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The State of Hollywood Address: Palladium, Cranes & Cirque Du Soleil

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Cranes along Vine St. in Hollywood | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

Today, Councilman Eric Garcetti delivered the annual State of Hollwood address at an event organized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He dedicated the address to Johnny Grant, who passed away earlier this month, and spoke about what makes a great neighborhood, at-risk youth tragedies and all that has been great and to be great for Hollywood. Here are excerpts from the address (please excuse the capitalization):

TO DATE, THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES HAS USED $700 MILLION IN PUBLIC MONEY TO ATTRACT $5.5 BILLION DOLLARS IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT. IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED A LOT. BUT SOME OF OUR BIGGEST PLANS HAVE ONLY BEEN DREAMS DRAFTED IN BLUEPRINTS. THIS PAST YEAR, THAT CHANGED. TODAY, THERE IS NO MORE BEAUTIFUL SIGHT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD THAN THE FLOCK OF CRANES OVER HOLLYWOOD. I LOVE THOSE CRANES. I LOVE THEM BECAUSE THEY SIGNAL THE ARRIVAL OF A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD REBORN, WITH HUNDREDS OF LIVING WAGE JOBS FOR ANGELENOS, A NEW FIRST-CLASS HOTEL FOR VISITORS, EXCITING RETAIL FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS, AND MUCH-NEEDED HOUSING.

IF AT HOLLYWOOD AND VINE, THE EARTH HAS BEEN DUG UP, ACROSS THE STREET, HISTORY ITSELF HAS BEEN UNEARTHED. THERE, AS THE BOULEVARD 6200 PROJECT MOVES TOWARDS A GROUNDBREAKING, CLARETT AND NEDERLANDER HAVE DUSTED OFF EIGHTY-YEAR OLD PLANS -- FOUND BY ROBERT NUDELMAN IN A STORAGE CLOSET -- FOR AN ART DECO OFFICE TOWER TO COMPLETE THE VISION OF THE PANTAGES THEATER.

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On Sunset Blvd.

SUNSET BOULEVARD IS ALSO CHANGING STARTING WITH OUR NEW BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT THAT CAME ON LINE IN 2007. TECHNICOLOR'S NEW COMPLEX IS RISING AT SUNSET AND GOWER. THERE, HIGH-TECH ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY JOBS WILL KEEP "HOLLYWOOD THE NEIGHBORHOOD" HOME TO "HOLLYWOOD THE INDUSTRY," EXACTLY ONE CENTURY AFTER COL. WILLIAM SELIG MADE HOLLYWOOD'S FIRST FILM.

DOWN THE STREET, AT SUNSET AND GORDON, THERE'S A BUILDING GOING UP THAT WILL REACH THE GOLD LEED STANDARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN, A MARK OF RARE DISTINCTION. THE HOUSING THERE WILL INCLUDE AFFORDABLE, FOR-SALE UNITS, AND THE NEW OFFICE SPACE WILL ATTRACT NEW JOBS. THERE'S EVEN A NEW PARK FOR THE
NEIGHBORHOOD.

On the Palladium
GROWING UP IN L.A., I WENT TO CONCERTS JUST DOWN THE STREET AT
THE WORLD-FAMOUS PALLADIUM. FOR YEARS, WE HELD OUT AND TOLD
ALL COMERS THAT WE WOULD PROTECT OUR HISTORY FROM THE
WRECKING BALL. THIS YEAR, I GOT TO ANNOUNCE THAT LIVE NATION WILL
BRING THAT VENUE BACK TO LIFE AND RESTORE ITS GLORY.
ENVISIONING OUR FUTURE DOES NOT MEAN FORGETTING OUR PAST.

On East Hollywood

IN EAST HOLLYWOOD, ANOTHER BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ALONG VERMONT AVENUE CAME ONLINE. AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND KAISER, TWO STATE-OF-THE-ART HOSPITAL FACILITIES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THESE EXPANSIONS WILL PROVIDE HUNDREDS OF NEW
MIDDLE CLASS JOBS.
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On keeping Hollywood in Hollywood

I'M ALSO GOING TO BUILD ON OUR HARD-WON RENEWAL AND EXPANSION OF HOLLYWOOD'S STATE ENTERPRISE ZONE TO CREATE OUR CITY'S FIRST ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY DISTRICT. THE DISTRICT WILL EXPAND INCENTIVES AND CONCENTRATE NEW, GOOD JOBS WITH CAREER POTENTIAL RIGHT HERE, IN HOLLYWOOD.

On Cirque Du Soleil

THIS PAST YEAR, GARY SHAFNER TOLD ME ABOUT HIS DREAM. GARY IS A LOCAL LA BUSINESSMAN WHO GREW UP HERE IN HOLLYWOOD. AFTER SEEING THE NEWEST CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW IN LAS VEGAS, HE WANTED TO BRING THE WORLD'S PRE-EMINENT STAGE COMPANY TO HOLLYWOOD, THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. HE APPROACHED SHAUL KUBA AT CIM, AND TOGETHER THEY ASKED CIRQUE TO OPEN A SHOW HERE. THEY GOT A QUICK ANSWER: NO. THEY WENT BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. THEY TRAVELED TO CANADA. I WENT WITH THEM TO LAS VEGAS. EACH TIME, CIRQUE WAS FLATTERED, BUT THEY GAVE US THE CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD LINE: DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU. ALWAYS PERSISTENT, GARY AND SHAUL FINALLY CONVINCED CIRQUE'S PRESIDENT TO JUST COME SEE HOLLYWOOD. I'LL COME TO HOLLYWOOD,
HE SAID, BUT I'M STILL GOING TO SAY NO.

BUT WHEN HE GOT HERE, AND HE SAW WHAT HOLLYWOOD HAD BECOME, AND SAW THE KODAK THEATER AND THE STREETS AROUND IT, HE REALIZED WHAT GARY AND SHAUL HAD KNOWN ALL ALONG: THAT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND A RENEWED HOLLYWOOD WERE A PERFECT FIT.

GARY AND SHAUL HAD A DREAM... AND GREAT FAITH IN THAT DREAM... AND WERE WILLING TO PULL OFF FEATS AS ACROBATIC AS ANY IN THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO MAKE THEM A REALITY. IN NOVEMBER, I WAS HONORED TO JOIN THEM TO ANNOUNCE A 10-YEAR AGREEMENT TO BRING A BRAND-NEW SHOW ABOUT THE STORY OF HOLLYWOOD TO THE KODAK AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OUR ECONOMY.

I'LL SEE YOU ON OPENING NIGHT.

Hollywood Central Park
HOLLYWOOD CENTRAL PARK IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A VISIONARY DREAM AND WE MADE BIG PROGRESS THIS YEAR IN SACRAMENTO AND WASHINGTON TOWARD MAKING IT A REALITY. A PARK TO UNIFY A NEIGHBORHOOD OVER THE 101 FREEWAY IS SIMPLE AND IT'S BRILLIANT. AND I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME THIS SATURDAY AT 9 AM FOR OUR FIRST HOLLYWOOD CENTRAL PARK COMMUNITY MEETING AT SELMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

PART OF MY DREAM FOR MY DISTRICT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CREATION OF NEW PARKS, BOTH GREAT AND SMALL. WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 2001, I PROMISED TO DOUBLE THE THIRTEEN PARKS IN MY DISTRICT. TODAY WE HAVE THIRTY-THREE.