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December 19, 2015

Insight in how FilmLA makes decisions

In recent weeks, I been corresponding with FilmLA to get a clearer idea criteria they use for issuing filming permits. In a nutshell, I've been asking them about three topics:

  • What is a moratorium? (prompted by a posting by our neighbor Ed) 
  • What happens when FilmLA issues a permit in error (prompted by a violation of a Special Filming Condition) 
  • How does FilmLA determine if a neighborhood is overused. (prompted by a request to suspend filming on Homewood because FilmLA issues an filming permit in error) 

If I understand correctly, the bottom line for each question might be summarized as follows: 
  • A moratorium is a temporary order issued by county counsel to address a serious concern. The duration of a moratorium is seldom more than a couple of weeks. 
  • If FilmLA issues a filming permit in violation of a special condition, there is no recourse or remedy; only a promise to do better. 
  • FilmLA does not have objective criteria for determining neighborhood overuse. This is in contrast to the policies in neighboring communities that have their own film coordination functions. 

If you're interested in seeing the specific thread of correspondence... 
I've collated the emails and made them available on the following links: 

FilmLA definition of moratorium: 

FilmLA error in issueing permit: 

FilmLA policy for determining Overuse: 

Note: In cases where the thread includes an email from a neighbor, I've altered the name.

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