Sunday, January 31, 2010

Love, Barack

In looking over the agenda for tomorrow's (Feb. 1) city council meeting, I noted that one of the items was the approval for the city to enter into a business assistance agreement with CMS productions for filming in the city of the feature Love, Barack. So what is this film that we're offering to spend $13,225 in assistance to entice here?

A quick search in IMdB gives this synopsis of the film: "Politics makes strange bedfellows, but never stranger than when a month before the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, a beautiful, idealistic local Obama volunteer coordinator reluctantly falls for her Republican counterpart: a sexy, savvy, African American conservative. Sparks fly, tempers flares, heads turn, and romance blossoms for this mismatched pair of campaigners in the frantic and intoxicating days leading up to Election Day. Can the politics of love conquer all? Written by Nuclear Mango", Directed by Doug McHenry (New Jack City)

Further looking into the production company, it looks like they're mostly into TV with shows like Love Accidentally, CSI, The Good Wife, back to a 1955 production of CBS Television Workshop. Sounds like good credentials.

Love, Barack is set to star Bollywood “Bombshell” Mallika Sherawat (their description, for more information see the article at The Urban Network -- http://www.urbannetwork.com/cms/index.php?news=1928.

Looking over the agreement document, it looks like they will be filming mostly downtown.

IN OTHER CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Also on the agenda is an appeal by the city's redevelopment agency of the Historic Preservation Commission's denial of a demolition permit for an early 1880s house owned by the city. The house is older than the city which was founded in 1888.

11 comments:

calwatch said...

And, more importantly, you missed the approval of the waste transfer station on East 1st Street, the subject of an environmental justice lawsuit filed by the mobile home park south of the proposed site.

Anduhrew said...

calwatch... that deserves a post of its own... could you fill us in?

John Clifford said...

Yikes,

Guess I couldn't get past the Bollywood Bombshell. Thanks Cal for the heads up.

calwatch said...

Don't have that much time to do a full post, but basically the residents of the mobile home park filed an EJ lawsuit stated that the EIR was not comprehensive and also not comprehensible to the population, who mostly reads Spanish and not English. The City did a supplemental EIR to address those issues, but the lawyers for the Coalition for Environmental Justice, who are representing the plaintiffs, fired back with about 100 points responding to their SEIR, and also the School District chimed in stating that the analysis done for impacts on students at Village Academy and Pueblo Elementary was insufficient. Tonight (I'm not there) the city council is supposed to have approved the SEIR, but that will most likely result in a CEQA suit filed by the mobile home park residents. The dispute, to me, is primarily over whether all alternatives were considered, and whether there is enough overriding consideration for this alternative over the no build alternative. I hope this answers some of the questions, but you can go through the staff report and the comments from the CEJ attorneys yourself.

John Clifford said...

The final outcome last night was that the school district wanted time to be able to respond to the SEIR. They claimed that they had not received notification and were surprised by the meeting. The council continued the item until the mid-March meeting to be able to respond to the SEIR. At that meeting, the only new public comment that will be allowed will be from the school district, with the city's attorney and the applicant being able to respond to any points presented by the district.

The 1885 Fredrick Bowen house that was slated for demolition got a reprieve also as the Historical Society of the Pomona Valley offered to have it moved to the site of the Phillips Mansion and asked the city to kick it what it would have cost them to demolish. The item will come back with a staff recommendation at the March 1 meeting.

John Clifford said...

Sorry, the transfer station item was actually continued until the April 5 meeting (it went back and forth several times--sorry for my confusion).

Pomona Joe said...

A location scout asked for permission to use our house for a scene in Love, Barack! I'd give it a 10,000 to 1 chance it'll happen, but I'm crossing my fingers to meet the Bollywood Bombshell!!!

Anonymous said...

Whose Frederick Bowen?

John Clifford said...

You can read about Frederick Bowen at: http://www.cagenweb.com/archives/Biography/LosAngelesCounty/BowenFrederickW.htm

Pride in Garfield Park said...

Pomona Joe, That's awesome! Your home is stunning; I can see why the scout expressed interest :)

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