By Mary A. Allen
Community members turned out in force before the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council on Wednesday night to overwhelmingly support removal of the “No Cruising” signs erected along Griffith Park Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue. “Cruising,” in this case, has been the euphemistic term for searching for sex partners. The signs were installed in 1997 following many years of complaints of gay men cruising for sex near popular bars. The signs, having long outlived their intended use, are now “an embarrassment,” as one community member put it. “They stigmatize the neighborhood,” noted board member Michael Masterson. The board voted unanimously in favor of removing the signs.
As to what will happen to the signs, comments ranged from selling them on EBay to board member Paul Neuman’s suggestion that “The signs should be given to the appropriate archivist.”
In other meeting news:
Finding Closure: Sunset Junction
Board of Public Works president Andrea Alarcon, who took the lead to deny a street fair permit for Sunset Junction, made an appearance before the council. Said Alarcon, “We got hundreds and hundreds of emails, only one that I can remember in support of the event.” In response to potential concern over economic impact for the bands scheduled to perform, she noted that about one hundred bands “moved into local bars and other venues; the benefit was spread throughout L.A.” Alarcon thanked the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council for their support and the clear message that they sent to the City regarding neighborhood concerns.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) recently began enforcing a long-standing ticketing of residents who take advantage of extra driveway space between the curb and the sidewalk (the “apron” or “parkway”) to park their cars. The crack-down is in response to ADA related lawsuits. A community member who behind of Stop LA Dot spoke to the Council, urging them to support a new apron parking policy in the City of Los Angeles. Board members passed the motion.
In a unanimous show of support, the Board approved $3,000 for the upcoming “Homeless to Housed” campaign in Silver Lake, which will ultimately provide permanent supportive housing for twenty-six homeless residents of Silver Lake. A representative from P.A.T.H. was on had to explain the program and enlist support. SLNC funds will be earmarked for training volunteers to take an initial detailed survey.
After hearing presentations from two local website design companies, the Board approved $500 for a month of website design and technical services to revamp www.silverlakenc.org . Continued website maintenance will be decided upon after the initial 30 days of service.
Dates to Note
- Monday, September 12, 2011 Department of Planning Hillside Ordinance Meeting 6:30pm Glassell Park Community Center.
- Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Silverlake Neighborhood Council Board of Governors meeting 7:00pm Micheltorena School Auditorium
Stakeholders who want to support the neighborhood and have a say in local government can do so as a member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. Three vacancies are currently available: Member at Large, Region 2, Region 5. Board members will be publicizing the vacancies and soliciting names for the selection process during the coming month. Interested residents may contact the SLNC for further details.
- Silver Lake NC supports removing “No Cruising” signs. Patch