Melrose Action News

First Outdoor Neighborhood Watch Meet-Up With LAPD Wilshire Set

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station will hold it’s first outdoor “Meeting At Your Corner” coming up on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m.  The location to start off this year’s anti-crime initiative — the corner of Curson Avenue and Waring Avenue. Click here for map location.  The outdoor
“meet up” concept allows for neighbors to get together with our law enforcement first responders — specifically the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station officers and commanders that service our area.  This is a great chance to share your safety/crime concerns and nuisance issues.

The meeting’s purpose gives neighbors the opportunity to personally meet our LAPD Wilshire “community cop” senior lead officer Inga Wecker, welcome our new station command staff, along with our new field deputy from Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’ office — Robert Oliver, plus our neighborhood prosecutor from the L.A. city attorney’s office – Nooshi Zahiri.

Our supporter — the Melrose Umbrella Co. will be on hand to provide free refreshments (while supplies last). Grab a free slice of pizza while you can– courtesy of Melrose Action and our neighbor CVS Pharmacy — again while supplies last.

Please share/forward this with your neighbors and area friends. Repost where applicable.  Download the flyer here.  Sign up to get our crime alerts and newsletter including up-to-date crime information for our area here.

 

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Los Angeles Police Commission Wants You To Weigh In On L.A.P.D. Body Camera Video Policy

Melrose Action heard from the Deputy Director at the Policing Project at NYU Law — that is helping the Los Angeles Police Commission gather input from the community on the LAPD’s Body Camera Video Release Policy. This is very important and your views matter.

As you may know, the LAPD’s current policy is not to release body camera videos after there has been an officer-involved shooting. The Commission is considering whether to change the policy, and is looking for public input on what the new policy should be. 

This is a really important opportunity for people to provide input on a policy that undoubtedly will have a significant impact on both the community and the police. 

We are asking for input in two ways:
– Through an online questionnaire at – (click the link) www.LAPDVideoPolicy.org — the website also has a brief video we put together explaining some of the pros and cons of releasing video, as well as a comment portal in case you would like to submit more detailed comments. 

At community forums across Los Angeles. The West Bureau forum is on April 12 at 6:30pm at the (map it here >) Seoul International Park Recreation Center.

Click here to download the flyer to your desktop.  This is important policy that can shape our future — PLEASE SHARE this post

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Trespass And Squatting Issues Continue To Plague Melrose Area. Does It Contribute To Crime?

If you live in the Melrose/Fairfax district then you’ve probably been affected in some way (or know someone that has) by prolific trespassers and squatters. Some swear that the proliferation of “McMansions” is the chief cause of these encampments. Could the unprecedented amount of homes and apartment buildings sitting vacant for extending periods of time awaiting demolition be harboring unsavory characters in our neighborhood? A majority of neighbors near these properties say resoundingly — yes in fact they are. Some are quick to point out that the new construction of homes — that typically last several months — play a larger role because they offer new, unmonitored premisses, free access to electrical power, portable restrooms, and even brand-new swimming pools,spas, and roof top decks.

Anywhere in the area that a home or building is vacant for a time — chances are — trespassers, transients, squatters etc have either scaled a fence, broken down a door, or smashed a window to gain entry to that property and set up shop.

Neighbors on either side of Melrose Ave say that they’ve seen encampments on top of garages underneath low hanging trees, underneath occupied homes in crawl spaces, behind garages of homes, residing on outdoor furniture at night, living inside vehicles parked along Waring or Willoughby, in the alley ways, hot-wiring electricity in some cases, and so much more.

The bigger question is — are these people dangerous? Are they committing crimes? Using drugs? Having sex on our property? Are they entering our homes when our back doors or windows are open and unattended? Again — the answer more likely is — its very possible. Why? Because this area is a transient urban area and some neighbors have no clue who lives here and who doesn’t. Piling on to the “transient” theme is the phenomenon that so many homes and apartments are now full time Airbnb night-to-night hotel-like rentals and you can see that it only gets more difficult to gain a grip on who’s an actual neighbor and who isn’t.

