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A rotten power pole caused a traffic detour in on Franklin between Hollyvista and Radio St. right after labor day. Contractors for the DWP replaced the 58 year old wooden pole with a metal one. The old pole was so damaged it actually fell apart while it was being removed. One piece of trivia, the contractor EPC uses trucks with Indiana license plates.

To Honor the fallen and show support for those who everyday are looking out for our safety at the risk of their own, volunteers from the Franklin Hills Residents Association and other neighborhood groups have placed Blue Ribbons around the neighborhood..including the iconic turrets of the Shakespeare Bridge.

As you drive, walk, or bike past the Blue Ribbons please remember the service and sacrifices of our first responders.


Despite the continuing drought there were plenty of weeds that found enough water to flourish along the Hyperion's parkway areas.

City Councilmember David Ryu (left) joined with about three dozen neighborhood volunteers to clean up Hyperion between Tracy and DeLongpre on Sunday, March 20th.

Among the volunteers were a dozen students from John Marshall High School's Environmental Science Academy. They worked hard at removing graffiti, picking up loads of trash and removing weeds from the parkway. More than 30 trash bags were filled.
FHRA Vice President Shirley Mims, one of the March 20th event's coordinators said, "I hope that this event helps to perpetuate care and maintenance for Hyperion Avenue."


Franklin Hills Neighborhood Extended

 At the request of residents in the area between St. George and Talmadge and between Franklin and Tracy, in 2012 the members of the Franklin Hills Residents Association approved extending our boundaries to this area. This decision was the result of a 25 year process of creating neighborhood with residents in this area.

Beginning in 1990 we devised the idea of removing asphalt from the median island on Franklin Avenue and replacing it with a beautifully landscaped garden complete with an irrigation system. FHRA officially “adopted” this median island and has maintained it every since.

When the City reconstructed elements of the Shakespeare Bridge, FHRA contacted the City contractor, engineers and inspector to find out schedules and access then kept our neighbors throughout the extended area informed. After the work was completed, it was FHRA that organized a major celebration complete with a big band, swing dancing, food from local restaurants and proclamations handed out by City Council President John Ferraro. At the end of the day we cleaned everything up and welcomed the first cars to cross the newly reconstructed bridge.

In response to requests from neighbors on Monon Street due to campfires under the bridge, graffiti on the bridge, and kids and others hanging out under the bridge late at night, in 2003 we helped plan a cleanup and community garden under the Shakespeare Bridge. We involved Councilman Tom LaBonge to get help from the City. They provided tools and haul away for the debris and vegetation that was cleared out. We are now working with Sanitation and Engineering to rebuild this garden after it was damaged by a sewer emergency repair project.

In 2004 residents on both sides on Franklin Avenue asked for help in calming the speeding traffic on Franklin Avenue. We first worked with traffic officers to ticket drivers who blew through the stop signs at Franklin and St. George. Later we worked with the City Department of Transportation to investigate and employ traffic calming. This was accomplished by painting of solid white stripes along the roadway nearest the curbs. Traffic has been noticeably calmer since then.

In 2011 the Marshall Area Neighborhood Watch which had been established for several years decided to disband and asked FHRA to continue to service their area including the area bounded by Tracy and Talmadge. Since we had been involved with these neighbors for two decades, we readily accepted. Their membership transferred to FHRA helping to strengthen neighborhood bonds. In 2012 FHRA formally recognized this by extending our boundaries to include this area.

 More recently when neighbors on Myra complained about break-ins and rowdy activities at a bank owned home, we stepped in to aid them in finding a resolution. We contacted the police and the City Attorney. Between these agencies and the Department of Building & Safety and a lot of follow up time and engagement with the Bank, we were successful in securing the home. It has since been cleaned up and sold to a nice family.

 When neighbors in the new area decided they wanted their own “Franklin Hills” community identification sign placed at Talmadge and Tracy, we worked with them to meet the conditions set by City Council policy for such action. Petitions were circulated and signed by area residents exceeding the requirements of City policy. We were supported by the President of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council and the Los Feliz Improvement Association and by Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Then rumors were started that housing prices would drop and crime go up if this area became officially identified as “Franklin Hills”. We checked with the Captain of the North East Division of LAPD, who told us that Franklin Hills has the lowest crime of any area in his Division. We checked with several long time local realtors who told us that property values based on lot size and the square footage of the home were comparable throughout the Franklin Hills including in the newer area toward Tracy and Talmadge. Unfortunately baseless rumors and unfounded opinions have created fear in a few residents in this area. These rumors also caused LFIA to withdraw its letter of support and the LFNC to oppose recognition after initially taking a neutral position. Then Councilmember LaBonge decided to punt the final decision to his successor in office. We are all neighbors and have been mutually supportive for over twenty five years. Let’s figure out a way to acknowledge our neighborhood togetherness and tamp down the divisive rhetoric.


