.
Dublab Soundsystem DJs will
spin assorted musical genres on
the turntables and provide “Into
Infinity,” a hands-on exhibit that
allows kids to participate in a
unique audio/visual artwork project.
Art
educator
Rosanne
Kleinerman creates inclusive arts
and crafts workshops for children,
and “Hit + Run” brings its exclusive designs for festival goers to
make one-of-a-kind T-shirts.
For more information, call
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NOTICE OF
PUBLIC HEARING
All Hail the Queen!
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the West
Hollywood City Council will hold a Public Hearing to
consider the following item:
LOCATION:
8017-8023 Norton Avenue, West
Hollywood, California.
REQUEST:
Appeal of Planning Commission
approval of a request to demolish all
structures on-site, including thirteen
residential units, and construct a
new sixteen-unit, multi-family condominium building.
PERMIT NUMBERS:
Demolition Permit 2006042, Development Permit 2006057, Tentative Tract Map 2006-026,
and any other required permits.
“Park La Brea Has a Queen” was the headline on the cover of
the Park Labrea News on September 21, 1950, and Miss
Montel Phillips, who was a featured performer in the Ice Follies
show in Los Angeles at the time. The photo was taken around
the same time as the Miss America Pageant, and in that spirit,
Phillips was chosen to represent Park La Brea during the press
event to inaugurate the Los Angeles Transit Service’s first
“trackless” trolley system along 3rd Street. A busload of
celebrities and civic leaders arrived at the event, and cut a ribbon and toured Park La Brea. The trackless trolley, which was
actually a bus, traveled between 3rd and Fairfax and downtown Los Angeles.
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Blvd., and the W.H. Library, 715 N. San Vicente
Boulevard.
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available for checkout at the meeting. If you require
special assistance to attend (e.g. transportation) or to
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16 September 25, 2008
High Holy Days
from page 11
See’s Candies Launches
‘Wicked’ Sweet Contest
Answers on page 20
photo courtesty of the Pantages Theatre
An expert shows people what it’s like backstage at The Pantages
Theatre during “Wicked”.
T
he smash hit musical
“Wicked”, Hilton HHonors
and confectioner See’s Candies
are teaming up to grant one
lucky individual the prize of a
lifetime: an around-the-world
trip to see “Wicked” on the
West Coast, in New York and in
London.
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assorted chocolates will be a
grand prize “Emerald Ticket”
and a “Wicked Hilton HHonors
Card”. Three hundred additional boxes will contain other
prizes, including See’s Candies
gift certificates and “Wicked”
merchandise. The Emerald
Ticket winner will embark on a
three-city tour to see “Wicked”,
and will be given a “Wicked”
Hilton HHonors card for VIP
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performs at the Pantages Theatre
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January 2009, will move to the
Orpheum in San Francisco. The
winner will also visit the
Gershwin Theatre in New York
City and the Apollo Victoria
Theatre in London. “Wicked” is
the winner of 20 major awards
including the Grammy Award
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you, your loved ones, your friends,
and anyone you know whose loved
ones are buried here or far away, to
join us at Mount Sinai for Kever
Avot,” said Leonard Lawrence,
general manager of Mount Sinai
Memorial Parks and Mortuaries.
The services at the Hollywood
Hills location will feature a keynote
memorial address by Rabbi
Edward Feinstein of Valley Beth
Shalom. Rabbi Richard Camras, of
Shomrei Torah Synagogue, will
deliver the keynote services at
Mount Sinai Simi Valley. The Simi
Valley services will feature a wall
display of Mount Sinai's Shoah
Quilts of Memory, dedicated to
remembrance of the Holocaust.
Both services will feature music,
with Sinai Temple Cantors Joseph
Gole and Arianne Brown, the 50
plus voice Los Angeles Zimriyah
Chorale and Sinai Temple Choir
leading services at Hollywood
Hills. Mount Sinai Kever Avot
memorial services will also inaugurate the Memorial Parks’ newest
development, the Blessings at
Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, and
provide an opportunity to obtain
the new Mount Sinai Family
Record and Guide, a complimentary booklet in which to record memories or records. Mount Sinai
Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is
the largest exclusively Jewish mortuary/cemetery organization in
California. The Mount Sinai
Memorial Parks Hollywood Hills is
located at 5950 Forest Lawn Dr.
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Exhibit Explores Pope’s Connection With Jews Awards Honor Contributions
T
to People with Disabilities
he Skirball Cultural Center presents an exhibit titled “A
Blessing to One Another: Pope John
Paul II and the Jewish People” running currently through January 4.
The exhibit features informative
text panels, artifacts, documents,
photographs, and audiovisual recordings. It explores the extraordinary
efforts of Pope John Paul II
(1920–2005) to improve the dialogue between Catholics and Jews.
