MCWCC 2017 GreenFest and Sustainable Garden Tour this Sunday 5/21

The Mid City West Community Council and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants are co-organizing, the 2017 GreenFest and Sustainable Garden Tour being held at Pan Pacific Park from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This is a FREE community festival with food, music, activities for the whole family, and programming on topics of sustainability. Visitors can also embark on a garden tour through the neighborhood (including Melrose Village) showcasing landscapes which are California Native, drought tolerant, edible, and/or sustainable.

[Click the image below for a pdf version of the flyer.]GreenFest 2017

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April is Earthquake Preparedness Month

With April being Earthquake Preparedness month, our Los Angeles County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, posted a quick guide for you to share with your family and friends on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

And you can find a list of links to emergency preparedness resources on the Neighborhood Team Program website.

[Click on the guide to access a pdf file to print and share.]

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Melrose Action Meeting At Your Corner next Thursday April 27th

The first outdoor Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch meeting of the year will take place on Thursday, April 27th at 7 p.m.  As in the past, this “Meeting At Your Corner” will include representatives from the LAPD Wilshire Station as well as others from the City of L.A.  And on what corner is this meeting happening?  It will he at corner of Curson Ave. and Waring Ave.  Just look for the people gathering there.Curson Waring

These meetings provide an opportunity for people in the neighborhood to connect with LAPD and other City representatives and to share your safety/crime concerns and nuisance issues.

[Click on the flyer below for more details.]

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The Melrose Business Improvement District Wants to Hear From You

melrose-logoThe goal of the Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) is to improve matters in the area along Melrose Ave. from Highland Ave. to Fairfax Ave. Why?  Because this benefits so many in the area:  businesses and their workers, property owners, local residents and shoppers, diners, and other visitors.

So are you in one of those categories?  Then the Melrose BID wants to hear from you. They’ve posted a questionnaire online in addition to distributing copies at various locations on Melrose.  The questionnaire is brief, so it will only take a couple of minutes to complete it.  And this is your chance to let the BID know how they are doing.

So please go to and be a participant.





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Full House at Last evening’s Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch Meeting


[Photo by David Reid]

The first meeting of the year of the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch was held last evening at Blu Jam Café. We didn’t make an official count, but there must have been at least 50 people there. It was literally standing room only.

Peter Nichols, one of the founders of Melrose Action, conducted the meeting.

LAPD presentations were made by our new (as of the end of 2016) Wilshire Division Captain Anthony Oddo and Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker. (Other LAPD officers were also in attendance.)  Most of what they spoke about — and answered questions about — were general crime issues and how to avoid being the victim of crime. For vehicles, it comes down to “Lock it. Hide it. Keep it.” Don’t leave things visible, whether it’s electronic devices or purses (even empty purses). And always close the windows and lock the doors. The same was recommended for your home. Criminals look for open doors (even back doors) and windows to make an entrance. We watched a video from security cameras as unknown people tried to enter the home of one of the local residents who was at the meeting..

By the way, SLO Wecker now has a Facebook page that you can follow.

Problems with homeless people were also discussed, including where they have set up tents and their using vacant properties or those under construction. Neighborhood Prosecutor Mehrnoosh “Nooshi” Zahiri described the various actions and limitations on actions available to her office on these issues.

So there were a lot of questions and discussion on the matters of crime and annoyances in the neighborhood.

John Darnell, District Director for recently re-elected CD5 Councilmember Paul Koretz, spoke about accomplishments during Paul’s first two terms in office. These included establishment of the Melrose Business Improvement District; moving the West Hollywood Food Coalition to a better location (at the Salvation Army’s facilities on Hollywood Blvd. near the Hollywood Freeway); improvements at the Poinsettia Recreation Center; 4-way stop signs at various local intersections; and progress regarding reducing concentrations of marijuana dispensaries in the area.
John also announced that he will be leaving Paul’s office later this week, moving to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and he introduced the incoming Field Representative for this area, Robert Oliver.

In closing, Peter announced that there will be more Meetings at Your Corner this spring and the National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1st. To be sure to know about these events, and other matters in the area, subscribe to Melrose Action notices at their website.

Also, thanks to Blu Jam Café — where Melrose Action meetings started quite a few years ago — and to its staff.


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Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch Meeting next Tuesday 3/21

It’s been a while since Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch had a meeting at Blu Jam Café, and there’s one coming up next Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to providing an opportunity for the public to speak out on community matters, it’s a chance to meet representatives from several L.A. City departments. This includes some who are new for our area.MelroseActionMeeting2017

Thanks to Blu Jam Chef Kamil for having us back.



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L.A. Marathon this Sunday — Streets closed around us

The annual Los Angeles Marathon comes through Hollywood and West Hollywood this Sunday, March 19th.  It’s a great event, and it will result in road closures in the area.
LA MarathonBasically, it will mostly affect travel to the north (e.g., to the Valley) and to the west. To go north of Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. go east on Santa Monica Blvd. or Melrose Ave. to the 101 Freeway. Then go north past the closures.

The closures will continue into the afternoon. For more information see the information on the computerama website. And more information about the L.A. Marathon is available on their website.

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