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Along with his billboard motions today, City Council President Eric Garcetti introduced a motion to create an Echo Park Film District "to help promote cooperation between film companies and the neighborhood’s local businesses and residents," as a press release states. "The creation of the Echo Park Film District would set special conditions and guidelines to give the surrounding community and the City Council office more information and notice about productions in Echo Park neighborhood. The guidelines would also prohibit the use of certain areas for filming, such as city parking lots which was harming local businesses." The full presser can be read here.

GARCETTI INTRODUCES MOTION TO CREATE ECHO PARK FILM DISTRICT Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti today introduced a
motion that would create an Echo Park Film District to help promote
cooperation between film companies and the neighborhood's local
businesses and residents.

"With its charming lake, historic homes, and the famed Elysian Park,
the Echo Park neighborhood has become an oft-used location for filming.
The new film district will help ensure that filming is a positive
experience for both the neighborhood and the productions. We want to
keep filming in Los Angeles and we want to make sure that filming
doesn't interfere with everyday life in our community. As a
resident of Echo Park, I am personally looking forward to the
implementation of this collaborative effort between production
companies, local business owners, community residents, and FilmLA,"
said Council President Garcetti.

The creation of the Echo Park Film District would set special
conditions and guidelines to give the surrounding community and the City
Council office more information and notice about productions in Echo
Park neighborhood. The guidelines would also prohibit the use of
certain areas for filming, such as city parking lots which was harming
local businesses. Examples of these conditions include:

�? Notifying affected residents/merchants/businesses in English and
Spanish at least two days in advance of the first day of filming or in
advance of any substantial preparation for all productions.
�? Extended notification to Los Angeles Police Department and the
affected community of at least three days prior to the work for the use
of a helicopter, pyrotechnics, or gunfire.
�? Restrictions on parking of production vehicles and generators,
and a prohibition of blocking from view or impeding and public transit
stops.
�? Restrictions on the type and location of portable restrooms.
�? A required community survey for exceptional filming activities,
including full street closures, any filming prior to 7:00 a.m. or after
10:00 p.m., or filming for more than three consecutive days at any
single location or multiple locations that affect residents and
merchants.
�? Requiring a FilmLA monitor to be on site during exceptional
filming activities.
�? Establishment of a community calendar to discourage filming
during events such as the annual Lotus Festival.

The Echo Park Film District will be the city's second film district
with guidelines and conditions. The first district is the Arts District
in Downtown Los Angeles.