Melrose Village Restaurants featured in LA Weekly

A recent article the LA Weekly listed some of the great restaurants in Melrose Village, focusing on “five of Melrose Avenue’s best options for eating out after hours.”

Several of these are relatively recent additions to the eating choices we already have here, but there are also the ones we’ve known somewhat longer. These restaurants are listed below from west to east. (They are in a different order in the article.)

_Melrose Umbrella Company (Between Vista St. and Gardner St.)
_The Village Idiot (at Martel Ave.)
_Smoke.Oil.Salt. (near Poinsettia Pl.)
_L’Assiette (across from Melrose Elementary)
_Tatsu Ramen (just west of La Brea Ave.)Melrose_Village_Restaurants


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Meeting on Mansionization next Wednesday 12/10 at Poinsettia Park

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch is holding a “Meeting on Mansionization” this Wednesday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Poinsettia Park Recreation Center.

For more information about this meeting, including details on the issues, the location, and even parking for the meeting, see the flyer below and the Neighborhood Meeting Concerning Mega Mansions article on the Melrose Action website. Also see the No More Mcmansions in Los Angeles page on Facebook.

Mansioniazation Meeting 12/10/2014



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Sandbags and sand available from LAFD for diverting stormwater

It looks like we have a heavy rainstorm coming in next couple of days. While the Melrose Village area does not tend to have serious mudslides, we can have flooding, especially along certain streets.

In an effort to help, the Los Angeles Fire Department is making ready-to-fill sandbags available at many Neighborhood Fire Stations. Sand is also available at several fire stations and convenient community locations.

Station Locations near Melrose Village include:
LAFD Station 41 at 1439 N. Gardner St. (213) 485-6241
LAFD Station 27 at 1328 N. Cole Ave.  (213) 485-6227

Properly filled and placed sandbags are best used to divert (rather than dam) moving water, redirecting storm and debris flow away from property improvements.

While the City can provide homeowners with empty sandbags and sand to protect their property, the City does not fill, load or place sandbags for individual homeowners. Those requiring additional sand, sandbags and supplies may wish to contact a local home improvement store or building supply center, many of which will deliver flood preparedness and debris control aids directly to where they are needed. We remind you that sandbagging and flood control is a labor intensive process that can lead to injury.

For more information, see today’s Los Angeles Fire Department post regarding Storm Preparedness.


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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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