It won’t likely revolutionize Hollywood, nor will it heavily impact filming in Southern California. But a piece of legislation the Los Angeles City Council approved Wednesday does aim to lift an important hurdle to ease on-location filming throughout the city.
The motion – included in a tripartite package of film industry reforms the council will eventually consider – is another step in the right direction to ensure the continued growth of a business that fuels the Southern Californian economy, said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who pushed for, wrote and is aiming to pass the motions.
The first of the three – approved unanimously Wednesday – calls for a review of existing food service contracts to determine how food service costs for film productions can be lowered at city facilities.
“On-location food service is an important sector of the film industry,” Krekorian said. “But the costs for these food services can rise dramatically when a city contractor is involved, spiking a production companies’ bottom line from hundreds of dollars a day to thousands.
“We need to evaluate our contractual policies to determine how we can best ensure that a simple thing like providing soda and fruit doesn’t drive film and television production jobs out of our city, state or country.”
In his motion, Krekorian calls for new policies and contractual guidelines of future food service contracts when productions film at city facilities, like parks, such as the Griffith Observatory, the zoo and other locations.
In late October, the L.A. Times reported that:
Criminal charges were filed Thursday against two employees of the Department of Water and Power, accusing them of setting up a scheme to defraud the utility using the agency’s corporate credit cards.
The two men are accused of using about a dozen DWP “P-cards,” or purchasing cards, to buy at least $3 million in products on the utility’s behalf between July 2003 and December 2009. They allegedly bought goods at an inflated price and pocketed the difference
Less than a week later, the L.A. City Council sought to ensure the ensuring DWP investigation does not fall into the black hole of bureaucracy. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, the council introduced a motion that calls on the DWP to report back to city officials on the status of its investigation. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and brought forward by Councilmembers Bernard Parks and Jan Perry.
The motion will next be heard in the Energy and Environment Committee before it makes its way back to the council for a vote. Read a scanned copy of the original motion below the jump.