The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce February 25, 2014
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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is always actively looking out for the interests of our members and promoting Hollywood. Here are a few of our activities from last week:
City's Economic Development Committee Seeks Comments Regarding Minimum Wage Proposal
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was on hand today as the City’s Economic Development Committee considered a motion to study an increase in the minimum wage for hotel employees across the city. The motion introduced by City Councilmembers Bonin, Price and Martinez seeks to raise the minimum wage to $15.37 an hour for all employees in hotels over 100 rooms. This would result in hotel workers being paid nearly double the City’s current minimum wage and would include tipped positions that generally already make well over the proposed $15.37.
Proponents argue that establishing a fair wage for hotel employees will help raise thousands of Angelenos out of poverty. However, according to a Los Angeles Economic Roundtable study on a hypothetical $15 living wage citywide, the hotel industry would have to reallocate a full 14 percent of their revenue to raise employee wages. A similar 2012 minimum wage increase in Long Beach resulted in downsized hotel room capacities and cuts in staff.
The proposal to increase the minimum wage for hotel employees comes just months after the same Economic Development Committee considered a separate proposal to create tax incentives encouraging hotels to locate in Los Angeles. The City’s own Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) reported that there is a shortage of lodging in LA, the result of which will cause visitors to necessarily stay in hotels outside the market, reducing the larger economic benefits to the City. The CLA further reported that visitors may ultimately not come to Los Angeles because they could not obtain lodging. The CLA report states that the same holds for convention business with LA potentially losing both short-term and long-term bookings because convention planners are not likely to book where there are an insufficient number of rooms available for their clients.
The Economic Development Committee has requested that comments regarding the minimum wage proposal be sent to the CLA within the next 30 days. The CLA was instructed to report back to the committee in 45 days detailing the comments received.
The Hollywood Chamber encourages you to contact the CLA’s office with your concerns regarding the proposed $15.37 wage increase for hotel workers.
Comments can be sent to:
The Hollywood Chamber will keep you apprised of further developments on this important issue. Read the Minimum Wage proposal.
Chamber presents Annual Installation & Awards Luncheon at W Hollywood, on Friday, March 28th
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to hold 93rd Annual Installation & Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 28th at the W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd. Karen Diehl to serve second term as Chair. Joe Mantegna to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award. Admission is $75 for Chamber members, with reserved tables of 10 at $800. Reserve online at http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/events
As of press time, Variety will be presenting the luncheon. Gold Level Sponsors include the Hollywood Museum, with Silver Level Sponsors including Andrews International, CIM Group, Famous Hollywood Dental, Hollywood Hotel, Kaiser Permanente, Kilroy Realty, and Paramount Contractors & Developers. Anyone interested in being a sponsor should contact Kaylee Kiecker at the Hollywood Chamber.
Showcase Your Business at the Chamber's Hollywood Expo at Roosevelt Hotel, March 31st
The Hollywood Chamber is planning the 26th Annual Hollywood Expo on Monday, March 31st, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel! This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to over 400 potential clients. The event presents a chance to interact with your peers and new business partners, receive publicity and visibility in Hollywood, and gain the opportunity to entertain clients in a unique setting. The popular Hollywood Expo is well-attended by travel and event planners, travel writers, concierges, bloggers, social networkers, executives, business owners, hospitality professionals, local mews and media. To learn about showcasing your company to hundreds of concierges, travel professionals, and Chamber members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Restaurants offering samples of their menu are encouraged. Exhibit space is limited.
Foundation is Accepting Nominations for Your Hero of Hollywood
The Annual Heroes of Hollywood luncheon recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses, and non-profit organization that have made extraordinary contributions to the Hollywood community. Homer Alba and Cindy Braun, co-chairs of the 2014 Heroes of Hollywood Event Committee, are calling for nominations for those who go above their call of duty and career responsibilities to make Hollywood a significantly better place to live and work. Nominate your favorite individual, business, or non-profit organization by completing a Heroes of Hollywood Nomination Form on www.hollywoodchamber.net. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, April 11th, 2014 by 4:00 PM. Please return this form to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Heroes of Hollywood, 7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood CA 90028; fax it to (323) 469-2805; or, email to email@example.com.
Chamber Welcomes New Members at February Mixer at Pig 'N Whistle
LADWP Plans Street Work on Sunset Blvd.
The LADWP Trunk Line Construction Section will be finishing the Sycamore Trunk Line by connecting it to the existing 36-inch diameter trunk line in Sunset Blvd. The Work will begin mid March and continue for approximately three months. Sunset (near LaBrea Ave.) will be restriped to allow only one lane of traffic westbound, and two lanes eastbound. Left hand turns will be allowed. This traffic control will be in place 24 hours per day. The purpose of this connection is two-fold: it allows the Sycamore trunk line to be filled with water to provide a more reliable supply in the area; and it allows the LADWP to make the necessary slip line improvements to the aging Sunset Trunk Line at a later date.
