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Welcome to The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council website. Your interest shows a commitment to your neighborhood and your city.

All meetings are open to the public and their times and locations are published on this page under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact info@greaterwilshire.org or (424) 901-1409, at least two weeks before the meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on this site and around the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings.

Owen Smith, President

2017 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour seeks native gardens

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants is looking for those with outstanding native landscapes to participate in their 2017 Native Plant Garden Tour, held on April 1 & 2, 2017. This Garden Tour is Theodore Payne’s largest annual outreach event, and has been helping Angeleno’s experience the authentic and sustainable beauty of California native gardens first-hand for nearly fifteen years!

Garden owners or designers interested in participating must complete an online application located here: nativeplantgardentour.org/apply The application period ends October 1, 2016.

Gardens must be planted with at least 50% California native plants, and ideally be at least three years old as of 2017. More detailed information is found in the online application.

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Greater Wilshire NC – Traffic Town Hall

Please join the GWNC for a Town Hall meeting to discuss traffic issues on Highland Ave. and possible mitigation measures. The Town Hall will feature a panel with John Darnell (Council District 5), Nikki Ezhari (Council District 4), and Jeannie Shen (Los Angeles Department of Transportation).

Councilman David Ryu  will join us from 6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

The Ebell of Los Angeles
743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

(enter via the West Parking Lot, accessible via 8th Street to the West of the building) 

Please send all questions that you would like answered at the Town Hall to transportation@greaterwilshire.org by Friday, September 2nd.

First Annual GWNC Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour

Drought-Tolerant Garden TourPresented by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Sustainability Committee

Sunday, June 26, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet at Harold A. Henry Park, 890 S. Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005

  • Explore prime examples of drought-tolerant and sustainable gardens
  • Engage in discussions with landscape designers, landscape architects, and homeowners about their creations
  • Enjoy presentation on drought-tolerant plants by the Theodore Payne Foundation
  • Learn about gardens created using Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Rebates
  • See how sustainable landscaping is going beyond home gardening with a presentation on the landscaping at Harold A. Henry Park and the Ridgewood-Wilton medians
  • Experience the Greater Wilshire area!

For more information, please email sustainability@greaterwilshire.org

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Resilient Landscape Design for Residential Parkways Presentation

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Environmental & Sustainability Committee Special Presentation

Join us this Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. when Mike Meador, CEO of California Greenworks, Inc. will discuss sustainable landscape design for residential parkways emphasizing the use of drought-tolerant plants and stormwater capture systems. Mr. Meador will also discuss the importance of enhancing Los Angeles’ urban forest and the planting of parkway trees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance home energy savings.

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Youth Chapel Room
Wilshire United Methodist Church
4350 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Follow this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1093787700692431/

Calling Volunteers to Beautify Western Avenue!

great-streetsLocated at the northern end of Koreatown and the southern end of East Hollywood, Wilshire Center and St. Andrews Square, Western Avenue serves its community with mom-and-pop restaurants, personal services, furniture stores, and home-oriented shops. Great Streets seeks to improve the streetscape on Western, creating a more pleasant experience for pedestrians. In partnership with the community, we will help this corridor realize its full potential as a thriving commercial and community center that can bring together its many diverse and active neighborhoods. Join us for a great day to beautify Western Avenue!

Who:    Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember David Ryu & Arts Nonprofit Beautify Earth

What:   To paint murals, pick up litter & prune street landscaping 

When:  Saturday, June 11, 8:30 am

Where: Intersection of Melrose & Western Avenue, Koreatown 

RSVP at Greatstreets@lacity.org or 213-922-9766 or lamayor.org/greatstreets

METRO: La Brea Decking Construction Notice: Wilshire/La Brea – Phase 1

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The Metro Purple Line Subway Extension project will be conducting 22 weekends of full closures of Wilshire Blvd, between Detroit St and Highland Ave, for deck panel installation beginning in June.  Lane reductions start at 10am with full closures beginning at 8pm Friday evenings until 6am Monday mornings. Expect major delays in the area. Businesses will be open during construction.

