Volume 2, No. 8: Nov, 2002

    Nov/Dec 2002 | Issue No.8
    Inside This Issue

    New Slate Accepted by Board

    The Nominating Committee has announced the slate of nominees for the 2003 Board of Directors for the Hollywood Media District Property Owners Association. Each nominee is appointed for a two-year term. The BOD accepted the slate at it's November meeting. These property owners were elected at the annual meeting of the Hollywood Media District on December 12.

    The Directors are: Jack Fleming, Advanced Digital Services Inc.; Tim Mahoney, Hollywood Center Studios; Jacques Massachi, Ori Service Center; and Albert Sweet, Sweet Development. At the November meeting of the BOD, the board voted to increase the number of seats on the board to 15 from 13. Gene LaPietra, Arena Café, was voted in to one of the new seats.

    This coming January will mark the beginning of the BID's 4th year in operation.

    Thank you to Fred Anawalt, Anawalt Lumber; Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain Films and Sound Achieves; Carol Cassella, Renmar Studios; Dennis Ho, Digital Jungle; Ana Ramirez, Television Center; Brian Scane, Paladin Group Inc.; and Billy Stabile, Stabile Automotive who volunteered their time to serve on the Nominating Committee.
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    New BID Forms in Hollywood

    The Sunset Vine Business Improvement District was approved by City Council on October 22 with a 52% approval of stakeholders. The boundaries of the new BID are approximately Sunset Boulevard from the 101 Freeway to Cherokee Avenue to the West; Selma to the North and DeLongpre to the South. The new BID will begin operations in February 2003.

    We welcome this 3rd BID in Hollywood along with ours and the Hollywood Entertainment District on Hollywood Boulevard. This BID was formed primarily to address clean and safe issues within their boundaries. There are 35 BID's in the City of Los Angeles.
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    Gold's Gym, HMD Partner with Vine Elementary School

    Vine Elementary School, 955 N. Vine Street, was the recipient of a food drive sponsored by Gold's Gym, 1016 Cole Ave. According to Erlinda DeSagun of Vine Elementary, 24 families benefited from the drive.

    "It was wonderful. There was lots of canned foods (etc.) that we were able to distribute," DeSagun said.

    "We wanted to do something charitable for the holidays, so we contacted Mary Lou Dudas of the Hollywood Media District, and she suggested doing the food drive to help (Vine Elementary)," Steve Sweener, Vice President of Operations at Gold's Gym, said.

    Sweener said that Willy Banos, one of the owners of Gold's Gym, initiated the project. Food was collected at all three Gym locations; Hollywood, North Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles.

    "Our staff pulled together to collect the food, and everyone responded very well," Sweener said. "There was quite a bit of food."

    To distribute the food, DeSagun asked each of the teachers at Vine Elementary to submit one name per class of a child whose family could benefit. The food was organized and packaged in paper bags, then distributed to a total of 24 families on Nov. 27, just in time for Thanksgiving.

    "They were so happy to pick up the food from here," DeSagun said.
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    5 Things in 5 Months

    On November 18th, the Media District hosted Councilman Tom LaBonge at the offices of Tim Mahoney, HMD BOD Vice President, to discuss the goals of our organization. LaBonge assured us that his staff would continue to assist the Media District with the accomplishment of these goals.

    1. Transportation - Our Department of Transportation area supervisor, Brian Gallagher, had unexpected surgery shortly after our September meeting. He has been unable to respond to our requests for additional diagonal parking, meter changes and the engineering for McCadden's one-way proposal. The petition for making McCadden one-way from Fountain will be presented to the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council in January for approval. Brian is still recuperating and working part time. We hope to report some progress in January. The council office will follow up with our letter to the Bureau of Street Services requesting suspension of street cleaning in our BID. This will increase parking 3 hours on cleaning days.

    2. Highland Gateway - The permit to plant trees from Melrose to Waring is in hand. The sidewalks are marked for exact locations of shade trees and palms. Look for Hollywood Beautification at your door to get approval of the tree locations within the next few days and planting should begin the 2nd week in January. The balance of the Gateway; trees, 5 more medians, street furniture and custom light poles will be able to go out for bid by March. The Bureau of Street Services, our sponsor, applied for our federal grant funding. We will have $645,000 grant plus $215,000 Prop C match. There will be a Gateway meeting early in 2003 for all property owners to see the exact location and design of the medians.

