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Welcome to the South Carthay Neighborhood Association
The Carthay Circle has often been considered circular but about the only thing that was round in the circle was the dome of the grand old Carthay Circle Theatre which bore the name of the subdivision. The boundaries of the circle are Fairfax Avenue to the East; La Cienega Boulevard to the West; Olympic Boulevard to the South; Wilshire Boulevard to the North with San Vicente Boulevard (formerly Eulalia Boulevard, named for a mid- wife) cutting a diagonal path throughout her domain. Geographically on a grid, Carthay Circle resembles more of a jigsaw piece in search of a puzzle than the puzzle she is.
Planned and developed in the glamorous era of the exciting '20's , it was J. Harvey McCarthy's hope that this sub-division would be in of a "high class" caliber. In 1924 he hired and directed his architects, Curlett and Beelman to follow his instructions in the planning of this community. The streets were laid on a diagonal.  Land cost at that time was at a premium and fifty (50) foot lots sold for $7,500.00! ! ! The sub-division was the first to have underground utilities, making the area free of unsightly telephone poles and electric wires. The zoning for the land was primarily for single family structures one story in height. West of McCarthy Vista on Warner the houses should be one story while to the East the homes should be stories. On Del Valle single family and a one story height was the limit. San Vicente on the north side boosts both one and two story structures and the south side is limited to one story even though some of those are duplexes. The duplexes were to continue the single family look of the neighborhood. The same requirements prevailed for Commodore Sloat Drive and the north side of Hayes Drive. Schumacher Drive and Moore Drive were to continue in the single family one story tradition as was the north side of Olympic Blvd.
A portion of Carthay' s face to the world is comprised of mini Mediterranean villas or less than imposing spacious Spanish colonial homes (Mission Revival as some curators are likely to label early California architecture a lure to prospective investors and residents as an invitation to the sunny side of life in Southern California). To round out the architectural theme, there are a trickle of post-WWII homes. Sliding glass doors are conspicuous by their absence. A gas. station was allowed at the corner of Schumacher Drive and Olympic Boulevard and a service station was permitted on Commodore Sloat Drive near a two story business structure which housed Flgarts Radio Supply. These businesses faced the Carthay Circle 1 Theatre which was in the center of the sub-division. There was a small market, a bank, a cleaner, a restaurant, and a beauty shop in close juxtaposition to the theatre with walkways and lots of grassy areas, and all were designed to provide convince to the circle residents.
Land was donated for a public elementary school and a small church building both facing Olympic Boulevard and apartments were permitted to be built east of the church. The apartment building at the intersection of Commodore Sloat Drive and Olympic Boulevard was built in the era of WWII to ease the housing short age. A special re-zoning was called for to accomplish this Carthay Circle commands respect. Subtle. Stable. Sleepy. As J.  Harvey McCarthy is not around to answer questions (deceased cir ca 1935), one speculates who put the extra "a" into Carthay? For phonetic purposes, perhaps? Looking back McCarthy, developer of the 136-acre tract, had visionary glasses some of us need a prescription for as he had the foresight to forward an architectural survey of the homes in the course of construction or contemplated design, to Washington, D.C. These were included as part of a permanent exhibit of model homes which were added to the National Advisory Council of Better Homes in America archives. Furthermore, a panel of prominent architects at that time considered Carthay, "one of the finest examples of subdivision planning that Los Angeles and Southern California possesses." J. Harvey McCarthy was also responsible for the planning and development of the exclusive Fremont Park Place Area, one of Los Angeles' few gated communities and another prestigious neighborhood.  In connection with the Carthay Center development, and to carry out the architectural features he had in mind, McCarthy employed a staff of architects under the direction of H. W. Bishop, a well known Boston architect of that period. Architecturally the area is filled with significant homes and almost 95 percent of the structures remain unchanged. Although the some of the pioneers probably never set foot below the Humbolt County Line, Carthay Circle streets bear the names of California pioneers. Forty-niner s of the Gold Rush are represented by streets named in their honor.

