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The Toluca Lake Chamber loses one of its own; Toluca Lake loses an icon.


Milt Chortkoff
1929 – 2017

The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Edie Chortkoff and the rest of the Chortkoff family for the passing of Milt Chortkoff. On December 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years young, the beloved Toluca Lake husband, father, and businessman passed away after a long and illustrious life.

The proprietor of the local mainstay Milt & Edie’s Drycleaners and Tailoring Center, Milt started in the cleaning business over 70 years ago at the age of 17. The reason for his stellar success both in business and as a family man was apparent to anyone who ever met him, even if it was just in passing. His infectious optimism and gregarious nature was always on display.

In an age of increasingly casual appearance, Milt always reminded you that looking sharp mattered. And he meant it, because he put his money where his mouth was. He was often quick to hand even complete strangers his business card with the hand-scribbled note “$20 off” with a wink and the encouraging comment, “This is too nice of a shirt – go get that stain taken care of!” His humor, graciousness, and generosity made everyone he ever met feel significant and important. And as a longtime member of the Chamber, he was always eager to volunteer his time, resources, and financial assistance in all manner of quiet and little-known ways.

He embodied the very best of what makes Toluca Lake special and great. More accurately, Toluca Lake is special and great today because of Milt. His legacy is enormous, and for this he will be sorely missed by all of us. Rest in eternal peace, Milt.

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Toluca Lake rings in the season with Annual Holiday Open House street party

Everything_Toluca_Lake-Holiday-Open-House-2016Up and down Riverside Drive, holiday music could be heard in front of the many shops, including a 20-piece ukulele ensemble. Every year the Village of Toluca Lake ushers in the Holidays with its Annual Holiday Open House, hosted by…

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Metropolis Bikes is named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016

Long time member of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, Metropolis Bikes of North Hollywood, CA, has been named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016 by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. Continue reading

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Councilmember Ryu and Toluca Lake community leaders meet at Patys Restaurant

Everything Toluca Lake by Steve Hampar 350Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu, along with several of his staff, recently met with Toluca Lake community leaders at Patys Restaurant for an open forum discussing Toluca Lake, one of the communities in the jurisdiction of Council District 4.

Toluca Lake was well represented with leaders from the Homeowners Association, Neighborhood Council, Garden Club, Lake Association, Chamber of Commerce, along with several business owners. Continue reading

12th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 86
‘Fire Service Recognition Day’

Everything Toluca Lake by Steve Hampar 350bEDITOR’S NOTE: The Tolucan Times welcomes Steve Hampar to our pages. This column will appear periodically in The Toluca Time.

The second Saturday of each May is designated “Fire Service Recognition Day” by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was created to bolster community relationships. On that day each year all neighborhood fire stations throughout the City open their doors for tours, learn about the services they offer, interact with firefighters, promote fire safety knowledge and enjoy some family fun. Continue reading

Metropolis Bikes named Best of LA

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has been named one of the Best of LA® winners, as announced in the August issue of Los Angeles Magazine.   We have been voted the Best Bike Shop for Commuters (and the only bike shop selected in the issue!)

Metropolis BikesWe are grateful for our fantastic team and for our wonderful customers who help make us who we are!

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Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness voted “Best Health & Fitness Club”


Universal Studios 1.6 Billion Dollar Expansion

Daily NewsA $1.6 billion proposal to expand the Universal Studios theme park and production facilities won final approval from the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday and now faces a county review before work can begin. Continue reading