    3. Underground Utilities - LaBonge and his staff are taking the lead on this project. More news next month.

    4. Prostitution & Drug Dealing - Clean Needles Now has relocated from their Lexington address. LaBonge presented a motion to the City Council to create an ordinance which will allow for cars used to solicit prostitution or to purchase drugs to be impounded and possibly sold. This is a tool used successfully in other California cities to reduce prostitution & drug dealing. The vote at City Council will be held December 20th. The HMD Board of Directors voted to extend the 3-month pilot program with armed officers through January 2003.

    5. Media District Sign Overlay - LaBonge is also taking the lead on this project.
    Look forward to continuing updates on our 5 Things in 5 Months.
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    Hollywood Beautification Team Report

    Week of Sep. 9-15, 2002 Week Month Year
    Trash Bags Collected 273 1015 5432
    Business Graffiti (Sq. ft.) 2464 5192 18260
    City Property Graffiti (# of cases) 32 262 844

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    Media BID Helps PAL

    As part of the Community Outreach Services provided by the BID, the Hollywood Media District has made a contribution to the Hollywood Police Activities League (PAL) for their children's holiday function. The event took place Dec. 14. Local children of low income families were given toys and treats.

    The BID donated $2,500 to the organization for this special holiday event.
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    Meet Mr. Mike Zuvich

    Mike Zuvich is the new Director of Security at the BID's field office, corner of Santa Monica and Highland. Zuvich, who works for Langner Security, replaced James Leonard last month.

    "My goals for this job are to complete the task at hand which is to revitalize this section of [Hollywood]; insure that the Officers assigned are complying with post regulations, my directives; assisting with Danielle Morrison of the Hollywood Beautification Team, and those directives passed on by the Executive Director, Mary Lou Dudas," Zuvich said.

    Prior to joining the Media District's security team, Zuvich worked in High Profile Protection. He began in the USAF in Law Enforcement among other fields. A native of Hollywood, Zuvich has lived in the Los Angeles area almost his whole life.

    If you have questions or comments you would like to share with Zuvich, he can be reached at 323-871-4150. The security office is located at 6775 Santa Monica Blvd #2A, on the corner of Highland Ave.
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    HMD Spreads Cheer on City Streets

    In Addition to the Media District holiday banners which are in place on Highland Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd., the district has also put up decorations on Cole, Cahuenga and Wilcox. Garland and ribbons were wrapped around the antique-style light poles on these streets in celebration of the season. Happy Holidays from the Hollywood Media District!
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    HMD Calendar

    HMD Board of Directors Visioning Session
    When: Thursday, Jan. 9
    Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Where: To Be Announced, RSVP to 323-460-4770

    Business Watch Meeting When: Thursday, Jan. 16
    Time: 12:00 Noon
    Where: Hollywood Community Room
    6501 Fountain Ave. (At Wilcox)

    Media District Farmers' Market - New Hours!
    Temporarily Discontinued

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    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.
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    Activities Report
    Through 12/31/02
    (compiled by Langner Security Service)

      Week Month Year
    Notification HBT 0 3 113
    Notification LAPD 1 6 175
    Patrol Request Business 0 13 20
    Drinking Narcotic 0 32 92
    Stolen Vehicles 0 0 0
    Loitering 28 751 2744
    Day Labor Daily Daily Daily
    Paramedics 0 0 11

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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: Devin Strecker

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

    Security Supervisor: Michael M. Zuvich

    Hollywood Media District Property Owners
    Association 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
    Jack Fleming - ADS
    Morton Lakretz - The Crossroads
    Michael Malick - Ramsey Shilling Real Estate
    Jacques Massachi - Ori Service Center
    Albert Sweet - Al Sweet Development
    Gene La Pietra - Arena Cafe
    Brian Scane - The Paladin Group, Inc.
    Fares Wehbe - Hollywood Little Red School

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