Street Closures and No Parking rules for 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The City of Los Angeles, Departments of Transportation (LADOT) and Police (LAPD), anticipate thousands of people will attend the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

The LADOT will be strictly enforcing the no-parking policy for the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which includes the citing and the impounding of parked vehicles on restricted streets. Impounded vehicles will be towed to the Official Police Garage (OPG) at Hollywood Tow located at 1015 N. Mansfield Avenue. Motorists are advised to check the OPG website at to find their vehicle. To retrieve impounded vehicles call either 311 or Hollywood Tow at (323) 466-8583.

The following locations and restrictions will be enforced to support the Hollywood Christmas Parade activities:

Tow-Away No Stopping, 12 AM Saturday (11/26/16) to 6 AM Monday (11/28/16):
Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue & Orange Drive
Orange Drive between Hollywood Boulevard & Hawthorn Avenue

Tow-Away No Stopping, 6AM to Midnight, Sunday (11/27/16):
Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue & Orange Drive

Tow-Away No Stopping, 11AM TO Midnight, Sunday (11/27/16):
Cherokee Ave between Hollywood Boulevard & Selma Avenue
Hawthorn Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue
Sunset Boulevard between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue
De Longpre Avenue between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue
Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue
Lanewood Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Orange Drive
El Cerrito Place between Franklin Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard
Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Hawthorn Avenue
Sycamore Avenue between Sunset Boulevard & Fountain Avenue
Orange Drive between Franklin Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard
Orange Drive between Hawthorn Avenue & Santa Monica Boulevard
Mansfield Avenue between De Longpre Avenue & Fountain Avenue

Tow-Away No Stopping, 1 PM TO Midnight, Sunday (11/27/16):
Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue & Vine Street
Vine Street between Hollywood Boulevard & Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard between Vine Street & Highland Avenue
Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue
Santa Monica Blvd between La Brea Avenue & Gower Street
Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Sunset Boulevard
La Brea Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Fountain Avenue
Cahuenga Boulevard between Yucca Street & Hollywood Boulevard (West side of street only)
Yucca Street between Gower Street & Argyle Street (North side of street only)

Freeway Closures: U.S. 101 Hollywood Freeway:
Northbound and southbound off-ramps of Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will all be closed at 3:00 p.m., reopening at 10:00 p.m.

No Parking Sign Postings:
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, posting will begin on those streets that are designated “NO PARKING” for Saturday, Nov. 26, Sunday, Nov 27 and Monday, Nov 28, 2016.

Parade-watchers are urged to use public transit. For more information call Metro at (323) GO-METRO or visit its website at:

LADOT is dedicated to moving Los Angeles forward as quickly and safely as possible. Drivers, bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to visit LADOT’s website at for information about DASH, Commuter Express, bicycling in the City and an array of transportation services. For general information about LADOT Transit services, call (213, 310, 323, 818) 808-2273 or visit

Area commuters can visit the Department’s website at for bicycle and parking facilities information. For real-time traffic information visit: Real-time traffic reports are a product of LADOT, innovators of the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System technology.

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Melrose Bellow: Free literary festival Saturday evening

melrose-bellowOn Saturday evening, November 12th, the first-ever Melrose Bellow literary festival will take over 13 restaurants, bars and businesses on Melrose Avenue, including The Village Idiot, Groundlings G3 Stage* and Vinoteque on Melrose. There will be “pre-event” activities beginning at 5 p.m., with the the main events from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The various activities will be on Melrose Ave. along the four block stretch of from Poinsettia Pl. to Gardner St.

Curated by Angeleno literary mogul Conrad Romo, Melrose Bellow will feature more than 75 performers, including readings from Writ Large Press/Chiwan Choi, Write Bloody Press/Derrick Brown, ONTHEBUS publisher Jack Grapes, Melissa Chadburn and poet Brendan Constantine.

Click here for the full schedule.

(*Note that the 7 p.m. A Bunch of Losers Reading Essays is at the the G3 Stage in the Groundlings School building on the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.  You do not need to go to the main Groundlings Theatre.)

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Filming near Melrose includes simulated gun fire

The Los Angeles Police Department issued an announcement on Twitter that there is filming taking place all day today on Sierra Bonita Ave. between Melrose Ave. and Clinton St. This production, for the TV show CSI, includes simulated gunfire.


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Correction: LAPD Open House Sunday

The LAPD Open House that we posted is on SUNDAY, October 16th – tomorrow.

The original post has been updated.

Apologies to all (and thanks to the reader who pointed it out).



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LAPD Wilshire Open House Sunday afternoon 10/16

The Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area and West Traffic Division invite you to a FREE Community Event on Sunday afternoon October 16th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This Open house will take place at the LAPD Wilshire Community Police Station, 4861 W. Venice Blvd. (on the north side of Venice Blvd., one block east of La Brea Ave.)

The event includes Free Food and Beverages, a Blood Drive, Prizes and Games, Guided Tours of the station, Kids activities, exhibits and information booths  by Neighborhood Councils Councils, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and much more.


For further information, contact the Wilshire Community Relations Office at


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Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch Meeting at Your Corner Wednesday, September 14th

The next Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch Meeting at Your Corner will be held on Wednesday evening, September 14th, starting at 7 p.m. This one will be at the corner of Waring Ave. and Harper Ave., one block north of Melrose Ave. and three blocks west of Crescent Heights Blvd. (Look for the large LAPD vehicle.)

These events are a great way to meet your neighbors and meet with representatives of the LAPD and other L.A. City offices. In addition to presentations by City representatives, there will be an opportunity to ask them questions, so come by and be part of your community.

And, as at the last meeting, there will be free pizza samples* from The Pizza Press, now located in the West Hollywood Gateway Center. [*while supplies last.]

For more information, see the article on Melrose Action News.



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Neighborhood Conservation Hearing Tuesday evening, September 20th, in West L.A.

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning is developing proposals for single family (R1-1) zones to provide specialized regulation regarding single-family houses. This is a follow-up to the existing Interim Control Ordinances (ICO) for various neighborhoods as the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, or “BMO,” adopted in 2015 and set to expire in March, 2017. One of these areas is Lower Council District 5, which includes all of the R1-1 zones in Melrose Village.

The Planning Department is holding a series of Open Houses/Public Hearings regarding the proposed changes. The event that will include our area will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Henry Medina Building, 11214 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. (This is just east of the I-405 freeway.) The Open House starts at 5:30 p.m., with a brief presentation at 6:00 p.m., and the Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m.

The R1-1 zones in Melrose Village that are affected are shown in yellow in this map:melrose-village-zoning

The proposed new single family zones for the affected areas would involve a zone change from R1-1 to R1V2, a proposed new zone, which allows flexibility in the location of a new second story above the first floor of a house, and would regulate a floor area, depending on lot size, of between 35% and 45%. These proposed new single family zones will supersede the existing R1-1 (or BMO) regulations, for a more tailored zoning solution to preserve neighborhood character.

Text of the proposed Neighborhood Conservation Ordinances will be available at the Open House/Public Hearing and online at under “What’s New”.

For questions, please contact staff: Christine Saponara, 213-978-1363.

Email or mail written communication to:
Neighborhood Conservation
Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring St., Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Click here for a copy of the mailer sent to homes in our area.

And click here for a presentation showing some of the proposed details.


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