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Hang Out In the Restricted Hollywood Sign Area


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BEACHWOOD CANYON: Today in awesome opportunities: the LA Convention and Visitors Bureau (LA Inc.) is teaming up with the Trust for Public Land to give a lucky winner full access to the Hollywood Sign. LA Inc.'s sweepstakes started last night and closes Monday. Next Thursday, the one lucky winner (and a friend) will get "45 minutes in the restricted sign area (courtesy of the Trust for Public Land); two Hollywood CityPASS booklets; two round trip economy class airline tickets to Los Angeles on American Airlines valued up to $500 total (subject to airline rules, availability and restrictions); one night stay accommodation (double occupancy, excluding incidentals and parking) at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown." Restricted sign area! Go where only J. Crew models and Justin Timberlake (but not Ke$ha) have gone before. [Curbed Inbox]

BEACHWOOD CANYON: Meanwhile, the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association informs us that Garmin GPS devices will no longer lead tourists to the Hollywood Sign via their neighborhood. Garmin provides devices for several LAX rental car companies, so this is a big deal (Google changed its directions a while ago). According to the newsletter: "The original location has been removed, and now visitors will be directed to either the Hollywood and Highland Center (Option A) or Griffith Observatory (Option B).  These changes will be added for Garmin's first fiscal quarter and should be seen in GPS devices starting in the spring." The GPS Battle in the Hollywood Sign Viewing Spot Wars seems nearly won now. [Curbed Inbox]