6th Annual Wilshire Park Association Halloween Haunt!!


It's that time of year again!  The 6th Annual Wilshire Park Association Halloween Haunt is Saturday, October 24, 2015, 4-9pm, on the 700 block of S. Bronson Avenue.

Tons of fun and neighborhood bonding!  Most of the activities are FREE, with small donations for others!   The street will be blocked to traffic.

Planning is underway for Wilshire Park's major annual event.  Every year we add something new and different, but you can always count on great food, carnival games, a haunted house, bouncer, the good company of your neighbors, and an opportunity to support your neighborhood association.

You can help out by making a donation, helping staff an activity, set up, clean up, participating in contests, and attending and dressing in costume!

Please email lornahennington@hotmail.com, if you want to help.  Come represent your street in Wilshire Park, and help make this an awesome event!




Possible 5-story development, 800 block of east side of Crenshaw

Recently demolition permits were applied for to demolish four adjacent homes along Crenshaw - all built between 1917 and 1921. The design was revealed before the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council last month, and the proposal is to take advantage of every possible density bonus entitlement allowed by California State Law. Full text can be found here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=gov&group=65001-66000&file=65915-65918

This project would request minimal parking for residents, would exceed the height of any building between the Harbor Building on Wilshire and the Bekins Building on Pico, and is proposes 44 units (32 is the maximum allowable without the density bonuses).

This project is between Wilshire Park HPOZ and Windsor Village HPOZ, and backs up against the Boulevard Heights National Register Historic District. This has a direct impact on the scope of the project. Density bonuses can be denied if there is a "specific adverse impact....on any real property that is listed in the California Register of Historical Places." Moreover, if granted, this will be the new precedent for all of Crenshaw.

There are many solutions being pursued, ranging from controlling the scale and appearance of this project to proposing an expansion to the Wilshire Park HPOZ.

There will be a meeting tonight at the home of Biniam Kibreab and Amanda Hayes to discuss this very important issue: 847 S. Bronson, 7:00.


Wilshire Park Association Annual Meeting - January 29

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
  • 6:30pm 8:00pm

The Wilshire Park Association's Annual General Meeting is on Thursday, January 29, at 6:30pm, in the multipurpose room of Wilshire Park Elementary School.  PLEASE BE THERE!

We'll conduct board member elections, vote on new bylaws, discuss plans for 2015, and have a potluck!  Additionally, there will be a great safety discussion with a private home security company and the LAPD.  The first 200 households in attendance will get a free front door camera monitor from the security company.

This is one of our most important meetings of the year, so please attend!  Also, please:

1.  Let Lorna Hennington know (lornahennington@hotmail.com) if you wish to run for the Board and

2. Bring a potluck item.

Thank you, and we'll see you soon!

The 5th ANNUAL Wilshire Park Association Halloween Haunt

The 5th ANNUAL Wilshire Park Association Halloween Haunt is Saturday, October 25, 2014, 4:30- 8:30pm, 700 block of S. Bronson Avenue.

Our Annual Halloween Haunt is great fun for the whole family!  Held again this year on Bronson Avenue between Wilshire and 8th, with the street blocked off to traffic.  Thanks to our Councilmember, Tom LaBonge, for taking care of that for us!  So, we'll be rocking Halloween for all of Wilshire Park for the FIFTH TIME this year. 

Every year, Halloween just keeps getting bigger and better, and has become Wilshire Park Association's major event and fund raiser.  It is our best tool for getting together with our neighbors.  And this year, we will have a lot of new neighbors to welcome.

This year we are featuring:

iPod mini and Paramount movie basket raffle

Trick or treating!

Carnival games, pinata, fortune teller

Haunted House, Bouncer, Scary Surrey Ride

Zombies (How to Sponsor a Zombie)

*Costume and pumpkin carving contests (Bring your pumpkin already carved!)

*Chili cookoff (Bring your best in a crockpot to be judged!  Contact Lorna if you want to participate!)

