During a phone conversation with Verizon's representative Randal Hernandez (949-557-9471), the topic of compensation came up for businesses who have clearly lost revenue as a result of Verizon's project, and was flatly denied. In fact, the concept seemed outrageous to Hernandez.
When it was pointed out to the Verizon representative that these same businesses receive compensation from production crews for television & film who use parking, create lane closures etc., he literally couldn't believe it.
I asked Randall Hernandez:
"Why do you think production companies compensate businesses when they take the parking?"
There was a long pause. I had to ask "Hello, are you still there?" Finally a response... "Honestly, I have no idea!" Really? No idea?
This was very illuminating and really speaks to the tone deaf nature of the beast, and the total lack of humanity of this corporate giant!
The reasons that other big companies compensate businesses on Beverly Blvd, or wherever, when there is a significant adverse effect on revenue, or inconvenience as a result of their presence is in part but not limited to the following:
Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.
For the third consecutive Saturday... Thanks to Verizon, The Shaki Alibi, located at the corner of Martel & Beverly in Los Angeles , is empty at 11 AM , which is a peak hour when the shop is usually filled with customers.
Consequently three employess were sent home again. This was quite a shock to the owner since Jay from Paul Koretz’s office assured the businesses on Beverly Blvd that there would be no construction on Saturdays for two weeks. The cold comfort quickly turned to ice when construction crews showed up again today in full force.
"How are my employees supposed to survive?" commented R. J. Milano, owner of Shaki Alibi. on June 29th. “Most of my employees live check to check and have rent to pay on Monday”.
The financial burden that Verizon’s work has caused The Shaki Alibi as well as all the retail shops on Beverly Boulevard between Martel & Vista is monumental. Verizon refuses to reimburse businesses for resulting losses! Businesses cry foul!
As reported in the...
Verizon projects are costing small business owners huge financial losses and may lead to layoffs. Verizon responds with impunity citing city permits. NOT SO FAST, says business owners. This is happening all over the city of Los Angeles. We want to hear your stories.
PROSPR on Beverly:
We usually do half of our weekly walk in business on Saturdays. Consequently, Verizon’s “for profit“ venture with construction exclusively on Saturdays has been a nightmare for us. In addition, we are very disappointed in the lack of compassion displayed by Verizon as well Paul Koretz's ( the district 5 City Councilman's ) office.
In fact, we were told by Jay Greenstein at Paul Koretz‘s office that there would be no construction for two weeks starting June 29, 2019 in order to give businesses a break and a chance to catch up. This cold comfort quickly turned to ice early this morning when construction started again in full force.
We suspect this misinformation was a deliberate act in order to cause the cancelation of Television news coverage which was scheduled to happen today. “A low down dirty trick in my opinion!“ “Certainly not becoming of a Los Angeles City Councilman‘s Office”.
Randy Esada , June 29, 2019