Volume 4, No. 12: Dec, 2003

    December 2003 | Volume No.4 | Issue No.12
    Inside This Issue

    Media District Included in LAPD Gang Injunction

    Members of the LAPD and city officials announced a gang injunction in the city of Hollywood at a Nov. 6 press conference.

    "The city of Los Angeles and Hollywood residents and businesses have invested too much effort and too much money into revitalizing Hollywood to let drug dealers stand in our way," City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said. "Money from crack deals on Hollywood's streets ends up in the hands of gang members. Gang members use that money to buy guns, and guns buy power to terrorize communities all over the city. We must cut off the revenue stream to end this cycle of violence."

    The court action will bar gangs' members and drug dealers from selling narcotics in a section of Hollywood that includes Santa Monica Blvd., going north up to Franklin Ave. Specifically, the action is directed towards the 18th Street Gang, and prohibits members from associating with each other in public; carrying weapons, graffiti or vandalism tools; engaging in any drug sales; harassing or intimidating any person for any reason, and being outside between the hours of 10 p.m. and sunrise for non-legitimate reasons.

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    Nominees Announced

    The nominating committee is pleased to announce the slate of nominees for the 2004 Board of Directors for the Hollywood Media District.

    The nominating committee appointed five nominees. These nominees, plus the current board, will make a total of 17 seats on the Board of Directors.

    Each nominee is appointed for a one year term ending Dec. 31, 2004. If this slate is not contested, then these property owners shall be elected at the annual meeing in December.

    The nominees are: Fred Anawalt (Anawalt Lumber), Gene LaPietra (Arena Café), Michael Malick (1021 Lillian), Ana Ramirez (TVC), and Don Robertson (Honda of Hollywood.)

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    A little holiday cheer is being spread in the Media District! The antique light poles on Cole and Cahuenga have been wrapped with garland and ribbons. A total of 36 poles were decorated by HBT.

    Each year, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) generously offers every Business Improvement District $1000 for holiday decorations. Thanks LADWP for making our holidays merrier!





    Garland and ribbons decorate the double-headed antique light pole at the corner of Santa Monica and Cahuenga, across from LA Security Storage. Photo by Devin Strecker

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    Media District Briefs

    - The Board of Directors has voted to award a $5,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood. The grant will go towards the Club's successful Morning Program which has grown from 40 children to over 150 daily. For more information on the organization, visit their website, www.bgchollywood.com.

    - The BID's Expansion and Renewal efforts continue to progress. The Renewal Steering Committee met with the BID's consultant, Brad Segal, to discuss the results of the surveys which were sent to all property and business owners. Of the returned surveys, 69% were in favor of renewing the BID, while 20% were against and 12% undecided.

    - On December 2 and 9, the HMD Safety Patrol officers will undergo training on procedures for writing reports to the District Attorney to file criminal charges. Julie San Juan, Assistant District Attorney, and Bill Kysella, Neighborhood Prosecutor will conduct the training.

    - The HMD Promotional Video has been finished and was viewed at the November Board of Directors meeting. The programs will air as part of CHNC-TV on LA City Channel 35. Clips are available on the Media District's website under 'services', at www.mediadistrict.org.

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    New Ordinance Cracks Down on Public Urination and Defecation

    A new ordinance has been approved by the city council to ban public urination and defecation. The ordinance allows a person to be cited if they are reasonably close to a public facility but choose to ignore it.

    To help provide more public facilities, Viacom DeCaux will work with the city and BIDs to possibly install pay toilets throughout the city. Viacom DeCaux is currently under contract as provider of street furniture, bus stops, kiosks and self-cleaning toilets in the city of Los Angeles.

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    Newsracks an issue in Hollywood

    As the number of newsracks on sidewalks continues to increase, business owners and residents are banding together to encourage amendments to the city's 30-year-old Newsrack Ordinance. Due to lack of enforcement and disregard by some publishers, thousands of newsracks are placed illegally, many dirty and abandoned.

    CLEAN (Coalition for LA's Enforcement Applied to Newsracks), a partnership of over 50 organizations citywide, is asking for strict enforcement of the ordinance and suggesting new guidelines.

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    HMD Calendar

    HMD Annual Meeting/Holiday Party
    When: Thursday, Dec. 11
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Where: Alessi's, Melrose & Highland
    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

    HMD Expansion and Renewal Steering Group Meeting
    When: Tuesday, Dec. 16
    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

    Oct 6-12 . WEEK MONTH YEAR
    TRASH BAGS # 361 580 13562
    GRAFITTI (Business) sq. ft. 1261 2023 59945
    GRAFITTI (City Property) # 38 80 2849

    Oct 13-19 . WEEK MONTH YEAR
    TRASH BAGS # 344 924 13906
    GRAFITTI (Business) sq. ft. 877 2900 60822
    GRAFITTI (City Property) # 31 111 2880

    Oct 20-26 . WEEK MONTH YEAR
    TRASH BAGS # 301 1225 14207
    GRAFITTI (Business) sq. ft. 771 3671 61593
    GRAFITTI (City Property) # 53 164 2933

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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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