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FAV – Board of Directors

Ann Lawson

Homeowner and Community Activist in Atwater Village since 1968.  A Notary Public, officer in The Friends of Atwater Village; member of the Atwater Village Residents’ Association, member of the Grindelwald Ski Club of Los Angeles since 1956 (sister club is Grindelwald, Switzerland), member and docent / volunteer at the Autry Museum, member of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Los Angeles County Museum Association, Philharmonic Association, and the Northeast Community Plan Advisory Committee for ten years (rewrote the Community Plan for Northeast Los Angeles — disbanded in the Fall of 2003).

Before retiring in 1999, worked for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles for 22 years.  In the private sector managed a court reporting agency for two years, prior to that was in all phases of mortgage banking — including arranging and closing loans, escrow, etc.

Among other things, enjoys snow skiing, hiking, gardening, and working to make Atwater Village a better place to live

Ann can be reached at

Netty Carr

Netty Carr is a native Angeleno and longtime resident of Atwater Village. In addition to being an small business owner since 1987 (Netty’s Restaurant in Silver Lake) Netty has committed herself to community issues with special focus on the environment, green space, and historic preservation.

Some highlights to Netty’s community activism:

1999-Present: Began the Coalition to Save the Van de Kamp’s in response to a developer’s plan to tear down the historical monument to build a “big box”. The Coalition eventually grew to over 23 community groups and succeeded in not only saving the building but was in instrumental in helping to bring and extension campus in Los Angeles City College to the site.

1999: Conceived and personally funded a mural at Glendale Blvd and Glenfeliz Blvd.

2000-Present: Co-founder of FAV.

2000: Conceived and personally funded a mural at Dover Street and the Los Angeles River

Netty can be contacted at

Sandra Caravella

Sandra Caravella is a long time resident of Atwater Village She and her husband Joe were raised in Atwater but lived away for a number of years when Joe was in the Air Force. They returned to Atwater to raise their family and Joe returned to carry on this families business, Vince’s Market.

Sandra has always been interested in the community working for a number of years as a volunteer teacher’s aid at Atwater Ave Elementary and being involved with the PTA. She worked for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau for over 20 years working as a registration supervisor at seminars, trade shows and conventions.

Wanting to be more involved in the community she joined Friends of Atwater village in support of the movement to save the Van de Kamps building and to try to address some of the negative quality of life issues that were becoming an all too common part of Atwater daily life. She also serves on the Board of the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Atwater Residents Association and Neighborhood Watch.

Sandra can be reached at

Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez owns and operates a small family auto repair shop on Fletcher Drive, Luis Lopez Automotive. Luis’s shop is a place where motorists can get reliable and competitive priced auto service & repairs. At heart, he is a friendly neighborhood mechanic dedicated in keeping Atwater Village on the road. In addition to working on cars Luis also enjoys working to solve community problems. Luis has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2002 and has deep roots Atwater’s business community. He has also an active member of Friends of Atwater Village, a local 501 (3) non-profit group.
Luis can be reached at