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The Closure Report that Wasn't

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, March 30, 2008, at 02:16PM
Backup from Filming Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Last week's Closure Report was a pretty hefty one, but until late Friday afternoon the report for this weekend was shaping up to be even bigger. Then, it got cancelled.

On Friday's supplemental agenda for the Bureau of Public Works commissioners were closures for ten streets around Downtown. All of them were for a single company, shooting a commercial. Combined, the closures would undoubtably have paralyzed Downtown streets on Saturday.

On the Supplemental Agenda was this item:

Film L.A., Inc. #3, requesting Board grant Park Pictures permission to close the following streets on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, 2008, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Olive Street from 6th Street to 8th Street; 7th Street from Grand Avenue to Hill Street; Grand Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to 8th Street; 7th Street from Hope Street to Olive Street; 9th Street from Broadway to Los Angeles Street; Spring Street from 8th Street to 9th Street; Main Street from 8th Street to Olympic Boulevard; Olive Street from 8th Street to 9th Street; 7th Street from Mateo Street to Boyle Avenue

All of these closures were in support of filming a Lexus commercial. And, as if that wasn't enough, a separate agenda item added on another closure for the shoot, this time taking Grand Avenue from 2nd to 5th.

Notifications for all these closures were sent out, before cancellation notices were sent late Friday afternoon. While it's nice that some form of sanity eventually prevailed and the closures didn't happen, how could something like this ever even be considered? How could it get far enough for Film L.A. to send out notifications?

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