as Merchants Lose
by Tom Topping
Businesses in Highland Park were shut down unnecessarily last
month when a party for LAPD detectives was held at the Los Angeles
Police Historical Museum (LAPHS) on York Boulevard in Highland Park.
Eight blocks of the boulevard, from Mesa Street to Ave. 54 were shut
down starting at 3:15 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and continuing late
into the evening. Although business owners were notified that the main
street would be shut down, they had no idea that the connecting side
streets would be shut down, too. Later they were even more disturbed to
find that less than two blocks of the eight block "parking area" was
ever used for parking. As they tended their stores and restaurants, not
one person was able to get through as they waited to serve customers on
one of their busiest nights of the week.
"I waited for a lady to bring her car in for an hour," said auto repair
business owner Mariano. "I finally called her and she said they
wouldn't let her through." He had understood that even though the
boulevard would be closed, the side street to his corner would be open,
allowing his customers to get in. Upon crossing the street on an errand
he could see that the side streets were also closed a whole block away.
"If they (party organizers) had told me they were going to do that, I
would have sent my employees home and closed shop at 3:00 p.m."
John Nese at the literally world famous Galco's Market was beside
himself as he explained the eventful afternoon. "I lost 60% of my
Saturday's sales," he said. He expounded that event organizers (see
POLICE PARTY p. 10)
had told him the boulevard would be closed at 4:00 p.m. He ran out to
complain when armed and uniformed police officers in a patrol car
started taping off his driveway at 3:13. "We're just doing what we're
told," the officers explained. As John pressed further for an answer,
(and he was getting angry by then) they said it was for 'security
reasons' and threatened him with arrest. At the same time, the manager
of the Carrow's restaurant directly across from the museum complained
about his driveway being closed earlier than planned, but was relieved
when Mesa Street, adjacent to him, was left open, as well as York Blvd.
east of Mesa, allowing most of his customers to easily get in (they
apparently needed security 4 blocks from the event, at Galco's, but not
directly across the street from the museum at Carrow's).
All the businesses that were open in the evening, mostly restaurants,
liquor stores and markets, as well as the daytime businesses like the
auto repair and hair salons reported being economically hurt. This was
quite an irritation to them as it was, but even more so when they could
see the closures were unnecessary. "They closed York all the way down
to 54 and barely parked down to Toledo," said Nese explaining how eight
blocks were closed and only two were used.
The facts of the early and unneeded closures was not the only complaint
from local merchants.
"They lied to us," said Rosie at the Boulevard Hair Salon. "They
brought the piece of paper for us to sign and they didn't tell us we
had a choice." She was talking about the petitions that party
organizers were required to circulate by Councilman Villaraigosa's
office before being allowed to close down the street. "They said we're
closing down the street and you have to sign this, so I did."
Organizers reportedly needed 50% of the business owners in the area to
sign in order to close the street (most of which were closed on
Saturday afternoon anyway and were not impacted).
Angie at El Arco Iris Restaurant said, "Never again." They had come to
her in the middle of a rush, and since she supports the police she
signed it. "I was so busy and since I trusted them I signed it." In
fact most of the businesses, because the owners are immigrants, signed
when they were told to, they said, because they thought it was the
police telling them that they had to. The event was organized jointly
by the Museum and LAPD Detectives.
"I didn't want to be the bad guy," said Mariano. "If I said no, I'm
sure I would have had eight (building) inspectors here on Monday
morning... I know how it works."
The inconvenience, economic hit, and the misleading of businesses on
the part of the organizers for this event was a problem. But why did
they do it? What did party organizers wish to accomplish? Could they
have done it without adversely affecting the local merchants?
The event, "A Tribute to Joe Friday," is an awards banquet that
benefits the Los Angeles Police Historical Museum. Either 450 or 700
people attended, depending on who you believe. They paid $25 each for
the tickets. Before costs that translates to $11,250 or $17,500 in
ticket sales, depending on how many attended.
The losses that just three of the businesses reported added up to about
$7000 that night. Add to that number the lost sales from Mc Donald's,
and Pizza Hut, and everyone else. To be generous let's assume that the
museum cleared $10,000. To be conservative, let's say the merchants
lost $20,000. Was it worth it?
Most important is this: Could the event have been organized in a way
that would have satisfied the goals of the organizers, and not
disrupted merchants? It seems that the police museum not only did not
try to minimize the disruption, but astonishingly tried to cause as
much disruption as possible.
The party was held in a huge tent that covered the entire parking lot
of the Police Museum. This necessitated using the boulevard as a
parking lot. Could another solution to the parking needs have been
found? Since only two blocks of the 8 block street closure was used,
why did they close 8 blocks? John at Galco's asked that question and
was told that they were given the option of closing up to those eight
blocks. They said they simply went for the maximum for no other reason
than that they could.
In my mind the problem is just a typical authoritarian attitude- they
do it because they can and if it hurts you, too bad. We don't care
about you. You don't matter. You know, the police often talk about how
we all should try to be good neighbors- is this their example of how we
I'm no lawyer, but after talking to these business people, I believe
laws may have been broken. First by the party organizers who let
business people think they were police officers when they circulated
their petition. That might qualify as impersonating a police officer.
Secondly, on that Saturday, the policemen misused their power, when
streets were closed down early and unnecessarily, simply because they
could close them using their power of being uniformed officers. This
may go against "Color of Law" statutes.
The entity that investigates these claims is the F.B.I. On the Federal
Bureau of Investigation's website, are detailed instructions on how to
file a complaint.
Though I don't believe anyone will file a complaint, maybe they should
and this quote from Frederick Douglas tells why:
"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the
exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them;
and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or
blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance
of those whom they oppress." -Frederick Douglas.
A complaint John Nese made at Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa's office
was not responded to as of press time. Highland Park field deputy
Monica Garcia said it was the only complaint received, and an offer to
the councilman for comment was declined.
by Bob Thorpe
The most dysfunctional Neighborhood Council Meeting yet took place
Monday night at the Eagle Rock Library. Pushed ahead one day to avoid a
conflict with Election Day, the meeting – or more accurately, the first
meeting – opened with a squabble between Herb Larrimore and Anita
Hultman because no speaker cards had been provided for members of the
public to comment on Board actions.
It should be noted here that speaker cards are a control issue within
the ERNC. Ostensibly their purpose is to identify stakeholders and the
items upon which they wish to comment, but their actual use has been to
deny the opportunity to speak to stakeholders who have failed to fill
out and submit a card.
