July 24, 2009

Atwater Village Chamber: Summer Nights on the Blvd - THANK YOU!


Good afternoon Friends and Neighbors,

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors of the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in last night’s Summer Night’s on the Boulevard.  Over 800 people filled the sidewalks of Glendale Blvd. last night while shopping, dining, and being entertained by the many bands, dancers, artists, and more.

As we all know, it takes a Village and Atwater knows how to make it happen.  It is The Chamber’s intent on staging at two more Summer Nights on the Boulevard on the fourth Thursday of August and September.  These dates are August 27 and September 24.  With an ever-growing and collective mailing list of all, Summer Nights is sure to grow larger and larger month by month.
In order to continue the positive growth of Chamber sponsored events such as Summer Nights, it is vital that Chamber members continue to keep your memberships active.  And, if you have not yet joined The Chamber, now is the time to come onboard our Team.  Membership dues are what pay for events such as Summer Nights.  From the printing of publicity materials, the distribution of brightly colored balloons, to the creation of event Directories, The Chamber needs your support.  Without it, we cannot move forward.

I encourage all of you to join the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce and help continue to focus the Los Angeles spotlight on our lovely Village of Atwater.

Here’s hoping for a happy, wonderful, and profitable summer shopping season.

Mark Newman-Kuzel
A Vibrant Village - Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce
Creating a positive and successful business environment in Atwater Village

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June 29, 2009

Amelia Fitzwater Closing Announcement


From Amelia Fitzwater

Hello Friends of Amelia Fitzwater:

After four amazing years of running Amelia Fitzwater it is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of the store. The decision was not an easy one to make however with the slow economy,loss of a partnership,low sales and now with the much anticiapted arrival of my first child,it seems like the time was right for a change.

I wanted to take this time to personally thank all you for all the support you have given Amelia Fitzwater as well as myself throughout the many years at both locations. I’ve enjoyed meeting all of you whether it was the first time shopper or the frequent shopper. You’ve all made my business possible and a positive experience . I and my family greatly apprecaite all of it. I look forward to continuing the friendships I've made through the store and the wonderful Atwater Community.

The doors will closing July 27th. So we’ll be having our Final Sale July 7th-26th. This will be a store wide sale. EVERYTHING in the shop from all merchandise to fixtures, tables and bookshelves  , everything is for sale! 25%-50% off. Bring cash and you never know what extra deals might be made!

Please note: The store will be closed June 29-July 6th as we prepare for the closure and BIG sale! Hope to see you all there.

Amelia Fitzwater
3129 1/2 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

June 19, 2009


Good afternoon Atwater Village.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, I am happy to announce to you the first “Summer Nights on The Boulevard” event.

Slated for Thursday, July 23rd, this Summer Night is an opportunity for all restaurants, galleries, stores and boutiques to showcase what you’re all about to Atwater Village and beyond.  We encourage all businesses to stay open until at least 9PM on July 23rd in order to give everyone the opportunity to wine, dine, and shop Atwater Village.

For those Atwater Village merchants not located on Glendale Boulevard, there will be a special area for you as well to set up tables to showcase what you’re all about.

More in-depth details will follow shortly, but start spreading the word now to your fellow merchants, friends, family, your entire mailing list, and beyond.

NOW IS THE TIME for us to work together in a unified spirit to share our business.  With the Los Angeles spotlight shining brightly on Atwater Village, your Chamber of Commerce is working to keep the business flowing in our Vibrant Village now and beyond.


Best wishes,

Mark Newman-Kuzel
Chamber President

A Vibrant Village - Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce

Creating a positive and successful business environment in Atwater Village

P.O. Box 39754
Los Angeles, CA  90039
(323) 634-2535

June 18, 2009



Thursday, June 18th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
at Jill's Paint
3534 Larga Avenue, LA, CA 90039
Off of Glendale Blvd in Atwater Village

Featuring  “A Taste of Glendale Boulevard” by select local restaurants.

Canelé - Mediterranean
Tacos Villa Corona - Mexican
Viet Noodle Bar - Vietnamese
Baracoa - Cuban
Michelangelo Restorante - Italian
Sweets for the Soul - American

Wine provided by silverlake wine.

Please join us for food, refreshments and networking. Meet your fellow Silver Lake Chamber members and let us know what we can do to help your business prosper.

Plenty of parking available in the lot.

June 11, 2009


WOOF Dog Boutique
3172 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA., 90039
Saturday, JUNE 13th, 2009
Time: 12:30-2:30
location: WOOF Dog Boutique


For additional information  on services please clink on link below:

Please advise anyone that needs this affordable LOW COST VET CARE service. This service was provided in need of offering LOW COST VET Care to ensure  difficult economic times parents of canines/felines family members may receive continual affordable health care. As a reminder, WOOF Dog Boutique will be turning profits made into useable credit to  local rescues, and/or of families of need! Already built enough credit for Jean Marie Wisiewki  Director of D.A.W.'s kittens receive half cost series vaccinations! 

Making this a WIN WIN!!  Affordable health care ensuring a HEALTHY LIFE FOR OUR CANINE/FELINES FAMILY MEMBERS and aiding with the LOCAL RESCUES, and Families of need!

Diane Serafino
Owner: WOOF Dog Boutique



June 09, 2009


The L.A. City Council voted to deny the hardship exemption applications for three (3) Atwater Village marijuana dispensaries. The marijuana dispensaries that got their applications denied include L.A. Collective (3401 Glendale Boulevard - CF 05-0872-S215), Friendly Collective (3405 Glendale Boulevard - CF 05-0872-S170) and Global Meds Collective (3425 Glendale Boulevard - CF 05-0872-S282).

The remaining two (2) marijuana dispensaries, A.A.C.C (3106 Glendale Boulevard - CF 05-0872-S435) and Accurate Services Medical Dispensary (3429 Glendale Boulevard - CF 05-0872-S462), withdrew their hardship exemption applications prior to the City Council vote.

With their hardship applications either denied or withdrawn the Department of Building & Safety will now refer all five cases to the City Attorney's office for prosecution to force their closure.

May 30, 2009


Fletcher Drive, in Atwater Village, has been included in a preliminary citywide bicycle network plan. The proposed plan calls for the installation of a dedicated bicycle lane on Fletcher Drive that would link San Fernando Road to the L.A. River Bike path and other existing bicycle routes.

For more information or to comment on the proposed plan contact:

Jordann Turner
200 N. Spring St. Rm. 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213.978.1379

or visit

May 25, 2009


Another medical marijuana dispensary intends to open in Atwater Village despite a city wide moratorium on new dispensaries. Accurate Services Medical Dispensary (ASMD) intends to open in mid June 2009 at 3429 Glendale Blvd with the purpose of dispensing medical marijuana.

ASMD would become the 5th medical marijuana dispensary to open in Atwater Village and the 4th located  within a one block radius. The 3400 block of Glendale Blvd already has three operating marijuana dispensaries.

ASMD has applied for a hardship exemption in accordance with  Medical Marijuana Interim Control Ordinance (ICO).  The ICO hardship exemption process allows marijuana dispensaries to operate without any City regulation or oversight until the City Council either approves or denies their application. To date the City Council has not acted on a single hardship exemption application.


Already open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Atwater Village

L.A Collective, 3401 Glendale Blvd Unit B

Friendly Collective, 3405 Glendale Blvd

Global Meds Collective, 3425 Glendale Blvd

AACC, 3106 Glendale Blvd

Soon to be open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Atwater Village

Accurate Services Medical Dispensary, 3429 Glendale Blvd

May 20, 2009


Join us this weekend, Saturday and Sunday only, for our version of the classic sidewalk sale. If it's a pot and it's out on the sidewalk, it's 40% off.


And don't forget to share this with the pot lovers in your garden.

Keep on growing,

The Garden Tarts


3158 Los Feliz Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039


Bigfoot Lodge 10 year anniversary & events, June 22-28, 2009!


The 1933 Group and Bigfoot Lodge Los Angeles 10-year anniversary, June 22nd – June 28, 2009

Los Angeles, CA – May 19, 2009

The 1933 Group announced today that it will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a week of festivities from June 22nd-28th.  Since its inception in 1999, the Americana inspired partnership, founded by Dimitri Komarov, Bobby Green and Dmitry Liberman has grown from one location in Atwater Village to six locations throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Taking their name from the year Prohibition was repealed, the group prides itself on bringing the neighborhood bar back at the hands of design genius Bobby Green. Green draws his inspiration from his own life experiences turning local bars into a nightlife work of art.  

The company is marking its flagship’s anniversary with reintroducing live bands on Sunday afternoons, Sasquatch sightings, rolling back prices and the opening of its new Culver City hotspot, Bigfoot West. 

For more information, please contact Lee Joseph Publicity at 818-848-2698 or Cara Brechler at 323-253-1611

CPAB Event. Atwater Village.Surveillance

Business Leaders, Chambers of Commerce, SBA’s, BID’s, and the Mom & Pops Businesses: The Northeast Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB), partners with the LAPD and the Community are introducing an upcoming Venue called “Video Surveillance 101”  occurring on Wednesday May 27, 2009 from 7:00pm at the Acapulco Restaurant located at 3280 Glendale Boulevard the Community of Atwater Village.  This is part of the 2009 NOE CPAB Initiatives geared for the Northeast Community to help educate and improve the overall quality of life in your neighborhood.

Please reserve your seat, RSVP by emailing . For more information, please contact Thom Daniels at 323.646-5587 or

Click here for event flier (pdf file)

April 23, 2009


A new medical marijuana dispensary at 3106 Glendale Blvd intends to open in apparent violation of a city wide moratorium on new marijuana dispensaries.


The L.A. City Council adopted a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) in September 2007 and that moratorium is still in effect. Under this moratorium existing dispensaries are prohibited from changing locations without applying for and being granted a “hardship exemption”.


According to the City Clerk office the new marijuana dispensary at 3106 Glendale Blvdhas not applied for a hardship exemption.

April 21, 2009


A medical marijuana dispensary is planned to open in the strip mall located at the corner of Glendale Blvd and Glenhurst Ave. According to Brett Mero, the leasing agent for the managing company of the strip mall, the retail space at 3106 Glendale Blvd has already been leased to a marijuana dispensary business and will be opening soon.

Atwater Village already has one existing marijuana dispensary at 3401 Glendale Blvd, Unit B (at the corner of Revere Ave ) called LA Collective. LA Collective is currently under scrutiny from City authorities as a result of numerous complaints from local residents that visitors to the marijuana dispensary are smoking their purchases in public view, often in parked cars next to the public library which is across from the dispensary on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Revere Ave or the alleyways behind both the library and the dispensary.

It is not know if the new marijuana dispensary will create similar problems like those caused by the dispensary at 3401 Glendale Blvd.




