Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember Ryu announced increased enforcement by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Department of Recreation and Parks Park Rangers around the Hollywood Sign during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 21, 2018
Hollywood Sign Security Increased for the Holidays
“While we deck the halls and trim the tree, we want to make sure our Hollywood Sign has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well,” Councilmember Ryu said. “These extra enforcements - joining our existing enforcement around the Sign - will ensure the peace and safety of our iconic Sign and its neighboring communities.”
Between December 24th, 2018 and January 1st, 2019, two additional LAPD officers and one LAPD sergeant, as well as one additional Park Ranger will be deployed to hot spots around the Hollywood Sign popular with visitors.
The additional enforcements join the 14 existing Department of Transportation traffic officers who enforce parking violations and ensure traffic flow around the sign every day. These 14 traffic officers are a recent addition, made possible by the more than $1 million in dedicated funding for Hollywood Sign security Councilmember Ryu won in the 2018-2019 Annual Budget.
The additional enforcement is deployed to match the increase in visitor traffic to Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign typically seen over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, as well as safeguard against vandalism attempts on the iconic Sign. The most recent instance of vandalism against the Hollywood Sign occurred on New Year’s Eve in 2016.
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.