Anita blamed it all on Marlene Schmidt who had not yet arrived – as
secretary she should have been there and provided the cards. Robert
Flores wanted to address the board and finally got a card – but argued
with Anita as to how the card should be filled out.
The meeting went downhill from there. So little cooperation exists
between members of the board that Anita, in her function as President,
had called and posted a second "Special Meeting" of the ERNC at the
same time and place as the regular monthly Board Meeting. According to
Marlene Schmidt, ERNC Secretary, there was a disagreement as to which
items needed to be on the evening's agenda, so Anita took it upon
herself to come up with her own agenda and call the special meeting.
This left a lot of people scratching their heads when within a few
minutes time the ERNC board meeting was adjourned and the "Special
Meeting" was called to order. The first action item on the agenda of
the Special Meeting was to approve the minutes for July, August and
September meetings. Mark Ryan, Treasurer, questioned approval due to
the fact that there are several versions of the minutes floating around.
This is the case because when Bill Markis resigned as Secretary, no one
wanted the job and it went vacant until Marlene Schmidt finally agreed
to serve. Marlene took it upon herself to acquire the original notes
and minutes from Bill and former ERNC president Dalila Sotelo so that a
comprehensive and correct version of the minutes could be created. At
least that was Marlene's intent. Others felt that there were no
problems with the original minutes, and that there was no need for a
They may have been entirely correct.
But soon afterward, when Marlene asked
that she be given the notes of the stenographer hired by ERNC to record
the current meetings, she was told both by the stenographer and by
Anita that the notes would go to Anita for approval, and then be sent
to Marlene so that Marlene could write up the minutes. Even if Anita
never edited the minutes before sending them to Marlene, that process
is suspect – but I digress. Jessica Wethington McLean, Sub District 2
Director and Communications & Government Relations Officer moved to
table the approval of the minutes until a later meeting.
Jessica then launched a discussion of the Zoning Administration hearing
application for Colorado Wine Company which proposed opening a wine and
beer store and wine tasting facility at 2114 Colorado Blvd. The City
hearing took place Tuesday, November 2, so any input had to be agreed
upon at this ERNC board meeting.
The Land Use and Planning Committee, chaired by Jessica, had
recommended that Colorado Wine Company's application be approved.
Jessica asked for and got a motion to recommend the approval. The
remainder of the meeting consisted of appeals for funding from various
organizations within the community. Of the $50,000.00 annual budget
allocated to the Neighborhood Council, approximately $24,000.00
These agenda items needed to be discussed because of the imminent
departure of Treasurer Mark Ryan from his position on the board. While
he has submitted his resignation, he has kindly agreed to stay on until
a replacement can be found and trained (there is a required class
offered by the City for Neighborhood Council financial officers).
The effect of scheduling the budget discussions first was to insure
that discussion and adoption of election procedures (an event Anita had
excluded from her agenda) and two other items related to the 2005
election would not be possible within the time frame of the evening
Under the present ERNC administration, a number of board seats have
become vacant due to resignations. This type of vacancy is not
addressed in the bylaws or the elections procedures now in place.
Failure of the board to deal with this issue has resulted in the
inability of the board to achieve a quorum at some meetings, making it
impossible for votes to be taken on issues of interest to the community.
A quick-fix bylaw amendment to change the quorum tabulation method to a
percentage of the seats still occupied was on the "Special Meeting"
agenda, but such an amendment would be subject to approval by the
Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which has previously looked
unfavorably on attempts to reduce the number of board members that
constitute a quorum.
Since the Board was unable to discuss the rules and elections
procedures, the timelines which govern the election process will have
to be shifted outward, perhaps delaying new elections until May of
2005. With this in mind, it was a surprise to see a last agenda item
related to the removal of inactive Board Members. It might be a good
idea to remove a board member who has not been regularly attending
meetings and participating in ERNC board activities, but to remove any
members before the quorum crisis is resolved would put the Neighborhood
Council in jeopardy of being decertified, according to members and
stakeholders familiar with this process.
Before the meeting was adjourned, no date was set for another special
meeting to address these issues. The Election Administrator and Final
Arbitrator were selected by motion and vote. Stay tuned.
Vigil in Cypress Park
The Friends of Cypress Park Community
Improvement Association and Divine Savior Church will co-host a
Veterans' Day evening candlelight vigil and walk on November 11 to
honor and remember local veterans of all military services - starting
at 6 p.m. at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial.
The memorial vigil is open to all, and will feature moments of
inspiration from veterans and others, around the Cypress Park Veterans
Memorial site (located at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Pepper
Avenue), followed by a candlelight walk to Divine Savior Catholic
Church, 610 Cypress Avenue, for conclusion and refreshments.
The Cypress Park Veterans Memorial is the product of volunteer work
organized by the Friends of Cypress Park group in recent years. From
2002-2003, local volunteers donated hundreds of hours to convert a
blighted concrete traffic median at the intersection of Cypress and
Pepper into a flowering neighborhood garden and memorial site complete
with engraved bronze plaque welcoming returning veterans.
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association was
organized in 2001 by founding members of the Coalition for a State Park
at Taylor Yard, to enhance the quality of life in the Northeast Los
Angeles community of Cypress Park.
The Friends welcome new volunteers and meet at 6:30 p.m. the first
Monday of each month in the Los Feliz Room of the Los Angeles River
Center in Cypress Park (570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles), to oversee
community improvement efforts.
The diamond anniversary of the Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade
will officially welcome the holiday season on Sunday, December 5.
Starting at noon, the 80+ entries including hundreds of participants
will proceed from North Figueroa Street and Avenue 60, southbound to
Sycamore Grove Park on North Figueroa Street. From 1 pm to 6 pm, the
festivities continue at Sycamore Grove Park where the annual Winterfest
will provide entertainment, food and craft booths, and the awarding of
parade entry trophies, rides and games. The Northeast Los Angeles
Holiday Parade is the city¹s second oldest annual holiday parade.
Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa, 14th District, will serve as the
2004 Parade Grand Marshall. Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, 1st District,
will serve as 2004 Honorary Grand Marshall. They will lead parade
entrants including marching bands, drill teams, floats, sports and
entertainment figures, and representatives of local organizations and
businesses, and, of course, Santa Claus. Children are encouraged to
bring their letters to Santa and deliver them in person.