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Hollywood Chamber to Offer Exclusive Promotion Opportunities to its Premier Investors Club Members
Is your company looking for a heightened level of exposure with business leaders? Does your organization want to be recognized as a strong supporter of the community? Would you like to reach out to a new audience through the Chamber’s events? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, we invite you to consider the Hollywood Chamber’s Premier Investors Club. Members businesses of the Premier Investors program enjoy many benefits which offer optimum promotion including:
The cost to participate is based on your level of exposure and the events that you select. Let us help create a package for you that is affordable and provides the highest level of promotion for your company. To be a part of the 2014 Premier Investors Club, please contact Kaylee Kiecker, VP of Marketing & Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announced for the 86th Academy Awards at Dolby
Theatre, March 2nd in Hollywood
To facilitate the production needs of the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, the City of Los Angeles has finalized street closures and restricted parking, as well as security strategies and public safety measures. Numerous agencies, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), California State Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and the City of Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments were consulted in the planning process and agree that the finalized plan is the best way to accommodate all of the parties involved.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will begin to strictly enforce the restricted no-parking policy for the Academy Awards on the dates and times listed below. This will include the citing and impounding of vehicles parked on these temporary restricted no-parking streets. Vehicles parked on the following streets will be towed to the Official Police Garage, Hollywood Tow located at 1015 N. Mansfield Avenue Ave. in Hollywood when cited by LADOT. Motorists are advised to check the Official Police Garages (OPG) website, http://www.opglaviic.com, to find their vehicle. Alternatively, they may call 311 or Hollywood Tow, (323) 466-8583, to find information on how to redeem their vehicles.
Learn How to Access New Market Tax Credits and Stimulate Growth in your Community
The Hollywood Chamber encourages the community to learn how new markets tax credits stimulate growth. On Monday, March 10, 2 to 4 p.m. at City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Tom Bradley Tower, Floor 26 in Los Angeles. The community is invited to join Chase Community Development Banking, California Statewide Communities Development Authority, Los Angeles Development Fund, and Genesis L.A. to learn how to access New Markets Tax Credits for your qualified business or real estate development. These unique tax credits have helped developers and business owners gain access to a low-cost source of capital to solve a portion of their capital needs while creating significant community and economic impact in distressed areas. Learn more about the New Markets Tax Credit program and find out if your project or business qualifies. To register, contact Wendy Jones at email@example.com. The educational program is FREE; however, space is limited.
Main entrance is located on Main Street. Please arrive early to allow time to go through security and plan to check in at the security desk
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Hollywood Chamber to Honor Ray Parker Jr with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that musician Ray Parker Jr. will be honored with the 2,518th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. “We have amazing musicians on the Walk of Fame and adding Ray Parker Jr. to our famous Walk of Fame is the icing on the cake,” stated Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO. “His star will be next to fellow musical greats Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and The Funk Brothers!”
Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and guest speakers singer/songwriters Brian Holland and Bill Withers will help Ray Parker Jr. unveil the 2,518th star in the category of Recording at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard. The event will be streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
All Walk of Fame star ceremonies are live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com. Want to know the latest scoop on who is getting the next star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Follow producer Ana Martinez aka Stargirl on Twitter @Wofstargirl. Stargirl knows all the details about the Walk of Fame and will definitely entertain you!
The Hollywood Chamber is encouraging members and Hollywood businesses to add the above walkoffame.com button on their website to directly link to www.walkoffame.com the official Hollywood Walk of Fame online. Offer your site visitors direct access to Stargirl's anecdotes and daily experiences with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Follow stargirl on facebook
On YouTube http://www.youtube.com/hwdwalkoffame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
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TAX TIME IS HERE!
Chamber member John Mitrangolo & Associates wants to help you with your personal and business taxes. As an Enrolled Agent (EA), John is among a select group of professionals who are exclusively authorized to practice by the IRS. Unlike a CPA or tax attorney, an EA holds a federal license and has the right to represent any taxpayer, in any state, regarding federal tax matters.
John Mitrangolo & Associates has the highest tax credential offered by the IRS, and can work for and represent any company or individual taxpayer. Proficient in English, Spanish, and Italian, John can assist you with tax consultation and preparation, audit and bookkeeping, as well as IRS mediation. Let someone who has been trained by IRS to manage your taxes and financial books! Call John Mitrangolo at (310) 447-4333
Get Your Apple Product from Office Depot
Office Depot Max is offering an exciting Apple Promotion for Chamber members -- Just in time for the Holiday and Year End Shopping Season! It features special pricing 5 to 10 percent off on a variety of Apple products for Chamber members who shop online with the Chamber Program or want to sign up! The savings are good for online purchases with BSD business accounts through the end of the year. Click here to get your Apple product today: http://www.benefitscorporation.com/HollywoodChamber.php
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