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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                      October 22, 2014

Working for YOU ...

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:

Art Leahy of Metro discussed projects and public transportation at the Chamber's Board meeting. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

  • The Chamber continued to press for reasonable action on the proposed Citywide minimum wage hike. A survey was sent to Chamber members to gauge their opinions on the topic and to recruit potential speakers for upcoming hearings. The Chamber supports an increase in the minimum wage ONLY if the City takes into consideration business community concerns.
  • The Chamber Board of Directors met with METRO CEO Art Leahy and discussed mobility issues in the greater Hollywood area, as well as the possibility of bringing additional light rail lines to Hollywood. The Chamber is concerned about how mobility affects your ability to successfully operate a business.
  • The Tourism Committee met and was briefed on tours being instituted at the El Capitan Theatre, the renewal of the lease for the Greek Theatre, and the upcoming schedule at the Pantages Theatre.  Through the Chamber, our members can learn the latest information on developments that may impact or present new opportunities for their business.
  • The Hollywood Chamber Board reviewed and adopted positions on November ballot measures. The Chamber does its homework on important issues that will impact the business community and provides you with our recommendations on how you should vote.
  • Chamber President Leron Gubler was interviewed by the L.A. Times for a story about a court ruling impacting the Sunset-Gordon project. By participating in interviews such as this, the Chamber ensures that the business perspective is included in press coverage.

Chamber Applauds O’Farrell, Blumenfield on Motion to Further Analyze Impacts of the Mayor’s Proposal for a City-wide Minimum Wage Increase

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Bob Blumenfield introduced at City Hall a motion that calls for an economic analysis on the unintended consequences of increasing the City’s minimum wage and asks that the report specifically look at the impacts of a wage increase on LA’s small business and nonprofit sectors.

Over Labor Day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his proposal to increase the City’s minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. Subsequently, a motion was submitted by Councilmembers Bonin, Cedillo, Martinez and Price that calls for a draft ordinance that will raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by July 1, 2017, and seeks to further consider raising the minimum wage to $15.25 by 2019. The motion also proposes attaching the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), so the wage can keep pace with future inflation.

In a press release O’Farrell commented, “It is critical we do everything we can to help lift people out of poverty. It is equally critical we do so in a thoughtful and balanced way. I am a strong supporter of our business community, especially our small business owners. Many of them already exist at the margins, and it is our obligation to explore every consequence, because there’s too much at stake in our economy.”

“The O’Farrell/Blumenfeld Motion is just plain common sense,” stated President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber, Leron Gubler. “It was disheartening for the entire LA Business community to watch as this City Council hastily pushed through a $15.37 minimum wage increase for hotel workers less than 48 hours after the City-contracted studies on the impacts of such a drastic increase had been released.”

Read the motion by Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Bob Blumenfield.

“The Chamber is glad to see that O’Farrell and Bonin are pushing for a much more open and thoughtful process with this wage discussion. It is imperative that the City Council fully understand the impacts of any wage increase on the small business and non-profit sectors of our economy before moving forward with a proposal. We applaud both Councilmembers for trying to get the process right this time.”

Read the Hollywood Chamber letter to Mayor Garcetti regarding Minimum Wage.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will be meeting with the Mayor and City Council Members over the coming months to ensure that the business community has a voice as Minimum Wage discussions continue. The Chamber is asking that members take the survey on the Proposed Minimum Wage Increase: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e9qwnpnphzadbukk/start

Senator Kevin de León Sworn in as New President pro Tempore of the California Senate

Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) was officially sworn in last week as the California Senate President Pro Tempore by Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye at a free community event held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Senator wanted to share this moment with the people of Los Angeles and create an unprecedented opportunity for Californians to gain access and hear directly from the new Senate leader about his vision and plans for the state. The event was streamed online and brought state government directly to constituents instead of holding it in Sacramento, where many of the Senator’s constituents cannot afford to visit.  The community gathering was emceed by Elizabeth Espinosa, the weekend news anchor for KTLA, and host of Sin Limites on CNN Latino. The invocation was delivered by Father Richard Estrada, President of the Board and Founder of Jovenes, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to seeking new opportunities and fostering the stability of at risk youth in the East LA and Boyle Heights Communities. The Hollywood Chamber congratulates President Pro Tempore Kevin de León!

Ready Set Vote! L.A. County Elections are on Tuesday, November 4th

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has taken the following positions on the November 4, 2014 LA County Ballot:

State Ballot Measures

SUPPORT Prop 1 - State Water Bond. $7.54-billion to fund critical water resource infrastructure needs.
SUPPORT Prop 2 – State Budget Stabilization (Rainy Day Fund). Strengthens the current rainy-day fund and requires the state to pay down more of its debts and unfunded liabilities. Creates an education reserve to avoid future cuts to schools
OPPOSE Prop 45 - Health Insurance Rate Regulation Initiative. Puts one politician in charge of your health insurance. Undermines and confounds the voter approved independent health care commission process recently put into effect.
OPPOSE Prop 46 - MICRA Initiative. Increases health care costs, threatens privacy, could lead to loss of your doctor.

The Hollywood Chamber PAC has endorsed the following candidates for L.A. County:

L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang
L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
L.A. County Supervisor District 3 Bobby Shriver

Did you know that L.A. County posted the lowest turnout in the state for the June 3 primary, with only 16.97% of all registered voters turning out to vote? Statewide turnout hit a record low during that election with only 25.17% of the 17.6-million people who are registered throughout the state! Together we can change that!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Chamber PAC urge you, your staff, your members, and your constituents to participate in the Nov. 4 election.