In the course of his papacy, John
Paul II sought to heal two millennia
of painful history between Catholics
and Jews. He was the first pope to
enter a synagogue, officially recognize and visit the State of Israel, and
formally repent for the Catholic
Church’s past treatment of the
Jewish people. Organized by Xavier
University, located in Cincinnati,
Ohio; Hillel Student Jewish Center,
also of Cincinnati; and the Shtetl
Foundation, the exhibition takes its
name from the Pope’s 1993 commemoration of the 50th anniversary
of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The presentation of “A Blessing to
One Another” at the Skirball is the
first West Coast engagement of the
exhibition. It premiered at Xavier
University in May 2005, just weeks
after the pope’s death. “A Blessing to
One Another” leads visitors on a
journey in John Paul II’s footsteps.
Born Karol Wojtyla, he lived in
Wadowice, Poland, where he grew
up in a predominantly Jewish apartment building. A quarter of his classmates were Jewish. The young Karol
was especially close to Jerzy Kluger,
the son of the president of
Wadowice’s Jewish community,
with whom the pontiff remained lifelong friends. Gallery visitors will
view early documents of the future
pope’s life, including his baptismal
certificate and school records, on
loan from the City of Wadowice
Museum.
The next section explores
Wojtyla’s young adulthood in
Krakow, where he was a student at
Jagiellonian
University.
On
September 1, 1939, the Germans
invaded the city, forcing Wojtyla and
his father to flee. Jagiellonian
University reconstructed itself
underground in 1942, organizing
clandestine classes. Laboring by day
in a stone quarry, Wojtyla was one of
800 students who carried on with
photo courtesyof the Skirball Cultural Center
Pope John Paul II had a long connection with the Jewish community.
their studies in defiance of Nazi
restrictions. Many of his Jewish
friends and neighbors were imprisoned in ghettos and deported to concentration camps. Displayed in the
exhibition are somber reminders of
the Holocaust, including prayer
shawls and other artifacts from the
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
in Poland. In the third section, visitors follow Wojtyla’s rise from priest
to bishop to cardinal in the post-war
era, and the final section describes
John Paul II’s remarkable papacy.
On October 16, 1978, Cardinal
Wojtyla was elected the 264th pope
of the Catholic Church. His journeys
to nearly every continent had worldwide impact, both spiritual and
political. In June 1979, only a few
months after his election, John Paul
II made the first of many visits to his
homeland, traveling to Warsaw,
Krakow, Wadowice, and Oswiecim
(Auschwitz). Often described as
“nine days that changed the world”,
the historic visit played a key role in
the collapse of communism in
Poland.
The Skirball Cultural Center is
located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
For information, call (310)4404500, or visit the website at
www.skirball.org.
Notable Authors Portrayed in
Educational Performances
B
ooks with Feet, a non-profit
organization dedicated to stirring the senses and imagination by
performing classic literature,
announces the start of its second
season with “A Perfect Day for
Bananafish”, by J.D. Salinger, and
“House of Flowers”, by Truman
Capote.
The Books with Feet performances will be featured on different
dates at two locations. The first
event will be held on Sunday,
September 28 at 6:00pm at the West
Hollywood Book Fair’s closing
night event in the Pacific Design
Center’s SilverScreen Theater,
8687 Melrose Ave. on Sunday,
September 28 at 6:00pm.
Additional performances will be
held at the Lost Studio, located at
130 S. La Brea Ave., on Friday,
October 3 and October 4 at 8:00pm;
Sunday, October 5 at 4:00pm;
Friday, October 10 and 11 at
8:00pm; and Sunday, October 12 at
4:00pm.
“A Perfect Day for Bananafish”
Through this program, the commission awards $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school
seniors with disabilities from
each of the five supervisorial districts. These scholarships enable
students with disabilities to continue their quest for an education
beyond high school, independence and the fulfillment of their
goals and dreams.
On August 5, the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors and
the Commission on Disabilities
presented $2,000 scholarship
awards to five graduates, including Troy Hines (1st District),
Binna Kim (2nd District), Jessica
Quintana (3rd District), Ramiro
Valderrama (4th District), and
Eric Azus (5th District). For
information, call (213)974-1053,
or visit the website at www.laccod.org.
I
first appeared in the January 31,
1948 issue of the New Yorker and
was collected as the first piece in
Nine Stories published in 1953. It is
Salinger’ s first story to center
around the fictional Glass family.
Seymour, the oldest of the Glass
children, is the main character in
one of Salinger’s most elusive writings. The reader of “Bananafish”
learns that Seymour, much like
Salinger himself, is a veteran of
World War II and has had trouble
readjusting to civilian life.
