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Overlook named for activist couple

December 25, 2019

first_imgSHERMAN OAKS – The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy opened its newest scenic overlook Wednesday, dedicating a crescent-shaped stop on Mulholland Drive to longtime preservationists Lotte Melhorn and her late husband, Charles Melhorn. Beginning in the early 1970s, the couple lobbied the City Council and regional leaders to create the Mulholland Scenic Parkway and to set aside small pockets along the road for visitors to stop and admire the views. “Charles and Lotte were among a small nucleus of people who saw the value of the road and the uniqueness of the road and planned to save it for future generations,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Today, Mulholland Drive is one of the region’s major tourist destinations, drawing visitors from around the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “You come to these overlooks during the summer or all through the year and hear maybe three or four languages being spoken,” said Joseph Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The new overlook is the eighth official stop on the drive, about halfway between Beverly Glen and Coldwater Canyon boulevards. It stands above million-dollar homes and a brush-covered slope that is one of the few natural wildlife corridors through the mountains. The $250,000 park is built within the road right-of-way and includes a path, cement benches and native plants. Lotte Melhorn, who celebrated her 90th birthday Wednesday, no longer drives on her beloved scenic road, but she had a few words for the people who do: “Please enjoy Mulholland. Don’t race it.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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