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view of the world-famous Hollywood Sign while on the other there is a unique view of Downtown Hollywood. Gochnauer said that the “heart” of the hotel is the Ever Bar. “We have an amazing bar team with 32 craft cocktails on the menu, which is designed to be an experience,” she said, noting this is where people gather. On Thursday evenings, the hotel staff programs entertainment in the Ever Bar. She noted that while the bar can be lively in the evenings, the rooms are quiet and guests can enjoy the public spaces.



ollywood’s roll out of new hotels continues. On August 3rd, the Kimpton Everly Hotel opened at the corner of Argyle and Yucca. The 216-room, 16-story hotel is hard to miss and will be a new landmark on the Hollywood skyline. “So far, the guest feedback has been amazing,” said Ashley Gochnauer, general manager of the property. “People seem to really like the hotel, especially business travelers, who seem pleased that it has less of a party vibe.” She noted that guests especially seem to like the views. On one side of the hotel, guests have an unobstructed

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General Manager Ashley Gochnauer invites you to the new Everly Hotel.

Chamber Plans a Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries


oin the Hollywood Chamber for its “Celebration of Anniversary Events” where Leron Gubler will be recognized for his 25 years at the helm of the Chamber! It is an ideal opportunity for your organization to show support of our community leader while giving your team a night in Hollywood they won’t forget! Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries will be held on Tuesday, September 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the new Kimpton Everly Hotel Poolside. Program will begin at 7 p.m. Emcees of the event will be actress Tippi Hedren, celebrating the 50th anniversary of her film “The Countess from Hong Kong,” and Producer Vin Di Bona, who is celebrating 10 years of having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Councilmember David Ryu, CD-4 will be opening with welcome remarks. Media and party guests will also celebrate the anniversaries of Ana Martinez, who has been ‘handling the stars’ for 30 years and Vivian Kish, the Chamber’s executive assistant, who will be recognized for 20 years of service. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is the Presenting Sponsor and will be celebrating 20 years of membership with the Chamber. Variety is the Partnering Sponsor and Gold Level

Sponsors include Kimpton Everly Hotel, Premiere Events, Belmont Village who are celebrating 15 years in Hollywood, Fancifull Gift Baskets & Fine Foods who are celebrating 30 years as a Chamber member, as well as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel which will be celebrating 90 years in

Holding’s Craig Darian for 30 years involved with the Chamber; and Paramount Contractors & Developers for 40 years as a Chamber member. Guests and media are asked to wear silver or sequins and will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dessert displays, giveaways, photo stations, wine tastings, and festive decor to mark this special occasion. Other Silver Level sponsors are CIM Group, The CW Network, Harridge Development Group, Hollywood Hotel, Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Iron Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Mountain Entertainment Kimpton Everly Hotel Services, Kaiser 1800 Argyle Avenue, Hollywood Permanente Los Angeles Hollywood! We also have recogni- Medical Center, The Original Farmers tions planned for several of our Silver Market, Pavemint, and Southern Level sponsors: Briggs Law will be California Gas Company. recognized for 10 years as a Chamber Supporting businesses include member; Gift of Fame for 30 years as Anheuser-Busch, A Little Scene Flip a Chamber member; Hollywood Books, Bliss Spa, Bogart Spirits, Foto Hotel’s Jeff Zarrinnam for 30 years Spark, DJ Crash, KPR/Alison involved with the Chamber; IATSE Kennedy, Nonstop Printing, TCS Local 706 celebrates 85 years in Premier Events, and 204 Events. Hollywood; JLL’s Nicole Mihalka for Kimpton Everly Hotel is located at 15 years involved with the Chamber; 1800 Argyle Ave. Valet parking is $12. Managed Career Solutions for 20 Admission is $55 through years as a Chamber member; September 16th. Register online at Occidental Entertainment Group

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here may be no more thorny issue to deal with in Hollywood than access to the Hollywood Sign. As the most important landmark in Southern California and an international icon, it is easy to understand why tourists and Angelenos would be drawn to the Sign. At the same time, it is easy to understand why residents in the neighborhoods under the Sign can get irritated by the disruption to their lives caused by the sheer numbers of constant visitors passing through their streets. And of course matters are even more complicated when these issues impact numerous different neighborhoods as well as Griffith Park, which serves so many different constituencies. To make solutions even more difficult, there is not unanimity in the neighborhoods on a course of action. While we don’t Recently, the City closed off one access point have any into Griffith Park and to the Hollywood Sign at the top of Beachwood Drive to satisfy one immediate group of residents, only to be sued by another answers, it doesn’t group that wanted to keep the access points hurt for us to take open. Councilmember David Ryu has commissioned a study to look at mobility issues in the a look at this areas surrounding Griffith Park. We will deficomplicated nitely be interested in what the study reveals and any solutions proposed. challenge. I have long felt that the Chamber should see where it can assist in these matters and so have formed a Hollywood Hills Mobility Task Force to explore things that can be done to ease or resolve the issues. While we don’t have any immediate answers, it doesn’t hurt for us to take a look at this complicated challenge. I remain convinced that the best way to reduce the number of visitors going into the residential neighborhoods is to provide a viable alternative that gives the public the access that is desired. And by “viable” I mean access that would be close enough for a good view and easier to use (such as parking, etc.). Imagine if there were a Hollywood Sign visitors center with a movie about the Sign, etc. I believe it would be very popular with visitors. Where such a center could be located is the hard part, but of course if it were easy, this would already have been done! And so we are seeking solutions. If you have any ideas, please share them with us. You can email me at or our President & CEO at We hope to hear from you!!

