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Chamber will be returning to the same building that was our previous home,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “The only difference is that the Chamber was then located on the ninth floor. Now we will be relocating to the ground floor and mezzanine.” The Chamber move was necessitated when the Roosevelt Hotel needed





fter nearly 25 years in the same location adjacent to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is making a big move to the Sunset Media Center, 6255 Sunset Blvd, Ste 150. The Chamber expects to be operating in the new office as of January 1, 2017. “Interestingly enough, the

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Chamber’s new home at 6255 Sunset Blvd.

O’Farrell Will Report on Critical Issues Facing the City


aving nearly completed his first term representing the 13th Council District, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell will have a lot to report at his fourth State of Hollywood address on Thursday, January 26th. “Every year, we encourage people to be sure and make their reservations early,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “We have sold out for this event in the past. We again expect a lot of interest.” The councilman, who is up for reelection in the primary on Tuesday, March 7th, has been endorsed for reelection by the Hollywood Chamber Political Action Committee. This year’s luncheon will be again be held at the Taglyan Cultural Center, 1201 N. Vine Street, with networking beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon following at 12 noon. Admission is $75 for Chamber members. Prime tables with signage can be reserved for $800. Reservations can be made online at or by calling (323)469-8311. O’Farrell has built a solid reputation as a councilman who understands the importance of maintaining a healthy business climate. He led the fight to be sure that the City Council considered business impacts before voting to raise the minimum wage. He was the first councilman to go on the record opposing Measure S, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, that would slap a building moratorium on

Los Angeles. He is working to create opportunities for more affordable housing and to reform City policy to help small, neighborhood businesses that drive the local Mitch O’Farrell economy. He recently pledged at the Chamber’s State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, that he will work to address issues that make it difficult for the film industry to shoot in Los Angeles. The Councilman’s district is the most diverse in the City, including the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, MidWilshire/Koreatown, Rampart Village and Silverlake. He understands the importance of Hollywood, its history, and its brand as a unique one-of-a-kind destination place for the rest of the world, said Chamber President Leron Gubler, who noted that “He is working to enhance Hollywood’s reputation as a world-class neighborhood in which to live, do business and visit. He promotes that it is an economic driver for the rest of L.A. as the entertainment capital of the world and a worldwide destination for tourists.”

Council President Herb Wesson assigned Councilmember O’Farrell as Chair of the Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River committee; Chair of Entertainment and Facilities; and a committee member of Economic Development committee, Energy and Environment committee, Public Safety committee, Public Works and Gang Reduction committee, as well as the ad hoc committee for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Presenting Sponsors as of press deadlines are Variety and the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Platinum Level Sponsor is Taglyan Cultural Complex. Gold Level Sponsors are Harman Press, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Pantages Theatre/Nederlander Concerts, and Paramount Pictures. Silver sponsors are CIM Group, FilmL.A., Inc., Hollywood Hotel, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, The Original Farmers Market, Paramount Contractors & Developers, US Bank, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company. For further information about sponsoring the luncheon, contact Kaylee Kiecker at: CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT representing business interests with government n 3

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n November, one of Hollywood’s most storied companies kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary. Capitol Records is a company that deserves a lot of appreciation from this community. Housed in one of Hollywood’s most iconic buildings, this firm has been located here in Hollywood for its entire history. There aren’t many companies you can say that about – especially in today’s corporate world. This firm was founded in 1942 by songwriter Johnny Mercer, by fellow songwriter and film producer Buddy DeSylva and by Glenn Walichs, the owner of famed Walichs Music City at the corner of Sunset and Vine. In fact, the original offices of Capitol were housed in that building. The company became the first West Coast-based label in the United States. After only four years, it grew to become one of the “Big Six” record labels. In 1955, it was acquired by EMI. In 2012, EMI sold its recorded music operations to the Universal Music Group and the world headquarters were reestablished at the Capitol Tower, with Steve Barnett as Chairman and CEO. That sparked a renaissance for this historic firm. By 2014, Capitol had risen from the number 5 label group in overall market share to the Capitol Records’ first home at number 2 position, and also swept all four Walichs Music City at the corner major awards categories at the Grammy’s. of Sunset and Vine. I am so pleased to see Capitol doing so well. When I came to Hollywood in 1992, major businesses were abandoning Hollywood by the dozens. Sometimes it seemed like we were on a sinking ship. It was a difficult challenge to turn things around. Although the parent corporation for a short while toyed with the idea of moving, ultimately Capitol’s management made the decision to stay in their iconic tower and to remain loyal to Hollywood. It just wouldn’t seem right for this company to be any place else. Their commitment helped to give us breathing room to address some of the issues that plagued Hollywood then until the rebound could begin. What makes Capitol special in my mind is how committed they have been to this commu- Frank Sinatra with a model of nity. Whenever we have needed assistance, Capitol Records Building a year Capitol has been there for us. They assigned before it was built. staff to assist us with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Walk of Fame in 2010. They have lent their beautiful building for chamber events on numerous occasions. Maureen Schultz, their Senior Vice President of Procurement, has served on the Chamber board several times, chaired the Walk of Fame Committee and currently serves on our Project Review Committee and the Entertainment Conference Committee. At the Entertainment Industry Conference, our chair of the board, Fariba Kalantari, presented a special recognition plaque to Capitol. We wish them a very happy 75th anniversary and look forward to working with them during their next 75 years!


