Options weighed for handling tourists who visit Hollywood sign
Gates across public streets, construction of a viewing platform outside the Beachwood Market and warning signs in various languages were suggested Tuesday as ways of handling tourists who flock into the hills to see the Hollywood sign.
An old idea, construction of an aerial tram connecting the city's Travel Town and the ridge behind the sign was suggested by Hank Pinczower, a 50-year resident of the hillside neighborhood.
"It would be a moneymaker for the city" and get tourists off local streets, he told about 120 homeowners and city officials.
When police admitted they rarely ticket tourists who illegally park or smoke in the brushy hillsides because visitors are unlikely to return for their court date, software developer Jean Michel Morot-Gaudry suggested that officers use cellphones to collect fines from credit cards on the spot.
Tour company owner Patrick Hickey proposed that the city collect fees from each Hollywood tour bus and van that could be used for private security guards to patrol roads beneath the sign, watching for those smoking and those blocking streets while they take photographs.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who organized the community meeting, said officials will meet Thursday with tour company operators to seek more of their ideas.
-- Bob Pool
Photo: Brazilian tourists Masra Andrade, left, and Ticiana Santana have their picture taken with the Hollywood sign. Credit: Christina House / For The Times