  July 2015 - "3rd Saturday" Median Cleanup

Despite the rain storm we had a good turn out and great success at the July 18th 3rd Saturday clean up along the Franklin Avenue Median. According to event organizer Tim Cowell, "It was good ol hard work, but great results!! Now the rain can refresh what we left!"  FHRA Vice President Shirley Mims noted: "Early mornings [the event began at 8am] and a ‘thank you for slowing down’ attitude are key to having an enjoyable event. New participants joined us. Some new plants were planted. The rain helped to keep things cool, and many of us are willing to do this again on a regular basis to help get the median back in shape. We filled around 50 trash bags!"

"BIG Sunday"...really Saturday...Cleanup

On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, the Third Saturday consortium* celebrated its first year of working together by organizing another Big Sunday clean-up for the community. After posing with Councilmember Tom LaBonge, volunteers broke into smaller groups, trash bags, brooms, and graffiti remover in hand, to clean four different routes around the Los Feliz Village area. Afterwards, they were treated to pizza and salad for lunch, compliments of long-time community supporter Tony Fanara of Palermo’s. Thanks to everyone for a great event! – we welcome your participation at the next cleanup event!
* The Los Feliz Improvement Association, the Franklin Hills Residents Association, Green Space Los Feliz, and Los Feliz Neighborhood Council


On the Third Saturday in March 2015, a record number of volunteers from FHRA other participating community groups, plus LA City employees gathered to clean Hyperion. 
Thanks to all.  Starting at  Baller Hardware with brooms, bags, clippers,  graffiti remover and a variety of other tools they cleaned up Hyperion from Tracy down to King Middle School.

 is a lovely, historic neighborhood in the midst of the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles. The distinctive Shakespeare Bridge, completed in 1926, led the way for development of a unique community which embodies the best of LA. The people who live in Franklin Hills are multi-cultural, multi-talented, span a wide income range, and yet compose a harmonious community. The beautiful homes, schools and libraries in the area reflect the architectural grace of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner and others. Cultural amenities include the Greek Theater, Griffith Park and Observatory and Barnsdall Park. The view from Franklin Hills stretches all the way from Mt. Baldy to Malibu - from a rich history to the future of Los Angeles.
FHRA volunteers decked the Shakespeare Bridge
with lights for the first time during the 2001 Holiday season
Looking northeast toward John Marshal High School on a clear day in 1932 (US Army Signal Corps photo) Click on this 80+ years photo for a closer view. To obtain a large photographic print  e-mail FHRA@FranklinHills.org
THE EARLY YEARS of Hollywood give  Franklin Hills much of its historical luster. Silent movie classics were filmed in the area by directors like D. W. Griffith. And the old Vitagraph Studio lot, where  Disney-owned Prospect Studios with ABC Television now stands, started cranking out films in 1916. The first Walt Disney animation studio once occupied the site of the Gelson's Market on Hyperion. In the late 1920's Walt and his brother Roy built matching houses at the corner of St. George St. and Lyric Ave. Along the five block walk between their houses and the studio site you'll find the quaint cottages  that inspired the home of the seven dwarfs in Snow White.

