Volume 1, No. 1: Dec, 2001

    December 2001 | Issue No.1
    Inside This Issue

    Crest National Digital Media Complex
    One of LA's Fastest Growing Private Companies

    Since its inception in 1961 as a small film laboratory to its current status as one of the preeminent full service film and videotape laboratories manufacturing DVD/CDs, video/film post production and duplication services in Southern California. Crest National has enjoyed a well earned reputation as one of the most innovative companies in the industry. Not surprisingly, Crest National, celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this year, is listed as the 22nd fastest growing private company in the November 12th issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal's list of LA's top 100. Companies on the list are ranked by rate of revenue growth from 1998 to 2000. They must be privately owned, autonomous, for-profit entities based in Los Angeles County and in business since January 1998. Achieving the rapid growth necessary to qualify for the LABJ's list of 100 fastest growing private companies is no easy feat. Crest National, with a total of 289 employees, enjoyed a 124.2% growth in revenue growing from $29.3M in 1998 to $65.7M in 2000, however the LABJ quotes, "Of course, even companies that carefully manage growth are likely to take a hit in 2001". Crest National is located at 6721 Romaine Street in the Hollywood Media District. Congratulations!
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    Holiday Banners Up

    The HMD holiday banners are installed throughout the district. Garlands and red ribbons adorn the antique style light poles on Cole Avenue in the Media District. They were done in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Economic Development Organization. DWPLA sponsored a neighborhood beautification program by offering $1,000.00 to 28 existing business improvement districts during the holiday season. Happy Holidays to all!
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    New Security Supervisor

    James Leonard was recently promoted to the position of Security Supervisor at Langner Security for the Hollywood Media District. As the former Operations Scheduler responsible for all contracted Langer Security accounts, Leonard brings with him 10 years of security experience including a short career with the LAPD. "I am very happy to be a part of the Hollywood Media District. I think what the BID is doing is fantastic. I will do my best to ensure all security concerns are dealt with and look forward to meeting all the business owners", says Leonard. The security offices are located at 6775 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 2A at the corner of Highland Avenue. They can be reached at 323.871.4150. Please stop by or call.
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    Gateway Committee Meeting

    The next Gateway Committee meeting is scheduled for December 12 at Hollywood Center Studios, 1040 North Las Palmas Avenue from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please attend this important planning meeting for Highland Avenue. Our grants are very close to funding and we need to finalize the plans for our Gateway. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required for access to the lot. Please RSVP to 323.460.6322.
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    Activities Report
    Through December 1, 2001
    (compiled by Langner Security Service)

      Week Month Year
    Transient Outreach 3 43 308
    Business Contacts 7 31 245
    Notification HBT 3 20 163
    Notification LAPD 4 15 111
    Patrol Request Business 2 4 19
    Drinking Narcotic 1 7 182
    Stolen Vehicles 0 0 3
    Loitering 38 241 2091
    Day Labor Daily Daily Daily

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    New Board of Directors

    The nominating committee recently announced the slate of nominees for the 2002 Board of Directors for the Hollywood Media District Property Owners Association. The Board has expanded by two positions to a total of thirteen members of the Board of Directors. The committee received an overwhelming response of property owners that want to participate on the Board of Directors. The by laws allow for this expansion. Each nominee is appointed for a three-year term. If this slate is not contested, then these property owners shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Hollywood Media District in December. The nominees are Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain Film and Sound; Carol Cassella, RenMar Studios; Ferris Wehbe, Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse; Eliza Thorne, Seward Film Vaults. Expansion nominees are Brian Scane, The Paladin Group, Inc.; Morton Lakretz, The Crossroads.
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    Donated Office Space Sought

    Beginning January 2002, HMD will be looking for donated office space (large enough to accommodate two staff people, within the BID boundaries). We will also need auxiliary equipment and services to share such as use of the copier, kitchen and restrooms. If you can help us, email Mary Lou Dudas at MDudas@pacbell.net or call 323.460.6322.
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    Contact Information Request

    We are updating our records and ask that you fill out the contact sheet recently sent with the October issue of the Media Messenger. Future issues of The Media Messenger newsletter will be sent via email or fax to reduce the costs of mailings. If you need another copy of the contact sheet, please call Rose at 323.460.6488.
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    Security Survey Results

    Recently a security survey was sent to all stakeholders in the July issue of the Media Messenger however due to low response, the survey was included again with the October issue. Of the 400 surveys mailed, we received a total of 51 responses. Thank you to the stakeholders who took the time to respond. The Security Committee will make adjustments as recommended by our stakeholders. Following are the results:

    1. Do you think the hours of operation are effective?
    Yes  34 No  15
    2. Do you think the days of operation are effective?
    Yes  38 No  8
    3. Do you think that the public safety has improved since private security has been patrolling the Media District?
    Yes  38 No  7
    4. Do the security officers call on your business regularly?
    Yes  23 No  23
    5. Are the officers professional and courteous?
    Yes  27 No  4

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    Media District Farmers Market

    Look for the Media District's Farmers Market to open soon. More to come...
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    Graffiti Paint Out Agreement

    Your consent is necessary to obliterate graffiti at your site. The Hollywood Beautification Team, through the city, will assist in the acquisition of free paint for your property or paint out graffiti using your paint.

    Please make sure that your business or property has a signed Agreement on file. For more information or an Agreement, please contact Rose at 323.460.4770.
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    Questions or Comments

    Feel free to contact the Hollywood Media District using the following contact information:

    Hollywood Media District
    1304 North Highland Avenue #200
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    Phone:  323.460.6322
    Fax:  323.460.6488

    Executive Director: Mary Lou Dudas

    Assistant: Lauren Larsen

    Hollywood Media District Field Office
    6775 Santa Monica Blvd. #2A
    Hollywood, CA 90038
    Phone:  323.871.4150
    Hours:  7am - 11pm, Mon-Sat

    Security Supervisor: James Leonard

    Hollywood Media District Property Owners
    Board of Directors

    Don Robertson, President - Honda of Hollywood
    Tim Mahoney, Vice-President - Hollywood Center Studios
    Fares Wehbe, Secretary - Hollywood Little Red School House
    Gene La Pietra, Treasurer - Arena Cafe
    Fred Anawalt - Anawalt Lumber Company
    Jeff Anthony - Iron Mountain Film and Sound
    Carol Cassella - RenMar Studios
    Morton Lakretz - The Crossroads
    Michael Malick - Ramsey Shilling Real Estate
    Jacques Massachi - Ori Service Center
    Mitzi Mogul - Art Deco Society
    Brian Scane - The Paladin Group, Inc.
    Eliza Thorne - Seward Film Vaults

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