Monday is a legal holiday honoring the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
There are few longstanding traditions to observe the holiday here in Encino. Some of our local schools have celebrated the day by teaching students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. Encino’s Valley Beth Shalom and Family of Faith Christian Center are partnering to feed the hungry as part of the MLK Day of Service initiative, Obama's national call for all Americans to do volunteer service in their communities Monday.
The majority of our local businesses don't observe MLK Day, which was established in 1986. Only 30% of employers will give all or most workers a paid holiday on Monday, according to the Bureau of National Affairs' most recent survey of holiday practices.
Here’s is a list of what’s open and closed for the holiday:
- Pretty much all retailers, car dealerships, restaurants, car washes and movie theaters will be open.
- All financial markets will be closed, as will most government offices.
- Curbside trash pickup will be on regular schedules, and the Valley’s transfer and recycling stations will be open. Trash collection is Thursdays in Encino.
- Most standalone banks and credit unions will be closed. However, in-store branches such as the US Bank located inside Ralph's Grocery Store on Ventura Blvd. and Hayvenhurst will be open. 34.15714
- Encino's post offices will be closed, with no home delivery except for express mail.
- Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies will be open.
- Public libraries will be closed. The Encino-Tarzana library is closed every Sunday and Monday anyway.
- All public and private schools in Encino will be closed.
- Sports clubs and fitness centers will be open. Most will have regular class schedules.
- The Balboa Sports Complex at 17015 Burbank Blvd. will be closed.
- The Encino Municipal Golf Course will be open, charging regular hourly rates.
- All Metro operated buses and Metro Rail trains will operate on the regular weekday schedule. You can hop on the Orange Line at the Encino Balboa Station, 6338 Balboa Blvd.
- The Department of Transportation does not enforce parking regulations unless the posted signs read “Holiday Enforcement” or “Daily.” The parking regulations that are not enforced on Monday are time limited parking (ie: one hour, two hour, four hours, etc.), parking meters, street cleaning signs and No Stopping signs with specified days/time limits.