The Sign does not have a birthday, it has a birthYEAR but not a birthDAY. Since the Sign started as a billboard, no records were kept about the day it was unveiled. The Internet seems to think the Sign’s birthday is July 13th but that is unconfirmed. We do have confirmation that it was built in 1923 but the exact day is unknown.
A small brush fire was lit close to the Griffith Observatory. The fire is a reminder to be careful during LA’s dry, hot summer while inside the park. Avoid open flames like cigarettes, camp fires, or fireworks. Any spark can lead to a massive fire. Click here to read about the incident.
Dodger stadium has made an interesting proposal to elevate traffic during the busy baseball season – a gondola! It isn’t the first time, Los Angeles has turned to the skies for ideas to reduce congestion on the roads. There have been several proposals to build a gondola to view the Hollywood Sign. Click here for the article about Dodger stadium’s new proposal.
City Council today approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion to allocate $51,320 in discretionary funds for increased security around the Hollywood Sign for the spring break holiday season between March 23 and April 2, 2018. Anticipating increased tourism and activity around the sign during this time, Councilmember Ryu’s approved motion will fund increased patrols by Traffic Enforcement and Police officers. Read more here.
The Hollywood Sign Trust now accepts online donations via our website. The Hollywood Sign Trust is a 501c3 charity and all donations are tax deductible. Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the Hollywood Sign Trust. All the money goes towards maintaining the Sign.
We added a new featured photographer to our list. Please check out RD Willis who recently shot a time lapse of the Hollywood Sign for the NFL.
The Hollywood Sign was featured on NBC’s 1st Look “Grimy Gigs” where they followed the Hollywood Sign’s maintenance company Duggan & Associates and participated in the sometimes-dirty work involved in keeping the Sign clean. Click here for the story, and forward to minute 12 to view the segment.
The Financial Times did an excellent report on the tourism issues surrounding the Hollywood Sign. Click here to read the article.
A year since it’s approval, the DASH bus line to the Griffith Observatory has been a huge success! According to this Los Feliz Ledger article, ridership has increased 50%: “The extended hours and weekday service was instituted March 21st and since then, 143,715 passengers have boarded the Observatory DASH route. During the same period last year, there were 26,886 passengers,” said Oliver Hou, with LADOT. To see how you can…
A note from Chris Baumgart, Chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, on the passing of long time Hollywood Sign Trust supporter and Hollywood icon, Hugh Hefner, who died September 27, 2017 at the age of 91: “All of us who love the Hollywood Sign–and those who admire it from afar–say, “Hats off to Hugh” for keeping the dream alive on Mt.Lee. In 1978, when the Sign had deteriorated beyond repair,…