The second story, “House of
Flowers” was written by Capote in
the 1950s, and is about the ladies of
a bordello in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The story centers around Ottilie, an
orphaned native girl taken in at the
bordello at a young age. Ottilie
becomes restless and seeks love,
but does not know how to recognize love as she has never experienced it.
For more information about
Books with Feet programs or reservations, call (310)494-0471.
n recognition of October as
“Disability Awareness Month,”
the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors and the Los Angeles
County
Commission
on
Disabilities will be hosting the
17th Annual Access Awards
Luncheon on Monday, October
20. The luncheon event is held
each year to honor individuals,
corporations, and public entities
that have made outstanding contributions and have demonstrated
leadership, commitment, inspiration, facilitation or promotion of
accessibility and equality for people with disabilities.
Proceeds from this event are
used to support the commission’s
programs and outreach to the
community. One of the commission’s primary programs is the
Bill Tainter Scholarship Program
for Students with Disabilities.
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Health & Fitness
Your Guide to Health and Well-Being
Looking Good
Longer
BY BETTY GUY WILLS
A
n energetic, talented woman I
know named Esther Pearlman
has authored an interesting book
titled “It’s Not Easy Being a
Woman”. Pearlman is five-feetseven-inches tall but looks and acts
younger than her years, because as
she states, “I like to make people
laugh.” This is her ultimate secret
for looking good; however she does
admit that she practices yoga
stretches, uses her solar-plex
machine daily, along with taking
vitamin supplements and indulging
in a high protein diet. She consumes eggs, fish, rice, legumes, and
often enjoys one of the protein
drinks in place of a meal. With her
busy schedule of promoting the
book, Pearlman will grab a vitamin/protein bar as a “fill-in” meal.
She believes that one should dress
for their body and not for their age,
Esther Pearlman
and keeps her body trim and toned.
Pearlman has many funny stories
to tell about herself, like the time
when she was pregnant and had just
remembered she didn’t know how
to take care of a baby, and quickly
enrolled in a Red Cross class. A few
weeks later, her water broke on her
brand new couch. After being in
labor for four hours in the hospital,
the doctor told her husband he
Vets With Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Given Full Access to Benefits
T
he Department of Veterans
Affairs published groundbreaking new regulations on September
23 that grant military veterans diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease
full access to health and disability
benefits, regardless of where or
when they served in the military.
The new rules take effect immediately.
The decision to establish a presumption of service for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a victory for veterans living with the disease, and is the culmination of years
of work by the ALS Association to
expand benefits for those diagnosed
with the fatal neurodegenerative
disease made famous by baseball
legend Lou Gehrig.
The Association has been the
leading organization advocating for
this policy change at the VA for
many years. In 2001, the
Association strongly supported the
VA’s decision to grant benefits to
veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf
War and has championed legislative
efforts to build on that policy so that
it applies to all veterans with ALS.
According to studies, military
veterans within the last century are
nearly twice as likely to develop
ALS as those with no history of military service, regardless of where or
when they served in the military.
Most recently, the association advocated for legislation introduced by
Congressman Henry Brown (RSouth Carolina) that would have
established ALS as a service connected disease. Thanks to the combined efforts of the VA Secretary
James Peake, members of Congress,
the ALS Association and veterans
across the county, the legislation no
longer is needed.
“Veterans are developing ALS in
rates higher than the general population, and it was appropriate to take
action,” Peake said. “ALS is a disease that progresses rapidly, once it
is diagnosed. There simply isn’t
time to develop the evidence needed
to support compensation claims
before many veterans become seriously ill. My decision will make
those claims much easier to process,
and for them and their families to
receive the compensation they have
earned through their service to our
Nation.”
Blood Donors Offered Chance to
Win New Computer Game
E
ncore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation,
has announced it is partnering with
the American Red Cross to hold a
“Dracula” Blood Drive to celebrate
the release of the first computer
game in the Mystery Adventure
Game line, “Dracula 3: The Path of
the Dragon”.
The Dracula Blood Drive will
take place on Friday, October 3
through 4 at eight locations
throughout Los Angeles. Each
blood donor will be entered into a
drawing to win a copy of “Dracula
3: The Path of the Dragon” for the
computer.
“We love having this opportunity
to provide a fun environment for
our donors, who are so generously
giving of themselves to help others.,” said Teresa Solorio, of the
American Red Cross. If you have
never donated before, now is a good
time to start. If you have donated
before, now is a fun time to donate
again.”
In the local area, the Dracula
Blood Drive will take place on
October 4 from 7:00am to 2:00pm
at the West Los Angeles Donor
Center, 11355 Ohio Ave. Other sites
and information is available by calling (800)GIVE-LIFE.
could go home now because his
wife was “done.” Actually she is
reminiscent of Rita Rudner, the
famous comedienne of stage and
screen, because she doesn’t have to
push the envelope to be funny.