The 60th annual parade program will be distributed to 30,000 local
residents in the LA Times¹ Sunday, November 28, 2004 edition, as well
as to local organizations, businesses, and parade day spectators. The
parade and Winterfest are organized and sponsored by the City of Los
Angeles, Cultural Affairs Dept., Adelphia, MTA, Highland Park and Eagle
Rock Chambers of Commerce, North Figueroa Association, the Honorable Ed
P. Reyes, Councilmember, 1st District. The parade is designed to
highlight the Northeast Los Angeles area, home to important local
cultural and historic facilities, and a variety of small businesses.
Participants and spectators are encouraged to arrive via the Metro Gold
Line (Highland Park station) for convenience as the surrounding streets
will be blocked off during the parade.
Deadline for entry sign-up and program advertising is November 1.
Information and sign-up forms are available by calling Misty at 323
255-5030, or pick up at 115 North Avenue 53, Los Angeles 90042 or at
MAN Insurance, 5000 York Boulevard, Los Angeles 90042.
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Dear Boulevard Sentinel:
I'm writing to let you know how much I enjoy your newspaper. I
especially appreciate the coverage of the Highland Park/Hermon area
where I live. Also, I want to thank you for the recent articles: Condo
Con Job: Parts 1 & 2 (in the Aug. & Sept. issues). As a witness
to the disaster that's been going on, it helps to read a point of view
that seems to express the feelings of the local residence. Thanks again
& keep up the good work! Sincerely,
Just discovered the Boulevard Sentinel at Mr T's Bowl and enjoyed the
article about The Rock is Art! Being a lighting designer, it sounded
fascinating. Also being new to the area and wanting to see the display,
I had one little question....
WHERE'S THE ROCK?!
After half a dozen phone calls to local collages, libraries and city
offices, I finally found someone who pointed me in the right direction.
It isn't in Eagle Rock. It isn't even at the end of Eagle Rock
Boulevard. It's on the other side of the 134! Might I suggest that in
the future, if there's an event happening, you include an address so
that non-natives can find it.
Thanks for listening.
Children's Old Fashioned
Christmas- Friday, Dec. 3
Annual Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce Children's Old Fashioned
Christmas at the Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd. Event starts
promptly at 7:p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Enjoy
entertainment, a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and a toy.
Children and parents are all welcome to this free event.
Eagle Vista Seniors
Nov. 2 - The Eagle Vista Seniors Board will meet at 9:00 a.m. (in their
temporary housing at Ramona Hall in Highland Park) followed by the
members meeting at 10:00 a.m. Birthday cake will be served for November
Nov. 9 - No meeting today due to the trip to Getty Museum. The bus will
pick up participants at Eagle Rock Park, 10:00 a.m., and will stop for
lunch at the Sizzler in Los Feliz (on your own) before continuing to
the Getty. The trip ends at E.R. Park, 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 - There will be a social gathering at the usual 10:00 a.m.
though the majority of members will be attending a 11:00 luncheon
honoring "90+ Seniors" at 3201 Riverside Drive.
Nov. 23 - The gala Thanksgiving luncheon takes place at Ramona Hall,
with opening ceremonies and fellowship at 10:00 a.m. Catering is by
East Side Market and the invited speaker will be financial advisor
Louis Piano. Cost is $7.00.
Nov. 30 - Due to the busy holiday season this date will serve as the
first December meeting for the Board m(9:00 a.m.) and the members
(10:00 a.m.). Carlos Cruz will be the caller for BINGO! and birthday
cake will be served.
Cancer Awareness Month in memory of Gilbert Broomis.
November is "Pancreatic Awareness Month" and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Approximately 30,700 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
this year in the United States, and 30,000 people will die from this
disease. Pancreatic cancer has the #1 fatality rate of all cancers and
is the #4 killer in the United States amongst both men and women. The
99% mortality rate for pancreatic cancer is the highest of any cancer.
The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is
just 3-6 months.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PAN Can) working together for a cure
is here to help and educate you about pancreatic cancer. Patient and
Liaison Services (PALS) and Education and Awareness (TEAM HOPE) are
programs here to lend you a helping hand and ready to be of service
when you call. Don't forget, NOVEMBER is pancreatic cancer awareness
month. Help by creating awareness in your community. TELL SOMEONE, MAKE
A DONATION. Purple is the symbolic color for the fight against
Coming up in November is "PENNIES FOR PAN CAN" fundraising and
awareness drive. For more information, log on to www.pancan.org or call
877-2-PAN CAN (272-6226).
Chosen as Blue Ribbon
Eagle Rock Elementary, will welcome back Principal Jane Sierra from a
ceremony hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige in Washington
D.C., with a day of celebration on Tuesday, November 9, 2004, from
Local and state dignitaries, including Congressman Xavier Becerra,
State Education Secretary Richard Riordan, State Senator Jack Scott,
LAUSD Superintendent Governor Roy Romer and LAUSD Board of Education
President Jose Huizar, along with the Eagle Rock community, will come
together to honor the Eagle Rock Elementary students, teachers, parents
and support staff that made this accomplishment possible.
Eagle Rock Elementary, located in N.E. Los Angeles, is one of 33 public
schools in California, and 206 in the nation, to be chosen as a Blue
Ribbon School for 2004. The No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School
program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The 21 year
old program encourages states to nominate public kindergarten through
grade twelve schools that are either academically superior or
demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Eagle Rock
Elementary went through a rigorous application process. The weight of
the application rested overwhelmingly on test scores, growth, and
achievement in reading and math over three years, including those for
"The educators and students in these schools, as well as the children's
parents, deserve a lot of praise for working very hard to receive this
national recognition," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jack O'Connell. "This shows that our efforts to increase rigor in
California schools is working, so students can receive a world-class
education that will carry them through to college or careers."
O'Connell nominated Eagle Rock Elementary last December for this
Eagle Rock Elementary's Celebration of Learning will begin with the
entrance of the Eagle Rock High School Marching Band parading through
the streets of Eagle Rock from the high school to the elementary.
After-which, the school and Principal Sierra -- who also will be
personally honored in D.C. as one of five principals in the country to
receive the Terrel H. Bell Award for exceptional school leadership,
will be recognized with praises and proclamations, as well as
entertainment for all to enjoy. Eagle Rock Elementary is located at
2057 Fair Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90041, (323) 254-6851.
Congratulations Principal Sierra and Eagle Rock Elementary teachers,
students and parents, for being a local and national model for
education! We all applaud you for this well-deserved honor!
