Volume 11 - April 2014 
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4th Annual Evolution of Downtown LA EventBisnow

South Park to Be Featured, Special Discount Available!

 

Join the South Park BID at the 4th installment of this exciting series, the Annual Evolution of Downtown LA event!  On May 16th at the JW Marriott, speakers will gather for a panel discussing the changing built environment, and it will primarily focus on South Park.  This is not an event be missed - speakers include Paul Keller, Founding Principal of Mack Urban, Wayne Ratkovich, CEO and Founder of The Ratkovich Company.

With the flood of interest and new development in DTLA, demands are increasing and ever changing.  New office, residential, commercial, and cultural buildings are being designed and developed every day- don't miss the opportunity to hear about whats next behind the scenes.  There will also be ample time to meet and greet with all of the speakers and attendees.

The best part is that readers of the South Park Post get a special discount to this Bisnow event!  Use code LASOUTH at checkout at get 20% off! Register online today!
CD 14 Starts DTLA Street Closure CommitteeClosures

SPBID Participates in Group to Convey Community Issues

  

As the popularity of DTLA has increased, so has the demand to have special events in the area.  Many of these involve street closures, which creates issues for those who live and work here.
 
Due to concern over this, Councilmember Huizar's office has started a DTLA Street Closure Committee, in order to review events coming in to DTLA, their community outreach, proposed circulation flow, and necessity of closing many streets.  South Park BID is excited to be a part of this committee, and looks forward to working with the other downtown BIDs, CD 14, and DLANC in order to help better the event street closure process.  As of now, the committee will only review event-related street closures, but construction and film related closures may be considered in the future as well.
South Park: On Its Way to Getting a ParkletParklet

SPBID Applies Through LADOT's New People St Program

  

Spring St Parklet
Have you been to the Spring St Parklets in the Historic Core?  Feeling a lack of green and open space in South Park?  SPBID is on the way to mitigating that problem, as we apply for our very first parklet in the district.

A small public open space, parklets involve taking over 2-3 parking spaces and converting them into a place for pedestrians instead of cars.  With a wide variety of examples from all of the country as well as four in Los Angeles, SP is taking many best practices and applying them to this new endeavor.

This parklet is just the beginning of integrating public and open space into the district.  SPBID is working on a green alleys activation plan, and will be working with incoming developers to encourage more green space in the public areas of their plans.

Parklets, bike corrals, and plazas (like Sunset Triangle in Silverlake) are made possible through a streamlined application process through People St, a new program at LADOT.  This new application process will make it possible for new projects to learn from the four pilot projects, and move forward quickly with components pre-approved by City departments.  After SPBID applies this April, the issue will go to City Council in June.  We hope to install the parklet later this year - stay tuned for more info!  If you're interested in being involved in the design, construction, outreach, or funding for this parklet, please let us know!
Parking Structure Adds New Retail SpacesGeorge

PSP Investment Group Wraps Garage & Enlivens Street

 

Render of completed project 

Just south of 11th St and Il Mare Italiano, the five-story parking structure is getting a facelift, and adding to the pedestrian friendly atmosphere that is coming to Hope St.

 

Each at about 1,400 sq ft, these eight small retail spaces are perfectly positioned for small eateries, or even to be combined for larger ventures.  As one of the areas in South Park with the highest pedestrian traffic, and the location of a potential parklet, it is sure to attract some great retail and restaurant options.  Many thanks to PSP Investment Group for creating of this great street activation measure!

 

Know of an eatery or store that might want to locate here?  Please contact Jess Mandelbaum at SPBID (jmandelbaum@southpark.la) for more info!

City Looks at Legalizing Sidewalk VendingVending

Next Steps in Proposed Ordinance to Allow Vending Carts

  

 Currently, sidewalk vending is not legal in Los Angeles.  While many other cities allow vending with certain parameters, such as vending zones or a finite amount of permits available, in LA its unregulated.

 

Councilmembers Huizar and Price have taken steps to consider legalizing sidewalk vending, which has brought out many strong opinions both for and against the concept.  Currently, the City's Chief Legislative Analyst is preparing a report on the topic for City Council, which will outline recommended actions on this topic.  The hearing for this report is tentatively scheduled for May 13.

