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Officials Hope Deals Entice Residents to 'Stay Local' for Carmageddon II

Some 300 restaurants, businesses and tourist attractions are offering specials to encourage locals to stay close to their neighborhoods during the 405 Freeway closure Sept. 29-30.

In an effort to encourage Los Angeles County residents to stay close to home on the weekend of Carmageddon II, local officials have announced an "Eat, Shop and Play Locally" initiative offering deals at area businesses.

At a press conference Tuesday in the courtyard of the Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outlined how nearly 300 specials will be available for people who use public transportation or patronize local businesses. Officials hope the program will keep people away from the 10-mile closure of the 405 Freeway between the I-10 and 101 freeways on Sept. 29-30.

"Staying out of your car doesn't mean staying at home," Villaraigosa said. "We're asking folks to use the weekend to discover a local restaurant, take a bike ride, visit a museum.... If we all cooperate and work together, things will go as smoothly as last year."

The mayor was joined at the announcement by a couple dozen entertainers and representatives of tourist destinations and local groups.

Destinations participating in the program include the Hammer Museum, Madam Tussaud's Hollywood, the Natural History Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For the first Carmageddon in July 2011, officials anticipated massive traffic congestion but locals heeded warnings.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky warned residents of complacency this time around.

"With public cooperation this will be a non-event," Yaroslavsky said. "With complacency and lack of cooperation it can become a traffic nightmare. Let’s make it a non-event. Let's turn Carmageddon into Carmaheaven or Schmarmegeddon or any other 'geddon' that you want to dream up."

Yaroslavsky pointed out that while demolition work finished ahead of schedule in 2011, crews have 30 percent more work to accomplish in the same 53-hour period this time. 

"An early opening is unlikely," he said.

Susan Pascal September 11, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Do you have any particular plans for Carmageddon II weekend?
George Vreeland Hill September 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I'm going to the 405 to make a video. I think differently.
Ali September 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM
No you don't. People did that last time. This time they will be on the lookout for people like you.
Natalie Ragus September 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Remember the people who had a dinner party on the 405 last year? That was a pretty awesome photo.
VFD September 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Villaraigosa assumes everybody is dumb like him
Nicole Charky September 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I remember that! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/19/carmageddon-dinner-on-the-405_n_903512.html#s311548
Stephen McCarthy September 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I just love those whiny West LA folk. Close an off ramp, they go buggy, close a freeway, they go nutso. Poor muffins. the I-10 in Baldwin Park has had construction and closed ramps for months (or is it years. No press coverage. The 210 routinely gets closed for the Gold Line bridge, little if any coverage. What a freakin' JOKE! The whole world does not revolve around the precious 405. You life will not end! Deal with it.
Laura Tompkins September 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Jealousy from those who do not live on the west side is no reason to minimize their legitimate struggles with the boondoggle knows as the 405 restoration. In addition, I believe the world indeed does center around the 405 and more importantly, those who can afford to live on the west side. Your life may not end, but if those from the west side who run the companies and studios which provide the jobs cannot get to and from Burbank, you may be out of work. Mmmmm...Muffins.
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Consider posting it on Patch when you're done, George!
Holly Hale September 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Sept 29 & 30 is a weekend. Perhaps the folks who don't have to do to work could stay home with their families?
Joanna September 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Laura it may come as a surprise to you but some people, myself for sure, have zero desire to live on the west side.
Slam September 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Laura, you eat pompous cereal every morning don't you?
gb3 September 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
people wouldn't know sarcasm if it hit them square in the face....
Gayle M. Montgomery September 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Stephen, I'll be glad when they get that 10 Freeway situation cleaned up, especially as it relates to the interchange. The southbound transition off the 605 to the eastbound 10 is and has always been bad enough. But trying to transition from the 10 west to the 605 north has been plain scary of late. They have jersey barriers up in several parts narrowing the entrance to the freeway, and there have been plenty of close calls. It's practically an obstacle course of late. I try to bypass it altogether. So I won't be worrying about Carmaggedon. I'll be looking for city streets to get from Point A to Point B.
VFD September 13, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The Westside liberals invaded Sierra Madre, hence Laura is one of the bleeding hearts
Slam September 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
And mine isn't? Pppffffttt.
Slam September 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
BTW, I personally know people who have that mentality. You live in a small world don't you? And I'm not being sarcastic this time.
Margeaux M. September 15, 2012 at 04:00 AM
No kidding. Like how he put voter fraud into motion at the DNC in front of "God" and everybody. HA HA HA........makes a person ashamed to be a blue girl.
Walt Howells September 15, 2012 at 06:05 PM
What's wrong with you people! The 405 closure is a major inconvience to the entire basin tha'ts all. You sound like a bunch of twelve year olds, grow up & get a life!
Chris Casady September 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Look how easy it is to start a flame war! Susan asked a simple question: "Do you have any particular plans for Carmageddon II weekend?" and almost immediately we're sniping at each other over territorial identities, local pride & neighborhood insults. Get a life indeed. For Carmageddon 2 I plan to garden, plant native plants for local butterflies. The Santa Monica Library gave a great lecture on the subject this morning. Save gas; stay home and garden for Carmageddon2. http://www.smgov.net/Departments/OSE/Categories/Landscape/Green_Garden_Academy.aspx
Hannah Shaya September 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
A lot of hype about a non-event. The freeway closure is so ho-hum.
John September 16, 2012 at 07:08 AM
It comes down to the internet providing the powerless a way to voice their feelings even though it's insignificant in the larger picture of things. It provides those evils with the avenue to press their agenda with influence on the less educated, promoting riots. The internet is a dangerous thing but also a beautiful light blinding you at the same time.
Chris Casady September 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I'm getting off this list.
nonoise September 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This is not a ho-hum event. In support of those that MUST take the 405 and have no choice, this is a very important event. It is like saying don't work and live under a bridge and if you don't you are a SOB. It shows a lot of ignorance if people do not know what goes on on the 405. Chris, don't leave the list. Just remember, there are some ignorant people out there that do not live with the hell of the 405.

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