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



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 or  (Note: We’ve had some trouble with this link today, but it does work eventually.)



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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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