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Photo By the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Board Members Mike Parker (Mole Richardson) and Ron Groeper (McCadden Space Studio) show off the Media District's Gateway Sign on Highland Avenue just north of Melrose, with Operations Coordinator Devin Strecker.  

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Media District Business Watch Meetings
with LAPD and BID Security

November 03, 2015

In cooperation with the LAPD Hollywood Station, The Media District holds bimonthly BID Business Watch meetings. These meetings are held at the Television Center, 6311 Romaine St. They are free and open to the public, and a light lunch is provided. These meeting provide information on topics that will be useful to property and business owners. Security issues are discussed and there is always an opportunity to speak with the Hollywood Senior Lead Officer (SLO) and the BID’s Security Patrol staff.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8th, from 12 noon until 1pm. Please come and join us.

Annual Election of 2016 Board of Directors
Slate of Nominees Announced

November 18, 2015

Once a year the Hollywood Media District BID holds an election for seats on the Board of Directors. Only property owners or those they designate qualify to become a Member of the Board. These positions are voluntary and come without pay or compensation. Terms are for two years and approximately half of the Board comes up for re-election each Fall. Most Board Members re-apply, but there are often a few that do not. This Fall there were seven (7) Board Members who applied for re-election and there was one (1) new nominee accepted on the Slate of Nominees for next year’s Board of Directors.

The Nominees are:
Wil Anabel – Mader, Inc.
Michael Ankney – Musicians Union, Local 47
David Bass – Producers Film Center
Carol Cassella – Red Studios
Ron Groeper – Ron Groeper Photography
Thor Lee – Television Center
JL Singer – Hollywood Center Studios
Ferris Wehbe – 1248 N. Highland Ave.

If this Slate of Nominees is not contested, then these property owners/representatives shall be declared as 2016 Board Members at the December 15th, 2015 Board Meeting of the Hollywood Media District BID.

Any Parcel Owner in good standing has a right to contest the Slate by nominating one or more additional persons for election by submitting to the Nominating Committee by 5pm on December 11th, 2015, a petition signed by no less than twenty parcel owners in good standing for each person nominated for the election. If the Slate is contested, the Nominating Committee shall conduct a general election.

Lisa Schechter
New Executive Director of Media District BID

November 18, 2015

Prior to joining the BID, Lisa Schechter spent seven and one-half years in public policy and senior management roles for former Councilmember Tom LaBonge of the 4th District. She knows how the City works and she is well acquainted with the inner workings.

Previously, Lisa was doing consulting work in the commercial real estate industry, where she worked extensively managing assets for institutions as well as the private sector executing property level strategies to optimize the value of their assets. She is in a unique position to utilize both her public service background and fiscal know how to manage the BID’s resources effectively. Lisa has the right mix of skills to make the Hollywood Media District the best it can be – better, safer, cleaner, and a more prosperous and vibrant place.

“I’m committed to work diligently to help the Hollywood Media District become a robust community that includes and welcomes unity, diversity, mixed cultures and of course new business and development. My door is always open to help make the Media District’s mission of creating and sustaining a safe, clean and prosperous community,” Schechter stated.

Schechter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California. She resides in Valley Village, a neighborhood in the Valley, with her husband, Steven and her two children. We are proud and lucky to have her serving our District. Feel free to contact Lisa by calling 323.860.0025 or email lisa@mediadistrict.org .

Media District Annual Meeting and Party
Hosted by Musicians Union Local 47

November 18, 2015

Michael Malick (left), Chair of BID's Board of Directors, and LA City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell (right).
Photo by Steve Loverro, West Coast Photo.
Once a year the Hollywood Media District invites BID stakeholders to an Annual Meeting and Party. This year’s event was held on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22nd, and it was generously hosted by the Musicians Union Local 47, 817 N. Vine St. Guests included property and business owners, the BID Board of Directors, city and state officials, and LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell of the 13th District.

For all those who attended, it was a great opportunity to meet others with interests in the Media District and find out what the BID has been doing during the past year and what’s coming up for 2016. As well, it was an opportunity to meet the BID’s Board of Directors and the new Executive Director, Lisa Schechter.

Mike Malick, Chair of the BID’s Board of Directors thanked all those who have made the Hollywood Media District BID possible – helping to make the area a safer, cleaner, and a more prosperous place to do business. Chairman Malick also thanked the Musicians Union for hosting monthly BID meetings during the year.

Conscious Cup
Now Open at Vine Street Café

November 19, 2015

Manager Gina Martocci and her employees.

Located at 1057 N. Vine St., one-half block south of Santa Monica Blvd., offering breakfast and lunch specials, daily baked goods, fresh salads, and panini’s. The Conscious Cup employs graduates from job training programs (Homeboy Industries, Step Up On Second). Employees are men and women who typically have a harder time finding work. All profits go to support mental health consumers in all of the Step Up Projects. Open Mon. through Fri., 8am to 3pm.

LA City Council Approves
Minimum Wage Hike

November 19, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Los Angeles City Council approved moving forward to draft a minimum wage ordinance that raises the current $9/hr. minimum wage to $15/hr. for most businesses by the year 2020. This 67% increase was approved despite concerns expressed by the business community and even the consultants, who advised not going beyond the Mayor's $13.25/hr. 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 serve 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% of minimum wage for 160 hours for workers 14-17 years of age.

