About the Miracle Mile Residential Association:

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Since 1983


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MESSAGE FROM THE MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH COORDINATOR:

Hello Miracle Mile Neighbors!

Our Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch is alive and well!

While it is summer and many are able to take a vacation, the criminals are not taking a vacation. Therefore, our efforts to continue to organize the Miracle Mile block by block – is just as important now as it was a few months ago. Good news – blocks who have an active Neighborhood Watch are successful in deterring crime. This works – so let’s keep up the momentum!

MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING NEXT WEEK

CHANGING HOW WE NEIGHBOR TO DETER CRIME & BUILD COMMUNITY – that’s Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch!

YOU ARE INVITED! MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING NEXT WEEK!

Thursday, July 26th at 7 pm

Bethel Lutheran Church

5750 Olympic Blvd. @ Masselin

Bring your neighbor and walk on over to your community meeting on safety.

Agenda: Neighborhood Watch explained, LAPD Community Police update, recent crime update and topic discussion: “How would you like to see crime managed in Miracle Mile and how important is a connected, resilient community to you.”

Come and voice your concerns/ideas/thoughts.

SUCCESS! Band APP – We have had significant success with the use of the group texting app called BAND where neighbors can text JUST YOUR BLOCK for alerts (ie: suspicious behavior, someone who needs assistance, urgent issues). Always call LAPD (either 911 for crime in progress or emergency – or call 1-877-ASK-LAPD for non-emergency AND call your patrol company). Please sign up when you receive a text invite from your block captain.

Need help with the process? Come to the Neighborhood Watch meeting for tech support after the meeting.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is active and working in the Miracle Mile. If you don’t have the 3 STEP NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PACKET – contact your block captain and/or come to the Neighborhood Watch meeting.

A CLEAN STREET IS A SAFER STREET: Pot holes, graffiti, missing street signs, bulky item dumped on parkway, construction sites not maintaining lot? What’s a neighbor to do? Use your app! The MyLA311 app is for all your city needs & services. It works.

BLOCK PARTY SEASON IS ON!Want to host a block party? Great way to build community AND a great way to have your blocks 1-hour Neighborhood Watch Meeting! City Council helps pay for block parties – check out this link: BLOCK PARTY FUNDS  “Approved request funds to cover 50% of City permit fees, coverage of required insurance costs, and up to ten tables and 100 chairs”

CALLING ALL BLOCK CAPTAINS! Block captains are the single most critical component of our neighborhoods communication and have everything to do with safety and deterring crime. Who is YOUR block captain? See attached list. Our goal in Miracle Mile is to have 56 ACTIVE blocks with ACTIVE block captains who simply – maintain an email roster and send out occasional emails.

We need 27 more block captains. Don’t have a block captain? Sign up today. Contact: kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

ILLEGAL PARKING: Vehicles over 22 feet (ie: most RV’s) are NOT allowed to park in residential areas. If you see parking violations please be a good neighbor and inform either abandoned vehicles (1-800-222-6366) if parked over 72 hours and/or LA Dept of Transportation at 213-485-4184 press ‘1’ then press ‘2’.

ANIMALS & KIDS LEFT IN CARS…with the excessive heat we have recently experienced, it’s always a good reminder to be extra careful. Remember it takes only minutes for a dangerous situation to occur with humans and animals “In the worst-case scenario, if a child is small and on the sunny side of the car, death can occur in 15 minutes or under,” Read here for tips: How to Stay Cool…

NEXTDOOR.COM HAS AN URGENT ALERT TEXT system! It is very useful. Join Nextdoor.com and sign up for urgent alerts. When someone in your immediate area has an urgent alert – you receive a text alert.

THANK YOU to our block captains for making the Miracle Mile an even better neighborhood! We are happy to report that active blocks who have been trained on Neighborhood Watch are effective in deterring crime and building community. Reach out and thank your block captain and help them – or be a block captain for YOUR block!

MIRACLE MILE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH COMMITTEE is looking for new committee members! Anyone interested in joining our committee to deter crime and build community in the Miracle Mile – contact: kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

Click the link below to view the list of:

Miracle Mile Neighborhood Block Watch Captains

Wilshire Boulevard postcard, circa 1964.

