Volume 2, No. 1: Jan, 2002

    January 2002 | Issue No.1
    Inside This Issue

    Calumet Hollywood
    New Hands-On Photographic Center

    Calumet, the world's leading supplier of high-quality, professional imaging products, has relocated within the HMD its Hollywood store to a redesigned, 16,000 square foot professional photographic facility located at 1135 N. Highland Avenue. The building houses a tremendous showroom all on one floor, and expanded electronic imaging center, a fully equipped in-store studio, a hands-on demonstration dark room, an expanded rental product selection, easy access customer loading dock and PLENTY of free parking!

    For over 60 years Calumet has sold directly to the entire spectrum of photographers, from commercial and catalog specialists to portrait and wedding photographers to outdoor and fine art aficionados. Not only do they offer a full spectrum of imaging products and services, but they also provide their customers with a choice of ways in which to do business such as direct mail/catalog, retail store locations, a unique digital solutions division and an ever-growing Web site.

    Calumet's Web site, www.calumetphoto.com, which was launched for online ordering in mid-1998, has become the largest such site for professional photographers on the Internet. Today, the site features nearly 20,000 individual products that can be ordered from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    A grand opening celebration is set for March 7-8, 2002. Included in the festivities will be a two-day sale with offers on the their most popular equipments and supplies, as well as valuable prize drawings and technical advice and product demonstrations from manufacturer representatives. The grand opening celebration will continue every Friday teaming up with vendors to host free seminars, technical tips and product demonstrations. Details will be mailed to customers near the Hollywood location and in surrounding areas.
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    Mayor Hahn's Hollywood Production Tour

    On December 4th, in addition to addressing several hundred people gathered at the Hotel Roosevelt for the chamber lunch, Mayor James K. Hahn dropped in on five companies that do everything from lighting to animation, learning some of the secrets behind the glamour of Los Angeles' home-grown industry. One of his escorts on the guided tour was the HMD Executive Director, Mary Lou Dudas.

    Over at Crest National in the Hollywood Media District, the mayor watched with fascination as computerized machines imprinted plastic into CDs and DVDs. During his visit to Iron Mountain Film and Sound's 17-story roof, he saw existing conditions on Highland Avenue and from Iron Mountain's conference room, he saw the Gateway Plan for Highland Avenue.

    The mayor promised to support continuing efforts to beautify the often ragged area and refine the plan for developing the Hollywood Media District in the future. He also said he would try to cut the cost of filming in the city for small productions and promised to lobby for a federal tax credit rewarding producers who don't leave for Canada or other locations.
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    City Council Comes To Kodak Theater For Session

    In an effort to reach out to areas threatening secession, the Los Angeles City Council will hold its January 22 meeting at the new Kodak Theater located in the Hollywood & Highland complex at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Councilman Eric Garcetti, who represents Hollywood, said the meeting will allow residents better access to the council while showcasing the new theater.

    Some of the topics to be discussed at the meeting include neighborhood prosecutors, Community Redevelopment Agency developments in Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Department compressed work schedule and how it is working. Everyone is invited to attend.
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    LAFD Sponsors Neighborhood Preparedness Meeting

    The Los Angeles Fire Department is currently embarking on an effort to meet ever-increasing demands from homeowners, business owners and the general public for information about safety, terrorism, and preparedness-related issues. To meet these demands, Neighborhood Preparedness Meetings will be conducted in selected fire stations throughout the City during 2002.

    The LAFD Hazardous Materials Squad and personnel will be on static display and available to answer your questions. Department members who responded to the recovery effort at the World Trade Center will also be present to answer questions and share experiences.

    The Fire Department Historical Society is having a special weekday opening of the Fire Museum, located next door to Fire Station 27 at 1327 Cole Avenue on Thursday, January 24, 2002, to support this community event. The doors will be open from 5:00 PM through 7:00 PM and the Preparedness Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. Please come early to view the fabulous displays of antique apparatus and equipment.

