Charles Bukowski’s bungalow is safe – at least for now. On Thursday morning the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted three-to-one in favor of making the writer’s former home on De Longpre Avenue a cultural landmark. Recent allegations by the bungalow’s owner, Victoria Gureyeva, that Bukowski was a Nazi sympathizer, had threatened to derail the cultural landmark process, but the Commission apparently paid these accusations little heed. “If I thought that any of the claims were true, in no way would I consider this,” said Cultural Heritage Commission president Mary Klaus-Martin.
Despite Gureyeva’s previous threats to “get the whole Jewish Westside involved in the debate,” no Jewish groups showed up at the hearing to condemn Bukowski and Gureyeva’s lawyer Joseph Trenk was the only person who spoke in opposition to making the bungalow a cultural landmark.
The bungalow’s fate is now in the hands of the City Council’s planning committee, where its designation as a cultural landmark already has the support of City Council President Eric Garcetti.
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You can read about the Nazi allegations and the effort to save Bukowski's bungalow here.