On Saturday, October
2, 2004, the Collaborative: Eagle Rock Beautiful and the Eagle Rock
Neighborhood Council (ERNC) presented the 2004 Golden Eagle Awards for
exemplary efforts in beautification in the community at a breakfast
event held at the Eagles Club in Eagle Rock.
Eight home and four business awards were presented, in addition to the
first-ever "Good Neighbor Award" presented to lifelong Eagle Rock
resident, Betty Tyndall. "This was a chance for us to acknowledge the
best of the best in our community. From those who make beauty in the
smallest spaces, to those who turn grand efforts into great results for
the entire community, and to especially thank one who sets the example
for us all about how to make a difference in the community", says John
Stillion, co-chair of the Collaborative.
When presented with the Good Neighbor Award, surprised recipient Betty
Tyndall was brought to tears as members of the community, one after the
other, spoke words of gratitude and compliment.
Tyndall was lauded as an active member of nearly every organization the
community has to offer, from Neighborhood Watch, to BLEND, CPAB, TERA,
the Women's Twentieth Century Club and the ERNC Formation Committee,
and for being an excellent neighbor who has spent decades in Eagle Rock
raising six children and quietly doing countless good deeds which she
had assumed went unnoticed. About being named the inaugural recipient
of this award, Tyndall said "I was stunned. I had no idea, and I just
don't know what to say. Thank you. I'm honored."
A number of nominated businesses were honored for beautification
efforts as well as acts of good neighborliness to the community, with
four selected as winners:
The 2003-constructed Savon at Colorado Blvd, and Figueroa Street won
for landscaping and keeping its promises to the community, such as
continued efforts to keep their property clean and free of debris and
controlling their shopping carts;
Smellzgood Boutique on Eagle Rock Blvd. was honored not only for
beautifying their shop and business grounds, but also for going above
and beyond the call of duty, planting flowers in the median, and
keeping the entire area watered, weeded and well-groomed;
The Welcome Inn, site of one of the Collaborative's first planting
projects, won for their efforts in maintaining and adding to the
greenery around their Colorado Blvd. property and keeping a major part
of the Colorado business district clean and green;
Sir Michael's Party Rentals on Eagle Rock Blvd. was congratulated for
façade improvements which make the business' building look like a
storybook house, and owner Michael Nogueira Chamber of Commerce
President and ERNC Vice-President, thanked for continual support and
generosity as a good business neighbor to the community.
Eight Eagle Rock homes were featured as award winners, selected from
dozens of nominees throughout the community. Winning homes featured a
diverse range of architecture from mission style to country farmhouse,
and landscaping, from roses, to hundreds of varieties of succulents to
koi ponds and pottery.
Each winning home and business owner received a framed award presented
by a member of the ERNC, and slides were shown of the winning features
of each property.
The message was clear-- regardless of the size or location of one's
home or business, the key is to beautify your corner of the world in
whatever way you can. Thanks to the efforts of each nominee and winner,
beautification benefits us all.
by Paul Thomas
It was somewhere around the first full week of October. Somewhere
around the 17th bushel of leaves I was cramming into the green trash
can, that it finally hit home:
This is fall now. There is no getting around it. What was this
prolonged summer fantasy I was hanging on to anyway? Some leftover
childhood wishful thinking perhaps.
No, it's time to focus. Autumn. Fall. Issues. Fall issues. Yes, this
was a reminder of something. There was something going on right around
this time that I was supposed to remember....Fire Prevention Week?
True enough, the week of 3-9 was Fire Prevention Week,and the city took
the opportunity to trim trees in parkways and other public areas. There
was something else, though. Closer to home. Think. Think.
Ah yes. October Surprise in Northeast L.A. It was touted as
"Underground Interventions and Underground Politics," and involved
numerous artists, groups and creative minds who shared art, political
ideas, street performances, and education relating to local culture,
centered around October 8-11.
Here in Highland Park it was all kicking off at The Collective Gallery
on Avenue 50. October 8th? That's tomorrow. Tomorrow! TOMORROW! Yikes!
I almost forgot.
Had I known what a glitzy affair it was going to be, I would have
chosen clothes with less holes in them. Maybe brought some breath mints.
As it stood, I chose to just go. First challenge: parking. After
circling the block with the other herds a few times, it became clear
that this was a busy night, even for a friday night, in this area.
Waiting in line to turn right again on Figueroa, I was approached by
some industrious bald-headed young men in white tank tops assertively
offering to take my car.
"Oh, are you the valets?" I asked hopefully.
"Sure, we're the valets," they grinned. There was something sinister
about their cackles that made me pass on the offer. Besides I knew a
couple of good parking spots not too far away. Highland Park reporters
know these sort of things.
There were glamorous couples and cameras, flashbulbs popping and street
performers entertaining when I arrived. Sort of adjoining the
Collective gallery is the Avenue 50 Gallery. Their participation in
October Surprise was the exhibit "Altered Images," featuring political
messages through the unique artistic medium of altars.
Featured artists included Linda Arreola, Ann Brace, and Silvia
Capistran, among others. People from all walks of life appeared to ooh
and ahh at the works.
Another successful part of the October Surprise was Allison Heimstead's
Broom Procession. A parade of thirty people with brooms swept their way
through about a 2 mile area of Highland Park on the morning of October
9th, leaving a wake of clean sidewalks and smiling faces behind.
For the performance art fanatic there was, among many pieces,
"Escritorio Publico." For this, Jen Hofer set up her grandmother's
antique typewriter at local grocery stores and wrote letters to
interested parties. You had your choice of English or Spanish, $2 for a
normal letter, $3 for a love letter, and $5 for an illicit love letter.
I considered having several illicit letters of a different kind written
to various Northeast L.A. land developers. Then I thought naw, that
would probably be too expensive. Besides, I didn't want to scare the
Curious, educational, and fun installments like these made October
Surprise a unique and welcome surprise in our neighborhood. Judging
from the number of participants, it'll be back next year with a
Not to be left out, Mr. T's Bowl held their October Surprise party on
the 9th, with more or less politically-charged bands such as The Lil'
Kickers, The Mormons and The Cinnamon Roll Puppet Gang. Mix in some
youthful angst and cheap beer and you had yourself a party.
