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With its vast numbers of visitors, both local and foreign, Hollywood is a perfect location to mount the enterprise. House President Yuko Kaifu, is to nurture deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan by showcasing the best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, technology, and more. The second floor includes a shop and gallery, which partially opened last December. Opening in September will be the fifth-floor elements, including the library, an event space and a restaurant. “While we are proud of our state-ofthe art facilities, Japan House is not just a physical presence,” commented Kaifu. Continued on Page FIVE









ew might have imagined a few years ago that Hollywood would become a major center celebrating Japanese culture, but that has in fact become a reality with the official opening of Japan House last month. Japan House is a global diplomacy project conceived by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Located on the second and fifth floors of Hollywood & Highland, Japan House Los Angeles is one of only three such centers in the world. It joins facilities in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in London. The objective, according to Japan







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Councilmember Ryu to Address Business Community


os Angeles Fourth District Councilmember David Ryu is set to address the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on Thursday, September 27th. The luncheon will be held at Avalon Hollywood, located at 1735 Vine Street. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at noon. Ryu, who is in the third year of his first term, is expected to address some of the important issues in the portion of his district that includes Hollywood. This includes issues at Griffith Park, the effort to build homeless housing in Hollywood, plans for improved safety, and access and mobility around the Hollywood Sign. Besides portions of Hollywood, Ryu’s district also includes the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont, and a portion of Koreatown. Among his achievements to date are the purchase of land on the western edge of Runyan Canyon to expand open space and to prevent park land from future development, assisting in

the purchase of land in Laurel Canyon to ensure future open space, the purchase of substantial open space on Mt. Lee to ensure wildlife access for future David Ryu generations, and a contribution of $500,000 in Quimby funds to complete the L.A. River bike path in the San Fernando Valley. In addition, he crafted legislative initiatives to increase car-sharing availability and to introduce dockless bike sharing in the City of L.A., cleaned up and renovated a blighted Hollywood community public facility, and contracted with LACC to provide additional and quick clean ups throughout the district and increased tree trimming district wide. His constituent services representatives have staffed 500 events and assisted with close to 6,000 cases in

the past year. Since 2015 when he assumed office, they have assisted with close to 20,000 community cases. Sponsorships for the luncheon are still available. For further information, contact Kaylee Kiecker at Sponsors to date include: Partnering Level: Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building; Platinum Level: Variety; Gold Level: Avalon Hollywood, IATSE Local 33, Kilroy Realty Corp., Starline Tours; Silver Level: CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, CIM Group, Clear Channel Outdoor, Faring, Gelson's, Hollywood Hotel, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, J.H. Snyder, Kaiser Permanente, MCS BusinessSource Network, Pantages Theatre - Nederlander West Coast, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. To rsvp for the Councilmember Ryu luncheon, please visit

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The Chair’s Message ... by Donelle Dadigan

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OFFICERS Donelle Dadigan Chair of the Board Bill Roschen Senior Vice Chair Nicole Mihalka Vice Chair Michelle Sobrino-Stearns Vice Chair Brandon Mason Vice Chair Mark Edwards Secretary Dwayne Gathers Treasurer Jeff Zarrinnam Imm. Past Chair

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ince I became Chair of the Board five months ago, I have attended a lot of Chamber meetings – in fact, there are many more Chamber activities than I could have ever imagined - from committees, to conferences, to special events, luncheons and more. Unless you attend so many of our events, you just cannot grasp what goes into making an organization like this work. I must tell you how very impressed I have been with the level of volunteerism in this Chamber. Let me start with the Presidential Search Committee, working to find our new leader to replace our long-time President and CEO Leron Gubler. This committee of nine individuals has been on overdrive. First, they had to review more than 350 applications. Then they spent countless hours in interviews and analysis. They gave up several full days including two weekend dates in order to accommodate the candidates. Now, that is what I would call sacrifice. Thanks to their commitment, I feel that we are going in the right direction and will soon be able to name a very qualified person to take us to the next level. Additionally, there are numerous other examples. Our recent Hollywood The Hollywood Economic Development Summit took Chamber of Commerce hundreds of hours of work to put together. Likewise, the Heroes of is stronger because of Hollywood Luncheon, that benefits the Chamber’s Community Foundation, each of you... indeed produced its most successful event making a difference in ever from a financial standpoint. That would not have been possible without our community. the help of the foundation board. Our State of the Entertainment Industry Conference Committee has begun meeting to plan our 7th annual conference highlighting the importance of this industry to Hollywood and California. Committee members are using their connections to assemble a top-rated line-up of speakers for this conference. Without our volunteers’ expertise, we wouldn’t be able to put together this fine program. I could go on and on. The Nominating Committee has done extensive outreach to identify the best candidates to fill openings on the board and various committees. The HealthCare Committee has put together some great quarterly seminars and briefings. The Tourism Committee is following the many opportunities to promote Hollywood. A special task force has been working on a market study of Hollywood and how we can better sell our community to the world. The Finance Committee monitors the Chamber’s budgeting and financial investments. Our Legislative Action Committee spends hours researching and reviewing various political issues and formulating recommendations for Chamber positions. The Hollywood Chamber PAC works to raise the profile of the Chamber on political issues. The Membership and Marketing Committee is looking at how we can update our image. It is a fact that without our volunteers, this organization simply could not function. So as Chair of the Board, let me express my deep appreciation to everyone who serves in this organization. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is stronger because of each of you. Please know that you are indeed making a difference in our community.