Pearlman writes about her life and
loves and regular people doing regular things, which she chronicles in
“It’s Not Easy Being a Woman”.
When she is not writing and speaking of her hilarious life experiences,
Pearlman finds relaxation and
inspiration in the arts. The masters,
Van Gogh and Gauguin, influence
flamboyant paintings she creates.
Information on the book is available by visiting the website at
w w w. e s t h e r p e a r l m a n . c o m .
Betty
Guy-Wills
is
an
author/columnist “Looking GoodLonger” motivational speaker and
beauty consultant specializing in
anti-aging and age subtracting. You
may write to P.O. Box 10713,
Beverly Hills, CA 90213.
New P.E. Standards Enacted
for Public School Students
S
tate Superintendent of Public
Instruction Jack O’Connell
has announced that the State
Board of Education has adopted
a new Physical Education
Framework for California Public
Schools, the state’s first standards-based framework in physical education.
“This new framework is an
important tool in setting the stage
to help our students become
more physically active to combat
the silent epidemic of childhood
obesity,” O’Connell said. “This,
in turn, will help them perform
better academically and will help
us narrow the achievement gap.
Studies show a high-quality
physical education program
helps students develop an active
lifestyle, improve health, develop motor skills, and helps their
cognitive performance in processing information and applying
knowledge.”
The framework is based on the
premise that every student’s life
can be enhanced through participation in a comprehensive, inclusive and sequential physical education program.
The framework was developed
by a committee of educators,
most of whom were teachers in
California’s public schools, and
provides concrete, real-world
examples of what high-quality,
standards-based physical education instruction should be for
each grade level. The framework
also gives specific examples for
effective planning, instruction
and assessment of the state’s
model of standards for physical
education.
For more information on the
state’s standards for physical
education or to view the Physical
Education Framework for
California Public Schools, please
visit the Department of
Education
website
at
www.cde.ca.gov.
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Pilgrim School Celebrates LA’s BEST and Target Host Literacy Program
T
50th Anniversary
arget and LA’s BEST After
School Enrichment Program
teamed up on Wednesday to produce the second annual “Target
Reads with LA’s BEST” citywide
event. The celebration promotes literacy and the joy of reading and
was the largest-ever corporate volunteer effort in LA’s BEST history.
More than 200 Target volunteers
read to students in the LA’s BEST
photo courtesy of Pilgrim School
The students at Pilgrim School blew out the candles on a cake during a 50th anniversary celebration held for school on September 14
and 15. The celebration included “Fifield Day” on September 14,
and “Founders Day” on September 15, and several 1950s themed
activities took place, including face painting, games, food music and
rides. There was also an alumni reunion area, and information on
the school’s history. Pilgrim School was founded in 1958 by the First
Congregational Church of Los Angeles. The school is located at 540
S. Commonwealth Ave. For more information, visit the website at
www.pilgrimschool.org.
Puppets Take Center Stage in
Adult Sketch Comedy Show
H
enson Alternative in association with Avalon Hollywood
presents “Puppet Up! Uncensored”,
a sketch comedy show for adults,
running on Saturday, September 27
and Saturday, October 25.
The show is a hilarious demonstration of what happens when the
perilous and provocative forms of
traditional comedic improvisation
are mixed with a bunch of puppets.
With a motley group of characters
brought to life by the worldrenowned puppeteers of The Jim
Henson Company, the show is not
the average night at the improv, and
it is definitely not for children. But
adults are welcome to enjoy the
uninhibited anarchy of live puppet
performance as never seen before.
All shows will start at 8:00pm at
photo courtesy of © The Jim Henson Company
“Puppet Up!” features many quirky
and memorable characters
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C
athedral Chapel School, 755 S.
Cochran Ave., is holdings its 5th
annual Golf Tournament and Hall of
Fame Dinner on Monday, October
27, and the event organizers are asking anyone who may be interested to
sign up.
The golf tournament will be held
at the Brookside Golf Club in
Pasadena, and features opportunities
for foursomes or individual play. The
tournament begins at 12:30pm, with
a social hour at 5:30pm and the dinner at 6:30pm.
Cathedral Chapel School, which is
affiliated with the Cathedral Chapel
Parish, will induct three individuals
into its “Hall of Fame” at the dinner,
including Rose E. Chamberlin,
Dickie Von der Ahe Olsen, and V.
Richard Cunningham. Registration
for foursomes is $600 and includes
golf and dinner; individual player
registration is $150 and also includes
dinner; while dinner only is $50, or
$25 for children 11 and under.
Sponsorships are also available.