Brett Mero can be reached at …


818.380.9966 extension 23

Centers Business Management

17030 Ventura Blvd #200, Encino, CA 91316

April 09, 2009



ATWATER VILLAGE – State Sen. Carol Liu will take an informational walk through the Atwater Village Business District on May 2, 2009.
Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, will walk along Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village and meet with business owners. She wants to become acquainted with local businesses, discuss issues of importance, and learn areas where the Legislature can be of assistance.
“I look forward to meeting business owners and learning about their concerns,” Liu said.
Liu represents nearly 850,000 people in the 21st Senate District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, San Gabriel, Temple City, and several City of Los Angeles communities, including Atwater Village.
For more information contact Liu’s District Office at (818) 409-0400 or visit her Web site at  


WHAT: Atwater Village Business Walk
WHEN: 10 a.m. to Noon; (11:30 a.m. no-host Reception at Kaldi Coffee, 3147 Glendale Blvd.)

WHERE: Glendale Boulevard businesses in Atwater Village.

April 03, 2009

Happy Earth Day Atwater Village!

On April 22nd celebrate Earth Day 2009 by starting your own recycling project!


April 02, 2009

April Events at the Atwater Village Farmers' Market

Featuring Mushrooms: Mushrooms are low in calories, and packed with B vitamins and minerals. Throughout Asia, they're revered for their immune-boosting properties. They also contain more protein than most vegetables, which make them a good choice for vegetarians. Scroll down below for a simple and delicious recipe.


4/5 - Musical Performance Promoting Local Fruits and Veggies!

A local carrot and a not-local banana will visit participating AVFM's farmers stalls and sing special songs about the farmers' produce.

Wacky, but fun and educational!! A great way to welcome in spring produce!

4/12 - AVFM's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

While you're shopping for Easter dinner, AVFM children can hunt for Easter eggs at the market!

4/19 - Gil Boyd's Chef Demo

Our beloved Chef Gil visits us with free recipes, samples and great ways to cook AVFM produce!

4/26 - Photographer Katie's Arts and Crafts!

11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Children can learn how to make sun prints! Free photography enrichment at the AVFM!

J&J Grassfed Beef at the AVFM: J&J will be at the market every other Sunday, April 5th and April 19th.

Pick up that special roast for Easter or Passover dinner!

See you at the Market!

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA)
voice: (323) 463-3171


Atwater Village Chamber Mixer, April 8th!

Next Chamber Mixer! April 8th Come meet your current Chamber Board! * Network with other Chamber Members! * Meet your fellow Atwater Village Business Owners & Professionals Date: Wednesday, April 8th Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm Location: The Griffin Lounge 3000 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

March 23, 2009

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council - Land Use Committee Meeting

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Environment & Land Use Sub-Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 26th, 2009 – 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Atwater Village Branch Library
3379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Land Use issues to be discussed...

 - Presentation and Action:  4062 & 4064 W GARDEN AVE - application for conversion of storage space into a dwelling unit in a R1 Zone, Zone Variance Request.

-Presentation and Action: 3133 - 3133 1/2 GLENDALE BLVD - application for condition use permit request to allow the sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption in a existing 1,900sqft restaurant.

- Presentation and Action: "River Glen" designation for industrial area in North Atwater Village.

Please note that both the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council and its committees serve as advisory bodies to the City of Los Angeles and are not final decision makers on environmental or land use issues. For more information about or to comment on these Land Use issues contact Luis Lopez, ELU Chair, at

Click here for complete meeting agenda (pdf file)

March 20, 2009

New Show at the Atwater Playhouse: "GABILAN"


"Gabilan" is a night of World-Premiere One-Act plays with something for everyone. The challenges and drama of everyday life will be exposed through this highly diverse set of encounters designed to illuminate the human condition.

Friday and Saturday nights, 8pm every weekend in March.

Now in it's fourth year, the Atwater Playhouse continues to bring professional theatre to the community of Atwater Village. I have attached both the front and back of our latest postcard and would be greatly appreciative if you could let all your members know about the new show.

In our continued support of "Friends of Atwater Village" we are offering half price tickets or 2 for 1 to all of your subscribers.

Low Cost Pet Clinic in Atwater Village

3172 Glendale Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90039


March 21st - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

March 03, 2009


A medical marijuana dispensary at 3401 Glendale Blvd Unit B (at the corner of Revere Ave) in Atwater Village has received an “Order to Comply” from the Dept. of Building & Safety. The marijuana dispensary, L.A. Collective, is operating without the proper Certificate of Occupancy permit.

According to Thomas Willis, Building & Safety Inspector, the marijuana dispensary will need to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy permit that would follow the same requirements as a “drugstore”. This would require it have handicap access and onsite parking, both of which this facility currently does not have.

It is unclear how long L.A. Collective has been in operation at this location. City authorities first became aware of this marijuana dispensary thru complaints from local residents that visitors to the marijuana dispensary are smoking their purchases in public view, often in parked cars next to the public library which is across from the dispensary on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Revere Ave or the alleyways behind both the library and the dispensary.


March 01, 2009



FROM 11am – 7pm

ARTWATER is a ‘Celebration of Music, Art, Dance and Community’
creating awareness for the Atwater Village neighborhood.

We are currently seeking submissions for:

ARTISAN & MERCHANT BOOTHS:  There will be rental booths along Glendale Blvd. for artists of all kinds to sell their work and handicrafts. Atwater Village merchants and local non-profit groups are also welcome to join in. Interactive, creative activities for kids and adults are a high priority for this day of fun.

Please contact for an application. Space is limited.  A 10 x 10 booth with a canopy, table and 2 chairs runs $125, w/o canopy $100

ATWATER VILLAGE BUSINESS DIRECTORY:  We will be compiling a professional, glossy, business directory to hand out the day of the event and to have on hand throughout the year at various locations.  Space in the booklet is limited.  The artwork deadline is April 1st, 2009.  All donations are tax deductible. 

               $25        - One line description + address, phone and website
               $50         - Your logo + the above listing
               $100      - 1/4 page ad 4 color
               $200      - 1/2 page ad 4 color
               $250   - 1/4 page 4 color inside cover front
           - 1/4 page 4 color inside cover back
               $300   - 1/4 page 4 color outside cover back

For more info call # (323) 665 – 1901 or email  
Checks payable to: SONIC MUZE (EIN #:  20-8973933)
5024 Sunnyslope Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Sonic Muze is a non profit organization that donates musical instruments and art supplies to public schools by coordinating with principals and teachers to identify their specific needs.  By donating to Sonic Muze, you will be helping to provide students with an invaluable pathway to enhanced learning, creative expression and heightened self-esteem.

Atwater Village commercial corner storefront for lease on 3151 Los Feliz Blvd

Corner storefront for lease on 3151 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Approx 800 ft for $2,200 a month, including utilities.  Air and heat and parking in the back.

Please call (323) 868-8180 or 660-3507

February 08, 2009

Art show at 55 Degree Wine in Atwater Village

Click here for event flier (pdf)

February 02, 2009





“We love our Dogs!”  And it’s time to Celebrate our Love for our Beloved Canines on Valentine’s Day!

“I Love My Dog” is the theme of the first YAPPY HOUR hosted by Woof, Los Angeles’ most celebrated dog boutique, to celebrate St. Valentines Day, and honor our beloved canines.

Woof Dog Boutique’s first neighborhood YAPPY HOUR will feature complimentary wine, a Valentine-themed Doggy fashion show, and an opportunity for locals to mingle with each other, accompanied by their cherished canines.

The Valentine-themed YAPPY HOUR – also dubbed “I Love My Dog (better than my husband/ wife/ boyfriend/ children)” – will be held on Thursday, February 12, from 6pm to 8pm,at 3172 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, 90039. (323-661-7722)

YAPPY HOUR will bring together locals and their dogs to mingle, have a drink, and meet fellow canine lovers in their neighborhood.

Woof Dog Boutique was named Best Dog Boutique in Los Angeles for 2008 in LA Weekly, and is currently featured nationally in an hour-long segment on The Style Network’s “Peter Perfect.”

Owner Diane Serafino says, “I love the idea of our store bringing together people from our community, and sharing our love for our pets.  This event is for our community, for all of us, and to honor our canine companions.”

Everyone and their dog is invited for a glass of wine (donations invited after the first glass!), meet your neighbor, and share your love for your beautiful canine!

Join the WOOF DOG BOUTIQUE, so we can let you know about the next YAPPY event, and RSVP for our YAPPY HOUR Event.

Special Guests:

Mark Newman-Kuzel President, Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce

JeanMarie Wisniewski, DAWS, Director of Animal Welfare, Atwater Village

January 29, 2009







Featuring Special Guest Speaker Los Angeles City Council President ERIC GARCETTI

FEBRUARY 11th, 2009

6:30 – 8:30PM

55 Degree Wine

3111 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039


January 07, 2009

Thank You….. Thank You…….Thank You!!!!


As many of you know we have had a canned food drive for the past month.  I personally was hoping to gather 2000 food items. Well, once again, the kindness of others has surpassed all of my expectations. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank picked up our haul today. Wow, 3,852 food items, weighing 2,763 pounds. Over a ton of food!!!

I would like to give a shout out to some super angels:

Iris Acosta Lopez, made the kick off party a success by donating 1,000 cans of food.

Mathalyn Cox, my mother in law, (Fresno) 100 cans.

Arturo and Julie Martinez, 200 cans.

Mindy and her mom Melodie came in, week after week, with more stuff.

Norm and Leona Barker donated bags of cans before I even printed the flyers.

Romi Rios made a special Costco run just for us.

Barbara Lass, I guess cans were not enough, she threw in a check. Thank you.

Betty Barlotta, my tart tongued storyteller. Thanks again.

Soni Fields, who never says no.

My great friends from Silverlake, over 750 cans of food.

Echo Park, I love you, over 500 cans of food

Atwater Village, over 200 cans of food. Thank you my dear neighbors.

Gordon, Paul de Marco, John Garbin, Pat & Rebecca, Maryanne St Jude, Tish Cyrus, Laura Rudy, Thea, Barbara Katsoff, Mark De La Madrid, Robin and all the folks at Consolidated Seed, Jan the X and my Uncle Arturo, Bunny , Jack, Karen  Ray, and Luis Lopez, my Atwater Village PR dude.

So many friends that I just can’t list, but I hope they know how grateful I am.

On a personal note,  I don’t know what my life would be like without my wife Patti: I come up with these hair brained ideas and she always says, “ I’m sure you can do that and more.”

My mom, who always encourages my good behavior and ignores all my faults.

My dearest friend Arpy,. who is always first in line to say, “count me in;” and who navigates the Internet much better than I.

My cousin Julie, who is living proof that angels live amongst us.

Once again thank you all. We did a great thing in 2008, and I am sure I will annoy you again some how, some way, in 2009.  But I promise it will be for a good cause.

Lourdes Rivas

Pampered Birds

January 05, 2009

Woof Dog Boutique Premier Party, Jan 10th.

