Century City Chamber Updates
Outdoor Sculptures To Transform Avenue of the Stars
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
LOS ANGELES (October 30, 2012) – Century City, Los Angeles’ Westside urban and commercial center, will launch a uniquely large-scaled annual outdoor art exhibition along the center median of Avenue of the Stars beginning on November 15, 2012, transforming the Avenue of the Stars into a “must see” artistic and cultural destination in Los Angeles. The first outdoor exhibition, a series of 22 life-size bronze animal sculptures created by Los Angeles artist Gwynn Murrill, will be on display on the Avenue of the Stars between Pico Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard until October 2013. The animal subjects, including wild coyotes, tigers, deer, panthers, big horn sheep, horse and an eagle depicted in flight, will be installed on the famed street center median in a manner that fuses landscape, architecture and art into an environmental experience.
Developed by the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council’s Sculpture Committee, Murrill’s exhibit is the first in an ongoing outdoor sculpture art project along Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Murrill’s exhibit features bronze sculptures that she has created over the past twenty years positioned throughout landscape designed, installed, and maintained by ValleyCrest Landscape Companies.
“It is easy to think of Century City as only a business center with skyscrapers,” said Carl Schlosberg, chair of the sculpture committee and curator and sponsor of the exhibition. “But it is truly a center of arts and culture in Los Angeles. Our vision is to celebrate the human side of Century City by integrating Gwynn’s masterful sculptures in a setting that complements and accentuates the surrounding landscape and architecture. An outdoor exhibit of this scale will make a long-term impact on Century City’s place in the Los Angeles arts and culture narrative.”
“Century City is the cosmopolitan heart of Los Angeles,” said Century City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Susan Bursk. “There is no better place in the city for art to both complement and humanize the urban landscape. Gwynn’s sculptures will demonstrate a powerful juxtaposition between the natural world and the surrounding urban environment. It is the perfect way to launch Century City’s outdoor sculpture program.”
“Gwynn is drawn to animal forms because of their complex beauty,” said the artist’s representative and director of L.A. Louver gallery, Kimberly Davis. “Her sculptural forms are not completely represented by external form but by essence as well. She has an uncanny ability to pair each animal to its essential characteristic and to project the spirit of each animal and so these extraordinary works, in an unassuming way, take on a life of their own.”
“Creating a landscape environment for Gwynn Murrill’s sculptures was an exciting and fulfilling process,” said ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance South Los Angeles Vice President and Regional Manager Brian Helgoe. “We take pride in transforming landscapes into enriching, one-of-a-kind environments and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in such a beautiful fusion of landscape and art.”
Gwynn Murrill’s outdoor exhibit and installation was made possible with the support of the contemporary art gallery, L.A. Louver, landscape pioneer ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, the Century City Foundation and Gainsborough Capital, and in partnership with the Century City Chamber of Commerce. For further information about Gwynn Murrill, please visit http://www.lalouver.com/murrill. For more information on ValleyCrest visit http://www.valleycrest.com. For more information about the Century City Chamber of Commerce visit http://www.centurycitycc.com/.
About L.A. Louver
L.A. Louver specializes in contemporary American and European painting and sculpture, through a vigorous program of museum-quality exhibitions. Founded by Peter Goulds in 1975, L.A. Louver was one of the first exhibition spaces in Venice, California. Since its inception, the gallery has balanced its commitment to representing local established and emerging artists, with introducing artists from across the country and across the world to a Southern Californian audience. For more information about L.A. Louver, please visit www.lalouver.com, or email email@example.com.
Founded in 1949, Calabasas, California-based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies is the nation’s largest integrated landscape services company with annual revenues of more than $850 million, more than 10,000 employees and operations in more than 150 locations nationwide. ValleyCrest, which ranks on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s 500 Largest Private Companies, is commissioned by architects, developers, commercial real estate owners, public agencies, property managers and luxury home builders to help create, build or maintain some of the world’s extraordinary natural environments. For more information about ValleyCrest, please visit www.valleycrest.com ValleyCrest is the WORKFORCE of NATURE®.
About Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts
Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts exhibits contemporary sculpture, paintings, and prints. Establishing himself as a private art dealer in 1972, Carl Schlosberg had bi-annual exhibitions in his home for thirty years before moving to Century City a decade ago. He has curated outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the city of Malibu as well as in suites at the Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills. He served as chair of the Smalley Garden at the American Jewish University and is currently chair of the sculpture committee of the Century City Arts Council. www.malibusculpture2010.com
About the Century City Foundation
The Century City Foundation is an IRS approved Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting the charitable, scientific, literary and educational needs of the Century City community. The mission of the Century City Foundation is to assist as appropriate to expand the vision and the horizon of the community. The Century City Foundation is pleased to participate in the sponsorship of the Gwynn Murrill exhibit on the Avenue of the Stars.
