No, I didn’t forget; just got a little lazy over the holiday. Now back in the saddle and ready to ride.

There was only one CRA and Commission meeting in December.  In reviewing the Agenda packages for both, there were these somewhat noteworthy items:

  • Acting as the CRA Board, we approved the media plan for 2018, which allocates $700,000 to promote Hollywood, specifically aiming at the tourist market.
  • At the following Commission meeting, we celebrated our Moment of Silence honoring Buddy Galvin, who passed recently.  Buddy was 95, a decorated airman in WWII, who settled in Hollywood and Hallandale. He became chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, and later was elected Mayor of Hallandale Beach.  Buddy was also a developer who build many homes in south Hollywood.  Great guy with amazing spirit.
  • Approved grants to the Art and Culture Center to continue producing and managing performances at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center.
  • Allocated $15,000 to the Police Department to purchase a police canine, replacing one who has aged out.
  • Elected Commissioner Debra Case as Vice Mayor for 2018.

Next and only CRA and Commission meetings will be Wednesday, January 17.  CRA will be at 10:00, with Citizen, Comments to follow; and Commission at 1:00, with Citizen Comments at 5 p.m

NOTE: City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

COMING SOON TO A BALLOT BOX NEAR YOU.

The State Legislature has approved a referendum on the November ballot which would provide an additional $25,000 “homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000”.  The City estimates this will have the effect of reducing its income by roughly $3 million.  That will have to be made up by all taxpayers. Just wanted you to know.

MISC:  had a lot of time and read a lot over the vacation.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles).  I loved this.  Starts with the Russian revolution when a nobleman is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the hotel in which he lives.  How he survives and thrives is lovely, humorous, and adventurous.  If you like Casablanca, keep that in mind for a whirlwind ending.
  • The Last Jew (Noah Gordon).  The Spanish inquisition, and follows the life of one who survives by traveling the Iberian peninsula to try to avoid the inquisitors.  Does he make it?  Read and see.
  • David Baldacci, End Game.  Quick read, very techy, fun.  If you like David, this is for you.  Needed to read this for a change of pace.
  • A Legacy of Spies.  LaCarre’.  Didn’t much like it, which probably puts me in the minority of spy novel lovers.
  • Rules of Civility.  Amor Towles first book.  Master of words and phrases.

Young people struggle with live in the late 30’s, in romantic NYC.  I liked it, but not as much as his first book, above.

Feeling great, and hope you are too.  Check out my article in the just-released Hollywood Gazette online, or in your mailbox.