By Lucy Fried
A registered architect, Linda Pollari, has been Village Green’s Design Review Committee consultant since 2018 and the Green’s fulltime facilities engineer since February. This interview introduces Linda and opens a window on the challenges of her job. It is the first of a series of VG staff interviews.
Compiled by Patrick Comiskey
Compiled by Lucy Fried
By Molly O’Brien, Court 14
Court 14 resident Asantewa Olatunji was sworn in on May 3rd as a commissioner for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). She had been nominated by Mayor Karen Bass.
The DCA promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite powerful dialogue and ensure that LA's varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. Olatunji has been an integral player in shaping the cultural landscape of Los Angeles for 30+ years as General Manager and Director of Programming for the Pan African Film + Arts Festival (PAFF). She originated PAFF’s annual fine arts show, which attracts an estimated 75,000 people annually.
Closer to home, in summer 2021 Olatunji facilitated the VG Cultural Affairs Committee's screening of To Sleep with Anger and subsequent conversation with the film's renowned director, Charles Burnett.
"I am thrilled and excited about this appointment,” she said.
While you're here, please be sure to read the other recent articles that didn't make it into the June newsletter: an interview with VG Facilities Engineer Linda Pollari, a City tribute to a VG resident, and a photo saga of a fallen Court 10 elm.
Please come back to this "News & Articles" page regularly for updates, committee news, interviews, articles, photo stories, and more!
Lucy Fried, Editor
Tree photos and caption by Zig, uproot damage photo by Don Dongallo
In early May, a Chinese elm was uprooted in Court 10 with limbs falling onto a resident’s exterior wall. Photo 1 below is a picture of the uproot damage. Photo 2 shows several limbs with cables attached to a neighboring tree to prevent any further damage to the building until the tree can be tactically removed. In Photo 3, all but one of the cables have been removed.
To enlarge the images, click each one.