Encino Meets to Figure How to Handle Jackson Crowds

Mobs could be a problem

Residents who live near the Encino home of the Jackson family will take part in a community meeting tonight to discuss plans for handling crowds and media that may continue to camp out near the house. 

The Jackson family has owned the Hayvenhurst Avenue home since 1971, and fans and media have been gathering outside the compound since Michael Jackson died on June 25 at age 50.

 According to a statement from the Encino Neighborhood Council, tonight's meeting is designed to get information from city and police officials about plans for reopening the street and protecting the neighborhood.

"As a result of the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the LAPD has exercised considerable restraint in accommodating worldwide media and mourners with access to the Jackson family residence on Hayvenhurst Avenue," according to a statement from the council.

"At the same time, Hayvenhurst is a vital community access roadway, especially for evacuation and emergency response."

According to the statement, residents anticipate the situation outside the Jackson compound would likely ease now that Jackson's memorial service has been held, but some "have expressed concerns over continuing impacts from sightseers and media presence in the area in the weeks and months ahead."

The community meeting will be held at the Encino Women's Club, 4924 Paso Robles Ave.

City Councilman Paul Koretz and representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department and Transportation Department are expected to take part in the meeting.

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