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Colorful Lanterns Become Permanent Fixture Over Santa Monica Blvd

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City Installs Strings of Colorful Globe Lanterns Across Santa Monica Boulevard

WEST HOLLYWOOD — After positive community feedback of a temporary street lantern installation on Santa Monica Boulevard for 2019 LA Pride in West Hollywood festivities, WeHo has installed permanent year-round decorative LED lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Robertson Boulevard and Hancock Avenue.

The colorful globe lanterns provide a bright atmosphere and welcoming feel to the City’s LGBT ‘Rainbow District’ during nighttime.

“The new festive lights on Santa Monica Boulevard are bright, happy, and colorful, and arrived just in time for a new year and a new decade,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Every night they will light up West Hollywood’s ‘Rainbow District’ to be sure. But, more importantly, they illuminate — with tremendous pride — our city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, heritage, and history.”

The lanterns are programmable either as individual lanterns or entire strands of lights, which will allow the City of West Hollywood to recognize national events or celebrations that traditionally use signature colors. All lanterns have UV protection to prolong the life and ensure clarity of the shield around the light fixtures.

In addition, the lanterns feature easily replaceable fixtures and are custom-made in the United States of commercial-grade construction to withstand the elements for successful permanent exterior installation. The lanterns are engineered to meet the weight and wind-load requirements of existing light poles to which they are attached and are compliant with fire safety regulations.

Illumination for the globes will be set to rotate in rainbow colors in an embrace of the neighborhood’s LGBT community and bars, restaurants, and businesses.

Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation in advocating for the rights of LGBT people — no other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBT people. According to a 2019 Community Study survey, 43 percent of West Hollywood residents identified as part of the LGBT community.

The Rainbow District, also known as Boys Town, in and around Santa Monica Boulevard has, for decades, been a thriving hub of LGBT businesses and nightlife and new lighting will enhance the neighborhood at nighttime.

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LA City Council to Vote on Regulating Tour Bus Operations

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A final vote is expected Tuesday night from the Los Angeles City Council on prohibiting tour buses from driving down certain streets deemed unsafe by the city’s Department of Transportation.

The vote could change the tour bus industry in the city, known for the double-decker buses that flock to popular tourist destinations.

The ordinance would restrict where tour buses can travel in Hollywood and surrounding areas as the city council and DOT officials say the buses are unsafe and block traffic, causing backups in already heavily congested areas with narrow streets.

The legislation, dubbed the “Unsafe Route Restrictions” ordinance, would allow cities to regulate tour bus operations.Regulatory efforts originally started in 2017, during former Gov. Jerry Brown’s fourth term, when the city council created a law that allowed […]

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City Issue: Should Cars be Banned on Broadway in Downtown LA?

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times)– Councilman Jose Huizar has asked the city to study a ban on private cars along Broadway between 1st and 12th streets in downtown L.A.

Banning cars from downtown streets is beginning to catch on in major U.S. cities, with New York and San Francisco moving to free up space for transit vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. But the trend hasn’t come to Los Angeles — yet.

A proposal introduced by Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar could change that. The councilman asked city officials last week to study the feasibility of a ban on driving and parking along a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway between 1st and 12th streets.

Broadway is “an ideal street to go car-free,” Huizar said, because narrower roadways and expanded space for pedestrians have already begun to transform the iconic corridor. […]

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Hollywood Street Closures Are Already Starting for Oscars

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HOLLYWOOD (Patch) — Road closures have begun and will increase as the 92nd Academy Awards approach. All lanes of Hollywood Boulevard will be closed overnight Tuesday evening between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue as work slowly begins on the installation of bleachers and the red carpet for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.

The northernmost curb lane of Hollywood Boulevard, along with much of the north sidewalk, was closed Sunday in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex and Dolby Theatre and will remain blocked until Feb. 12.

Tuesday night’s full closure of Hollywood Boulevard will begin at 8 p.m., continuing until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Hollywood Boulevard, with the exception of the north curb lane, will be open for the rest of the week, but it will be fully […]

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