Downtown denizens who thought the high fences, blocked sidewalks and closed traffic lanes at the new LAPD headquarters were a memory now that construction is complete were wrong.

To prepare for the True Blue gala, a benefit for the Los Angeles Police Foundation, a lane of Spring Street has been shut down, and sidewalks along Spring and 2nd streets are off-limits.

The gala, which will be held Nov. 7, will commemorate the LAPD’s 140-year history and pay tribute to departing Chief William J. Bratton. About 800 people are expected to attend.


Intended to invoke the 1940s and the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the event will be emceed by “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien. The $5,000 table sponsorships are sold out, but pricier packages are still available. Individual tickets go for $600.

-- Seema Mehta