On Saturday October 16, 2004, the Northeast Community Police Station
held their 5th Annual Crime Prevention Fair & Open House. Providing
resources and refreshments for businesses and residents, The Fair and
Open House were held at the Northeast Police Station on San Fernando
Road and at the Highland Park Police Historical Museum, respectively.
Then the rain came. First it was light and pleasant. Then over the next
24 hours or so we were pelted with showers that seemed determined to
make up for the entire drought we'd been experiencing since April. Whew!
Emerging unscathed, Scott Rubel and the Northeast open Space Coalition,
a group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the remaining open
spaces, held a meeting at the Audobon Center the following Sunday. They
are fighting wholeheartedly to save the precious little open land we
have remaining in this community.
Saturday, October 30 11AM - 3PM The Neighbor to Neighbor Community
Mobilization Project came to the neighborhood Avenue 55 at Monte Vista
Street.Vendors were there providing information on issues like
affordable housing, health care,graffiti removal,and others.
In a spirit of good will, the faithful went to meet the neighbors
door-to-door. Most residents appreciated the gesture, as well as the
opportunity to open up to neighbors.
Others were apparently not at home. Or else they chose not to answer
the door, perhaps fearing some sort of illegal search and seizure, (or
maybe some reality show).
Seeing as how Halloween fell on a Sunday (translation: school night)
this year, the clever folks over at Hathaway Family Resource Center on
Ave. 66 held their annual Haunted House the night before. Little ghosts
and goblins were scared and delighted, while their parents lurked close
by in the shadows.
October 30th also marked the 9th annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the
Dead) celebration in Hermon/Arroyo Seco Park. It featured art, a mock
graveyard, traditional Mexican food, and more.
Celebrating their 60th year as the oldest parade in L.A., the Northeast
Los Angeles Holiday Parade, have picked their Grand Marshals for this
year. They are Councilmember Ed Reyes-Honorary Grand Marshal,
Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa-Parade Grand Marshal, and Doug
Brown- Honorary Grand Marshal. Andrew Barrera will serve as Highland
Park Grand Marshal.
Lastly, as you will be reading this column on November (Thanksgiving
month), I'd like to take the opportunity to give some thank yous: to my
mom, my friends, my bandmates, of course. I'd like to also especially
thank Mr. Tom Topping, publisher and editor-in-Chief of The Boulevard
Sentinel. Tom, in addition to being a first-rate editor, writer, and
reporter, is also a man who cares.
Whether he makes $1,000,000 or $1 is beside the point,(it seems to me)
to him. He is only concerned with bringing the Real Story, and
delivering the best newspaper he can. Thanks, Tom!
Oh, and I'd like to give a little shout out (shout being the operating
word in light of the noise here) to some fellow suffering Hermonites,
some of whose stories I was not able to include in the last Condo
Con-Job articles: Tomoko (and Myra), Toshi, Lita, Sybil and Roger,
Wendi and Joe.
by Mindy Jones
Happy Halloween, Eagle Rockians! Just in case you didn't get enough of
a fright this Halloween weekend, I still have a spooky little band for
you to check out.
MKIO (Mankind is Obsolete) is a female fronted industrial band that is
located in Highland Park, yet stretches live shows all over L.A. and
beyond. Headed up by Natasha Cox (lead vocals) and Jon Siren (drums),
they created the group in the fall of 2002 after they'd met while
playing in Pseudocipher.
Jon had just relocated from Columbus, Ohio and Natasha came from Texas
in search of "a heavier style of music". By February of 2003, they had
laid the foundation for the band and added Mark Nurre on guitar, Jaime
Roy on bass and Nathan Trowbridge for background vocals and live
The Metamorph E.P. was released in August of 2003. The disc contains
only six songs, though the band certainly gets their message (as well
as their intensity) across to the listener. One song after another,
MKIO churns out hauntingly monotone vocals over music so creepy it
sounds like an audio horror flick. Unconforming and unapologetic, MKIO
has a definite vision and is preparing to unleash it on us all.
"Another Day" begins the album with a chilling piano riff that is
reminiscent of that infamous Nightmare On Elm Street melody. It quickly
descends into a miry grave of stabbing violins, blaring guitar chords
and zombified vocals. "Another dream, another life. To wake up in this,
I live this".
Traveling to "Another World", the aptly named song features eerie vocal
distortion and wailing guitar riffs that sound similar to Metallica's
early stuff. MKIO then splatters it with squirmy samples, organ style
keyboards and undertones so twisted they would even make Marilyn Manson
"Regret" makes is suddenly apparent that it's kind of strange hearing a
girls voice over such a dark and brooding track. Actually, I haven't
heard of any other industrial band with a female lead vocalist. It may
be strange, but definitely in a good way!
"Angel Disease" and "Rapture" are pretty hard-core songs. Completely
fueled by crashing drums and pounding guitars, the only "real" melody
is the all too seldom bass fill-in. Picture a sound that is turbo
industrial like Prodigy, only about a hundred times scarier.
MKIO finishes up the E.P. with "Icarus", which is surprisingly
different than the previous five songs. With a faster pace and a
danceable beat, this song is undoubtedly the "cross-over" on the disc.
Clickety sticks, bright cymbals and lots of electronic looping make
this 80's throwback a total gem. Although unexpected, definitely a well
MKIO can be reached on their web site (www.MKIO.com). Music,
merchandise, photos and show dates are just a few of the things they
have available. By the way, MKIO is looking for a new bassist (Jaime
Roy recently left the group), so if you're interested (and talented),
you can actually apply on their site as well!
MKIO is definitely one of the more "interesting" bands I've reviewed
considering that I don't hear much from this genre and I'm not very
exposed to it. But I'm always up for a challenge so weather you're into
industrial music or just looking for something different, MKIO is
definitely to be tried…but only if you dare!
I Saw it First!
– October 2004, Cypress Park – Friends of the Library volunteers (from
left) Alexia Teran, Rosario Robles, and Carol Sin all seem to want the
same book headed for the library's upcoming annual Book and Bake Sale.
Many hundreds of used and like-new books will go on sale at the Cypress
Park Branch Library's annual event, Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Books and some CDs, videos, and audiotapes – as well as
homemade baked goods – will be sold at bargain prices to help raise
funds for special children's programs and other library needs. The
Friends book sale will be held in the library's Community Room at 1150
Cypress Avenue (at Alice Street), in the Northeast Los Angeles
neighborhood of Cypress Park (323) 224-0039. The Friends of the Library
group meets each month to plan regular fund-raising and volunteer
support activities for the library. New members are always welcome.
