L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan gave production managers all over Hollywood a reason to celebrate the new year Thursday when he said the Office of Entertainment Industry Affairs will officially accept film permit applications by fax 24 hours a day as of Jan. 15.“I am dedicated toward keeping the entertainment industry in Los Angeles,” Riordan said in a statement announcing the change. “I believe that the ‘permit by fax’ process will prove to be a benefit to all parties involved, and I am eager to get it going.” The new “permit by fax” forms will be available through the City Film & Video Permit Office today. For information, call the office at (213) 461-8614, or fax the Office of Entertainment Industry Affairs at (213) 237-1020. Riordan said he hoped the change would mean more film and TV productions would stay in L.A. Jonathan Roberts, director of the Motion Picture & Television Affairs department, said the measure was the first of many “efforts to streamline permitting procedures and offer a true service-oriented operation.” He said the office’s closing time would be changed from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
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