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Cheap Power Sought For Old L.A. Zoo Filming
Posted by Daniel Antolin on Dec 8, 2011 - 6:11:12 PM

"Anchorman" scene shot at Old L.A. Zoo. Photo courtesy of IMDb.
LOS FELIZOn Wednesday, December 7, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 to negotiate a simple, affordable pricing plan with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for the use of power nodes installed at Griffith Park's Old L.A. Zoo, the LADWP's John Ferraro Building and at City Hall by media production companies.

The power nodes were installed to provide clean, cheap outlets of electricity to attract productions firms to shoot movies, TV programs and commercials at the aforementioned locations. Though the nodes replaced more expensive, noisy diesel-powered generators, they have not been widely used because a pricing plan has not been implemented. A per-day rate or a meter are two pricing options that have been suggested.

Eric Garcetti, the councilmember who represents Los Angeles's 13th District, said he would like to see a couple dozen of these power nodes throughout the city. He motioned to direct the LADWP, the General Services Department and the City Administrative Officer to hammer out a pricing plan with which to return in 30 days. The motion was seconded by L.A.'s Fourth District Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who represents both Los Feliz and Griffith Park, where the Old L.A. Zoo is located.

Several productions have been shot at the Old L.A. Zoo including "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" in which it doubled as the San Diego Zoo, in addition to "Eraser" and "CSI: New York" for which it was shot as New York's Central Park Zoo.

Garcetti said he sat down to breakfast on November 10 with a group representing the film community to try to troubleshoot problems standing in the way of making L.A. as film-friendly as possible. Three other agenda items that were passed into law by the council toward this end include giving the Los Angeles Police Department the necessary resources to combat local businesses and others who try to shake down filming companies for money by threatening to disrupt their productions, improving communication between the Department of Transportation and location scouts, as well as resolving issues that have come up while filming on Venice Beach and with on-set caterers.


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