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News Release: November 17, 2004
L.A. City Council Approves Historic Business Tax Reform

LOS ANGELES -- Statement on behalf of the Writers Guild of America, west; Screen Actors Guild; Directors Guild of America; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Professional Musicians, Local 47, AFM; Art Directors Guild, IATSE, Local 800; Association of Independent Commercial Producers; Affiliated Property Craftpersons, Local 44, IATSE; Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles; and the Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund regarding the November 17, 2004 unanimous vote for tax reform by the Los Angeles City Council.

The Los Angeles City Council made history today. The Council's unanimous vote in favor of reforming the Business Tax Ordinance will provide meaningful tax relief and equity for thousands of men and women working in the entertainment industry as well as for businesses throughout the city. These changes will be the first in decades and will attract business to Los Angeles, securing the economic vitality of our community. We applaud Councilmembers Wendy Greuel, Tony Cardenas, Eric Garcetti, and Tom LaBonge for their leadership, and the Mayor and the entire City Council for their commitment to the people of Los Angeles. We also commend the Business Tax Advisory Committee and Citizens for Business Tax Reform Now, which both worked to make this reform a reality.

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