Thursday, August 14, 2014


Atwater Ave Elementary got new school principal, Ms. Brenda Garcia. 

Ms. Garcia replaced Terry Burge who only served briefly and departed before completing his first school year. It’s rumored that Burge and “some moms” may have had disagreements about his leadership style at the school. Shelli-Anne Couch, president of the school’s booster club, was quoted saying that Burge “was allowed to resign”. 

Good luck Ms. Garcia… you’ll need it

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Mediterranean themed restaurant, Momed of Beverly Hills, has opened a 2nd location at the ATX Complex (3245 Casitas Ave.) in Atwater Village. Momed touts itself as a eastern Mediterranean “restaurant, deli, espresso bar and marketplace”.

Momed is the 5th restaurant and management team to occupy the ATX location since 2011. Atwater Crossing Wood Fire Kitchen, ATX Kitchen, ATX by Kitchen12000 and The Crossing have all closed; in some cases in as little as two months. Can Momed overcome the “ATX Curse”? Time will tell.

3245 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Now Open in Atwater Village, Lunch only until August 4th, 2014 from 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Dinner starts at 5:30pm on August 4th.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


2728-2734 Fletcher Drive
Gentrification seems to be making it’s way to Atwater’s most southern commercial corridor, Fletcher Drive. The corner mixed-use building located at 2728-2734 Fletcher Drive is up for sale… the asking price: $1,895,000.00

The 8,114 square-foot mixed-use property is situated on a 12,037 square-foot lot and consists of 4 retail units on the bottom floor along with 6 apartment units on the second floor. The apartments are comprised of (4) 1 Bed + 1 Bath units, which are rent control units, and (2) 3 Bed + 2 Bath units. The property also has 15 on site and “ample” street parking.

The seller touts this as a “river adjacent” investment opportunity in “famous Atwater Village on desirable Fletcher Dr. and Atwater Ave.” A possible reference to the scene in Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis runs into Ving Rhames?



Asking price - $1,895,000.00
Location 2728-2734 Fletcher Drive
Approximately 18,000 cars traveling on Fletcher Dr per day
8,114 SF Mixed Use property situated on a 12,037 SF Lot
3 Bedroom units have no rent control
Located in the Enterprise Zone
Great investment opportunity
Plenty of on-site parking
Unit mix consists of 2 (3 bd + 2 ba) and 4 ( 1bd + 1 ba )

For more information contact:
Patrick Dilanian
Direct: (213) 233-4393

Friday, July 18, 2014


Bicycle advocates are still pushing for a “road diet” or lane reduction on the Hyperion Bridge, despite already getting bike lanes incorporated into the Hyperion renovation plan. Check out the traffic simulation video and the backed-up traffic on the bridge with the 3-lane proposal (video time index 4:43).

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Have Atwater’s “Mean Moms” struck again? The grapevine is abuzz that Atwater Ave School Principal, Terry Burge, has resigned after serving less then one school year. Burge replaced widely loved Charles Smith as school Principal. It’s rumored that Burge and “some moms” may have had disagreements about his leadership style at the school.

Friday, May 9, 2014


Meet Larry Hafetz. Atwater resident since July-2012 and new appointee to Atwater’s Neighborhood Council as a “Special Interest” Representative and new Chairman to the Environment & Land Use Committee (ELU). Hafetz originally ran for a seat on the AVNC governing board as a “North Atwater Resident” Representative in the April 12th general election. He finished dead last in that election with just 44 votes.

Hafetz applied for and was appointed as both “Special Interest” Rep. and Chairman of the ELU by AVNC’s newly elected board at their May 8th meeting. He won the chairmanship of the ELU by one vote.

The AVNC is a quasi-governmental city agency that serves as an advisory board to the City of Los Angeles.  It counsels the City on a wide range of local issues. These issues often include environmental and land use issues, such as small lot subdivision housing developments.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Sometimes the local rumor mill passes along tips that don’t pan out.  A recent posting stated that Bon Vivant Market & Café, located at 3155 Glendale Blvd, was rumored to be closing in the “near future”. This rumor proved to be incorrect.

Bon Vivant owner, Tricia La Belle, writes:
“Bon Vivant Market & Cafe isn't closing but will be opening 7 days a week starting June 1st with later hours effective this coming week in preparation for an incredible summer serving the people of Atwater Village... a community we truly love!”