What can you do to protect yourself?  First and foremostcall the police if you see unusual, repetitive activity around properties that are empty, new or old. Notify our community cop — our Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker and or our L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri. Contact the L.A. department of building and safety if homes or buildings under construction are not secured properly when unattended. Always check your property when you return home or before you go to sleep at night. Look for tampering of your door locks, windows or garages. Keep your fences maintained and your trees and shrubs trimmed. Install motion lights in your yards. Have a good security system. Think about a security camera system. Adopt a dog from a shelter for added safety. Try and get to know your neighbors. Keep your car doors locked at all times. Walk the area with your mobile devices hidden. The adage goes “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING”! Be part of the solution, not the problem.

Click on the video (or link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OCpmcYzmho&t=26s) below to see what’s been prowling around yards and homes in the 700, 800, and 900 blocks of Vista St. Be sure to attend our first Meeting on Crime this Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Blu Jam Cafe. Click here for more info

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Trader Joe’s Returns…

Melrose area neighbors will get their Trader Joe’s location back — soon — finally.  Trader Joe’s is slated to re-open it’s long standing (East) West Hollywood location this coming April.  The brand-new store will be located in the massive Avalon-West Hollywood mixed use development just wrapping up construction at Santa Monica Blvd and Poinsettia Pl.  Three bedroom apartment units are ready for occupancy March 17th for the tony price of around $6000/month.

Studio, one and two bedroom apartments go live this summer starting around $2400/month.  A new Wells Fargo Bank is also said to be a tenant of the complex. Trader’s was hoping to open March 31st but ran into some last minute issues and now are setting their sights on a mid-April grand opening.

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First Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch Meeting of 2017 Date Set

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch is back in action for 2017!  Join us for our first meeting  on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.  Crime and issues of transient incursions onto properties and into businesses will be the topic, along with serious squatter problems involving vacant homes — some awaiting demolition, under construction, or on the market for sale. Also, some properties that are listed on popular Airbnb have been creating some nuisance issues as well.  The meeting will be held at the Blu Jam Cafe located at 7371 Melrose Ave. (Map it here)

Our area’s local community cop — Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Division Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker will be there and introduce the  new L.A.P.D. Wilshire Division Commander to our neighborhood.  Also, L.A. City Council member Paul Koretz’ District Director John Darnell along with the City Attorney’s Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri will be there.  For neighbors with concerns about crime, nuisance, trespassing, and other quality of life issues – this is your chance to be heard by our local officials.  Please join us. Let your neighbors know.

Click here to download the flyer for the meeting

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Crime Alert: Armed Robbery at Gardner & Waring May Be Linked To Two Others That Same Night


manwcrimealertLAPD Wilshire is investigating — what may be a string of street robberies — that occurred late friday/early saturday morning this past weekend.

A female victim was walking in the area of Gardner/Waring late Friday evening August 12th, when 2 male Black suspects approached her and grabbed her purse. The victim struggled with the suspects to retain her purse and was struck by one of the suspects in the face. The suspects ran to a red hatchback and fled. There were two additional robberies (Clinton/Genesse and 800 block of Orange Grove Ave) that occurred within 15 minutes of the Gardner/Waring robbery. LAPD Wilshire detectives are investigating and need your help.  If you have any information about these crimes or have surveillance video of the streets near or at these sites, please contact LAPD Wilshire detectives at (213) 922-8205.

As a reminder, this is an urban area. When walking any street anywhere  always  keep your valuables (phones etc) out of sight and try not to walk alone if leaving an establishment late. Keep aware of your surrounds at all times.  Please join us for our next neighborhood crime meeting called “Meeting at your corner” on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Rosewood and Stanley.  Hear directly from our local Los Angeles Police Department personnel how to better protect yourself and how not to become a victim. Click here for map location of meeting.

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Date And Location Set For Next Neighborhood Crime “Meeting At Your Corner”

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station invite you to our next Meeting At Your Corner on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 7 p.m. set up at the corners of Rosewood Avenue and Stanley Avenue.  Click here for map location.   Everyone is invited to attend.  Come out and meet your local community cop – Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker, our local LAPD Wilshire commanders, special guests District Director John Darnell from Council member Paul Koretz’ office and L.A. City Attorney neighborhood prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri.

