Hollywood Sign Strategy Update
Allocated $100,000 of discretionary funds to conduct a comprehensive study for improving park access, safety, and mobility in Griffith Park and around the Hollywood Sign. Council District Four is currently working with the Mayor's office, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and transportation consulting firm Dixon Unlimited to develop this study. The results of this study will finally allow the City and communities to move forward on smart solutions for both visitors, residents, and park users alike. Council District Four is sending out monthly updates on the Hollywood Sign Strategy and we would love to keep you updated. Read the full motion here and the data analysis by Dixon Unlimited here.
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Griffith Park DASH Service Expands
The DASH bus that runs from the Vermont/Sunset Red Line Metro station to Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre expanded service to 7 days a week. This expanded service bagn March 21, 2017 aimed to reduce congestion and improve the environment of Griffith Park, with DASH buses running every 20 minutes and fares kept at 35 cents with a TAP card.
Griffith Park DASH Shuttle Service reports record ridership in the summer, with 48,678 passengers in July and 44,587 passengers in August.
Access & Mobility Study
Griffith Park Access and Mobility Study to improve park access, safety, and mobility in Griffith Park and around the Hollywood Sign approved by Council. This study, conducted by Dixon Unlimited, collects hard data about the use of roads and trails in Griffith Park and around the Hollywood Sign, to allow Council District Four and community stakeholders the most accurate and up-to-date information when considering various safety and traffic mitigation efforts.
Access & Mobility Stakeholder Meeting
On Sunday, November 12, Dixon Resources Unlimited, in conjunction with the Office of Council District Four, hosted a meeting of approximately 30 representatives from the communities and stakeholder groups affected by the popularity of Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign. Dixon presented the study's preliminary data results and short-term recommendations. The final report, including full data analysis and recommendations, will be released to the public in mid-January.
Holiday Season 2017
Increased Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Enforcement
To help manage the flow of hikers and tourists at the popular western entrances to the Park, Council District Four is funding increased LAPD and Department of Transportation (DOT) enforcement November 23 through November 26 and December 21 through January 2. The increased enforcement was paid for with $68,668 in discretionary funds and included more LAPD and LADOT officers to ease traffic flow, enforce traffic and parking laws, and monitor fire safety.
Permanent Increased Hollywood Sign Enforcement Introduced to 2018-’19 Budget
City Council approves motion to make increased traffic and safety enforcement permanent with an addition to the Mayor’s Annual Budget. The increased security and enforcement in Griffith Park and around the Hollywood Sign has been a useful and needed resource during the busy holiday season, but Los Angeles’ most known icon and the communities around it deserves support all year round. With increased tourism to Los Angeles, proper funding for security, safety and traffic enforcement around the Hollywood Sign needs to increase, too. Read the motion to add increased funding for the Sign to the Mayor’s 2018-’19 budget here.
Dixon Resources Unlimited Access, Safety & Mobility Study and Data Analysis around Griffith Park and Hollywood Sign Released
Dixon Resources Unlimited released its study and data analysis on access, safety and mobility around Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign on January 17, 2018. The study offers 29 strategies to improve park access and safety for nearby communities. On January 17, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion instructing various City departments to study the feasibility of the strategies proposed by Dixon Resources Unlimited.
Read the study here.
Read the data analysis here.
Read the motion here.
Read the FAQ here.
During Phase 1 of Dixon Resources Unlimited's Study in Summer 2017, Council District Four released a survey for community members about their concerns regarding the Hollywood Sign. Click to view online & written responses.
Between October 2017 and the January release of the Hollywood Sign Study, Dixon Resources Unlimited and Council District Four sought community feedback. View the comments here.
Councilmember Ryu Motion and Arts, Entertainment, Parks and River Committee Report on Dixon Strategies Passes City Council
On February 27, 2018, City Council unanimously approved a report from the Arts, Entertainment, Parks and River Committee instructing the Department of Recreation and Parks, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Transportation, Chief Legislative Analyst, and other necessary departments to study and report on the feasibility on implementing the 29 strategies proposed in the Dixon Resources Unlimited study.
City Council Approves 2018-'19 City Budget, Includes $1 Million for Dedicated Hollywood Sign Enforcement
For the first time in history, the Hollywood Sign receives its own dedicated funding in a City Budget. At the urging of Councilmember Ryu, Mayor Eric Garcetti included funding dedicated for extra enforcement and security around the Hollywood Sign, which augments the thousands of discretionary dollars Councilmember Ryu dedicates throughout the year for added enforcement around the Sign. The dedicated budget funding is reserved for enforcement from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Chief Legislative Analyst and Department of Recreation and Parks complete analysis of Dixon Strategies
In a report to the Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Rivers Committee, CLA and RAP report that all but three of the strategies proposed by Dixon are feasible or require further study. Included are recommendations for various departments to take the early steps on implementation.
City Council approves joint CLA-RAP report on Dixon strategies
The joint report is unanimously approved in City Council. A total of 30 instructions on 19 Dixon strategies are given to various City departments to begin studying the feasible strategies for implementation.
Currently, City departments are working with the Office of Councilmember Ryu and the immediate community to study the implementation of strategies specifically designed to enhance neighborhood safety, traffic flow, and proper access around the Hollywood Sign.
Ford Theatre Trail gets more funding
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approves a motion by Sheila Kuehl to accept $250,000 from Council District Four's AB 1290 funds for the John Anson Ford Theatre Trail Project. The funding joins the $1.25 million in County and State funding secured for the trail project. The proposed 4,500-foot-long trail will provide spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Reservoir, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Bowl, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Pacific Ocean, among many other landmarks, with access points that do not disturb the neighborhood. A portion of the trail will be ADA accessible and facilities will include shaded rest areas, ADA compliant restrooms, and parking. Councilmember Ryu continues to partner with Supervisor Kuehl on making the Ford Theatre Trail a reality. Read the details about the future trail here.
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