Be operating (the business cannot be "opening soon" or closed)
Provide products or services directly to consumers in the Los Angeles area
Have physical business operations in the Los Angeles area
Legitimately provide products or services within an existing contest category (note that businesses are allowed to compete in up to 3 categories)
For the purposes of this contest, the contest area of "Los Angeles" is defined as:
Note regarding national chains/franchises: Nominees which are part of a national chain or franchise will be allowed only one listing in the HOT LIST.
Note regarding businesses without a storefront: Businesses without a storefront may be able to participate in a category along with businesses that have a storefront, provided they meet the above eligibility requirements and the nominee's primary market is within the contest area. CityVoter shall make the final determination in its sole discretion regarding the eligibility of a business without a storefront to compete in a specific category or the contest in general.
Businesses are nominated and winners are chosen by voters on the website, and are not a reflection of CityVoter or any contest sponsor(s)/advertiser(s) endorsement. Due to the many different business types and limited number of categories, CityVoter retains the editorial right to include or exclude nominees in the spirit of the contest as determined by CityVoter in its sole discretion. Furthermore, CityVoter retains the right to remove any nominee that has entered a contest incorrectly or has used marketing materials, language or conduct that is not in line with the spirit of the contest (see Terms and Conditions) as determined by CityVoter.
The goal of the HOT LIST is to host a fair and accurate contest to determine the best local businesses by popular vote. Nominees are encouraged to invite their customers to vote and may use any official tools and promotional materials provided on la.cityvoter.com to promote their involvement in the HOT LIST. Our technology closely monitors voting behavior to ensure the final results are as fair and accurate as possible. Attempting to manipulate votes in any way, including but not limited to the actions below, are not allowed:
Using technology to manipulate voting results
Creating multiple accounts or creating accounts on behalf of consumers
Allowing or encouraging customers to vote from in-store computers
Using third party online voting sites to solicit votes
Encouraging consumers not residing in the contest area to vote
Soliciting or participating in "vote trading" with other nominees (i.e. "I'll vote for you if you vote for me")
Participating in any of the above listed behaviors or engaging in inappropriate conduct as described in the Terms and Conditions may result in removal from the HOT LIST at CityVoter's sole discretion. Any perceived violation of Contest Rules reported to CityVoter must be accompanied by sufficient support/evidence in order for CityVoter to take action. CityVoter may not review complaints based solely on speculation or opinion that a violation has occurred.
Voters may vote once in each category. Votes are only accepted from 7/21/2014 8:00:00 AM Pacific Standard Time through 9/28/2014 11:59:59 PM Pacific Standard Time and must be cast on other official CityVoter supported properties such as the official contest website: la.cityvoter.com.
During the HOT LIST contest, a business's standing will at times be displayed on the business profile when they are within the Top 20 in each category at a given time. These standings are updated in real time and are not intended, nor are they permitted, to be reproduced, printed, or displayed anywhere outside of the official contest site. This information is the property of CityVoter. It is a violation of CityVoter's intellectual property rights for any party, press or otherwise, to use this data without the expressed written consent of CityVoter. Any business that uses this data without the expressed written consent of CityVoter will minimally be removed from the contest.