 

SPBID will not take a formal position on the legalization, but is primarily concerned with the current lack of enforcement of illegal vending, and is curious as to how the City plans to enforce new rules on the topic.  Many people around Los Angeles rely on street vending, with as many as 10,000 estimated vendors currently on the streets.  However, as we experience illegal food vending in South Park, it often results in an abundance of trash, disposed oil and food waste, expired food, and vermin.

 

Feel free to reach out to SPBID with questions, concerns, or letters you would like us to pass along to the Councilmembers.

SP BID Presents at ULI Urban MarketplaceULI

Local Real Estate Event Hears from Jessica Lall on the Future of SP

  

At the recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles Urban Marketplace event, South Park BID Executive Director was invited to speak on South Park and the ULI TAP study done for the district this past fall.

Attendees at this Los Angeles-oriented real estate event explored different topics at discussion tables, including parklets, urban infill, and trends in multi-family, as well as the TAP studies done in South Park and other areas.

For more information on ULI and their area events, check out la.uli.org.
DLANC Board Elections Results Are InDLANC

Welcome Tyler Murphy & Andrew Ruiz, New South Park Reps

 

SP BID would like to thank all who exercised their right to vote in the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council (DLANC) Board of Directors elections earlier this month.  Thanks to all of you, there was a huge increase in the South Park representation at the polls this year, both from the business and residential communities.

 

Please welcome the new South Park representatives:  Tyler Murphy, business representative, and Andrew Ruiz, resident representative.  Both of these "new" Board members have served on DLANC in the past, and BID staff members have already met with them to ensure excellent lines of communication between our entities.  We're excited to work with Tyler and Andrew on bigger and better things for South Park!

 

DLANC is a City-funded neighborhood council, with multiple committees and the ability to take positions on issues and developments to City government and the Mayor.  For more information and upcoming meeting dates, check out DLANC.ORG.

Congratulations to SP Safety Officer Ortiz!Ortiz

SP Officer of the Year Named at 2014 Police Boosters Luncheon

  


Huge congratulations are due to South Park BID Safety Officer Ortiz, who won BID Officer of the Year at this year's Police Booster's Luncheon.  Other recipients of the awards include officers from other 
BIDs in the downtown LA area.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Officer Ortiz has been with the BID since July 2013, and is integral to our safety program.  He has been involved with many major issues, and always has the best interest of the neighborhood at heart.  We look forward to a great future at the BID with Officer Ortiz on our team!
Moving Forward with MetroMetro

SPBID Meets with the Regional Transit Authority on Station Issues

  

Based on local concern, as well as suggestions from the ULI TAP study done or South Park in the fall of 2013, SP BID recently organized a meeting with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).  

Topics of discussion included perceived and actual safety of the Pico station in South Park, wayfinding and signage, activating nearby storefronts, and how the BID can be involved in updating the experience of riding transit in the district.  

SPBID and Metro may partner on future projects, involve local developers and LADOT as necessary, and integrate new endeavors such as the incoming bike share and "last mile" programs.
California Hospital 5K a Great SuccessFiveK

2nd Annual 'Heart of the City' 5K Run/Walk Comes to South Park

 

The 2nd Annual Heart of the City 5K run/walk too place earlier this month, and was a huge success! With close to 1,000 runners, participation doubled in the event's second year, and over $80,000 was collected for California Hospital Medical Center.

 

In case you missed it, this annual dog-friendly run/walk will benefit vital upgrades to the CT scanning equipment, as well as drastically improve the patient experience through upgraded facilities.

 

 

South Park BID was proud to be on

 the committee for this event, and assist with LA Conservation Corps a maintenance crew, which helped keep the event looking great.  We look forward to another great event next year!

 

For more information on California Hospital Medical Center and events that support their foundation, please visit CHMCLA.ORG.

Congrats to LA Conservation Corps ScholarsLACC

Celebration Honors Newest Scholarship Recipients

    

SPBID is proud to contract with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps for our maintenance services in the district, not only due to their excellent work ethic but the organization's commitment to education and helping people create more enriched lives.

Today, we are proud to acknowledge and congratulate this year's LACC Scholars from the 2014 Annual Luncheon Celebration, who were recipients of a variety of scholarships as they transition on from high school.  Hearing their stories as individuals strove to loftier goals, often while in very difficult situations, was extremely empowering.  Heres to great futures as you take the next big step!
Calling All Golfers and Caddies!Golf

Annual Golf Tournament in May to Support Local Hospital

 

Sign up today for the 8th Annual California Hospital Golf Classic, to be held on May 8, 2014 at Angeles National Golf Club.  Located just off I-210 in Sunland, Angeles National is the only Nicklaus Design course in L. A. County.  Participants will enjoy a day filled with golf, food, raffles and networking.

