Special events to affect streets south of Melrose Village next two Sundays

Two special events — both to bring attention to the issue of genocide — will be held on the next two Sundays.

The first, this coming Sunday morning, April 17th, is the Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide and Awareness Festival. The center of the event is at the La Brea Tar Pits from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The walk will take place on portions of 6th St., Fairfax Ave., and 3rd St.:
• 6th St. will be closed between Curson Ave. and Fairfax Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Fairfax Ave. will be closed between 6th St. and Beverly Blvd. from 9 a.m. to noon.
• 3rd St. will be closed between Fairfax Ave. and The Grove Dr. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The following Sunday, April 24th, will be the Rally for Justice, organized by the Committee to remember the Armenian Genocide, near the Turkish Consolate on Wilshire Blvd. The main stage for the ceremony will be at Crescent Heights Blvd. & Wilshire Blvd. with the ceremony at 1 p.m. Thousands of people are expected to attend this event, so a large section of Wilshire Blvd. — between San Vicente Blvd. and La Brea Ave. — will be closed from early morning until evening.


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Fairfax Closure for TV Production Tomorrow, March 31st

A TV company will be producing scenes from a time traveling adventure comedy TV pilot — Future Man — for Hulu in the Fairfax area tomorrow, March 31st. It is directed by Seth Rogan, who frequents the area often and is well known to the community. He wants to feature Los Angeles prominently in the show.

Fairfax Ave. will be closed between Oakwood Ave. and Rosewood Ave. for some portion of the day and evening..

The production has the necessary permits from the city. The production will include scenes inside Canters Deli during the day and a spectacular special effects stunt outside. Stores and restaurants around Canters will be dressed as stores from the 1960s. The stunt will include a car flipping over after a laser blast.  They only plan on doing the effect once, and it should sound like a single aerial firework, probably after midnight.



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Run to Remember next Sunday, January 24th

Nearly a decade after its launch in Boston, the first annual “Run to Remember – Los Angeles” will happen on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Run To Remember Los Angeles is a half marathon that exists to honor fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders.

Run to Remember Los Angeles is a Half Marathon and 10k road race starting and finishing at The Grove. The course highlights the history and glamour of Los Angeles and Hollywood with featured miles through Paramount Studios and Hollywood Blvd. This race is being put on by and for the Los Angeles Police and LA Sheriff’s Department. To donate or participate, go to runtorememberla.org.

Note that the route includes Melrose Ave. east of La Brea Ave., La Brea Ave. south of Melrose Ave. and Beverly Blvd. and Third St. west of La Brea Ave.

Because this is a race and not just a “walk” some streets will not have crossings at least during some times early in the morning. Especially note the “loop” area bounded by The Grove, Beverly Blvd., La Brea Ave. and Third St. Motorists will be allowed to cross La Brea using 1st St. or 2nd St. traveling east toward Sycamore Blvd before 7 a.m. At 7a.m. the race begins and LADOT will implement a hard closure (no crossing points) of the area for approximately 1 hour. At 8 a.m., after all runners have safely started the race, Beverly Blvd will be reopened just to before LaBrea Ave., and motorists can then cross Beverly Blvd. or go west on Beverly towards Fairfax Ave.

The map below shows general road closure times. [Click on the map to access a road closure flyer.]rtr map

Areas along the course will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.” Please adhere to the dates and times posted; all zones will be enforced.

Road Closures along the half marathon route will impact Metro Bus routes. There will be only minor delays to light rail service. For more detailed routing information visit www.metro.net or call Metro Customer Service at 323.GO.METRO (323-466-3876).



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What should the Melrose BID do with $4 Million Grant?

At the beginning of their second year of operations, the Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) was notified that its application for $4 million in pedestrian-oriented capital improvements for public rights of way in the District was approved by the
MTA. Funding for this begins in 2019.

A plan for how these funds will be spent is currently being prepared. The Melrose BID Board wants to spend the money to enhance business as much as possible. They are requesting your assistance in establishing spending priorities for Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Avenue and Highland Avenue.

As part of that effort, they have developed a brief survey to gather ideas and information from people who have a real stake in a vibrant and thriving Melrose Avenue. Whether you live in the area, shop here, have a business or property here, or are just interested, please take a few moments to complete the survey to let them know what you like, what you’d like to see more of, and what could be improved. (We also mentioned this survey here about a month ago, but now the grant has been approved.) The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MelroseVision.

The Melrose BID has prepared a (pdf) document showing some of the accomplishments in its first year of operations. This might help you come up with how you would fill out the survey.


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Meet SLO Inga Wecker at Canter’s Wednesday 10/21

As we’ve reported, Basic Car Area 7A1, which includes Melrose Village west of La Brea Ave. now has a new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) – Officer Inga Wecker. (See the map below to see the boundaries for Basic Car Area 7A1 and Melrose Village.)

LAPD Basic Car Area 7A1 with Melrose Village

[Click to view larger map.]

Officer Wecker has been joining us for the ongoing “Meeting on your Corner” series, and now there is another opportunity for you to meet her. This will be next Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Canters Deli , 419 N. Fairfax Ave, north of Oakwood Ave. This is an opportunity to meet one another, to share ideas, address concerns, and help build a stronger community.

If you can’t make that meeting, watch for the next “Meeting on your Corner.”

SLO at Canters 10-21-2015

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The next “Meeting at your Corner” (actually in the Park): Wednesday, 10/14

The next Meeting at your Corner is actually a Meeting in the Park – Poinsettia Park  – and will take place next Wednesday, October 14th, at 7:30 p.m. This will be on the Park’s south lawn on Willoughby Ave. at Fuller Ave.

As with the previous Meetings, this event is intended to bring neighbors and public safety officials together outside to discuss issues relating to crime and other matters in our neighborhood.

This is an opportunity to meet with representatives from LAPD Wilshire Division and other Los Angeles officials. Various officers from our LAPD Wilshire Division will be there, including Captain Howard Leslie and our new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Inga Wecker. Also scheduled are representatives from the office of our City Councilmember Paul Koretz and the City’s Neighborhood Prosecutor.

This is your opportunity to meet these representatives and ask them the questions you want to ask.Meeting-at-your-Corner_ Poinsettia-Park_10-14-2015



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Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Sunday, October 11th

The 2015 AIDS Walk Los Angeles will be held on Sunday, October 11th, 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.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Click on map for pdf file with map and closure 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, 10/11 (except where indicated)

Street Closure Times
San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica to Melrose 6 am 10/10
to 6 pm 12/11
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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