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City Preps Filming RFP Terms; Lots to Like for Downtowners

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, November 02, 2007, at 12:40AM

On the same day the Writers Guild is expected to go on strike, the City has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for film permitting services currently performed by Film LA. While ongoing discussion of special filming conditions for Downtown seek to better refine how filming much respond to Downtown's changing nature, the terms of the RFP get at practical issues like notification and how complaints are handled.

Unlike the existing setup where Film LA handles all aspects of permitting, the RFP allows interested parties to submit bids on one or more of three service categories: permit coordination, notification and complaint referral. The results of a Request for Information (RFI) issued this summer identified 15 potential bidders for one or more of the components.

Those of us Downtown should absolutely applaud the City for what's found in this RFP. More after the jump...

For each of the three components, the RFP provides a list of tasks the bidder should expect to perform. There are also service levels with specific benmarks that must be met in order for the contract to be considered fulfilled. These contain many points that should be music to the ears of Downtowners.

The intent is for the RFP to be released on November 26th, with responses due February 8, 2008, and a contract to be executed April 30, 2008, when Film LA's contract expires.

The following is a bullet point outline of the required tasks that should be of interest to Downtowners.

Permitting Coordinator

Required to collect DOT temporary parking signage after filming has ended.

All requests to DOT and Bureau of Public Works (street and lane closures) must be submitted at least 7 calendar days in advance.

Community surveys must be conducted at least 10 calendar days in advance of filming.

Complaints received while activity is in progress must be responded to within one hour.

Notification Services

Accurate records of notice are required, including "a list of locations (not just addresses)."

100% success rate for timely notification.

Notification must be provided at least 60 hours in advance of filming.

Provide proof of notification to the city (so that it can only then release the permits).

Complaint Referral

Receive community complaints "on a 24 hour/7 day a week basis."

"Refer complaints to appropriate City personnel and contractors within 15 minutes if the activity is currently in progress."

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