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.
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.
Resident Appointed to Mayor’s Task Force
In Memory of Luther Stowe
By Village Green Manager Sherri Giles
fEBRUARY 2023 BOARD NEWS
Compiled by P.J.C.
The February 28 Board meeting drew 38 people, including the nine Board members, staff, residents, and guests Gina Fields and Kathy Guyton from the Empowerment Congress West Area (ECWA).
Topics discussed include our new Facilities Engineer, serpentine wall repair, landscape restoration along Sycamore Ave., and more!
Kay Brown Memorial
Please join family, friends, and neighbors at the Clubhouse on Sunday, January 22, to celebrate the life of our beloved Kay Brown, who passed away at 87 late last year.
New Benches on the Green
By Lucy Fried
Good news! Village Green has two new benches: one is in Court 14 near the Sycamore allée west of the Main Green, and the other is between courts 3 and 4. Both face the Main Green.
The benches were donated by Georgia Lumpkin in remembrance of her husband, Ted Lumpkin, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed fighter group who broke the U.S. Air Force’s color barrier during World War ll. He died from COVID on December 26, 2020, just four days short of turning 101.
By Ted Robbins, Court 1
Board Vice President Joe Khoury was thrilled when the Village Green implemented California’s new law mandating household food waste be recycled. As Supervising Scientist at LA County’s Sanitation District, he knows exactly what happens to that
waste. “We collect it and convert it to fuel for cars,” he says.
From the series “Get to Know Your Friendly Local Security Officers” - by P.J.C.
By P.J.C. with help from Steven Chiu Liu, Feliza Kohan, Bob McGinness, and Jessica Lent. Photo assistance, Travis Lent.