Registration is required no later
than October 15. Anyone seeking
information can contact event orga-
nizer Karl Risinger at (562)2435491, or contact the school at
(323)938-9976.
program at all 180 program sites,
including
Crescent
Heights
Elementary in the local area. Each
child received a book from Target,
and a total of 28,000 books were
donated.
The event celebrated the multiculturalism of Los Angeles and
encouraged every student to share
in an appreciation for diversity with
Target volunteers. Events ranged
from mask-making to lessons on
cultural traditions around the world.
Target provided books by
Scholastic that celebrate diversity
and expose children to various cultures. LA’s BEST is a nationally
recognized after school education,
enrichment and recreation program
serving more than 28,000 children.
For more information, visit the
website at www.lasbest.org.
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20 September 25, 2008
Bus Lines Offer Visitors a New Service
From page 1
will be 13 stops at places of interest. The stops include Bunker Hill,
The Walt Disney Concert Hall,
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angeles,
Olvera Street, Union Station, the
Grand Central Market, Staples
Center, L.A. Live, the L.A.
Theater, Little Tokyo, the Financial
District and Civic Center Park.
Visitors can “hop on or off” of the
buses at Olvera Street and other
locations, and then board another
Starline route through the MidCity area. That route connects with
the Hollywood line at the Original
Farmers Market, corner of 3rd and
Fairfax. Visitors can travel on all
three routes for a base price of $30
for a 24-hour ticket, and $45 for a
48-hour ticket.
photo by Edwin Folven
The victim stabbed to death outside Barney’s Beanery was a West
Hollywood resident, but sheriff’s officials would release few other
details.
Stabbing
From page 1
Hispanic men who were involved
in the fight with McClure. He
would not say what started the
fight, adding only that it escalated
once the group was outside, and
the stabbing occurred on the sidewalk in front of Barney’s
Beanery.
“We know he was a resident of
West Hollywood and that he was
there that night when a verbal
altercation occurred,” Carrillo
said. “They ended up outside,
and McClure ended up being
stabbed. We are not sure what it
was over. Due to the pending
investigation, I wouldn’t anticipate any updates unless we make
an arrest.”
The suspects were only
described as adult Hispanic men.
No vehicle was seen, and it was
uncertain which way the suspects
fled. Anyone with information
about the incident is asked to
contact detectives with the
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at
(213)860-5500.
“After working with Starline
Tours last year to launch hop on,
hop off service in Hollywood, I am
very excited to see this happening
in downtown,” LaBonge said.
“Tours like this are popular around
the globe. Good for Starline tours
for taking the initiative and making it happen here in downtown
Los Angeles.”
Tickets will be available through
L.A. INC. The Los Angeles
Convention and Visitors Bureau at
its visitor information center at 685
S. Figueroa in downtown. People
can also purchase tickets in
Hollywood at 6801 Hollywood
Blvd., or at any of the stops along
the way.
Starline Tours has been operating in Los Angeles since 1935. In
addition to the bus routes, Starline
offers a variety of other tours,
including sightseeing at movie star
mansions, trips to amusement
parks, and more.
“Our goal is visitors to L.A. a
transportation service to explore
the greater Los Angeles area and
all of its attractions and museum,”
Farhadi said. “With the transportation taken care of, visitors will
have an incentive to stay in L.A.
longer and experience as much as
they want.”
Visit the official Los Angeles
visitor website at www.discoverlosangeles.com for information.
Answers From Page 16
photo by Edwin Folven
Colorful dancers performed at Olvera Street as part of the launch of the
new Starline service in downtown.
21 September 25, 2008
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press
Heritage Group Faces Eviction
From page 1
two decades per an agreement with
the Los Angeles Department of
Parks and Recreation. Hollywood
Heritage holds fundraisers to maintain the property and rents it out for
weddings and other parties.
Vicki Israel, assistant general
manager of operations east for the
Department of Parks and
Recreation, said the eviction is a
simple matter.
“They have been operating at the
property for thirteen years with an
expired agreement and the city
prefers to maintain and operate the
property itself,” Israel said. “The
city owns the property and, like any
landlord, we have the right to ask a
tenant to leave once the lease has
expired.”
Fran Offenhauser, vice president
of Hollywood Heritage, said her
group was shocked to get the eviction notice.
“We had never been contacted by
the Parks Department or the city,”
Offenhauser said.
Offenhauser went on to say that
she feels her group is being
smeared by the media. A Los
Angeles Times article published on
Saturday, September 20, said an
audit of the mansion’s operation
and restoration was ordered earlier
this year by parks administrators.
The article goes on to say that the
audit concluded that Hollywood
Heritage failed to document
expenses, failed to ensure that fees
from weddings and filming were
used for restoration permits, failed
to require proper permits from
“The mansion has
historic status and
we intend to
maintain it and do
some repairs.”
