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Los Angeles Mayor Looks to Increase Hollywood Aid

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, is considering steps to help the L.A. film and TV industry. According to Los Angeles Times, the mayor, among other things, is looking at lowering permit fees and expediting the film permitting process. The city is currently working with L.A.'s Department of Water and Power to put in more electrical power nodes and gives free parking on city lots.

The mayor admitted though that given L.A.'s current $200 million deficit there is a limit to what can be done for now. He, however, remained optimistic of future endeavors. For instance, Villaraigosa is attempting to pass a bill to extend California's film tax credits beyond 2012.

Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa (Pictured: Getty Images)

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Awesome!!! We really need to keep the film & television business in California!!!

Oh, geeeee! How wonderful! Lowering the cost of Film Permits? That will have about as much impact as having "Craft Services" buy Shasta Sodas instead of Coke. Keeping Tax Incentives? Uh, this is about TEN YEARS too late. Does he have any idea what the words "Runaway Productions" mean? Or how much work is going OUT of the state? On the local level, how about getting rid of the Studio Zone and/or getting the Cops & CHP to lower their ITC rate(s)?

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