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.
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.
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.