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Workers from Top End create a Hollywood Star at the new office.

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its space back. A Chamber committee has been working for nearly two years identifying a new location for the Chamber. “We are very appreciative to the Roosevelt management for giving us plenty of time to plan for this move,” commented Gubler. He noted the new office will provide a state-of-the art, newly built-out space for the Chamber. A large conference room similar to the current board room will be provided as well as a smaller conference room that will house the Johnny Grant Library, presented by Variety. As a benefit to Chamber members, the new office will provide two hours free parking to visitors to the new office. “Kilroy Realty, our new landlord, has bent over backwards to accommodate our needs,” Gubler noted. “We are deeply indebted to them for making this so easy for us.” The Chamber has been located on either Hollywood Blvd. or Sunset Blvd. during its almost 95-year history. Founded in 1921, the first home of the Chamber was at 6553 Hollywood Blvd. In 1923, they relocated to 6530 Hollywood Blvd. However, immediately after that move, the Chamber started searching for a site on which to erect a new headquarters building. On November 3, 1925, a building permit was pulled for a two-story building at 6520 Sunset Boulevard. The building included an elaborate Churrigueresque ornamental pediment over the front entrance. A grand opening ceremony for the new building was held on July 14, 1926. The 7,500-sq.ft. building included a large auditorium, which could seat 400 people. The Chamber subleased space within the building to the county Continued on Page SIX

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then moved to 6255 Sunset Blvd. about 1998. In 1992, the Chamber offices were moved to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, initially in the hotel’s cabanas while its office space was built-out in what had once been the Meglin Dance Studio. Members of the task force that oversaw the relocation of the Chamber included: Donelle Dadigan (chair) of the Hollywood History Museum, Marty Shelton of NAI Capital Commercial,

tax assessor, to the IRS, and during World War II to the USO. However, by 1976, the Chamber decided that it would be more economical to lease office space rather than to own their headquarters. They sold the building to the Schaeffer Photo and Camera Supply Company. The Chamber moved its offices to the Sunset Vine Tower on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine, and

Chamber considered remodeling 6520 Sunset, before deciding to sell.

Interior of Chamber office at 6520 Sunset.

Mark Panatier of A.F. Gilmore Co., and Jeff Zarrinnam of the Hollywood Hotel. “Committee members spent countless hours volunteering their time to see that the Chamber ended up with an amazing location,” said Gubler. An open house to welcome Chamber members to the new office is being planned for February 14th. Stay tuned for additional information. Chamber banquet celebrating the move to 6520 Sunset Blvd. 6 n

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Development Battles Loom in 2017


s a new year opens, Hollywood will once again face the prospect of continued friction and uncertainty on development issues. Two hot-button issues will be debated and perhaps settled in 2017. On Tuesday, March 7, voters will decide on Measure S, also referred to as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. The no-growth initiative would slap a two-year moratorium on all projects that require an amendment to the City zoning code. Proponents claim the impact would be minimal, but opponents believe its passage would have a chilling effect on development and may push Los Angeles into a recession. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has gone on record as strongly opposed to the measure. “We believe its passage would lead to the loss of thousands of construction jobs, would have a drastic impact on the City’s ability to meet its housing needs, and would contribute to greater congestion within the entire region,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Chamber. “It simply goes too far.” Gubler noted that even after the two-year period, the moratorium would not be lifted unless the City adopts a new community plan for a neighborhood. Thus, the moratorium could remain indefinitely if opponents

file lawsuits to delay adoption or if the City does not have the resources to finalize a community plan. “Proponents of this measure do not want to see higher density around mass transit stations,” said Gubler. “The only alternative would then be to push development out to the perimeter of the metropolitan area or to spread it across the entire city, the out-

need to go through several levels of review before it can be adopted. In the interim, Hollywood has reverted to operating under a community plan that dates back to the 1980s. “A lot of changes have occurred in Hollywood since that time,” commented Gubler. “There was no subway then, businesses were fleeing Hollywood, and virtually no develop-

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has gone on record as strongly opposed to Measure S. “It simply goes too far,” Gubler noted adding that even after the two-year period, the moratorium would not be lifted unless the City adopts a new community plan for a neighborhood. come of which would be intensified congestion everywhere.” Also expected in 2017 is an effort to adopt an updated Hollywood Community Plan. On the last goaround with the community plan, the City spent eight years preparing a plan that was adopted in 2012, only to be thrown out by a judge in response to a lawsuit challenging the plan’s population projections. A new Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared by the City and will

ment. With several thousand housing units in the pipeline, 12 – 15 hotels proposed, and one-million sq.ft. of office space coming online, Hollywood needs a plan that meets our needs today.” Gubler promised that the Chamber would keep its members and the business community appraised of any new developments related to these issues. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy

