The Mayor of Los Angeles came to NOHO this week. The visit was arranged by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and the timing could not have been better.
Over the last year, we had our struggles in the area of Lankershim & Chandler Blvds. It’s not a surprise considering the amount of people now in NoHo. Between the large multi-family apartments, live/work space units, the growing retail industry and approximately 34 thousand daily commuters using the Red Line, we had an increase of crime in the area.
We have seen more reported property crimes then violent crime. Thats the good news. Car break-ins are our biggest challenge but can easily be reduced with the assistance of the public and through a constant reminder of securing and hiding your personal property.
Recently, we have established a new partnership with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the MTA. This working relationship has a common goal of improving public safety and reducing the number of incidents that have occurred on or around the Red and Orange Line area. With the assistance of the Council Office, we had a series of strategy meetings that have already resulted in some dramatic changes.
There is a temporary camera system now in place giving law enforcement a 360 degree view around the MTA property. We are told this will remain in place until the permanent cameras are installed. “No Loitering” signs have been placed throughout the area and private security hours have now been extended. The public should now see additional police presence between the law enforcement agencies with a zero tolerance for public safety.
We are now seeing a reduction in crime in the area and so has Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Mayor Garcetti. Mayor Garcetti, thank you for all the support and especially your recent visit.