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BHPD Receives $90,000 Grant for Enforcement & Education Program

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BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Police Department received a $90,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.

“Contributing factors to traffic fatalities are drivers being distracted as a result of technology and drivers who are impaired by alcohol and or drugs. This grant funding will provide additional opportunities for Beverly Hills Police officers to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections,” said Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli.

The grant-related activities are for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020. The funding from the OTS will be used for numerous programs, including:

  • DUl/driver license checkpoints.
  • Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • Patrols targeting violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk.
  • Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes: speeding, improper turns, running stop signs or signals, right-of-way violations and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests.

“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” OTS director Barbara Rooney said. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Netflix’s EPIC Hollywood Building to Open Soon on Sunset

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HOLLYWOOD (Urbanize LA) — With construction now complete, Hudson Pacific Properties is preparing to open their latest office building in Hollywood. EPIC, which has been fully leased by Netflix, is located at 5901 Sunset Boulevard.

The 13-story building features roughly 300,000 square feet of office space, structured parking, as well as 18,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Gensler designed the vertically stacked tower, which features multiple terraces that provide 27,000 square feet of usable outdoor space.

Original plans called for an 18-story tower, however after the threat of a lawsuit from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, HPP agreed to scale back the project. EPIC is one of many recent office developments to be […]

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Five-Story Hospital Planned at the Notorious Fairfax Asterisk

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LOS ANGELES (Urbanize Los Angeles) –A surgery center located at the notorious Fairfax Asterisk could be redeveloped with a larger hospital building, according to plans recently filed with the City of Los Angeles.

The project – slated for a nearly 26,000-square-foot site at the southeast corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue – calls for the construction of a five-story building featuring a roof deck.

The new building would accommodate medical services including spine-related emergency cases, administrative offices, and X-Ray and MRI machines. The proposed building would be capped by a roof deck, according to a project description.

City records list the project applicant as Dr. Khawar Siddique, a physician at the surgical center that currently occupies the development […]

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WeHo Invites Community Input on 2020 Hart Park Improvements

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood invites community members to take part in shaping the future of site improvements coming to the William S. Hart Park. Community members are encouraged to share ideas about improving pedestrian and vehicular accessibility into the park as well as discuss possible upgrades to existing park amenities.

Beginning in early 2020, a variety of community outreach events will be held at various locations in West Hollywood including Hart Park, West Hollywood Park, and Plummer Park.

A landscape architect will be present at the first community pop-up which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hart Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

A full list of outreach events and more information about Hart Park can be found on the City’s website at weho.org/hartpark

There will also be a series of facilitated community meetings where the City’s selected landscape architect will present renderings that represent how the park may look based on feedback and consideration of the community’s comments and ideas.

The final concepts will be presented for approval to the West Hollywood City Council at a regular scheduled meeting in mid-2020.  These pop-ups and community engagement events will provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about Hart Park, share ideas and comments to improve the park, and meet City staff and other community members who are interested in shaping the future of Hart Park.

The primary focus of the improvements is to provide access to the park for all park patrons by updating existing parking and ramps, improving the dog park surface and amenities, and enhancing security features such as lighting. 

The park currently has amenities available to the public including a fenced-in off-leash dog area, AIDS Memorial, and a water fountain.

The park is surrounded by trees and landscaping. There is also an historic house and a theater used and operated by The Actors Studio. Improvements and upgrades to the existing buildings will be performed in a separate phase of work.

The City of Los Angeles owns the property, but its grounds and structures are long-term leased and maintained by the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Project Manager, Christina Sarkees, at (323) 848-6571, or csarkees@weho.org.

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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