Perform with Theatre Company
They may not make it to Broadway, but for at-risk teens at Optimist
Youth Homes and Family Services (OYHFS) opening night will be more than
the average premiere.
Since the program was launched in September, OYHFS kids have been
working to create and perform a play of their own work under the
guidance of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, a Los Angeles-based
group that promotes pride, racial tolerance and social consciousness
through theatre arts. The cast of 30 kids was selected from some 100
boys living on the agency's Highland Park campus, and will premiere
their performance December 11.
Artists with the theatre company, composed of entertainment industry
professionals including Roma Maffia of the hit F/X drama "Nip/Tuck,"
introduce the teens to the intricacies of playwriting and acting,
following a model that teaches nonviolent techniques and prevention.
The Unusual Suspects employ the therapeutic aspects of theatre to help
kids learn discipline, self-examination and cooperation by spending
time in an ensemble cast. The program also serves as a gateway to
writing, movement and other academic pursuits.
"These kids grow up dealing with racial issues, violence, stereotypes
and gangs. By working toward a common goal with peers of different
backgrounds and races, they begin to see their similarities and bridge
their differences," said Zoot Velasco, executive director for The
Unusual Suspects. "They also develop a sense of social consciousness
with a feeling of being part of something larger than themselves."
OYHFS, which provides comprehensive treatment, education and support
services to at-risk youth and juvenile offenders on probation, received
a $33,300 development art's fee waiver from the City of Los Angeles'
Cultural Affairs Department to bring the theatre program to its campus.
"This program gives these kids the opportunity to let their talent and
creativity shine through on stage, while also participating in
important life lessons that would otherwise not be available to them,"
said Mary Frances Hudson, director of Mental Health Programs at OYHFS.
"This is an exciting collaboration with a group theatre professionals
who are dedicated to working with troubled youth."
Established in 1993 as a response to the need for community
reunification, The Unusual Suspects have taken their theatre program to
foster care placement facilities, juvenile halls and probation camps
around Southern California. The program has a formalized curriculum
that combines nonviolent behavior modification techniques with state
standards of performing arts and English language writing.
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services cares for 500 abused,
troubled and neglected youth on a daily basis, and is one of the
largest such private centers in the region. It operates a residential
program at its main campus for 100 adolescent boys, seven group homes
for boys and girls, a private high school, a foster care and adoption
agency and multifaceted programs for community youth and parents. It is
accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family
ERHS Equestrienne Wins
Hayley Perkins, an 8th grader at Eagle Rock High School. and her
17 year old Andalusian mare, Sasha, took Top Five honors at the recent
IALHA (International Andalusian/Lusitano Horse Association) US National
Championship Horse Show in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Ms. Perkins, who has been riding for only 3 1/2 years, trains with
Lauren LaVine at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. In October she
received Ariat's Young Rider Award, and through all of her equestrian
activities, maintains her place on the honor role at ERHS. Sasha, one
of the foundation breed horses from Garrison Ranch, has a long history
of achievement, from US National IALHA Champion and Reserve Champion
titles in 1991 and 1992 to exhibition appearances in the Rose Parade
and the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse.
This year will probably be Sasha's last trip to Nationals but hopefully
was just the first trip of many for Hayley. Showing in Halter
Mares/Amateur to Handle and Country Pleasure Saddle Seat Amateur, they
not only won Top Five, but placed third overall in both classes. Show
Hack Amateur garnered the pair another Top Five award.
Food Fight Takes Deadly Bite
by Tom Topping
On Friday, October 22, 2004, at about 10:10 a.m., Northeast Area patrol
officers responded to a shooting call in the 5000 block of York
Boulevard in the Highland Park. Upon arrival at the location, the
officers found 42 year-old Jorge Rivas, suffering from multiple gunshot
wounds. Mr. Rivas owned at the Bakery at that location.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported Rivas
to Huntington Memorial Hospital in the City of Pasadena. After several
hours of surgery, Rivas died as a result from his injuries.
The suspect in this homicide has been identified as 61 year-old Robert
Awwad. Suspect Awwad was the owner of the shop right next door to the
bakery where Mr. Rivas worked. Awwad was arrested at the scene by the
officers and the murder weapon was recovered. According to neighbors,
the two had had a long running business dispute. Awwad's shop carries
99 cent store type items, and he started to carry food items such as
potato chips and eggs as well. Rivas went over to complain that it was
hurting his business. An argument ensued and ended with the gunshots.
Suspect Awwad was booked for murder and is being held on a $1,000,000
Anyone with information is requested to call Northeast Homicide
Detectives, at 213-847-4261. On weekends and during off-hours, call the
24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at
Extreme Street Makeover
by Paul Thomas
Another upheaval is coming to a street or sidewalk near you.
Yet again the city of L.A. has made the untimely decision to re-do the
sidewalks and streets in the Highland Park/Arroyo Seco area.
Weren't they just re-done earlier this year? Weren't they done not long
before that? Weren't we assured that they were O.K. for a while? Yes,
Then why again? Why now? Well, it just so happens that there are
several different projects going on at once that are, unwittingly or
not, contributing to Northeast L.A.'s extreme (as in extremely noisy
and messy) makeover.
Giant construction vehicles loom in the streets. Upon inquiry, however,
I found that many of them were just parking there for access to the
numerous new construction sites plaguing the area. Then what was with
this I heard about an "Avenue 53 Pipeline Rehabilitation Project" that
was about to worm its way through the streets for the next 10 months?
Something else entirely. The LADWP has begun digging into streets to
begin renovating aging water pipelines in an area of the Arroyo Seco
bordered by York Boulevard at the North and the 110 Freeway to the
They estimate spending 6-8 weeks on each street, and claim that the
project will increase water flow to lines, as well as improve water
quality. It will supposedly prolong the lifespan of the pipes by about
50 more years.
The project involves cleaning and then lining the pipes with cement
mortar. This type of renovation is less disruptive to the neighborhood,
claims the DWP, and also typically 1/3 the cost.
I explained via phone to Kevin DelToro, The Project Coordinator &
Inspector, that the pipelines had already been done in June. So why
again? Why now?