Proceeds will benefit acquisition of a state-of-the-art 128-slice CT scanner for faster, more detailed imaging with less radiation exposure, and the renovation of the 9th floor of their patient care tower to maximize comfort and convenience and create a more healing environment for their patients.

 

California Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital whose mission of making excellent, compassionate, leading-edge health care accessible to all is more critical today than at any other time in its 126-year history of service. Whether it's providing round-the-clock access to emergency and trauma care or teaching people to prevent or manage their diabetes or heart disease, California Hospital is at the forefront of keeping Los Angeles healthier and safer for all of us.

 

For more information, check out more on their website here.

Local Hospital Welcomes New PresidentCHMC

Margaret R. Peterson Joins California Hospital Medical Center

  

 
Downtown LA and South Park area hospital, California Hospital Medical Center, recently named Margaret R. Peterson as their new President at the end of March.  Beginning her career as a nurse, Peterson earned her Master of Science in Nursing as well as a PhD in Administration.  She has experience as CEO of Victor Valley Community Hospital and Simi Valley Hospital and Health Care Services in Simi Valley.  Most recently, she served as CEO of Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group in Victorville, CA.

A results oriented leader, Peterson is a welcome member to the thriving CHMC community, which has been serving DTLA and South LA for 126 years.  We commend this local organization for obtaining such a great candidate for this leadership role, and look forward to many more successful years at the hospital.

Want to learn more about California Hospital Medical Center?  Check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/myCHMC.
Save 10% at June's Los Angeles Film FestivalFilm

Film Festival Returns to L.A. LIVE, AEG Gives Locals a Discount

  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Los Angeles Film Festival returns June 11-19 to L.A. LIVE. Don't miss out on red carpet premieres, conversations, live music, free outdoor screenings and films from around the world.

 

Save 10% on passes and packages now through May 16th and get access to key events such as the Opening Night celebration featuring the North American Premiere of Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho and more! Click here and enter promo code 2421AG.

 

For more info, visit lafilmfest.com.

 

DTLA's Revitalization Brings New Attention Glitzy

Wall Street Journal Touts Area as "Going from Gritty to Glitzy"


The view from Evo's roof deck
In a recent article by Lauren Schuker Blum of the Wall Street Journal, the high end residential and retail options coming in to Downtown LA are recognized as indicators of a major shift of the new hot neighborhoods in LA.  Among those mentioned are local South Park property owners and residents, including the Rubinroits of Evo on 12th and Grand.

The desire for high-end living is increasing in Downtown LA and South Park, especially as more hot restaurants are opening up and retailers tie advantage of the over 50,000 people living here.  With projections of a 40% increase of housing stock in South Park alone in the next five years, this demand for "the glitzy life" is not expected to taper off.

To read the full article on the Wall Street Journal, click here.
Free Seminars Presented by Hospital ExpertsSeminars

California Hospital Medical Center Offers Services to Community

 

California Hospital, downtown's premier medical facility, has recently embarked on an exciting new initiative to educate the employees of downtown's thriving businesses.  The free seminars are on a variety of different topics:  workplace compliance, health and wellness and/or emergency preparedness.  It's a great opportunity for businesses and non-profits to benefit employees and overall staff enrichment.

 

The seminars are conducted by leading doctors, experts and staff at California Hospital Medical Center. The seminars can take place at your business location or at the hospital. Available times include the mornings (prior to starting the workday), during lunch or right after work. 

 

The length of the program will run 45 minutes to one hour. While the presentation is geared to 25 or more employees, special accommodations can be made for smaller groups.  

 

To schedule your free seminar today, please contact Teresa Diaz, 213.742.5867, Teresa.Diaz@DignityHealth.org, or Daniela Meltzer, 213.309.7667, danielameltzer@gmail.com

$7 Tuesdays at Regal Cinemas for 2014!Movies

Score a Great Movie Deal in South Park, Every Week

 

$7 Tuesday is every Tuesday of the month at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE! All movies all day are just $7 for all guests every Tuesday when you come to Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE to see Hollywood's biggest blockbusters! 
 
