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 ncjwla.org, or contact Women Helping Women at 323-852-8515 or whw@ncjwla.org.

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 www.ncjwla.org, call 323-651-2930, email info@ncjwla.org.


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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 AIDSWalk.net/losangeles. 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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Next Weekend – October 4th and 5th: Melrose Ave. repaving west of Hayworth


The City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services has scheduled repaving of Melrose Ave. from Hayworth Ave. west to the city limits of West Hollywood (west of Orlando Ave.) Saturday, October 4th and Sunday October 5th. The area involved is outlined in red on the map above.

This work starts with removing the existing road surface and will be complete upon resurfacing the street. The work is scheduled to be completed within two days, provided no problems arise.

While the project is in progress, “Temporary No Parking Signs” will be posted on the street. The signs will be posted at least 24 hours before the actual work begins to provide notice to residents and business owners.

Vehicles will have access during the surface removal phase. However, it is requested that driving be limited within the project area to avoid possible damage to your vehicle. The only time that access will be restricted within the project area is when the street is coated with liquid asphalt, prior to the resurfacing of the street.

Click the link below for the official City notice (pdf format):
Notice of St Work 10-4-14 thru 10-5-14 Melrose Ave


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Melrose BID “Sidewalk Sale” Saturday 9/27 starting at noon

The Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) has another event coming up this weekend – the “Melrose Sidewalk Sale” on Saturday, September 27th from 12 noon to closing. Dozens of stores along Melrose Avenue from Fairfax to just east of La Brea will be participating, offering various specials. This is one of the BID’s ongoing events promoting Melrose businesses.

Participating stores will have racks and tables with merchandise on the sidewalk and some will have their entire store on sale. Merchandise includes men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, art, hair products and makeup, music, accessories, and much more. In addition, participating restaurants will offer specials all day.

(Click images below for larger view.)

Participating merchants include:
• 7527 Melrose
• American Vintage
Sidewalk_Sale_9-27-2014• Bait Clothing
• Bauhausu: Denim painting & crafts station
• Bliss Clothing
• Cosmo and Nathalia Glamsquad
• Diamond & Gold Exchange
• For The Love of Motorcycles
• Fox That Clothing
• Golden Apple Comics
• Goorin Bros: Carnival theme with games & prizes
• Headline Records.
• John Fluevog Shoes
• Lenceria Boutique
• Live Astro
• London Boots
• Lucky Libra
• Luxury Jones
Sidewalk_Sale_list_9-27-2014• Matchbox
• Maya
• Melrose Lightspace
• Melrose Music & Comics
• Melrose Umbrella Company
• Monster-A-GoGo
• Neveux Artisan Creamer
• The Originators
• Rock Etiquette: In-store styling
• SportieLA
• Stone Malone
• Tatsu Ramen
• Tatyana Boutique
• Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic NYC
• Vapes of Wrath
• Village Idiot: Hot dog stand out front
• Zephyr Theatre

Check the Melrose Sidewalk Sale Facebook Page for updates and more information.

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