"Oh no. It's not those pipes (that have already been done). We're
concentrating only on pipes built before 1930," Mr. DelToro says.
OK, so if your streets were already done in June, then you are probably
in-the-clear this time around (in-the-clear being a relative term
around here). So who can expect their streets to be invaded?
Mr. DelToro says that it is more or less a "triangle shaped area"
within York/Planada Ave. and the 110 Freeway at extreme North and
South. Then Ave 50 and the 110 Freeway/S. Pasadena area to the extreme
West and East. They'll be servicing pipes on an "as needed" basis.
OK, but that still doesn't explain those other streets that do not fall
in those zones, but which are obviously being repaired or re-done in
some way. It turns out that Oak Hill Drive (going through Hermon and S.
Pasadena) is being re-done and expanded for entirely different reasons.
It is to allow more people access to the influx of pricey new homes in
the area. After all, their Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators do
need a wide berth.
Still, I saw other unexplained street signs, cones, and trucks, that
didn't belong to the Ave. 53 Pipeline Rehabilitation Project. It seemed
to center on sidewalks: Avenue 60, Monterey Road, Via marisol, and
After learning that the sidewalks fell under the jurisdiction of L.A.
Steet Services, I called them to ask. Then I went through the now
standard automated voice menu/maze, in which you must listen to ALL the
options on ALL the menus each time, before making a choice on your
keypad ("marca o prima el numero dos para espanol").
Again, I pondered upon how these automated menus seem designed to lead
the average, working person (i.e. those with a life) in circles, until
they either run out of time or patience. I, on the other hand, have
nothing better to do.
So I waited. I even pushed all of the right keys, until finally some
girl that sounded like a teenage/bubblegum chewing/Pinky
Tuscadero/only-there-to-answer-phones type answers.
"What's going on with the sidewalks in such-and-such areas," I asked.
"What does it look like they're doing?" is her response.
"I dunno. I'm no sidewalk expert, but they're all torn up."
"They're probably repairing them," she answered lazily. I started to
ask details and locations which caused her to let out a horrendous sigh
and tell me that she would have to transfer me to Special Services, and
that I would probably need to leave a voice message. "Hold on," she
I immediately had a vision: Special Services was where people who STILL
wanted an answer and STILL hadn't hung up, were transferred to. I
imagined a dark, forgotten room that no one ever entered anymore, with
an answering machine on a dusty table blinking eternally.
That's about what I got. Possibly the most rapidly read recorded
message in history came on the other line. The fast-talking female
voice recited a litany of answers and excuses to cover any possible
question requiring a human response.
Before the beep sounded, the voice declared that "due to the high
volume of calls, your call may not be returned, blah blah blah." It was
leave a message or forget it.
Suffice it to say that the sidewalks are being renewed and re-done for
the greater good of L.A., and for the good of Mankind as a whole.
Coldwell Banker Grand Opening
California State Senator Jack Scott, U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra,
and Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa were all on hand for the grand
opening celebration of Coldwell Banker David Steven Company. President
David S. Toyama and Vice President Adriana Toyama have been an integral
part of the community since 1992 when they opened David Steven
Realtors. They are now celebrating their affiliation with the Coldwell
Banker Real Estate Corporation. This is a sign that Eagle Rock real
estate is coming of age in one of the most diverse communities in Los
Angeles. "Diversity has been the cornerstone to our success in this
community. We have been changing the face of Eagle Rock one home at a
time for over a decade now," says David Toyama.
The founder, David S. Toyama, was born and raised in the community and
is an alumni of Eagle Rock High School. He returned home to found David
Steven Realtors and provided a new level of service to the community.
Each and every year they help dozens of families locate to the Eagle
Rock, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, and Highland Park neighborhoods.
In their early years, David Steven Realtors helped Latino and Filipino
buyers open the door to home buying by educating them about the
process. Over the years, their clientele has grown to represent clients
of every race and sexual orientation.
David's and Adriana's decision to affiliate with Coldwell Banker Real
Estate Corporation was to bring to their valued customers a new level
of service. They continue to be the local favorite, but now have the
resources and technology that only a top real estate brand, like
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, can deliver.
FREE Holiday Yard Makeover
Some lucky person is going to win a Holiday Landscape Makeover this
year, and that lucky person could be you! The winner will receive up to
$5000 retail value worth of professional landscaping just in time for
the holidays. This will include design, grading, irrigation, plants and
planting, etc., and it will be provided by the good elves at PAL
Landscape services, Persson's Nursery of Pasadena, Tritch's Hardware in
Eagle Rock and Ewing Irrigation of Glendale.
All persons reading this are welcome to submit the name of a friend or
neighbor who lives in the Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park or
Mt. Washington communities. Write a letter or e-mail revealing why you
think this person is most deserving to be chosen for a new landscape
makeover. Send it to: "Holiday Makeover" at p.o. box 41167, Eagle Rock,
California, 90041, or e-mail to email@example.com. You can also
call Phil at 323-788-3194. All entries must be received by November 24,
2004, so don't delay, mail today. Don't forget to include all the
contact information of the person you are nominating, as well as your
own. Be sure to include name, address and telephone, and fax and e-mail
The winner will be chosen by a select panel of local business and
community leaders, including a representative from the Eagle Rock
Beautification Collaborative as well as Boulevard Sentinel Publisher
Tom Topping. The completion date of the landscaping is scheduled for
December 15, just in time for the holidays.
Local resident and landscaper Phillip Latham came up with this idea
just in time for the Christmas Holiday. Phil has been in the
landscaping business for years, starting his career in 1973. A native
of Burbank, he was hired by Westwood Landscapes, the main account being
a home belonging to Kenny Rodgers. He honed his craft working on
properties in Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Malibu. His specialty is
designing and installing water saving drip irrigation systems.
He decided to do this giveaway because, "I've done so well this year
and I want to give back to the community." Look for an announcement of
the winner next month and to see before and after photos of the winning
property after the first of the year.
Fountain of Prosperity
By Susana Vega
Jorge Barahona gives new meaning to the phrase "home-based business." A
couple years ago, Jorge and his wife, Ondina Santa Maria purchased a
house on York Boulevard, one of those forgotten classics built in 1926.
Not only have they completely restored the exterior to its original
look, but they have also filled their home with antiques and turned the
front yard into "The Fountain Place."