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“It offers engaging experiences that intrigue the five senses – to taste, see, smell, hear and touch.” She noted that with the opening of the fifth floor, Japan House will start hosting a variety of programs and culinary experiences, including seminars, lectures, screenings, workshops and food events. People can also sit down and browse through their roughly 700 books at the library. “We will also help generate business opportunities, showcase various regions of Japan and encourage more Americans to go to Japan,” Kaifu added. The restaurant, to be known by the name “Inn Ann”, meaning ‘Hidden Retreat’, will serve simple Japanese dishes for lunch and dinner, with carefully selected Japanese Sake, Shochu, and other Japanese beverages. It will occasionally invite chefs from Japan to serve special cuisines, or feature local ingredients imported from various regions of Japan, serving seasonal dishes. While some may wonder why Japan House was located in Hollywood rather than Little Tokyo, the answer is quite simple. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to reach a broader audience. Hollywood, with its vast numbers of visitors, both local and foreign, was a perfect location to mount the enterprise. “Los Angeles is in a perfect location to serve as a gateway to Japan for Americans … and a gateway to the U.S. for Japanese,” said Kaifu. “It also is a LA LA Land of American diversity and dynamism where new things are happening and are being created.” “As one of only three in the world, I’m excited to celebrate the opening of Japan House Los Angeles in Hollywood!” said Beth Marlis of Musician’s Institute, who has served on a special local steering committee that has been working for several

Best of Japan at Japan House: a new cultural destination offering a gallery, store, cafe, library, salon, meeting facilities and restaurant.

years to make Japan House Hollywood a reality. “It’s a sophisticated, warm and very welcoming new environment (open to everyone) that delights the five senses, intellect and imagination of all.” “I’m impressed with Japan House’s own expansive cultural programming, expertly-curated retail shop, salon space (with a high-end test kitchen), inventive traveling gallery exhibitions, hands-on workshop offerings for kids and gorgeous new

rooftop restaurant,” she continued. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is delighted to have Japan House added to our cultural offerings here in Hollywood,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “It gives people one more reason to come to Hollywood, and they have been so good to work with. We wish them much success. For further information about Japan House, please visit

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Chamber Completes Hollywood Market Report 2018


he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has recently completed the Hollywood Market Report 2018, an economic research and information initiative aimed at helping key business stakeholders in Hollywood and prospective investors in gaining better insight into this historic and ever evolving community. This important economic development project was managed by an economic study task force led by Chamber board member Dwayne Gathers of Gathers Strategies. Renegage Marketing, a well-known research firm in Southern California, was commissioned to undertake the project and deliver the study. “This survey was designed to help all stakeholders better understand who Hollywood is today; what drives attitudes and behaviors; and identify challenges and opportunities that we, as a community, can work together and address,” said Gathers. The comprehensive study of attitudes on Hollywood stakeholders measured results from Hollywood residents, workers as well as visitors to the community. The research project consisted of two focus groups, 50 person-on-the street interviews, and 1,659 completed online and mobile surveys. “We know Hollywood is an iconic and exciting place. We see from the findings that it’s an ever-changing, more diverse, and extremely passionate community that many people care deeply about,” commented Donelle Dadigan, Board Chair of the Chamber. “It is our hope that all who read this report can find nuggets of valuable information that engages you in a way to take action and become more involved in this great community.” Among the findings of the study was that Hollywood residents have higher annual household incomes than those

outside of Hollywood. Residents of the Hollywood Hills, have higher average incomes than those in the flats of Hollywood, who are younger and more ethnically diverse. The study also found that while Hollywood attracts more than its share of food/dining out spend, it lags in other retail spend compared to other areas. Respondents indicated that the retail experience does not measure up to other nearby areas. While a seeming negative, it also points up the opportunity that Hollywood presents The study concluded that the Retail sector will likely see the benefits from Hollywood’s continued growth in

population and businesses moving to the area, especially if it can create unique shopping experiences that leverage food and dining purchase occasions, offer convenience, and provide a mix of national brands and more unique shops and brands for which Hollywood is famous. The Hollywood Market Report 2018 can be accessed on the Chamber website at CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong local economy