-Vicki Israel, assistant general
manager of operations east for
the Department of Parks and
Recreation
users of the estate, was out of compliance with policies relating to the
consumption of alcohol on the site,
and did not conduct fundraising
activities to restore the mansion.
Offenhauser verified that the audit
contained all of the accusations
printed in the Times article, but she
also said that many of the failures
were listed as a result of incompe-
tence on the part of the auditors.
“They claim that we failed to
have a liquor license, but we don’t
sell liquor on the property, so we
are not required to have a license,”
Offenhauser said. “They claim we
had expenses unrelated to restoration, repairs and maintenance. Do
you know what those expenses
are? Paper towels, paper plates
...I’m not allowed to buy paper
goods as part of repair and maintenance?”
Offenhauser was adamant in her
assertion that no Wattles property
income has ever been expended on
non-Wattles items.
On the issue of complaints by
neighbors about amplified music
and parking issues during Wattles
events, Offenhauser said no amplified music is allowed on the outdoor grounds at the Wattles
Mansion and that the parking issue
got out of hand only once in the last
20 years.
“We had one event where people
were parking on the street and
causing a problem,” Offenhauser
said. “Since then, we have
improved our driveway and parking lot to address the problem. We
also have valet parking for every
event at the mansion,” Offenhauser
WJCC Will Undergo Major Renovations
From page 1
and more.
Krayzelburg, who left the Soviet
Union with his family in 1989 and
came to Los Angeles, swam at the
WJCC in his earliest years in the
U.S.
Ronnel Conn, development
director
at
WJCC,
said
Krayzelburg has stepped up to
help the center in recent years,
when the center was in financial
need. The Lenny Krayzelburg
Swim School offers swimming
lessons to children of all ages, with
a focus on water safety.
Krayzelburg said the renovated
aquatic center will be a huge benefit to the community.
“I’ve been around enough pools
in the Los Angeles area to know
that this new facility will be the
best learn-to-swim facility in the
area,” Krayzelburg said. “The new
center will be a big boost to the
swim school and the community.”
Krayzelburg went on to tout the
benefits of a saline pool, saying it
is easier on the eyes and skin than
chlorine.
According to Conn, the total
price tag for the aquatic center is
$4 million, of which the WJCC
has already raised $2.3 million.
The most generous gift came from
the Harry and Jeannette Weinburg
Foundation, thus the center will be
named after them.
The overall cost of renovating
the WJCC is $20 million, according to Conn. The WJCC has five
major program areas: health, wellness and recreation; youth and
family services; early childhood
education; adult Jewish learning;
and Jewish arts and culture. Each
program area will be expanded as
a result of the capital campaign.
The goal is to provide services for
the surrounding community,
including Jewish people and nonJewish people.
“Sixty percent of children
enrolled in our early childhood
center are Jewish and forty percent
are non-Jewish,” Conn said.
Construction of the environ-
photo by Amy Lyons
The Wattles Mansion, located at 1824 N. Curson Ave., was being
restored by Hollywood Heritage, a leading preservation group in the
local area. The city has issued an eviction notice because officials contends the group is not meeting requirements outlined in the lease.
said.
When asked to comment on the
eviction notice, the office of
Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th
District, deferred to the Department
of Parks and Recreation.
On the topic of the future of
Wattles Mansion, Israel said the
Department of Parks and
Recreation plans to maintain the
property with its historic status in
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photo by amy Lyons
A renovation project at the Westside Jewish Community Center will
include a new aquatics center and other new facilities.
mentally friendly aquatic center
will begin in October.
Brian Greene, executive director
of WJCC, said the aquatic center
was the logical starting point for
the overall renovation, because it is
so widely used by the community.
“The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim
School is the best school of its kind
on the Westside,” Greene said.
“Now we will have a facility to
match it.”
Greene also said the community
directly surrounding the center, in
the Fairfax district, is full of families seeking places for youth recreation. At 54-years-old, the WJCC is
the oldest JCC west of the
Mississippi River.
“Young families have been moving into the neighborhood at a fast
rate over the last decade and this
new center will address their
needs,” Greene said.
For more information, visit
www.WestsideJCC.org.
mind.
“The mansion has historic status
and we intend to maintain it and do
some repairs,” Israel said.
Offenhauser said Hollywood
Heritage intends to keep its commitment to weddings and other
events that have been booked at the
mansion. Currently, there are
events booked up to six months in
advance.
he L.A. Gay & Lesbian
Center is holding the free
“Mind, Body and Soul” health
conference on Saturday, October
4, which is designed to equip lesbians and bisexual women with
the knowledge they need to
ensure they get top-quality
health care.
