Save the date – National Night Out – Tuesday, August 5th

National Night Out 2014

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Special show coming up at The Groundlings Theatre, Tuesday July 29th

Of course there are a lot of great shows at The Groundlings Theatre, but this is one that we want to call to your attention:  It’s “Charlotte’s Shorts” on Tuesday, July 29th at 8 p.m.
For one thing, it has a great cast, all Groundlings or Groundling Alumni, including Laraine Newman, Tim Bagley, Jillian Bell, Patrick Bristow, Lynne Marie Stewart, Jordan Black, Jeremy Rowley, and Bridget Sienna. And this great cast reads … no … performs wonderful short stories written by Charlotte Dean.

For information and to purchase tickets, go to

Charlotte's Shorts at The Groundlings Theatre July 29th


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Daytime Lane Closures at Wilshire and La Brea next two Saturdays: 7/19 & 7/26


Most of us have experienced the overnight lane closures at Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave., and at other intersections along Wilshire Blvd., as utility relocation and other work is being done in preparation for the digging of the Metro Purple Line Subway Extension.

There will be daytime lane closures at Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. for the next two Saturdays – Saturday, July 19th and Saturday, July 26th, 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 La Brea Ave. from 6th street to Wilshire Blvd.

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

Traffic Control Officers will be stationed at the work location to assist with traffic. No work is scheduled for Sundays.

Click here for the full pdf announcement from Metro.

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No FAME Fest this month


FAME Fest is taking this month off since Friday is Independence Day. This special Melrose event is usually the evening of the first Thursday of the month.

And FAME Fest will be back on August 7th, so watch for information about that later this month. You can like their Facebook page to keep up on any news.


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New websites for LAPD Wilshire and Neighborhood Watch

Two organizations related to local policing and safety issues in our area have created new or updated websites.

LAPDWilshireOne of these is our local police station – LAPD Wilshire Division. They’ve set up a new website at The website includes information about the station, the Senior Lead Officers (SLOs), crime statistics and more. There are also links there to the LAPD Wilshire social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch

The other is Melrose Action, which recently updated their website at This is a very active Neighborhood Watch group in our area, focusing on the area covered by LAPD Wilshire Basic Car area 7A1. (The SLO for this area is Art Gallegos.) This is the area from Beverly Blvd. north to the West Hollywood border, and from La Brea Ave. west to the West Hollywood border. (Click here for a map of all of LAPD Wilshire’s Basic Car areas.) The Melrose Action website includes a lot of useful information, including local resources. Melrose Action is also on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

Along with LAPD, Melrose Action is one of the main organizers of the annual National Night Out held on the first Tuesday of August at Poinsettia Park. This year’s event is in just a few weeks, on August 5th.

Since both of these organizations deal with crime, this is an opportunity to remind everyone that one of the most common crimes is Burglary from Motor Vehicles. See our post from last year for a video message from LAPD Wilshire Captain Eric Davis and the reminder to Lock It – Hide It – Keep It.


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Melrose BID article in today’s Park La Brea News

A story about the Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) and the Melrose Business Association appears in today’s Park La Brea News / Beverly Press. The article – Property owners bring improvements to Melrose – includes information on the sidewalk repair on Melrose Ave. near Highland Ave.  as well as other activities by the Association.




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“Groundbreaking” at Avalon West Hollywood (formerly Movietown Plaza) this morning

Avalon West Hollywood Groundbreaking

The official “groundbreaking” ceremony for Avalon West Hollywood was held this morning at the former site of Movietown Plaza. Participants included representatives from the developer, Avalon Bay; the West Hollywood City Council; and the West Hollywood Housing Corporation.

We are saying “groundbreaking”  in quotes because the project construction is not quite ready to start. The City of West Hollywood has yet to issue the official permit, but that is expected very soon. This development is just north of the north edge of Melrose Village, so what happens there does affect us.

Moviewtown Plaza proposed designThe Avalon West Hollywood development is a mixed-use project, including both residences and retail. The residences in the northeast corner of the property will be for low-income seniors. The City of West Hollywood worked with the developer on various features of the design. (We mentioned one of the design review meetings in December of last year.)

Here is some of the news from this morning’s event:

  • Though this development is called Avalon West Hollywood, the Movietown name and history will be included in several ways. The iconic camera element (shown in the picture above) will be repaired and installed on the property. Also, the low-income senior building will be named “Movietown Square.”
  • The Avalon Bay representative announced that Trader Joe’s signed a lease for a store there, and that will be located on the ground floor of the Movieown Square building at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Poinsettia Place.
  • And it was announced that the West Hollywood Housing Corporation, which has developed a number of rental properties for low-income seniors in West Hollywood, will own and operate the over-70 rental units above the Trader Joe’s.

It will be a couple of years before this project is completed, but at least it’s on the way.




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