FHRA Sponsored Murals
Myra Ave. Underpass Murals
Starting in 2005 the FHRA has sponsored four murals to grace the walls of the underpass that carries Sunset Blvd. over Myra Ave. In  May 2011 King Middle School students inspired, by teacher Kirk Palayan finished Myra Mural IV "Soar" (left, near completion) designed by student Michelle Kim and painted by King students and Palayan with guidance from mural artist Nori Shirasu. To the right are Mural III "Dream Again" and Mural II. All were created by students and the winners were selected by voters in online polls.
It took about a year from the selection of the design to get the funding from the GGPNC & SLNC and approval by the city's Cultural Affairs Commission.
Teacher Kirk Palyan (left) and artist Nori Sirasu lay out work on the mural.
Michelle Kim shows off her winning design  at the FHRA's 2010  meeting.
Click here to see all the Mural IV design entries
To see more about Myra Mural III click here , for Murals I & II click here .
 "Fluid City Rising" by muralist Ricardo Mendoza
Dedicated on March 26, 2009.
Students from King Middle School perch on the steps below Prospect Avenue, while those who saw the project through 6+ years of planning, painting, repairing and preparing damaged walls led the way down the stairway. In the front row Councilmember Tom LaBonge, project coordinator Mary Francis Smith-Reynolds (with daughter Graycie), muralist Ricardo Mendoza, and  Michael Espinoza, Project Manager from the LA Office of Community Beautification.
The Mural, which was painted in Mendoza's studio on three specially prepared panels, was attached to the concrete in February 2009, after years of delay due to the deteriorated surface of the walls. At the dedication Mendoza declared the mural a 'lasting monument to the transformative spirit that made this happen."  And about the years of delay and problems overcome Espinoza explained, "you can't rush perfection."
Contributions from the Franklin Hills Residents Association, the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, Councilmember Tom LaBonge's office, and the L.A. City Office of Community Beautification,  helped finance the project which was spearheaded by former FHRA boardmember Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds.


Muralist Mendoza, in February 2009, applying the panels he painted to the specially prepared concrete. Mendoza and his assistants scraped about a quarter inch of  paint, built up over about 80 years, off the walls before they could apply the mural. The mural panels have a special anti-graffiti coating that it's hoped will help keep the site looking great. In fact since the walls were prepped for the mural there have been  no graffiti attacks on the site.

Not all the work was done on the walls. Compare the top view on dedication day with the bottom views a month earlier during mural installation. Farm Feliz and many community volunteers working hard to clear the weeds and plant drought resistant landscaping at the site. The community's help will be needed to keep it that way. And Councilmember LaBonge pledged to get trash cans installed to keep the area a tidy community treasure.


FHRA Projects & Past Events
Recent FHRA Cleanup Events
Griffith Park Natural History Survey
Missing Mail Boxes Find the Left In 90027
Hyperion Fatal Accident - June 2008      
 Day of Service Stair Cleaning Photos   Myra Mural
2013 Coyote Meeting, Picnic, Water main break
2015 Annual Meeting        2016 Annual Meeting 
2013 Annual Meeting         2014 Annual Meeting     

   2011 Annual Meeting         2012 Annual Meeting     
        2009 Annual Meeting          2010 Annual Meeting        
2007 Annual Meeting Report       2006 Winter Meeting Report 
Annual Meeting 2005 Report      Winter Meeting 2005 Report
Annual Meeting 2004 Report      Winter Meeting 2004 Report
Annual Meeting Report 2003 ---  2003 E-mail Poll Results 

Neighbors Lose Myra Ave. Zoning Appeal   
Coyote Sighting Survey     Griffith Park Background
Auto Body Shop Zoning
Franklin Hills Gardeners Win Awards

What FHRA Can Do For You

   FHRA Connections Get Action on Your Issues
    FHRA has built good relationships with city agencies,  political leaders, schools, police and fire departments, The Prospect Studios and other neighborhood associations over the years.  As a member of FHRA, you have access to these connections to motivate change or solve problems, such as those caused by auto repair shops. The FHRA has also worked to give our community a strong voice in the city's Neighborhood Council program. We were one of the founding organizations of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council which was officially certified by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment on June 11, 2002. It is now known as the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC). FHRA volunteers also worked hard to defeat Hollywood secession which would have split our neighborhood in two.

  Open Meetings Give Residents a Voice
    Community meetings give a voice to your needs and opinions, relay news and information, and offer a chance to socialize with neighbors. Guest speakers and topics relevant to your concerns and interests in the community are presented.

The Overview Newsletter Keeps You Informed and Involved
    The Overview is a high-quality news publication produced and delivered entirely by FHRA volunteers. Read all about what's going on in Franklin Hills, find out what events and issues are coming up and how you can get involved. It's also a great sourcebook for information on local businesses and services.

    Community Projects Improve Your Quality of Life
    FHRA has a long list of accomplishments and current projects making your life even better in Franklin Hills. Landscaping the Franklin Avenue median and the area under the Shakespeare Bridge, pushing for effective community policing, graffiti abatement, cleaning and maintaining the network of neighborhood stairways, tree planting, community garden, support for our area schools and our library, collecting historic photos, disaster preparedness, plus safety, traffic and community planning are some of the areas receiving the focused attention of FHRA efforts.

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