    Refreshments will be served and several emergency preparedness kits will be given away.
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    Sixteenth 'Charlie' Awards Planned

    On February 6th, the Hollywood Arts Council, a not-for-profit community based arts organization, will honor those who have made meritorious contributions to Hollywood and its arts by hosting their 16th Annual Awards Luncheon, dubbed "The Charlies" in the Hollywood Ballroom of the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood & Highland.

    This year's awards will acknowledge achievements in categories that include Preservation Arts, Theater Arts, Media Arts, Community Arts, Industry Founders, Public Art, Spirit and Special Recognition.

    Tickets to the luncheon are $75. Call 323.462.2355 for more information.
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    Annual Hollywood Crime Prevention/Business Symposium

    The Hollywood Community Police Station is reaching out to the Hollywood community in order to accomplish their number one goal of preventing crime. They will be hosting the first annual Hollywood Crime Prevention/Business Symposium on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Director's Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Boulevard.

    It is requested that every business, residential and service organization in the Hollywood area attend this symposium to leverage our resources against crime and the conditions that attract crime toward a community that resists the criminal element.

    Information relative to emergency preparedness and available city resources will also be provided. If you plan on attending this symposium and would like to RSVP or have any questions, please contact Sergeant Robert Von Voigt, Officer-In-Charge, Hollywood Community Relations, at 213.485.4310.
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    Upcoming Chamber Event

    The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will host its "Let's Do Lunch" speaker series with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo at its January 24 luncheon.

    Join the HMD, the Chamber and Delgadillo, who has been in office since July 1, 2001 and listen to him discuss his plans for the City, including the formation of his Business Team.

    The luncheon will be held in the Fountain Court Restaurant at the Assistance League, 1370 N. St. Andrews Place from noon until 1:30 PM. Cost to attend is $20.00 for member if paid in advance and $25.00 for non-members or anyone without a pre-paid reservation. To RSVP, call the Chamber at 323.469.8311.
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    HMD Board Meetings

    Effective January 2002, the Media District will post its Board agenda at Hollywood Center Studios, 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue by Monday, 4:00PM, 72 hours before the January 24, 2002 Board meeting. Tim Mahoney, the Vice President of the Hollywood Media District and President of Hollywood Center Studios generously donates a meeting place every month. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on agenda items at the beginning of each meeting. Each person will be given a time limit of 2 minutes to comment. Any agenda item you would like to add must be presented before the agenda is posted. If you are interested in attending these Board meetings or if you have questions, please contact the Executive Director, Mary Lou Dudas at 323.460.6322 or MDudas@pacbell.net to add your name to the list to be admitted to Hollywood Center Studios. Please be prepared to show a picture ID for admittance. There will be four board packets available at each meeting for public members to consult.
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    New Board of Directors

    On December 13, 2001, the HMD Board of Directors expanded their Board by two positions to a total of thirteen directors. The Board unanimously elected the following directors to three-year terms ending December 31, 2004:

    Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain Film and Sound
    Carol Cassella, RenMar Studios
    Morton Lakretz, The Crossroads
    Brian Scane, The Paladin Group, Inc.
    Eliza Thorne, Seward Film and Tape Vaults
    Ferris Wehbe, Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse

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    Donated Office Space Sought

    Hollywood Media District is currently 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 have office space to donate, please email Mary Lou Dudas at MDudas@pacbell.net or call 323.460.6322.
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    Media District Farmers Market

    It's official! The Hollywood Media District's Farmers Market will open Friday, March 1st on Cole Avenue north of Santa Monica Blvd. next to the Hollywood Recreation and Parks. For more information, please call Rose at 323.460.4770.
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    (compiled by Langner Security Service)

      Week Month Year
    Transient Outreach 0 5 313
    Business Contacts 3 10 255
    Notification HBT 2 14 177
    Notification LAPD 2 9 120
    Patrol Request Business 2 5 24
    Drinking Narcotic 0 3 185
    Stolen Vehicles 0 0 3
    Loitering 47 267 2358
    Day Labor Daily Daily Daily

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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

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

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