Volume 5, No. 2: Feb, 2004

    February 2004 | Volume No.5 | Issue No.2
    Inside This Issue

    Curtain up on Theater Row!

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - Banners are mentioned as far back as the Old Testament (Exodus 17:15) as a rallying point; mostly, for battles a usage that continued through the Crusades and the United States of America's Civil War, peaking somewhat dramatically after World War I. After a slump, banners regained the interest of merchants, political advocates and Theater owners in the post-war landscape of 1945, resurfacing to convey a myriad of expressions - almost always as a rallying point for change.

    On Thursday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. in front of the Hudson Theaters, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, regional artists, actors, producers, business and civic leaders with the majority from the Hollywood Media District (HMD) Business Improvement District -- will officially raise a series of their own banners promoting the opening curtain to a revitalization of Hollywood's premiere and somewhat hidden jewel: Theater Row.

    At the kick-off ceremony, these newly created way-finding banners that depict snapshot scenes from popular past plays will be unveiled, as will the HMD plans for rejuvenating the immediate sector by transforming facades, sidewalks, landscaping, and more into a scenic stroll Theater Row setting.

    HMD Executive Director Mary Lou Dudas adds, "The plan is to match the Row's inner beauty (the plays) with an equally impressive outer beauty, which is one of the reasons the Hollywood Media District retained the services of urban planning expert and architect Doug Suisman to ensure that our vision becomes a reality." Mr. Suisman has worked on projects from downtown Los Angeles to Florida's West Palm Beach.

    The unveiling of the banners is open to the public, and will occur rain or shine. Refreshments will be provided at the event, courtesy of the motion picture and television catering firm of Some Like It Hot, and the Henry Ford Theater. Call HMD at 323.460.6322 or visit www.mediadistrict.org for more information.

    For those unfamiliar with the HMD's Theater Row, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" made its live world debut at the Hudson, one of several theaters on the Row, before Tom Hanks' and Rita Wilson's production company picked it up and put it on the big screen. Julia Sweeney did a critically acclaimed one-woman show at The Complex [a combination of five equity waiver Theaters and five rehearsal studios] entitled "God says, 'Ha!'"

    In addition to the Hudson Theaters [four equity waiver theaters and a café in all] and the Complex, Theater Row residents along the six-block stretch include the Attic Theater Company [Daniel Henning and Noah Wylie from television's ER are the artistic director and producer, respectively] and the Blank Theater Company [blank.com has close to 1,600 hits on its website since December 10, 2003].

    The actors who posed for the HMD Theater Row banners will be present [in costume] at the Banner-Raising and Dedication.

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    Renewal continues

    Two public forums were held at the beginning of this month to present the Final Draft Management Plan for the Renewal & Expansion of the Hollywood Media District BID. Brad Segal, the consultant working on renewal, presented the document, which contained the budget and assessment formulas, as well as detailing the services the BID will provide for the next 5-10 years if it is renewed and expanded.

    The HMD Board of Directors is currently reviewing the information and will be voting on the draft this month. Stay tuned for more information.

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    Safety Team makes $13,000 Drug Bust

    On Monday, January 26, HMD Officers responded to the area of McCadden and Santa Monica, where they had received a call regarding a person refusing to leave private property. HMD officers made contact with an adult male and advised him to leave the property and not return within 24 hours.

    The subject was uncooperative and began yelling. The officers attempted to take the subject in custody. The subject fought with officers, and was throwing small plastic bags, which appeared to contain narcotics, out into the parking lot from his pockets. After a short struggle, the subject was placed in handcuffs and LAPD was called, who arrived and took custody of the subject. During their investigation, LAPD recovered several more bags of narcotics on the subject. He was then booked for Possession of Narcotics with Intent to sell. The subject is allegedly a known drug dealer in the area. LAPD estimated the street value of the narcotics recovered around $13,000.

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    Media District Briefs

    - HMD Security saw a decrease from December in the amount of Homeless Encampments within the district, though an increase was seen along HMD Borders. Officers also reported a sharp decrease in the amount of Green Tags that needed to be issued on a day-to-day basis for the last couple of months.

    - Newly acquired district officers underwent a 1-hour briefing on "Transgender Sensitivity" given by Shirley Bushnell, a local transgender advocate. New officers were excited to learn how to better handle issues when dealing with the transgender population.

    - At January's Business Watch Meeting, Lt. Matthews of LAPD Hollywood Division spoke on the new Public Urination and Defecation Ordinance. In order for an arrest to be made, the act has to be seen, occurring in public view, where a public restroom was available nearby. An officer or a citizen may make the arrest. Senior Lead Vince Aguirre reported that the bussing program that had brought transients and increased crime to the BID's Western Expansion Area has now been moved to an are on the East side of the BID boundaries.

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    Wehbe Honored at Luncheon

    Ferris Wehbe, member of the Hollywood Media District's Board of Directors, was honored Friday, Feb. 6 at a luncheon sponsored by the Hollywood Coordinating Council.

    A Co-founder of the Hollywood Sentinels Neighborhood Watch program, Wehbe helped residents make the community safer from gangs, drug dealers and prostitutes. In addition, Wehbe raised over $200,000 to replace outdated LAPD computers and fund bike patrols. 13th District Councilman Eric Garcetti presented the award to Wehbe, as seen in the photo to the right.

    Wehbe and his family founded the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, a member of the BID.

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    HMD Calendar

    HMD Board Meeting
    When: Thursday, Feb. 19
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward St.
    Call 323-460-4770 for details

    Renewal & Expansion Steering Meeting
    When: Friday, Feb. 13
    Time: 2:30 pm
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward St.
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP

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

    Theater Row Kickoff Ceremony
    When: Thursday, Feb. 12
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Where: Hudson Theaters
    6539 Santa Monica
    Call 323-460-4770 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 - Year in review

    Incident Types Jan 2004
    Calls for Service 50
    Officer Observations 333
    Arrests 7
    Aggressive Panhandlers 14
    Alcohol/Narcotics Related 17
    Bus Stop Checks 125
    Illegal Lodging/Encampments 56
    Location/Hot Spot Checks 2352
    Loitering/Trespassing 201
    Merchant Contacts 105

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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 - 12am, Mon-Sat

    Hollywood Beautification Team
    6775 Santa Monica Blvd. #2A
    Phone:  Phone 323-463-5180
    Hours:  7am - 4pm, Mon-Sun

    Security Supervisor: Ken Nakano

    Hollywood Media District Property Owners
    Association Board of Directors

    Carol Cassella, President - RenMar Studios
    Jeff Anthony, Vice-President - Iron Mountain Film & Sound
    Larry Curtis, Secretary - Consolidated Film Industries
    Jack Fleming, Treasurer - Advanced Digital Services
    Fred Anawalt - Anawalt Lumber Company
    Morton Lakretz - The Crossroads
    Tim Mahoney - Hollywood Center Studios
    Michael Malick - Marcus & Millichap
    Jacques Massachi - Ori Service Center
    Albert Sweet - Al Sweet Development
    Gene La Pietra - Arena Cafe
    Ana Ramirez - Television Center
    Don Robertson - Honda of Hollywood
    Brian Scane - The Paladin Group, Inc.
    Ron Stein - Crest NationalFilm & Video
    Eliza Thorne - Seward Film Vaults
    Ferris Wehbe - Hollywood Little Red School

    Names and Numbers

    Hollywood Area Police Station: 213-485-4302
    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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