TEAM Hollywood Committee Announces 2017 Meeting Dates


t its December meeting, members of the Chamber’s TEAM Hollywood (The Entertainment, Arts and Media Committee) were briefed by Chamber members - The Actors Fund, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (LACE), the Museum of Broken Relationships and Escape Hotel Hollywood. The TEAM Hollywood Co-chairs also announced the Committee’s 2017 meeting dates: 2017 Meeting Dates February 2, 2017 April 6, 2017 June 1, 2017 August 2, 2017 October 5, 2017 December 7, 2017

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce established the Entertainment, Arts, & Media Committee (TEAM Hollywood) in 2014. Its mission is to promote the Hollywood brand with the intention of preserving Hollywood’s homegrown entertainment industries with a focus on film, broadcasting, commercials, television and performing arts. The Committee additionally aims to cultivate new and emerging media so as to uphold Hollywood’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. TEAM Hollywood is co-chaired by Susan Cabral-Ebert of IATSE Local 706 Make-up and Hair Stylists and Maricela Gomez of Paramount

Pictures. The TEAM Hollywood Committee meets the first Thursday of alternating months at 12 noon. Through committee involvement, members have the opportunity to effect change in areas specific to their business, and to make business contacts. The Hollywood Chamber encourages you to take advantage of this important benefit of membership by participating in committees. Please contact your Membership representative to find out more information on how to become involved in TEAM Hollywood or any Chamber. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy n 7


Entertainment Conference Hits Stride at 5 Year Point


he 2016 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference has now reached its five year anniversary mark and the event has gotten rave reviews. Presented on November 30th at Loews Hollywood Hotel, the conference drew more than 350 people. Its theme was “Hollywood Without Borders: The Global Entertainment Industry.” The conference featured industry experts on the current challenges and opportunities facing the business, and also saw Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix presented with the “Commitment to California Award”. Co-chairs of the event were Sharon Keyser of Paramount Pictures and Doug Troy of Trailer Park. On behalf of the Entertainment Conference Planning Committee, they have extended a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors for their commitment to making this event so successful. It was the vision of the Board of Directors and the Planning Committee, they said, to inform, engage, and provide a networking forum for our entertainment partners while driving an important message to our legislators. Sponsors’ contributions helped make the committee’s vision a reality by helping to offset the cost of holding the Conference in an environment as beautiful and professional as the Loews Hotel Hollywood. “As we continue to grow this event, please know that our sponsors are vital to the success of this mission,” said Kaylee Kiecker, the

From left: Doug Troy, Dr Fariba Kalantari, Drew Barrymore, Sharon Keyser, Ted Sarandos, and Victor Coleman. Photo by Michael Germana

Chamber’s executive vice president. “You see, support from our partners is essential as they represent the jobs impacted by keeping production in California. We have been fortunate enough to have dedicated sponsors and this year we were able to attract quite a few new ones. Having such a vast array of support also reminds our legislators how broad the impact is to Southern Californians.” A very special thank you to our presenting sponsor Variety, and to our platinum sponsor, Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Breakfast sponsors included Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Trailer Park and Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media. Our gold level sponsors included California I.A.T.S.E Council, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FilmL.A., Inc., First Entertainment Credit Union, Harman Press,

MBS Positioned to Service Production Firms MBS Equipment Company is based in Culver City, California GROUP but has three strategic Hollywood locations covering the Valley, Hollywood’s West Side and MBS Media Campus in LA’s South bay. With exclusive studio partnerships throughout the US and operations in Canada and the UK, MBS Equipment Company is well positioned to service production wherever 8 n

they may go. Their partnerships have been key to their growth and success, each one based on strong relationships and a mutual respect for the business. With one of the largest overall equipment inventories worldwide, the largest inventory of the newest technology, and the ability and willingness to find innovative and creative lighting solutions that incorporate LED and conventional lighting techniques for both general set light-

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Meruelo Media, and Skydance Media. And our silver level sponsors included APM Music, AT&T, Capitol Music Group, Comcast|NBCUniversal, Emerson College Los Angeles, Gensler, Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Hollywood American Legion Post #43, The MBS Group, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, SAG-AFTRA, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company. We also received extra help from our friends at Mole-Richardson and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. It truly validates our efforts when all of these prominent organizations come together to support the Hollywood Chamber’s annual entertainment conference through sponsorship. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy

ing and fixtures work, MBS Equipment Company has become one of the fastest growing and most forward-thinking studio-based lighting companies in the world. To stay ahead of the curve, MBS Equipment Company turns to key industry leader through a consortium think tank dubbed MBSi, or MBS innovations, as a resource for sharing thoughts and ideas on industry trends in lighting technology and concepts as well as ways to implement and develop solutions for the future.


