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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."

It wasn't just the storms that brought strong winds and much needed rain that knocked out power for many in the Franklin Hills
the morning of January 7, 2016. It was a city garbage truck that knocked this utility pole over at Melbourne and Sanborn.
DWP power crews responded with a heavy duty crane that lifted the fallen pole   and maneuvered it back into an upright position. A crew on the ground carefully maneuvered the bottom of the pole back into a hole in the ground as the cherry picker crew high above guided the pole so it would fit into the hole. This was a temporary fix to get the power back on with a more permanent fix to follow. The crew is apparently all too familiar with such operations as the crane operator said they are often called on to upright what the garbage trucks have left asunder.

  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.

To Sign, or not to Sign ... That is the question
For those north of the Shakespeare Bridge.
Whether 'tis nobler to acknowledge their neighborhood
Or take up e-mails to thwart their neighbors' wishes!

In 2014 The FHRA applied to the City of Los Angeles for the placement of a community identity sign at the corner of Talmadge and Tracy (similar to ones at Tracy and St. George, and Franklin and Talmadge.) This came about at the request of residents in the area north of Franklin and St. George between Tracy and Talmadge to be included in the FHRA after their former Marshall Area Neighborhood Watch (MANW) was disbanded in 2011. In 2012 Franklin Hills Residents Association members voted to include the area for which we had provided many services  over the last twenty years. Click here for a map and list of FHRA projects in the area in the last two decades

The City's Community Sign request procedures require that 20% of the residents of the affected area sign petitions requesting the sign. Area residents collected signatures from 96 residents, far above the 71 required. Signatures were gathered from residents of Holly Knoll, Tracy, Myra, Franklin, Hazel Kirk, Lyric, Monon, Newdale, St. George, Wanda and Talmadge. To view the application on the City Clerk's website click here . The request then went to the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council (LFNC) which held a hearing on March 17, 2015.  At the LFNC 8 spoke in favor of the request and 3 spoke in opposition and numerous emails were received. Finally the LFNC voted 10-2 to pass the request through to the Los Angeles City Council's Education and Neighborhoods Committee and suggested that there be more neighborhood outreach. The FHRA  mailed a letter to all properties in the affected area. This is in addition to previous outreach. The December 2014 issue of our Overview newsletter which had an article on the proposed sign was hand delivered to all addresses in the affected area. In addition outreach by e-mail newsletters from FHRAlert, LFNC and Councilmember Tom Labonge, and articles in the Los Feliz Ledger, all included information on the sign request

At the LFNC's next meeting, on April 21, 2015,  the LFNC board reversed their previous position deciding to rescind the motion they passed in March and voting instead, 14-2, to "recommend that the committee not approve this expansion at this time."

In addition to strong support from residents of the area at the March hearing the neighborhood council also heard at both meetings from those concerned that the sign might impact the crime rate. Statistics, provided by the Los Angeles Police Department, for the last six months do not show that the Franklin Hills area has, percentage-wise, any more or any less crime than in the area to be included in Franklin Hills by the placement of the sign. FHRA is proactive about reducing criminal activity. We have over 600 individuals on our FHRAlert email system which alerts neighbors to crimes, suspicious activity and community events. The extended area has been part of the FHRAlert system for several years. We have also provided graffiti removal kits to many sign area residents.

Another fear mentioned by sign opponents was confusion over whether their homes were in Franklin Hills or Los Feliz.
The answer is both. Franklin Hills has long been considered part of Los Feliz. The LA Times "Mapping L.A." project
says: "Los Feliz is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Centra L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Franklin Hills."  Since the Los Feliz Improvement Association extended their boundaries a few years ago all of FHRA is within the LFIA boundaries. The leaders of both associations cooperate and support each other on many issues that affect our neighborhoods. Realtors decide to list houses for sale as within the Franklin Hills area or as located in Los Feliz or often as both. The FHRA has collected notices of listings that show no discernable difference in property values. Several mailers showcase houses in the extended area as being in "prime Franklin Hills", or "highly desirable Franklin Hills", or "in the Franklin Hills area of Los Feliz".

Because of concerns about the sign Councilmember Tom LaBonge has decided to let his successor, the winner of the May 19, 2015 election (either Carolyn Ramsay or David Ryu) have the chance to handle the matter. This effectively puts any further city council action on hold until after the new councilmember takes office July 1, 2015. The FHRA welcomes your comments and is happy to discuss this issue or other concerns that you might have. We have a long standing record of solving problems in our neighborhood and strive to bring neighbors together to work cooperatively to make Franklin Hills one of the best places to live in Los Angeles. We will update this page and send an FHRAlert e-mail when we know more. To get on the FHRAlert e-mail list click here to send an e-mail to FHRA@FranklinHills.org 

 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
  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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