EDT, June 19, 2013 HOLLYWOOD— Firefighters and city leaders have reached a middle ground in negotiating a $4.6 million contract expected to be approved on July 3. “It does make us more competitive, but we have a little ways to go,” Assistant City Manager Frank Fernandez said Wednesday before a crowd that included more than 50 of the city’s 206 firefighters. Related The two-year contract, which covers October 2012 through September 2014, provides for a less complex pay scale with incentive pay and salary increases that vary depending on the tenure of the firefighter.
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Could China’s growing influence in Hollywood affect Christian-themed movies?
“Christian-themed movies are generally shunned by the Chinese film authorities,” Robert Cain, a veteran producer and longtime liaison between Hollywood and China, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “I doubt any of the studios would bother submitting them.” That would mean turning your back on the world’s second biggest box office, and potentially the biggest in coming years, which could be hard for many producers and studios to do. “As much as American filmmakers want their freedom of expression, it comes down to money. The film industry is a business, and with China set to be the number one in the film market in the near future, Hollywood needs to look out for themselves,” explained entertainment litigation attorney, Dr. Dariush Adli of Adli Law Group P.C.
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Hollywood considers shrinking parking spaces
To make up for them, the Hollywood City Commission is considering reducing the size requirements to squeeze as many into the available space as possible. Instead of a parallel parking space 8 1/2 wide by 18 feet long, the new spaces would be 8 1/2 wide by 16 feet long. “It’s an opportunity to save as many parking spaces as possible,” said Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jorge Camejo. “Preserving parking has been recognized as a top priority.” The parking issue, which will be taken up at 5 p.m.
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Woman killed in Hollywood tourist area over $1, sources say
She pulled out her cellphone to snap a picture of men displaying signs asking for money with four-letter insults and a smiley face. Moments later, according to a law enforcement sources, one of the men demanded that she pay $1 for the pictures. When she refused, police say, two of the men allegedly pinned Calderon’s coworker against a wall. The third jumped on top of Calderon, knocking the 23-year-old onto the pavement in front of an American Eagle Outfitters clothing store at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, police said.
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