Street Vending Ordinance Framework Heads to City Council for Consideration


n early December, the L.A. Public Works and Gang Reductions Committee passed a framework and action plan to establish a citywide street vending policy. The proposed framework will next be sent to City Council for consideration.

Highlights of the proposed framework include: n Decriminalization of street vending. The proposal calls for the complete removal of misdemeanors and jail time. This proposal ensures that the city and enforcement agencies will never inquire about immigration status. n Establishes a Citywide ordinance with no opt out provision for neighborhoods. Vending areas will be citywide, in both commercial/industrial and residential zones. This citywide model allows for the creation of “vending zones” that have either increased sidewalk placement restrictions or limited restrictions depending on the character of certain neighborhoods. n The framework will include vending of both Food and Non Food items as well as incentives for selling “Healthy Foods”. n Require stationery sidewalk vendors to have the consent of adjacent business and property owners. n Requires certain permits and liability insurance for sidewalk vendors that indemnifies the City, BIDs and property and business owners. n Limits sidewalk vendors to two stationery operations per block in industrial and commercial areas and limits sidewalk vendors’ operating hours to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. n Requires adequate clearance for pedestrians and the disabled to use the sidewalks. Also requires vendors to provide trash receptacles and to keep the areas around stationery sidewalk vending operations clean. n Requires that vendors avoid conflicts with special event permits, including permits for filming and farmers’ markets. n Requires stationery sidewalk vendors operating in BIDs to pay additional fees to support BID services. n Prohibits all sidewalk vending before, during and after events at large venues n Allows a limited number of roaming sidewalk pushcart vendors to operate on pre-approved routes in residential areas Throughout the process, the Hollywood Chamber has warned against the creation of a “one-size fits all approach” for the legalization of sidewalk vending in Los Angeles, opting instead to support a system that would allow for Business Improvement Districts to “opt-out”. The Chamber has maintained that while street vending may be welcomed in some areas of the city, it is not appropriate in all areas and the City policy should account for that. “Hollywood Boulevard is the most famous street in the world and is home to some of LA’s most crowded sidewalks. With tens-of-thousands of visitors each day,

Hollywood Boulevard is already struggling with an overabundance of mobile food-carts, cd-vendors, street characters, and tour bus solicitors and cannot afford the increase in the number of street vendors that legalization of sidewalk vending would undoubtedly bring,” explained Nicole Shahenian, Chamber Vice President of Public Policy. Shahenian continued, “The City, LAPD, and County departments that oversee Any City-wide policy vending do not have enough staff resources on sidewalk vending as is, to properly enforce existing vendors. should at a Legalization of street minimum, allow for vending will only serve exacerbate an already an opt-out clause for to out of hand problem in Business Hollywood and on the Walk of Fame.” Improvement In addition to the Districts within the public safety concerns the legalization of City- where property with street vending, the Chamber expressed conowners pay an cerns to the Committee additional about the impacts of a ordinance on assessment to keep citywide Hollywood’s brick and their streets clean mortar establishments. Shahenian explained, and safe. “Nearly all of Hollywood and East Hollywood lie within City approved Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), where property owners have voluntarily assessed themselves to maintain streets and sidewalks, trash cans, parking spots, restrooms, and provide security. Mobile vendors located within a Business Improvement District would unfairly reap all the benefits of the property owner’s improvements, without being required to pay the same assessment fees”. The Chamber is asking its members to encourage the City to provide an “opt-out clause” for Business Improvement Districts. While street vending may be welcomed in some areas of the city, it is not appropriate in all areas and the City policy should account for that. Any Citywide policy on sidewalk vending should at a minimum, allow for an opt-out clause for Business Improvement Districts within the City- where property owners pay an additional assessment to keep their streets clean and safe. The City Council’s Economic Development Committee has established a website with further information on the sidewalk vending proposal. Additionally comments on the sidewalk vending proposal can be sent to City Council staff at CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT representing business interests with government n 9


CalChamber Releases A List of New Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2017


he California Chamber of Commerce has released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2017 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in California. Employers need to be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as the state minimum wage. Other new laws make small changes to different parts of existing list or may relate only to specific industries. Unless specified, all new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2017. This year, many bills feature delayed or phased-in implementation. The summaries below appear in a CalChamber white paper, available to download for free at