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“Everything is open to the public, with the exception of the pool deck on the 5th floor,” she added. In order to access that area, a non-hotel guest would need to rent one of the six cabanas on that level. The interior designer for the hotel is Ave Bradley, the creative director and senior vice president of design for Kimpton Hotels. Gochnauer said that typically she partners with a design firm, but she wanted to design this hotel herself as her “love letter” to the Hollywood Hills. She wanted it light and airy and wanted it to have a true living room feel. She collected all of the furniture over the years and then assembled everything. “She wanted the whole hotel to be comfortable and wanted people to sink-in and stay awhile,” commented Gochnauer. “She wanted it to be a space utilized equally by hotel guests and locals. The design is meant to inspire that. She wanted to bring in the neighbors and create good energy.” The hotel general manager has been with the Everly team since January, but has been with Kimpton Hotels for seven years, having also worked for their other two local hotels – the Palomar in Beverly Hills and the Hotel Wilshire in the Miracle Mile. She has lived in Hollywood for the past five years, only one block away from the Everly, and loves it – especially her three-minute walking commute. She said that Kimpton is the pioneer for boutique hotels, having been founded in 1981. Back then, all hotels followed the big box concept. There are 65 Kimptons worldwide, with several more in the pipeline. They just opened hotels on Grand Cayman Island and in Amsterdam. Another hotel is scheduled to open in West Hollywood in October. The firm was acquired two years ago by IHG Hotels, which has more of a global reach and which has launched the international expansion. Other features of the Everly include 5,000-sq.ft. of traditional meeting rooms. The largest meeting room can accommodate 160 people for a sit-down meal or 200 for a stand-up reception.

The hotel boasts spacious hangouts, comfortable decor, and rooftop swimming pool.

The hotel restaurant, Jane Q, has a name that is a play off the more traditional John Q. Guests are able to order their menu at a counter and then have it delivered to their tables. Jane Q is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The Ever Bar hours are 3 p.m. to

midnight Mondays through Fridays. On weekends, Ever Bar remains open until 2 a.m. The hotel also provides a fitness center. Parking is available by valet. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy

Hampton Inn Opens On Vine Street


esides the new Kimpton Everly Hotel, another hotel opened its doors in Hollywood in August – the new 112-room Hampton Inn & Suites Los Angeles/Hollywood, located at 1133 North Vine Street. Located in the heart of Hollywood, the hotel is within walking distance to many Hollywood shops and attractions. Together with the new Dream Hotel that opened in July and the Everly, the three hotels add more than 500 rooms to the Hollywood market. “We are thrilled to be among the historic Hollywood community as the newest Hilton hotel to the area in more than 10 years,” said Richard Engelhard, general manager. We strive to offer consistent and quality accommodations with value-added amenities such as our complimentary hot breakfast buffet.” Owned by ESPY Management, LLC and managed by Evolution Hospitality, Hampton Inn & Suites Los Angeles/Hollywood offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a state-of-the art fitness center, access to a 24-hour business center, a coffee shop (which is expected to open soon) and an outdoor pool. Additionally, the hotel has 360sq.ft. of meeting space that can accommodate small gatherings. Each guestroom consists of a mini-refrigerator, microwave, HDTV and coffeemaker. The new hotel is conveniently located on Vine Street between Sunset and Santa Monica Blvds. It replaces a former 70-room Vagabond Inn that was previously located on the site. There will be 40 employees at the hotel. Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serve value conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,275 properties with nearly 230,000 rooms in 18 countries and territories. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy n 5


City Seeks to Create Linkage Fee for Housing


ith Los Angeles facing one of the worst housing crises in the nation, the City of Los Angeles is considering an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee proposed by Mayor Garcetti to raise money to build more affordable housing within the City. The Board of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce expressed concerns at its July meeting about the proposal, which is moving fairly quickly through the approval process. What is proposed is a fee of $5 per square foot for commercial (non-residential) new construction and $12 a square foot for residential construction. The fee would be adjusted annually according to the change in the Consumer Price Index. Fees would be collected at the time a building permit is issued. A $12 fee on a 1,000-sq.ft. residence would add $12,000 to the cost of a unit. Estimates are that the fee has the potential to generate between $75 and $92-million per year. Even under the most optimistic forecast, the linkage fee would produce no more than 613 units annually. Other cities that have implemented linkage fees have gained no more than 100 units per year. Concerns by the Chamber were raised as to whether the small number of

affordable units that might be gained balanced the negative impacts caused by a linkage fee. Chamber directors noted that any additional fee tacked onto new projects would be passed on to either the renters or buyers of homes. They felt the relatively small number of units that could be built did not justify raising prices on projects that are already expensive. Board member Jerry Neuman of Liner Law said, “A new tax on development will only result in increasing the affordability gap by potentially providing for low income housing at the expense of workforce and middle market rents, because the additional costs will have to be borne by the other units in the system. This will only force those rents up.” He said there would also be an impact on commercial buildings where markets like Hollywood are finally seeing a resurgence in office development and job growth. He feared that the market would be hindered by unassociated costs to support low income housing development as opposed to workforce housing which is desperately needed.