About Gainsborough Capital
Gainsborough Capital is an independent private Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Century City, serving significant private investors, especially wealth builders. The firm invests with two preferred asset managers – one offshore, one onshore – with long-standing performance records and access to best-of-class talent and opportunities for diversification worldwide www.gainsboroughcapital.com
About Century City Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Century City Chamber of Commerce is to promote the best interests of Century City and its membership, serving as the unifying voice for business development and civic growth, through effective communication, events and programs making Century City the preferred place to live, work, visit and shop within the City of Los Angeles www.centurycitycc.com
About the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council: Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, Chair
The mission of the Arts Council is to enhance quality of life and provide leadership in Century City and its surrounding communities through the promotion and support of a broad range of artistic activities and initiatives. As a development arm of the Century City Chamber of Commerce, the Council serves as a catalyst for and a major contributor to the economic and cultural vitality of this community.
About the Century City BID Association (CCBID)
A coalition of property and business owners to provide services that specially benefit individual parcels in the business district of Century City. The purpose of the CCBID is to provide clean, safe and beautiful services and activities that are above and beyond what the City of Los Angeles currently provides. www.centurycitybid.com
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32nd Annual Century City Golf Tournament Update
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
We would like to thank the following sponsors, community supporters and volunteers for their support and contributions to our 32nd Annual Century City Golf Tournament!
We greatly appreciate their efforts to make this event such a success.
Otis Elevator Company
Helicopter Ball Drop
Holwick Constructors, Inc.
Constellation Place, LLC
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance
Universal Services of America
Rice Drywall, Inc.
Alex & Louis
Beverly Hills Country Club
Brookside Golf Club
Energy Unlimited Fitness
Fox Entertainment Group
House of Blues, West Hollywood
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
Microsoft Store, Century City
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Roger Dunn Golf Shops
The Cheesecake Factory
Tiffany & Co., Century City
Waxie Sanitary Supply
Westfield Century City
AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS AS WELL!
Nominate a Women of Achievement Today!
Friday, June 15th, 2012
Click on the Flyer below to download a printable version!
CENTURY CITY CHAMBER METRO UPDATES
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Please see below for ongoing information and updates about the proposed Metro stop in Century City:
3/2012: Los Angeles Business Journal: Subway Report Seeks New Location of Century City Station
3/2012: Westwood-Century City Patch: Metro Officials Support Constellation Avenue Stop for Century City
1/2012: The Source: California Geogolical Survey issues letter about LA Weekly Story
10/2011: Experts Recommend Constellation Station for Subway Project for Safety Reasons
10/2011: Zev Yaroslavsky- Fault Findings Break New Ground
8/2011: Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Subway’s Tunnel Vision
8/2011: Westside Neighborhood Council Backs Constellation Subway Station
7/2011: City Watch’s Beverly Hills Rejection of Century City Station: Embarrassing and Tiresome
6/2011: Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Keeping the Subway on Track” article
6/2011: City Watch’s “Constellation Blvd: The Subway Stops Here”
6/2011: Huffington Post’s “Rejecting Century City Subway Station Adjacent”
10/2011: Metro Board of Directors Planning & Programming Committee, Part 1: Oral report/presentation
10/2011: Metro Board of Directors Planning & Programming Committee, Part 2: Committee discussion/questions & public comment
10/2011: Metro Board of Directors Planning & Programming Committee, Part 3: News briefing
Westside Subway Extension Century City Area Station Options
Westside Subway Extension: Subway Planning in the Century City Area
Online Constellation Blvd. Subway Stop Petition
Century City Chamber Press Conference:
Post-Event Press Release
Press Conference Photos
And, on Thursday, June 9th, the Century City Chamber along with Councilmember Paul Koretz, the Century City Homeowners Alliance and the Comstock Hills Homeowners Association held its first ever Press Conference regarding the proposed metro station stop in Century City, which made the KCAL 9 Channel news:
2012 Board of Director Nominations!
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Are you a current Century City Chamber member interested in becoming more involved?
Consider joining our prestigious Board of Directors!
Participating as a Board member is a great way to network with other longstanding Chamber members,
to guide the direction of the organization each year and to gain access to prominent city, state and federal
If interested, please complete the form below and return it to us by February 24th!
(Click on the form to download the PDF; completed forms can be faxed to: 310.553.4623 and/or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Century City Chamber now Accepting Nominations for the 2012 Citizen of the Year Awards
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
We are excited to announce that for the first time in 30 years, we will be taking nominations for our
prestigious 2012 Citizen of the Year Awards Luncheon,
held Thursday, May 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
One “Citizen of the Year” is selected in each of the following categories: Individual and Corporate.
