Annual Miracle Mile Community Meeting Cancelled
The annual Miracle Mile community meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 has been postponed as a result of concerns about the possible spread of the Coronavirus.
COVID-19 cases in California have spurred emergency declarations from the state and Los Angeles County to help raise public awareness.
For the past 37 years the MMRA has hosted an annual meeting open to all residents of the Miracle Mile. The meetings attract standing-room-only size crowds. “We thought it was best to exercise common sense and hold off on hosting large public meetings until we all have a better understanding of how this virus is going to impact our community,” said Ken Hixon, MMRA Senior Vice President.
Also, the closing of Wilshire Boulevard to vehicular traffic on March 14 and 15 for the filming of a TV episode at the La Brea Tar Pits would have created some confusion and inconvenience to those attending the annual meeting. You can read more about the closure here.
The MMRA will reschedule the annual meeting once this health related state of emergency is resolved.
(Lawn signs promoting the meeting were recently posted throughout the neighborhood. We are attempting to remove them. The vinyl signs and the wire stands are recyclable. If you see a sign that we missed please toss it into a recycling bin.)
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CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
LA County Public Health Department
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Creating a Dedicated Private
Security Patrol for Our
Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Update
The Miracle Mile Residential Association is supporting an effort to create a dedicated private security patrol in our neighborhood using ADT Patrol Services. The area of coverage for the patrol car would extend throughout the Miracle Mile – from Wilshire to San Vicente and Fairfax to La Brea.
At present, there are several private security companies servicing Miracle Mile, including ADT. However, a response by a patrol car is limited to only those who specifically subscribe to a patrol service. It does not provide the immediate response to the client or provide the constant patrolling of our streets that we would collectively benefit from if we had a dedicated patrol car in the neighborhood.
In fact, without dedicated patrol, the security company cars only drive down the street of subscribed clients and a few adjacent streets on a random schedule – and usually only once a day. Then the security car exits Miracle Mile to patrol the other neighborhoods.
If an additional 45 Miracle Mile residents subscribed for the ADT Private Patrol service, we would qualify for a dedicated car to patrol to our neighborhood. This would greatly enhance the security of the entire community.
A dedicated security patrol is a critical part of our Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch program and is supported by LAPD. The purpose of the ADT private patrol is not to replace LAPD, but to augment our public safety response.
Our Miracle Mile ADT representative is Mario Escobar: 818-402-3536; email: mescobar@ADT.com
What does a Dedicated Patrol with ADT offer the Miracle Mile?
It will provide us with a dedicated ADT patrol car patrolling the Miracle Mile neighborhood for either 8 hours, 16 hours, or 24 hours per day – depending on how many customers subscribe to ADT Private Patrol.
To qualify for a dedicated ADT patrol for a daily 8-hour shift we will need approximately 65 more Miracle Mile renters or homeowners to sign up for ADT Private Patrol.
Renters or property owners who subscribe to ADT Private Patrol for $62 per month will receive:
-Faster response to alarm and service calls due to ADT’s presence in the neighborhood.
-Around-the-clock armed-response to a crime in progress and/or suspicious activity noted in the neighborhood for ADT clients.
-Alarm Response: They respond to your burglar alarm, in most cases faster than LAPD can – and, in addition, avoid a $357 first time false alarm call by the police.
-Vacation Watch: ADT patrol will pick up mail and packages while you are away on vacation.
-Escort Service: ADT patrol will escort you to your home if you feel threatened or followed.
-Doorbell Camera Response: ADT patrol will respond to any suspicious activity you report, even if you are not home.
-Via the ADT GO app you are protected at home and when you are on the go.
-ADT patrols the entire area within Miracle Mile boundary continuously and remains within our neighborhood boundaries during the entire time of the shift.
-A dedicated patrol demonstrates vigilance, deters criminal activity, and improves the identification and detection of suspicious activities.
Do you need an alarm system?
ADT ProfessionalSecurity Alarm monitoring is also available. Enroll now with ADT and receive two free months of Patrol Services. Our Miracle Mile ADT representative is Mario Escobar: 818-402-3536; email: mescobar@ADT.com
Already have an alarm system with another company?
ADT Security can monitor most existing alarms, install new or upgrade outdated systems, as well as install a variety of security cameras. ADT Patrol will also respond to third party alarms. However, you can expect faster response times and improved alarm service when you switch to ADT local alarm monitoring.
Help us Create a Dedicated Security Patrol for the Miracle Mile
ADT has proven to be a professional company, deterring and responding to suspicious activity, crime and safety needs in Miracle Mile. ADT works in conjunction with our Neighborhood Watch Program. ADT has fast response times to clients calls/alarms, collaborates with LAPD in reporting suspicious activity and crime – as well as assisted clients during our power outages a few months ago.
Miracle Mile will benefit from a network of security protection for our wonderful neighborhood using all three areas of public safety – an active Neighborhood Watch Program, LAPD, and ADT Private Dedicated Patrol for Miracle Mile.
Thank you for considering using ADT as your patrol service and helping us reach a dedicated car for Miracle Mile.