David Simon of Kilroy Realty said that the City already gets a lot of fees for affordable housing that come through community benefits negotiations with developers. He said it would almost amount to “double-dipping” for the City to charge a linkage fee on top of the amounts that have already been negotiated with developers. The Chamber board noted that they are very supportive of building more affordable housing in the City, but felt this proposal was not the answer to the City’s affordable housing woes. They urged the City to slow down the process and to look at the broader picture of how to incentivize the building of more affordable housing. One local developer, Ed Miller of Cal Coast Development, suggested a phase-in of any proposed linkage fees. “Perhaps the fee could be phased in over a period of three to five years, which would give some relief to developers who have existing sites, which would give some time for price adjustments to be reflected in the cost of land to accommodate Measure JJJ or linkage fees,” he suggested.

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Chamber Slates Entertainment Industry Conference Nov 30th


lans for the Chamber’s 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference are well under way with committee co-chairs Susanne Ault of Variety and Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures at the helm. This year’s conference will take place on Thursday, November 30th at the Loews Hotel Hollywood and will include exclusive conversations with top level industry leaders. The event will also include the presentation of the Commitment to California Award, which will go to an entertainment executive who has made a tremendous impact on our great state. Past honorees have included Ted Sarandos, Roy Price, Vin Di Bona, Michael Chiklis, Shawn Ryan, and Anthony E. Zuiker. The half-day conference will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a packed program through 1:30

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p.m. Early Bird Special rate through Monday, November 27th is $99. Admission thereafter is $125. Reserve at “Since this conference was first held six years ago, it has quickly grown into a major confab to discuss the future of our signature industry,” noted Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler. “Last year’s event drew widespread media attention. We expect this year to be no different.”

At time of press, sponsors of the conference include Variety as Presenting Sponsor and Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building as Platinum Sponsor. Breakfast Level includes Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Paramount Pictures. Gold Level includes City National Bank, Hudson Pacific Properties. Silver Level includes AT&T, Capitol Music Group, Comcast | NBCUniversal, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers For more information about the State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, contact Kaylee Kiecker at CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy


CA State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez Addresses Hollywood Health and Wellness Business Community

Chamber Board of Directors Votes to Oppose State Legislation on County Contracts


From left: Terry Walker of Providence St. Joseph, Co-chair Hedyeh Khalili of Altamed, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, Leron Gubler, and Co-chair Manuel Rodriguez of La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center.


n Wednesday, August 9th, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee kicked off its first Speaker Series event, which featured Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez. He joined members of the health and wellness community at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center to discuss the future of healthcare in California and the effects that potential health policy may have on the Hollywood community. Hernandez represents the 22nd Senate District, which encompasses the cities and communities of the San Gabriel Valley. He is also a practicing optometrist and a businessman in his hometown of La Puente. It was this unique background as a policymaker, physician, and businessman that made Senator Hernandez the perfect speaker to launch this new series. During his speech, Senator Hernandez discussed important healthcare-related issues, such as how California has best prepared itself if the Affordable Healthcare Act were repealed and the feasibility of California introducing a “single payer” healthcare system. This was followed by a 20 minute Q&A, where guests were given the opportunity to ask the Senator questions important to them and the Hollywood community. “It was so helpful and informative to hear Senator Hernandez provide a real-time update and incisive analysis on the issues affecting the healthcare debate and where California stands on the future of the Affordable Care Act,” said Chamber member and attendee Kathleen Felesina, Director of Fund Development at Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove. The Healthcare Committee, which is co-chaired by Hedyeh Khalili and Manuel Rodriguez, plans to hold a Speaker Series event every quarter. The committee will be hosting its next event towards the end of the year, Members interested in joining the planning committee may contact the Chamber Government Relations Coordinator, Jacob Jauregui at

ast month, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to oppose Assembly Bill 1250. The bill would prohibit counties from contracting out personal services currently or customarily performed by that county’s employees. The only exception would be if the board of supervisors can clearly demonstrate the contract will result in actual cost savings for the duration of the contract, as compared with the county’s actual costs of providing the same services. The recommendation from the Legislative Action Committee stated that “counties serve their residents with a vast array of services, using a variety of tools and arrangements. State statutes and federal laws already limit their contracting out efforts. AB 1250 adds even more restrictions and administrative costs, raising costs without boosting real accountability.” The Hollywood Chamber joins the California Chamber of Commerce, California State Association of Counties, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in opposing the bill. AB 1250, which had previously passed the Assembly, has been placed in the suspense file by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which places bills that would have a significant fiscal impact on hold.

Hollywood Chamber Joins Coalition to Support Prescription Drug Transparency State Legislation


he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has joined the coalition of supporters for Senate Bill 17, which would bring much needed transparency and accountability to the pricing of prescription drugs in California. Authored by Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, it would fundamentally require health plans and insurers to report specified information related to prescription drug pricing to the California Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care. This bill would take the necessary steps in ensuring that consumers are given prior notice by pharmaceutical companies before raising prices and asks health plans to report the proportion of premiums spent on prescription drugs. Skyrocketing prescription drug prices drastically affect the affordability and accessibility for many Californians. “SB 17 helps shine a light into the shadows of out-of-control drug prices. Patients who need access to a particular drug don’t have the option to forgo treatment or find another option when the price gets too high,” said Senator Hernandez. “They are forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions or paying their mortgage – and the public has had enough.” Dr. Hernandez’s comments reflect the Chamber’s reasoning for supporting this bill and his experience as a physician gives him the needed perspective as the author to ensure its overall success. The bill has passed the Senate and is awaiting passage in the Assembly.

