La Cañada Flintridge might be home to some of the most picturesque homes in Los Angeles County, but don't expect to see them in films or on television. Los Angeles location scouts say the city's strict permitting rules keep them away — and city officials say that's how they want it.
In 2011 La Cañada Flintridge raised $19,662 in revenue from 43 film permits, about 85% less than South Pasadena. Roughly half of the shoots, including a McDonald's commercial filmed earlier this month, take place at Descanso Gardens.
The city's film ordinance, which was put in place in 1995, contains more stringent restrictions than many other nearby cities, as well. Filming is allowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and homeowners are limited to four permits per year.
The city also requires that all affected neighbors be notified of filming before a permit is approved. Film location scouts say it just is not worth the trouble to come to town.