This citizen Blog is dedicated to allowing the Los Feliz Community to voice their opinions regarding Saving one of Los Angeles Last Remaining Old Hollywod Landmarks. The historic "Derby" Building is the last of the remaining Brown Derby's and is set to be demolished!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Hi Folks,

For those keeping up to date on "The Derby" situation, below is an email from Rebecca Goodman from Save the Derby Coalition. It looks like the large turn out helped to sway the City Councils vote to turn down the current Derby plans!

Save the Derby Coalition – EMAIL UPDATE 11/29/05

Again, thank you to everyone for making the Town Hall Meeting (which took place earlier this month) a success. Based on the meeting, the neighborhood council voted to oppose the current development plans. Plus, councilman Tom LaBonge (4th District) also issued a wonderful written statement in support of saving the Derby and scaling back the proposed development. Remember, we are off to good start but we still have a long way to go!

Didn’t get to talk to Councilman Tom LaBonge or his staff at the Town Hall meeting?
Attend the 4th District Holiday Reception
Friday Dec. 2, 2005 6:00-9:00 p.m.
District 4 Field Office
10116 Riverside Drive, Suite 200 in Toluca Lake
Get Map
RSVP: (213) 978-2616
(bonus karma if you bring a new unwrapped toy for District's toy drive)

“What’s Next”? The landowner/developer promised to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new set of plans for discussion - - probably some time in January or February of 2006.


Continuing our petition drive. (Have you signed the online petition?)
Working on a nomination to register the site as a “Historic Cultural Monument” with the City of Los Angeles. (For more information about historic preservation click here)
Laying the grass roots infrastructure to oppose, as appropriate, radical changes in zoning or height restrictions that would permit massive oversize development. (For more information about “entitlement” processes click here … then choose “processes” from the menu on left.)

The word is getting out:
Last Sunday (11/27), the LA Times “LA – Then and Now” column was devoted to the Brown Derby and its history.

Upcoming Media Coverage:
This coming Wednesday night (11/30), a local jazz station will be broadcasting live from the Derby.

Wanna be on TV? Next Wednesday night (12/7), local news channel KCAL 9 is tentatively scheduled to stop by the Derby to film a short piece about why the Derby is special and should be saved. Plus, as always, it will be a great night of music and dancing. Come support the club you love!
Our Coalition is growing! Want to get involved? We’d love to have you onboard! Just send us note at

Thank you and Long Live the Derby!
The Save the Derby Coalition
Thank you and long live the Derby! Save the Derby Coalition


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