The Highland Avenue medians, which create an expanse of green between Wilshire Boulevard and Melrose Avene in Hancock Park, are dotted with palm trees that are Historic Cultural Landmarks of the City of Los Angeles.
In the current economic climate, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services no longer has the staff or funding to continue the level of maintenance that this proud landmark has always enjoyed.
Councilmember LaBonge entered a motion on Tuesday to use Pipeline Revenue Funds, which are intended for street improvements, to maintain the medians for the next year. It passed unanimously. Under the motion, contractors, who already mow, weed and clean other City medians, will now care for the Highland Avenue medians as well.
“Medians are so important to a City,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “They are part of the aesthetics for the surrounding area. I couldn't allow these medians, which thousands of residents and motorists enjoy each day, to become overgrown or fall into disrepair.”
The Councilmember is working with the Department of Public Works to address the maintenance of other medians in Council District Four as well. Department of Public Works officials expect to begin a rotation of maintenance beginning in September.