City Officially Designates

May 18, 2015

On Monday, June 1st at 1pm, there will be an official unveiling ceremony of signage marking the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilcox Ave. as “Hollywood Theatre Row.” City Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge will be present to officially unveil the signage. The ceremony will be held along Wilcox Ave. just immediately south of Santa Monica Blvd.

This intersection is part of a larger area stretching along Santa Monica Blvd. between McCadden Pl. and El Centro Ave., and where over a dozen live theatres have been in operation for decades. There are over twenty stages with some of the best plays, musicals, comedies, and dramas presented by some of Los Angeles’ most award-winning and critically acclaimed live theatre companies. Also at these small, intimate live theatres there are seasoned and award-winning actors, directors and playwrights, working and teaching along side of the younger actors who are there to learn and perfect their crafts.

PATH in the BID
(People Assisting The Homeless)

November 21, 2014

Since 1984 PATH has grown into a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities throughout Southern California. Each agency addresses homelessness in a different way – supportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagement.

As of 2013, a Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count determined that there are 58,423 individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles on any given night, 74% (43,410) of whom go unsheltered and literally live on the street. These people become homeless for many reasons, including job loss, domestic violence, lack of affordable housing, under-employment, health issues, substance abuse, natural disasters, and more. Each person has a unique life history and unique issues that have contributed to their situation.

Of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, 33% are living with a mental illness, many of whom are stable when receiving the support and/or medications they need. It is important to move past the stereotype that all homeless people are “crazy” and beyond the notion they can not be helped.

PATH has been working with our BID’s Security Patrol force, as well as the Hollywood Police Division, to mediate interactions with homeless individuals and ensure that the needs of the community and the homeless individual are addressed. For additional information you can contact PATH at path@epath.org, or go to epath.org .

Abandoned Shopping Carts?
What To Do

August 06, 2014

The California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corp. (CSCRC), located in Burbank, is your source for requesting pickups and removals of abandoned shopping carts left along public streets. (Please note that not all stores’ carts are serviced by CSCRC and carts containing homeless peoples’ belongings can not be removed).

Call them toll free at 800.252.4613, or go online to cartretrieval.net .

BID Services Keep Your Property
and Business Clean and Safe

February 21, 2012

Highland Ave. looking north from Melrose Ave.
The Hollywood Media District BID has a contract with the Hollywood Beautification Team (HBT) for cleaning and maintenance needs within the District. HBT’s responsibilities include emptying trashcans located along sidewalks, cleaning and removing all trash and debris from sidewalks, gutters, driveways, tree wells and from around trashcans. They also remove stickers and paint over graffiti on buildings, trees, poles, planters, utility bases or other surfaces on a daily bases. HBT also pressure washes bus stops and sidewalks throughout the BID. There is a minimum of 8 people per day to accomplish these services.

Also, the Media District contracts with Universal Protection Services (UPS) to provide Security Patrols within the BID. These patrols are by foot, on bicycles, and in the Media District’s security vehicle. Patroling security officers are present throughout the District 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If needed, they can be directly contacted by calling 323.871.4150.

If you are having any problems keeping your property or business clean and safe – trash dumped or graffiti, suspicious or nuisance individuals coming onto your property or into your business – please consider completing two very important forms that can help. These forms are: a “Trespass Authorization” form and a “Graffiti Paint Out Agreement” form.

The first form is a “Trespass Authorization” that gives permission to Officers of the LAPD and the Media District to come on to your property and exercise enforcement of your No Trespassing signage. (Please note, you must have No Trespassing signs posted.)

The second form is a “Graffiti Paint Out Agreement” that allows HBT to come on to your property and paint out tagging and graffiti. Also, upon request they will accept paint from property owners and businesses in order to match your existing colors.

To obtain these Authorization and Agreement forms, or to request any other services within the BID, please contact Jim Omahen, Operations Manager for the Media District at 323.860.0088 or email jim@mediadistrict.org .

A Bit About BIDs

January 22, 2014

A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which commercial property owners pay an additional assessment in order to fund improvements within the district's boundaries. BIDs may go by other names, such as business improvement area, business revitalization zone, community improvement district, special services area, or special improvement district. BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BIDs are supplemental to those already provided by the local municipality.

The first BID was the Bloor West Village BIA, which was established in Toronto in 1970. The first BID in the United States was the Downtown Development District in New Orleans in 1974. BIDs have been established around the world, including in New Zealand, South Africa, Jamaica, Serbia, Albania, Germany, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. A study in 2007 found 739 BIDs worldwide, but current estimates are that there are well over 1000 BIDs in the United States alone.

Legislation is necessary to permit local governments to create BIDs. The process for creating a BID varies from one jurisdiction to another, but generally three steps are involved. First, some number of property owners in the area organize and petition the local government to create the BID. Second, the local government determines that a majority of property owners, usually done by a vote, want the BID. Third, the local government enacts legislation creating the BID. Residences and some governmental entities are usually exempt from making any contributions, and the operating budgets of BIDs range from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars.