Brunch with the Mayor Set for October 17


“Brunch with the Mayor” will be hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 17th at the Universal Hilton Hotel. This will be the third year in a row that Mayor Eric Garcetti will have addressed the Chamber. “We are delighted to once again meet with Mayor Garcetti and to discuss issues facing Hollywood and Los Angeles,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “With Mayor Garcetti having represented Hollywood for 12 years on the City Council, we have always had a special relationship with him. He knows our issues very well.” 6 n

In order to accommodate the Mayor’s schedule, this year’s event will be a brunch and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. There are still opportunities to Eric Garcetti sponsor the brunch. For further information, please contact Kaylee Kiecker at

As of press time, the following sponsors are on board: Presenting Level: Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building; Platinum Level: Variety; Gold Level: Film L.A., Inc., Kilroy Realty Corp., Clear Channel Outdoor; Silver Level: AT&T, Capitol Music Group, CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CIM Group, City National Bank, Comcast/NBC Universal, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, MCS BusinessSource Network, and Pavemint LLC.

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Advocacy Watch: Chamber Opposes Proposition 10 and Weighs In on other November Ballot Propositions


his fall, Californians will be hitting the polls for another election, not only deciding the fate of aspiring and returning candidates but also on a dozen ballot Propositions. If enacted, some of these Propositions can have drastic and far reaching effects on the state and most importantly, Hollywood. As part of its advocacy efforts, the Hollywood Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee has already begun its review of these ballot initiatives, inviting proponents and opponents for each ballot measure to present their viewpoint. The Committee is charged with making recommendations for the Board of Directors, who will vote on the official position of the Hollywood Chamber for each Proposition. In its first official position for the November 2018 election, the Chamber has opposed Prop 10. The measure would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and its ban on certain types of rent control, including protec-

tions for tenants of single-family homes, condos and apartments built after 1995. As made evident to the Committee, the repeal of Costa-Hawkins and any subsequent actions by local governments to expand the scope of rent control in California would likely adversely impact of the economic effects of existing rent control policies. More housing would fall under rent control, likely leading to more properties being devalued and/or shifted from the rental market to the ownership market. The expansion of these effects could, in turn, impact property tax, personal income tax, and sales tax revenues. The Hollywood Chamber joined an extensive coalition in opposition of Proposition 10, which includes prominent business advocacy organizations, affordable housing groups, veterans’ organizations, and labor. Stay tuned for more updates on the Hollywood Chamber’s positions on Propositions and for more information on the No on Prop 10 campaign, please visit:

Additional Proposition 65 Regulations Go into Effect


hanges have come to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65. The law requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, and for businesses with 10 or more employees to provide warnings, such as on a shelf display or a store sign, when they knowingly and intentionally cause significant exposures to listed chemicals. Since first coming into effect, businesses in Hollywood and throughout the State have had to be in compliance of the law in order to avoid potential liability, including penalties of up to $2,500 per day, per violation. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program, which currently includes a list of more than 850 chemicals. Proposition 65 does not ban or restrict the sale of chemicals on the list. The warnings are intended to help Californians make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals from the products they use and the places they go. Most Proposition 65 warnings simply state that a chemical is present that causes cancer or reproductive harm, but does not identify the chemical or provide specific information about how a person may be exposed. Additionally, the warning does not explain how to reduce or eliminate exposure to said chemicals. The OEHHA regulations, originally adopted in August 2016, went into full effect on August 30, 2018 and have changed the safe harbor warnings which are deemed to comply with the law in several important ways. For exam-

ple, the new warnings for consumer products will now say the product “can expose you to” a Proposition 65 chemical rather than saying the product “contains” the chemical. Other changes include: • The name of at least one listed chemical that prompted the warning • The Internet address for OEHHA’s new Proposition 65 warnings website,, including additional information on the health effects of listed chemicals and ways to reduce or eliminate exposure to them • A triangular yellow warning symbol ⚠ on most warnings The new warning regulations also: • Add new “tailored” warnings that provide more specific information for certain kinds of exposures, products, and places. • Provide for website warnings for products purchased over the Internet • Provide for warnings in languages other than English in some cases • Clarify the roles and responsibilities of manufacturers and retailers in providing warnings For more information on the rules and regulations of Prop 65 and the changes going into effect, please visit

