Volume 4, No. 7: Jul, 2003

    July 2003 | Volume No.4 | Issue No.7
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    Councilman Tom LaBonge, District 4, spoke at the Hollywood Media District's 4th Annual General Meeting of Property and Business Owners on Thursday, June 19th. LaBonge commended the Business Improvement District (BID) for all it's accomplishments in making the area a better place to live and work. LaBonge said he supports the BID's future goals, including undergrounding utilities on Santa Monica Blvd.

    Mary Lou Dudas, HMD Executive Director, called the meeting to order and introduced the Board President, Jeff Anthony from Iron Mountain, where the meeting was held on the rooftop. Anthony reviewed the BID's accomplishments in the last year, including the new median on Highland Avenue, 100 trees that were planted on Highland, 50 new trash receptacles placed throughout the BID, and the monthly Business Watch Meetings. He discussed the BID's goals for the next year, including the installation of new traffic signals, pedestrian lighting, bus shelters and kiosks, planting 300 more trees, and expanding and renewing the BID. He said the overall goals of the organization were to advocate for two new parking structures, improve the pedestrian environment, and continue to increase public safety.

    Anthony then introduced LaBonge who acknowledged many city officials who were in attendance including Bill Kysella, City Prosecutor; Phil Bacerra, City Planning Department; and Lindsey Watson, Central Area Director, Mayor's Office. Others who spoke at the meeting included the BID's urban designer, Doug Suisman of Suisman Urban Design; our consultant, Helmi Hisserich of Keyser Marston and Associates. Representatives from HBT, Langner Security, and Advanced Tech Security were on hand as well.

    A question and answer session closed out the meeting and was followed by a reception with live music, donated by Iron Mountain, and catering from Grub Restaurant (911 Seward). Cookies were provided from Deluscious Cookies (829 N. Highland). Many thanks to Iron Mountain and Hollywood Center Studios!

    The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Thursday, July 17.

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    Media District Invaded by Trees!

    In addition to 300 street trees, the Media District is implementing a Doorway Citrus Program. All businesses in the BID are eligible to receive, free of charge, a pair of potted Calamondin Trees.

    The Calamondin is a fruit that looks like a tiny orange and is very fragrant. The trees are to be placed at the entrance of the businesses. The trees will come with a 24" diameter heavy-rimmed clay pot and a care package that includes instructions to maintain your trees.

    To obtain an order form, or for more details, contact Devin at 323-460-4770, or e-mail devin77@pacbell.net.

    The first order is already being processed and trees should be arriving later in the month.

    As previously reported, the Media District will be planting 300 trees this summer. The first phase of planting will encompass Lillian Way, Cahuenga Blvd., and Cole Avenue.

    The BID is working in conjunction with DWP, through their "Trees For A Green LA" program. The LACC (Los Angeles Conservation Corps) will be planting the trees, based on a plan by Suisman Urban Design.

    All the concrete cuts, trees and planting are free from the DWP. The Media District will provide a watering and maintenance contract for 2 years.

    Permission to plant forms have been obtained and the LACC has made curb-marks where the trees are to be planted.

    The BID's campus committee will be meeting to finalize plans for the first phase of planting.

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    Economic Development Summit: Live and Work in Hollywood

    On June 18 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, community and business leaders gathered for the 2003 Hollywood Economic Development Summit. This year's theme was Mixed-Use potential. Mixed-Use projects, developments that combine residential space with retail - are popping up around Hollywood in an effort to maximize use of our neighborhood as well as improve the pedestrian environment.

    Councilman Eric Garcetti was the event's Keynote Speaker, and he discussed the advantages of mixed-use projects as well as many other positive changes in Hollywood including the BID's.

    Projects featured at the summit included the proposed Walgreen's and Legacy projects and the already-under-construction Sunset and Vine development.

    The Chamber of Commerce unveiled it's new internet-based "E-conomic Development Map" which makes it easy to research developments going on in the area.

    The Hollywood Media District was represented at the event with a display and information center which was designed and manned by Suisman Urban Design, the BID's Urban Planner.

    The summit closed with a panel discussion that touched on topics such as adaptive re-use and the SNAP ordinance.

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    Annual Meeting Photos

    Left - Adrin Nazarian, Council District 4, and Cheyenne Pierce, Viacom Deceaux, listen to the speakers at the Annual Meeting on June 17. Middle - Lindsey Watson, Central Area Director from the Mayor's Office, spoke briefly at the Annual Meeting. Right - The Tipuana Tipu Tree, shown above, is one of the species of trees to be planted as part of the BID's campus planting program. Tipus have already been planted on Highland Avenue and have fared very well. Photo Courtesy of Suisman Urban Design.

    Click here to see more photos.

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    HMD Calendar

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, July 10
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Where: Hollywood Community Room
    6501 Fountain Ave. (At Wilcox)
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP for lunch

    HMD Board Meeting
    When: Thursday, July 17
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward St.
    Call 323-460-6322 to RSVP

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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.

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

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    Activities Report
    Week ending 6/28/03
    (compiled by Langner Security Service)

      Week Month Year
    Notification HBT 0 3 23
    Notification LAPD 0 0 29
    Patrol Request Business 1 5 41
    Drinking Narcotic 0 0 26
    Stolen Vehicles 0 1 1
    Loitering 148 530 2618
    Day Labor Daily Daily Daily
    Paramedics 1 2 6
    Arrests 0 0 7

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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

    Questions or Comments

    Hollywood Area Police Station: 213-482-4302
    Hollywood Community Relations: 213-485-4310
    LA Fire Department Emergency: 911
    Damaged Parking Meters: 877-215-3958
    Lot Cleaning: 800-996-2489
    Department of Transportation: 213-485-2489
    Bulky Item Pick Up (Residents Only): 800-773-3326
    Animal Regulation: 888-452-7381
    Building and Safety: 213-977-6966
    Potholes, Curb, Street Damage BSM: 800-996-2489

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