Art Gallegos has been the LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) in our area — including all of Melrose Village west of La Brea Ave. (see the map below) — for many years. Art is being promoted to Sergeant, and we congratulate him for this.
However, due to this promotion, Art must transfer from the LAPD Wilshire Division to another LAPD division for at least a year. He may come back to the Wilshire Division in the future, but no longer as the Senior Lead Officer for Basic Car Aera 7A1.
Click on this map to see all of the LAPD Wilshire Division Basic Car areas.
Within the LAPD Wilshire Division there are nine Basic Car Areas. Each area represents a patrol area and a Senior Lead Officer (SLO) is assigned to each.The SLO coordinates patrol officers in his or her area, helping to find the best way to serve the area. Part of this is based on the SLO’s being aware of activities and crimes in that area.
Until a permanent SLO is hired for our area, one-month officer assignments will be made. The LAPD hopes to hire a permanent SLO in the next two or three months, depending on applicants and factoring in the needs of our community.
For more information about the LAPD Wilshire Division go to their website — lapdwilshire.com. There is a tremendous amount of information there, including ideas on how to avoid being a victim of crime, and information about crimes in the area. You can also receive information on their Twitter feed.
Election Day is this Tuesday, March 3rd. Polls are open from 7 a.m to 8 p.m.
Although most of Melrose Village is in Los Angeles City Council District 5, and that Council position is not up for a vote this year, there are still important matters to vote on, including Community College District Board Members and two Los Angeles City Ballot Measures.
Yes. They are all important. And this is where we truly get a voice.
If you have a mail-in ballot and haven’t mailed it yet, it may be too late. Mail-in ballots must be received by the City Clerk Election Division no later than Tuesday. (Postmark is not sufficient.) You can bring your filled-in mail-in ballot – in the proper envelope – to any Los Angeles City polling place. That may be near where you work, or it may be near your home.
If you are voting in person, you must vote at your designated polling place. This information is on the back of the Official Sample Ballot booklet sent to you by the City Clerk’s Office. If you can’t find yours, go to lavote.net. Fill in your street address (number and street name only) and select your address. You can then download or look at the booklet for you.
The Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) is continuing to improve things along Melrose Ave. for the businesses and for all of us. Clean-up in the area is ongoing and work continues on improving the parking situation. Both of these improve things for residents as well as businesses.
You may have noticed the banners on the street light poles along Melrose Ave. This is another project that the BID is doing. Go and check them out. In addition to “Play” and “Style,” shown in the picture above, there are also banners for “Eats” and “Arts.”
And, speaking of Arts, this Sunday, March 1st, some of the city’s top street artists will participate in a day of live painting. Each artist will present their own interpretation of an animal theme as they paint more than sixteen utility boxes along Melrose Avenue from Fairfax Ave. to Highland Ave.
The project, dubbed the Melrose Menagerie, is being curated by local artist Jennifer Korsen. Jennifer’s mixed media pieces, paintings, and street installations can be seen regularly around Los Angeles galleries, pop up shows, and public spaces, including her current exhibition called “Cross My Heart” at the Stone Malone Gallery (7619½ Melrose Ave.).
Jennifer has reached out to many of the city’s top street artists to make this day special. Included are some of the finest artists working in the city today, including Leba and Annie from the hit Oxygen Network show, Street Art Throwdown, and many others.
The BID will be holding an Instagram contest on Sunday. Anyone taking pictures of all 16 boxes and posting with the hashtag #MelroseMenagerie will have a chance to win a special Melrose Ave. prize.
Every two years the Los Angeles Homeless Authority conducts a county-wide census of homeless residents in the L.A. area. They count the entire area in one night. The information collected will be used to improve and increase services and funds for homeless assistance services in Los Angeles.
The Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) invites you to join them in volunteering with the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count on Thursday, January 29th at 8 p.m. MCWCC, in partnership with the National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW), will host a local deployment site located at the NCJW building, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. , at the corner of Clinton St.
On the night of the count, volunteers will receive training on how to observe and record their local homeless population. Then volunteers will be sent in groups to walk assigned routes and collect the crucial data. They return to the deployment site to turn in the data. The entire process takes just a few hours: 8 – 11 p.m.
To register, go to http://lahsa.nationbuilder.com/mid_city_west/ .
The entire county-wide Homeless Count needs over 6,000 volunteers, so everyone who can help is important.
“It only takes one night to make a huge contribution to the welfare of so many,” says Mid City West board member Brandy McKay. “It’s one of the fastest, easiest and most effective ways to help the homeless community.”
“We as a board are excited to be partnering with LAHSA and the National Council for Jewish Women in this greater effort to assist our local homeless population,” said Scott Epstein, chair of the Mid City West Community Council.
MidCityWest Community Council
Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency
More information about the Homeless Count
The Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) has been busy with a number of projects with more to come. Some of what they are up to is listed in the Melrose BID Newsletter. (Click here for the most recent issue – December, 2014.)
So still being worked on are Parking and Promotion, but one things that’s already going ahead is Painting. As part of the clean-up, the fire hydrants on Melrose Ave. between Highland Ave, and Fairfax Ave. have all been painted yellow, and next comes the utility boxes. Along Melrose and partway into the side streets are all the boxes for traffic signals, telephone and other services, and these need improvement. So the Melrose BID is holding an art contest to paint some of the utility boxes. Winners’ art will be used along with that of several established L.A. artists as a permanent part of the area. The deadline is Sunday, February 15th, so get started now.
The dimensions of the boxes to be used for this art are shown above, and for more details on the contest, join the Melrose Ave Electrical Box Contest Facebook event page.
The Mid City West Community Council will host a free Bicycle Safety Class on Sunday, January 11th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Council of Jewish Women building, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. (on the southwest corner of Fairfax Ave. and Clinton St.).
The class will cover the basics of rules of the road for cyclists and drivers, important safety tips for cyclists, and offer further resources to improve riding skills. The class lasts two hours and is entirely in the classroom. No bicycle is necessary. This is perfect for bicyclists and drivers, kids and adults!
Register soon for this free class, as space is limited.
The class will be taught by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The LACBC is the largest bicycle advocacy group working in the LA area. They offer classes, materials, events, and campaigns advocating for safe and healthy cycling.
The Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) is the neighborhood council representing Miracle Mile north to West Hollywood and La Brea Ave. west to Beverly Hills. This area includes Melrose Village west of La Brea Ave. The MCWCC represents residents, business owners, students, and employees, within the neighborhood.
“Cycling is increasing city-wide, whether it is for recreation or commuting, and we want to make sure cyclists and drivers feel safe in Mid City West,” said Taylor Nichols, co-chair of the MCWCC Transportation, Parking, and Streetscape Committee. “There’s a lot of confusion with new bike projects and rules around bicycling, so we’re offering this class to help answer some of the questions folks have about bicyclists on the road.”
A recent article the LA Weekly listed some of the great restaurants in Melrose Village, focusing on “five of Melrose Avenue’s best options for eating out after hours.”
Several of these are relatively recent additions to the eating choices we already have here, but there are also the ones we’ve known somewhat longer. These restaurants are listed below from west to east. (They are in a different order in the article.)
_• Melrose Umbrella Company (Between Vista St. and Gardner St.)
_• The Village Idiot (at Martel Ave.)
_• Smoke.Oil.Salt. (near Poinsettia Pl.)
_• L’Assiette (across from Melrose Elementary)
_• Tatsu Ramen (just west of La Brea Ave.)