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Also — come sample free pizza and giveaways from our newest supporter The Pizza Press (while supplies last) and grab a free refreshment.  This neighborhood meet-up with our local police helps building stronger community/police partnerships and we encourage you to participate.  The discussion is about crime or quality of life issues that you’d like help with — this is your chance to speak up.  The format is question and answer and the meeting lasts about 1 hour.  See the flyer below. If you have any questions, please send us an email at moc.n1511555466oitca1511555466esorl1511555466em@su1511555466-tcat1511555466noc1511555466.

 

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Free Neighborhood Event This Tuesday!

nationalnightoutsolicitlogoMelrose Action together with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station and Los Angeles Council member Paul Koretz office will host our 8th Annual National Night Out event at Poinsettia Park Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to map it

This years event will feature lots of great safety related exhibits and services plus food sampling from our awesome neighborhood supporters like Spartina LA, The Parlor, Melrose Umbrella Co., Just Food For Dogs and more!

Come down and meet and greet your L.A.P.D. first responders and share your appreciation for their service to our neighborhood and community.

Event Highlights include:

– Surprise Special Live Performance!

– Live DJ

– Free Giveaways from various exhibitors and activities for kids from City Target!

– Get a free tree if you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles (I.D. Required – While supplies last)

– Grab a free hot dog grilled up from one of our LAPD Senior Lead Officers!

– LAPD Classic Cars

– Los Angeles Fire Department

– Pet Adoptions!

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Latest Melrose Action Digital Crime Report Video

Check out the latest Melrose Action Digital Crime Report Video featuring our L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker.  Click in or tap the window below to watch.

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Or view it here if image or link is not working or not shown..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBlorJ2892c&feature=youtu.be

*(reposted and resent to subscribers due to link failure)

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Melrose Village Monthly Real Estate Report

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June 2016 Area Real Estate Report

Properties on the market…

AddressNumber of BedroomsBathsHome SqFtList PriceLot Size
630 N GENESEE AVE 845,032$1,875,0006,373
829 N MARTEL AVE 531,942$1,450,0007,012
714 N GENESEE AVE 321,405$1,250,0005,552
741 N VISTA ST 453,980$2,995,0006,204
736 N CURSON AVE 564,200$3,190,0006,500
637 N GARDNER ST 553,836$2,895,0005,836
849 N CURSON AVE 565,142$3,475,0006,505
611 N MARTEL AVE 453,979$2,799,0006,999
7714 WARING AVE 22908$799,0001,419
610 N STANLEY AVE 444,000$3,325,0006,506
616 N POINSETTIA PL 574,369$2,949,0006,946
612 N FULLER AVE 564,669$2,980,0007,334
721 N VISTA ST 45$2,799,0005,585
7194 W Formosa Fusion CT 341,586$1,149,0001,157
833 N GARDNER ST 564,857$3,375,0006,502
613 N GARDNER ST 332,935$1,999,0005,845
546 N MARTEL AVE 221,431$1,355,0004,730
848 N CURSON AVE 564,758$3,395,0006,507
715 N SPAULDING AVE 231,861$1,575,0005,216

Properties sold in the last 60 days..

AddressBedroomsBathsSize of HomeList PriceSold PriceLot Sz
822 N STANLEY AVE 422,451$1,450,000$1,480,0006,501
612 N SIERRA BONITA AVE 432,085$1,625,000$1,580,0006,500
635 N GARDNER ST 453,362$2,900,000$2,900,0005,838
7264 WILLOUGHBY AVE 32873$729,000$710,0001,793
717 N FULLER AVE 443,096$2,238,888$2,225,0008,242
7660 ROSEWOOD AVE 11744$769,000$851,0002,332
7463 WARING AVE 22804$975,000$1,050,0002,469
822 N SIERRA BONITA AVE 554,409$3,195,000$2,950,0006,500
600 N STANLEY AVE 211,284$1,250,000$1,200,0004,006
531 N STANLEY AVE 321,449$1,299,999$1,220,0006,354
900 N VISTA ST 321,540$1,295,000$1,200,0006,407
7216 Waring AVE 21729$799,900$750,0002,475
630 N Stanley AVE 211,032$1,099,000$1,310,0006,508
538 N FULLER AVE 454,600$3,495,000$3,325,0007,333
751 N OGDEN DR 321,480$1,399,000$1,460,0004,478