A BID may be operated by a nonprofit organization or by a quasi-governmental entity. The governance of a BID is the responsibility of a board of directors composed of some combination of property owners or their designated representatives. The management of a BID is the job of a paid administrator usually called an executive director or a management company and often other managing staff.

BIDs have also become a powerful lobby group, lobbying government for improvements such as new sidewalks, trees, park benches and other restorations. BIDs can also lobby different levels of government for a complete facelift on their area if they feel it is necessary. BIDs have been created in situations where neither the private sector nor government can adequately provide needed changes or services for the betterment of a specific area.

There are four BIDs in Hollywood: Hollywood Media District, Hollywood Entertainment District, the Hollywood & Vine Business Improvement District, and the East Hollywood Business Improvement District.

Media District Dining Guide

April 08, 2015

Ammo, 1155 N. Highland Ave.
With an upscale atmosphere and an air of sophistication, AMMO has been located on Highland Avenue since 1996. With a full bar, AMMO is a great place for lunch or dinner. www.ammocafe.com


Bombay Grill, 6775 Santa Monica Blvd.
Serving up traditional Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner.


Chinese Express, 6775 Santa Monica Blvd.
Inexpensive chinese food, good combo deals available.


Crown of India, 6755 Santa Monica Blvd.
Come see why people are flocking to this authentic Indian eatery! Amazing food with great lunch specials keep this place bustling.


Eat This Café, 6547 Santa Monica Blvd.
Offering seasonal sandwiches, fresh salads, and panini in an eclectic space in the heart of the Media District. Lunch and dinner daily, 10am to 8pm, serving brunch on Sun 10am to 3pm, beer and wine available. eatthiscafe.com


Grub, 911 Seward St.
Serving up California Comfort Food with a side of sass and a quirky and inviting atmosphere! Now open for lunch or dinner everyday, plus weekend brunch on Sat-Sun (and also now serving wine and beer). www.grub-la.com


The Hollywood Corner, 1156 Highland Ave.
This place has a little of everything, including wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, an amazing breakfast menu, beer and wine, and red velvet mini-cakes to die for! Sign up for their loyalty program and get 15% off your meal. callthecorner.com


Hudson Lobby Café, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
A coffee house style full service espresso bar, light dining and wifi service. www.hudsontheatre.com


Jack in the Box, 1243 N. Highland Ave.
Fast food with an eclectic menu - everything from salads to burgers, to egg rolls and tacos. Drive-thru open late. www.jackinthebox.com


Marino Ristorante, 6001 Melrose Ave.
This family owned business has been serving up the finest traditional Italian food for nearly thirty years. With an upscale atmosphere and a great wine list. Serving lunch and diner. marinorestaurant.net


Rao’s Italian Restaurant, 1006 Seward St.
With locations in New York’s East Harlem and inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, this Southern Neapolitan family-style upscale eatery is now open in the Media District. Serving dinner Monday through Friday only, with a full bar. Reservations recommended, 323.962.7267. raosla.com


Shakey's Pizza, 7001 Santa Monica Blvd.
Known for their large buffet, Shakey’s is a favorite lunch time spot for many employees in the District. Mojo Potatoes are just one of the highlights here. www.shakeys.com


Subway, 6775 Santa Monica Blvd.
A healthy alternative to fast food, who doesn't love a Subway sandwich? www.subway.com


Mud Hen Tavern, 742 Highland Ave.
Chef Susan Feniger and Executive Chef and partner Kajsa Alger have reinvented the former STREET with refurbishing the space. Also they have an expanded bar with a draft beer system. For reservations or more information go to mudhentavern.com or call 323.203.0500.


Taqueria La Pinata, 6751 Santa Monica Blvd.
This taco stand, formerly Benitos and more recently Hoagie's and Wings, is now operated by the same folks that run the Crown of India Restaurant directly behind it. So expect the same quality food and service but with a latin flavor!


Tasty Thai Restaurant, 718 N. Vine St.
Great lunch specials at this hole-in-the-wall asian eatery.


Trois Mec, 716 N. Highland Ave.
Simple but interesting with an open-kitchen interior and offering an exclusively French wine list. Pre-paid ticket reservations only, serving one nightly 5-course dinner Mondays through Fridays only. troismec.com


Xiomara Restaurant, 6101 Melrose Ave.
A favorite of the Media District Board of Directors, this exotic restaurant features Cuban-inspired food and a full bar where you would think the mojito was born. Great lunch specials, too! www.xiomararestaurant.com


Yoshinoya, 6300 Santa Monica Blvd.
Home of the Beef Bowl, Yoshinoya is fast food with a Japanese twist. Drive through available, open late. www.yoshinoyausa.com


Did we miss you? We aimed to include every restaurant within the boundaries of our District, so please let us know if we failed to include something. Email Jim Omahen, jim@mediadistrict.org with your information.


Business Watch

Tue, Dec 08, 2015
12:00 to 1:00
Television Center, 6311 Romaine St.

Board of Directors Monthly Meetings

Tue, Dec 15, 2015
5:00 to 7:00
Grub Restaurant, 911 Seward St.