2014- 2015 MEMBERSHIP PDF Print E-mail

Here is the correct list of addresses that have paid their 2014 membership dues so far this year as of August 1st.  If your address is not listed and you have paid, please contact our Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is a membership form located at the top of this page which can be downloaded.  Please fill it out and mail it to the association's address along with your check. 


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  • DO NOT turn off gas to the meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak--and ONLY if it is safe to do so. If you turn off gas to the meter, leave it off. Do not turn it back on yourself. Interior gas piping and appliances must be inspected for possible damage before service can be safely restored. Call SoCalGas to turn the gas back on, to relight the pilots and service your appliances. Note that certain repairs may have to be performed by your plumber or heating contractor. However, only SoCalGas field employees are allowed to turn on the gas to the meter.
  • For safety, a shut-off valve should be installed at every gas appliance, and may be required by state and/or local codes. If a leak occurs at a specific appliance, the valve will permit you to turn off the gas at the appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Some valves require a wrench to turn them.
  • Check your water heater and furnace vents. If the venting system becomes separated during an earthquake or other event, it could leak hazardous fumes into your home. Do not operate your appliance unless it is properly vented.  Signs of an improperly vented appliance may include moisture on the inside of windows or an unusual odor when the appliance is in operation.
  • DO NOT ignite a flame or use any electrical appliances, light switches or other devices that can cause a spark until you're sure there are no gas leaks.
  • Keep informed of the situation through local radio and television.
  • If evacuation is necessary, prepare an evacuation kit, including personal hygiene items, change of clothes, bedding and medication, if possible. Food, shelter and first aid are available at shelters.
  • If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors, especially elderly and disabled persons.
  • Use the telephone only for family emergency needs or to report unsafe or dangerous conditions.
  • Do not use 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during an emergency, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing and sturdy shoes. Advise others of your destination.
  • Use flashlights -- NOT lanterns, matches or candles -- to examine buildings, as flammable gases may be inside.
  • Follow instructions of local authorities regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking or call public health officials.
  • Avoid "sightseeing" in disaster areas. You may hamper rescue efforts or place yourself in danger. For more info visit: http://www.socalgas.com/safety/preparation.shtml



In Los Angeles, our communities are ill-prepared for the destructive potential of the major earthquake that is now overdue.   When it happens, police, fire and medical services will be unavailable to local communities for days following the earthquake and citizens will have to rely on their own supplies, knowledge and organization

The NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM PROGRAM (NTP) coordinates L.A. Fire Dept. Trained CERT personnel working alongside their untrained neighbors into NETs, Neighborhood Emergency Teams. Each program is adaptable to the needs, resources and interests of each community, thereby improving preparedness and response at the neighborhood level. 

Volunteer teams living within a 3-5 block radius, are led by CERT trained personnel from the area and are instructed in personal, family and limited group preparedness techniques. These include search and report, light search and rescue, damage assessment, communications and field level medical treatment.

Participation in your NTP, will help ensure your family's safety, as well as yourself. You will learn the basics of emergency services protocols. You will learn about your neighbor's strengths and weaknesses.  You will be be prepared in advance with supplies and contact information.  To become a member of the South Carthay Neighborhood contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ALERT L.A. PDF Print E-mail

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations.  The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted.  If the call is picked up by an answering machine, the system will leave a recorded message.  If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message.  The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.

Because the Alert LA County system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system.  If you have a cellular or Voice over IP number and would like to be notified on that device, or if you would like an e-mail notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address.

Because the Alert LA County system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.

Each telephone number and e-mail address registered will be contacted only when the street address it is associated with is impacted by a disaster or emergency.

Here is the link to the Los Angeles County website needed to register.




If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9.  You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road.

Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can dispatch Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location.  If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA.  FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California.

In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.



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