Important General Election Dates

With the November 4 General Election just around the corner, here are key election deadlines to remember:

  • Election Day: November 4 General Election
  • Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request: Mail to arrive by October 28
  • Completed Vote-by-Mail Ballot: Mail to arrive by 8 p.m. Election Day

Election Resources: Register to Vote ; Find Your Polling Place ; Vote By Mail ; Subscribe to E-Sample Ballot

For more information, please visit www.sos.ca.gov
Register to vote: www.registertovote.ca.gov

Your Schedule for Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Walk of Fame: Friday, October 24th at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming ceremonies
PAC Sheriff Fundraiser at Fabiolus, Monday, October 27th at 12 Noon
All Hallows Eve Party: Monday, October 27th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Register
Walk of Fame: Wednesday, October 29th at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming ceremonies
Seminar or Speed Leads: Wednesday, November 12th at 12 Noon
Tourism Committee: Thursday, November 13th at 3 p.m.
Economic Development Committee: Tuesday. November 18th at 8 a.m.
State of Entertainment Industry Conference: Friday 21st, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register
November Mixer at Tinhorn Flats: Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m.

Ten Things You Can Do Today to Conserve Water!

During this record drought, Mayor Garcetti is taking action to make sure we have enough water to keep going and to reduce the use of the costly imported water we're being forced to buy. See below for ways you can take action and spread the word.

Also, see what LADWP suggests on how to use less water.

Let's Help You Promote Your Venue at No Extra Cost with the Chamber's "Hollywood for the Holidays" as Part of Your Membership Benefit!

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceStart planning for the holidays! Now you can promote your venue just in time for the holiday season at no extra cost to you. Members of the Hollywood Chamber are encouraged to include their venue information in the Chamber's Second Annual "Hollywood for the Holidays" online guide. Your guide for holiday event space is presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Last year, about 30 member businesses in Hollywood took advantage of this promotional opportunity. This complimentary service is available to members only to help promote their space through January 2014.

To take advantage of this value added service, simply send the following to info@hollywoodchamber.net. No flyers please.

  • A horizontal photo of your venue (at least 400px wide)
  • Your venue logo (in .jpg, .png or .eps format)
  • A paragraph in text format briefly describing your venue
  • (50-75 words)
  • Venue Address
  • Website
  • Contact name
  • Contact email
  • Contact Telephone

Take Advantage of Hollywood Chamber's
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Consulting services will be available most Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 Noon
By appointment only. Call Vivian at 323-469-8311.

Enjoy Weekend Shuttle Services to Hollywood Sign Viewing Area Every Saturday and Sunday for $10

Saturday & Sunday only including selected holidays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Hour subject to change

The fee will be $10 per person, excluding children 2 years of age and under who are free when riding on the lap of an adult. Tickets can only be purchased online at www.laparks.org.

Halloween is Around the Corner! Check out Chamber Members' Hollywood Hot Deals

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceThe Chamber's Hollywood Hot Deals is a monthly email newsletter which offers hot deals from members of the Hollywood Chamber. This complimentary service is a part of membership benefit at no additional cost. Hollywood Hot Deals is broadcast on The Spicy Business Talk, a live radio show played in KLEDLIVE.com 91.1FM. The show will be playing the Chamberís Hollywood Hot Deals. Members of the Chamber who offer deals to member businesses and the community will now be able to benefit from an additional exposure on the radio. Kledlive, has 15 live hosts that play their shows and are re-broadcasted after midnight. Kledlive.com: From the heart of Hollywood and around the world this is www.Kledlive.com. Special offers from Chamber members with Hollywood Hot Deals

Hollywood Chamber to Honor John Denver with Star on Walk of Fame

John Denver to be honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of FameThe Hollywood Chamber is proud to announce that the late John Denver will be honored posthumously with the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

The star will be located at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard. “We are proud to honor one of America’s singing icons who has been missed for many years. Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by,” stated Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler. Helping Gubler to unveil the star in the category of Recording will be two of Denver’s three children, Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver, who will accept the honor on behalf of the family. The Band Trampled by Turtles will be performing an acoustic version of Denver’s song “Annie’s Song. The band is in town for their performance that evening at the Fonda Theatre the evening of the star ceremony.

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.

Secure and Back Up Your Data with KeepItSafe

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See October Offers from Office Depot Program for Hollywood Chamber Members

The fall seasons are officially upon us and with an uptick in purchases comes great new opportunities for savings. Enjoy this October coupon ($15 off qualifying orders of $75 or more.

For details on the Lexmark promotion, Chamber members can refer to the “Specials and Promotions” button via your signup page here: http://www.benefitscorporation.com/hollywoodchamber.html. The promotion saves Chamber Office Depot Members 75% off the list prices of Lexmark MS310d and MS310d Laser Printers (until supplies last). Chamber members are encouraged to contact their account managers for more information on the promotion.

The Hollywood Chamber has partnered with Office Depot to bring its members a cost savings program on items they use most. This program offers discounts of up to 60 percent from a list of 650 commonly- purchased business essentials including paper, ink and toner. Shop online and receive fast and free delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more within local delivery areas. Also, save up to 70 percent on your copy and print needs. The savings from the program are significant. We encourage you to look into this program and see what it can offer you.
Click here for details to sign up for the Hollywood Chamber Office Depot Program!

Not yet a member of the Hollywood Chamber? Click here to start saving today on a variety of products and services!


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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