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Important Tom Bergin’s
Landmark Vote Scheduled
for March 7, 2019

A few hours of your time can save Tom Bergin’s
for generations to come…

On March 7, 2019 the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission [CHC] will vote whether or not to recommend Tom Bergin’s “Old Tavern and Thoroughbred Club” to become a Historic-Cultural Monument [HCM]. The Commission’s recommendation is a prerequisite to bringing Bergin’s landmark nomination to a full vote by the City Council, who will ultimately determine if Bergin’s will be preserved. [Click here to read more…]

For a quick and easy way to show your support for saving Tom Bergin’s just click on the shamrock.

Over 700 emails have been sent so far – add your support today!


Click here to see the Tom Bergin’s PowerPoint presentation prepared for the Cultural Heritage Commission.

A full and fascinating history of Tom Bergin’s can be found in this PDF of the Historic-Cultural Monument Nomination that was submitted on Sept. 12, 2018.  Click here to read.


Now playing on the MMRA Channel on YouTube:

Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Meeting 

Kari Garcia, Chairperson of the Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch, hosts a community meeting with representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department. Learn what you can do to keep our neighborhood safe. Recorded Oct. 25, 2018 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Los Angeles.


Wilshire Boulevard postcard, circa 1964.


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. 


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

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

Ken Hixon, Senior Vice Presidents/Genesee kenhixon@miraclemilela.com

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

Kari Garcia, Vice President – Neighborhood Watch/Dunsmuir kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

Kimberly Klein, Vice President – Director of Communications/Cochran