MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
August 27, 2014
STATEMENT ON FILM TAX CREDIT LEGISLATION
“This legislation means that the long journey started by our work with Tom Sherak and continued with Ken Ziffren is ending in success for California’s middle class,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I’m grateful to the Governor and the legislature for this important measure to protect and expand an industry that is integral to our economy and our identity. I look forward to putting this legislation into action in partnership with California’s mayors, state lawmakers, the California Film Commission, the industry, and especially labor to restore California’s ability to compete for film production. The heart and soul of the entertainment industry are the artisans, craftspeople and tradespeople who you never see on screen, and that’s who will benefit from this legislation. We are the entertainment capital of the world and this legislation will make sure it stays that way. I want to especially thank Gov. Brown, Senator de Leon, Speaker Atkins, Assemblymenber Gatto and Assemblymember Bocanegra for their leadership on this important issue.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti has made protecting and expanding our entertainment industry a centerpiece of his administration because it is critical to the strength of our middle class. He has helped lead a statewide coalition of policymakers and business leaders to push for entertainment legislation and created the first-ever Mayor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Production.