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Hollywood Rises to the Challenge at 2017 Annual Meeting

By Devin Strecker

October 17, 2017

Property owners and their representatives from the Hollywood Entertainment District and the Sunset & Vine District came together for the 20th annual All Property Owners Meeting. It was held this year at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Academy Room on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

The meeting was a little different from past years, as staff opened the meeting by acknowledging the difficult year experienced by many businesses and organizations in the area, due to the increases in crime, homelessness and encampments, and the unintended consequences of changes in various state and local laws and ordinances that have made enforcement more difficult. Executive Director Kerry Morrison shared concerns from business and property owners, spoke to the myriad issues that staff has addressed over the past year, and reflected on her twenty years working for the BID. LAPD Hollywood Commanding Officer Cory Palka shared his perspective on the challenges facing law enforcement officers in Hollywood and took questions from the audience.

However, good news was shared on the bright spots in Hollywood, including the BID’s maintenance, beautification, wayfinding signage and event programming initiatives, new developments, and new businesses to celebrate. Further, even more exciting news about the future of the two BIDs – soon to become one large District (the largest in Los Angeles), was shared by BID renewal co-chairs Brian Folb and John Tronson. Sunset & Vine District board president Fabio Conti concluded the meeting with closing remarks.

Despite the current challenges, Hollywood truly is rising to the occasion, strengthening its voice and looking to a bright future.

 

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