WAGE AND HOUR Several new California laws will affect employers’ wage-and-hour obligations in 2017. Minimum Wage SB 3 will increase the minimum wage over the next several years to $15 an hour. Effective January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour. The minimum wage increase will require all employers to post a new Minimum Wage Order (MW-2017). The upcoming minimum wage increase also will have an effect on other pay practices, such as the overtime rate. Agricultural Overtime AB 1066 will phase in increased overtime requirements for agricultural employees over the course of four years beginning January 1, 2019. Currently, agricultural employees are exempt from certain wage requirements. Itemized Wage Statements AB 2535 amends Labor Code Section 226 and clarifies that employees who are exempt from the payment of minimum wage and overtime are not required to have their hours tracked and logged on an itemized wage statement, commonly referred to as a pay stub. Payroll AB 1847 requires employers who must notify employees of their eli10 n

gibility for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit to also notify these employees that they may be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit. The bill updates the required notice that must be given to employees. Challenges to Minimum Wage Violations Under AB 2899, employers who contest a Labor Commissioner ruling that they failed to pay the minimum wage must post a bond equal to the unpaid wages, excluding penalties. Local Wage Enforcement SB 1342 grants local officials or department heads the power to issue subpoenas and to report noncompliance with employment-related ordinances, such as local minimum wage ordinances, to superior court judges. The legislative intent of this new law further encourages cities and counties to enact measures to combat wage theft. Janitorial Workers AB 1978 enacts new recordkeeping, registration and training requirements for the janitorial industry. Overtime for Private Elementary or Secondary School Teachers Under AB 2230, private school employees will need to meet a new minimum earnings test that will look at the comparable salaries offered to

public school teachers in the school district or county, rather than the state minimum wage. This legislation is effective July 1, 2017. Licensure Requirements for Hair Salons/Nail Salons AB 2437 requires any establishment that is licensed by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) (e.g., hair salons, nail salons, estheticians, etc.) to post a notice regarding workplace rights and wage-and-hour laws by July 1, 2017. The Labor Commissioner must create the model notice. Failure to post the notice will result in a fine. Domestic Workers SB 1015 extends the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which was to be repealed on January 1, 2017. Temporary Services; Wages Under the Labor Code, employees of a temporary service employer must be paid weekly, regardless of when the assignment ends. AB 1311 applies the weekly pay requirement to security guards employed by private patrol operators who are temporary services employers. This urgency legislation took effect on July 25, 2016. Discrimination and Retaliation Protections Several new laws expand employee protections for 2017. Fair Pay Last year, significant amendments were made to California’s equal pay laws to address gender wage inequality. This year, two new bills expand California’s Fair Pay Act. SB 1063 prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees wage rates that are less than the rates paid to employees of another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work. AB 1676 specifies that, under the Fair Pay Act, prior salary cannot, by itself, justify any disparity in compensation. Harassment Prevention Training AB 1661 requires local agency officials, including local elected officials, to receive sexual harassment prevention training and education whenever those officials receive any type of compensation, salary or stipend. All-Gender Restrooms AB 1732 sets a new requirement that, beginning

March 1, 2017, all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or government agency must be identified as “all-gender” toilet facilities. Immigration-Related Protections Employers are required by federal law to verify an employee’s eligibility to work using the Form I-9 process. Under federal law, it is unlawful for employers to ask for more or different documentation than is required by the Form I-9, refuse to accept documents that appear genuine on their face or engage in other types of document abuse. SB 1001 makes this type of conduct unlawful under state law as well. Definition of Employee AB 488 revises the definition of employee under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to authorize an individual employed under a special license in a nonprofit sheltered workshop, day program or rehabilitation facility to bring an action under the FEHA for any form of prohibited harassment or discrimination. Human Trafficking AB 1684 authorizes the DFEH to receive, investigate and prosecute complaints from victims of human trafficking. The DFEH can bring civil actions on behalf of these victims. State Contracts and AntiDiscrimination Certification AB 2844 requires those who bid, propose or renew a contract of $100,000 or more with a state agency to certify their compliance with the Unruh Civil Rights Act and FEHA. Discrimination Regulations and Enforcement SB 1442 consolidates various anti-discrimination regulations and enforcement and investigatory powers under the jurisdiction of the DFEH. It removes other state agencies’ authority to issue regulations prohibiting discrimination.

LEAVES OF ABSENCE AND BENEFITS Several new laws relate to employee benefits and leaves of absences. Paid Family Leave Benefits Effective January 1, 2018, AB 908

increases the amount of paid family leave (PFL) benefits an employee can receive from 55 percent of earnings to either 60 percent or 70 percent of earnings, depending on the employee’s income. Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Protections AB 2337 requires employers with 25 or more employees to provide employees with written notice about the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to take protected time off for medical treatment or legal proceedings. A required form must be given to all new employees when hired and to current employees upon request. The Labor Commissioner is required to develop the form on or before July 1, 2017. Employers are not required to comply with this notice requirement until the Labor Commissioner posts the new form on its website. Private Retirement Savings Plans SB 1234 approves the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program (SCRSP), which is a staterun retirement plan for private-sector workers. Specific prerequisites must be met before the SCRSP can be implemented, and it may be some time before we actually see this program up and running. Paid Sick Leave SB 3 extends California’s paid sick leave law to cover in-home supportive services workers beginning July 1, 2018. AB 2393 provides specific rules relating to the interaction of sick leave and parental leave for school district employees working in positions requiring certification qualifications. Disability Benefits AB 2886 extends the appeal time for disability benefits from 20 to 30 days, effective March 1, 2018.

