It looks like FilmLA has set an all time record -- 25 eNotifications for filming Downtown issued in one day. The forecast calls for shoots starting as early as 5a Saturday morning and will continue steadily through Tuesday. Keep an eye out for that helicopter over the Four-Level on Sunday.
Tomorrow's impact could also be amplified with a planned immigration march up the middle of Broadway from 10a-4p. If the CAO is correct, all of this is with the approval of the LAPD's Special Operations Bureau/Emergency Operations Division/Special Events Permit Unit whose staff is minute compared to FilmLA's.
I can just hear the conversation tomorrow in those upscale European cars, "Wow, it would have been great to drive Downtown to check out the real estate market, but between the filming and everything else going on there was no where to park so we could get out and walk around to check it out."
Folks, it's not always as much about the people who live and/or work/business Downtown -- it's also about the people who are getting their first impressions of an area they have heard more and more about all over the country. For Downtown to prosper, in my opinion, it must always remain accessible to the unacquainted. People are coming Downtown just to come Downtown again.
How long before the media articulates the economic value of that against the negative impacts of over-filming and obnoxious behavior by The Industry?
It's nearly midnight, and right now the shoot parked across the street among the residential buildings across the alley from The Palace seems to think it's a good time to use their power tools.
I'd call FilmLA, but what would be the point? Geoff Smith insists the production would never have gotten its permit without the permission of the building at the end of the block which insists it got neither a notice nor a request for a signature survey.
Something else that Ben pointed out to me - the contact person for oversight of FilmLA's contract with the City of Los Angeles is David Hirano in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. Hirano can accept complaints regarding FilmLA and make certain they are passed along. He can be reached on (213) 978.7621 or via email at david.hirano[at]lacity[dot]org.
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