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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Melrose Avenue Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet now accepting applications for next year

Melrose Magnet School

Melrose Avenue Elementary, located on Detroit St. and Melrose Ave., is a Math/Science/Technology Magnet and accepts applicants only once a year. Mathew Needleman, the school principal, tells us that this is the application season for next year.

Applications for new students are now being accepted for Melrose Avenue Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet until November 13th for the 2016-2017 school year. Sign-ups for school tours and the school application link are available on their home page at http://www.melrosestars.org.  Even residents of the neighborhood have to go through the magnet application process. So if you want your children to attend this great school, be sure to check it out.


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General Melrose Village News

Several things of note are going on in Melrose Village, so this is a general update on these matters.

• Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open in January at the new development going up on the northwest corner of La Brea Ave. and Willoughby Ave.  More details are available in this article in the Park LaBrea News / Beverly Press:  Sprouts Farmers Market to land on La Brea Avenue.

• Peter Nichols, who runs Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, is included in this article. And speaking of Peter and Melrose Action, they are getting quite active in many ways. Be sure to check out the Melrose Action website, subscribe to their emails, and follow them on Twitter.

• And, on the Melrose Action website, there’s this article about what is being planned for the empty store building on the southwest corner of Melrose Ave. And Gardner Ave. 

• Another current activity from Melrose Action is the series of Meetings on your Corner. Last night’s meeting was very well attended, giving neighbors an opportunity to discuss matters with many L.A. City officials, including our CD5 City Councilmember Paul Koretz, our Wilshire Division Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Howard Leslie, and our new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Inga Wecker. So even though the general meeting at Canter’s has been postponed again, you can meet her at these Meetings on the Corner.

• At the meeting it was pointed out that we can keep up to date with what’s going on in the LAPD Wilshire Division area in a number of ways. There’s the LAPD Wilshire website and you can follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook.

• And also at the Meeting on the Corner was Donald Duckworth, Executive Director of the Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), who discussed their various projects, ranging from cleaning things up along Melrose to working on ways to improve parking, both for business customers and local residents. For more information about the Melrose BID, see their MelroseAveLA website and follow them on Twitter.

So all these officials and representatives were at the Meeting on the Corner last evening, and it was clear that they are all working together to solve problems as best as they can and make things better for our neighborhood.  And, at the risk of “giving advice,” we recommend that everyone get involved and connected with all of these people and organizations.


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Help Plan the Future of Melrose Avenue

The Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is made up of owners of properties along Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Avenue and Highland Avenue. Property owners pay annual fees to fund services and improvements in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic commercial districts. As part of the Melrose Avenue BID’s visioning process, they are seeking input from stakeholders via an on-line survey.

One of the Melrose Avenue BID’s key projects is developing a “Vision Plan” to help shape the future of Melrose. As part of that effort, they are gathering ideas and information from people who have a real stake in a vibrant and thriving Melrose Avenue. So that your input and ideas are given full consideration in their planning process, they are asking that responses by submitted by October 6, 2015.

The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MelroseVision.



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