Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What's CD13 Doing in Hollywood?

One of the most dramatic revitalizations in the city of Los Angeles over the past five years has been the renaissance of Hollywood. And while the most famous neighborhood in the world has once again become a hopping center for business and nightlife, my office has worked to ensure that the residents that have called Hollywood home for decades can also participate in this resurgence. What follows is a summary of the projects that are going on in Hollywood. You can find the print-ready file on Hollywood here.

In 2005, I pledged to find and support permanent housing for the homeless individuals in Hollywood. Later that year, the Community Redevelopment Agency purchased a property on Gower Street, and has subsequently received a joint application from A Community of Friends and People Assisting the Homeless to develop the site and provide services there. Our next steps will be to receive community input on the proposal.

We have installed security cameras along Hollywood Blvd. that allow the LAPD to keep 24-hour surveillance of the area. The cameras have been instrumental in securing the 18% drop in crime in the areas they monitor between 2004 and 2005.

Finally, the Highland and Franklin traffic relief measures have begun. The project will widen streets, add right-turn pocket lanes, and add 45 new street lights to the area.