Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch starts “Meeting at your Corner” program Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch is starting a new meeting program, “bringing them to a street corner near you.”

Starting next Wednesday, August 27th, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station and Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will hold meetings about crime on actual street corners around the Melrose/Fairfax corridor area of Los Angeles. The goal of the “Meeting at your Corner” program is to bring residents out of their homes — almost
spontaneously — to see what’s going on and, hopefully, build stronger community relations
and awareness.

The meetings will be hosted by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos. The LAPD Wilshire Station will have its Mobile Command Post Vehicle there plus special guests.Waring&Curson-map

The first “Meeting at your Corner” will be at the corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30 p.m.

The Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch area is bounded by Beverly Blvd. on the south, Romaine Ave. on the north, La Cienega Blvd. on the west and La Brea Ave. on the east. This overlaps with the section of Melrose Village west of La Brea Ave., and this first meeting will be in Melrose Village.

Click here for the flyer (pdf format) for this program. More meeting locations will be announced at on the Melrose Action website – melroseaction.com.

 

 

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Overnight closures of Wilshire-La Brea intersection to continue for Five Weeks

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The utility relocation work being done by Metro contractors at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. will result in the overnight closure of the intersection for five weeks. This will be Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday mornings. This is scheduled to continue until 8 a.m. Saturday, September 20th.

As was the case last week, this operation requires the following closures:

  • Wilshire and La Brea intersection closed. (See details that follow.)
  • Wilshire reduced to one lane each direction.
  • Wilshire westbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea Ave.
  • Wilshire eastbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea Ave.
  • La Brea southbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire Blvd.
  • La Brea northbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire Blvd.

 Click here for the notice (pdf file) from the Metro website with more details.

Of course this intersection is not in Melrose Village, though the work there and at Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. can affect us when we’re headed south. With that in mind, and noting that we won’t always be posting these notices, you may want to get the information directly from Metro. Here are several ways to do that:

1) Go to the Purple Line Extension page on the Metro website – metro.net/purplelineext – and click on the “Construction Notices” tab.
2) Follow the Purple Line Extension on Facebook FBbutton or Twitter TWbutton.

3) Subscribe to Purple Line Extension email notices. To do this, send an email to purplelineext@metro.net requesting to be added to their list.

 

 

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Next week Wilshire-La Brea intersection to be CLOSED overnight

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With the work going on in preparation for the construction of the Metro Purple Line Extension, there have been many nights where Wilshire Blvd. and/or La Brea Ave. have been reduced to one lane on one or the other of those streets at the intersection. And there have been occasions, as we have noted here, where this work and the necessary lane limitations have occurred during the day.  Next week the work will be overnight, but the intersection will be closed. That is, there will be no lanes that will continue north or south on La Brea Ave. or east or west on Wilshire Blvd.

This work will be happening on the following schedule starting next Monday night:
• Monday, August 11th through Thursday, August 14th from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning
• Friday, August 14th 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday, August 15th

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire and La Brea Intersection closed
  • Wilshire reduced to one lane each direction.
  • Wilshire westbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea Ave.
  • Wilshire eastbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea Ave.
  • La Brea southbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire Blvd.
  • La Brea northbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire Blvd.

So if you’re out in that area those evenings, be prepared to take other streets to get north or south of Wilshire Blvd. or east or west of La Brea Ave.

Click here for Metro pdf file.

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FameFest BikeFest & Scavenger Hunt next Sunday afternoon, August 10th

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A very special FameFest will take place on Melrose next Sunday, August 10th.  From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Melrose Business Improvement District will be hosting its first-ever FameFest BikeFest & Scavenger Hunt – a street-long treasure hunt and art show that people can bike to. Or walk to.

Participants will pick up their Scavenger Hunt Passport at the Fame Fest Art Yard, located at 7761 Melrose Ave. , between Genesee Ave. and Ogden Dr.  FameFest will provide clues directing guests to participating retailers to get their passport stamped. At the end of the afternoon, prizes will be awarded – including a brand new bike and $500 worth of gift certificates from Melrose businesses – to winning passport holders! And Scavenger Hunt participants get special discounts and freebies at participating retailers on Melrose and at the Melrose Trading Post

And whether you are participating in the Scavanger Hunt or not, there’s fun for everyone!
• Enjoy live music from Bearwulf, DJ Mixter Ed and Chris & Maggie at the Fame Fest Art Yard.
• Also at the Art Yard there will be goods from local craftsmen, and you can watch live mural painting by Brandon Sopinsky, Eye One and Jennifer Korsen.
• And, of course, since it’s Fame Fest, you can sip and savor at the best food trucks in L.A.

For more information, see this event on Facebook. You can also Like Fame Fest on Facebook or follow @FAMEFest on Twitter.

 

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Daytime lane closures at Wilshire and La Brea next two Saturdays 8/2 & 8/9

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Metro has issued a notice about more daytime utility relocation work on the next two Saturdays – August 2nd August 9th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire Blvd. from Sycamore Ave. to La Brea Ave. and on La Brea Ave. from 6th St. to Wilshire Blvd. The work includes cable pulling.

This operation requires the following lane closures:
⇒Wilshire Blvd. westbound reduced to one lane from Sycamore to La Brea Ave.
⇒La Brea Ave. southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St to Wilshire Bldv.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction. Traffic Control Officers will be stationed at the work location to assist with traffic.

For more information, see the metro website for this project at metro.net/purplelineext or http://www.metro.net/projects/westside/.  Click on the “Construction Notices” tab to see the information about street work.

 

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7th Annual National Night Out at Poinsettia Park next Tuesday 8/5

NNO2014WNext Tuesday evening – August 5th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – is National Night Out at Poinsettia Park. This is the seventh year that National Night Out has been held at Poinsettia Park, organized by Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and LAPD Wilshire Division.

There will be music and presentations and booths with information and treats and even free trees.  It’s all free, so come to Poinsettia Park at 7341 Willoughby Ave. to join with your community. See more details on the Melrose Action website.

And here’s Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos inviting you …

 

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Daytime Lane Closures at Wilshire and Fairfax this week: 7/28 – 8/1

 

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We’re just received a notice that daytime utility relocation work will be occurring from today, July 28th through Friday, August 1st, 2014 on Fairfax Ave. north of Wilshire Blvd. The hours of this work is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained
in each direction during construction. Traffic Control Officers will be stationed at the work location to assist with traffic.

Overnight work will be continuing as well, but it looks like there will be daytime work, sometimes reducing travel to one lane, on occasion along the route, especially near where new stations will eventually be installed along Wilshire Blvd., at La Brea Ave., Fairfax Ave., and La Cienega Blvd.

For more information, see the metro website for this project at metro.net/purplelineext or http://www.metro.net/projects/westside/.  (Note: We’ve had some trouble with this link today, but it does work eventually.)

 

 

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