This year’s conference will be
bigger and better than ever, with
speakers and workshops covering sex, sexual health, domestic
violence, substance abuse and
the highly charged topic of coming out to doctors. It runs from
9:00am to 6:30pm at the L.A.
Gay & Lesbian Center’s Village
at Ed Gould Plaza.
The issue of coming out to
health providers made news in
June, when a Michigan doctor
asked a patient about the woman
who accompanied her to the
exam room. Upon learning the
two were partners, the doctor
allegedly focused on their sexual
orientation and his opposition to
marriage rights for same-sex
couples rather than treating the
patient’s symptoms.
Health care professionals who
want to improve their own cultural competence, or just learn
more about health issues common to lesbians and bisexual
women, can take part in a new
daylong training session specifically tailored for people in health
and mental health professions.
Licensed clinical social workers
and marriage and family therapists may earn continuing education units. Space for the provider
track is limited, and an RSVP is
required.
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
is located at 1125 N. McCadden
Pl. For more information, call
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22 September 25, 2008
Leeza’s Place Offers Care for Caregivers
From page 1
learn about different approaches to
caring for people with the disease.
A welcoming place where caregivers, and their patients, can come
for advice, the new Leeza’s Place at
Olympia Medical Center is
designed to serve the busy Wilshire
area. The first two Leeza’s Places
in Los Angeles opened in 2006 in
Sherman Oaks and Hollywood.
“The reality is, most people who
need this kind of support won’t
travel more than 30 minutes away
from their home, so we really need
a dozen or so around an urban
area,” Gibbons said. “We are so
grateful to Olympia Medical
Center for being so forward thinking. We are hoping to expand at the
location and do a few more programs.”
The Leeza’s Place at Olympia is
set up much like the living room in
a private home, providing a comfortable setting for meeting with
medical professionals. Gibbons
said sometimes people simply need
a place to talk about their problems,
and Leeza’s Place staff is trained to
listen and give any support they
need. She likened it to an airplane,
where people are advised to cover
their own face with the oxygen
mask during an emergency before
helping a child.
“Caregivers oftentimes, due to a
variety of factors, are so busy caring for this one person that they
forget to care for themselves. We
tell them that they need their oxygen first,” Gibbons added. “Unless
you feel whole, you can’t care for
someone else. Our objective is to
find the best way to care for a loved
one, and that is caring for the caregiver.”
Leeza’s Place also offers a variety of informational programs to
prepare caregivers and those who
have been recently diagnosed with
diseases like Alzheimer’s, strokes
or cancer. With Alzheimer’s dis-
photo by Edwin Folven
The Leeza’s Place at Olympia Medical Center is designed like a living
room in a private home in order to provide a comfortable place for caregivers and their patients.
Imposters
From page 3
victim were outside for 30 minutes
checking the garden hose, while the
activity was going on inside the
house.”
Lindsay said the suspects’
descriptions and the number of incidents occurring within a short period of time has led police to surmise
that all of the crimes, with the
exception of the one in the Wilshire
area, are connected. She added that
all of the crimes have occurred
between 9:00am and noon, giving
the suspects enough time to drive
between the locations.
Lindsay said the incident within
the Wilshire Division didn’t fit the
same profile but was similar and
might be related. In that case, which
occurred at 2:00pm in the 600 block
of Drexel, the suspects posed as termite inspectors and stole jewelry
and a watch.
The suspects are described as
being Caucasian or Latino, and
between 30 to 35-years-old. They
were between five-feet-ten-inches
and six-feet-tall, and had medium
builds. No vehicle was seen during
any of the burglaries.
Lindsay said the DWP worker
scam is a one variation of the distraction burglaries. A couple of
years ago, there was a rash of crimes
involving suspects who went to the
door and asked permission to enter
the backyard to look for a lost cat. A
suspect would then burglarize the
house when the occupant accompanied the other suspect into the back
yard. Lindsay added that some
arrests were made in those cases,
and investigators are looking into
whether the crimes might be connected with the current incidents.
She added that distraction burglaries
continue to occur on a regular basis.
Last year, 213 of the burglaries were
reported to police, while 121 have
been reported so far this year.
“We are asking that if someone
comes to the door, ask them for their
identification and call the DWP or
ask to talk to a supervisor. This usually calls their bluff and they move
on,” Lindsay said. “Don’t let them
in, and see if you can see a vehicle
or something else that will be helpful to police.”
MaryAnne Pierson, a spokeswoman for the DWP, confirmed that
similar crimes have occurred in the
past involving people posing as
DWP workers, and said there are
several steps someone can take to
ensure they are not being victimized.
“All DWP employees carry an
I.D. badge, and only on rare occasions will they need to enter a residence,” Pierson said. “Ask anyone
trying to enter a house for their
name, employee identification number and the name of their supervisor,
and then call 1(800)DIAL-DWP to
verify whether that person actually
works for the DWP.”
