Los Angeles Business Journal

Show Biz’s Role in Los Angeles

Universal Studios was right to scrap plans for residential development to focus on entertainment and tourism. By Tom LaBonge Monday, September 3, 2012

Because runaway production does not only hurt the local economy, it hurts families as well. When fathers and mothers have to travel to Canada or North Carolina for months at a time, we not only miss their sales tax receipts at the drugstore – we also miss their presence at the dinner table. So we must try to keep those jobs close to home.

Additionally, I want to congratulate Universal Studios for investing in its amusement park. It reminds us that Los Angeles is a place of dreams, a place people hope to visit. While the demand for tourism must be balanced with the challenge it presents for our treasured neighborhoods, we must remember that it is an economic engine that drives our city.

When we look at our L.A. skyline, decades from now, I hope that we will still see smart growth in the right places, with new buildings as a sign of a growing and prosperous city. But I also want to enjoy the sight of thriving industry. Together, let’s keep Los Angeles as the living, breathing, working entertainment capital of the world.

Tom LaBonge is an L.A. city councilman who represents District 4, which includes Universal Studios.

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