Click here to download event flier (pdf file)

December 20, 2008


The Atwater Village Parking Study has been successfully completed. Recommendations for crafting a community specific parking ordinance for Glendale Blvd have been submitted to the AVNC Board for review and approval. The Board will formally vote on adopting the study's recommendations at its January 2009 board meeting.

The purpose of this study is to create a community specific parking ordinance for Glendale Blvd to ease parking requirements for new or change-of-use businesses along Glendale Blvdby identifying underused public parking spaces and allowing these businesses to purchase the spaces under a “parking credit” system. The ordinance would allow businesses that are required to have a specific number of parking spaces to purchase “parking credits” from the City in lieu of building more spaces onsite.

Click here to view the Atwater Village Parking Study Recommendations (pdf file)

Please send question or comments to Luis Lopez, AVNC Environment & Land Use Committee Chair, at  

November 26, 2008

Importante's 3rd anniversary party

Importante's 3rd anniversary party
Saturday, December 6th
6pm - 10pm
3149 Glendale Blvd., 90039

Join us for Peruvian food and spirits. everything will be on sale, including new items from south america.please print the attached coupon for 15% off the night of the party or a 10% discount through dec. 24th.

Also on the evening of 12/6 Atwater Village is throwing a block party with dance performances, art openings and lots of boutiques giving special discounts.  please see the attached flier.

Atwater Village Ornament Decorating Party


Please join us for an evening of hot chocolate and ornaments!


This years Tree Lighting Festival will feature trees decorated with ornaments made by the children of Atwater Village. This tree will then be displayed in Wells Fargo.


We need kids of all ages to join us on the evening of November 30th,4:00-6:00pm

Please stop by the gallery and help us create some amazing decorations that reflect the spirit of the holidays in the Vibrant Village!

Where: LittleBird Gallery at 3195 Glendale Blvd. LA, CA 90039

When:Sunday, November 30, 4:00-6:00pm

Why:Ornament Decorating Party and Yummy Hot Chocolate!




LittleBird Gallery



PS: A BIG thanks to the Moms of Atwater Village who made all the sweet treats for the bake sale to raise money for the decorations for the kids. Which will take place Sunday Nov. 23rd 11-3 at the gallery.

November 16, 2008

Proposed Large Commercial Development Project at 435 Los Feliz Road

Avalon Land, LLC is proposing to develop a 6-story, 175,749 SF mixed-use development at 435 Los Feliz Road. The project includes the following: grocery market, day spa, restaurants, retail uses, and medical/general offices. Parking for the project will be provided in a 5-story parking structure with 717 parking spaces. The proposed project is located within the San Fernando Road Corridor Redevelopment Project Area; the 2.1-acre rectangular site is bordered by Los Feliz Road, Gardena Avenue and Fernando Court.

The Project’s architectural design will be presented to the Redevelopment Agency for Stage I Design Review approval at a public hearing.

Council Chambers of City Hall
613 East Broadway, Glendale
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
2:30 P.M.

For more information on this project, contact Elena Bolbolian at (818) 548-2005 or

Click here for pictures of the development site

November 12, 2008

17th Annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting- PEP RALLY

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie 

On behalf of the Vibrant Village Board of Directors of the Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce, it gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s 17th Annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Set to take place on Thursday, December 4, at 6:30PM, this happy and joyous event will once again be held in the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank located at 3250 Glendale Blvd.

Over 600 people attended last year’s event, and we look forward to an even bigger turnout this year for a program that promises to be more exciting and dazzling than ever.

Our plans for this years wonderfully unique night include featuring children’s choirs from our various local schools, “Voices of Christmas” choral singers, a potential “surprise” appearance by a Atwater Village-based World famous singer, and of course Santa Claus himself, arriving via the Los Angeles Fire Department.  In addition to our local talent, representatives of the Los Angeles City Council: Council President Eric Garcetti who proclaimed last year’s event as the “largest tree lighting event” that he had seen in Los Angeles, Councilmember Tom LeBonge, and other political figures will be in attendance.

In preparation for the many visitors our Village anticipates for The Lighting, a Chamber mixer “Pep Rally” will be held on the back patio of Kaldi Coffee next Tuesday night, November 18, at 7PM.  Come meet the new Vibrant Village Board of Directors, the Tree Lighting Committee, and get a sneak preview at some of the new decorations that will be added to last year’s collection of glittery and sparkly ornaments.

As we are in the process of gathering sponsorships to help pay for the added elements to this year’s Event, please bring your checkbooks too and we’ll have the sponsorship forms ready for you.

We all know it takes a Village to make it happen, and you are the Friends and Neighbors to create the magic.

For more information regarding The Lighting and/or next week’s Pep Rally, please feel free to contact the Chamber at (323) 634-2535.  Also, we would greatly appreciate your rsvp by next Monday, November 17, as food and beverages will be served.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces soon.


Mark Newman-Kuzel
Chamber President
A Vibrant Village - Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce
Creating a positive and successful business environment in Atwater Village”
P.O. Box 39754
Los Angeles, CA  90039
(323) 634-2535

November 06, 2008

Gallery Opening this Saturdayat the LittleBird Gallery


Brian Shepp, and his artistic collaborator, John McCoy, are having their art show this Saturday, November 8, from 7-10PM.

Location is at the LittleBird Gallery, which is right here in Atwater Village located at 3195 Glendale Blvd.

If you'd like a private preview of the work before the opening, you can arrange it with Mylissa at the LittleBird Gallery 323.662.1092

October 06, 2008

2nd Annual Atwater Village "Howl-o-ween" K9 Costume Contest

Click here for event flier (pdf file)

Click here for registration form (pdf file)

For more information contact Diane Serfino at 323.661.7722

"Big Political Drama In Little Atwater" news article in Los Feliz Ledger Oct 2008 edition

Click here to download Los Feliz Ledger, Oct 2008 (pdf file, large file)

Article found on front page and continues on page 14.

October 01, 2008


Friday, October 24th, 2008
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Glendale BOOlevard (From Glenhurst to Revere)

Glendale Blvd Merchants, listen up! Our 5th annual “Trick-or-Treat on the Blvd” event is coming up and we need your help to make this year’s event a success.  The AVNC and AGPCC co-sponsor the event, which was designed with you in mind.  The annual event gives local elementary school children a safe “Trick-or-Treat” environment and brings their parents to Glendale Blvd so they may familiarize themselves with your local businesses.

Participation is simple…just distribute candy to the children, promote your business to the adults and have fun! Your participation is central to this event and can only serve to increase your exposure and reputation in the community.  We hope that you will join us in making this year’s “Trick-or-Treat on the BOOlevard” another success!

To help us market and organize the event, please confirm your participation by Friday, October 10, 2008.   For more information and to sign up to participate, please contact Jenny Hoffman at or at 323.573.3667.

September 30, 2008



Council President Garcetti and the Los Angeles Community Development Department invites you to a Free Business Seminar.

Tuesday, October 14th - 6:30pm

Lockwood Elementary School, 4345 Lockwood Ave.

This free resource seminar will highlight the economic benefits that small and large business owners can realize if they are located in the State Enterprise Zone.

Most of South Atwater Village is within the East Los Angeles State Enterprise Zone, for more information go to..

September 26, 2008

Sushi + Italian Wine = Yum!

Monday October 6, 2008, 7PM

$56 per person, inclusive of tax & tip.

Please call 323.662.5556 to reserve your spot.

Sushi (and Italian wines) in the 55 Degree Cellar!

Who needs sake?! Join us for a sushi and Italian wine pairing feast! You'll receive two pieces of each of the following rolls: Tuna, Salmon Skin, Shrimp, Spicy Tuna, Shrimp Tempura, Rainbow.

Each tasty roll will be paired with a different wine from our lovely selection of Italian imports.

Reserve your space today. You just might discover some delicious new matches for your own sushi night.

55 Degree Wine

3111 Glendale Blvd, (next to Starbucks)


phone: 323.662.5556


July 18, 2008

Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce Election, August 13th


The Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce (AGPCC) will hold its annual election for Board of Directors at the General Meeting of members on:
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 – 6:30pm
Tam O’Shanter Inn
2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Who Are the Candidates?
The election is open to all business members who do business or own commercial property in Atwater Village. Representatives from the businesses of eligible members may also qualify to be candidates. Eligible Representatives are limited to paid employees, family members, or individuals directly involved in the operation of the business.

How do I vote?
Voting is simple -- just attend the AGPCC General Meeting on August, 13th.  You will be provided with a ballot, place a check next to the name of the candidates of your choice and hand in your ballot. Voting is open to all AGPCC business members whose membership dues are current. If your dues are not current you can bring them current at the General Meeting by paying in cash or check – sorry, no credit cards.

How can I become a Candidate?
To apply, send a brief statement of no more than 100 words indicating your desire and qualifications to be a candidate for the AGPCC Board of Directors to the AGPCC Election Committee at 2751 Fletcher Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90039. Your statement must include your full name, business name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. You may also submit your application statement via email to, or via fax to 323.667.0025.

Submission Deadline: July 31st, 2008 – 5pm

For more information about this upcoming election please contact Luis Lopez at 323.665.0166 or at


click here to download event flier (pdf file)

April 29, 2008

AVNC Crime & Safety Committee Meeting - May 6, 6PM,

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Crime & Safety Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Atwater Branch Library
3379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039



April 21, 2008


Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, City Council Districts 13 & 4 in conjunction with Sonic Muze and Importante Gifts present ARTWATER 'A Celebration of Music and Arts' Festival on Saturday, April 26th from 2-10pm along Glendale Blvd. in the Atwater Village.

Click here for event flier (pdf file)

Glendale Blvd. Business Break-In's

There have been several businesses burglarized on Glendale Boulevard here in Atwater Village over the past eight - nine months.  Per LAPD Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan, "There is no crime spree."

Be diligent!  Lock your doors, set your alarms, check your surveillance equipment to make sure it is working and has necessary recording tapes.

Please be aware that these are BURGLARIES (a suspect enters a structure to commit a felony crime) NOT ROBBERIES (someone uses force or fear to get something from you).

As always, feel free to contact the following with any questions or if you have further information:

Carol Moore

Atwater Village Neighborhood Watch

323-481-9749 / 

Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan


April 18, 2008

Dave's Accordion School in Atwater Village

"Artists devote their lives to their art form--Maybe painting or sculpture. Authors devote their lives to the written word. Dave Caballero of Atwater Village has devoted his life to something different: The Accordion. Reporter Michelle Lanz explains."

Click here for You Tube video

March 02, 2008

55 Degree Wine Grand Opening, March 16th

February 20, 2008

Downey Savings Returns to Glassell Park

After a 3 year absence, Downey Savings has returned to Glassell Park at Super King Market. Come and meet Dayana Mejia, Branch Manager and their wonderful staff. They are eager to help you with all your banking needs. A special thanks to the Fermanian Family as well for listening to the community and bringing Downey Savings back where they belong.

Downey Savings

2716 N. San Fernando Road


February 14, 2008

REMINDER: 55 Wine Opening Feb 16th!

