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Hollywood Business Advocate - Official Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

 The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce                      May 19, 2015

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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:

Nick Cavarra discussed engaging on social media at the Chamber's Tech101 educational event. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

  • The Chamber’s new seminar series, Tech 101, featured presentations on utilizing Microsoft-related tools to better integrate your social media program. This free-to members series, provides the very latest information on technology to benefit your business. The next program will be on Friday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. Mark it down on your calendar and plan to attend.
  • TEAM (The Entertainment, Arts, and Media) Committee met and were briefed by Board of Public Works President Kevin James about the City’s latest efforts to make filming in Los Angeles easier. The TEAM meetings provide a forum for Chamber members to discuss issues affecting the entertainment industry and to devise strategies for support of this critical local industry.
  • Ana Martinez, the Chamber’s VP Media Relations, was interviewed by the Discovery Channel about the Walk of Fame, while Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler spoke with KCRW about development issues in Hollywood.  The Chamber propounds the business point of view to the media on important community issues.
  • A meeting was held by the Chamber with the principal of Hollywood High School, Council District 13, and the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance to discuss common areas where we can work together.
  • Flowers were laid on the star of musician B.B. King, who had passed away, to commemorate his contribution to music culture.

Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Thursday, May 21st at 4 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting
Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day - Chamber offices closed
May 27-28th - Sacramento Trip - Join Hollywood Chamber Delegation
Thursday, May 28th at 11 a.m. - Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan Register
Wednesday, June 17th at 5:30 p.m. - Mixer at Umami Burger
Wednesday, June 24th at 8 a.m. - Economic Development Summit Sponsor Register
Friday, July 10th at 11:30 a.m. - Luncheon with Kevin de León Sponsor

City Council Approves Sharp Minimum Wage Hike

The Los Angeles City Council approved on Tuesday, by a vote of 14-1, moving forward to draft a minimum wage ordinance that raises the current $9 minimum wage to $15 for most businesses by the year 2020.  The whopping 67 percent increase was approved despite concerns expressed by the business community and even the consultants, who advised not going beyond the Mayor’s $13.25 proposal.

Beginning in 2016, the minimum wage in the City of L.A. will increase annually as follows:

  • July 1, 2016 - $10.50
  • July 1, 2017 - $12.00
  • July 1, 2018 - $13.25
  • July 1, 2019 - $14.25
  • July 1, 2020 - $15.00

Beginning in 2017, a modified minimum wage schedule for businesses and non-profits with 25 or fewer employees will go into effect as follows:

  • July 1, 2017 – $10.50
  • July 1, 2018 - $12.00
  • July 1, 2019 - $13.25
  • July 1, 2020 - $14.25
  • July 1, 2021 - $15.00

Starting in 2022, the minimum wage will increase every single year based on the previous year on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index for the L.A. Metro area.

Non-profit organizations with greater than 25 employees can apply for a waiver if their top executive earns less than five times the wage of the lowest-paid worker, or provide transitional jobs programs, or erve as child care providers, or are primarily funded by city, county, state or federal grants or reimbursements.

Consistent with state law, the youth wage will stay as 85 percent of minimum wage for 160 hours for workers 14-17 years of age.

While the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce supported an increase of the minimum wage, it was conditional on the City Council taking steps to protect small businesses.  “Frankly, we are disappointed in the action taken by the Council,” said Chamber President Leron Gubler.  “Setting the definition of a small business as less than 25 employees is woefully inadequate in meeting the needs of small businesses, and the single year of additional time to comply with this huge increase is going to leave many businesses with few options.”

Gubler said the Chamber was appreciative of its many members who attended countless meetings trying to educate the City Council on the potential impact of the wage increase. 

Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León to address first State of the State Luncheon

The Hollywood Chamber will be holding the first “State of the State” luncheon with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. The event will take place at Paramount Pictures on Friday, July 10th,  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This inaugural address comes as the State kicks off its new fiscal year and discuss issues for which de León is advocating that will impact Hollywood and Southern California. Reception and exhibits will be held at the Fountain followed by luncheon and program in Theatre Lobby. For sponsorship, please contact Kaylee Kiecker, Executive Vice President, via email kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net.

