Volume 5, No. 5: Jul, 2004

    July 2004 | Volume No.5 | Issue No.5
    Inside This Issue

    Summertime in the Media Districts

    It's summer in Hollywood and it's greener than ever before! That's because it's been nearly a year since the BID planted nearly 300 trees throughout the district, through the LADWP's Trees For A Green LA program.

    In addition, 84 trees were planted on Highland Avenue as part of the Highland Gateway Project, almost two years ago. These trees are also growing and creating a better pedestrian environment in the area.

    The success rate for the planted trees has been very high overall, with a minimal amount of trees showing signs of severe stress. TruGreen Landcare, Inc maintains the trees weekly under the BID's supervision. If you have any concerns or want to report trees that need to be trimmed, please contact Devin at 323-460-4770.


    Tipu trees (left) such as these planted on McCadden were
    installed last summer with help from LA DWP and LACC
    (Los Angeles Conservation Corps). Chines Pitache (right)
    were planted nearly two years ago on Highland Avenue.




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    Ballots Sent Out

    After several weeks of collecting petitions to form the next phase of the BID, the City Clerk's office verified that the required amount of signed petitions were obtained to call for a Prop 218 vote. The ballots were then mailed out to all property owners in the current BID and the expansion area. The ballots contain the owner name, parcel number and address of the property, and the amount of the annual assessment.

    The Management Plan and Engineers Report were mailed with the ballot. Please return your ballot to the City Clerk in the envelope provided as soon as possible.

    If you did not receive your ballot, please contact Devin at 323-460-4770.

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    Olympic Torch Visits the Media District

    NBC4's Fred Roggins carries the Olympic Torch through the eastern edge of the Media District, traveling southward on Vine Street, heading for Dodger Stadium. Others who carried the torch include Ellen DeGeneres, Sylvester Stallone, Ryan Seachrest and Tom Cruise, as well as several Olympians. Photo by Devin Strecker

    On March 25, 2004, the Olympic Torch was lit near the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia, Greece. It left Athens on June 3 and embarked on a 35-day world tour, starting with Australia; then heading on to Japan, South Korea, China, India, Egypt, and South Africa. It crossed the Atlantic Ocean heading to Brazil and then Mexico. On June 16, the torch was in Los Angeles; home of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. From there it traveled across the United States and Canada before returning to Europe, ending on July 9 in Athens.

    Actor Sylvester Stallone was the first to carry the torch through Los Angeles after it arrived from Mexico and was handed off my Mayor Jim Hahn.

    The opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics will be on Aug. 13 in Athens. The games of the XXVIII Olympiad will be broadcast this year on NBC television.


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    Media District Briefs

    - One of the services provided by HMD Security is removing people who are loitering, sleeping, trespassing or aggressively panhandling from the businesses within the Media District. The Media District and HMD Security need to have a Trespass Letter on file to continue to provide the service. This authorization will allow HMD Security and/or LAPD to enter your property 24/7 to remove trespassers. Please contact HMD Security at 323-871-4150 or 213-216-6100 to sign a Trespass Letter or if you need assistance getting someone off your property.

    - As reported on page one, ballots were sent to all property owners, including the Management Plan and signed Engineers Report. A copy of these documents is on file in the HMD Office.

    - The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will address the city's controversial Inclusion-ary Housing Ordinance at a luncheon on Wed., July 28, noon, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Holly-wood Blvd. For reservations or more info, please call 323-469-8311. Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes introduced the ordinance in April 2004, which would require developers of new market-rate housing of five units or more to include up to 20 percent of the units for very low, low and moderate-income households. The City Council is scheduled to make a decision on the ordinance in mid-August.

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    Security Patrol Keeping Crime Down in the District

    At the June Business Watch Meeting, LAPD Hollywood Division Senior Lead Officer Vince Aguirre thanked the Hollywood Media District's Security Team for helping reduce the amount of theft from vehicles, as well as other crimes. HMD security has been working in cooperation with LAPD. The removal of the benches from the bus stops at Santa Monica and Highland has decreased the amount of incidents occurring at these locations.

    If you have any security issues or needs, please contact Ken Nakano, Securitas Project Manager, at 323-871-4150


    Benches were removed from the bus stops
    on Santa Monica at Highland.

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    HMD Calendar

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, July 8
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Where: Hollywood Community Room, 6501 Fountain. (at Wilcox)
    Topic: Drug Dealers in Hollywood
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP for lunch

    HMD Board Meeting
    There is no board meeting in July

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    Graffiti Paint Out Agreement

    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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    June Activities Report

    Compiled by Ken Nakano, Securitas Inc.
    Incident Types June 2004 Year to date
    Calls for Service 77 366
    Officer Observations 225 1,791
    Arrests 7 41
    Aggressive Panhandlers 80 148
    Alcohol/Narcotics Related 8 93
    Bus Stop Checks 70 502
    Green Car Tags (Precautionary) 272 989
    Illegal Lodging/Encampments 34 299
    Location/Hot Spot Checks 2,841 12,761
    Loitering/Trespassing 220 1,002
    Merchant Contacts 25 251

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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

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    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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