To see whats playing and get even more info, check out lalive.com/movies.
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For more regular updates & info:

In this Issue:
South Park: On Its Way to Getting a Parklet
Parking Structure Adds New Retail Spaces 
City May Legalize Sidewalk Vending
SP BID Presents at ULI Urban Marketplace 
Congratulations to SP Safety Officer Ortiz 
Moving Forward with Metro 
California Hospital 5K a Great Success
Congrats to LA Conservation Corps Scholars
Calling All Golfers and Caddies
Local Hospital Welcomes New President 
Save 10% at June's Los Angeles Film Fest
DTLA's Revitalization Brings New Attention
Free Seminars Presented by Hospital Experts
$7 Tuesdays at Regal Cinemas for 2014!
SP Spotlight On:Spotlight
 
The Palm Restaurant
Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations.

 

 

Founded in 1926 in New York City by Italian immigrants Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, The Palm restaurant is the oldest family-owned white tablecloth restaurant to expand across the United States.  After 88 years, it is still owned by the Ganzi and Bozzi families.

 

The Palm is renowned for prime aged beef, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, traditional Italian dishes, and its famous cheesecake flown in from NY.  When the Palm Downtown LA opened in April 2002, it became the second LA area restaurant and the largest Palm Restaurant in the country. 

 

 
The unique two-level restaurant is 13,500 square feet and can accommodate groups from 10 to 400 in its five private dining rooms, which include a well-equipped screening room, an executive boardroom and three private dining rooms.
 
The restaurant regularly operates at capacity, bolstered by games and events at Staples and LA Live. Over the years, The Palm Downtown has built a loyal following ranging from downtown professionals; local residents who are part of the exploding downtown residential development; and the event patrons, performers and sports stars that regularly walk over from the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
 
For more information on this South Park gem, check out their website at thepalm.com, or call 213-763-4600.
Clean & Safe Report
Updates from the SP Service Team

Clean Team

  

The Clean Team has been diligently pressure washing sidewalks, removing graffiti, and disposing of trash in the district, as well as responding to special requests.
 
 
Clean Team Accomplishments for March:

Streets Maintained
4,154
Streets Maintained (linear ft)
2,065,096
Trash Disposed (bags)
3,370
Trash Disposed (pounds)
40,645
Bulky Items Disposed
84
Number of Requests190
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
8,336
Citizen Assists
475
Pressure washing (sf)
115,323

Safety Team

Our Safety Team is always making strides in improving the security of South Park.  This month, SP Safety Team implemented the new guard tour system, and has been regularly using the mobile kiosk.

 
Selected Safe Team Statistics for March:
 
Observations
2,997
Merchant Contact
128
Resident Contact
59
Illegal Vendors10
Citizen Assist
203
Call For Service
65

Report maintenance & safety issues at (866) 560-9346 or click here.
Retail & Restaurants Wanted

  

As you all are aware, South Park is currently in a stage of positive change and growth, including new developments and infrastructure projects. 
 
Despite the large scale investment happening, there are still vacant storefronts and buildings that are in need of activation.  The BID has a focused effort working with local property owners and leasing brokers to fill our vacant spaces with a combination of  short and long term retail/restaurant space. 
 
If you are a business looking to open a location in this vibrant area of Downtown LA, or a property owner or leasing agent looking to tell the bigger picture story of South Park, please contact Jess Mandelbaum in our office today at:  jmandelbaum@southpark.la

Sponsor South Park Today!

Support Your Business & Community

 

Have a business or service in South Park?  Hosting or promoting an event?  Maybe you live in the neighborhood but want to support a shop just outside?

 

If you'd like to advertise on SPBID's newsletter, website, mobile kiosk, social media, street furniture, and more, check out our Sponsorship Package.  Your financial support will increase funding straight into the local community, while we promote your business or event!

 

Click here for more info, or contact Amanda@southpark.la.

Upcoming Events




South Park Board BOARD 
& Committee Meetings

Bi-Monthly Board & Committee Meetings:
  • Board of Directors
  • District Identity & Streetscape Improvements Committee (DISI)
  • Sidewalk Beautification, Operations, and Order Committee (SOBO)

Upcoming Meetings: 

Anyone is welcome to join SPBID at any of these meetings, which take place at our office.  Agendas are available online. 

Keep in Touch
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Give us a call: (213) 663-1111
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Drop by: 1333 S Hope St, LA, CA 90015
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The South Park BID was established in 2005, with the mission to continually support the unique living and commerce experience for its residents and businesses by facilitating a safe, clean, collaborative and wholesome environment.
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