Thai CDC Receives Recognition from Councilman Mitch O’Farrell for its East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market

On the occasion of CalFresh Awareness Month in the City of Los Angeles, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13) recognized last week the Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) for the work it does to combat food insecurity in East Hollywood through its East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market. The East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market (EHCFM) has been operating every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue Metro Station Plaza since April 2012. Its current location is within the federally-designated Los Angeles Promise Zone and funding for the market has come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Half a dozen California Certified Growers currently sell locally-grown produce at the market. The market serves over 15,000 consumers per year.

Hollywood Theatre Row to be Declared at City Council and Celebrate with Community Event

On Friday May 29, the LA City Council will make the presentation to officially declare Hollywood Theatre Row and to celebrate Live Theatre in Hollywood and across the city! This eventful day is the culmination of years of dedicated work and support from City councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge. The community is invited to celebrate HOLLYWOOD THEATRE ROW on Monday, June 1st at 1 p.m., with an official unveiling ceremony at a community wide event at Wilcox Avenue, south of Santa Monica Blvd. for the ceremony.

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Hollywood Chamber Announces Walk of Fame Nomination Time

All Nomination Forms Must Be Submitted By Friday, May 29, 2015 at Noon
To Be Considered In June Selection Meeting For 2016

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Deadline for submission is on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 noon. All nominations will be considered in the annual Walk of Fame Committee meeting to be held in June. The Walk of Fame Committee will make selections for the year 2016.
“We are constantly asked about the process. Nominating someone for a star is as simple as can be! All we ask for is a completed nomination application and a commitment to sponsor the star should their celebrity be selected. Anyone can nominate their favorite celebrity, including a fan,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Each year, we receive an average of 300 nominations. The Walk of Fame Committee will select an elite group of personalities to become our newest Walk of Famers and continue to help make Hollywood the most famous community in the world!”

Nomination applications can be obtained at www.walkoffame.com
Nomination Procedures: http://www.walkoffame.com/pages/nominations
Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.walkoffame.com/pages/faqs

or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Walk of Fame Committee
c/o Ana Martinez, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028

The Walk of Fame categories include Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording and Live Theatre/Live Performance. The Walk of Fame Committee will select approximately 20-24 names for insertion into the world-famous Walk.
Whether nominating an individual or group, the sponsor must submit a photo, a bio and the nominee’s qualifications as well as a list of contributions to the community and civic-oriented participation. A letter of agreement from the nominee or his/her management must be included with the application. Posthumous nominations have a five year waiting period.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame does not encourage or endorse online campaigns for fundraising for a star prior to selection. Such initiatives do not impact the selection process for a star on the Walk of Fame. The committee does not accept signatures, phone calls, e-mails, or any form of written or online petitions for a nomination. Beware of all online petitions that collect your email address to no avail. Only official Walk of Fame applications are accepted. “We encourage that you read and fully understand the nomination and selection process on our website www.walkoffame.com,” said Martinez.

New selections will be announced in June. See www.walkoffame.com for updates.

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!

Hollywood Walk of Fame official website - www.walkoffame.comThe 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


Twitter: http://twitter.com/#%21/wofstargirl  

On YouTube http://www.youtube.com/hwdwalkoffame

#Hollywoodwalkoffame, #wofstargirl

The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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Hollywood Chamber is on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodChamberCA Hollywood Walk of Fame is on twitter  - http://twitter.com/#!/wofstargirl Hollywood Chamber is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/thehollywoodchamber

Hollywood Walk of Fame official website - www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Walk of Fame is on Facebook  - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hollywood-Walk-of-Fame/107930052586317 Hollywood Walk of Fame is on twitter  - http://twitter.com/#!/wofstargirl Hollywood Walk of Fame is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/hwdwalkoffame

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