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Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates Attend Business After-Hours Mixer




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hamber members were given the opportunity to meet several Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (HPAC) endorsed candidates at the July Business After-Hours Mixer. The HPAC had weighed in on several key races in the June 5th Primary elections and for the upcoming November 6th General Election, endorsing candidates running for County, Assembly, and State Senate seats representing Hollywood. The HPAC endorsed the following candidates for the 2018 Primary and General Elections: • Jeffrey Prang, L.A. County Assessor • Sheila Kuehl, L.A. County Supervisor • Jim McDonnell, L.A. County Sheriff • Laura Friedman, Assembly District 43 • Adrin Nazarian, Assembly District 46 • Richard Bloom, Assembly District 50 • Miguel Santiago, Assembly District 53 • Ben Allen, State Senate District 26

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The event, which took place at the OHM Nightclub within the Hollywood & Highland complex, was attended by County Assessor Prang, Assemblymember Santiago, Assemblymember Friedman, and staff of Senator Allen. The officials were on hand to mix and mingle with attendees and each gave a short address to Chamber members. "The Hollywood Chamber PAC is proud to support these candidates in their prospective races” stated PAC Chair Mark R. Edwards. “The Chamber PAC endorsed candidates who have pursued policies that foster economic development and job creation and was ecstatic to see that they had performed so well in the Primary. The PAC Board felt that this mixer presented a great opportunity for these candidates to connect with some of the Chamber’s most active members.”

Hollywood Chamber PAC to Hold Fundraiser in Support of Jim McDonnell, October 4th

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he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) will be holding a fundraiser in support of Jim McDonnell for L.A. County Sheriff. The event will be held at the Hollywood Hotel on Thursday, October 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As of press time, supporters include Ferris Wehbe, Jeff Zarrinnam, Mandy Rassuli, and Robin DiMaggio. The Chamber PAC announced its support earlier of Jim McDonnell’s reelection bid for Los Angeles County Sheriff and his commitment to prevention-oriented strategies and dedication to proactively addressing the root causes of crime. For further information about the Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff campaign, please visit: To contribute or for more information, or to RSVP, please contact Jamie York – or (302) 547-5404

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TEAM Hollywood Hears Updates on Film & Television Tax Credit Program Extension


ights, camera, action! The Entertainment, Arts, & Media (TEAM Hollywood) Committee held its bi-monthly meeting in August, bringing together Chamber members from different segments of the entertainment and media industry as well as arts nonprofits to hear the latest on critical issues and events happening in Hollywood. The Committee heard presentations from the California Film Commission, Arena Cinelounge, and ARTists Corner. The luncheon was sponsored by FilmL.A., which provided a short update on filming in Los Angeles. Nancy Rae Stone, Program Director of the Film & TV Tax Credit Program at the California Film Commission, provided an overview of the current Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0, which will sunset in 2020, and highlighted some

of the changes that will be coming to Program 3.0, the recently passed 5-year extension of the tax credit program. Since Program 2.0 was enacted in 2015, the State has seen the return of over a dozen TV series productions alone. One of the new improvements to Program 3.0 includes the creation of a pilot program for training Californians from under-served communities for careers in the skilled craft occupations in motion picture and television productions. For more information on Program 3.0, please visit The group also heard from Christian Meoli, Owner of the Arena Cinelounge, a boutique art house cinema located in Hollywood that showcases a variety of indie and feature films. The Cinelounge first opened in 2012 at 6464 Sunset Blvd, and has partnered with The

Montalban to bring patrons rooftop viewings. Their unique venue has served as a community hub for indie film enthusiasts, having presented over 1,750 independent films since its opening. For more information on the Arena Cinelounge and their upcoming showings, please visit The Committee members additionally heard from one of the Chamber’s newest member, Carlos Benitez, owner of ARTists Corner or AC Gallery. The Gallery, which is located on Selma and Highland, features contemporary art from renowned and local artists. In addition to resident art exhibitions, the space hosts art fairs throughout the year and features a sculpture garden. For more information on the AC Gallery and their upcoming events, please visit