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PUBLIC POLICY Senate President ProTem Kevin de Leon Addresses Hollywood at the Chamber’s State of the State Luncheon

Mayor Eric Garcetti Speaks to Hollywood Community Leaders at the Chamber Breakfast

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) delivered his State of the State Address at 3rd annual Hollywood Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Paramount Pictures. He addressed a room packed with Hollywood’s business leaders and discussed the many accomplishments of the California legislature this past year and outlined a path forward to achieving success on future priorities, including affordable housing and 100 percent renewable energy. He also discussed AB 1839, the film tax credit expansion he carried to passage in 2014, and more. Pictured from left: Donelle Dadigan, Kevin de Leon, Jeff Zarrinnam. You can watch the speech on The Hollywood Chamber appreciates the businesses which sponsored the sold-out luncheon. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is the Presenting sponsor. Platinum Level sponsors are Paramount Studios and Variety. Gold Level sponsors included Belmont Village, Hollywood Hills, FilmL.A.,Inc., Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Managed Career Solutions, and Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts. The Silver Level sponsors included California IATSE Council, CIM Group, Harridge Development Group, Hudson Pacific Properties, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Mayer Brown, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, SAG-AFTRA, Starline Tours, and The Walt Disney Company.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed the Hollywood community about changes and challenges affecting Los Angeles at the Chamber’s exclusive “Breakfast with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti” sold-out event on Thursday, July 20th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Attendees and sponsors heard Mayor Garcetti discuss extending the California film tax incentive bill AB-1839, homelessness, public safety, the proposed Affordable Housing Linkage Fee, the proposed Hollywood Community Plan Update, tourism projections, Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics and more. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce appreciates the support of our sponsoring businesses. Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building was Presenting Sponsor. Variety was Partnering Sponsor. Gold Level sponsors included FilmL.A., Inc., CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Loews Hollywood, Los Angeles World Airports, Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts, Skanska USA Commercial Development and Strategic Legacy Investment Group Inc. Silver Level sponsors included AT&T, Belmont Village Hollywood Hills, Capitol Music Group, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CIM Group, Comcast | NBCUniversal, Emerson College Los Angeles, Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., Kimpton Everly Hotel, Managed Career Solutions, and Southern California Gas Company.

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The Hollywood Chamber Economic Development Committee held a Summer Social in August at the new Dream Hotel at 6417 Selma Avenue. Members of committee took a tour of the entire project and visited the Highlight Room Rooftop restaurant for a continental breakfast. Developer Relevant Group recently opened this 182-room boutique hotel with a rooftop lounge in spring of this year. The project includes adjacent landscaped alley and several restaurants, including Tao and Beauty & Essex.


Assemblymember Laura Friedman, State Controller Betty Yee Join in Leadership Luncheon Series

Holiday Cheer Returns to Hollywood Boulevard


On Friday, August 25th, the Hollywood Chamber hosted its Leadership Luncheon with special guest Assemblymember Laura Friedman. The event was part of a series of luncheons that the Chamber has been hosting to provide our members with an exclusive opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss current and future legislation that may affect the Hollywood community. The Leadership Luncheon was generously sponsored by the California IATSE Council. Pictured from left: Leron Gubler, Sue Cabral-Ebert, Assemblymember Friedman, Nicole Shahenian. The Chamber has also invited State Controller Betty Yee, who will join members for the upcoming Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, September 28th. Leadership Luncheons are free to attend for members. Please RSVP at

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fter an absence of four years, holiday decorations and lights will be returning to Hollywood Boulevard, thanks to a unique partnership between the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Entertainment District BID. “We are so pleased that this has worked out,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “There has been a lot of feedback from disappointed visitors in recent years who came to Hollywood expecting to see decorations. This will bring back the cheer to the holiday season.” Gubler noted that one of the barriers to new decorations has been the high cost associated with installing quality decorations. By the Chamber and BID joining together, it has been possible to make it work financially. The Chamber has agreed to cover the initial investment in the decorations, while the BID will maintain and handle the annual installation of the decorations. The organizations are contracting with St. Nick’s Commercial Design & Décor for the decorations. The firm has extensive experience in Southern California with holiday decorations – including such places as Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles and Westwood. Rather than spreading the decorations too sparsely along the street, the decorations will be installed at the two major intersections along Hollywood Blvd. to create a better visual impact, one block east and west of Highland Ave. and Vine Street. Those areas will also offer greater visibility since the view is not blocked by the branches of ficus trees. The project scope will include wrapping 54 palm trees at the two intersections (both Mexican Fan Palms and Canary Island Date Palms) with LED warm-white mini- lights at a length of approximately 25 ft. per tree. Each tree will also have two RGB color changing lights installed under the crown of the tree to light up the palm fronds. In addition, a total of 27 pole-mounted, custom-designed holiday decorations will be manufactured and installed on the city light poles. The decorations will feature two stars with “ribbon” connecting them. They will feature carpet grass and sequins for daytime appeal and will be lit with twinkle lights in the evenings. Garland with red and silver ornaments wrapped around the poles will complete the decorations. Of special interest to the community is that the lighting on the palm trees will remain after the holiday season and will be maintained by the BID. The RGB color changing lights have the capability of being changed to different colors to celebrate various holidays throughout the year. “Having the trees lit throughout the year will add to the ambiance of the neighborhood,” said Gubler. We are pleased to have been able to work with the BID to make this happen in 2017. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong economy n 9


