Meeting with new LAPD Senior Lead Officer cancelled (without notice)

Last week we posted a note about a scheduled meeting with a new LAPD Senior Lead Officer for our area of the LAPD Wilshire Division.

We arrived at Canter’s Deli this morning, where the staff there let us know that the event was cancelled.

We understand that things happen, and that planned events sometimes have to be rescheduled or cancelled. Our concern is that there was no communication letting us know about the cancellation, not via the original communication paths or otherwise.

Communication is a key in community policing. The lack of communication in this case is very disappointing.

We’ll let you know if/when we hear further on this matter.

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Meet Our New LAPD Senior Lead Officer next Tuesday morning 8/25 at Canters

In March, Art Gallegos — long-time Senior Lead Officer (SLO) for LAPD Wilshire Basic Car Area 7A1 — was promoted to sergeant, and so he was no longer the SLO for our area — which includes Melrose Village west of La Brea Ave. (See the map below to see the boundaries for Basic Car Area 7A1 and Melrose Village.) Since that time there has been no regular assigned SLO for the area, though the position was covered on a rotating basis.

Meet Our New SLO

Click to see full size flyer.

That is about to change.  A new SLO has been assigned, and we are all invited to meet her next Tuesday morning. So join us at Canters Deli
[419 N. Fairfax Ave, north of Oakwood Ave.], Tuesday, August 25th at 9 a.m., to meet our newly assigned Senior Lead Officer for the Melrose area:  SLO Inga Wecker. This is an opportunity to meet one another, to share ideas, address concerns, and help build a stronger community.

See you there.

LAPD Basic Car Area 7A1 with Melrose Village

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National Night Out Event at Poinsettia Park Cancelled

We learned this evening that the National Night Out event scheduled for next Tuesday in Poinsettia Park will not be taking place.

However, National Night Out is still, of course, going on, but in other locations.  The main location for the LAPD Wilshire Division will be Los Angeles High School, 4650 W. Olympic Blvd., several blocks east of Highland Ave., starting at 5 p.m. For more details, see the National Night Out page on the Wilshire Division website.NNO 2015



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Today! July 29th — Block Party for Grand Opening at Sierra Bonita

Today — July 29th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. — the We Are Pop Culture (WAPC) Melrose store is having a Block Party to celebrate their Grand Opening. The location is 7552 Melrose Ave. at Sierra Bonita Ave.

There will be entertainment, prizes, a WAPC Fashion Show, and other activities, along with free food and drinks.

Christina Milian will be performing, including her new single “Like Me.” They will be recording the performance for season 2 of her show “Christina Milian Turned Up” on E! WCW-Block-Party_7-29-2015

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Beverly Blvd. Street Resurfacing This Weekend, July 18th and 19th

This weekend, Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services (BOSS) will be resurfacing Beverly Blvd. from La Brea Ave. to just east of Fairfax Ave.

Beverly Blvd. Resurfacing July 18 & 19

At some times over the weekend, there will be limited availability to drive on or even cross Beverly Blvd., especially on Sunday when the new surface is being applied. The full notice from BOSS is included below.


Starting approximately, Saturday, July 18, 2015 and Sunday, July 19, 2015, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services will begin roadway improvements on:

Beverly Boulevard,
from La Brea Avenue to 235’ West of Orange Grove Avenue

The first phase will require the preparation of the existing roadway by cold milling the street. The final phase will require the paving of the existing roadway and resurfacing the street. The work will be scheduled so that the project will be completed within two days, provided no extenuating circumstances arise. If the project length is delayed, you will be notified of the reason for the delay and of the revised completion date.

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. Please have all vehicles removed from the street to protect them from damage by construction debris and to prevent interference with the planned work. When work is not in progress between the preparation and resurfacing phases the signs will be reversed to allow for vehicular parking.

Vehicles will have access during the cold milling of the project. 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.

When the crews are working, there will be construction equipment and trucks in the area. This equipment may be of interest to children. Remind residents to be careful and ask children to avoid the equipment and work-site area.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this project. Persons with mobility impediments and their caregivers can request assistance if the scheduled street work limits their use (including ingress or egress) of the public right of way. If you have questions or need to request an accommodation, contact the supervisor on the project site or call (213) 485-5561, (213) 485-5562 or (213) 847-3200.

Please note: If you are planning any improvements to your business or residence that require an excavation in the street, please call one of the above numbers immediately. Once the street is resurfaced, any excavations within one year after the date of the paving will be prohibited; or will require the resurfacing of the entire block or intersection, depending on the location of the excavation, by the entity performing the excavation and at their cost. If the street excavation is performed beyond the one-year moratorium period, a graduated fee will apply. (Street Damage Restoration Fee per LAMC 62.06).

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July 16th “Art of Melrose” event cancelled, but more events coming up

The Art of Melrose event originally scheduled for this Thursday, July 16th has been cancelled.

But the Melrose Business Improvement District is holding their first-ever Melrose Neighborhood Mixer next Sunday morning, so be sure to put that in your calendar and RSVP.

And the August event, The Art of Melrose: Focus on Expression, is still on for Thursday evening, August 20th.

Also remember to save the date for this year’s National Night Out at Poinsettia Park, Tuesday evening, August 4th. We’ll post more about that event in a couple of weeks.


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Melrose BID Mixer at The Parlor Sunday Morning, July 19th

On Sunday morning, July 19th, the Melrose Business Improvement District will be holding its first-ever Melrose Neighborhood Mixer from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at The Parlor (7250 Melrose Ave., SW corner of Alta Vista Blvd.).

Come and meet your neighbors and the Melrose Business Improvement District staff and Board members at this FREE pancake breakfast. LAPD Wilshire Division Captain III Howard Leslie will be attendance, as will the BID’s Executive Director Don Duckworth —ready to answer all your community-related questions.

Please RSVP at the website event page. (Include the number in your party on the “Comments” line.)

(Click on this picture to access a pdf version of the flyer.)

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