Click here to download event flier (pdf file)

February 02, 2008


Join friends and neighbors for complementary wine tasting at Atwater’s newest “wine cellar” on Saturday, February 16th, from 11am to 11pm.

55 Degrees Wine

3111 Glendale Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(next to Starbucks Coffee)

For more information contact Andy at 323.662.5556

January 30, 2008

Update from CD13 on the vacant Kmart store at 3150 San Fernando Rd

January 30, 2008

In the summer of 2004 Home Depot Corporation announced the purchase of a multi-year lease for the K-Mart store at 3150 San Fernando Road on the same day that K-Mart announced they would be closing the store.  By January of 2005, the city had enacted an Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) for the area in Glassell Park bounded by the Metro-link tracks, the commercial strip to the east of San Fernando Road, the city of Glendale, and Fletcher Drive.  That meant that no structure within those boundaries could be significantly altered in any way or demolished without a hardship exemption.  The former K-Mart site fell within those boundaries.  At the time there was lots of speculation in the area as the real estate market had heated up considerably.  The ICO provided a tool wherein the city and the community could weigh in more closely on land use decisions that would affect the area for years, if not decades to come. During this time the community organized to make a case against having a Home Depot at that location and Home Depot hired a consulting firm to build support within the community for one of their stores.  Several public meetings were held.  Some compromise concepts were discussed.  Home Depot submitted applications to the city's planning department for improvements and upgrades to the existing building so that when the ICO was lifted, they would be able to build their store.As the ICO was set to expire, we enacted the "Fletcher Square" portion of the Community Design Overlay Zone.  This covered the exact geographical area that the ICO covered and it prohibited retail spaces larger than 75,000 square feet.  After some initial activity, the site sat quiet for several months.  In the Fall of 2007 our office learned that Home Depot may be reconsidering its desire to build a store there and in December this was confirmed.The lease hold is now up for sale and Home Depot is looking for a buyer.  We have referred several interested parties their way over the last month and continue to do so.  Ideas expressed by the communities of Atwater Village and Glassell Park range from mixed use with retail to a new Police station to affordable housing, to an accessory use for the new LACC college at the Van de Kamps site.  We are all very excited to have this new opportunity; to work with someone on a development the community can support that will be in keeping with an improved San Fernando Road corridor.

Mitch O'Farrell
District Director, Constituent Services
City Council President Eric Garcetti

January 21, 2008

ZWorks Martial Arts at Heartbeat House

ZWorks Martial Arts Class will give you a deep mind body workout through the use of movement inspired by martials arts.  Learn empowering kicks, punches, defense and attack moves, and train them with repetition to give your body control, awareness, flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. It's more than just kickboxing!

Aimee Zannoni (founder of ZWorks) is a dancer and fitness expert dedicated to helping her clients achieve optimum fitness and body awareness in a safe, effective and fun way.  In addition to a BFA in Dance and Body Mechanics, she has eleven years experience as a fitness trainer, teacher, dancer, and physical therapy assistant.  She has designed programs for private clients as well as private spas (Beverly Hills Allure Pilates Spa, Toluca Lake Tennis Club) and public health clubs asch as Bally's and Gold's Gym.  As an artist, she has performed with Diavolo and Company of Strangers, and has enjoyed numerous film and television roles.  Dedicated to the art of humanity, it is the love of people that drives Ms. Zannoni's life and work.

Heartbeat House Dance Workout Studio 3141 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323.669.2821

December 04, 2007


Old Kmart site at 3150 San Fernando Road 

From the No Home Depot Coalition - Northeast Los Angeles 


"Home Depot has reportedly abandoned its efforts to open another store in Fletcher Square at the old Kmart site. Los Angeles Council District 13 released the information that the leasehold on the old Kmart site (3150 San Fernando Rd), which Home Depot purchased several years ago, is up for sale.


This latest update is welcomed news to the No Home Depot Coalition (NHDC); and many community activists in both the Atwater Village and Glassell Park communities who vigorously protested against Home Depot installing a 3rd store on a four mile stretch of San Fernando Road.


The NHDC continues to believe that a Home Depot in this location is contrary to the spirit and intent of the Northeast Community Plan and the recently adopted Fletcher Square Community Design Overlay. With the lease on the site reportedly for sale the NHDC hopes that community efforts will focus on attracting a development that satisfies the community's desires and needs."  

November 10, 2007

SPONSORS WANTED: Atwater Village’s 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Atwater Village’s 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is right around the corner. Set to take place on Thursday, December 6, at 6:30PM in the Wells Fargo parking lot at 3250 Glendale Blvd., this year’s Lighting will be like no other.

For the first time this year, the Chamber is accepting sponsorships for The Lighting. Join your friends and neighbors and help make this event the best ever by becoming a sponsor.

For a unique opportunity to sponsor this event and let the Atwater Village community recognize you as one of our business leaders, Click here to download sponsorship form (pdf file).  All sponsorships must be received by November 30 in order to be included in all the publicity materials.

Call (323) 662-6243 and ask for Mark for further details. Happy Holidays!

Click here for Christmas Tree Lighting Fact Sheet (pdf file)

November 01, 2007


Welcome to  Under the Table,  the only store of its kind in Atwater Village and Northeast LA.  At Black Maria Gallery, our patrons are always asking to see uncommon artworks that we might be storing in 'the back room' - 'under the table,' so to speak. This is how we got the idea of offering special objects made by the artists we represent. But then we expanded that idea considerably, to include a whole slew of unique objects to bring something new to the discerning collector.

All those who are left cold by the mass-production stuff, will be thrilled to discover Under the Table.

For more information go to 

October 13, 2007

Atwater Village Trick-or-Treat On The BOOlevard!

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council / Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Fall with its Fourth Annual Trick-or-Treat Event!

The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) and the Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce will host their fourth annual Trick-or-Treat fall festival on Glendale BOOlevard this Friday, October 26, 2007 (4:00pm to 5:30pm). Hundreds of local children will dress up in Halloween costumes and visit local businesses for treats and gifts.  Nearly 50 Atwater Village businesses and our local branch public library are participating in this year’s event.

3100 Block of Glendale Boulevard

(Between Glenhurst/Glenfeliz and Revere)

Friday, October 26th, 2007 (4:00pm to 5:30pm)

Click here for event flier (pdf file)

September 08, 2007

Atwater Village "Zoning Parking Credit" Study meeting

Government Relations Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 6:00pm to 7:00pm
New Hope Chapel (Behind Costco)
2861 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Agenda - Discussion and Action regarding Atwater Zoning Parking Credits Study modification & price increase. (Mott Smith, Civic Enterprises)

Click here to download complete meeting agenda (pdf file)

Click here to download "Zoning Parking Credits" Study proposal (large pdf file)


The purpose of this study is to create a community specific parking ordinance to ease parking requirements for new or change-of-use businesses along Glendale Blvd by identifying “underused” public parking spaces and allowing these businesses to purchase them under a “parking credit” scheme. The subsequent ordinance would allow businesses that are required to have a specific number of parking spaces to purchase “parking credits” from the City in lieu of building more spaces onsite. The parking credits available for purchase would be limited by actual parking capacity within a predetermined boundary along Glendale Blvd and adjacent residential streets.

At the January 11th, 2007 General Board Meeting the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) voted to fund a “parking credit” study that will focus on commercial parking along Glendale Blvd. The AVNC Board voted to contract with Civic Enterprise Associates (CEA), a consulting firm, to spearhead the study and will pay CEA $6,500.00 for its services.

August 15, 2007

Family Activities in Atwater Village

My name is Diana Neskovska, I am a teacher, and I am co-hosting a music, dance and drama class for kids ages 0-4 in Atwater Village. Its called "Drama Babies" it is on Thursday, August 16 and 23rd @ 3:30 at the Heartbeat House Studio

I've attached the flyer with more information.

Click here for informational flier (pdf file)


Diana Neskovska

Streetscape Master Plan presentation for South Atwater Village & Glassell Park

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti (13th District) invites you to the presentation of the Streetscape Master Plan for South Atwater Village & Glassell Park.

Wednesday, September 26  - 6:30 p.m.

Glassell Park Community/Senior Center

3750 Verdugo Road

Los Angeles, CA 90065

* This is a culmination of public workshops held since March.  Kathryn Cerra and Associates have gathered input from community stakeholders over the months to create this streetscape plan.

We look forward to seeing you there!

* For suggestions or ideas, please contact Kathryn Cerra and Associates @ 818-558-7550.

August 10, 2007

Amelia Fitzwater on Glendale Blvd.


Amelia Fitzwater was started by best friends, Annie and Imara. After a year in Santa Monica we are so excited to have relocated our store to Atwater Village. We are located at 3129 1/2 Glendale Blvd., next to the Via Romi Salon.

Amelia Fitzwater is best described as a classic gift boutique with retro flair. We carry a wide range of creative gifts, books and paper that include hand-made and letter press greeting cards, boxed notes, hard to find gift wrap, custom or do-it-your-self gift wrapping, unique journals, pens, photo albums, and picture frames. We also carry jewelry made by local artists, retro children's toys, and hip baby gifts. There is a selection of great books on topics such as art, design, cooking, and photography. We also carry home decor items such as vases, glassware, men's and women's accessories, as well as bath and beauty products.

We can't wait to meet our new neighbors and we look forward to being part of this great community of locally owned businesses.

Imara Tammero & Annie Anderson


Amelia Fitzwater

3129 1/2 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039


July 29, 2007

Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 60 Years of Community Service!

AGPCC Board of Directors for 2007-2008 

On July 11th, at its annual general meeting, and summer mixer, the Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce (AGPCC) celebrated 60 years of community service.  The AGPCC is dedicated to promoting the civic and economic wellbeing of the Atwater Village community and its member merchants and is also one of the oldest continuous community groups in Atwater Village.  The celebration was held at the Tam O’Shanter Inn, where current, new members and guests help celebrate the occasion.

The annual general meeting was also the occasion for the election of the chamber governing board for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.  The following individuals (in alphabetical order) were unanimously elected by the eligible chamber members present:

Betty Bartlotta, longtime resident and owner of Atwater’s Club Tee Gee. Veronika Caballero, co-owner of Dave’s Accordion/Caballero Dance. Andy Hasroun, commercial property owner (owner of the former Ranch Market) and owner of Atwater’s first wine tasting establishment opening soon. Bryan Lytle, General Manager of the historical landmark, Tam O’Shanter Inn. Mark Newman-Kuzel, resident and owner of Maid in the USA. Andy Paylan, owner of the independent service station at Glendale and Glenfeliz Boulevards

The new board will elect its officers at an upcoming meeting

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July 23, 2007



Kathy Cerra & Associates (KCA) and L.A. City Council District 13 (Eric Garcetti / CD13) unveiled the preliminary streetscape concept for Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village.