BACKGROUND CHECKS Two new laws affect how background checks are conducted. Juvenile Criminal History Information AB 1843 prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant’s juvenile convictions or using such convictions as a factor in determining any condition of employment.

Criminal Background Check — Ride Sharing Services AB 1289 requires a “transportation network company” (think Uber and Lyft) to conduct local and national criminal background checks for each participating driver and prohibits the use of drivers with certain types of convictions.

WORKPLACE SAFETY Several new laws affect workplace safety, including a package of bills that took effect June 9, 2016. Indoor Heat Illness SB 1167 requires Cal/OSHA to propose a heat-illness and injury prevention standard for indoor workers by January 1, 2019. Driving AB 1785 reaffirms the general ban on using wireless electronic devices while driving, but amends existing law to authorize drivers to use their hand to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the device with a single swipe or tap, as long as the device is mounted so as not to hinder the driver’s view of the road. Smoking A package of bills was signed earlier this year that extend the ban on workplace smoking. These rules took effect June 9, 2016.

PUBLIC WORKS AND PREVAILING WAGES A number of new laws relate to public works and prevailing wages. Employers who provide services or construction work on public works projects for the government or publicsector entities must pay the prevailing wage, which is usually significantly higher than the minimum wage. The bills include: AB 326 requires the release of funds held pending a prevailing wage determination; AB 1926 relates to the payment of apprentices for pre-employment activities, such as testing or training; SB 954 limits the ability for a nonunion contractor to receive a credit for certain payments made against the prevailing wage. The full list of 2017 new employment laws is available in a free CalChamber white paper at CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT representing business interests with government n 11


Chamber Plans Annual Awards Media Welcome Center 2017 MEDIA WELCOME CENTER FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS® DATE: Thursday, February 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. LOCATION: TCL Chinese Theatre – Grauman’s Ballroom


he Boulevard is bustling during the days leading up to the Academy Awards® and the Chamber rolls out the red carpet for the press! Each year, media from all over the world look forward the visiting the Hollywood Chamber’s Awards Media Welcome Center where they can learn what’s happening in Hollywood before, during, and long after award season. This year’s Media Center will be presented by Variety and will attract major press outlets, national and international media, entertainment reporters, travel publications, and local news crews. The media enjoys menu samples and gains access to exhibits and exclusive interviews with sponsors as well as Hollywood historians and entertainment industry leaders. The

Accredited media at the Chamber’s Awards Media Welcome Center

event is invite-only and garners approximately 100 various press outlets from around the world which are all AMPAS accredited. The Presenting Sponsor of this annual event Variety. The Partnering sponsor of the event is Madame Tussauds, who will kick off the event with an unveiling of their wax figure of Benedict Cumberbatch! Platinum level sponsors include the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, Line

204 Events, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and TCL Chinese Theatre. Our Gold level sponsors include Top End Constructors and Metro MD. Our Silver level sponsor is Monster Energy Drink. To learn how your company can be promoted to the international press during award season, contact Kaylee Kiecker at CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT promoting Hollywood

Chamber Honors Three Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame


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he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce added three stars to the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk in the past two months. Actor Ryan Reynolds was honored on December 15th with 2,596th star in the category of Motion Pictures at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Director Lee Daniels was honored with 2,595th star on December 2nd in the category of Television at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. Toshiro Mifune was honored posthumously with 2,594th star on November 14th in the category of Motion Pictures at 6912 Hollywood Blvd. Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanked members of the media who cover star ceremonies regularly, and help the Chamber’s mission in promoting Hollywood around the world. Watch Walk of Fame star ceremonies on

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Hollywood Chamber Welcomes New Member Businesses in November at Paley.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held the November Business After Hours which was generously hosted by PALEY. Located at the heart of the beautifullyredeveloped Columbia Square, PALEY. reimagines classic Hollywood glamour for a modern era and serves a modern and dynamic menu of California cuisine with influences from L.A.’s multicultural heritage. Chair Fariba Kalantari, DDS welcomed the following new member businesses to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce: Amanda Green, Amanda Green; Rob Manikowski, The Appointment Group; Ion Beroiz Lopez, Escape Hotel Hollywood; Jeff Zarrinnam, Ferris Wehbe, Larry Neuberg, Hollywood Distillery Inc.; Carolyn Schneider, Hollywood Proper Residences; LaShanda Maze, Imagine LA; Dan Sadleir, Lights, Camera, Body!; Lucy Martirosian, Noubar’s El Adobe Pharmacy - Hollywood Blvd.; Vartan Gevorkian, Noubar’s El Adobe Pharmacy - Wilshire Blvd.; Sarah Whitaker, ParkerWhitaker Productions.

