Studio City At Large
Stake Holder 2012
Voting locally, impacts globally.
Growing up in Southern California, Studio City has always
been a part of my life. From hiking the hills to working the film sets, and now
as a small business owner on Ventura Boulevard, I feel privileged to be part of
this progressive and evolving community. As a SCNC committee member - January – April 2012, I witnessed the
Neighborhood Council conquer monumental tasks with efficiency and grace. This fluidity in local government is
partially why Studio City is the envy of the San Fernando Valley. I was inspired to run for a board member seat
after observing open dialogue between the local community and the Council
Members, turn into progress and action. As a candidate for the At-large
Stakeholder seat, I will continue this momentum and focus on community progress
rather than personal or special interests. I will stand for what is right, not for what is “Right Now.” I will make Studio City a better place for
and your family.
In the early 1920’s, Studio City did not have much more than
a few small businesses, a grocery store, drug store and a bank. In the late 1920’s, major film &
television came to town sparking a legacy of prosperity. Flash forward 90 years……music studios, top
rated schools, award winning architecture, incredible shopping, a mecca for amazing
restaurants and a renowned haven for artists, makes Studio City the
quintessential Los Angeles suburb. With
your help and as your Neighborhood Council Member, we will take Studio City to
its next level of historical significance. On September 20, 2012 - Vote for Sam Humeid, for SCNC At-large
I wish to thank everyone who has spoken to me personally or
sent an email to ExpressYourself@Sam4SCNC.com. Based on your comments, I have
narrowed down four of our cities major issues. Those issues and my plan to revitalize Studio City are:
The entertainment industry and the
Studio City is the perfect filming backdrop for “Anywhere
USA.” However, local filming restrictions, and the costs associated, make
sending local jobs to “Somewhere Else USA,” an easy alternative for
producers. I will work with Los Angeles
City Council and the Los Angeles Film Commission to relax filming restrictions
and fees. I will bridge the gap between
entertainment production companies and local business/home owners to keep
entertainment jobs in Studio City.
Studio City is not just about film & television. The art and music industry are the unsung
heroes of the local economy. Many live
music venues and art exhibits in Studio City expand our culture, heritage and
worldwide mark. The legendary Frank
Zappa had his former studio and home at the intersection
of Colfax Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. Radio Traffic, a local band with a hit single featuring Snoop Dogg
(Lion) as well as many other bands, got their start in the former Zappa
studios. A major music and art
festival, worthy of drawing visitors from as far away as Laguna Beach and Palm
Springs, is necessary to promote creative and economic growth locally. I will bring that kind of fresh energy to
Parks and Environment
Our open spaces and local parks are in total disarray and in
danger of closure to the public. The
parks and hiking trails around Studio City are part of what make our community
such a great place to live in and visit. As the Los Angeles City Council continues to cut budgets to keep
essential services functioning properly, our parks and trails are suffering.
Instead of having a lushly vegetative river walk through
Studio City, we have another unfinished civic project cleverly disguised in
fish netting and hay. With my agricultural connections and with the support of
residents and local businesses, I will create a “River Walk Adoption Program”
to promote pride in Studio City. With my plan, we can make Studio City
beautiful without using precious tax revenue.
Laurel Canyon Dog Park is a favorite locale for our four
legged family members. However, instead
of being a well-kept calling card to encourage pet owners to visit and shop in
Studio City; it is a dirt bowl sending potential visitors home to bathe their
pets instead of spending time in our pet friendly community. As the proud owner of two rescue dogs, I will
fight to re-establish our little buddies’ favorite hangout.
According to the 2008 Los Angeles Department of City Planning
estimates, Studio City has a population of 37,201 and a density of 5,395 people
per square mile, among the lowest densities for the city of Los Angeles.
Actual Citizen Question: THEN WHY DOES IT TAKE 45 MINUTES TO
GET FROM VINELAND TO WHITSETT AT 5PM?
Standard Answer: Because Studio City is such a diverse place,
it is home to tens of thousands of daily and nightly commuters. That’s just how it is.
Sam’s Answer: LA’s highway and byway infrastructure is
completely out of date. “Secret
Squirrel” routes like Laurel Canyon have become the new 405/Sepulveda overpass,
Ventura Boulevard is the new 101 Freeway, and the alleys behind your homes have
become raceways to bypass traffic. As a
community we must put more pressure on the Los Angeles City Council to police
our streets, find more Federal funds to expand our surrounding freeways and
take the traffic danger out of our neighborhoods.
How can I make the good things in Studio City better? Want me
to investigate the issues that are important to you? Want me to be your best representative
possible? Email me your concerns, fears, suggestions and elements of Studio
City Pride at ExpressYourself@Sam4SCNC.com
Have a question for me as a candidate? Email me at Get2Knowme@Sam4SCNC.info and visit www.Sam4SCNC.info