Atwater’s section of the Fletcher Drive streetscape master plan encompasses Fletcher Drive from the Los Angeles River (Fletcher Drive Bridge) to San Fernando Road. The preliminary streetscape concept consists of four traffic lane plan with various elements to increase pedestrian safety, regulate traffic flow and improve street level landscape.

Click here for Fletcher Drive Preliminary Streetscape Concept – Atwater Village (large pdf file).

For more information about the Fletcher Drive Streetscape Concept contact: Kathy Cerra (KCA) at or Mitch O'Farrell (CD13) at MOfarrel@COUNCIL.LACITY.ORG

July 18, 2007

Atwater Galleries Summer Party - July 28th


Saturday 28th July, 4:00-8:00pm

Atwater Village: 3015-3407 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039

Gallery Hours: All Gallery hours varies (please contact gallery for business hours)

The first summer Atwater art walk presented by The Atwater Galleries will take place Saturday, July 28th, from 4 to 8 pm. JFerrari Gallery, Black Maria Gallery, Little Bird Gallery and Pounder Koné Art Space will be the host the Atwater Galleries Summer Party.

jFerrari Gallery: Dedicated to exhibiting works by mid-career and emerging contemporary artists. jFerrari is located at The Complex now showing a group exhibition of landscape paintings, Earthly Delights. There will be live music and live paintings by artist, Dan Wooster.

Black Maria Gallery: Focused on non-mainstream art that reverberates with the shock of the new. This is the opening reception for The Re-run Show, featuring works from memorable past exhibitions. An open bar and food will be provided along with a DJ spinning cool afternoon tunes and even maybe a surprise performance piece by Ladyspoke. Don’t forget to check out the new Black Maria store right next door.

Little Bird Gallery: The latest addition to the Atwater Galleries will be presenting a solo show featuring new works by Thomas Mulvane. Little bird focuses on the artist as more as an individual. The gallery will be hosting an open bar and refreshments.

Pounder Koné ArtSpace: A creative meeting art space for artists, writers and musicologists alike with a focus on introducing artists from the Diaspora and local Angelino artists. This is the closing reception for Fully Fledged, an all women group show, including Artis Lane, Pamela Mower Conner and Dominique Moody.

July 03, 2007

Summer Swing at Heartbeat House

Learn to swing, swing, swing with Heartbeat House social ballroom instructor, Chris Hardouin! Four consecutive Friday evenings at 6:30 PM starting July 20th. Explore the various styles of swing and learn great routines to get even the shyest wallflower on the dance floor. Chris H. will demonstrate the simple mechanics of dancing as a couple and get you tapping your toes to the beat. So throw on your sneakers and come learn this fun and versatile dance! No partner is required and you can come to as many classes as you want.

June 28, 2007

Glendale Blvd Streetscape Master Plan funding application gets a failing grade from the MTA

The funding application submitted by the L.A. Bureau of Street Services (BSS) to implement remaining portions of the Glendale Blvd Streetscape Master Plan failed to get a preliminarily recommendation for funding from the MTA 2007 Call for Projects review staff.

The Glendale Blvd Streetscape Master Plan funding request scored 66 points out of a possible 100. The funding request received notably low scores in evaluation criteria categories of “Project Need & Benefit to Trans. System” (22 points), “Local Match” (0 points) and “Land Use & Environmental Compatibility” (17 points).

The BSS is seeking approximately 3 million dollars of MTA funding to implement unfinished portions of the Glendale Blvd Streetscape Master Plan which was formulated in 2002. The funding would be used to widen sidewalks, add bump-outs at corners to shorten pedestrian crossing distances, address traffic flow issues in various ways, provide new median landscaping and irrigation, and slow vehicular traffic on Glendale Blvd by reducing traffic lanes from 6 to 4.

The MTA Board of Directors, the governing body of the MTA, is expected to adopt the staff’s preliminarily recommendation for funding from the MTA 2007 Call for Projects at their July 26th Board Meeting.

For MTA Board meeting agendas go to:

For more information about the 2007 MTA Call for Project go to:

Also see Atwater Village News blog article “L.A. Bureau of Street Services Applies for MTA “Call for Projects” go to:

June 13, 2007


Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce


Annual General Meeting & Board of Directors Election

July 11, 2007 - 6:30 pm

Tam O'Shanter Inn

2980 Los Feliz Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90039

For more information contact the Chamber at 323.634.2535 or

Click here to download event flier (pdf)

May 08, 2007

May 17 Youth Job Fair, Verdugo Jobs Center

Youth job fair on Thursday, May 17, 3pm to 6pm at the Verdugo Jobs Center, 1255 S. Central Ave, Glendale.   For additional info, please contact  or call 818-548-2791.


May 04, 2007

Atwater Village Farmers' Market - May 2007

Open Every Sunday – Rain or Shine
Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot
3250 Glendale Blvd.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

What’s in season this Mayl!!!  Cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, green garlic, asparagus, cheremoyas, beets, artichokes, and fava beans.  Also year ‘round – fresh baked bread, goat cheese, hummus, tamales, kettle corn, honey, fresh cut flowers, potatoes, and farm fresh eggs!

 May 6th
· Monthly Pet Adoption!!!  Stop by for a look at the cats and dogs!
· Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

May 13th
· Happy Mother’s Day!  Grab a free flower at the SEE-LA booth for mom!
· Pick up some tasty goat cheese or berries for Mother’s Day!

May 20th
· Stop by for lunch and check out our food vendors!  We have something for the vegan, the chicken or sausage lover, and the person with the sweet tooth!
· Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

May 27th

· Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

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April 29, 2007

jFERRARI Gallery's One-Year Anniversary Show!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

2:00pm to 10:00pm

3015 Glendale Blvd - Atwater Village, CA 90039



It is with great enthusiasm that jFERRARI Gallery proudly announces their One-Year Anniversary Show! We have invited 27 of our most talented artists who work in an array of representational and abstract styles to exhibit. "Chapa" our resident band will also be performing for us. A sound best described as experimental folk with a classic approach and instrumentation, some call it "Experimental Storytelling”. Opening for “Chapa” will be our newest addition “Good On Paper”, a local indie band of two. It has been an exceptionally monumental first year and we look forward to continuing and exploring more diverse exhibitions for the coming year. We will continue to support individual emerging artists, as well as representing new artists. As the art scene in Northeast Los Angeles blooms, we will continue our interrelationships between our local communities and venues. We will also keep striving to be community involved by generating more collaborations with one another. We hope this impetus effort will revitalize Atwater Village and its neighboring communities.

April 23, 2007

Atwater Playhouse offers Atwater Village residents FREE admission to their new 2007 production!!!

Atwater Playhouse and Method Acting Company opened its third original production, Hands of an Angry God, this past weekend. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the theater would like to extend an invitation to all residents of the burgeoning Atwater Village, to attend the production for FREE. Please note that all one needs to do is mention they saw the invitation on Atwater Village News – Blog for FREE admission.

This original play was written by playwright Laurie Powers and directed by Atwater resident Jamie Paolinetti. Hands of an Angry God follows the lives of two American families and communities during World War II. Through the war and consequential events, their lives become entangled and they are forced to confront their beliefs and their desires.

Rich in symbolism and allegory, Hands of an Angry God offers the audience the chance to take a hard look at some of the most poignant topics of today: war, religion, politics, and the effect on relationships.

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April 19, 2007

Meeting Minutes: Fletcher Drive Streetscape Master Plan

Click here to download meeting minutes (04/11/2007) for Fletcher Drive / Glassell Park Streetscape Master Plan (pdf file)

Atwater Village Farmers' Market (AVFM) Earth Day Event!

This Sunday, April 22nd, AVFM will be celebrating Earth Day!!!!

In conjunction with Sundance Channel, we will be handing out FREE recyclable bags for your market shopping.  Stop by the SEE-LA booth to pick-up your free bag!

11:30 a.m.  Special guest appearance with Stacee Longo!  Story time/arts and crafts using recycled materials.  Come listen to a story about treating the earth with care.

April 18, 2007


Saturday 4/28 8:30 PM at Heartbeat House- enjoy dance demos, Indian food, open bar, DJ, party favors, and more!

Heartbeat House Dance Workout Studio

3141 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039


History of Beach Grocery Co. Inc.

Beach's Market, Circa 1980 - Glendale Blvd / Glenhurst Ave

Written by Jan Zufall

Max Arthur Beach was the man behind the vision of Beach’s Markets. He began at the age of twelve to support his widowed mother and two sisters. Max as a bookkeeper who in the mid 1930’s went into partnership with Izzsy Sol. Izzsy had two markets in his chain. This chain grew until 1930 when it was sold and Max acquired two stores of his own. He now owned the Acme Market in the San Fernando Valley and Beach’s Market on Glendale Blvd., in the Atwater District of Los Angeles. He still owned the Market in Atwater at the time of his death in 1988.

During the 1950 and 1960’s Max also had drugstore and hardware businesses. Max continued to expand his chain of stores by purchasing small markets and other real estate around the city. His purchases were to generate income for future expansion of his markets. His dream came true with the retail centers he build in the mid 1960’s. In Downey his retail center includes a Beach’s Market, (which houses an independent bakery), a restaurant (Bakers Square), and a cleaner. In Rosemead he built a big new supermarket to replace the small neighborhood store. He also built a drugstore (now CVS Drugs) opposite the market, and a Jack in the Box. He also owns several rental properties all around this market. In the next decade he concentrated on his two retail centers, owning and operating the two Beach markets. A privately owned corporation was formed in the 1970’s.

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April 14, 2007

Pot-ted's First Art Show

Pot-ted is excited to host their first Art Opening. We will be featuring artists Carolyn Mendoza and Robert Nydam on Friday, April 20th, from 7pm-10pm. Both artists will be present. 

Carolyn Mendoza, a fine artist from Venice, California, has established a long-term career in working with metal.  Influenced by nature, she creates unique sculptural designs by welding natural forms on to steel. Using various patina techniques, vivid colors hidden beneath the surface are drawn out.  These one-of-a-kind organic artworks can be enjoyed in both indoor and outdoor settings and can be custom designed to suit the client's individual needs.

Bob Nydam's signature is the interplay of chaos and order. Chaos flows through the images of insects evoking a gut-level emotional reaction without the baggage of most cultural and religious icons. Plain and simple: bugs are creepy! Look again and the ordered backgrounds depict a need to control the world through the trappings of dualism and fundamentalism. These layers of cacophony and control aspire to create a third layer existent on a more hopeful and deeper psycho-spiritual level.
We look forward to seeing you.

The Tarts

Pot-ted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 323.665.3801

April 13, 2007

TEEN HIP-HOP at Heartbeat House

Creative Movement class with a focus on age-appropriate modern Hip-Hop moves accompanied by Radio Disney and Radio Friendly Hip-Hop Music.

Each class leads students through a warm-up routine, cross-floor work, and development of a dance sequence, culminating in a performance demonstration for parents, siblings, and friends on the last day of class.

