A Bright and Star-filled Night

Stars, stars, stars (from left): Corresponding Secretary Paula Russo, Hospitality Chairman Eileen O'Neill, Fund Raising V.P. Mary Ann Ostrom, Recording Secretary Ellie Haney, one of our youngest stargazers, Sherry Van Sickle's eye-catching poster, Senior Librarian Jan Metzler, and FOTO's ebullient Kara Knack.

Not every General Membership meeting concludes with stunning views of Saturn, Mars, and Venus. However, our June 13th meeting did just that, to the delight of Platt patrons and a record Board election turnout.

Thanks to Kara Knack, Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) Renovation Communications Officer, we were also treated to an enthusiastic overview of Griffith Observatory from its conception through its complete upgrade, due for completion in 2005. Seven decades flashed by like a comet as she presented a galaxy of slides, facts, anecdotes, and future plans for exciting new exhibits.

Sidewalk stargazing with Griffith Observatory traveling telescope operators Stephanie Herczog and Alex Bogdanovich.

Former Los Angeles Councilwoman and current FOTO President Joy Picus made a special trip to cheer Kara on and emphasize that Griffith Observatory will open a Satellite this fall near the L. A. Zoo. Following the presentation, Griffith's traveling telescope operators brought the night sky over Platt into minute focus. Those who stayed past moonset even got a splendid look at the space station as it whizzed overhead.

FOTO, Kara Knack, and telescope operators Alex Bogdanovich & Stephanie Herczog all deserve a great round of applause for a shining program.

Frona DeCovnick, Program Chairman

Voters, Be Aware!

Due to the complexity that will confront voters on November 5, the Friends will sponsor a series of three information and debate sessions with speakers who can cut through the rhetoric.

To Split or Not to Split?

That is the overriding question coming at Valleyites from all sides. And few are in a better position to understand the ramifications than Joy Picus, a long-time former councilwoman from the West Valley. On the evening of October 8, she will present an overview of Valley secession issues.

This will be followed on October 17 by a debate between William Powers, a Valley attorney who will represent pro-secession views, and previous 5th District City Councilman Michael Feuer, a Los Angeles attorney who will represent the views of those supporting One City.

Other Ballot Questions

On October 30, League of Women Voters ballot analyst Carol Winston will review all the propositions to help voters avoid being swamped by one issue and winding up with a bad case of poll-shock on November 5.

Mark all three meetings on your calendars now, and in the interim, read the LWV's Report on Secession, available at the Reference Desk and online.

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