Opportunities for Small Businesses in California Discussed at Assemblymember Friedman’s Meeting


ooking to start a business or expand your company? Well, the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has got you covered. The committee’s August meeting, which focused on “The Future of Small Business in California and Opportunities for Growth,” featured presentations from economic development experts, who provided insight on the resources available for small businesses to be founded and grow. The Chamber’s Government Relations Coordinator Jacob Jauregui was in attendance at the Committee hearing, which is chaired by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (AD-43) and was held at Glendale City Hall. Speakers included the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Los Angeles Small Business Development Center (LA SBDC). The Committee members also heard directly from local small business

owners on the opportunities and challenges they encounter. Attendees heard an informative presentation from Jesse Torres, Deputy Director of GO-Biz, who provided an overview of what his office does and the programs they offer small businesses. With an annual budget of $23 million, GO-Biz provides free or low-cost one-on-one consulting and low-cost training to small businesses throughout the state. GO-Biz provides these services at their technical assistance centers, which are focused to help underserved business groups and businesses in low-wealth, rural, and disaster-impacted communities. The office additionally offers assistance in acquiring capital, permit assistance, and much more. For more information on GO-Biz, please visit Patrick Nye, Regional Director of LA SBDC, similarly provided an overview of his organization’s work,

which provides small business entrepreneurs with no-cost, confidential, business advising services and lowcost training opportunities, across Los Angeles County. Whether you’re looking to start a business, need assistance with your existing business, or are looking to expand, LA SBDC offers the tools and resources necessary. For more information on LA SBDC, please visit: The hearing concluded with testimonials from local small businesses, who discussed some of the obstacles they face in running their businesses. One of the speakers detailed the difficulties her company has faced since rent prices started to increase due to the influx of cannabis warehouses, who are able to pay in cash and usually at a higher rate. For more information on the Assembly Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, please visit

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Chamber Holds Leadership Luncheons with Officials


he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to hold Leadership Luncheon series throughout the year to provide Chamber members with an exclusive opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss current legislative initiatives and pressing issues affecting our Hollywood community.

The City Attorney also discussed school safety, for which he commissioned a Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel. The panel is designed to engage the public and experts on a variety of topics related to school safety. The Leadership Luncheon was generously sponsored and catered by Food & Bounty,

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer

Candidate Maria Elena Durazo

Hollywood Chamber members were treated to an informative update at the latest Leadership Luncheon, which featured Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. The City Attorney provided an overview of some of the accomplishments his office has made since he first took office in July, 2013 and discussed some of the toughest issues Mike Feuer the City is facing. Among the topics covered in his address was the worsening homelessness crisis. He commented that his office has worked hard to develop programs and policies to aid in the city’s efforts. Through his office, the Homeless Engagement and Response Team (HEART) operates the Los Angeles County Homeless Court Citation Clinic. The Clinic assists adults who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of experiencing homelessness, or veterans in need of services to resolve eligible traffic tickets and pedestrian citations through community obligation hours instead of fines and fees. Since launching the program in 2015, HEART has hosted over 50 clinics.

The Hollywood Chamber also held a Candidate Leadership Luncheon featuring Senate District 24 Candidate Maria Elena Durazo in August. Durazo discussed her vision of sitting down together and putting the community issues on the table, and working out everybody’s interests. The candidate also talked about a variety

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of topics including revitalization, transportation, tourism, jobs, career path training, film tax credits, CEQA, as well as public/private sector interests. For more information about Candidate Durazo, please visit Luncheon was sponsored by Gary Taglyan and Taglyan Complex,

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom (AD-50)

The Hollywood Chamber will be hosting a Leadership Luncheon, featuring Assemblymember Richard Bloom (AD-50) on Friday, October 12th, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is part of a series of luncheons that the Chamber continues to hold throughout the year to provide our members with an exclusive opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss current legislative initiatives affecting the Hollywood community. WHO:

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Friday, October 12th from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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Another Leadership Luncheon featuring Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) was held in August as well. Schiff discussed the current Administration, the need for more women running for office and upcoming midterm elections. During the luncheon, Congressman Schiff presented Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber with the Flag of the United Adam Schiff and Leron Gubler States of America. Earlier this year, Gubler announced plans to retire at the end of the year. For information on Congressman Schiff, visit Luncheon was sponsored by Paramount Pictures, Next, the Hollywood Chamber will be holding an upcoming Leadership Luncheon featuring Assemblymember Richard Bloom (AD-50) on Friday, October 12th. The luncheon will be sponsored by Faring. Register online at

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic


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he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce added five stars to the Walk of Fame in the past two months. Performer “Weird Al” Yankovic was honored with the 2,643rd star on August 27th in the category of Recording at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard joined by guest speakers Dr. Demento and Thomas Lennon. Simon Cowell was honored with the 2,642nd star on August 22nd in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard joined by Kelly Clarkson and Rob Stringer,

Jennifer Garner

Cedric The Entertainer

CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Actress Jennifer Garner was honored with the 2,641st star on August 20th in the category of Motion Pictures at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard joined by actors Judy Greer, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carrell. Performer/producer Cedric The Entertainer was honored with the 2,640th star on July 19th in the category of Live Performance at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard joined by Walk of Famers Magic Johnson and George Lopez.

