PRESS RELEASE: Increased Hollywood Sign Security for Holiday Season

Los Angeles, CA -- Councilmember David Ryu has allocated $68,668 in discretionary funds for increased security around the Hollywood Sign from December 21 of this year to January 2, 2018. Anticipating increased tourism and activity around the sign during this time, Councilmember Ryu’s motion for increased funding was approved by City Council on December 5, the first of two Hollywood Sign motions approved by Council this month. Today, Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 19, 2017

Press Contact:

Estevan Montemayor

estevan.montemayor@lacity.org

213.605.4145

 

Increased Hollywood Sign Security for Holiday Season

LAPD & LADOT to send additional patrols starting Dec. 21

 

Los Angeles, CA -- Councilmember David Ryu has allocated $68,668 in discretionary funds for increased security around the Hollywood Sign from December 21 of this year to January 2, 2018. Anticipating increased tourism and activity around the sign during this time, Councilmember Ryu’s motion for increased funding was approved by City Council on December 5, the first of two Hollywood Sign motions approved by Council this month. Today, Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:

“The Hollywood Sign is one of the most iconic and world-renowned symbols we have in Los Angeles, and the safety and security of nearby neighborhoods and visitors must remain a top priority,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Increased police and LADOT presence around the Hollywood Sign is key to ensuring a happy holiday season for all our communities.”

The funding will pay for increased LA Police Department (LAPD) and Department of Transportation (LADOT) patrols in the area to ease traffic flow, provide security and monitor fire safety by curbing smoking and ensuring emergency vehicles have full access to the hillsides. Additional “No Smoking” signs have also been placed in Griffith Park and the hillsides.

In addition, The Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) is preparing for heavy traffic in Griffith Park during the holiday season. LADOT traffic officers have been requested along Los Feliz Boulevard at Vermont Avenue, North Commonwealth Avenue, and Fern Dell Drive. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of increased DASH Shuttle Service to Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre. In July and August of this year, this DASH Service saw record ridership of 48,678 and 44,587 passengers, respectively. A one-way fare to the Griffith Observatory is just 35 cents with a TAP card.

“Councilmember David Ryu’s motions to increase funding for additional traffic support in the neighborhoods surrounding the Hollywood Sign demonstrate Council District 4’s ongoing sensitivity to the residents’ concerns about the impact of tourism in their communities,” said Chris Baumgart, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust.  “Dedicating significant resources towards immediate and long term solutions are impressive, proactive steps taken by CD4.”

City Council also approved a motion on December 6 to submit a budget request for the 2018-19 budget to better manage traffic and safety around the Hollywood Sign in the future.

The budget request motion instructs the LADOT, LAPD, and RAP to develop and submit a budget request for consideration as part of the 2018-19 Mayor’s Proposed Budget, identifying needed resources to adequately manage traffic and public safety issues around the Hollywood Sign and in adjacent neighborhoods year round.

Read the Council file on increased Hollywood Sign security during the holidays here.

Read the Council file on the 2018-19 Budget Request here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

 

The Hollywood Sign Trust is a California 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The purpose of the Trust is to physically maintain, repair and secure the Hollywood Sign; to educate the world about its historical and cultural importance; and to raise the funds necessary to accomplish these projects. Learn more by visiting: https://hollywoodsign.org/


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