Kari Garcia, Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Coordinator – MiracleMileNHW@gmail.com
The Miracle Mile Residential Association does not receive or accept compensation from any company providing services to the community. The MMRA’s supports this effort only for the reasons stated above: To take full advantage of ADT’s offer to provide a dedicated patrol service if enough residents subscribe to their service.
Now playing on the MMRA YouTube Channel:
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the Miracle Mile?
Q & A with the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power
MMRA OPPOSES LACMA PLAN TO BUILD A
PARKING GARAGE ON SOUTH OGDEN DRIVE
Fix The City Files Lawsuit Challenging the
LACMA EIR on the Ogden Garage
Mid City West Community Council Adopts Motion
Opposing the Ogden Garage
While all eyes were on Peter Zumthor’s controversial design for a new museum spanning Wilshire Boulevard, little attention has been given to LACMA’s plan to construct a five-story parking facility on the residential block of South Ogden Drive to replace their existing surface parking lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Spaulding… [Click to read more]
The ABCs of the Miracle Mile HPOZ
The Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] went into effect on May 1, 2017. Although the city’s Office of Historic Resources mailed official notices to every property owner within the HPOZ advising them of this zoning change there are some who are unaware of these new guidelines regarding alterations and additions to the exterior of your property. Here are some helpful points to help you navigate living in an HPOZ:
Every property within the boundaries of our HPOZ [see map] – multifamily and single family homes – is guided by a Preservation Plan that will serve to protect and preserve the historic integrity and scale of our neighborhood.
Property owners should visit the Miracle Mile HPOZ page at www.planning.lacity.org (click on Historic Preservation and then on Local Historic Districts) to familiarize themselves with our HPOZ, the Preservation Plan, and the approvals required for exterior changes to your property.
When contemplating or planning changes to the exterior of your property first contact Daniel Mata, the city planner in charge of administrating our HPOZ. Daniel is the point person referred to as “Staff” in the Preservation Plan. Hw can help you understand what approvals (if any) are required. He is also a great resource for information on how to maintain and restore historic properties.
The best way to contact Daniel is by email at: Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also be contacted via telephone at 213-847-3657.
The HPOZ guidelines do not apply to any building permits issued before May 1, 2017. This work is grandfathered in and no further approvals are required.
HPOZ does not regulate interior renovations or remodeling as long as these changes have no impact on the exterior appearance of your property (i.e., altering window openings or door placement).
The Miracle Mile Historic Resources Survey Reports provides a rich and detailed history of our community. A professional evaluation was made of every property within the HPOZ that determined whether it is a contributor, altered contributor, or non-contributorto our historic district. These categories determine how changes to your property may be made. There are different guidelines for contributors and non-contributors, as well as for new infill properties. The Miracle Mile HPOZ webpage has links that allow you to look up the history of your property by address and see how it was designated.
Remember that the Preservation Plan provides guidelines that are meant to be flexible and still conform with the principles of historic preservation. Paint colors are exempt from HPOZ regulation as is landscaping (as long as 60% of your front yard and parkway consist of some sort of plantings and/or grass). Drought tolerant landscapes are permitted.
Second story additions and Accessory Dwelling Units are allowed to single family homes as long as they are sensitive to the guidelines set out in the Preservation Plan.
Also, many property owners are not aware that – HPOZ or no HPOZ – city ordinances already regulate fence heights, what percentage of your front yard may be paved, what kind of trees can be planted in your parkway, and many other aspects of your property. The city also requires permits for routine work that some property owners consider DIY projects (installing new hot water heaters, replacing plumbing fixtures, window and door change outs, etc.). Unpermitted work can negatively impact your property value, compromise your insurance coverage, and cost you additional expenses to remedy. So, when it doubt, whether it be city building permits or HPOZ guidelines: check first.
For more information on HPOZ permits and approvals visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Office of Historic Resources’ website. You can also visit the Information for Property Owners page.
Please share this information with your neighbors. If you are a renter make sure that your landlord or property manager is aware of the HPOZ guidelines, too. There is a learning curve to living in an HPOZ and it is important that everyone knows the ABCs of HPOZ…
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The Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] is a non-profit community organization composed of your neighbors, both homeowners and renters. We are dedicated to maintaining the quality of life in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles through careful monitoring of development, safety, traffic and other important neighborhood concerns.
The MMRA stays current on these matters and then disseminates this information to the neighborhood residents. The MMRA is a volunteer organization. It is composed of its members, board members and officers.
Northern: Wilshire Blvd; Eastern: La Brea Ave; Southern: San Vicente Blvd; Western: Fairfax Ave.
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James O’Sullivan, President/Masselin email@example.com
Joe Steins, Treasurer and Recording Secretary/Sierra Bonita firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Hixon, Senior Vice Presidents/Genesee email@example.com
Mark Zecca, Vice President – HPOZ, Planning and Land Use/Dunsmuir
Kari Garcia, Vice President – Neighborhood Watch/Dunsmuir kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com
Kimberly Klein, Vice President – Director of Communications/Cochran