|FHRA XIX - Return to the Studio
FHRA's 2007 return to The Prospect Studios was a big hit with Franklin
Hills residents. After a warm welcome from studio Manager, Manie Ellis,
the meeting began with an update from Councilmember Tom LaBonge on the task of
helping Griffith Park recover from the May 2007 fire.|
support for efforts led by FHRA board member George Grace to do the
first comprehensive wildlife survey of the park, and post the results
online later this year. LaBonge also had good news that a long awaited
traffic light will soon be helping pedestrians at the dangerous
intersection of Hyperion and Monon St. by Trader Joe's and Gelson's.
Also with an eye to history, and the
calendar, is ABC Broadcast Systems Engineering Manager, William
Prestwidge, he made an appeal for those in the neighborhood who know
bits of the studio's history to get in touch as they are preparing for
the 100th anniversary of Vitagraph's entry into the Franklin Hills in
1912. If you have history to share you can e-mail us at FHRA@FranklinHills.org and we'll put you in touch.
crowd of about 140 area residents then got to meet Captain Jose
Perez who is enthusiastic about his new assignment as area commanding
officer of LAPD's Northeast Division.
Perez, of Puerto Rican descent, grew up in Chicago, which he termed
"the frozen tundra." He called the Northeast Division an "exciting
area" with so many varied features that it is "a city within a
He promised he'll be reaching out to the community and despite the fact
he acknowledged he is "understaffed for the huge area," he promised to
make Northeast "the preeminent division in the city."
His interest in communities and their history was demonstrated by his
interest in some of the FHRA's collection of historic photos, which
were on display and sale at the meeting. To get his officers thinking
about the neighborhoods they work in he's going to adorn the drab
institutional walls of the police station with photos depicting the
rich history of the area.
|Then it was time for a bit of entertaining history from the
studio's past. FHRA board member Bruce Carroll showed clips from the
1921 slapstick comedy/action 2 reeler "The Bellboy" starring Larry
Semon (the producer who almost bankrupted Vitagraph) and a young Oliver
Hardy who lived at 1719 Talmadge. He's seen here on the right. Then scenes of adventure and romance from the 1926 feature
"Sea Beast" where John Barrymore hunts Moby Dick from a whaling ship
that sailed the seven seas in what's now the Prospect Studio parking lot.
When it was back to business. FHRA President Charley Mims gave his
state-of-the-hill speech touching on the recent stairway cleanup, our
median maintenance, efforts to get the LILA school to comply with its
conditional use permit by reducing the number of students as well as
off-hours noise. He also asked for volunteers to lead our graffiti
Senior Lead Officer Al Polehonki (right)
talked about the increased graffiti activity, but had good news the day
after the meeting when two 14-15 year old were arrested for covering
much of the Franklin Hills area with their "23" tag and other acts of
Officer Sam Salazar (left) reported on details of the May shootout
along Prospect which apparently resulted from relationship issues
between the adult shooters' teenaged brothers. Two suffered bullet
wounds and there were 2 car crashes during the getaway, but the
District Attorney has told LAPD they don't have enough evidence to take
the case to trial.
George Grace reported on the project to catalog and create a database
of Griffith Parks natural species. Donations to the wildlife project
can be made though the FHRA.
After that another Grace (Li Qi Reynolds) gave the shortest speech of
the night "Hi!" while her mom Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds
reported that the Hoover Walk Mural should be installed this summer
One of the main purposes of the meeting was to elect new FHRA board
members for the coming year and this year we had eight candidates
running for six regular positions and one vacant seat. When the ballots
were tallied three new board members were elected: David Holladay from
Udell Ct. and Janice Hynek and Sheri Mobley, both Lyric Ave. residents.
Board members Chris Boutelle, Bruce Carroll, George Grace and Carol
Skinner were reelected.
But you don't have to be elected to be involved. If you see something
you want to help improve in our community let us know and we'll work
together to make the Franklin Hills an even better place to live.