Niecy Nash

Actress Niecy Nash was honored with the 2,639th star on July 11th in the category of Television at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard joined by Cedric “The Entertainer” and Ryan Murphy. The next few months are booked with more talented artists set to be honored with their stars on the worldfamous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ceremonies are open to the public. Watch on CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT promoting Hollywood

Property Owners Renew, Expand Hollywood Entertainment District


roperty owners have renewed the Hollywood Entertainment District Business Improvement District (HED) for another ten years and incorporated the previous Sunset & Vine District. The new BID will provide enhanced street cleaning, security services, beautification and homeless outreach in the heart of Hollywood. With an annual budget of $7.4-million funded by 623 property owners (including 303 condominium owners), HED will be the largest BID in the nation when it launches Jan. 1, 2019. The BID includes properties on Hollywood and Sunset boulevards (with the 101 freeway as the eastern boundary) and extends along Vine Street and Cahuenga Boulevard. “We want to congratulate all of the property owners and BID members who worked so hard to achieve the consolidation of these two business improvement districts. The savings from bringing these two organizations together should be significant in both dollars and time,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber. “The Chamber looks forward to working with the new BID.” The Hollywood Entertainment District was formed in 1996 as one of the first BIDs in the state. Since then, the BID has been renewed and expanded five times. Learn more at CHAMBER BUSINESS BENEFIT creating a strong local economy

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS V GROUP V Group is a custom signage and display company based in Southern California. Some of the products V Group creates range from banners and trade show displays to custom building signage, wraps, murals, step & repeats and more. With locations in both Los Angeles and San Diego, V Group has the solution for your signage project no matter how big or small. Founded in 2007, President Damian Sage brings over 20 years of experience in the signage and printing industry. Combined with a knowledgeable, friendly and quality driven staff, V Group has grown to one of the largest signage and printing companies in Southern California. They service many prominent local and national clientele, including: The U.S. Army, Major League Baseball, The San Diego Padres, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Barona Resort and Casino, MTS, The NCAA, and Marriott just to name some. V Group has become very involved in the local community through charity. President Damian Sage is an active philanthropist who supports various youth programs for underprivileged and at-risk children. V Group, was honored by being named the winner of the award for “Excellence in Customer Service” at the San Diego Small Business Awards. They were named one of San Diego’s Top 40 under 40 by SD Metro Magazine; named Top 20 Men Making an Impact in San Diego by SD Metro Magazine; named Young Influential by The Daily Transcript, named San Diego’s Young Executive of the month by San Diego’s Young Professionals Committee (YPC). They were interviewed on ESPN, and by Discover SD for this award. Damian Sage, President 611 K Street, B304, San Diego, Ca 92101 Call (213) 674-7465 |

SCREENBID is an online auction company which has created a location-based premium fan experience on Hollywood Boulevard, where one can shop top movie and television costumes, wardrobes, props & set decorations. With ScreenBid, everything you see in one of the auctions and their store is 100 percent authentic and certified by Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, HBO, NBC Universal, Lionsgate, Paramount, etc. Screenbid has completed hundreds of auctions featuring the most popular television and films including Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Shakespeare in Love, 21 Jump Street movie, Mad Men, 30 Rock, The Office, True Blood, CSI, The Green Hornet, Californication, Gangs of New York, The Get Down, Scary Movie, Kill Bill, Gone Baby Gone, Finding Neverland, Brothers Grimm, MIB II, Boardwalk Empire, Bates Motel, The Green Hornet, Bones, House, and many more top entertainment properties. David Goodrich, Chief Marketing Officer 6675 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90028 Call (310) 287-0100 | 12 n

NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE New York Life Insurance specializes in working with individuals, families, and business owners providing strategies for saving money, while creating capital to cover the momentous events in life such as college, weddings, down payments for real estate, business startups, and retirement income while avoiding unnecessary taxes. Derrick Hatchett and his team of consultants use a holistic risk-based financial planning method. It begins with sitting down for an open, honest conversation about resources and existing saving strategies, relative to future financial goals. From there, the team of consultants create a custom financial planning report based upon the personal financial situation. This will provide a road map to guide you to your financial goal. “New York Life, the insurance you keep.” Derrick Hatchett, Agent (CA License #0G56175) 801 N. Brand Blvd., Penthouse Suite Glendale, Ca 91203 Call (818) 662-7739 |


