Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Police Station Groundbreaking

With Chief Bratton and Councilmembers Herb Wesson, Ed Reyes, and Tom LaBonge, I dug up the first few shovelfuls of ceremonial dirt to make room for our city's 20th area police station. Located at 1130 S. Vermont Ave (in council district 1), the new station will serve parts of CDs 1, 4, 10, and 13. In CD13, it will serve the area bounded by Melrose to the north, 3rd Street to the south, Vermont to the east, and Gower to the west. The station will be built with voter-approved bond funds from Proposition Q and will serve 139,000 residents in a area six miles square, comprising East Hollywood, Koreatown, Pico Union, Wilshire Center, and Country Club Park. Look for it to open its doors in 2008, at which point CD13 will be served by four different police stations (add the new one to Rampart, Hollywood, and Northeast Divisions). Chief Bratton, City Engineer Gary Moore, and my fellow councilmembers have personally put a lot of work into opening this badly-needed station. Thank you all.