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Shooting Reported At Stanley and Melrose

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BREAKING LAPD Wilshire reports that a shooting occurred on the southwest corner of Stanley Ave at Melrose Avenue last night (Saturday, June 26th) at around 10 p.m..  Shots were reportedly fired into the Urban Outfitters store, smashing a glass pane (Picture below). Thankfully no one was struck or injured and police are investigating. A neighbor who asked not be identified said police on the scene suspect it may have been gang related but that has not been confirmed. Melrose at Stanley was cordoned off and was closed to traffic for a time while the incident was being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Wilshire Detectives at (213) 922-8205.

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Melrose Video Crime Report

Here’s the latest Melrose Action Video Crime Report from our Los Angeles Police Department’s Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker. Officer Wecker is our “community cop”. Contact her about non-emergency neighborhood crime or nuisance issues. Here, in her first report, Officer Wecker discusses our upcoming “Meeting At Your Corner” neighborhood meet-up on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. with her and L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station commanders. Other subjects touched on include how to prevent home and auto burglaries, fireworks on the 4th of July, our National Night Out event planned for this August. Check it out.

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How Did We Vote? Neighborhood Results of Democratic Presidential Contest

We did our own basic analysis of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Contest results of voting in our area (to date*) – bounded by Beverly Bl. on the south, Romaine St. on the north, La Cienega Bl. on the west and La Brea Ave. on the east. *These results are as of 6/8/2016 – these numbers are likely to change as mail-in ballots, provisional, etc have not been fully counted and reported as of this posting. 

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Crime Focused “Meeting At Your Corner” Announced

mayc622_bakMelrose Action Neighborhood Watch together with the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station have set our first “Meeting at Your Corner” date for Wednesday, June 22nd. The location will be at the corner of Curson and Waring Avenue and start at 7 p.m. This neighborhood “meet-up” will focus on the increase in crime in our area as well as traffic related issues.

Our newly appointed commanders from our Wilshire station will be on hand to meet with neighbors and share data on crime trends as well as hear and learn about your concerns relating to public safety.  Also present — our “community cop” Senior lead officer Inga Wecker, our Los Angeles city attorney neighborhood prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, and John Darnell, Senior Deputy from Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’ office.

The goal of these “meet-ups” is to help make our area safer by shedding light on issues that concern us all. Additionally, the mere presence of our police and neighbors gathering at a corner in our area can on it’s own be a deterrent to crime.

Tell your neighbors to join us. If you’re on Facebook please hit the share button below to help get the word out. This is the first in a series of  “Meetings at Your Corner” planned over the course of the summer.  If you’d like a future meeting to be considered at a corner near you or you’d like to help, just email us here.

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Melrose Village Monthly Real Estate Market Update

RealEstateMarketUpdatePhotoBy Thomas Hilel, Realtor

The real estate market in Los Angeles as a whole has been quite strong as of late, continuing on a multi-year trend that started in mid 2012 when the market as a whole bottomed out and the activity in our neighborhood is providing some of the best evidence of that. Between developers looking for projects, investors on the hunt for rental properties and owner/users; demand remains quite strong.

The overall level of transactions is up compared to this time last year with no indication of a decline in the near future.  For those looking to sell or trade up, this represents a fantastic time to make a move.  Whether you are looking to cash out or simply use your equity to trade up into a larger property, your timing couldn’t be better, it seems that almost every transaction I am involved in has multiple offers and ends up selling at over the asking price.

For those looking to enter our market, excitement about all the new happenings has never been more pronounced, inventory remains tight, but serious buyers who are working with great agents (naturally) are still finding wonderful homes.  Historically low interest rates continue to make ownership affordable (relatively speaking), and the opening of Spartina and Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron’s Wolf add two more very exciting restaurants to the mix.