The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) has launched more than 14,000 culinary careers since 1975. Named the Best Culinary School in America by The Daily Meal, the New York City campus is renowned in the restaurant and hospitality industries and offers thousands of recreational cooking classes a year. Known for well-rounded curriculum, high-quality ingredients, experienced chef-instructors and prominent alumni, ICE debuted a second campus in Los Angeles in January. ICE LA features seven teaching kitchens, cutting-edge equipment and a Learning Resource Center in Pasadena, where students can pursue careers in Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management in as little as seven months. The school hosts guest lectures and demonstrations by famous food personalities, entrepreneurs and business leaders from its unparalleled network of industry leaders. And students can count on volunteer opportunities, custom externships and job postings from a highly successful career services team. Tour the campus anytime or register for monthly open house events, free to the public, at Brian Aronowitz, CMO 521 E Green Street, Pasadena, Ca 91101 Call (888) 718-CHEF

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS NEW MEMBER BUSINESSES OF THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER El Floridita Restaurant Armando Castro - Owner 1253 N Vine St Hollywood, CA 90038 (323)871-8612 ART 4 PEACE AWARDS Dame Dr. Munni Irone - Owner 9641 Chareville Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310)299-6035 ARTists Corner Carlos Benitez -Owner 1546 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323)464-3900 Chamberlain West Hollywood John Douponce - General Manager 1000 Westmount Drive West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310)657-7400

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Hampton Inn and Suites Burbank Airport Hotel Nicole Hill 7501 N Glenoaks Blvd Burbank, CA 91504 (818)768-1106

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company David Massey - Sr. Project Manager 811 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90017 Courvier Productions (213)236-0500 Ronald Courvier - Executive Producer P.O. Box 790403 San Antonio, TX 78279 Hollywood Signs (210)725-2832 and Branding Patrick Moyle-Skiffington - CEO 5419 Hollywood Blvd, Ste C518 Diamond Business Hollywood, CA 90027 Loans, LLC / ezBanker (800)413-7446 Jonathan Kohanoff - President 292 S. La Cienega Blvd., Ste 206 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Kettle Glazed (424)320-3800 Doughnuts Sami Anz - President 6211 Franklin Ave. Eisner Gorin LLP Los Angeles, CA 90028 Dmitry Gorin - Los Angeles Criminal (323)462-2344 Defense Lawyer 1875 Century Park E #705 Los Angeles, CA 90067 LRL Group, LLC (310)328-3776 Lauren Levy - CEO (917)747-5781 Gibraltar Security Services, Inc. Mailbox IT and Ship IT Gregory Harrison - President & CEO Anthony Clark 12131 Magnolia Blvd., Ste. A 1/2 958 N Western Ave Valley Village, CA 91607 Los Angeles, CA 90029 (831)233-1177 (323)963-5136

Officer Off Duty Tristan Murano - Co-CEO 4275 Executive Square, Ste 200 La Jolla, CA 92037 (800)574-5545 SALEF (Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund) Karla Cativo - Community Outreach and Organizing Manager 421 S Bixel St Ste A Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213)480-1052 Team K-9 Philip Corrado - Co-CEO 4275 Executive Square, Ste 2000 La Jolla, CA 92037 (800)574-5545 Tocaya Organica- Hollywood Kristi Thompson - Human Resources 6550 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028 (323)472-5802 Upstart Leeor Maciborski - Manager 6464 Sunset Blvd Ste 910 Hollywood, CA 90028 (310)597-0132 You are Home Gabriela Chavez 6365 Selma Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046 (310)773-7944 n 13

MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS FRANCA REBECCI BRAZILIAN TRUFFLES Franca Rebecci Brazilian Truffles has arrived on the Los Angeles scene! These delicious chocolate desserts were recently featured at the Daytime Emmys Golden Style Lounge. Guests stepped up to a chic dessert bar with a sample of cannolis, cones, and truffles in a wide range of flavors from milk chocolate to churro dulce de leche. A box of four truffles was also included in the highly anticipated gift bag and lounge. Franca Rebecci is a boutique Brazilian Truffle company founded by Anna Sarti in Los Angeles. The Franca and Rebecci families have handed down their Italian technique and Brazilian recipe for more than five generations. Anna inherited these secrets and combined them into a treasure too sweet not to share. Franca Rebecci is delighted to provide custom creations which are perfect to coordinate with wedding colors, birthday themes, and special flavors. Dietary and allergy modifications such as nut, gluten, soy, and or vegan are readily available on the website or upon request. Anna A. Sarti, Owner Call (323) 559.1421 |