RENEWING MEMBERS American Academy of Dramatic Arts Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP Assn of Independent Commercial Producers Beverly Hills Cab Company Blessed Sacrament Church & School Bogie's Liquor Boys And Girls Club Of Hollywood BREATHE California of Los Angeles County Buffalo Wild Wings Cambra Realty Greer Dailey Inc. Public Affairs Co Hollywood Bowl / L.A. Philharmonic Hollywood Commercial Realty, Inc. Hollywood Hookah Lounge Inc. Hollywood Media Center Hollywood Orange Land, LLC iFLY Hollywood Indoor Skydiving j2 Global, Inc. Jameson's Irish Pub Kitchen 24, LLC La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Los Angeles City College Foundation Mc Carty & Company NthoNet Inc. Pink's Hot Dogs Ralph Edwards / Stu Billett Productions Related California Selma Avenue Elementary Silvers Investment Company Sony Pictures Entertainment SPEC Concepts Super 8 Motel - Hollywood US Bank Warwick Woman’s Club of Hollywood, CA YogaWorks

NEW MEMBER BUSINESSES OF THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER Claire O’Farrell Design Claire O’Farrell 1626 N. Poinsettia Place, Unit 102 Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323)498-0983

M Wear, LLC Micheal Wilson 900 S. Figueroa St., Ste 708 Los Angeles, CA 90015 (305)796-3104

Servpro of Hollywood Hills Meroujan Kitsinian 5107 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 101 Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323)667-3100

Communitas Design LLC Timothy Grubbs 1425 N. Sierra Bonita Ave. #414 Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323)828-4772

Noubar’s El Adobe Pharmacy Hollywood Blvd. Lucy Martirosian 5207 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323)461-9451

Silverback Coffee of Rwanda Jack Karuletwa 3221 S. Hill St., Ste. 112 Los Angeles, CA 90007 (213)800-5850

American Society of Cinematographers Richard Crudo 1782 N. Orange Dr. Hollywood, CA 90028 (323)969-4333

D’s Dubai Sauce Syed Imran 6510 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 (323)406-9786

Noubar’s El Adobe Pharmacy Wilshire Blvd. Vartan Martirosian 2010 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057 (213)413-3999

Star Cleaning System Ronald Sinclair 7095 Hollywood Blvd. #547 Hollywood, CA 90028 (844)439-7827

Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods, Inc. Robert Salazar 2810 San Antonio Dr. Fowler, CA 93625 (559)834-4787

IBEW Local 40/A. NECA JATC Gerald McGrory 5643 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91601 (818)762-4239

Pacific Sound and Vision David MacFadyen 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 305 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310)699-3288

The Actors Fund Keith McNutt 5757 Wilshire Dr., Ste. 400 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323)933-9244

1600 Hudson, LLC Bruce Rothman 2870 Los Feliz Place, 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323)966-4989 A Day in LA Tours Scott Morrison 1253 11th St., Unit 2 Santa Monica, CA 90401 (818)538-6287

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Chamber Welcomes the New Museum of Broken Relationships to Hollywood

COMMUNITAS DESIGN LLC Design is a collaborative process that weaves client dialogue, ideas, and creativity into one expression which ultimately creates a sense of place and community. Communitas Design, LLC is an urban planning and landscape architecture design firm that emphatically believes art and landscape can merge as a singular expression of a memorable project identity. Tim Grubbs, President 1425 N Sierra Bonita Ave, #414, Los Angeles, CA 90046 Call (323)828-4772 •

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce staff was on hand recently to celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Museum of Broken Relationships Los Angeles at 6751 Hollywood Blvd. John B. Quinn founded the Los Angeles branch in the heart of Hollywood, a city of dreams – many realized and many not – which often leave broken relationships in their wake. Stop by and experience the museum which shares touching heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions spread all over the two levels of the museum. Visit their website to see how you too can donate your object to the Museum and take part in the creation of collective emotional history.

AMANDA GREEN Amanda Green is classically trained multi-instrumentalist composer and recording artist specializing in original piano/vocal performance, arrangement and iOS DAW/synthesizer technology. A Miami Beachnative, Green has been recognized by the Miami NewTimes as Best Songwriter and Best Female Solo Artist. Before moving to Los Angeles four years ago, Green performed annually at Miami’s Art Basel Festival and was commissioned to compose classical pieces currently still in repertory at the Miami Theater Center. Amanda also creates custom pop visual art images which are used regularly in visual promotional items for people such as comedian Andy Dick and satirist Phil Hendrie. Contact

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BOBBY SALAZAR’S MEXICAN FOODS Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods business started 23 years ago, but their recipes go back for generations! The familyowned business specializes in serving delicious salsa, made fresh with the Central Valley’s finest produce. Bobby Salazar’s Salsa Products are found in supermarkets throughout California, Nevada, and Oregon - WalMart, Vons, Pavilions, FoodMaxx, WinCo, SaveMart, Lucky’s, Food4Less, Safeway, and Costco. Salsa Flavors include Mild, Medium Restaurant Style, Medium Fire Roasted, Hot Salsa Verde, Chipotle Medium. Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods offer perfect salsa for dipping or cooking! Bobby Salazar, President 2810 San Antonio Dr, Fowler, CA 93625 Call (559)834-4787 •

MEMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT SPOTLIGHT IBEW LOCAL 40/L.A. NECA JATC The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 40/Los Angeles Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (IBEW Local 40/L.A. NECA JATC) has been training apprentice and Journeyman Electricians working in the movie industry since the silent film era. Established in 1923, IBEW Local 40 was the first skilled trade to unionize in Hollywood. Working together with the four other Basic Craft unions and in partnership with the AMPTP, Local 40 plays an important role in making Hollywood motion picture and television productions and the Hollywood studio lots safe and enjoyable places to work. The IBEW Local 40/L.A. NECA JATC Inside Wireman apprenticeship program consists of five-years classroom instruction in all aspects of the electrical trade and 8000hours of paid on the job training working primarily on new construction and maintenance projects on the lots of the major Hollywood studios and the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Their apprentices helped make the magic. IBEW Local 40/L.A. NECA JATC are affiliated with the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Council of the Electrical Training Alliance. Their apprentices graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities to work as IBEW Journeyman Inside Wiremen anywhere in the United States, but they choose to work in Hollywood. Gerald McGrory, Training Director 5643 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood CA 91601 Call (818)762-4239

NOUBAR’S EL ADOBE PHARMACY Established in 1955, Noubar’s El Adobe Pharmacy & Medical Supplies is one of the oldest pharmacies in Hollywood in the historical El Adobe Building on the corner of Hollywood Blvd., and Kingsley Drive. For the past 61 years, their philosophy has been the commitment, service, caring sensitivity and dignity for the people they love

and serve. Their goal is to provide a cost effective and reliable way for their customers to obtain quality care, medication, consultation, treatment and services. With two locations in Hollywood and Wilshire, Noubar’s El Adobe Full Prescription Pharmacy offers Prescription, Refills & Transfers, Prescription Consulting, Medical Supplies & Equipment, Home Health Care, Orthopedic Supplies, Vitamins & Supplements, Personal Care, Wide Selection of OTC Products, Skin Care, Sexual Health, Baby & Infant Care, Optical Supplies, Beauty & Cosmetics, Unique Gifts, Ear Piercing and Free Delivery. Lucy Martirosian, CEO & Managing Director Hollywood: 5207 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 Wilshire: 2010 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057 Hollywood: (323)461-9451 • Wilshire: (213)413-3999 •

D’S DUBAI SAUCE D’s Dubai Sauce is a modern grill which showcases a variety of flavors in its cuisines… they bring the best flavors from all around the world into one place. Their hand-crafted fresh grilled meats combined with any of their savory sauces will satisfy all your cravings. Open late.

THE APPOINTMENT GROUP The Appointment Group (TAG) is an award-winning global travel management company dedicated to clients from offices in London, Manchester, New York, Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore.

Syed Imran, Partner 6510 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Call (323)406-9786 •

For almost 30 years, TAG has been devoted to servicing global travel demands in multiple divisions such as Corporate, Music Touring, Events, Private Client, Sports, and Film & Media. Global preferred partnerships allow TAG to offer the most competitive rates in the industry for air, hotel, car and other ancillary services. Headquartered in London with 300 employees worldwide, TAG is independently owned and operated and currently ranked as the 48th largest Travel Agency in the world by Travel Weekly’s Power List 2016. Please contact Rob Manikowski for any travel services. Rob Manikowski, Business Manager 10940 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Call (424)248-2572 •

• Refer a new business for membership via an introduction email. You must include the business or organization being referred in your email along with their contact name, email address and phone number.

Refer a New Member Business and Get $25 Off Your Membership

• If they join, your business will receive one-time $25 off dues on the next anniversary date of your membership. • There are no limits on referrals. You will receive $25 off on membership Refer a member. dues for each member you refer when they join the Chamber.

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Value Added Bonus to Your Business:

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Chamber Celebrates Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive, Welcomes Members The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed new businesses at its December Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive generously hosted by the Hollywood American Legion Post 43. Chair Fariba Kalantari, DDS, and JJ Connaughton welcomed these new member businesses: Robert Salazar, Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods, Inc.; Claire O’Farrell, Claire O’Farrell Design; Fabio Conti, Conti Santi Properties; Syed Imran, D’s Dubai Sauce (not pictured); and Micheal Wilson, M Wear, LLC. The Chamber partnered with the Office of Senator Ben Allen on the toy drive. Toys were donated to the Hollywood Fire Department. A string quartet performed holiday music courtesy of the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra.

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Hollywood Business Advocate Jan/Feb 2017  

In this issue of the Hollywood Business Advocate, President & CEO Leron Gubler discusses Capitol Celebration marking the 75th anniversary of...

Hollywood Business Advocate Jan/Feb 2017  

In this issue of the Hollywood Business Advocate, President & CEO Leron Gubler discusses Capitol Celebration marking the 75th anniversary of...