Anyone with information is asked
to call detectives with the
Commerical Crimes Divsion at
(213)485-2524.
ease, it has been shown that it is
helpful for patients to engage in
memory exercises. Leeza’s Place
offers memory fitness classes for
seniors, as well as memory scrapbooking, where patients record
videos of people and things in their
lives to aid them in remembering.
Numerous other classes are also
held, from sessions with licensed
therapists, to tai chi. Special courses are offered for members of the
Gay and lesbian community.
Psychologist James Huysman,
the executive director and cofounder of Leeza’s Place, said the
new facility provides an additional
level of care at the medical center.
“I have been a friend of Leeza’s
for 15 years and had appeared on
her TV show, and I had seen what
her family had gone through. To
see a family have to face those
challenges is very difficult,”
Huysman said. “This is a way to
honor her mom and my mom, who
passed too. We wanted to take
those stories and share them, and
through her celebrity status, to connect people with other groups and
the services they need.”
Leeza’s Place will be working
directly with Olympia Medical
Center’s Center for Geriatric
Health. The doctors at the center
see approximately 30 to 35 patients
each day, and having a Leeza’s
Place on site is very beneficial,
according to Dr. Shahram Ravan, a
cardiologist and president of
Olympia Medical Center.
“When you train the caregivers,
you give them the ability to provide the best possible care, and that
keeps the patients healthier,”
Ravan said. “A lot of the caregivers
don’t know what to do for the
patients, so having a center for
them will provide an extra level of
care. We provide many services in
the geriatric care facility and have
all sorts of specialists, but now we
Artist Ismail
Farouk to Host
Book Signing
T
he MAK Center and Farmlab
are inviting the public to participate in a dialogue exploring creative strategies with artist and
urban geographer Ismail Farouk.
The free event will be held on
Friday, September 26 at noon at
Farmlab, 1745 N. Spring St.
Farouk is in Los Angeles as part
of the MAK Urban Future Initiative
(UFI), an international fellowship
program dedicated to creating
meaningful,
cross-cultural
exchange about topics related to the
challenges confronting cities
worldwide.
In both Johannesburg and Los
Angeles, privatized urban management practices have resulted in
areas of uneven services and a fragmented quality of life. In some
places, wealthy residents and
tourists enjoy a clean, seemingly
orderly city, while the poor, street
vendors and immigrants have a
lower standard of life.
Farouk, an artist and urban geographer, is based in Johannesburg,
South Africa. His work explores
creative responses to racial, social,
political and economic injustice.
For more information about the
artist or the event, visit the website
at www.makcenterufi.org.
photo by Edwin Folven
Television personality Leeza Gibbons cut the ribbon on the new Leeza’s
Place at Olympia Medical Center, and was joined by Dr. Shahram Ravan
(left), president of Olympia Medical Center; June Collison, Chief
Financial Officer for Olympia; Sheila Moor, director of the Center of
Geriatric Care; and James Huysman, executive director and co-founder
of Leeza’s Place.
have come together with Leeza’s
Place, it will close a gap.”
Gibbons added that she hopes
people will take advantage of the
new facility and encouraged anyone facing issues involving caregiving to give them a call.
“If you area caregiver or a family member and you are dealing
with any of these debilitating diseases, you are not alone,” Gibbons
said. “Caregivers have to take their
oxygen first, and we encourage
them to come to us.”
Leeza’s Place at Olympia
Medical Center is located at 5901
W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 300A. Call
(323)932-5414.
There is also a Leeza’s Place
located at the Assistance League of
Hollywood, 1370 N. St. Andrews
Pl. Call (323)460-6877.
For additional information, visit
the Leeza’s Place website at
www.leezasplace.org, or visit
www.olympiamc.com.
Theatre Goes Up for Sale
From page 6
work CUNA Mutual did, won
several architectural awards and
a citation from the city of Los
Angeles for the commitment we
showed to renovating the building and helping revitalize
Hollywood.”
The El Capitan Theatre
debuted in 1926 as Hollywood’s
first home of spoken drama.
Between 1926 and 1936, more
than 120 live plays were produced there, including “No, No,
Nannette” and “Anything
Goes”. In the 1940s, it morphed
into a movie house, and today it
is a big screen venue with a theatrical touch.
Timothy L. Bower, of CB
Richard Ellis, has the listing for
the theatre.
“We played a significant role
in restoring the building and will
absolutely be considerate of its
historic status while seeking a
buyer,” Uhlmann said.
photo by Edwin Folven
The El Capitan Theatre has been an icon on Hollywood Boulevard
for years, and is now up for sale. Disney, the theatre’s current tenant, will retain a long-term lease.
23 September 25, 2008
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