We have an industry that is in crisis.
Last night, my council colleagues Paul Krekorian and Curren Price, Jr. and I heard heartwrenching stories of Hollywood's middle class continuously struggling to looking for work.
These men and women are finding themselves working one month a year, when the average was 10 months a year before the hemorrhage of jobs to other states and countries became chronic.
Folks, it is not a pretty picture for entertainment jobs in our City. I'm talking not only about the studio stagehands, costumers, and makeup artists, but also the caterers, the dry cleaners, and the hundreds of other small, mom-and-pop businesses that act as support for the industry.
We heard from dozens of people last night during our first Ad Hoc Committee on Film and TV Production Jobs. I left the three hour meeting feeling inspired and motivated to do everything in my power to keep the industry here where it belongs -- at the base of the beautiful Hollywood Hills, home to the iconic landmark sign.
This is the first time ever that the City is taking steps to stop the loss of jobs in the entertainment industry. I urge you to get involved in this process, help me rally support, and stop runaway production.
We are no longer taking a marginal approach to this issue, and with your help we will tackle this head on. Together we will make the film and TV production industry stronger than ever here in the City of Angels.
PHOTO: Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge shine the spotlight on films made in Hollywood. Three OSCAR nominated films were made in the City of Los Angeles: Frozen, Her, and The Croods. Credit: Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge.