SPECIAL EDITION: Hi 5 Newsletter - October 31, 2011

Traffic Alert: West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

If you live and/or work on the Westside, you might want to consider your homeward-bound route carefully this evening, keeping in mind that hundreds of thousands of Halloween revelers are expected to flock to Santa Monica Boulevard in the City of West Hollywood tonight for the 2011 West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval. One of the world’s largest Halloween celebrations, the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard.

The following street closures have started to take place and will last until early Tuesday morning:

San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard including all side streets through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

Robertson Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

San Vicente Boulevard between Cynthia Street and Santa Monica Boulevard through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

La Peer Drive eastbound turn lane onto Santa Monica Boulevard through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

Almont Drive and La Peer Drive are closed from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Holloway Drive/Croft Avenue from 4 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

La Cienega Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 4 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Northbound La Cienega Boulevard is open between Holloway Drive and Sunset Boulevard.

Sunset Boulevard eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto La Cienega Boulevard from 4 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

The City of West Hollywood will suspend permit parking for the Halloween Carnaval from 5 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 to 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Parking meters will be enforced. Carnaval-goers are asked to observe the boundaries of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in the City of Los Angeles, all parking restrictions must be observed.

Public Parking for the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will be available at the following locations for a fee:

City Hall Parking Lot ($15 fee)
8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
Corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue

Kings Road Parking Structure ($15.00 fee)
8383 Santa Monica Boulevard
Corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Kings Road

La Jolla/Havenhurst Lot ($15 fee)
1046 Havenhurst Drive
Santa Monica Boulevard and Havenhurst Drive

La Peer Lot ($15 fee)
623 La Peer Drive
Melrose Avenue and La Peer Drive

Orange Grove Lot ($15 fee)
1114 N. Orange Grove
Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue

Pacific Design Center ($ 20.00 fee)
8687 Melrose Avenue
Corner of Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard

Spaulding Lot ($15 fee)
7718 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue

Sunset Lot ($15 fee)
8775 Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive

901 Hancock Parking Structure ($15 fee)
901 Hancock Avenue
Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue

The City of West Hollywood will offer a CityLine service on Halloween during the usual hours of 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The route will operate along Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Fuller Avenue.

For more information, regarding the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, call the Halloween Carnaval Hotline at (323) 848-6503 or visit the website at www.weho.org/halloween


Safety Tips for Halloween (courtesy of Safe Moves)

For any motorist, the scariest part of Halloween can be an unexpected street corner encounter with little kids dressed in dark colored clothes and therefore hard to see. The thought of children darting at dusk across city streets is frightening for most drivers rushing home from work with the day’s distractions still on their minds.

Halloween is the one night of the year when many young people in costumes dress up in the equivalent of Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility. This can prove very dangerous, when drivers can’t see children in their dark colored costumes, and the kids can’t see the cars because costume masks and hoods are covering their eyes.

But while excited youngsters may be temporarily oblivious to the safety rules of the road, LA drivers must remain extra vigilant behind the wheel. It is the responsibility of the driver to remember that on this special night most kids have only one thing on their minds and it’s Trick-or-Treat. Statistically speaking, there is true cause for concern and need for appropriate safety precautions:

• The number of deaths among young pedestrians, ages five-to-fourteen, is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports show fatal crashes between motor vehicles and young pedestrians under 15 years of age happen most frequently between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – prime Trick-or-Treating hours.

• Children are most likely to dart out from mid-block into the street-- that’s where U.S. Department of Transportation studies show 84% of deaths among young pedestrians occurred at non-intersection locations on Halloween.

Safe Moves urges parents and caregivers to check costumes for bright colors before young ghosts and goblins ever leave the house, to make sure they’re easily visible to motorists. Flashlights, glow sticks and reflective tape strips will help. Then for safety’s sake, parents should accompany young Trick-or-Treaters on their neighborhood treks and hold their hands when crossing streets -- especially children under ten.

Click HERE for tips from LAPD.


Take care of your pets!

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? Halloween is definitely a day where chocolate, candy and other sweets seem to be virtually everywhere. If you own a pet, however, please remember that chocolate can be toxic, and sometimes even fatal, for animals. Human can break down the toxic compound in chocolate called Theobromine a lot easier than dogs and cats can, and people therefore are less susceptible to any harmful effects. Please be careful this Halloween and keep chocolate away from your pets.


This message was sent to  by:

Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005