When most people in the world say or think of the word Hollywood, the word they are using does not so much signify a place on a map defined dryly as a district within the city of Los Angeles so much as a cultural singularity, a center of gravity that draws the world’s attention because of what the people think it means just as much as because of what it actually produces, and what actually goes on there. It does not matter all that much that a great deal of the media considered “produced by Hollywood” does not actually “come from Hollywood.” Those two phrases mean two different things. The fact that, while there are a few actual production studios within the confines of the district, visitors who want to see where movies and television programs are made are generally directed to areas outside of Hollywood – Burbank, Universal City, Culver City, and so forth – is rather beside the point. Somewhere in the early twentieth century, the name expanded beyond the place that bears it.
This district in the central region of Los Angeles is the residence of somewhere between eighty-five and eighty-six thousand people, and that number is growing. It is very diverse, racially and culturally speaking, as well as in terms of income. In recent years, the local city council has been pushing for ever more development in the area, particularly along the corridor serviced by the Metro Red Line subway, with emphasis on the construction of high-rise, multi-use buildings mostly focused around each of the subway stations along that corridor. While what is considered the heart of Hollywood, the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Sycamore Avenue and Argyle Avenue, has undergone a major commerce-centered transformation, including the establishment of a large shopping mall and a string of relatively upscale hotel, retail and dining locations, the focus further east along the Boulevard is residential. Construction cranes can be seen as far east as Western Avenue and beyond, in an area known as East Hollywood, which incorporates the ethnic neighborhoods of Thai Town and Little Armenia. Tucked throughout the area are several small and medium-sized playhouses.
Hollywood’s northern boundary is defined by the Hollywood Hills region of the Santa Monica Mountains. The world-famous Hollywood sign sits in those hills among the upscale houses and hiking and horse trails. To the northeast and east of Hollywood are the communities of Los Feliz and Silver Lake, which have been undergoing changes of their own through the process of gentrification. South of Hollywood are the central Los Angeles neighborhoods known as Korea Town, Hancock Park, and La Brea. And to the east and southeast of Hollywood is the upscale, fashionable city of West Hollywood, home of the Sunset Strip, which begins at the border with Hollywood, at Havenhurst Drive.
Apart from the few remaining movie studios, Hollywood’s larger private employers would be involved in the hotel industry. A massive mixed hotel & residential complex was recently completed at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, and more are on the way. The area’s hospitals are also employers of a significant number of workers. Our office represents Hollywood employees and assists them in pursuing their rights when they have been violated by their employers. Some people come to Hollywood to pursue careers in the entertainment industry and, because of the perceived rewards, are seen as desperate to succeed by employers who might take advantage of them and sexually harass them. If, despite the repercussions, an employee complains and does not cooperate with the harasser and winds up terminated, that employee’s rights have been violated. If your employee rights have been violated, contact our office for a free consultation.