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Woman Crosses Fountain with Children, Survives

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About 15 minutes ago, a woman holding two small children by the hand attempted to cross Fountain Avenue at Flores.

Perhaps the children were excited about going to the park before encountering the terrifying barrier of Fountain Avenue that lay between them and their destination.

Pedestrian Path Across Fountain Avenue at Flores

There is no crosswalk at the location, however crossing is legal as she wanted to do it between corners.

The nearest intersection with a signal is on the next block — a long block — at Sweetzer.  As you can see in the photo, that sure seems like a long way to walk, especially for a mother with two small children. They have such short, stubby, uncoordinated legs.

There is one eastbound lane, in which Weho Daily was driving when he encountered the tender souls.  Of course, he stopped to allow the group to pass in front of him.

The mother thought about it for a moment, took a step or two into the street, but then ran fearfully back to the corner seeing the traffic in two lanes barreling down on her from the westbound lanes.

She waved Weho Daily on, however he stopped ahead and continued to observe.

The sequence was repeated a number of times – westbound cars stopping and eastbound barreling down – sending the mother and her little helpless children back to the corner.

Finally, a turning car assisted them in crossing the road by blocking the westbound lanes for a moment while another car stopped for them in the eastbound lanes.

The group emerged physically unscathed at the end of the ordeal, however emotional wreckage will only show over time.

Was the mother overly anxious and cautious about crossing the street? We think not.  This is simply another case of a pedestrian unfriendly street and intersection in West Hollywood.

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  1. kelly

    May 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    It’s not just streets like Fountain. I live on a side street. My family and I walk A LOT. We often encounter drivers who fail not only to stop at red lights and stop signs, but also do not understand that the law says that you have to yield to pedestrians. I can’t imagine crossing Fountain without a crosswalk. We cross it weekly, at the stop light/crosswalk near Genessee. It’s amazing the speed that drivers can achieve as they fly through West Hollywood.

  2. david

    May 16, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    this is the wild west. they rarely enforce the traffic laws in weho. stop signs are slow and go and fountain is major la passageway…you’re crazy to cross at a intersection with no lights. There are several people who use this street everyday and if your’re not in a crosswalk with the light…youre just asking for it.

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Traffic Court Hearings Scheduled Through April 16 Postponed

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Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile for the County of Los Angeles, Superior Court announced that effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction court hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, scheduled between March 17 to April 16, 2020, will be continued for at least 30 days under the emergency order he issued in response to COVID-19-related impacts on Trial Court operations.

“Pursuant to the inherent statutory power I have as the Presiding Judge and the emergency powers granted to me by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye under Government Code Section 68115, I am ordering a continuance of all Traffic and Non-Traffic matters countywide through April 16,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “It is imperative that we, the nation’s largest trial court, continue to prioritize time-sensitive and essential functions to serve our most vulnerable as we reorganize and reduce our trial court operations and focus on ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Any Traffic Infraction matters, and all other Infraction matters heard in our Traffic Infraction courts on the date between March 17 through April 16, 2020, will be continued to a later date. This action is authorized under the General Order Judge Brazile signed March 17 to close all courtrooms except to process cases presenting time-sensitive issues and essential functions.

“We will continue to operate our court and reorganize our responsibilities based upon balancing public health directives and meeting our statutory and constitutional due process requirements,” Judge Brazile said. “I do not make these decisions lightly. In this national public health crisis, we must prioritize emergency services and access to justice for the most vulnerable people in our communities while implementing social distancing measures in our courthouses.”

People who had court hearing dates between March 17 and April 16 for Traffic Infraction and Non-Traffic Infraction hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, will receive updated Court notices by mail.

More than one million Traffic Infraction matters (971,818 Traffic citations, and 37,283 Non-Traffic citations) are filed annually in the Court, including citations for Vehicle Code and Non-Traffic-related Infractions.

Traffic Infraction matters are heard at the following courthouses: Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Compton, Downey, El Monte, Glendale, Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach), Inglewood, Metropolitan, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Torrance, Van Nuys West, and West Covina.

Many traffic matters can be handled without an in-person court appearance by using the Court’s website at:  http://www.lacourt.org/division/traffic/traffic2.aspx.

The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has over 550 judicial officers and more than 4,600 permanent employees serving a diverse population of more than 10 million people. The largest trial court in the nation, the Court has 38 courthouses in 12 judicial districts located throughout the county’s 4,752 square miles.

For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage, and follow us on Twitter.

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West Hollywood Adjusts Parking Rules for Covid-19 Emergency

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The City of West Hollywood is immediately suspending the following parking regulations until March 31, 2020:

  1. Permit parking on all residential streets
  2. Street sweeping
  3. All AM/PM rush hour enforcement (including Holloway, La Brea, Fountain, Robertson south of Beverly)
  4. Blocked Driveways – Per complaint only – Call Parking Enforcement 323-650-6757
  5. Loading Zones – Per complaint only – Call Parking Enforcement 323-650-6757

All citations issued that are not currently delinquent will be extended an additional 30 days from their issue date. Please contact the Parking Violations Bureau at (800) 687-2458 with all citation related questions.  

The City of West Hollywood will continue to post updates on its website at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

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WeHo Designing ‘Visual Marker’ Gateway Signage for Sunset Strip Limits

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WeHo plans gateways for Sunset Strip

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — The Sunset Strip has been known during its history as a place for entertainment, a playground for the Hollywood elite and a haven for outliers and outsiders.

The iconic 1.6-mile stretch of road offers a broad range of restaurants, boutiques and vibrant clubs, yet some visitors and even residents from neighboring areas don’t know when they’ve entered the iconic strip.

The city of West Hollywood wants to change that by creating visual markers along entry points at Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Road, Sunset Boulevard and Marmont Lane, and Sunset and La Cienega boulevards.

City Council members voted unanimously on the […]

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