Now Playing on the MMRA YouTube Channel:

2018 Annual Miracle Mile Community Meeting

With Councilmember David Ryu; Kari Garcia, Chairperson, Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Committee; and James O’Sullivan, President, Miracle Mile Residential Association. Recorded March 24, 2018 at the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.


24/7 RESPONSE ARMED PRIVATE PATROL IN THE MIRACLE MILE

ADT & ACS Patrol companies are in our area and they are offering special rates to Miracle Mile neighbors. [The MMRA does not officially endorse any patrol company; this material is provided for informational purposes.]

24/7 response private patrol is a huge part of how we will deter crime in our neighborhood.  The many ways you benefit from 24/7 response private patrol and more will be explained at your block Neighborhood Watch meeting.  (Date and time TBA – make sure your block captain has your email.)

Here is the contact info for your convenience:

ADT – Miracle Mile Rep: Mario Escobar, 818-402-3536

Alarm and patrol options, new ‘GO app’ which allows you to summon police help from any location.

ADT Miracle Mile Services

ACS – Miracle Mile Rep: Eino Hill, 310-903-8649

Offering full service with dedicated 8 hour ACS car patrolling our area (as of last week).

ACS Miracle Mile services

What is private patrol? Isn’t it expensive?

Private Patrol is a service meant to supplement the efforts of the LAPD to deter crime.  Once hired, security officers drive through our neighborhood several times a day to keep watch.

You can call private patrol to handle suspicious activity; in an emergency; for an escort to and from your car/home; or to stop by your house while you’re on vacation. Officers are armed and able to detain suspects until LAPD can arrive on scene. LAPD is still to be your first call for an emergency or crime in progress (call 911) but receiving immediate response from private patrol can make a difference.

Many neighbors in the Miracle Mile are already signed up for this service and can provide positive references. The more households signed up, the more daily patrols we get. The goal is to have 24/7 patrol in the Miracle Mile. Costs vary from $50 – $62 per month.

You do not need to have an alarm to have patrol service.

Patrol is recommended for renters and homeowners alike. Apartments, duplex, quadplex and house – all will benefit from 24/7 response private patrol service. 

 Now Playing on the MMRA Channel on YouTube:

Miracle Mile Neighborhood Safety Meeting

Watch the video to learn what you can do to protect yourself and your neighbors from crime. Moderated by Kari Garcia, MMRA Safety Committee, the video features a question and answer session with Senior Lead Officer Hebel Rodriguez, LAPD Wilshire Division. Eino Hill from ACS Security Services discusses the advantages of private patrols. The meeting was sponsored by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. Recorded Oct. 16, 2017 at the Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles.

For more information contact:

Kari Garcia: kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

For crime, safety, and policing questions in the Miracle Mile contact:

Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones, LAPD Wilshire Division

Phone: 213-793-0782 | Email: 27507@LAPD.online

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.

Click on map to enlarge.

Property owners should visit the Miracle Mile HPOZ page at the Office of Historic Resources website 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 Christina Park, the city planner in charge of administrating our HPOZ. Christina is the point person referred to as “Staff” in the Preservation Plan. She can help you understand what approvals (if any) are required. She is also a great resource for information on how to maintain and restore historic properties.

The best way to contact Christina is by email at:  christina.park@lacity.org. She can also be contacted via telephone at 213-473-9987.

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 Report 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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Combination of the Sontag Drug Store image, circa 1941 and a contemporary view of Wilshire Beatuy Supply.

Combination of a Sontag Drug Store image (circa 1941) and a contemporary view of Wilshire Beauty Supply. © Justin Fields

Miracle Mile Then & Now Photographs

Time travel at our Miracle Mile Historical Photo Collection

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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.

MMRA Boundaries:

  • Northern: Wilshire Blvd; Eastern: La Brea Ave; Southern: San Vicente Blvd; Western: Fairfax Ave.

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Officers:

James O’Sullivan, President/Masselin james.osullivan@miraclemilela.com

Alice S. Cassidy, Vice President/Detroit alice.cassidy@miraclemilela.com

Joe Steins, Treasurer and Recording Secretary/Sierra Bonita joseph.steins@miraclemilela.com

Ken Hixon, Vice President–Director of Communications/Genesee kenhixon@miraclemilela.com

Mark Zecca, Vice President – Planning & Land Use/Dunsmuir
mark.zecca@MiracleMileLA.com