Los Feliz Ledger Articles

Andrew has covered local politics and the ongoing controversy surrounding Hollywood Sign tourism for the Los Feliz Ledger.

The Los Feliz Ledger is a monthly newspaper serving Los Angeles' Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Echo Park and Hollywood Hills communities. The Ledger delivers to 34,500 residences monthly with an estimated pass-a-long factor of 100,000+ readers. The Ledger started publishing in July 2005 with an emphasis on local political news and City Hall, specifically Council Districts 4 and 13.


Garcetti’s Gondola Fizzling?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s idea for a gondola to shuttle tourists directly to the Hollywood Sign made big waves in local press in May, but since then, the idea appears to have fizzled.


1st Amendment Fight Flares In Beachwood Canyon

A Hollywoodland Homeowners Association requirement for petitioners to gain approval from the association’s board and obtain $280 liability insurance to set up a folding table to gather signatures in Beachwood Canyon's small public plaza, called the Village Green, may violate petitioners' First Amendment rights.


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DeVos Worries Local LAUSD Officials

Local schools could be hurt in a variety of ways under new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s agenda and President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to education funding, according to Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Dr. Ref Rodriguez, who oversees schools in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Echo Park.


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Businesses Struggling Under Ryu’s Parking Restrictions

A year after Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu implemented parking restrictions to discourage tourists overrunning Beachwood Canyon to get close to the Hollywood Sign, businesses are struggling, residents are frustrated and there appears to be no long-term solution in sight.


Accident Reignites Duane St ‘Cut-Through’ Controversy

During recent heavy rains, a flatbed truck driving on Duane Street lost control and careened down the street’s steep hill, narrowly missing pedestrians, cars and a utility pole before it slid to a stop in the front yard of an apartment complex on the corner of Silver Lake Boulevard. The incident has reignited concerns over a traffic issue that has plagued residents on this tiny, steep street for almost 20 years.


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[CD13 ELECTION] Traffic: “City of Cars”

Los Angeles ranks as the worst city in the world for getting stuck in traffic, according to a study released in February. Los Angeles City Council District 13 (CD13), which runs from Elysian Valley to Hollywood and from Atwater Village to parts of Koreatown, is home to some of the city’s most heavily traveled and walked streets, like Santa Monica, Hollywood and Sunset boulevards and Western and Normandie avenues. Its councilmember, Mitch O’Farrell, is up for re-election March 7th. Here are his and the other candidates' thoughts about how to calm traffic in the district. (Section on Jessica Salans by Andrew Davis)


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“Hollyweed” No Joke To Authorities

The New Year’s Day transformation of the Hollywood Sign to read “Hollyweed” is still making waves amongst city authorities as they try to determine exactly how a local artist slipped past hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of surveillance equipment monitored by the Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD) to breach the perimeter of the sign and get close to a city communication tower used by first responders in the event of a disaster, all without being apprehended.


Council District 13 Candidates On Affordable Housing

Five candidates qualified in December to run against incumbent Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for his seat representing Council District 13 (CD13), which spans from East Hollywood to Glassell Park. As part of an ongoing series on campaign issues leading up to the March 7th election, we interviewed O’Farrell and his challengers about affordable housing in the district. (Sections on Jessica Salans and Sylvie Shain by Andrew Davis)


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Council District 13 Candidates Weigh In On Ways to Help Small Businesses

Five candidates qualified in December for the upcoming March election, running against incumbent Mitch O’Farrell for the Los Angeles City Council District 13 seat. Each month between now and an expected May 2017 run-off, we will talk with the candidates about different issues of the district. This month: small business. (Sections on David De la Torre and Sylvie Shain by Andrew Davis)

 


2016 Year in Review

Updates and reminders of some of the most important stories we covered in 2016. (Section on "Hollywood Sign Tourism Crush and Beachwood Canyon" by Andrew Davis)


Hollywood Lacks a Proper Visitors Center

A Hollywood visitors center for the estimated 45 million tourists that visit Los Angeles annually has seemed like a no-brainer for years to most of the residents who live below the Hollywood Sign in Beachwood Canyon. Los Angeles city officials, however, while open to the idea, have not yet taken any tangible steps to build such a visitors center.


Troubled Trailhead to Stay Open, Ryu Says

Despite nearly daily calls and an ongoing barrage of emails from area residents to close the Beachwood Drive trailhead, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu has said the trailhead will remain open, at least for the time being.


Ballot Taxes Could Add Up to $300 Annually for Locals

Amongst the 24 measures currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot for local voters, six either directly propose new taxes or will immediately trigger a new tax if approved. Here’s a closer look at what these taxes may cost the average Angeleno if approved.


HOMELESS BOND HALF-BAKED, LACKING CRITICAL SERVICES

A much-hyped $1.2 billion city plan to build housing for the homeless lacks crucial funding for social services that keep people off the streets.


Ranch Sues City over Sign Tourism

A lawsuit pitting the city of Los Angeles against Sunset Ranch, one of the area’s oldest businesses, may soon deliver a landmark victory to local residents in their ongoing battle to stem the flow of Hollywood Sign tourist traffic through their neighborhood.


Sign Revenue Can’t Help Tourism Woes

Revenue from licensing the Hollywood Sign's image to film and television productions does not go to the City of Los Angeles, making it difficult to find funding for mitigating public safety issues created by Hollywood Sign tourism in the neighborhoods that sit below the sign.

 
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In 2013, Andrew wrote a series of online articles for Mic (then known as PolicyMic) offering opinion and analysis on a wide range of current events topics.

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