PHOTOS: The Hollywood sign through the years Then, there are the technological advances. Many tourists now use GPS devices on their cars and phones to map out the best views. And the directions send them not just down the main roads but into narrow residential canyons. Tourist websites also offer tips on prime locations. One even directed visitors to Deronda Drive, where “residents will have lemonade stands set up, offering the perfect thirst quencher after an exhilarating hike to the sign. They’re wonderful folks!” Residents say they are bothered by the traffic but are most concerned about safety issues because the curving hillside roads were not designed for so many cars and pedestrians. “We live in the middle of an area that is very attractive to people all over the globe,” said Fran Reichenbach, president of the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Assn. “We knew that when we moved here, but in the last few years it’s really gotten out of hand.” In an effort to deal with the crowds over the summer, the city tested the use of road checkpoints where tourists were warned of parking restrictions in the area and directed to a vista point above the Hollywood Reservoir where they could see the fabled sign. It’s the latest of several tactics the city has tried, with decidedly mixed results. In 2011, the city began weighing tour buses as they entered Hollywoodland to strictly enforce the 6,000-pound vehicle limit on the small streets. Residents have even taken matters into their own hands, posting signs in the neighborhood stating “Warning Tourist-Free Zone All Tourists Leave the Area” and “Tourists Go Away.” TIME-LAPSE VIDEO: Painting the Hollywood sign At a forum two years ago, residents offered a number of ideas for easing the traffic, including erecting gates across some streets and even building an aerial tram connecting the nearby Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park to a ridge next to the Hollywood sign. Neither of those ideas went far. Now, residents are demanding that the city keep roads clear for emergency vehicles and that park rangers beef up patrols along the hiking trails leading up to the sign.
“She seemed really uncomfortable,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “She was constantly playing with her hair with her left hand almost as if to show off that she was wearing her wedding ring. It seemed very intentional.” Sipping on a vodka cranberry and a glass of champagne throughout the night, Kardashian bobbed her head to the music and whispered occasionally with The Game, though “there wasn’t anything that made the two look like they were anything more than friends,” adds the source. Just after 2 a.m., the reality star who gamely posed for fan photos inside the club headed out with her entourage. Later, Kardashian fired off a series of Tweets about love. PHOTOS: Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom: Their Marriage Ups and Downs “Not all scars can be seen and not all love can be explained. The deepest love is also the hardest to express. Only those in it, understand,” she wrote . She followed it with , “If I love u. Its a deep 4ever love. Ride til the end.
Hollywood and its Allies Press Legislators to Boost Tax Credits
TV and filmmakers, economic analysts and business and labor leaders made their case at a joint hearing at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles, before the state Assemblys revenue and taxation panel and its arts, entertainment, sports, tourism and Internet media committee. This is Californias signature industry and we need to keep it here, said Ruben Gonzalez, vice-president of public policy for the L.A. Chamber of Commerce. By every measure, this program is working, but we need do even more if we want to have any hope of keeping up with competition. What does that boil down to? More money, Gonzalez said to a round of applause in the packed room, and stability. Businesses need certainty and a long-term commitment from the state would provide that. Also read: Movie Production Up 20% in L.A. Area a And It’s Not Nearly Enough Capped at $100 million per year, Californias Film and Television Tax Credit Program lags well behind other states and countries in terms of what it can offer financially. Currently more than 40 states and numerous other countries offer tax incentives for film and television production.Proximity to Hollywood and an extensive infrastructure of large vendors, crew and visual effects and post-production facilities offset that to a degree, but the state has been steadily losing production work for years. New Yorks program offers $420 million annually, lawmakers were told, while states like George and Louisiana offer incentive plans that are uncapped.