As I stepped out of my car, the first thing I noticed was the pleasant,
soothing, relaxing sound of trickling water, making the five o'clock
traffic on York Boulevard virtually disappear. When I entered through
the white wrought iron gates, I was delighted to find a large inventory
of fountains, as well as a variety of patio tables with umbrellas,
half-moon benches, statues, pottery, bird baths and wall hangings.
The Fountain Place is a true family business. Although Ondina, Jorge's
wife, was not available, Jorge said that their business is a joint
effort and credits her with the creative vision and energy that was
necessary to launch it. The fountains are made in Corona by Jorge's
cousins. Jorge explained that a cement mixture is poured into molds
made out of fiberglass and the mold is then peeled off the cement, like
a latex mask is peeled off an actor's face. Afterwards, they may be
painted or left in their natural cement hue. Jorge works with customers
on special orders or designs so that you can pretty much have whatever
style of fountain suits your needs.
These fountains are very versatile; they can be large and showy art
pieces or can be mounted unobtrusively on a wall to offer the quiet,
calming sound of running water. As Jorge walked me around the yard, my
eyes fell on several statues of St. Francis of Assisi surrounded by
cement bunnies, birds and squirrels which fit right in with the
peaceful setting. As we continued our stroll, I also noticed statutes
of the Virgin Mary.
Fountains are very low maintenance. They seem to give more than they
take. It is a known fact that the sound of water helps release stress.
And in these days of saving energy and water, there's no problem here.
The water is recycled, and a pump and filter keeps it fresh and
aerated. When you purchase a fountain from The Fountain Place, Jorge
makes sure that you go away with all the information you need to take
care of it.
The Fountain Place has only been in business for a few weeks and Jorge
is enjoying his success as the only fountain supplier in the area. His
prices are wholesale, he guarantees the work, and local delivery is
free. Jorge repairs his own work, but is very selective when doing
repairs on products by other manufacturers.
After talking with Jorge for a while, you realize that he is a man of
many talents: The Cuban-born craftsman has music running through his
blood. He is a congero (plays the Conga drums) and a DJ--you might find
D.J.RICUBANA playing in clubs or at private parties throughout Los
Angeles and Orange County.
Come Christmas time, all the fountains will be moved to the back yard
and the front yard will become a Christmas tree lot filled with
hand-selected trees that Jorge sells during the holidays. Last year he
sold all but two!
So, whether you are shopping for a fountain, musical entertainment or
that perfect holiday tree, I know you'll enjoy visiting The Fountain
Place and spending time with Jorge. The Fountain Place is located at
4914 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Telephone: (323)340-8550
Doo Dah Parade voted America's
Over 1,500 participants in over 100 'marching' groups will appear in
Doo Dah's 28th occasional event, toasting madness and mayhem-- making
it one of the largest in the "Other Parade's" colorful history! This
year's parade-goers are expected to equal or surpass the record 45,000
spectators at last year's Doo Dah.
And why not? Even the Reader's Digest loves Doo Dah, naming it
"America's Best Parade in 2004!"
The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade takes place in the Old Pasadena historic
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST – STEPPING OFF AT 11:30AM.
For further information call 626.440.7379 or visit
On Sunday, November 21st, artists throughout the Arroyo area will open
their studios and homes to visitors for the Discovery Tour. Sponsored
by the Arroyo Arts Collective and the Historical Society of Southern
California, the tour showcases the artistic riches of the community.
Surrounded by hills and bordered by the Arroyo Seco, the Northeast
neighborhoods of Highland Park, Mt. Washington and Eagle Rock are home
to one of the largest concentrations of artists in Los Angeles. "What
makes this art tour unique," stated Kate Burroughs, Tour Coordinator,
"is the combination of history and art. The Arroyo was the city's first
cultural center at the turn of the century, and it's artistic legacy
The tour begins at the Lummis home at 200 E. Ave 43 in Highland Park,
and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Dominic School-Save these
Walk-a-thon: Nov 10; 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the school.
Designer Apparel Sale: Nov. 14; 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Parish
Christmas Program: Dec 15; 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Oaxacan and Zapotec Art Comes to
The Oaxacan Folk Art Carving and Zapotec Rug Show and Sale returns to
the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Master carver Jacobo
Angeles Ojeda will demonstrate his colorful and imaginative art, and
trader Jerry Boyd will have for sale a wide selection of folk art
carvings and Zapotec rugs from Oaxaca, Mexico. Zapotec weaving and
woodcarving demonstrations will be on hand to inspire and captivate
Among the folk art traditions of Oaxaca, weaving and woodcarving are
two of the most colorful and collectible.
Oaxacans have carved toys and masks for hundreds of years, but it is
only recently that their magical woodcarvings have captured the
imagination of collectors and enthusiasts all over the world. Fanciful,
exuberant, and brilliantly colored, the woodcarvers' creations range
from angels to animals to nahuals, or animal people. These figures,
filled with movement and humor, spring from the imaginations and
superstitions of the carvers. They come in all sizes, and prices range
from $10 to over $1000. These woodcarvings make wonderful additions to
any home or great gifts for family and friends.
Invited artist Jacobo Angeles Ojeda is especially well-known for his
carvings of the nahual. In his village it is believed that humans
transform into animal spirits at night, and his work exemplifies this
belief. Jacobo aspires to have his own work, as well as that of other
fine artists, appreciated as true art. He assigns a name to each type
of piece he creates and numbers each edition of that piece, of which,
of course, no two are identical.
Trader Jerry Boyd has long been providing the Southwest Museum Store
with its excellent selection of Oaxacan folk art and Zapotec weavings.
He will be bringing a truckload of some of the finest examples of these
arts for this show and sale. Don't miss seeing these colorful and
creative arts from Oaxaca, Mexico, priced for every pocketbook!
The Southwest Museum
The Southwest Museum of the American Indian is offering free admission
to all visitors until January 21, 2005, due to construction of a new
conservation lab and preparations for the upcoming rededication of the
People of California and People of the Southwest exhibition halls.
People of the Northwest Coast, People of the Great Plains, and the
Museum Store remain open to the public. In January the conservation lab
will be open to the public for tours by appointment only—worth a call
for a special experience. The rededication of the People of California
and People of the Southwest exhibition halls will include special
ceremonies and activities. Visit our website at www.southwestmuseum.org
for updates and scheduled events!
We thank you for your continued support of the Southwest Museum.