Food Stations (hot dogs, caramel apples, popcorn . . .)

You can help out by:

Donating money, drinks, individual bags of chips, or candy;

Sponsor a Zombie!!!  ($25 donation, minimum, requested);

Participate in the contests;

Help staff an activity, setup, cleanup; and, of course,

Attending and dressing in costume!

 Please email Lorna Hennington, WPA President, at lornahennington@hotmail.com, if you want to help.  COME REPRESENT YOUR STREET IN WILSHIRE PARK and make this a great event!   See you there!!

*Event cancelled in the event of rain.  **We ask that everyone park off the street of the 600-800 block of S. Bronson during the event.

Zombie Sponsors Needed

Zombies need company.

Zombies need company.

This year we are trying to get neighbors to sponsor a zombie to scare the pants off people at the Halloween Haunt.

Zombies are surprisingly well remunerated for acting dead. So far we have only one lonely zombie hooked up for the Haunt. We can't let that poor zombie eat brains all alone.

If you have a soft spot for zombies, please contact Lorna Hennington at lornahennington@hotmail.com.

You can also sponsor a zombie by making a donation on our Home Page - specify ZOMBIES.

New Wilshire Park Lawn Signs Recall Historic Lighting

New Wilshire Park Lawn Signs

New HPOZ Signs

Now available online, delivered within 24 hours.

Click the "Buy Now" button below.

People displaying our previous versions of Wilshire Park Lawn signs have said there are many residents interested in buying signs for their yards too. Because the HPOZ Conference is being hosted this year by "The Triplets" HPOZs (Country Club Park, Wilshire Park and Windsor Village), timing couldn't be better. Walking tours are being organized right now, and there will be many visitors from other areas who want to know what it's like to live in an HPOZ. Here's an opportunity to put our best foot forward by showing our support for preservation in Wilshire Park.

The new signs are a departure from previous versions - sleeker, more Art Deco. The image has a lot of significance too: this is the original "Wilshire Special" street lamp, designed to identify Wilshire Boulevard as the major concourse from Downtown heading west. Over six miles of Wilshire Boulevard were lit with these solid bronze lanterns, which were 7 1/2 feet tall from the base of the lantern to the finial. Installed in the 1920s, many still remain, mostly in areas closer to downtown.

Wilshire Park Association will be selling these signs online starting the first week of September, and also at the General Meeting scheduled for September 18. Signs are 16X24' and have a wire step-stake to install on any lawn or flowerbed. Price is $20, and all proceeds will go to the Wilshire Park Association.

To order online, go to Wilshire Park's Paypal Storefront, donate $20.00 and be sure to specify that you want a sign.

To request a sign, please call Robby at 213 321 9939 or email robbyo@pacbell.net.

Wilshire Special Street Lights in front of florist shop, south side of Wilshire where Wilshire Park Elementary School's staff parking lot is currently located. The French Eclectic style house in the background still stands, built and still owned by the Neville family. If the light bases look familiar, it is because they are still in use today.

Wilshire Special Street Lights in front of florist shop, south side of Wilshire where Wilshire Park Elementary School's staff parking lot is currently located. The French Eclectic style house in the background still stands, built and still owned by the Neville family. If the light bases look familiar, it is because they are still in use today.

David Donley - the Calendar Guy

Ever wonder about the man who beautifully photographs our neighborhood’s homes for the Wilshire Park calendar?  Here’s an interview by longtime Wilshire Park resident Stephen Rebello with longer-time Wilshire Park resident David Donley.

David Donley

David Donley

When did you first begin photographing Wilshire Park homes for the calendar? 

I have done a total of four. 2007 was a trial run. After that, the idea was reborn and I’ve shot them for the last four years. 

 What do you find most challenging about photographing these homes?

Of course, I wanted to make the neighborhood reflect the positive, upscale place the original architects had designed and planned it to be.  There were a few gems that had always been kept up but there were also revisions and modernizations to other homes.  In the last 2 years, though, the difference has been very noticeable – many more houses are being reclaimed from the ravages of time with new paint, landscaping, more historically appropriate alterations, and more curb appeal.   