Past Honorees have included:
John E. Anderson of TOPA Equities
Alan Rothenberg of 1st Century Bank
Tiffany & Co.
Trammell Crow Company
Universal Protection Service
And many others…
For additional information, please click on the image to download a PDF version of the 2012 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form.
You may also call our office at (310) 553-2222 or email us at email@example.com.
Completed Nomination Forms will be accepted until next Friday, January 20th.
New 2012 Board of Directors Executive Committee
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
The Century City Chamber recently inducted its new
2012 Board of Directors Executive Committee
at a recent January Board meeting!
Below is a list of our new 2012 Executive Committee,
appearing from left to right in the above photo:
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT:
Owen Fileti, L.A. Realty Partners
Susan Coddington, Chelsea Design Group, Inc.
Louis Dienes, TroyGould PC
DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, Gainsborough Capital LLC
DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Harris Sperling, HS Consulting
DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Renee Watkinson, Century Park/CBRE
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR:
Samantha Martinez, Kindel Gagan
PRESIDENT & CEO:
Susan Bursk, Century City Chamber of Commerce
DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Carey Doss, ABM Industries, Inc.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD:
Mark Garcia, Mark Garcia Consulting
DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Mike Holwick, Holwick Constructors, Inc.
Westwood-Century City Patch Covers a Century City Chamber Event
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Need a good read?
Check out this video & article by Westwood-Century City Patch on our Arts & Cultural Affairs Council’s 1st Appraisal Fair on 12/13!
(Click on the video below to be redirected to the Westwood-Century City Patch website)
CENTURY CITY COMMUNITY SPEAKS OUT IN FAVOR OF PROPOSED CENTURY CITY SUBWAY STATION AT CONSTELLATION AND AVENUE OF THE STARS
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
City Officials, Century City Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders and Local Homeowners Associations Come Together To Release New Radius Maps Demonstrating The Constellation Station To Be The Station With The Highest Rider Potential
Century City, Ca (June 9, 2011) – The Century City Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) was joined today by Los Angeles city officials, local business leaders, the Century City Homeowners Alliance and the nearby Comstock Hills Homeowners Association voicing their support for the proposed Constellation Blvd. and Avenue of the Stars subway station (Constellation Station) as part of the Westside Subway Extension.
“The Constellation stop is the most logical place for a Century City Station and I will continue to strongly support this project as long as Metro ensures that the issues of concern to local residents are satisfactorily addressed in future engineering studies,” said Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman, 5th District. “I look forward to having a safe and reliable transportation alternative that will help link vital city neighborhoods and employment centers such as Westwood and Century City.”
In a combined effort, the CCCC with support from the homeowners associations conducted a study of the area’s workforce population demonstrating that the one-quarter mile radius around the Constellation Station encompasses 11,555,261 square feet of commercial space with 27,263 occupants. This represents a much greater density than either of the other proposed locations on Santa Monica Blvd.
“We feel that the public should understand the facts associated with the Constellation Station and wanted to offer up-to-date information showing the true impact of the proposed locations,” said Susan Bursk, president & CEO of the Century City Chamber of Commerce. “The bottom line is that both the business and the residential communities, those most affected, have agreed that the Century City station should be at the heart of Century City at Avenue of the Stars and Constellation, keeping it close to all major businesses and hotels.”
Bursk cites a May 12, 2011 report titled “Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America.” According to the Brookings Institution, “Transportation leaders should make access to jobs an explicit priority in their spending and service decisions, especially given the budget pressures they face. Metro leaders should coordinate strategies regarding land use, economic development and housing with transit decisions in order to ensure that transit reaches more people and more jobs efficiently.”
“The community of Comstock Hills believes the station should be in the middle of Century City where the most ridership will be achieved,” said Jan Reichmann, president of the Comstock Hills Homeowners Association. “Placing a station adjacent to the LA Country Club Golf Course on Santa Monica Blvd. or anywhere on Santa Monica Blvd. would be foolish since it would not only force employees to wait at long lights and traverse the large double lane highway, but would disrupt the constant flow of east west traffic on the very busy Boulevard.”
The radius map study was conducted by, Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc. on behalf of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and the area’s property owners and homeowner associations. The complete radius maps can be viewed at: http://www.centurycitycc.com/wp-content/themes/century-city-chamber/docs/1076_station_locations_final.pdf
Those wishing to show their support for the Constellation Station, can do so by filling out the online petition at: http://www.centurycitycc.com/subway-petition/
About The Century City Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Century City Chamber of Commerce is to promote the best interests of Century City and its membership, serving as the unifying voice for business development and civic growth, through effective communication, events and programs making Century City the preferred place to live, work, visit and shop within the City of Los Angeles. For more information, please visit, http://www.centurycitycc.com
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