AFLAC HOLLYWOOD Aflac Hollywood’s goal is to simply get to know the small businesses in the Hollywood area to learn their needs and help them find solutions in this rapidly changing economy. Aflac works with small businesses to assist with problems such as Healthcare Reform, workers comp, working capital, employee attraction and retention. They provide real business solutions such as tax savings, fraud protections, HR support, and employee perks - all at no cost to the business. Aflac also works closely with brokers in their market on the wholesale side. They can provide Benefits administration systems, Web enrollment, Major Medical enrollment (Boots on the ground), Mutual account audits, Me MD (Video Calls with Dr.), Benefits statements, HSA, HRA, FSA, and more. Jason Morton, District Sales Manager & Licensed Agent 1745 Wilcox Ave Suite 457, Hollywood, Ca 90028 Call (323) 632-4822 |

RETIRE MYROOM DESIGNS Retire myRoom Designs is a residential (Homes, Condos, Townhomes) and commercial (New Development Model Condo/ Homes, Office Buildings, Production offices, Retail store fronts, Hotels, & Temporary housing), company specializing in Staging and Redesign interior work. Retire myRoom sets the standard for dependable and professional quality home and commercial staging by offering clients the finest completed project, just as they imagined. Additional services include: declutter/organize, hourly consultations, interior redesign, color consultations, commercial staging, event staging/planning. Realtor referral service upon request. AlgeRita Wynn, Professional Stager /Redesigner/Real Estate Staging Association Member 2201 S. Figueroa St. Ste 527, Los Angeles, Ca 90007 Call (213) 840-3008 |

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS Economic Development Committee Enjoys Summer Social Outing in Hollywood

Chamber members of the Economic Development Committee participated in the annual Summer Social in Hollywood. The morning started with breakfast and a presentation from Hudson Pacific Properties via their igloo 360° immersive virtual tour of their Hollywood development EPIC, a tour of Sunset Bronson Studios, and the ICON Building which is home of Netflix headquearters.

THANK YOU TO RENEWING MEMBER BUSINESSES 800 Degrees Pizza LLC All Japan News Inc AltaMed General Pediatrics Anawalt Lumber Co. Angel City Data Anvil Cases, Inc. Arts for LA Beverly Hills / Greater LA Association of Realtors Broadstone Candara at Hancock Park Cabo Cantina Capital Foresight Castex Rentals Children's Hospital Los Angeles Covenant House California Dunes Inn - Sunset Dynamic Development Company Empowered Father of Hollywood, The Foto-Kem, Inc. Frolic Room Garland, The Gift Of Fame Enterprises Gleicher, Tilley & Leonard, LLP Global Icons Greenway Arts Alliance Hair Shop, The Harley-Davidson of Glendale Harman Press, The Hollywood Distillery Inc. Hollywood Schoolhouse IPS Group, Inc. JVS SoCal Kaiser Permanente

L.A.'s Largest Mixer LA CITY Tours Lacer Lexen Hotel Loews Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) LURE Maggiano's Little Italy MCS BusinessSource Network NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc. Oasis of Hollywood Optometrix Panavision Paramount Pictures Park Plus Inc. (California) Patrick Skiffington & Associates 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 SP Plus Corp Tishman Speyer Townscape Management Inc Toyota Scion of Hollywood Vanlochem & Associates VP Entertainment / DTODOS Walgreens Sunset & Vine - Store #15 Wanderlust Hollywood World Championships of Performing Arts Yamashiro Hollywood n 15


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Chamber Welcomes Members at Yamashiro Hollywood in August

Chamber Welcomes Members at OHM Nightclub in July

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed four new businesses at our August Business After Hours generously hosted by Yamashiro Hollywood. Chair Donelle Dadigan, Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber and J.J. Connaughton, Director of Membership Services welcomed these new members: Violeta Ayala representing Family Starz; Nicole Hill, Hampton Inn and Suites Burbank Airport Hotel; Kyndell Gaglio, Mercury LLC; Jocelyn Duarte, SALEF (Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund).

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed seven new member businesses at the Business After Hours at OHM Nightclub in July. Chair of the Board Donelle Dadigan and J.J. Connaughton, Director of Membership Services welcomed these businesses as members of the Hollywood Chamber: Jason Morton, Aflac Hollywood; Carlos Benitez, ARTists Corner; Anita Miranda, Circle of Helping Hands – Official Lipstick Reader; David Massey, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company; Tristan Murano, Officer Off Duty; Philip Corrado, Team K-9, Tania Garcia, University of Denver.

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