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 2013 Events

At the FHRA October 2013 meeting on dealing with coyotes Officer Greg
Randall, LA Department of Animal Services wildlife officer, came armed
with plenty of suggestions about dealing with the coyotes in our
neighborhood. In response to several nearby sightings by neighbors
walking their dogs he showed off various whistles and air horns, said
some people throw tennis balls, but advised against things like pepper
spray that could blow back towards you.

He demonstrated how to open and close an umbrella or swing vinyl streamers to make yourself look threatening, or take off your jacket and swing it. He reminded the 50 attendees that legally your dog’s leash can be no longer than 6 feet.
He noted that past efforts to control the coyote population by killing
or trapping and relocation did not work and are no longer done by the
city. He showed roller type devices that can be mounted atop a fence and
prevent coyotes from getting a foothold at the top to climb over into
your yard. He also suggested making sure there were no gaps where
critters could burrow under the fence.

He brought many displays of products that could be helpful in keeping a
healthy distance between coyotes and you and your pets. Also be sure not to leave pet food or fallen fruit outside where it might attract coyotes who, if they are coming to your property, are likely in search of their next meal. Keep small dogs or cats indoors or create a securely fenced enclosure in your yard where coyotes can't get in.

LA City Animal Services       888-452-7381
Coyote Hotline    323-225-9453

Water Main Break on St. George St.
June 3, 2013

A six inch water main about 6 feet under St. George street ruptured early in the morning of June 3, 2013. The break occurred between Franklin Ave.and Ronda Vista and the street was closed for the rest of the day.
DWP workers dug out the broken section of the pipe, but did not know what caused the failure (circled in blue) in the otherwise solid seeming pipe.
By mid afternoon they had cut away the broken section and were ready to install about three feet of replacement pipe.
Many confused drivers came to the busy Franklin and St. George intersection, which was blocked off, and then tried to figure out how to get around the problem.


Radio Walk Cleanup - March 2013

On the sunny warm morning of Sunday, March 2nd, stairway cleanup volunteers were greeted at the top of Radio Walk  by TV cameras from KABC Ch-7 and City Channel 35 along with Councilmember Tom LaBonge and stairway expert,  author Charles Fleming.

FHRA boardmember Elizabeth Richardson, broom in hand, was among about two dozen sweeping and clipping years of accumulated dirt, leaves and other stuff.  When it was time to take a break Councilmember Tom LaBonge was joined by Chief of Staff Carolyn Ramsey, FHRA President Chris Boutelle, Former FHRA boardmember Adam Weisman who began the adopt-a-stairway program, FHRA Chairman Charley Mims, and author Charles Fleming who signed copies of his book, Secret Stairs - A walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.

By the time the crew of volunteers had made their way all the way down about 200 steps they had filled dozens of bags, painted out some grafitti and left Radio Walk from Franklin down to Deloz in spic-n-span condition where they were met by truck drive Tom LaBonge.

What FHRA Can Do For You

   FHRA Connections Get Action on Your Issues
    FHRA has built good relationships with city agencies,  political leaders,  police and fire departments,  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 is also worked to give our community a strong voice in the city's Neighborhood Council program. We are 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. 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.

    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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