Earlier today I went on a walking tour of Hollywood Blvd.
I visited with store owners and tour bus operators to let them know about the new “no commercial solicitation” -- also known as the Tour Bus Ordinance in Hollywood.
The amendment to the city’s municipal code 42.00 was approved by the Los Angeles City Council on September 4 and signed by Mayor Garcetti on September 9. The ordinance went into effect on October 20, 2013.
A coalition of business leaders, tour bus companies, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Improvement District (BID) have been working with the council office to restore a sense of order and civility to the sidewalks of Hollywood.
We want to create a positive and friendly environment for visitors and pedestrians. This ordinance represents an important step in achieving that goal by including tour bus operators in the City’s existing law regulating commercial solicitation and sales in the public right of way, which includes the city sidewalks and streets.
Over the last several years, Hollywood Boulevard has seen an increase in the amount of tour bus operators that have solicited ticket sales on the historic sidewalk and street. With ever increasing competition over the past few years, tour bus companies have become particularly aggressive in soliciting customers on the Boulevard and sidewalks throughout Hollywood.
The situation has created a circus-like atmosphere that leaves a bad impression on Hollywood visitors and has inhibited economic growth for businesses that play by the rules.
The ordinance removes the exemption of tour bus solicitation in the public right of way and will dramatically improve the pedestrian experience at the number one destination in all of Los Angeles – the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Folks, today we turned the page on Hollywood’s story. This is a new day for our community and I am thankful to have the support of the residents and business community on this ordinance. We are all ambassadors of Hollywood, and I am excited about what this ordinance means for our great neighborhood as we move forward.
PHOTO: Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell with Gregg Donovan of LA Tours.