ADDRESSSOLD PRICEBEDBATHS.FLOT SIZE
7722 CLINTON ST$820,000228102,251
7216 Waring AVE$750,000217292,475
7412 WARING AVE$982,500211,1203,626
735 N STANLEY AVE$1,279,500321,5006,298
506 N GARDNER ST$1,350,000211,4236,103
7514 CLINTON ST$1,295,000221,4362,846
439 N MARTEL AVE$1,500,000321,7866,999
724 N SPAULDING AVE$1,634,000321,7346,501
734 N GENESEE AVE$1,585,000231,4486,490
612 N SIERRA BONITA AVE$1,580,000432,0856,500
741 N ORANGE GROVE AVE$1,750,000321,9506,043
748 N DETROIT ST$2,650,000565,3216,666
635 N SIERRA BONITA AVE$2,800,000563,8105,851
635 N GARDNER ST$2,900,000453,3625,838
534 N STANLEY AVE$3,000,000454,3056,499
607 N CURSON AVE$3,210,000564,3396,500
538 N FULLER AVE$3,325,000454,6007,333

Contact Thomas Hilel via email here

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Don’t Get Hacked! LAPD Wilshire Issues Crime Alert About Your Car’s Keyless Remotes

A5-Locksmith-003.png.htmlHave you got a newer model car that uses these types of keyless car remotes to enter, lock, or even start your vehicles engine?

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We doubt you’d be surprised to hear that criminals (of course) have figured out ways to hack into those remotes and get into your car with ease.  L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives recently issued a Crime Alert on this exploit.

Here’s some excerpts from a story that appeared in the magazine Wired about this new crime…

FOR YEARS, CAR owners with keyless entry systems have reported thieves approaching their vehicles with mysterious devices and effortlessly opening them in seconds. After having his Prius burgled repeatedly outside his Los Angeles home, the New York Times‘ former tech columnist Nick Bilton came to the conclusion that the thieves must be amplifying the signal from the key “fob” in the house to trick his car’s keyless entry system into thinking the key was in the thieves’ hand. He eventually resorted to keeping his keys in the freezer.

Now a group of German vehicle security researchers has released new findings about the extent of that wireless key hack, and their work ought to convince hundreds of thousands of drivers to keep their car keys next to their Pudding Pops. The Munich-based automobile club ADAC recently made public a study it had performed on dozens of cars to test a radio “amplification attack” that silently extends the range of unwitting drivers’ wireless key fobs to open cars and even start their ignitions!

The researchers say that 24 different vehicles from 19 different manufacturers were all vulnerable, allowing them to not only reliably unlock the target vehicles but also immediately drive them away!

“This clear vulnerability in [wireless] keys facilitates the work of thieves immensely”.“The radio connection between keys and car can easily be extended over 1000 feet, regardless of whether the original key is, for example, at home or in the pocket of the owner.” Apparently the attack device can be “had” for —are you ready for this — a mere $225.

Some of the manufacturers tested included BMW, Audi (A3, A4, A6), Ford, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, Lexus, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Range Rover’s Evoque, Nissan, Kia, and apparently Tesla who issued a software update that may thwart these exploits.  It’s advised that you check with your perspective auto manufacturer to see if your model is vulnerable.

Soccer superstar David Beckham’s $100,000 BMW was stolen using these new exploits. Read about it here

Here’s a short video from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.. This video says that they don’t see evidence hackers can start and steal your car outright but that contradicts the German study cited in this article.

In the meantime, here’s some tips to protect yourself just in case. You can try to keep your keyless remote in the freezer of your refrigerator — BUT– be careful that it not damages your car’s remotes batteries. Always check with your car dealer first!  Or, you can purchase your own “Faraday” cages here on Amazon.

Whatever you do — read up about these exploits — in these articles.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a26327/hacked-keyless-entry/

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/25/keyless-entry-systems-vulnerable-simple-hack/

Time to stash your keyless car-entry fob in with the frozen pork chops

 

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Residents Weigh In, Most Neighbors Say No To Planned CVS Store/Liquor Store – Results of Survey Says

On Novcvs-pharmacy-logoember 7th, Melrose Action sent nearly 700 residents in the Melrose Village area an electronic survey asking them their opinions on the proposed CVS Pharmacy / Liquor Store / Minute Clinic at Melrose and Gardner St.  The results show that 70% of neighbors don’t want the CVS, and 17% voted they support it unmitigated and as is,  while 13% voiced support for it with conditions imposed on it’s operation.  122 people took part in the survey.

