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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                      August 26, 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:

  • Los Tigres del Norte became the 2,527th honoree on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

  • Chamber Vice President of Public Policy represented the Hollywood Chamber at a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento for AB1839, to increase tax credits to retain the entertainment industry in California.

  • The Hollywood Chamber and East Hollywood BID hosted students from USC’s East Hollywood Community Immersion Program.

  • The Chamber’s ABC task force reviewed an application by the Taglyan Cultural Center.

  • Dave & Buster’s celebrated its opening at the Hollywood & Highland Center.


Tell Governor Brown to Save California’s Film Industry by Fully Funding and Signing AB 1839 Into Law!

The California State Senate is expected to vote as early as Thursday to enact AB 1839 which will extend and expand the California Film Tax Incentive program. Over the past 15 years, California’s bedrock film industry has been increasingly threatened by film and television productions fleeing the state in search of better financial conditions. As other states have ramped up their incentive programs, California has lost nearly all big budget feature film production and most television production to other locations with attractive tax credit programs, like Louisiana, Georgia – and New York, that has a $420-million tax credit program. AB 1839 recently passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with a $400-million dollar cap on incentives.  The expansion over the $100-million program which currently exists in the State, will go a long way to ensure that California is once again competitive and will help to bring our industry jobs back home!

However, before the bill becomes law, it still has a few major hurdles to overcome.  Most important is that the $400-million cap remain intact, as the bill moves to the Full Senate and on to the Governor for signature.

The Hollywood Chamber is asking its members to please contact the Governor and express your support of the full $400-million allocation for the film credit program. 

This is a draft letter that has been provided for you.
However please feel free to tailor your message.


  • Every $100 million in credits results in $792 million in direct spending in California, and roughly 8,500 new middle-class jobs, utilizing 10,000 vendors and employing more than 67,000 daily hires as extras.

  • Film and television production supports more than 50,000 businesses in local communities in every corner of the state.

  • In 2012, Louisiana reported their film tax incentives generated over $1.1 billion in sales for businesses, $53.9 million for the state treasury, $34.7 million for local government and created more than 15,000 jobs. North Carolina reported their tax program generated $254 million in spending and 4,000 jobs.

  • In New York, there has been a 40 percent job growth as result of their tax incentive program.

You may contact Governor Jerry Brown at:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
E:mail: governor@governor.ca.gov

Los Angeles Office
300 South Spring Street, Suite 16701
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-897-0322
Fax: 213-897-0319

City Begins EIR on Hollywood Central Park

The City of Los Angeles and Friends of the Hollywood Central Park announced last week the start of the environmental review process for the proposed Hollywood Central Park. The process got underway with the publication of a Notice of Preparation setting the date and time for a scoping session that gives the public an opportunity to provide input on what should be looked at as part of the environmental impact report being conducted on the ambitious 38-acre park proposed to be built above a 1-mile-long stretch of the Hollywood Freeway. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, which is serving as the lead agency on the project under the California Environmental Quality Act, will host the scoping session on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to Noon at the STEM Academy at Helen Bernstein High School, 1309 N. Wilton Place, in the Quad. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce commends the Friends of Hollywood Central Park for doing an outstanding job moving this important initiative forward, which will mean so much to future generations of Hollywood residents,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber.

For more information, please visit www.hollywoodcentralpark.org or http://www.laparks.org/environmental/hollywood.htm

O’Farrell Shares Information Packets on Hollywood Boulevard

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell of CD13 and his team walked Hollywood Boulevard along with Street Services and LAPD last week. They passed out informational packets regarding tour operations, addressed rules and regulations and even issued citations for various violations. They presented new handout which provides some information regarding signage in the Hollywood area and offers few basic alternatives to the sandwich boards, which are illegal in the public right-of-way. Click to view sample signage options.

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.

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 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

Chamber Honors Los Tigres Del Norte with Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored the popular Norteno group Los Tigres Del Norte, (the Hernandez Brothers, Jorge, Hernan, Eduardo, Luis and cousin Oscar Lara) with the 2,527th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. The star for the multi-award winning group was unveiled at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Live Nation Building. “We are proud to let the world know that Los Tigres Del Norte is the first Norteno band to be honored with a star on the Walk of Fame! They have entertained many generations with their music for several decades,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “We are pleased to embrace their entertainment careers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” Watch Los Tigres Del Norte Unveil their star online at http://www.walkoffame.com/los-tigres-del-norte

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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Chamber members and their staff can save on school supplies with Office Depot Chamber program! 

The new school year is right around the corner and the Hollywood Chamber’s Office Depot Program brings tons of savings to your business and your employees! Now Chamber members can pass the savings along to their employees with the Chamber’s Printable Store Purchasing Card. Click here for your Printable Store Purchasing Card at: http://www.benefitscorporation.com/documents/HollywoodChamber.pdf

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!

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