AV News is glad to hear that Bon Vivant is here to stay. For more information about Bon Vivant go to their website at Bon Appétit.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


The unofficial election results are in… 270 ballots were cast and the winners of the 2014 Atwater Village Neighborhood Council are:

North Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats)
Alex Ventura, 131 votes (winner)
Lawrence Lee Hafetz, 44 votes
Teresa Herrera, 72 votes
Michelle O’Grady, 108 votes (winner)

Central Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Monica Waggoner, 57 votes
Karen Knapp, 123 votes (winner)
Karen Barnett, 97 votes (winner)
Andrew J Coffing, 23 votes
Thomas J Moss, 58 votes

South Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Courtney Morris, 166 votes (winner)
Julia Mewbourne, 157 votes (winner)
Anthony Marinaccio, 50 votes

Business Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Rueben A Martinez, 108 votes (winner)
Jayden Brant, 80 votes
Michael Christopher Leiaghat, 77 votes
Bradford Balduff, 97 votes (winner)

Non-Profit Group Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Torin Dunnavant, 142 votes (winner)
Connie Choi, 102 votes (winner)
Janiene M. Langford, 98 votes

Church/Religion Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
John Ciulik, 84 votes 
Mario J. Cardenas, 127 votes (winner)
Tiago Guimaraes 34 votes
Edward Morrissey 87 votes (winner)

School Rep. (1 available seat)
Uncontested category, only one candidate running for this position
Shelli-Anne Couch, 194 votes (winner)

Parks and Recreation Rep. (1 available seat)

No candidate filed for this position, seat vacant

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Santa Monica based housing developer, Rethink Development, is now seeking to increase the overall height and residential density of their 3-story development at 3376 Glendale Blvd. The housing developer is using the City’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to subdivide the 9716sf lot into 7 smaller parcels, 6 residential and 1 commercial.

Rethink Development once sought to subdivide the lot into 9 smaller parcels, 8 residential and 1 commercial, but that proposal was widely opposed by the community and Atwater’s Neighborhood Council. In November 2013 Rethink Development returned to the community with an improved” proposal but made no mention of the increased height or residential density. They are now seeking to increase the building height to 32.9 feet in lieu of the 30 feet permitted and allow higher residential density then what is permitted in a RD1.5 Zone (5 units with 1500 per unit lot area and 1 unit with an 819 feet of lot area). 

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. If you are unable to attend to can submit testimony prior to the hearing. Written communications may be mailed to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, Expedited Processing Section, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 721, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (attention: Daryll Mackey) or e-mailed to Please include the Case No.: VTT-72218-SL in all communications.

Public Hearing: Deputy Advisory Agency and Office of Zoning Administration
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 – 10:10am
Los Angeles City hall
200 North Spring Street, Room 1020
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Staff Contact: Daryll Mackey , Tel: 213.978.1456 or email: 

Friday, March 28, 2014


On April 12th, 2014 Atwater Village will select 14 representatives to serve on the governing board of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC).

For those who may not know (or care)…the AVNC is quasi-governmental city agency that serves as an advisory board to the City of Los Angeles.  It counsels the City on wide range of local issues. Wither the issue is a human-only park, a small lot subdivision housing development or a “road diet” on the Hyperion Bridge the City more often then not depends on the advice of the AVNC. In addition, the AVNC Board manages taxpayer funds in form of an annual budget of $37,000.

For better or worse the AVNC and those who serve on it matters to Atwater Village. It matters because the Atwater we know and love today didn't just happen. It took many community advocates years of hard-work to preserve the uniqueness of our village and improve those areas that need improvement. It behooves us to vote and elect a board that will continue to do just that. On April 12th go vote!

Election Day & Polling Location
April 12th, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Christ’s Church at Griffith Park – 3852 Edenhurst Ave

Candidate Endorsements

North Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Alex Ventura
Michelle O’Grady

Central Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Karen Knapp
Karen Barnett

South Atwater Resident Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Courtney Morris
Julia Mewbourne

Business Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Rueben A Martinez
Bradford Balduff

Non-Profit Group Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
Torin Dunnavant
Connie Choi

Church/Religion Rep. (2 available seats, vote for 2)
John Ciulik
Mario J. Cardenas

School Rep. (1 available seat, vote for 1)
Uncontested category, only one candidate running for this position.
No recommendation.

Parks and Recreation Rep. (1 available seat, vote for 1)
No candidate filed for this position.