Volume 5, No. 8: Oct, 2004

    October 2004 | Volume No.5 | Issue No.8
    Inside This Issue


    Fifth Annual Meeting a Success!

    The 5th Annual General Meeting was called to order by Mary Lou Dudas, Executive Director. Dudas introduced the HMD Board of Directors in attendance, as well as city/state officials and HMD staff and contractors. Erik Sanjurjo, Council District 4, spoke on behalf of Councilman Tom LaBonge congratulating the BID on renewal and the positive impact the BID has had on the Hollywood Community.

    Jay Greenstein spoke on behalf of State Assemblyman Paul Koretz from the 42nd District. He announced that Highland will soon be relinquished from the State (CalTrans) to the City (LADOT) through the passage of Assembly Bill 3047 which Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law on Sep. 21. This relinquishment will put Highland Avenue in the cityƕs hands and will enable many changes and improvements to be made to the thoroughfare; one particular problem area is an intersection at Franklin and Highland, which will be corrected and will ease the flow of traffic in Hollywood. Several block of Highland Avenue will be affected in the BID, from Santa Monica north to Fountain. Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain and HMD Board of Directors past president, thanked the stakeholders and pointed out how much cleaner and safer the BID is now compared to 10 years ago when he first started working in Hollywood. Carol Cassella, RenMar Studios and HMD President then spoke on her involvement with the BID. She started by explaining that RenMar had voted against the BID initially when it was in formation 6 years ago. However, since then they have become and enthusiastic and optimistic supporter of the BID. Speaking about the accomplishments in the District over the past year, Cassella pointed out the Sign Overlay Zone Ordinance; increased meter times and parking on Cahuenga and Las Palmas; completion of the 300 trees planted; the Theater Row way-finding banner program. She commended the security team on their outstanding service and thanked our assembly members, Jackie Goldberg and Paul Koretz, for supporting our District. Lastly, she said that the biggest accomplishment that we are celebrating tonight is the expansion and renewal of the BID for 10 more years, with an amazing percentage of 63% (which, she pointed out, would have been higher if not for some clerical difficulties in the Prop 218 election portion of the process.) In closing, Cassella urged all stakeholders to become involved in the BID, pointing out that nominations are being accepted for the new Board of Directors, and encouraging them to also join committees. Dudas then called for questions; there were none. She then adjourned the meeting and a reception followed.


    On behalf of Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Jay Greenstein presented the Hollywood Media District with a proclamation. Pictured from left to right are: Greenstein; Carol Cassella, HMD Board President; Mary Lou Dudas, HMD Executive Director; Erik Sanjurjo, Council District 4; Michelle Fleenor, Central Area Director, Mayor's Office of Operations; Bill Kysella, Neighborhood Prosecutor, City Attorney's Office; and Naomi Guth, Mayor's Housing and Business Team. Photo by Devin Strecker


    Hollywood Beautification Team Reports
    Compiled by Ken Nakano, Securitas Inc.
    Sept. 20-26   WEEK MONTH YEAR
    TRASH BAGS # 368 1,437 14,086
    GRAFITTI (Business) sq. ' 270 3,546 67,016
    GRAFITTI (City Property) # 22 134 1,481
    Sept. 27-Oct. 3   WEEK MONTH YEAR
    TRASH BAGS # 377 122 14,463
    GRAFITTI (Business) sq. ' 2,370 661 69,386
    GRAFITTI (City Property) # 19 7 1,500

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    Nominating Committee in full swing

    Selecting a new Board of Directors to represent the expanded Hollywood Media District is not an easy task, but the Nominating Committee is up to the challenge. They have been meeting to discuss the applications that were received before the Sept. 30 cut-off date, and scheduling interviews with candidates. Thanks to our nominating committee members: Carol Cassella (RenMar Studios); Gene LaPietra (Circus Disco); Tim Mahoney (Hollywood Center Studios); Mike Parker (Mole Richardson); Drew Planting (Snyder and Assoc.); Pat Robertson (Honda of Hollywood); Eric Stillwell (Piller2); Bob Swift (Iron Mountain Film & Sound) and Eliza Thorne (Seward Fim Vaults).

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    HMD Calendar

    Business Watch Meeting
    When: Thursday, Oct. 14, 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, Oct. 21, 4:00 pm
    Where: CFI, 959 Seward Street
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP

    Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation All Hallow's Eve Party
    When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 5-8 pm
    Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetary
    6000 Santa Monica Blvd
    Call 323-460-4770 to RSVP

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    Photo Gallery


    Mary Luo Dudas HMD Executive Director, proudly displays the proclamation received by the BID from State Assemblyman Paul Koretz



    Jay Greenstein speaks to the crowd on behalf of Assemblyman Paul Koretz   Board President Carol Cassella, RenMar Studios, highlights the BID's accomplishments in 2004
    The Hollywood sign is seen in the distance

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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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    September Activities Report

    Compiled by Ken Nakano, Securitas Inc.
    Incident Types September 2004 Year to date
    Calls for Service 91 622
    Officer Observations 358 2,680
    Arrests 5 60
    Aggressive Panhandlers 8 187
    Alcohol/Narcotics Related 33 186
    Bus Stop Checks 37 644
    Green Car Tags (Precautionary) 53 1,343
    Illegal Lodging/Encampments 44 483
    Location/Hot Spot Checks 3,033 22,053
    Loitering/Trespassing 232 1,722
    Robbery (Stats provided by LAPD) 0 18

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