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The Watchdog Time Machine: Proves back in 2003 SAG members couldn’t be licked!

October 30, 2014 (17:34) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Old Timers are calling it the greatest Popsicle Pilgrimage in SAG’s History! And we’ve got all the lip smacking details with the pictures to prove it.

April 19, 2003 (18:51) | 2003, SAG Politics | By: Arlin Miller | [e]

It started at Albertson’s on Glenoaks in Glendale and took off from there.8:45 AM: Steve Barr at the wheel of the Amazing SAG Popsicle Mobile arrived promptly and began handing out doughnuts and offering bathroom privileges to the fifteen or so picketers on the scene. Hey, it was a little early to hand out Popsicles okay! They liked the treats and the BR break–but what they really responded to was the support. 

Remember what it was like on the old picket line! Hell, my little ol’ heart used to go pitter patter when someone honked. “My Gawd, they care, they really care!”

Well, it wasn’t long before our hearty crew had to say our good-byes as we continued on our Amazing tour.

9:30 AM: We pulled into Ralph’s at 25 E. Alameda. Ten picketers gathered around the Amazing Popsicle Mobile! They were doughnutted out but took to the water and availed themselves of our Amazing bathroom privileges! Although they were surprised to see us they were pleased.

We hung there for a while joined in the picketing then moved on to Pavilions at 1110 Alameda where our group grew! It was after ten and was warming up quickly so the Popsicles were eagerly accepted by many of the large crowd of appreciative UFCW picketers. They wanted to know all about us and what we’d done! I managed to convince one lovely young thing that Ace Ventura was about this sportscaster that was never seen but carried most of the movie. Uh, well, I got her number. The only thing bothers me is that its an 800 number. Oh, well, she looooved the Popsicle.

By 12 noon and a hundred or so Popsicles later the Amazing Popsicle Mobile was parked at the Ralph’s on Ventura and Vineland! In the meantime, there had been stops at another Albertson’s and Von’s. Popsicles and water were a big hit! Everyone joined in with the picketers with our makeshift signs. We met a lot of nice, if not apprehensive folks before firing up the RV and heading for the Ralph’s on Coldwater and Ventura! By know it was HOT! And the Popsicles were going like, ah, well, Popsicles!

1:20 PM, Steve pulled the Popsicle Mobile into Sunset and Fuller’s Rock & Roll Ralph’s parking lot! He didn’t even bother to look for a parking space on the street! “—- ‘em let them tow me if they don’t like it!” he said! I gave him a Popsicle and he cooled down as we were joined by several more hearty SAG members! Someone got out a camera and took some photos which we’ve included!

By now it was a sizzling 100 degrees and we had to run with the Popsicles when we handed them out before they melted! I got to tell you these folks were really appreciative! One little guy was so a grateful, he tried to slip us twenty bucks to help with our expenses! Uh, after a little encouragement from Steve I gave it back! Hey, I was gonna use it for more Popsicles–honest!

It was around 3:30 PM at the West Hollywood Pavilions when yours truly finally bailed. I understand our persistent Popsiclers made several more Popsicle runs including some MTA picketers before calling it a day!

All in all, it had been a very busy and rewarding day as in total we hit at least 13 different locations.

A.L. Miller SAG Watchdog Editor& Chief

The only thing I regret about the whole day is that I didn’t get a Popsicle.

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Large Turnout for Sumi Haru Memorial Services!

October 26, 2014 (17:19) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Even though it was held Friday afternoon during s World series playoff game, there was a large turnout to honor the Late SAG-AFTRA board member.  We have been told that the James Cagney board room was at near capacity.  And even though this was a sad event, there was a positive occurrence, we heard that The Lovely Valerie Harper was in attendance.  Check in later as we are hoping to have a more personal report from someone in attendance. 

Arl

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

 

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Expanded Filming Hours In Downtown L.A. Shelved Amid Opposition

October 24, 2014 (16:32) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles is gearing up for a significant increase in film and TV production once the new California production tax incentives kick in next year, but one group that isn’t so excited about the coming boom is the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, a private organization that represents downtown businesses and residents. In April, the City Council asked city officials to report on the possibility of expanding filming hours in downtown. The DLANC, however, came back with its own community impact statement, saying that it “vehemently opposes” the expansion of film hours downtown.

Faced with stiff opposition from powerful downtown business interests, proposals to expand filming hours have been put on the back burner – at least for now

Most areas downtown allow filming from 6 AM to 11 PM, but in the Broadway corridor, filming is allowed from 6 AM until midnight. In the Old Bank District, however, filming is only permitted from 7 am until 10 pm, and filmmakers would like to see those hours expanded. The Old Bank District is particularly attractive to filmmakers because with its many old buildings it can easily pass for almost any city in the country.

The DLANC, however, maintains that the residents and businesses it represents already are overburdened by filmmaking and that they shouldn’t be asked to become more film friendly until production crews become more downtown-friendly.

Related: L.A. Unplugged: Did Teamsters Foil Plan To Bring Power To The Movie People?

“Filming is very disruptive to community members,” the DLANC said. “For example, production companies often prevent access to parking spaces, use invasive lighting, cause significant noise through the use of helicopters and block access to driveways or other entry points, thereby preventing reasonable access to residents’ homes.” The group also complained that film crews have turned living and working downtown into a “hostile environment,” citing cases of “intimidation by cast or crew, including the use of lewd or offensive language; threats to have parked vehicles towed from parking spaces where no production parking restrictions were placed; and use of invasive lighting without any prior notice.”

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To Give you an idea of how ancient the Ol’ Dog is getting to be–when  I read the headline,  the first name that came to mind was Petula Clark!

Arl

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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L.A. area sees surge in location shoots for TV shows.

October 22, 2014 (12:04) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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(Memorial Update) Sumi Haru, Former SAG Interim President, Dies at 75!

October 16, 2014 (19:02) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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October 16, 2014 | 06:45PM PT

Sumi Sevilla Haru, who served as the interim Screen Actors Guild president in 1995, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 75.

The New Jersey native joined SAG in 1968 and AFTRA in 1972 and served as a national board member for both organizations for multiple terms since 1974, often addressing the lack of opportunities and roles for Asians.

“It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru,” said SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. “Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president. Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.”

She served as interim president of SAG in 1995 after Barry Gordon resigned to run for Congress and remains the only woman of color to hold the position. Her acting credits included “Krakatoa,” “East of Java,” “MASH,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Haru was a co-founder of SAG’s Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee in 1971 and helped negotiate affirmative action clauses into contracts.

Haru became a national vice president of the AFL-CIO in 1995. Her six-year term as a national vice president marked the first time an Asian American has served on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.

In 2013, she was elected for a two-year term as a member of the first elected national board of the merged SAG-AFTRA.

In 2009, Haru was honored with SAG’s Ralph Morgan Award for distinguished service to SAG’s Hollywood Division. She published “Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru” in 2012.

Funeral services are pending.

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It’s a sad day!  Thank you for your service dear Sumi!

Arl

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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