Attend the hearing on this issue this Tuesday, November 17th at 9:00AM at Los Angeles City Hall Room 1070 (Map it Here). You can also email your own opinions directly to the Zoning Administrator assigned to this case by clicking gro.y1511555466tical1511555466@mil.1511555466nnaoj1511555466.  Copy and paste the following info into the subject line of your email “7500 Melrose Avenue  ZA 2015-3269-CUB”.  To be transparent, a copy of the full survey results with comments is available here for download.  

Here are some of the 46 comments the survey received.

–“It’s a small neighborhood area letting a big, and I MEAN BIG, chain come in. That sucks. But if it’s going to happen, then PLEASE let the hours that liquor can be sold cut off at a certain time, like 10 PM or 11 PM as opposed to 2 AM.”

–“The neighborhood would be better served by a business such as the one that intended to move in – Fresh & Easy. Although they are not an option now, a smaller grocery or food boutique would be better for the residents.”

–“A CVS on Melrose may help out other businesses. I am not sure it is fair to put conditions and limits on this store and not others who sell liquor as they also bring in the negative elements into the neighborhood. CVS sells other items that neighbors and merchants may need, for this reason I am okay with bring in this store.”

–“I feel that without fully restricting the sales of alcohol the community will be impacted with the negative effects of intoxicated individuals, especially transients, that will result in an increase of incidents that require additional police attention. This location is too close to an elementary school and park (both children and family oriented).”

–“We could use a cvs!! I wholeheartedly support this and think it unfortunate that homeowners would not want a great business we can walk to in the neighborhood just because of the alcohol sales. We have no where to go in walking distance to buy milk or eggs in our neighborhood. I hope The neighborhood associations do not fight this because of fear about the perceived increase in transient issues. This is an ideal vendor in an ideal and central location for outr community. Please see the upside potential of convenience for the community. The space is an eyesore and has been empty long enough. We really need this store. I drive to the cvs on vine in order to go to cvs — fighting this is short sighted and smacks of nimby fearmongering/“

–“There is no need for these types of stores in this area. To many CVS type stores already exist why here. Also I do no support large businesses here especially retail of this kind, kills the neighbourhood feel of small scale local retail. This will bring neighbourhood down.”

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World Famous Melrose Avenue Landmark Closes It’s Doors

IMG_1106logo_JohnnyRocketsExclusive: Johnny Rockets, the last standing icon of the amazing 80’s era along Melrose Avenue has closed it’s original spot for good — Melrose Action has learned.

According to sources, employees were told early Monday Morning (October 26th) that the decision had been made to shutter the international chain’s very first store.

Crews removed all signage and employees were apparently offered positions at corporate locations that will remain open (Beverly Connection location is a franchise location).

Sources also say that Johnny Rockets could not come to “acceptable terms” with the property owner on a new lease and was faced with a hefty increase in rent.

The term “world famous” definitely applies when mentioning Johnny Rockets on Melrose as it lasted nearly 30 years at the corner of Melrose and Gardner where it opened on June 6th, 1986.

The corner of Melrose and Gardner is going through some big changes as a previously announced CVS Pharmacy store plans to open across the street while a brand new restaurant called “Spartina” opens soon next to Johnny Rockets.

Factoid from it’s website..

Ronn Teitelbaum, an award-winning men’s fashion retailer, launched the first Johnny Rockets on June 6, 1986, on Melrose Avenue, in Los Angeles, California. He founded the concept on the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape from today’s complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana. The name originated by combining the timeless Johnny Appleseed story with the classic Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Together, they embody the concept of classic Americana and the promise of the future. Johnny Rockets operates more than 340 franchise and corporate locations in 26 countries around the world.

