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Four Film-Friendly Motions Go to Council

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 10:25AM
The Ringer Sterling Davis [www.onsetla.com]

Filming for "The Ringer" takes place outside of 433 S. Spring earlier this month.

A quartet of film-friendly motions aimed at cutting down on parking tickets for productions, fighting disruptions and improving coordination with the County go in front of the City Council's Jobs and Business Development committee on Wednesday morning.

All four motions come from the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti, who also happens to be running for Mayor. Two are seconded by Councilman Bill Rosendhal, one by Councilman Paul Krekorian and one by Councilman Tom LaBonge.

NO MORE TICKETS: According to CF 11-1952, production companies have been getting altogether too many parking tickets. The motion asks that parking enforcement officers do a better job of keeping track of what vehicles are with a production, and not ticket them for permitted things like parking a non-commercial vehicle in a commercial space or parking in an area signed for street cleaning.

COUNTY COORDINATION: Recent changes in county policy governing food trucks has made on-site catering more difficult and expensive, according to CF 11-1953. For this and other reasons, the motion asks that the County be invited to join the Citywide Filming Task Force, which brings together industry representatives and city departments.

MORE POLICE, LESS DISRUPTIONS: CF 11-1954 looks for ways to crack down on those who try to get money out of film shoots or threaten disruptions. The motion calls for Film LA to produce a flyer "relating to the facts about disruptions to permitted film productions" and give it to production companies to distribute. It also asks LAPD to see whether it could make more officers available to permitting and to respond to filming issues in the field.

CHEAP POWER: For years, the city has been studying the idea of installing power hookups at frequently-filmed locations, allowing productions to shoot without bringing their own generators. Nodes are now installed in several locations, including at the DWP headquarters and at City Hall, and CF 11-1955 asks that a price structure be set up to offer a "simple, efficient approach" to ordering power at "reasonable, affordable rates."

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