Begins Monday, April 16th 5:30 PM

Heartbeat House Dance Workout Studio


April 06, 2007

Flamenco Workshop in Atwater Village


An introductory course with Angelita Macias (Artistic Director of Flamenco Show at El Cid). A fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of this passionate and intense dance. Starts Sunday 4/15 10:00-11:00 AM. Skirts and shoes recommended.

At: Heartbeat House Dance Workout Studio

3141 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039


April 04, 2007

Northeast L.A. Youth Job Fair, Sat. May 12

The job fair is sponsored by the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), First Chance Program, the Office of LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and the Glassell Park Improvement Association. The job fair is scheduled for Saturday May 12, from 10:00am - 2:00pm and the Glassell Park Community & Senior Center.

Click here to download event flier (pdf file)

For more information contact...

David Cons, Program Coordinator
Jewish Vocational Service
First Chance Program
840 North Avenue 66
LA, CA 90042
w. 323.257.9600 ext 156
f. 323.257.8118

March 31, 2007

Salsa & Swing and Tiny Twinkles in Atwater Village

Salsa and Swing at Caballero Dance

Check out the new Wednesday night classes offering Salsa, Swing and Tango series, also Jazz and a new night for children's Ballet. Salsa for adults will meet from 7:00-8:00 pm and is taking sign-ups to start in April.  Instructor: Liz Curtis. Please contact Caballero Dance at 323-663-1907 or email for more info.

Tiny Twinkles at Dave's Accordion School

Try this hour of musical fun with your young child age 0-3 yrs; still offering a free introductory class Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 am. For more information, visit or call Dave's at 323-663-1907.

March 29, 2007

Atwater Village Farmers' Market April 2007 Calendar

Open Every Sunday – Rain or Shine

Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot
3250 Glendale Blvd.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 2007 Calendar

What’s in season this April!!!  Cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, green garlic, asparagus, cheremoyas, beets, asparagus, and swiss chard.  Also year ‘round – fresh baked bread, hummus, tamales, kettle corn, honey, fresh cut flowers, potatoes, and farm fresh eggs!

April 1st
· Monthly Pet Adoption!!!  Stop by for a look at  some cats and dogs!
· Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

April 8th
· Spring Rock Decorating!  Decorate your own rock to be an animal, an Easter egg or whatever you want!
· Pick up the tastiest, freshest produce for your holiday picnic or dinner.April 15th
· Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!
April 22nd
12:00 p.m. Stacee Longo’s Earth Day Storytime/Arts & Crafts. Happy Earth Day!  Support your small farmers who cultivate the earth with the many varieties of produce they plant!

April 29th
· Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

Fresh Produce Direct from the Farmer to You!
We accept EBT!

Sponsored by L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti CD 13

Operated by SEE-LA
6605 Hollywood Blvd.,  #220
Hollywood, CA  90028

March 22, 2007

Atwater Village Street Festival Coming Soon!

The Atwater Village Street Festival will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 10th on Glendale Blvd.

Calling all artists and crafts people: spaces are available for rent at the Street Festival. Please call 323.661.3283 for information.

For more information about the Atwater Village Residents Association (AVRA) call their information line at 213.488.4431

Streetscape Master Planning process for Fletcher Drive, Meeting - April 11th

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Glassell Park Community Center

3750 Verdugo Road, L.A. 90065

  • Meet Kathryn Cerra, of Cerra and Associates who has been contracted to work with the community in creating this design.
  • There will also be representatives from Bureau of Street Services who will be available to answer questions related to this effort.
  • This is the first of a series of community meetings where the process will be explained
  • All meetings will be facilitated by the Office of Counilmember Eric Garcetti.

March 13, 2007

Bea Gold Retrospective Art Show

jFERRARI Gallery is happy to announce its first Retrospective art exhibit featuring BEA GOLD.

She is an artist who has painted and done woodcuts since she was very young. She will turn eighty years old this April! Her paintings are portraits of people and they were either commissioned, bartered or were painted as gifts. Her paintings are owned by people around the country and this is the first time they will be together,to be seen in the same place.

She is the mother of four grown children.  She lives with her granddaughter Zahava Jones.  She was married to Jack Gold for 53 years, he died on their 53rd anniversary.

She has wanted a retrospective for years but it was always too hard to make it happen.  This year she turns eighty and she figures it’s now or never, so she took on the challenge to put it together after discovering jFERRARI Gallery.

The Retrospective Print and Paint Show will bring together works covering 65 years and many of the people in the paintings will attend the event.

Please join us on Saturday, April 7th, 2007 at 6pm for an opening reception.

jFERRARI is a gallery of contemporary art dedicated to supporting emerging and mid-career fine artists.  The gallery is active with monthly exhibitions of diverse, unique and innovative works of art.

March 02, 2007

Libby's is back at the Atwater Village Farmers' Market

Libby’s has returned! My vintage merchandise is at the Pasadena Antique Center “Annex” in Pasadena. And I’m selling the plants, pots and some vintage items at the Atwater Farmer’s Market on Glendale Blvd.every Sunday. That will give me more time for the landscaping.

I am not working at the “Annex” as they have employees selling the merchandise but I will be at the Farmer’s Market every Sunday (except when raining). Please stop by because I miss all my great customers terribly. I’ll also have discounts the last hour of the market. And please call if you have special requests for plants. I’ve kept the shop phone number (323) 663-2600

Here’s all the info:

Atwater Village Farmer’s Market

Wells Fargo Bank parking lot

3250 Glendale Blvd.

Atwater Village, CA 90039

Every Sunday

10 am – 2 pm

Plenty of free parking

Libby’s Vintage Home & Garden

(323) 663-2600

March 01, 2007

Pot-ted At Ca|Boom4

Ca|Boom4 is an innovative design show featuring designers from all over the world. Pot-ted is very excited to take part in this event. If you'd like to join us Friday, 3/30 (trade only), Saturday, 3/31, or Sunday, 4/1, to see what all the buzz is about visit to buy tickets online. Enter the code "potted" and receive a $4 discount.

We'll see you at the show!



Atwater Village Farmers' Market March 2007


Open Every Sunday – Rain or Shine

Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot
3250 Glendale Blvd.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 2007 Calendar

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

What's in season this March!!! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, carrots, oranges, fuji apples, cauliflower, asparagus, turnips, spinach, beets, and swiss chard. Also year ‘round – fresh baked bread, roasted peanuts, tamales, kettle corn, honey, fresh cut flowers, potatoes, and farm fresh eggs! 

  March 4th
  • Monthly Pet Adoption!!! Stop by and take a look at the really cute cats and dogs!
  • Ryan Majestic's balloons and magic tricks!

  • March 11th
  • Arts and crafts table for children! Celebrate National Nutrition Month making your very own carrot necklaces and bracelets!
  • Come try our new food vendors – authentic Costa Rican food – plantains, empanadas; Hummus – all different flavors, etc. !

  • March 18th
  • Free balloons for children at the SEE-LA booth!
  • Remember Libby's on Sunset? She's back at our market, selling her plants! Stop by, say "hi", and pick up her friendly tips on taking care of plants.

  • March 25th
  • Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!
  • Free Raffle - win a Healthy Produce Basket for National Nutrition Month.

    Fresh Produce Direct from the Farmer to You!

    We accept EBT!

    Sponsored by Councilpresident Eric Garcetti CD 13

  • February 27, 2007

    Community Job fair at the L.A. Dodger Stadium

    Saturday, March 17, 2007

    10 a.m to 1 p.m.

    Dodger Stadium

    1000 Elysian Park Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Click here for event flier (pdf file)

    February 21, 2007



    Learn to Samba with Fransini! Discover a new and energetic way to move your body. Learn to follow the fast and vigorous rhythms of this exciting Brazilian dance. Control your lower body movements and isolate muscle areas while gaining strength, flexibility and definition. You'll be having so much fun, you won't even notice you're getting in your cardio workout for the day!

    For more information visit:

    February 07, 2007

    El Buen Gusto - Notice of Public Hearing, Feb 22


    The Office of Zoning Administration will conduct a public hearing which you may attend.

    PLACE: Los Angeles City Hall

    200 North Spring Street, Room 1020

    (Enter From Main Street)

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    TIME: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2007 AT 2:00 P.M.


    The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested persons regarding this application. Interested parties are also invited to submit written comments regarding the request prior to the hearing. The environmental impact will be among the matters considered at the hearing.

    REQUEST: 1) A Conditional Use Permit pursuant to the provisions of Section 12.24-W,1 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, to permit the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site consumption at a new 2,500 square-foot restaurant with seating for 70 patrons and operating hours of 11 a.m. to 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2) Pursuant to Section 12.24-X,20 of the Code, a Zoning Administrator’s Determination from Section 12.21-A,4(c)(3) to permit shared off-street parking of 53 parking spaces on site in lieu of the required 15 spaces.

    PROPERTY INVOLVED: 3140 North Glendale Boulevard, legally described as Lots 203, 204, 310 and 311, Block 6, Tract 2689, as more specifically described in the application.

    Click here to download hearing notice (pdf file)

    February 02, 2007

    Belly Dance Fusion in Atwater Village

    Belly Dance Fusion with Heather!

    It's time to unleash your powerful feminine energy and learn how to bellydance! And why not- considering there's no better way to isolate and tone that mid-section while listening to funky middle eastern music and Heather's insightful anecdotes on the mind body connection. This class fuses tribal, egyptian, and other styles into a challenging one hour workout leaving you feeling sexy and empowered. It's bellydance time!

    For more information...

    Heartbeat House Dance Workout Studio

    3141 Glendale Blvd.

    Los Angeles (Atwater Village), CA 90039


    February 01, 2007

    Atwater Village Farmers' Market February 2007 Calendar

    Open Every Sunday – Rain or Shine

    Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot
    3250 Glendale Blvd.

    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    February 2007 Calendar

    What’s in season this February!!!  Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, oro blanco grapefruits, oranges, fuji apples, cauliflower, asparagus, leeks, spinach, beets, and swiss chard.  Also year ‘round – fresh baked bread, juice, tamales, kettle corn, honey, fresh cut flowers, cheese, potatoes, and farm fresh eggs!


    February 4th

    Monthly Pet Adoption!!!

    Live acoustic music w/Mario!

    Stop by the market and pick up some kettle corn, tamales, organic cheese, or produce for your Super Bowl Sunday get together!

    February 11th
    Special arts and crafts table for Valentine’s Day!  Kids, make your own veggie Valentine’s Day jewelry!

    Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

    February 18th
    Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

    Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the market!  - Featuring Chef Cynthia Agustin’s Food Demo!
    Learn how to cook scrumptious and healthy Chinese dishes!

    Special appearance by Stacee Longo featuring Chinese New Year Storytime/Arts and Crafts!

    February 25th
    Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

    Fresh Produce Direct from the Farmer to You!

    We accept EBT!

