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Parking Near The Hollywood Sign Could Be Banned Soon

The Hollywood Sign after refurbishment (Photo courtesy Sherwin-Williams)
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If you're planning on taking some out-of-towners up to the Hollywood Sign this summer, your plans might get a little trickier. The City Council passed a proposal that would essentially prevent outsiders from parking in the surrounding neighborhoods every day of the week.On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously passed a proposal that would expand the current parking restrictions in Beachwood Canyon. For now, signs prevent people without a local permit to park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. only on weekends and holidays. If the proposal eventually goes through, then the restrictions would be in place seven days a week.

Beachwood Canyon residents have long fought to reduce traffic in their neighborhood, which can get flooded with tourists trying to get a view of the iconic sign. "I personally have a philosophical difference with restricted parking, but in this particular case, I believe it was necessary to guarantee that it's not overwhelmed," Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose Fourth District includes Beachwood Canyon, told KPCC.

Although the City Council passed the proposal unanimously, it still needs to go through the Transportation Department and at least 67% of residents in the areas affected need to approve the changes—that last part probably won't be a hurdle. According to FOX 11, the districts that could have restrictions expanded are Rodgerton Drive, Ledgewood Drive, Woodhaven Drive, Lechner Place, Hollyridge Drive, Rockcliff Drive, Deronda Drive and Mulholland Highway.

LaBonge thinks the city should limit traffic in the neighborhood while also working on solutions to make it more accessible. "I suggest to my colleagues that they work with the MTA and have a shuttle which tourists would pay for and would go from the subway in Vine and Hollywood Boulevard, all the way up into the park up Beachwood Drive and not park in the neighborhood," he said.

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The popular Hollyridge Trail was the flashpoint of the conflict between Beachwood Canyon NIMBYs and tourists, and after a mysteriously extended closure was finally ">reopened earlier this year.

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