Volume 5, No. 6: Aug, 2004

    August 2004 | Volume No.5 | Issue No.6
    Inside This Issue

    The Ballots are in...

    63% YES, 37% NO
    HMD Renewed And Expanded

    After several months of hard work and dedication by the Hollywood Media District's Board of Directors, Expansion Committee, Staff, and several stakeholders, the BID has been renewed and expanded beginning in January 2005. On Tuesday, August 3, Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Media District BID renewal. The following day, the City Clerk's office reported the vote count at 63% in favor and 37% against. The City Council then voted unanimously to form the BID on Wednesday, August 4. Special thanks to Eliza Thorne (Seward Film and Tape Vaults), Eric Stillwell (Piller2), Debbie Wehbe (Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council), Ken Nakano, John Phillips (Securitas Inc.), Vince Aguirre (Hollywood LAPD), Jack Gumbiner, Bob Swift (Iron Mountain), and Naomi Guth (Mayor's Office) for giving their time and support and in some cases speaking in favor of renewing the bid at the City Council meeting on Aug. 3. Current Board President Carol Cassella (Ren-Mar Studios) will be forming a nominating committee to seat a new Board of Directors, who will begin on January 1, 2005. Nominating forms will go out to all property owners next month. All stakeholders in the current BID as well as the expansion area will be eligible for a Board position. Hollywood Beautification Team Reports July 26-31 WEEK MONTH YEAR TRASH BAGS # 349 1,700 10,972 GRAFITTI (Business) sq. ft. 559 3,777 41,057 GRAFITTI (City Property) # 29 153 1,254




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    Annual Meeting

    This year's annual meeting will be a little different from past years. While the meeting will once again be held on the rooftop of Iron Mountain, it will now take place in September. Also, this year's meeting will be a celebration not only of the accomplishments of the past year, but the entire 5-year life of the BID as well as celebrating renewal for the next phase of the BID! The meeting will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 23 at Iron Mountain, 1025 Highland. As usual, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. All stakeholders are invited to the meeting, which will be followed by a reception. Look for your invitation in the mil. Please RSVP to Devin at 323-460-4770.

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    Stamped Crosswalk

    The new stamped crosswalks at Melrose and Highland, pictured below, were installed by the City of Los Angeles over the weekend of July 9. These crosswalks were installed for the Hollywood Media District by the City of Los Angeles as part of the Streetscape master plan designed by Doug Suisman, Suisman Urban Design for the Hollywood Media District. This crosswalk was paid for by the City of Los Angeles signifying the beginning of the project. HMD applied through the Bureau of Street Services to the MTA for the 2001 Call for Projects, Pedestrian Improvements. HMD put up a 20% match to qualify for an $845,000 Pedestrian Improvement Grant. The scope of work includes: a. installing median islands on Highland from Melrose to Fountain; b. installing broad head shade trees along Highland as well as Santa Monica Blvd.; c. installing pedestrian lighting along Highland and at major intersections of Santa Monica and McCadden, Las Palmas Seward, Wilcox, Cole, Cahuenga and Vine; d. installing stamped crosswalks, like the aforementioned, on Highland at the intersections of Willoughby, Santa Monica, Lexington and Fountain, and on Santa Monica Blvd. at the intersections of Las Palmas, Wilcox, Cole, Cahuenga and Vine.

    HMD is also talking with the Department of Transportation to finalize plans for 2 other grants. One is for Bus Stop Improvements in the amount of $542,000; the other is for Way-Finding Signs in the District in the amount of $250,000. HMD has accumulated the 20% match ($162,000) over the past 5 years. All projects are expected to be complete by summer 2005.

    Above is the new stamped crosswalk at Melrose and Highland. All four crosswalks were stamped with the new colored pattern by the City of Los Angeles. Many more intersection in the BID are planned to be stamped with this new crosswalk in the future. Photo by Devin Strecker
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    Media District Briefs

    - The Hollywood Media District executive office has moved! Executive Director Mary Lou Dudas and Administrative Assistant Devin Strecker had to leave their current offices due to the building being closed. However, Larry Curtis at CFI was able to find another building on the same lot that he could move them to. Thanks to Larry and CFI for once again providing us with rent-free office space. Staff apologizes for any delayed responses to phone calls or e-mails while relocating to their new home.

    - The BID was a proud sponsor of Hollywood's National Night Out, which was held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the LAPD Hollywood Station.
    - No Business Watch Meeting will be held the month of August for summer break. Monthly meetings will resume September 2nd at Heartbreak, 836 N. Highland.

    - In addition to the renewal of the Hollywood Media District BID, 5 other BIDs were renewed or formed by City Council this month. Renewing BIDs included Studio City BID; The Village at Sherman Oaks BID; Historic Old Town Canoga Park BID; Toy District BID. The South Park BID was established also.

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    Busting Drugs in Hollywood

    Always striving to make our Business Improvement District as safe as possible, Hollywood LAPD and HMD invited officer C.G. Cleveland to speak at the July Business Watch Meeting. "If you have a specific problem, give us the details," Cleveland said. "We want to know whatÕs going on." Cleveland emphasized the need for specific information, such as a physical description of the subject, car descriptions and license plate numbers, and the times and days the subject is at a particular location. In addition, she asked the Media District's cooperation in establishing a list of locations where the Narcotics Enforcement Division could do stake-outs. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Sep. 2. If you have specific information about suspected drug dealers in your area, please call Officer Cleveland at 213-485-4319.


    Police Officer C. G. Cleveland, of LAPD Hollywood Division Narcotics Enforcement, addresses concerns of Hollywood Media District stakeholders at the July Business Watch meeting. Photo by Devin Strecker.
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    HMD Calendar

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, Sept. 2, 12:00 Noon
    Where: Hollywood Community Room
    6501 Fountain Ave. (At Wilcox)
    Topic: Drug Dealers in Hollywood
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP for lunch

    HMD Annual Meeting
    When: Thursday, Sept. 23, 5:30 pm
    Where: Iron Mountain (Rooftop) 1025 Highland Ave. (Park at 1026 Mansfield)
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP
    Refreshments and Hors D'oeuvres provided

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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 July 2004 Year to date
    Calls for Service 86 452
    Officer Observations 221 2,012
    Arrests 8 49
    Aggressive Panhandlers 11 159
    Alcohol/Narcotics Related 17 110
    Bus Stop Checks 37 539
    Green Car Tags (Precautionary) 163 1,152
    Illegal Lodging/Encampments 69 368
    Location/Hot Spot Checks 2,671 15,4321
    Loitering/Trespassing 144 1,146
    Merchant Contacts 23 274

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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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