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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has unveiled four stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk in the past two months. Legendary entertainer Charles Aznavour was honored with the 2,618th star on August 24th in the category of Live Performance at 6225

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Hollywood Boulevard. Actor Jeffrey Tambor was honored with 2,617th star on August 8th in the category of Television at 6320 Hollywood Boulevard. Actor Jason Bateman was honored with the 2,616th star on July 26th in the category of Motion Pictures at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Illusionist Criss Angel was honored with 2,615th star on July 20th in the category of Live Performance at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard. Watch star ceremonies on CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT promoting Hollywood

Celebrities, Community Businesses and Volunteers Help Serve at Hollywood Chamber’s 23rd Police & Firefighters Appreciation Day


ven the scorching heat has not kept the Hollywood Chamber and our celebrity friends from showing appreciation to the men and women in uniform at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Police and Fire Fighters Appreciation Day BBQ at the LAPD Hollywood Division in August. Working cohesively with the Hollywood Chamber this year were presenting sponsors Avalon Hollywood and 204 Events. “This event continues to offer the business community an opportunity to recognize and honor our community’s true gatekeepers,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber President & CEO. “We want to show them how grateful the community is for all the hard work they do for Hollywood,” he added. Celebrities who helped serve the officers included Jake Busey, Anne-Marie Johnson, Christopher K Johnson, Rusty Joiner, Robert Kovacik, Kate Linder, Erica Luttrell, Heather McComb, Erin Murphy, Angelica Vale. Food donors included Avalon Hollywood, Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Foods, Inc., Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Ciabatta Bar, Farmer Boys Hollywood, Fresh

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Celebrities pose with police captains and fire chiefs at the 23rd annual BBQ.

Brothers, Good Greek Grill, Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd., Hint Water, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Jane Q, McDonald’s, Wood & Vine. Additional donors included Airbnb and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Gift certificates were donated by Bliss Spa, Cabo Cantina, Fancifull Fine Foods & Gift Baskets, Fresh

Brothers, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, Howl at the Moon, Jameson's Irish Pub, Mama Shelter LA, Mel's Drive-In, The Pie Hole LA, Pink's Hot Dogs, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, Wood & Vine. CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT serving the Hollywood community


Chamber Honors Celebrities on the Walk of Fame

MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS SPOTLIGHT MEMBER PAVEMINT LLC Pavemint is an Los Angeles-based peer-to-peer iOS and web marketplace that connects drivers looking for parking with residents and businesses that have parking to share. Similar to concepts such as bikesharing and ridesharing, Pavemint utilizes existing resources, unlocking a supply of private parking spaces in high-traffic areas. Currently, drivers circling the block looking for parking contribute to 30 percent of city traffic and 54-million tons of CO2 expelled into the atmosphere annually. With Pavemint, someone’s driveway while they’re away at work or their business lot after-hours transforms Sarah Zurell from an empty space into an asset which generates extra income, while assisting drivers get where they are going faster and greener. To find out more or list your parking space, check out Pavemint’s website at, or download the iOS app in the App Store to park on demand or in advance! Sarah Zurell, Chief Brand Officer 6685 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Call 323-395-3303 •

CHRISTINA CULINSKI HAIR & MAKEUP Christina Culinski is a Sassoon-trained, licensed hair stylist, and a makeup artist whose work has graced the pages of famous magazines. Christina works in TV, film, print advertising campaigns, and red carpet events. Growing up in Michigan surrounded by hairdressers and entrepreneurs, she knew her future was set. Christina knew at a young age her life would revolve around shaping beauty, and by attending Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, England, this furthered her dream in training in hairdressing, working with clients, and growing as an artist. Exploring and searching for more for her career, she began training in makeup. Incredible opportunities came with prestigious companies such as Dior, Mac Cosmetics, and Smash box cosmetics, where she worked as a National Artistry Trainer. Her career has grown brighter and expanded with her work gracing the pages of magazines from Sweden, Spain and France. Working with actors for the red carpet, and esteemed directors in television and motion pictures. She gives an ease to the set while working with any team and is a confident artist and an excellent educator. When Christina isn’t working on an advertising campaign, film or a TV project, you can find her at her new studio space in Salon Republic Hollywood, Suite 109. She offers haircuts for women and men, color services, makeup services, and lessons. To top it all off, she was recently certified as a hot heads extension specialist. Christina Culinski Hair & Makeup Salon Republic Hollywood: Suite 109 6370 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028 Call (323)983-1502

BEAUTY & ESSEX At over 10,000-sq.ft. on North Cahuenga Boulevard, Beauty & Essex expands into its third location. The menu features Chef/Partner Chris Santos’ signature multi-ethnic dishes including Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs, and Tomato Tartare. The double-height main dining room offers natural light from a 20-ft oval skylight, while an opulent private dining room allows for a more intimate dining experience. The space also incorporates outdoor seating, with an open-air ground floor courtyard and patio on the second level Brenden Dutton, General Manager 1615 Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 Call (323)676-8880 •

