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

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[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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SLO Inga Wecker is now on Facebook

Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Inga Wecker has just set up a page on Facebook. Officer Wecker is the SLO for Wilshire Division Basic Car area 7A1.  She posted this on Nextdoor:

“Hi everyone! My name is Inga Wecker, and I am the Senior Lead Officer for everything north of Beverly and west of La Brea to the West Hollywood border (roughly La Cienega & Willoughby). I started a new FB page today to keep our communities updated with crime prevention tips, crime stats, and information on upcoming events. Also, this is a great way to find out why the helicopter is overhead in your area, since I’ll be able to check and respond quickly whether I’m on or off duty!”

SLO Inga Wecker
You can find Inga’s
Facebook page at
facebook.com/SLOWecker.

 

 

 

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Dance Classes at Poinsettia Park

The City of Los Angeles is currently accepting sign-ups for Beginning Flamenco, Tap and Belly Dance classes at Poinsettia Park. These classes are taught by Carolyn Berger, who has specialized in percussive dance styles throughout her dance career.  Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Classes are $40 per month for one class per week, $80 per month for two classes per week, or $12 for a single class. .

poinsettia-parkPoinsettia Park (also known at Poinsettia Recreation Center) is our Melrose Village park, located at 7341 Willoughby Avenue, between Poinsettia Pl. and Martel Ave.

For more information and to sign up for these classes, please call 213-382-6928.

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Run to Remember next Sunday, February 12th

The second annual Run to Remember – Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Run To Remember Los Angeles honors fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters and other 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 help raise money for this program and related programs, click here.

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. (Note: It may take time to load.)]
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NO PARKING ZONES:
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.

METRO BUS AND RAIL:
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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Holiday Trash Collection Schedule and Christmas Tree Recycling

Since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are both on Sunday this holiday season, the City of Los Angeles (and many other institutions) will be taking the next day – Monday – as the holiday. So City of Los Angeles trash collection will be delayed by one day both of the next two weeks. For example, if your trash collection day is normally Thursday it will be Friday and if it’s normally Friday, it will be on Saturday.  This is the schedule  ext week and the week after. (And this will happen next year, too.)  See their website for all City of L.A. trash collection holidays.

recycle-trees-cnt014941L.A. Sanitation will also have curbside collection and recycling for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day. Be sure to prepare the tree for collection.

Other drop-off locations are available as well. For more details see the City’s Christmas Tree Recycling page.

Recycling of other holiday items:
Flattened wrapping paper, cards, and cardboard boxes can all go in the Blue recycling bin. Bows, ribbons, tinsel, and other plastic decorations CANNOT be recycled. They go in the Black bin. Natural wreaths and garland can be placed in the Green bin after you’ve removed the decorations.

And remember that electronics, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and certain other items do not go in the trash bins. These are considered household hazardous waste (HHW) and can be dropped off at special locations.

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