Volume 4, No. 8: Aug, 2003

    August 2003 | Volume No.4 | Issue No.8
    Inside This Issue

    HMD Welcomes New Security Team

    The Hollywood Media District is pleased to announce that Securitas Inc. is our new Security Team. Under the supervision of Ken Nakano, the new team began on Monday, July 28. The hours of service remain the same, from 7:00am to 11:00pm Monday through Saturday.

    Another new addition to the HMD security team is a Safety Patrol Vehicle that will be deployed throughout the district. The vehicle is equipped with flashing lights and spotlights mounted on the roof, and the Hollywood Media District Logo is printed on the sides. The addition of the vehicle should help during nighttime hours and decrease response time.

    Bike and Foot Patrol will continue their regular deployment; Armed Patrol will continue as needed.

    As usual, if you have any questions or need assistance from security, please call the field office at 323-871-4150.

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    Doorway Trees Delivered

    The Media District delivered 35 potted Calamondin Trees at the end of July to businesses who requested participation in the Doorway Tree program. The initial delivery covered a large portion of Seward Street as well as other businesses throughout the BID.

    A second order of 35 trees will be delivered the second week in August, followed by a third phase later in the month.

    The trees produce a highly fragrant fruit called the Calamondin, which looks like a hybrid of a lime and an orange.

    Please contact Devin at 323-460-4770 for further questions.

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    First Phase of Tree Planting Begins

    The LACC (Los Angeles Conservation Corps) has begun planting the first phase of 150 new trees in the Media District. The trees are part of the DWP's "Trees For A Green LA" program, and are being planted on Lillian, Cahuenga and Cole in the first phase. Planting will continue west throughout the summer.

    The Street Tree Inspector has chosen the Brisbane Box Tree for areas without overhead wires, and the Australian Willow otherwise.

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    Median gets Landscaping

    The Hollywood Media District's first Median, located on Highland north of Melrose, is now 100 per cent complete. The landscaping, the last detail of the median, was finished late in July.

    Additionally, the missing Palm Tree on Highland, near Yum Yum donuts, was installed at the same time. The Gateway Sign is going through city approvals. Once it is approved, the potted trees and landscaping on the northeast corner of Melrose and Highland will begin. This will complete the block between Melrose and Waring.

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    Wyatt Speaks at Business Watch

    Dwayne Wyatt of the City Planning Department was the featured guest speaker at the July Business Watch Meeting, held at the Hollywood Community Room. Wyatt described the Hollywood Plan, which reflects what should or needs to happen in Hollywood based on findings from public meetings.

    Other topics discussed at the lunch meeting included car robberies decreasing in the BID, grants for homeless people, and new 'tickets' that security will be placing on car windows if valuables are left in unlocked cars to promote awareness and cut down on theft.

    There will be no Business Watch Meeting this month. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 11th.

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    HMD TV

    In partnership with the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council (CHNC), filmmakers Tad Davis and Steve Klieman are producing three half-hour episodes of a program entitled "CHNC TV." The program will examine local issues through interviews with local residents and community leaders.

    One major segment of the show will feature the Hollywood Media District BID and our achievements. Out of this, an independent promotional video will be produced for the BID. This will be a valuable marketing tool for the BID's renewal efforts.

    Interviews have already been conducted with the BID's Urban Designer, Doug Suisman.

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    HMD Calendar

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, Sept. 11
    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, Sept. 18
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward St.
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP

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    Strecker Celebrates Anniversary

    Devin Strecker, Hollywood Media District's Administrative Assistant, celebrates one year with the BID this month. Strecker, a Kansas Native, has lived in Los Angeles for three years now and says he loves working for the BID. Congratulations Devin!

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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 8/10/03
    (compiled by Langner Security Service)

      Week Month Year
    Notification HBT 0 0 23
    Notification LAPD 2 2 31
    Patrol Request Business 0 0 41
    Drinking Narcotic 3 3 26
    Stolen Vehicles 0 0 1
    Loitering 15 15 2633
    Day Labor Daily Daily Daily
    Paramedics 1 1 7
    Arrests 0 1 8

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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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