    Sponsored by Councilpresident Eric Garcetti CD 13

    January 28, 2007

    L.A. Bureau of Street Services Applies for MTA “Call for Projects” Funding for Completion of Glendale Blvd Streetscape

    The L.A. Bureau of Street Services (BSS) has applied for funding through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) “Call for Projects” to complete the Glendale Blvd Streetscape Master Plan formulated in 2002.

    The BSS is seeking $3,000,000 (three million dollars) to implement unfinished portions of the Glendale Blvd Streetscape Master Plan. If awarded, the funding will be used to widen sidewalks, add bump-outs at corners to shorten pedestrian crossing distances, address traffic flow issues in various ways, provide new median landscaping and irrigation, and slow vehicular traffic on Glendale Blvd by reducing traffic lanes from 6 to 4. Click here for 4-lane concept design - pdf file.

    The funding application, which includes a specific and separate cost estimate to reduce the number of traffic lanes from 6 to 4, was submitted to the MTA on January 18th.   The decision as to whether or not funding is approved is expected to be announced in July 2007.

    For more information about this funding effort contact:

    Ms. Audrey Netsawang

    Landscape Architectural Associate

    Los Angeles Department of Public Works

    Bureau of Street Services, Engineering Division

    600 S. Spring Street, Ste 500

    Los Angeles, CA 90014-1915

    Phone: 213.847.5142

    Fax: 213.485.1267

    Continue reading "L.A. Bureau of Street Services Applies for MTA “Call for Projects” Funding for Completion of Glendale Blvd Streetscape" »

    January 25, 2007

    Home Depot Totally Ignores Communities’ and City Council’s Approved Plans to Improve the Fletcher Square and Fletcher Drive/San Fernando Area

    Home Depot has lied and broken its promise to work with the Glassell Park and Atwater Village communities to determine the future of the vacant Kmart site.

    During 2006 the communities of Glassell Park and Atwater Village held a series of meetings with the Los Angeles City Planning Department to determine how Fletcher Square should be developed.  At these meetings residents and business owners vocalized their preferences for the types of businesses, design overlay and landscaping which would meet the needs of the communities and keep the development attractive and pedestrian friendly.  At these meetings it was strongly and unequivocally expressed that the communities did not want another Home Depot store in Fletcher Square or along this stretch of San Fernando Road.

    In December 2006, based on the communities’ expressed desires, the Los Angeles City Council passed the long awaited Fletcher Square Community Design Overlay (CDO) ordinance. The Fletcher Square CDO gives the community an important tool to improve the San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive area by promoting more community friendly commercial development thru established guidelines.

    Home Depot had previously sought to fully demolish the vacant Kmart building and construct a new version “mega” store from the ground up. The proposed “mega” store would be the third such store within a six mile stretch of San Fernando Road.  However, there was strong community opposition to such a plan.  Home Depot representatives at these meetings clearly heard that the communities wanted a more pedestrian friendly commercial development at the site  with businesses which would meet the needs of the communities.

    What Did Home Depot Do Instead?

    Home Depot has lied and broken its promises to work with the communities to find a better option for the vacant Kmart site than another Home Depot store. Home Depot is now seeking to install a second-rate mini “mega” store at the site and completely destroy the Fletcher Square Community Design Overlay (CDO) with Big Box sprawl.

    Continue reading "Home Depot Totally Ignores Communities’ and City Council’s Approved Plans to Improve the Fletcher Square and Fletcher Drive/San Fernando Area" »

    January 18, 2007

    African Inspired Dance in Atwater Village

    Join Laila Abdullah in a dance/workout class that moves the body, heart, and mind! This class will focus on teaching students Dunham Technique and dance movements of West Africa, Brazil and Haiti. This class integrates the spiritual connections and dances of these diasporic cultures and includes modern and contemporary connections of divine awareness to the mind, body, and soul.

    For more information: 

    January 16, 2007

    Community Moon Meditation

    New Moon: Sunday, Jan. 21st 7:30-9:00pm

    Join Heartbeat House with their very own Heather Shoopman (Belly Dance Fusion) for an exploration in guided meditation and movement designed to calm the mind and restore the body. This workshop will focus on the self cutlivation of peace, clarity, balance, happiness and love.

    For more information:

    Atwater Village Commercial Parking Study

    Atwater Village Neighborhood Council funds a $6,500.00 “Parking Credit” study for Glendale Blvd.

    At the January 11th, 2007 General Board Meeting the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) voted to fund a “parking credit” study that will focus on commercial parking along Glendale Blvd.

    The purpose of this study is to create a community specific parking ordinance to ease parking requirements for new or change-of-use businesses along Glendale Blvd by identifying “underused” public parking spaces and allowing these businesses to purchase them under a “parking credit” scheme. The subsequent ordinance would allow businesses that are required to have a specific number of parking spaces to purchase “parking credits” from the City in lieu of building more spaces onsite. The parking credits available for purchase would be limited by actual parking capacity within a predetermined boundary along Glendale Blvd and adjacent residential streets.

    The subsequent parking ordinance would not create new parking spaces nor would it reserve public parking spaces specifically and solely for those businesses that purchased “parking credits”.

    The AVNC Board voted to contract with Civic Enterprise Associates (CEA), a consulting firm, to spearhead the study and will pay CEA $6,500.00 for its services.  These services include: assessing current parking conditions along Glendale Blvd, performing stakeholder outreach, producing design and visualization materials, defining desired outcomes and determining and prioritizing the next steps, producing a strategic memorandum, and working with the AVNC, Council District 13 and City Departments to implement agreed-upon next steps.

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    January 12, 2007

    URGENT NEWS BULLETIN - Atwater Village Neighborhood Watch

    Last night, the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council voted unanimously in favor of two motions regarding the proposed ARTWATER event,
    scheduled for April 21. They will be a sponsor, insuring the event and they will fund it... it’s official!!!

    Now, the work starts.
    We desperately need volunteers to join us in preparation and on the day of the event.

    Without your help, we won’t be able to do this— it is that simple.

    We need volunteers in:
    • Registration •Security •Escort and Guides •Kid coordinators •Fundraising •Publicity
    ... and more


    - - -

    A Day of Art, Music and Food

    Benefiting the kids of Atwater Village
    While raising awareness for the community,
    it’s art galleries and businesses.

    APRIL 21, 2007

    Activities and Events Planned Include:
    A Chalk Festival
    Residents Art Exhibition
    Art Gallery Crawl
    A “Taste of Atwater”
    Sunset Concert with many styles of music
    Village Bake Sale and Cooking Demonstration
    Dance Demonstration, Strolling Musicians and Performers
    Kids’ Crafts Tables
    L.A. River Photography Exhibit

    All proceeds to be donated to Inside/Out Community Arts
    And Sonic Muze—education through music

    Contact for more information and to volunteer

    January 04, 2007

    Atwater Village H&R Block Grand Opening, Jan 20th

    The H&R Block is growing in its service to the community. We have planned a grand opening celebration to commemorate our success and set our sights on future growth.

    Won't you chase away the blues of income tax season and join us Saturday, January 20th at 3111 Glendale Blvd. (Atwater Village) for food and drinks and lots of fun. The grand opening will start at 12:00 p.m.

    Bring your good sense of humor and meet the Atwater Village Staff and we'll take care of the rest.


    Luz T. Mateo & Staff

    Office Coordinator

    Atwater Village Farmers' Market January 2007 Calendar

    Open Every Sunday – Rain or Shine

    Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot

    3250 Glendale Blvd.

    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    January 2007 Calendar

    What’s in season this January!!!  Butternut squash, greens, spinach, green beans, oro blanco grapefruits, oranges, apples, asian pears, cauliflower, brussell sprouts, and persimmons.  Also year ‘round – fresh baked bread, juice, tamales, kettle corn, honey, fresh cut flowers, herbs, cheese, potatoes, and farm fresh eggs! 

    January 7th

    · Monthly Pet Adoption!!!

    · Live acoustic music w/Mario!

    · Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks.

    · Start the New Year w/healthy and fresh persimmon juice, salads!

    January 14th

    · We’ll have a new kettle corn food vendor!

    · Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks

    January 21st

    · Free balloons for children at the SEE-LA booth!

    · Free Raffle at 12:00 p.m. w/Atwater Village Farmers’ produce!

    January  28th

    · Ryan Majestic’s balloons and magic tricks!

    · Spend a relaxing Sunday at the Atwater  Village Farmers’ w/your neighbors sipping free farm-fresh apple cider from the SEE-LA booth!

    Sponsored by Councilpresident Eric Garcetti CD 13

    January 02, 2007

    Fletcher Square CDO Update!

    The Fletcher Square Community Design Overlay (CDO) District has been adopted by the L.A. City Council on December 20, 2006 and signed into law by the L.A. City Mayor on December 27, 2006; it is now law.

    Click here to download Fletcher Square CDO Guidelines (pdf file)

    Click here to download Fletcher Square Zone Change Ordinance (pdf file)

    Click here to download Fletcher Square Boundaries Ordinance (pdf file)

    December 15, 2006

    Atwater Village Farmers' Market Update 12.14.2006

    The Atwater Village Farmers' Market will be closed:

    Christmas Eve - Dec. 24th AND

    New Year's Eve - Dec. 31st.

    Don't forget to stock up on your produce this Sunday, Dec. 17th.  Our produce lasts a really long time because it's always so fresh!

    This Sunday, Dec. 17th:

    • Ryan Magestic's balloons and magic tricks
    • 1:00 - Live music w/the Jack Bambis!

    Happy Holidays!  Thank you for supporting our local farmers, food vendors and artisans throughout 2006!

    See you back at the market on Sunday, January 7th, 2007!

    Joyce Chan

    Atwater Village Farmers Market

    Netty’s Silver Lake Restaurant & Neighborhood Institution To Change Hands


    Chef Gloria Felix & Elizabeth Belkind To Launch “reservoir” At Site

    Atwater Village & Silver Lake Area, December 11, 2006: Netty’s Restaurant ends a two-decade run in Silver Lake this month and welcomes reservoir, a new restaurant by chefs Gloria Felix and Elizabeth Belkind.

    Owner Netty Carr with then-partner Luis Moreno launched the restaurant in April 1987, bringing an innovative concept of “carryout cuisine” to the northeast side of Los Angeles. “Twenty years ago most of the interesting restaurants were on the Westside and we wanted to bring something good to our neighborhood,” said Netty.

    In a city saturated with food but starved for healthy cuisine to take home, the concept was embraced by patrons near and far for the imaginative menu, eco-friendly packaging and the convenience of the carryout concept. Both the Silver Lake and the Echo Park neighborhoods welcomed the “California Comfort Food” theme, which launched house favorites including:

    • Warm Seafood Salad with sea scallops, shrimp, toasted almonds, and orange wedges

    • Pork Tenderloin with Creole mustard sauce

    • Drunken Shrimp in spicy beer butter

    • Chocolate Almond Bread Pudding

    (Netty promises to share those recipes in a cookbook “some where down the road”.)

