Hollywood Boulevard Street Performers May Face New Regulations

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The crowded tourist area outside of TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Authorities recommend daily passes for the area.

Watch out Spider-Man, Batman and lady dressed as sexy cop, some changes may be coming your way if you want to be out trying to make a buck along Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to move forward with the drafting of new regulations for street performers along the seemingly always packed tourist attraction, Hollywood Boulevard, namely outside of TCL Chinese Theatre, according to the council's agenda.

The regulations draft will establish a "Hollywood Entertainment Zone" on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive.

The city's public safety committee submitted its "zone" report June 21 "to address the public safety challenges" in that area, according to city documents

Although the council's agenda did not give specifics concerning the possible ordinance, the Los Angeles Police Commission recommended to the council that street performers be required to get daily passes to be in the area, asking for money in exchange for pictures, according to documents.  

The possible new "zone" would comply with First Amendment rights, authorities noted. 

The commission's report highlights some of the issues authorities have to deal with in the area due to street performers. 

"Often times, the CD vendors and various characters are involved in money disputes with patrons where incidents of theft and extortion allegations occur." 

In addition, the report detailed numerous fights that have broken out among the street performers.

"In 2015 characters 'Mickey Mouse' and 'Donald Duck' were involved in a mutual fist fight outside of the Dolby Theater while in their costumes. Both were arrested and filed on for battery." And, also, "In the same year, 'Mr. Incredible' was punching 'Batgirl' in the face while standing in front of the Chinese Theater. The incident was captured on cellular phone video and posted on YouTube. The suspect was filed upon and convicted for the battery charge."

Also: "Recently, a male Chinese tourist was taking a photo with a female character who dressed as a pirate for the agreed price of $20. When the tourist handed her a one-hundred dollar bill, the pirate took the money and refused to provide him with change back. As a result, police were summoned to the scene and the suspect was arrested for theft via Private Person Arrest method."

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