Small Business Saturday®, November 29th


So Thursday is Thanksgiving, and then Friday is Black Friday, when, if you’re willing to fight the crowds, you might be able to get some good deals. Well you can get some good deals on Saturday, too, and they’re right here on Melrose Avenue.

November 29th marks the fifth annual Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday® was created 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

So on November 29th, from noon to 8 p.m, many of the small businesses on Melrose Avenue from Fairfax Ave. to Highland Ave. will take part in Small Business Saturday® by offering special deals and promotions.  For information on specific deals, see Melrose Ave L.A. on Facebook.

This can be a win-win, as we get good deals as shoppers, and, by supporting our local businesses, we can help make our neighborhood better.


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Pink’s Chili Dogs for Charity for their 75th Anniversary

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAIf there’s an institution in Melrose Village, it’s Pink’s Hot Dogs. For those who may not know (anyone?) Pink’s is on the west side of La Brea Ave., just north of Melrose Ave.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Pink’s, so, for 7 days starting Friday, November 7th, Pink’s will be selling their legendary chili dogs for just 75 cents. Well, to be exact, the special rate will only be available for 75 minutes starting each of the seven evenings at 7 p.m. And there’s a limit of seven chili dogs per person.

So, unlike the picture above, there will be a LONG line for these all-beef hot dogs with chili, mustard, and onions.

And 100% of the proceeds will go to charity, a different charity for each day.

For more about Pink’s Hot Dogs, see their website at

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MCWCC Friendly Ride Event on Sunday 11/9

Last year the Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) created a proposal for a number of “Bicycle Friendly Streets” in the area. The idea is to use residential streets as bike routes and add traffic calming and diversion elements, including roundabouts, curb extensions, and vehicle limitations.

The MCWCC proposal involves two bike routes: an east/west route on Rosewood Ave. from La Cienega Blvd. to La Brea Ave., and a north/south route starting at Formosa Ave. and Romaine St. on the border of West Hollywood and Melrose Village and traveling south on Formosa Ave., Alta Vista Blvd., and finally Cochran Ave., south of 3rd St.

MCWCC is holding an event called the Friendly Ride next Sunday November 9th starting at 10 a.m. This starts at Alfred Coffee at the Melrose Place Farmer’s Market and ending at Milk Jar Cookies on the Miracle Mile. They will stop to discuss proposed changes at six locations along the two bike routes. (See the map below.) It’s not necessary to ride a bike to participate. Non-riders can join the pre-ride presentation at Alfred Coffee, the post-ride discussion at Milk Jar Cookies, or at the intersection of Rosewood Ave. and Martel Ave. at 11:15 a.m., where the proposed traffic diverter will be discussed.

For more details see the page for this event on the website or on Facebook at







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Volunteers are needed for the NCJW/LA Annual Clothing Giveaway in December

On Sunday, December 7th the Los Angeles Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW/LA) will be giving away over 75,000 pieces of clothing and children’s books to more than 3,000 in-need and at-risk individuals in our community.

Volunteers are needed on the 7th – the day of the giveaway – as well as the day before to sort and prepare. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:
Saturday, December 6,  8 a.m. – noon:  Preparations for the Sunday Giveaway
Sunday, December 7,  6:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Sunday, December 7,  9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Be sure to sign up to volunteer in advance, such as today. Register on the NCJW/LA website, or contact Women Helping Women at 323-852-8515 or

The event will be at the NCJW/LA Parking Lot, 543 N. Fairfax Ave, (1 block S. of Melrose Ave., at Clinton St.). Street parking is available nearby


NCJW logoThe National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. NCJW’s Los Angeles Section has been at the forefront of social change since 1909 by providing the community with programs and services. Today, NCJW/LA serves more than 15,000 individuals each year by providing over 100,000 hours of programs and services with the support of 500 volunteers. NCJW/LA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID #95-1641433). For more information, visit, call 323-651-2930, email


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Mid City West Community Council to address Mansionization at 10/14 meeting

The Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) – the Neighborhood Council that represents the area of Melrose Village west of La Brea Ave. – will be looking at the issue of mansionization at their next meeting, Tuesday, October 14th. The meeting will be held at the NCJW/LA Auditorium, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., on southwest corner of Clinton St. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

So what is “mansionization”? In general, it’s about construction of new homes in single-family home neighborhoods, where the new homes are out of scale with the existing homes. Some existing homeowners in a neighborhood may object to the design of a new home – for example, a modern style on a block where the other houses are “Spanish-colonial.” But objections to mansionization are more than that. This is about new very large houses, perhaps two stories, on a block where the other houses are single-story. Or perhaps the new house has much less set-back from the street and side property lines than the existing houses. Or all of the above.

While there are existing Los Angeles City zoning ordinances that place limits on house sizes, set-backs, and Floor-to-Area-Ratio (FAR), how these apply can depend on the specific zone, and some of these limits can be reduced if the builder meets certain requirements, such as eco-friendly specifics.

The MCWCC Planning and Land Use Committee previously met on this issue and is presenting a motion to the MCWCC Board of Directors in support of  City Councilmember Paul Koretz’s motion to amend the City’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance which would reduce the “loopholes” in the City’s rules.

This is is item 8.a.ii on the MCWCC meeting agenda, and more information is available there. There is also more information on this issue in an article by Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times.



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30th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Sunday, October 12th

The 2014 AIDS Walk Los Angeles will be held on Sunday, October 12th, mostly in the morning. AIDS Walk starts and ends in West Hollywood, and, as in the past, AIDS Walk will come right through Melrose Village, heading eastbound on Melrose Ave., south on La Brea Ave. and then west on Beverly Blvd. The full route is approximately 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles.

Information on street closures and route crossings is included below. For more information and if you want to participate in AIDS Walk by walking or contributing directly, see their website at And another way to participate is by cheering on the walkers along the route.

Expect some traffic delays and plan your day accordingly. Streets along the route will be closed starting at 6 a.m. Most streets should reopen by 2 p.m., except around West Hollywood Park. See below for specific times.


Route Crossings are supervised by police officers and AIDS Walk staff and allow vehicles to cross by stopping the walkers and regular intervals.
Melrose Ave. at Harper Ave., Crescent Heights Blvd., Fairfax Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.
La Brea Ave. at Clinton St. and Oakwood Ave.
Beverly Blvd. at Sweetzer Ave., Crescent Heights Blvd., Fairfax Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.
Beverly Blvd. at La Cienega Blvd SOUTHBOUND ONLY.


STREET CLOSURES ON SUNDAY, 10/12 (except where indicated)

Street Closure Times
San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica to Melrose 6 am 10/11
to 6 pm 12/12
East side San Vicente Blvd., Beverly to Melrose 6 am to 3 pm
Robertson Blvd., Melrose to Santa Monica 6 am to 12:30 pm
La Peer Dr., Melrose to Santa Monica 6 am to noon
Santa Monica Blvd., Doheny to Holloway 6 am to noon
La Cienega Blvd., Santa Monica to Melrose 6 am to noon
Melrose Place, La Cienega to Orlando 6 am to noon
Melrose Ave., San Vicente to La Brea 6 am to 1 pm
La Brea Ave., Melrose to Beverly 7 am to 2 pm
Beverly Blvd., La Brea to San Vicente 7 am to 2 pm



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LAPD Wilshire Station Open House Sunday, October 5th

Sunday afternoon, October 5th, Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Division and West Traffic Division are holding their annual Open House. The event is at the LAPD Wilshire Community Police Station, 4861 Venice Blvd. (east of La Brea Ave.) from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

While this event is not taking place in Melrose Village, this is the headquarters for the police services that serve our area. Admission is FREE for this fun and informative afternoon. There will be entertainment, food, prizes, safety exhibits, and more. Many organizations, such as neighborhood councils and CERT will have booths with information and free items.


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