    But the restaurant was about more than great food: “Netty's is a family business with local roots that has served as a forum for raising awareness about issues close to home,” said Netty. She cites as an example the successful signature-gathering drive to save the nearby historic Van de Kamps Bakery building from demolition, which is slated to be a satellite campus of Los Angeles City College and most recently trying to block another Home Depot from coming to San Fernando Road. While dining and signing, customers embraced the opportunity to be part of the community effort to protect the future of their neighborhood. Netty’s regulars typically included artists and activists, reporters and politicos – a clientele as diverse as the menu.

    As with many family businesses, Netty had hoped to pass the restaurant on to the next generation but found little interest, which then prompted her decision to sell. “I thought it was time to let some one else take it in a new direction,” said Netty. Enter Chefs Gloria Felix and Elizabeth Belkind, who are opening a new restaurant at the site – “reservoir”.

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    December 09, 2006

    Revisiting the Atwater Village Pedestrian Oriented District (POD)

    Since January 2001 the Atwater Village POD has guided the business development along Glendale and Los Feliz Blvd's. The POD main purpose is to encourage a pedestrian friendly business environment.

    Click here to download the Atwater Village POD complete text (pdf file)

    Click here for 1998 news article: "Atwater Village takes steps to put togther pedestrian plan" (pdf file)

    December 04, 2006

    Atwater Village Farmers' Market - December 2006 Calendar

    Click here to download AVFM December Calendar (pdf file)

    November 26, 2006

    Vince's Market - Atwater Village History

    Vince's Market (3250 Silver Lake Blvd, Corner w/ Atwater Ave.) opened in June 1939. The store was purchased by Joseph Caravella and his wife Mabel and named it for their son Vince.

    Joseph Caravella's mother and father came from Italy to the U.S. in 1887 with their first son. The next year, 1888 their second son, Joseph, was born. They remained in the U.S. for 2 years then returned to Italy were they had to more sons and two daughters. In 1898 the entire family returned to the U.S. and settled in Birmingham, Alabama, where the elder Caravella sold fruits and vegetables from an open truck then later opened a small market. In 1912 Joseph married Mabel Bowes and they had 4 children.

    Their only son, Vince, came to California in 1937. While living with his married sister he attended South Gate High School the Los Angeles City College and worked at Cash's King and EF Smith Markets. Vince's Parents came to California in 1939. Joseph and Mabel purchased a market at the corner of Silver Lake Blvd and Atwater Avenue in 1939. Vince helped his parents run the store until he entered the Navy during World War II. Vince was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. During this time the market was run by Joseph and Mabel, affectionately called "Big Daddy and Big Mama" by their family. When Vince was discharged from the Navy he again helped his parents run the market until their retirement in 1953.

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    November 25, 2006

    Atwater Village Tree Lighting Ceremony, Thursday, December 7!

    13th Annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting Ceremony!

    Thursday, December 7 - 6:30pm

    Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot (3250 Glendale Blvd)

    Come join Santa and the Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce!
    Click here to download event flier (pdf file, 1.6mb)

    November 10, 2006

    "Aid for AIDS" at Dtox Day Spa, Thursday , Nov. 16th


    dtox day spa ( is proud to announce our participation in SPA DAY®, a one-day event in which spas from across the country agree to donate at least 20% of their total revenue earned on THURS., NOV. 16. to a local non-profit that focuses on helping those living with HIV/AIDS.

    On this special day, dtox day spa will donate 30% of its proceeds to Los Angeles’ “Aid for AIDS,” a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for necessities of life to adults and children living below the poverty line with HIV/AIDS.

    Book your next appointment for NOV 16, or buy a gift certificate on this day, and 30% of your purchase will go to help your fellow Angelenos.

    Gift certificates purchased by phone or in person will include a note to the recipients letting them know that 30% of the purchase will benefit "Aid For AIDS." For more information on SPA DAY® and “Aid for Aids,” please visit or 

    Garden Art at Pot-ted

    Pot-ted is pleased to host a collection of metal paintings by artist Carolyn Mendoza. Sculpting steel & painting with acid patina’s, Carolyn’s work is both vibrant and poetic. More for her work, installations, and information can be found at or better yet, visit Pot-ted and see them in person.


    Annette & Mary

    The Garden Tarts”


    3158 Los Feliz Blvd (in Atwater Village)

    Click here to download flier (pdf file)

    November 09, 2006

    Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Save the Date!

    Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Thursday, December 7, at 6:30pm

    Wells Fargo Bank parking lot (3250 Glendale Blvd.)

    “Set to take place on Thursday, December 7, at 6:30PM, our evening of “Santa’s in the Village” will surely be yet another wonderful evening filled with the joy of the Season.  As always, children’s’ choirs from our various local schools, as well as the “Voice of Christmas” choral singers, little dancers from the Caballero Dance Academy, and of course Santa Claus himself will all be in attendance. There will also be a toy drive for the LAPD, so we encourage our guests to bring a new unwrapped toy that does not require batteries.”

    For further information, please feel free to contact :

    Mark Newman-Kuzel

    Maid in the U.S.A.



    Atwater Griffith Park Chamber of Commerce

    Importante Gifts 1st Year Anniversary Party!

    Importante 1st Anniversary Party

    Saturday, Nov. 18th - 7pm till 10pm

    3149 Glendale Blvd

    Click here to download event flier / invite (pdf file)

    October 19, 2006

    Atwater Playhouse announces Opening Night of "Invisible Bars"

    CONTACT: Andrea Alstot, 805-794-8021,


    3191 Casitas Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Los Angeles, CALIFORNIAThursday, October 19, 2006 - The Atwater Playhouse is pleased to announce the Friday, October 20th, opening of its second original play in 2006. Titled “Invisible Bars,” the play boasts a talented cast of three men and seven women, with all lead characters being female. 

    This new one-act play, written and directed by critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker and playwright, Jamie Paolinetti,  invites the audience to examine the difficulties women continue to encounter in today’s society as they struggle for equality with their male counterparts. Set in Los Angeles, this contemporary drama invites the audience to question whether the impossibility of sameness between the sexes will keep women from ever being truly equal in the eyes of men.

    Paolinetti’s past work includes last spring’s critically acclaimed original theatre production, “I Do”, which received rave reviews throughout the Los Angeles theatre community. Paolinetti’s films are titled The Hard Road, and PRO ( Both feature documentaries have been sold world-wide, and played to sold-out audiences throughout the United States. Paolinetti’s first film, The Hard Road, was named "Top-5 Documentaries” of the year by DVD Talk.

    The Atwater Playhouse is supported by a core company of classically trained method actors who have collectively performed in Los Angeles, New York and abroad.  The space itself is an intimate yet comfortable 45 seat theatre with a generous stage.

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    October 18, 2006

    Atwater Village artistic event - Meeting to discuss proposed event, Oct 25

    To: Atwater Village business/art gallery owners, artists and other interested parties

    Re: Meeting to discuss a proposed neighborhood chalk festival / art walk

    When: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 – 7:30pm 

    Where: Flynn Art Studios 3765 Legion Lane, Atwater Village (Glenfeliz to Sunnynook which dead ends at the river and Legion Lane)
    Objectives: To discuss a possible date for the event, To consider which areas of Atwater to set up the exhibitions, To determine who might help organize the different aspects of the event

    The proposal of an artistic event in Atwater Village has been very enthusiastically received.  The positive feedback has come from art galleries, Atwater’s various organizations, local artists and businesses.  So let’s have a meeting to get the ball rolling.

    As it is getting late in the year we will probably have to wait out the rainy season for our outdoor festivities.  Late March or late April (after Easter) has been suggested.  Several locations have been mentioned from the Red Car Park to the front of Seagray & Squires, The Complex, Atwater Ranch’s parking lot and the bump outs at Madera Ave.  Or why not all of the above and more?  We should also start throwing out ideas on how to involve the kids, raise money for community programs and bring attention to our neighborhood businesses.  All suggestions will be very much appreciated.

    For questions or comments please call Carolyn at (323) 665 – 1901 or email to (Importante Gifts)

    October 17, 2006

    Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce - Social Mixer!

    Chamber Social Mixer

    Thursday, October 19th, 2006

    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Dtox Day Spa

    3206 Los Feliz Blvd (at Glenfeliz Blvd), 323.665.3869

    Please join us for food, drink, and prizes at the Eastside's only day spa. Mingle with fellow business owners and meet your new Chamber of Commerce Board.

    Door and raffle prizes: Champagne brunch for two at the Tam O'Shanter, bottles of champagne (donated by Club Tee Gee), free housingcleaing by Maid in the USA, gift certificate from Dtox Spa, designer t-shirts and more!

    For more information, please contact: Mark Newman-Kuzel (Maid in the USA) at 323.662.6243

    October 12, 2006

    FAV needs your support!

    Friends of Atwater Village is applying for another L.A. City / Public Works Community Beautification Grant. If awarded the grant will be used for a graffiti abatement mural at the Vince’s Market site (corner of Silver Lake Blvd and Atwater Ave in “South Atwater Village”).  To improve our chances of receiving the grant we need letters of support from individuals, community group’s local businesses. We need the letters by Monday (October 16) and would greatly appreciate the support.

    Click here to download form letter in support of our grant application efforts (pdf file)

    Please submit your letter directly to Friends of Atwater Village by:

    Fax: please fax to 323.667.0025

    Email / PDF Scanned: please email a scanned letter (with your signature) to

    Drop off: please drop of the sign letter to 2751 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039


    October 11, 2006


    Home Depot and Dakota Communications (a high-priced marketing communications firm from the Westside) are telling residents about the 200 new jobs that Home Depot will provide if they go into the vacant Kmart Store.
    That’s NOT the truth. Richard Green, Home Depot Real Estate Manager, has publicly stated that they want the Kmart site so they can build a BIGGER STORE; TRANSFER the GLENDALE employees to the new GLASSELL PARK STORE, so they can build a NEW BIGGER STORE in GLENDALE and HIRE NEW EMPLOYEES for that store.







    October 08, 2006

    Costco Parking Lot Expansion Plan - Meeting & Presentation

    Atwater Village Neighborhood Council

    Government Relations Committee

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

     6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    New Hope Chapel (Behind Costco)

    2861 Los Feliz Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90039


    Click here to download Costco Parking Lot Expansion Plan

    Click here to download GRC Meeting Agenda

    Thank You Dtox Day Spa!

    Michelle and Ken from Dtox Day Spa

    Friends of Atwater Village (FAV) would like to thank Dtox Day Spa for choosing us as the recipient of the raffle proceeds at their “Happy Hour Friday” event on September 29. Funds raised from the raffle will greatly benefit the maintenance our many community projects. Click here for more information about FAV Community Projects.

    Congratulations to Bernedette Vasquez, the winner of the “Happy Hour Friday” raffle. The raffle prize includes a Dtox Day Spa Gift Certificate and retail products, Gift Certificate to Asia Restaurant, and a beautiful glazed ceramic pot from Pot-ted