Whoever wins the November runoff election between Sheila James Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will get at least one new board member this year who vows to make the County more film friendly.
At least that’s what we heard from both Kuehl, an actor best known for The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis who later became California’s first openly gay elected state official as an Assembly member and state senator, and Shriver, a Kennedy clan scion who helped launch Product (Red) before becoming a Santa Monica city councilman.
Both were responding to a recent Deadline investigation that found filming in the County is much more difficult and expensive than in the city of Los Angeles. The 4,752-sq.-mile county has 10 million residents, 87 other cities besides Los Angeles and vast unincorporated areas that have more than 1 million residents. The five-member Board of Supervisors oversees a $26.4 billion budget, all those unincorporated areas, and a wide array of other municipal services provided to dozens of the smaller cities. But both candidates said county government often overlooks or is even hostile to one of its biggest industries. (more…)