For more information on detours and closures visit www.metro.net/purplelineext.

For the current Wilshire/La Brea Decking notices: 

For Daily Closures: 

Bureau of Street Services to do Summer street repairs – submit your trouble spots

The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) is kicking off the Summer by helping us fix our streets! BSS is conducting a “Neighborhood Council Initiative” to identify and perform small repairs on our needy neighborhood streets. On June 22, 2016, a Small Asphalt Repair truck is scheduled to be in the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council area to perform repairs to the roadway, curbs, and sidewalks, weather permitting.

The GWNC’s Transportation Committee will be coordinating submissions to the BSS. The repairs will be limited to 15 addresses, so it’s important to prioritize our trouble spots. Please help by sending photos, addresses and information about the spots most in need of repair to the GWNC’s Transportation Committee at transportation@greaterwilshire.org.

Committee representatives will collect the information and send it to the BSS staff, so they can inspect the desired streets and determine the need for repairs and feasibility of completing the work on the scheduled date. Please submit all nominations by Friday, June 10, 2016.

Thank you,
Julie Stromberg
Chair, Transportation Committee
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council

Camp HOT – Boys Basketball Camp

Camp HOT (Hard-Work Over Talent) is a 1-week basketball camp being offered by GWNC resident Justin Maidenberg. Justin coaches at the middle school and high school levels. In his third season as a Coach at Pan Pacific Recreation Center for Summer Basketball, he decided to open a basketball camp for kids in the Los Angeles community to learn about the game, make friends, and have fun.

WHO: Boys Basketball 11-14 years old
WHERE: Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
WHEN: June 20, 2016 – June 24, 2016
TIME: 9:00am – 3:00pm
COST: $350 (Note: The camp cost is non-refundable even upon cancellation)

CAMP PROGRAM:

  • Ball-Handling
  • Rebounding
  • Passing
  • Shooting
  • Offensive Sets and Principles
  • Defensive Schemes and Principles
  • Scrimmages

CAMP INCLUDES:

  • Guest speakers
  • Camp shirt
  • Reversible jersey
  • Tote Bag
  • Various prizes offered in certain competitions

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Registration opens on May 13th and closes on June 4th, 2016.
To register, please visit their website www.camphotblog.wordpress.com

GWNC Sustainability Committee First Annual Sustainable Garden Tour

The Los Angeles Basin will continue to experience drought and higher temperatures for the foreseeable future.  In response, many people are removing water intensive turf in favor of drought tolerant landscapes.  In order to help provide inspiration for those thinking of making changes, The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce its first Annual Sustainable Garden Tour.  The tour will be free and take place on Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and will also include educational seminars. 

We are soliciting nominations for gardens to be included on the tour. Self-nominations are acceptable.  The gardens can be homeowner designed or professionally designed, but should meet the following criteria:

I. Location
Within the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council comprised of Brookside, Citrus Square, Country Club Heights, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, La Brea Hancock, Larchmont Village, Melrose, Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews, Ridgewood-Wilton-St. Andrews Square, Sycamore Square, Western-Wilton, Wilshire Park, Windsor Square, and Windsor Village.

II. Size
Small and intimate or large
Front yard only, back yard only, or both

III.  Irrigation
Primarily drip irrigation

IV. Plants
Drought tolerant plant palette drawing upon plants from South Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean, and California natives.
Garden turf not to exceed 50%.
Use of mulch to retain moisture.

V. (Optional) Water Capture:
Use of rain barrels, cisterns, bioswales, etc.

VI. (Optional) Pollinator Plants:
Attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.

 Nomination Procedure:

Nominate your yard, your neighbor’s yard, or a  sustainable landscape in the Greater Wilshire area that you admire! 

Please send your application(s) to sustainability@greaterwilshire.org by May 20, 2016.

Please include the following information:

Name; Address; Email; Phone; One paragraph narrative description and 2-3 photos.

For questions, please email sustainability@greaterwilshire.org