Volume 5, No. 7: Sep, 2004

    September 2004 | Volume No.5 | Issue No.7
    Inside This Issue

    HMD Annual Meeting

    This year's annual meeting is right around the corner. On Thursday, September 23, all property and business owners are invited to attend the meeting on the rooftop of Iron Mountain, 1025 N. Highland Ave. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm and will be followed by a reception. HMD Board President Carol Cassella of Ren-Mar Studios will discuss recent accomplishments by the BID, including the renewal and expansion, as well as future plans. Come out and meet the HMD staff, Board of Directors, security team, clean team, city/state officials, and other stakeholders. 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 mail. Parking will be provided behind the building, at 1026 N. Mansfield. To RSVP, or if you did not receive your invitation, please call Devin at 323-460-4770.




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    Securitas celebrates first year

    It's been one year since Securitas, Inc. began providing security service to the Hollywood Media District. In that time, they have logged 5,304 Officer Observations, including 3,046 issues involving transients and panhandlers and 92 arrests. The HMD Safety Patrol team, under the guidance of Ken Nakano, Securitas Project Manager, works closely with the LAPD Hollywood Division, HMD Board of Directors and Staff, as well as Hollywood Beautification Team.

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    Nominations being accepted for
    HMD board of Directors

    The Hollywood Media District Nominating Committee is soliciting names for consideration to the Board of Directors for 2005. The Nominating Committee will determine the number of positions to be filled. The board will be comprised of from nine (9) to twenty-one (21) members. Candidate Applications Forms were sent out to all property owners and must be returned by September 23, 2004.

    Each Parcel Owner has the opportunity to submit a name for consideration. To be considered, one must be a Parcel Owner in Good Standing or an authorized representative of a Parcel Owner in Good Standing. A written authorization, signed by the Parcel Owner, must accompany the Candidate Application. A Director need not be a resident of the State of California. "Good Standing" is defined as not delinquent with respect to any such assessments relating to such Parcel OwnerÕs Parcel(s).

    The slate of persons appointed to the Board of Directors shall reflect the diversity of all the Parcels in terms of their respective geographic locations and in terns of their respective use. Additionally, each board member must budget 5 to 6 hours per month as well as chair or serve on one of the committees currently active.

    The Nominating Committee will deliver written notice to each parcel owner on or before October 7, 2004. In order to have a smooth transition from Phase I to Phase II, the new board will participate in all committees and board meetings until they begin to serve their terms on January 1, 2005.

    Look for these bicycles used by the Safety Patrol team. There are usually 4 bike patrol officers on duty from 7a.m to 11pm, Monday - Saturday.

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    Media District Briefs

    - On Sunday, Aug. 29, the Security Team underwent a daylong training session. The topics covered included report writing, Radio Codes test, transgender sensitivity and hands-on tactical scenario training (field operations).

    - Special Thanks to everyone at Iron Mountain for once again hosting our annual party! (See page one).

    - On August 19, Councilman Eric Garcetti dedicated a new "smartcrosswalk" at the intersection of Cahuenga and Lexington, just north of HMD boundaries. Several of these crosswalks are planned to be installed in the Media District.

    - Three Businesses belonging to the BID were recently named among the top 25 Hollywood Area employers. Eastman Kodak was #14 with 384 employees; Klasky Csupo was #20 with 275 employees, and closing out the list was Crest National at #25 with 140. The report was published in the 2005/05 Hollywood Business Resource Book, published by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

    - The Hollywood Police activities League (PAL) honored LAPD Hollywood Division's Captain Downing at a fundraising dinner on Sept. 9. Downing joined LAPD in 1982 and came to Hollywood Division in 1999. Hollywood Media District is a proud supporter of several programs run by PALs.

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    Gary named officer of the Quarter by Securitas, Inc.

    HMD Safety Officer Aquarius Gary, PM Shift Bike Officer, was named Officer of the Quarter for 3rd quarter. Gary has been with Securitas for 1 year and has been with the HMD for 6 months. His supervisors selected Officer Gary because he has proven to be a valuable asset to this department through his strong work ethic, and the ability to handle himself out in the field. Although he has no formal rank, Officer Gary has taken the time to assist new officers in learning all facets of working in the Hollywood Media District.


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    Sign Overlay Zone moves forward

    City Council passed the Hollywood Signage Supplemental Use District on August 18, after four years of work by it's proponents. The 26-page ordinance was enacted to "acknowledge and promote the continuing contribution of signage to the distinctive aesthetic of Hollywood." One benefit of the ordinance is the inclusion of super-graphics, such as the one on the side of Iron Mountain, and the newly installed sign on Hollywood Storage at Cahuenga and Santa Monica.


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    HMD Calendar

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, Sept. 16, 12:00 Noon
    Where: Hollywood Community Room
    6501 Fountain Ave. (At Wilcox)
    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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    August Activities Report

    Compiled by Ken Nakano, Securitas Inc.
    Incident Types July 2004 Year to date
    Calls for Service 79 531
    Officer Observations 310 2,322
    Arrests 6 55
    Aggressive Panhandlers 20 179
    Alcohol/Narcotics Related 43 153
    Bus Stop Checks 68 607
    Green Car Tags (Precautionary) 138 1,290
    Illegal Lodging/Encampments 71 439
    Location/Hot Spot Checks 3,588 19,020
    Loitering/Trespassing 344 1,490
    Robbery (Stats provided by LAPD) 0 18

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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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