TAO ASIAN BISTRO TAO Los Angeles is a dynamic 250-seat restaurant and lounge, complete with four private dining rooms and a large bar. A grand staircase connects TAO’s two levels of seating, creating the ultimate platform to see and be seen. The menu features a diverse selection of Asian-inspired specialties, focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Thai techniques and ingredients. Signature dishes such as Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass and Typhoon Lobster complement a range of fresh sushi options and dim sum like, Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice and Lobster Wontons. Kevin Brady, General Manager 6421 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028 Call (323)593-7888 •

CALI KUSH TOURS The expansion of Cali Kush Tours vision and humanitarian effort is to assist with quality of life improvements worldwide. Starting in their home state of California, they provide tours that will offer an exhilarating educational journey. Their tours will include Group and VIP Private tours. They will also offer a signature tour for single passenger ticket holders. Cali Kush Tours will travel throughout Los Angeles County, primarily covering the Hollywood area. They will visit a host of locations like dispensaries where their passengers will learn about different types of strains and uses, a stop at a Commercial Grow operation where they can learn about growing cannabis and the different processes involved. Their last stop will be at an infused edibles bakery where an exclusive hands-on demonstration will be provided. Adam Vance, Founder & CEO 422 E. 140th St. Los Angeles, CA 90061 Call (818)217-7432 • n 11

MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS LAWA Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which is comprised of Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport, is a vital economic engine for the Southern California region. LAWA utilizes contractors to provide specialized products or services to fulfill the needs of the airport. LAWA offers monthly training sessions in which businesses can learn about the procurement process and how to register on the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network ( Learn more by emailing John Erickson, Legislative Representative 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Call (424)646-8750 •

TRAVELZEEKY TravelZeeky’s thought process is simple, “I want the best!” and at TravelZeeky the best is precisely what they deliver. As your premiere partner in corporate and leisure group travel, they are only satisfied with deals and opportunities that others in the business can’t, won’t, and Jeremy Mendelsohn simply don’t offer. They deal in added value, providing you with the finest possible experience at the finest possible value. You can rely on them knowing that your group will get the best pricing, cancelation terms and added value.

AVON RENT-A-CAR, TRUCK & VAN Avon Rent-A-Car, Truck & Van is an integral part of the Hollywood Production and Los Angeles creative scene. Since 1978, Avon has provided production-ready vehicles for television and film production, gaming, webisodes and commercials. Avon continues to stay on top of every aspect of logistics throughout Los Angeles. Each of their three offices in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and West Hollywood serves a portion of Los Angeles’ need to keep people, product and projects moving. Today, you can turn to Avon for a refrigerated van for catering, floral, or cold-chain supply management. Their cube trucks range in size from 10’ mini movers to 28’ camera trucks. For someone who needs a picture car, luxury ride or exotic hypercar; make a call to Avon and get it delivered to your door quickly. Get your crew to the set on time or out of town to see the great outdoors in a 15-passenger Transit Van. Delivery and pickup of their vehicles is complimentary, and special arrangements can be made for alternate drop-off locations. Long term rentals are their specialty. Speak with your Account Executive for a great rate. Look to Avon for all of you rental vehicle needs Addison Stansfield, Account Executive 9224 West Olympic Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Call (310)277-4455 •

MILK & HONEY MILK & HONEY is a healthy and delicious alternative to everyday breakfast and lunch with social, economic and environmental values that make it a “win-win” for everyone involved. Offering Acai and Pitaya handcrafted wellness bowls which come with real California honeycomb and California-grown edible flowers, each bowl is developed with fresh toppings and different blends which delight each and every taste bud. MILK & HONEY is a 100 percent green company, either with recyclable materials or re-useable containers and packaging. The core mission is to deliver a healthy alternative to everyday eating with no artificial additives, no added sugar, all natural or USDA organic ingredients and handcrafted from scratch. Inviting each customer to become a MILK & HONEY “foodie” who comes back for more energy and wellness in each bowl served is what MILK & HONEY is all about, and that makes everyone involved a winner. Join them for an experience and wellness bowl unlike any other.

XAHIVE xahive is your cybersecurity partner. If you are worried about ransomware and malware, or have not tested your systems and procedures recently, then xahive can work with you to protect your business. With their secure communication software, xahive provides an encrypted secure communication service which allows professionals to send real-time messages, without compromising the confidentiality of their communications. Xahive’s messenger tool is similar to text messaging, with the size limits and functionality of an email system. Xahive is available on the web and Android, and is compliant with NIST & HIPAA. Their services include cybersecurity education for organizations looking to maintain an edge on cybersecurity education, and xahive will train your board, csuite, staff and stakeholders. They also offer cybersecurity governance consulting. xahive will use a defensible software based reporting system to score and report on the change management needed to bring your organization up to speed with the latest cybersecurity trends and regulations. Xahive will also provide vCISO services as needed. Xahive will audit your policies, processes and technical systems using CISSP certified professionals who will provide you with Threat Risk Assessments and Privacy Impact Assessments. Xahive can test your defenses and recommend the best course of action to close any gaps for both social engineering and technical attacks. Xahive is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

Steve Grunkemeyer, General Manager 1716 Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 Call (323)848-4602 •

Sem Ponnambalam, President and Co-Founder 7083 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA, 90069 Call (323)428-9537 •

Jeremy Mendelsohn, Managing Partner 8748 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood CA 90069 Call (866)210-9311 •

