New Film Incentives Prompt Need for More Street Closure Signs, Funds: LADOT

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With new film incentives expected to bring more productions to the streets of Los Angeles in 2015, more temporary no-parking signs will be needed — along with additional funds to pay for them and workers to handle installations,  officials said.

A Los Angeles parking sign is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

A Los Angeles parking sign is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

The city spends $9.5 million annually on more than 558,000 temporary signs, about 52 percent of which are for filming projects, according to a memo written by Department of Transportation General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri and addressed to the City Council.

The memo was first published by the entertainment website Deadline.com.

When the new incentives, valued at $333 million, take effect next year, a subsequent production boom will necessitate the staffing of additional crews that will require $475,000 to subsidize, according to the document.

The department has also requested $160,000 to pay for new equipment, software upgrades and mobile computer tablets.

Each temporary sign costs $17.08 to produce — $12.19 for the sign itself and $4.81 for installation and removal — according to LADOT.

Los Angeles received $1,828,494 in reimbursements from entertainment production companies in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

LADOT's submitted request asks for a portion of those funds, which is otherwise earmarked for the city's general fund, to pay for the expected new costs.