Volume 4, No. 11: Nov, 2003

    November 2003 | Volume No.4 | Issue No.11
    Inside This Issue

    Renewal and Expansion Discussed in Public Forums

    The Hollywood Media District's renewal and expansion efforts have begun. In early October, surveys were sent to all property and business owners in the district. Additionally, surveys were sent to the potential expansion area between LaBrea Ave. and Highland Ave. After the surveys were returned, they were tabulated an analyzed by the BID's renewal consulatant, Brad Segal of PUMA (Progressive Urban Management Associtates).

    A series of public forums were then held to gather further input from stakeholders. Segal conducted the public forums by asking what has changed for the better in the district, and what has not changed, or has gotten worse. After that discussion, Segal then distributed green and red dots to the stakeholders and asked them to place them next to the BID's services that they either wished to enhance with more funds, or diminish by taking funds away.

    At the end of the sessions, Segal summarized the results of the 'dot' exercise and then handed out a survey similar to the exercise, to find out what services the stakeholders want to pay for.

    Segal will continue to work on the expansion, meeting with stakeholders and board members later in the month. A new management plan will be drafted by December.

    Petitions and balloting must be finished by May, 2004.

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    Call For Directors

    As the Media District heads into its last year under the current contract, four positions on the Board of Directors will be opening up. The positions are for one year each.

    The Nominating Committee is soliciting names for consideration. Nominating forms have been sent to all property owners. The deadline is November 14, 2003 at 5:00pm. For extra forms, please contact Devin at 323-460-4770.

    The Slate will be declared duly elected at the Annual Meeting in December, 2003.

    The Nominating Committee is Alex Colanero, Tim Mahoney, Ana Ramirez, Billy Stabile, Ron Stein, Eliza Thorne, and Ferris Wehbe.

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    Santa Monica Blvd.: The Spine of the Media BID

    The Santa Monica Boulevard Project saw its kickoff on Wednesday, October 22. Stakeholders on the Boulevard as well as city and state officials attended the meeting, organized by Doug Suisman, the BID's urban designer.

    Suisman prepared plans for improvements to the Boulevard, including new trees, lighting, crosswalks, bus stops and kiosks. A long-term goal is to underground the utilities.

    Suisman also said that property owners would be encouraged to make improvements to their buildings, such as fa├žade upgrades and lighting.

    A key component of the project is the development of Theater Row, which lies in the heart of the Media District. Representatives from the theaters indicated that parking was the major problem for them.

    At the end of the presentation, a committee of volunteers was established to take on the project. The progress and future meetings will be featured in the Media Messenger.

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    Media District Briefs

    - The 50 new trash receptacles that were installed throughout the Media District awhile back have now been decorated with the BID's logo. Hollywood Center Studios affixed durable metal signs with anti-graffiti coating to the receptacles. Thank you Tim Mahoney! The receptacles are maintained through the BID by Hollywood Beautification Team.





    - Work continues on the Highland Gateway Project. Landscaping at the 76 Station has been completed (see photo at left) and the sign has been approved and ordered. The sign and planters will be installed in the coming months.

    Queen Palms and flowers have been planted at the 76 Station on Highland at Melrose as part of the Highland Gateway Project. Photo by Devin Strecker



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    Banerjee to Assist with Parking

    Frances Banerjee, formerly the General Manager of the Department of Transportation, City of Los Angeles, has been contracted to help the Media District create more parking spaces. Banerjee is currently the president of Banerjee & Associates.

    For the next six months, Banerjee will be advising the BID on ways to increase and maximize use of the street parking that is available in the District, as well as begin to explore options to bring more parking to the District.

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    HMD Calendar

    HMD Board Meeting
    When: Thursday, Nov. 20
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward St.
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, Dec. 11
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Where: Hollywood Community Room
    6501 Fountain Ave. (At Wilcox)
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP for lunch

    Renewal Steering Group Meeting
    When: Friday Nov. 7
    Time: 9:00 am
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward St.

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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
    October - Compiled by Securitas

    Activity August 2003
    Aggressive Panhandlers 12
    Assaults 7
    Traffic Collisions 2
    Illegal Encampments 3
    Loitering/Trespassing 51
    Drinking/Narcotics 12
    Suspicious Persons 2
    Arrests 0
    Calls for service 49

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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: Ken Nakano

    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
    Larry Curtis - CFI
    Jack Fleming - ADS
    Morton Lakretz - The Crossroads
    Michael Malick - Marcus & Millichap
    Jacques Massachi - Ori Service Center
    Albert Sweet - Al Sweet Development
    Gene La Pietra - Arena Cafe
    Brian Scane - The Paladin Group, Inc.
    Ron Stein - Crest NationalFilm & Video
    Ferris Wehbe - Hollywood Little Red School

    Names and Numbers

    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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