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS H.CLUB h.Club Los Angeles is a unique private members’ club providing a home away from home for people in the creative industries to connect, collaborate and create. Located on the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine in the former Redbury Hotel, the Club building will include a wide range of member amenities including creative work spaces, a screening room, recording studio and a live performance space. Now under renovation,’s new Hollywood facility will open in 2018. The Club houses various dining options, featuring sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, including an elegant rooftop restaurant with views of Hollywood, and a desert garden inspired by the English gardens of film maker Derek Jarman. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool deck, relaxing tea room, stylish bars, and gym and treatment facilities. Original works by local and international artists from the h.Club Art Program have been curated for the 36 bedrooms in addition to the main club spaces. The Club offers a diverse members’ program including intimate musical performances, film screenings, album launches, exhibitions, book readings and inspiring talks and debates. With such amenities and programming h.Club LA provides unparalleled opportunities for creatives to collaborate and showcase their works. Kynderly Haskins, General Manager 1717 Vine Street, CA 90028 Call (310)279-8954 •

WEWORK VINE WeWork Vine provides beautiful workspace for companies of all sizes, an inspiring community, and meaningful services to help you make a life, not just a living. From having access to multiple locations to exclusive discounts on services that accelerate growth, WeWork is the perfect place for your company to call home. WeWork Vine is centrally located in the bustling part of Hollywood, in between the main corridors of Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. With welcoming common areas, art-filled spaces, and inspired designs, you’ll feel a world away from the busy streets of Hollywood. This all-glass building captures plenty of light and L.A. views, enerAmanda gizing your team and impressing your Nassirzadeh clients. The newly-constructed building sits next to the storied Montalban Theatre and is conveniently surrounded by everything from grocery stores to gyms and cafes. Looking for entertainment once the workday is over? Within walking distance are restaurants, theaters, clubs, and bars. Thinking of heading east? The Metro Red Line and the 101 are located blocks away, making access to Downtown effortless. You focus on growing your business, they take care of the rest.

Chamber to Install New Star Table

Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler, Chairman Jeff Zarrinnam and Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez took a trip in late August to see the new one-of-a-kind conference room table designed by Katy Naghavi of AtelierKatayon. They even signed it! Stars made by TopEnd Constructors. Thanks to membership donations, this beauty will be installed in the Chamber’s office in September.

Amanda Nassirzadeh, Community Manager 1601 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Call (877)748-1229 • n 13

MEMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS SPOTLIGHT NEW MEMBER BUSINESSES OF THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER 800 Degrees Pizza LLC Anthony Carron 1521 Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90028 (440) 729-8284

Forest Lawn Memorial Park Joe Zabounian 1712 S. Glendale Ave. Glendale, CA 91205 (323) 340-4591

Jasemin Sibo Ho Jasemin Ho 123 Clinton St., Apt. 15 Hoboken, NJ 7030 (914) 608-7112

A Little Scene Flip Books Matt Leighton 10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy 555 San Diego, CA 92131 (323) 532-9595

G4L Records Markus Muller-Stach 1626 N. Wilcox Ave., Suite #423 Hollywood, CA 90028 (818) 850-3453

LaTerra Development, LLC Lauren Boyd 1880 Century Park East, Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90067 (310) 552-0065

All Action Security & Consulting Group, Inc John Ayam 9510 Vassar Ave. Chatsworth, CA 91311 (800) 482-7371

Hollywood Physical Therapy David Dallakian 4855 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 102 Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 741-8500

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) John Erickson 1 World Way Airports Los Angeles, CA 90045 (855) 463-5252

Christina Culinski Hair & Makeup Christina Culinski 6370 Sunset Blvd., Suite 109 Hollywood, CA 90028 (323) 983-1502

I Ride Like A Star Anne Verdier 6820 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (844) 752-7827

Maggiano’s Little Italy Lawrence Scorca 189 The Grove Drive Z80 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 965-9665

Drinks with Dee Dee Dee Dee Sorvino 1155 N. La Cienega Blvd. #1109 West Hollywood, CA 90069 (202) 550-7507

IlPoongSoo LLC Johnny Ko 269 S. Western Ave. #298 Los Angeles, CA 90004 (323) 505-5060

Patrick Skiffington & Associates Patrick Skiffington 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Penthouse 14-B Hollywood, CA 90028 (310) 869-7581

Chamber Welcomes Milk and Honey to Hollywood

Sunset Equity Funding Shahriar Davidesfahani 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1840 Los Angeles, CA 90010 (323) 923-4100 WeWork Vine Amanda Nassirzadeh 1601 Vine St., 6th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 741-1353

xahive inc. Sem Ponnambalam 326 Broad St. The Hollywood Chamber celebrated the opening of Milk and Honey with a ribbon- Utica, NY 13501 cutting ceremony. The new wellness shop opened its location at 1716 Highland (646) 205-2246 Avenue in Hollywood. Milk & Honey’s mission is to deliver a healthier alternative to the everyday breakfast and lunch by a team of inspired foodies that will do anything to make you come back. 14 n


Chamber Community Foundation Plans All Hallow’s Eve Party


he Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation is planning its annual All Hallow’s Eve Celebration, an event for Chamber members and their guests. Join the fun on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Presenting a guaranteed ghoulishly good time, more than 250 mortal guests of the Hollywood Chamber will experience Halloween from within the gates of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. As a fundraiser for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, this event, where ghosts and guests mingle, will raise money that the Community

include the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Gold Level sponsors are Harridge Development Group and Hollywood Hotel. Silver Level sponsors are Ametron Audio / Video, Capitol Music Group, City National Bank, The CrisCom Company, Drinks with Dee Dee, The Hollywood Museum at the Historic Max Factor Building, McDonald’s, NAI Capital Family-friendly party Commercial Real Estate, Paramount Foundation distributes back into the Contractors & Developers, Southern community in the form of grants to local California Gas Company, and US Bank. Admission is $50 per soul. Kids organizations. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community under 12 are free. Reserve online at Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that awards about $50,000 a year in CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT grants to Hollywood community nonassisting the community profits. Sponsors as of press time

