GWNC to Hold Crime Town Hall Before Regular Meeting on Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 14, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles.  An hour before that meeting, however, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Council will also host a separate Town Hall meeting on the topic of area crime.

While several local neighborhood associations, including Miracle Mile, La Brea-HancockHancock Park and Larchmont Village, have held similar meetings in recent months to address the uptick in property crimes in their areas, this is the first multi-neighborhood meeting on the subject.

According to the meeting notice, the main topic of the Town Hall will be how to organize your neighborhood to help protect neighbors and deter crime.  Speakers will include officers and detectives from LAPD’s Wilshire and Olympic divisions, along with representatives from private security firms ADT, Moore Protection, Post Alarm Systems, and SSA Security Group, Inc., who will discuss home security options and recommendations.

The regular GWNC board meeting will start at 7:30 p.m., immediately after the Town Hall meeting.  Major agenda items for the board meeting will include planning and approvals for the upcoming GWNC Green Fair and Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour events, and discussions of the following land use/development projects or permit applications:

  • 946 and 947 S. Norton Ave. – Allowing two parking lots in the R-1 zone to be used as parking for adjacent businesses.
  • 4827 W. Oakwood Ave. – Demolition of a single-family residence and construction of a 4-unit Small Lot Subdivision project.
  • 5714-5732 W. Melrose Ave. – Renewal of a permit to sell alcoholic beverages (includes both Osteria Mamma and Kali restaurants).
  • 5353 W. 3rd St. – Letter of Correction to demonstrate Yavneh Academy’s compliance with its required operating conditions and to increase the time between plan approvals from 3 to 5 years.
  • 706 N. Citrus Ave. – Renewal of a permit to allow the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages at a new restaurant (a previous restaurant at the location secured the original permit).
  • 3323 W. Olympic Blvd. –  Construction of a seven-story residential building with 95 apartments and two levels of subterranean parking.
  • 5115 W. Wilshire Blvd. – Renewal of a permit to sell alcoholic beverages at the Genwa Korean BBQ restaurant.

Both meetings will be held in the Ebell’s Dining Room.  Parking is available in the large lot on the west side of the building (enter from 8th St.).

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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