 

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Outdoor Meeting On Crime Wednesday Night at Poinsettia Park

The state of public safety at Poinsettia Park and the surrounding area will the focus of discussion at the upcoming Meeting On Crime this coming Wednesday October 14th at 7:30pm. (Map it Here) This is the first to be held outdoors (on the lawn adjacent to Willoughby Ave) and is the third in an ongoing series of “meet-ups” with our L.A.P.D Wilshire Station officers and commanders.  This meeting is in response to a growing chorus of neighbors who say that safety at Poinsettia has become an significant issue again. Our new senior lead officer Inga Wecker will be present to meet everyone. Please come welcome her to the area and take a moment to educate her to points of concern on crime and nuisance issues. LAPD Wilshire’s commander Howard Leslie is also expected to attend along with John Darnell, District Director for council member Paul Koretz. Complimentary coffee will be served from our supporter Melrose Umbrella Company. Help get the word out on this meeting. Share it on Facebook and NextDoor. To see the latest area crime maps, click here. For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @melroseaction.meetingatyourcornerflyer2015-flyer

Click here to download the flyer for the meeting..

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24-Hour CVS Pharmacy/Liquor Store Seeks To Open At Melrose & Gardner St

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Melrose Action has learned that the long empty space at the southwest corner of Melrose Ave and Gardner St (see map) will become a CVS Pharmacy/Liquor store. According to sources, CVS is seeking a conditional use permit for a full “on-sale” Liquor license (6AM-2AM) along with 24-hour 7 days-a-week operating hours.  Additionally, we are told they plan to operate a “MinuteClinic” at the location. MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Tell us what you think by adding your comments. Comments are for registered users of Melrose Action, not registered? Sign up by clicking Register Here. Please vote in our Poll below.

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Crime “Meeting At Your Corner” Continues At Poinsettia and Waring Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7PM

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 12.39.27 PMOur “Meeting At Your Corner” tour continues with it’s next stop this Wednesday, September 30th at 7PM — at the corner of Waring and Poinsettia Place. Come meet your local Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz, welcome L.A.P.D. West Bureau Deputy Chief Bea Girmala, your Commander for Wilshire Station Howard Leslie, and our L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer.  Nooshi Zahiri, our L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor will present to hear about your nuisance issues. This is your chance to express your public safety concerns!  Other special guests are expected.  Please attend.  Tell your neighbors..Free Coffee, Water and Snacks..See map location here > https://goo.gl/maps/UWUsLtynbGF2.  Download and repost the official flyer to your neighborhood Facebook and NextDoor friends! Click here :  meetingatyourcornerflyer20152-flyer

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Melrose Action “Meeting At Your Corner” Kicks Off Wednesday Sept 16th at Corner of Waring and Curson Ave

Join us as we re-start our Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch “Meeting At Your Corner” Program This Wednesday, September 16th at 7:15PM!  The meeting will be at the corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue.  Come out and meet — welcome our new (Interim) L.A.P.D.Senior Lead Officer Ray Moreno, L.A.P.D. Wilshire Commander Howard Leslie, along with other guests including our L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, staff from Council Member Paul Koretz…and more!  This program is supported by the Melrose Business Improvement District! Grab a free water, coffee and cookies — courtesy of Melrose Action. Click here for Street View of Meeting Location, Click here for Google Map of Meeting Locationmeetingatyourcornerflyer2015-1

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Melrose Business Improvement District Hosts Free Breakfast This Sunday!

The Melrose Business Improvement District is hosting a Free Breakfast Mixer This Sunday for Melrose Area Residents!

If your a resident of the Melrose Area and want to find out about the Melrose B I D (Business Improvement District) and what’s happening to revitalize the street — then please come! Or, share your ideas!, You’re invited! RSVP Here!  http://www.melroseavela.com/events/melrose-bid-neighborhood-mixer/

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We Are Back!

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After a 6 month break,  we are rebooting our Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and our blog. We will be adding new content shortly.  While on a badly needed break, we’ve been waiting for the appointment of our new L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer.  As many of you know, Officer Art Gallegos was promoted to Sergeant and was transferred to the Pacific Division area back in April.  Approval to fill his position was only recently approved — so a new S.L.O. should be announced very soon. If you have questions, suggestions for stories or content, please email us at *protected email*!  Once a new SLO for our area is in place, we anticipate restarting our successful “Meetings at Your Corner” program.  Coming up will be our annual Melrose Action National Night Out at Poinsettia Park scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 – more details on that to come!

 

 

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