THANK YOU TO RENEWING MEMBER BUSINESSES 1st Community Insurance Services All Japan News Inc AltaMed General Pediatrics Anawalt Lumber Co. Angel City Data Anvil Cases, Inc. Beverly Hills / Greater LA Association of Realtors Cabo Cantina Capital Foresight Castex Rentals Children's Hospital Los Angeles Covenant House California Dunes Inn - Sunset Dynamic Development Company Eastown Apartments Empowered Father of Hollywood, The Foto-Kem, Inc. Frolic Room G. A. Gertmenian & Sons Garland, The Gift Of Fame Enterprises Gleicher, Tilley & Leonard, LLP Global Icons GPI Companies Greenway Arts Alliance Hair Shop, The Harley-Davidson of Glendale Hollywood Distillery Inc. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Hollywood Proper Residences Hollywood Schoolhouse Hollywood Souvenirs & Gifts, LLC Hollywood Tow Service / Official Police Garage Hollywood Wax Museum HQ Development, LLC IPS Group, Inc.

JVS Los Angeles Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center LA CITY Tours Lacer Let's Play Hollywood Foundation Lexen Hotel Loews Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles Film School, The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House Los Angeles Zoo LURE MANAM MCS BusinessSource Network National Council of Jewish Women / L.A. Optometrix Pantages Theatre - Nederlander West Paramount Pictures Park Plus Inc. (California) Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Rimowa Beverly Hills Rockwell Table & Stage Roschen Van Cleve Architects Shakey's Pizza Parlor SMPTE - Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers Southern California Hospital at Hollywood Thai Community Development Center Tishman Speyer Top End Constructors, Inc. Townscape Management Inc UPS Store (#4381) Vanlochem & Associates Vergara, Emmanuel Wanderlust Hollywood Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Weissman | Markovitz Communications Wilcon World Championships of Performing Arts n 15


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Chamber Welcomes New Members at The Argyle Hollywood in August Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Presented by

Kimpton Everly Hotel 1800 Argyle Avenue, Hollywood

Partnering Sponsor

Poolside reception with hors d’oeuvres, hosted cocktails, and breathtaking views of the Hollywood skyline Guests are encouraged to wear silver and sequins Event: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Program: 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hotel valet parking $12 Program Emcees: Actress Tippi Hedren & Producer Vin Di Bona Welcome Remarks: Councilmember David Ryu, CD-4

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed 13 new member businesses at its August Business After Hours Mixer generously hosted by The Argyle Hollywood at 1600 Argyle Ave. Guests made new connections at the elegant bi-level bar and nightclub and enjoyed the Argyle experience. Music was provided by Luis Otero of Resilience DJs. During the monthly mixer, Chair Jeff Zarrinnam and Director of Membership Services JJ Connaughton welcomed these new members: Kevin Sammelman, 800 Degrees Pizza LLC; Gary Benjamin, Alchemy Planning + Land Use; Sami Mzali, Cali Kush Tours, LLC; Christina Culinski, Christina Culinski Hair & Makeup; Lee Wochner, Counterintuity, LLC; Joe Zabounian, Forest Lawn Memorial Park; David Dallakian, Hollywood Physical Therapy; John Erickson, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA); Lawrence Scorca, Maggiano’s Little Italy; Luz Imperio, The Orlando Hotel; Shahriar Davidesfahani, Sunset Equity Funding; Jeremy Mendelsohn, TravelZeeky; Sem Ponnambalam, Xahive inc.

Admission: $55 | RSVP: Join us as we celebrate and elaborate on these milestone anniversaries! 25th - Leron Gubler 90th 85th 50th 40th 30th 30th 30th 30th

- The Hollywood Roosevelt - Make-up & Hairstylists Guild Local 706 - Tippi Hedren - Paramount Contractors & Developers – FanciFull Gift Baskets & Fine Foods - Jeff Zarrinnam - Craig Darian – Gift of Fame Enterprises

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Ana Martinez The Hollywood Museum/Historic Max Factor Building Managed Career Solutions Vivian Kish Nicole Mihalka Belmont Village, Hollywood Hills Vin Di Bona Briggs Law

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Special thanks to A Little Scene Flip Books, Anheuser-Busch, Bliss Spa, Bogart Spirits, Foto Spark, our event partners: DJ Crash, KPR/Alison Kennedy, Nonstop Printing, TCS Premier Events, 204 Events


Refer a New Member Business and Get $25 Off Your Membership The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce encourages members to take advantage of its Referral Program which offers $25 credit and other benefits to both the referring member and the new business which joins. Refer now: 16 n

Hollywood Business Advocate August-September 2017  

In this issue of the Hollywood Business Advocate, we cover the Kimpton Everly Hotel which be a new landmark on the Hollywood skyline. In his...

Hollywood Business Advocate August-September 2017  

In this issue of the Hollywood Business Advocate, we cover the Kimpton Everly Hotel which be a new landmark on the Hollywood skyline. In his...