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:
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Thursday, May 21st at 4 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting
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:
Beginning in 2017, a modified minimum wage schedule for businesses and non-profits with 25 or fewer employees will go into effect as follows:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 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 Chamber’s 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
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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
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.
or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
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.
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!
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
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