Also, shooting with available light is the most time-consuming part.  Time of day, shadows, trees, and reflections all come into play.  Since the best light seems to be at dawn and dusk, I make it a point to get the owners permission before I take any photos.  That way they know who is loitering outside their house pre-dawn!  It’s actually been a great way to meet my neighbors.

How long have you lived in Wilshire Park and how have you seen the neighborhood change?

We bought our home in 1980. My wife Marci was pregnant with our first child. We had been living just a few blocks away on Lorraine in Windsor Village.   When we looked at Wilshire Park, the house was one of the few we saw where the original wood shingles had not been stuccoed over and all the interior woodwork was still mostly intact.  That was great.  The neighborhood seemed like an undiscovered area and some of the street was slightly unkempt, no streetlights, very little landscaping and some of the lots were so overgrown over we didn't now know for a couple of years that there was actually a house in there.  I think a lot of the families were simply aging out. Their kids were up and out and maybe there was some urban flight.   That’s all changed.  The biggest change over the past few years has been the influx of young families recognizing the opportunities and potential of the neighborhood.  A new school and, of course, the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, have given us a sense of citywide identity, a sense of self. 

Has photographing the neighborhood made you look at it differently?

The interest and energy coming along with the new blood has been an incredibly reassuring force.  A number of the new residents understand the value of older homes and a lot of them know and appreciate the history here – history that is still to be had here at a relatively reasonable prices.  The new homeowners also know and appreciate Southern California and Los Angeles history.  I can obviously attest to the tremendous increase in property value over the last 34 years. It’s all made me realize that the possibilities and potential we saw in the neighborhood 30 years ago are becoming realities. 

Tell us something about your busy career. 

I am an art director/production Designer in the film industry. Commercials are my main avenue however I have done a couple of films, some theatre, and a couple of TV shows. 

One of the main reasons we decided to stay in this neighborhood was the proximity to the production companies, stages, set shops, and rental facilities that service the entertainment industry. Right now, I’m working on a show for the Esquire Network called "BrewDogs".  

We travel to craft beer brewers throughout the U.S., who, then, along with the show's hosts,  brew a beer using local ingredients in some crazy and unorthodox way. 

2013 Calendar

National Register Sign Unveiling for Boulevard Heights

     On May 29, our Councilmember for the 4th District, Tom LaBonge, joined members of our community to celebrate the designation of Boulevard Heights as a National Register Historic District.  Boulevard Heights is the two blocks of Bronson Avenue between 9th and Wilshire.  Our own Robby O'Donnell was instrumental in completing the National Register District application, with assistance from Jennifer Trotoux of the Architectural Resources Group.

     The residents of Boulevard Heights funded the vetting of the National Register District application, and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council provided matching funds through their Neighborhood Purposes Grant program.

     The designation was confirmed by the State of California in September 2012.  With the help of our Councilmember, 4 signs were installed along the section of Bronson which is Boulevard Heights.  The signs were "unveiled" on May 29 along with a breakfast reception at the home of Robby O'Donnell and Guy Shaw. 

Thank you to all of Wilshire Park, for your support, and in particular, thank you to the residents of Boulevard Heights and all who attended the reception.

Is Your Street Light Out?

The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting has implemented a new online tool to report failed street lights - and it's really good! Go to http://bslonline.lacity.org/apps/slomap.html, click "Find Address." Enter the address closest to the light you are reporting, and up pops a map with every street light marked! Click the marker, and a little balloon pops up identifying the post type and identification number of the light, along with a submission form that allows you to describe the problem and report it to LABSL. Many thanks to LABSL and to Ben Seinfeld of Council District 4 for sending out an email blast about this big improvement over 311 for reporting this common occurrence

Posted Mar 22, 2013, 2:25 PM by Roberta O'DonnellRead More