Hollywood Sign Security Upped for Spring Break
“With tourism increasing in Los Angeles, we must be proactive in ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods, hillsides and iconic Hollywood Sign,” said Councilmember David Ryu, who proposed the motion for increased security funds.
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion to allocate $51,320 to increased security at the Hollywood Sign during the spring break season, from March 23 to April 2.
Councilmember David Ryu, who proposed the motion, confirmed the news Friday in a statement.
“With tourism increasing in Los Angeles, we must be proactive in ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods, hillsides and iconic Hollywood Sign,” Ryu said. “Increased patrols are central to ensuring a happy memory for visitors and a safe spring for our communities.”
Specifically, the funding will pay for increased Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Transportation patrols in the area, which the City Council hopes will ease the flow of traffic, provide security and monitor fire safety by curbing smoking and ensuring emergency vehicles have full access to the hillsides.
“Councilmember David Ryu’s motion to increase funding for additional traffic support and safety in the neighborhoods surrounding the Hollywood Sign demonstrate Council District 4’s ongoing sensitivity to the residents’ concerns about the impact of tourism in their communities,” said Chris Baumgart, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust. “Councilmember Ryu is dedicating significant resources to both short-term and long-term solutions for communities surrounding the Sign.”