Volume 34 - April 2016
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Welcome to South Park, Birdies! Entry1
Fast Casual Eatery Joins the Neighborhood Eatery Scene

  

South Park is proud to welcome a new fast casual eatery near the corner of Olympic and Hill at 314 W Olympic Blvd. Formerly known as Mabel's, Birdies will be serving expanded menu options of coffee, donuts, and fried chicken. Birdies hosted its soft opening on March 31, 2016. 
 
Fresh, fun, and all natural food served fast, Birdies is run by Chef Jason Harley and business partner Keith Bae. Along with artisanal donuts made hourly and free-range fried chicken, expect to see an ever-changing offering of rotating specials, a DIY donut bar, Intelligentsia coffee creations and an in-house brewed Birdies brand coffee.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday:  6:00 AM - 9:00 PM 
Friday & Saturday: 24 hours
Sunday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM  

For more information, click  here .
abc7 Features SP Construction Fence Art ConstructionFence 
Local News Covers Project That Reduced Graffiti by 96% 
 
 
 
On April 19, 2016, South Park BID Executive Director, Jessica Lall, Metro Charter Elementary School Principal, Kim Clerx, and four Metro Charter students were interviewed by abc7. The segment aired on abc7's evening news at 6PM, and highlighted the graffiti's success in bringing community partners together to solve a neighborhood-wide concern.

To view the abc7 construction fence art project story, click here.
4/28: RSVP for South Park Board Meeting Entry3
Hear the Latest on SPBID Projects & Initiatives
 

South Park Board of Directors Meeting 
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
South Park BID Office
1100 S Flower St #3400, Los Angeles, CA 90034

The South Park Stakeholders Group Board of Directors manages the South Park Business Improvement District (BID).  Board of Directors' meetings handle district-wide topics and approve committee recommendations.
 
4/28 Board Meeting Presentations:   
 Ben Neman,  Olympic Tower
Kathy Klingele, City Century

For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Welcome to South Park, Katie Kiefer!  Entry4
SPBID Welcomes New Operations Manager


 
  
The South Park BID welcomes Katie Kiefer as the team's new Operations Manager. Katie's first day will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016. 

Prior to joining the South Park BID, Katie worked at Lincoln Property Company (LPC).  She draws real estate expertise from both property management and leasing roles during her time at LPC.  She has also been a DTLA resident for nearly five years. Katie's understanding for downtown as a resident coupled with her real estate knowledge built her foundation for the appreciation she has for DTLA as a thriving urban environment.  She is excited to hit the ground running with the South Park BID and be an intricate part of the downtown renaissance.  
 
Katie is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated with a degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Fight On! 

If you wish to contact Katie, please email katie@southpark.la

A big thank you to Priscilla Hsu, who will be stepping down from her role as the Operations Manager on April 20, 2016. In Priscilla's year with the South Park BID, she streamlined many of the BID's operational and administrative procedures, creating a sound structure for her colleagues and all who follow in her footsteps. Thank you, Priscilla! You will be missed.

For more information on South Park BID staff, click here.
DTLA Forward Showcases Street Tree Palate  Entry5
DTLA Forward Works to Enhance Pedestrian Access

 

On March 23, 2016, Councilmember Jos é Huizar announced plans for DTLA Forward, a series of motions today to increase, promote and protect pedestrian access, improve traffic flow and improve neighborhood connectivity in Downtown Los Angeles, at a press conference hosted in Spring Street Park. 

Councilmember Huizar was joined by Gensler Los Angeles, LA Department of City Planning, and City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, LA Department of city Planning, and City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to issue remarks on the new DTLA streetscape initiative. Plans include the South Park BID's replicable street tree palette, which will be heard at the City Planning Commission this summer for adoption.
 
To download the SPBID Recommended Street Tree Palette click, here 

For more information, click  here.
South Park Website Wins Award! Entry6
New Website Wins "Best In Class" in Category of Community
 
 

Organized by Interactive Media Council, Inc., the Interactive Media Awards recognize the best websites across multiple categories. The SouthPark.la website, launched in August of 2015, received the highest recognition, "Best in Class" for the category of Community.

Special Thanks to our website designer DIRANGO for their creative insight and continued diligent work to enhance the South Park  website.
 
For more information, click here
5/24 SP Meet-Your-Neighbors Event   Entry7
South Park Residents are Invited to Community-Wide Event 
 
   

South Park Meet-Your-Neighbors Event 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
The Vocal Corner Store
1200 S Hope St, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Residents of South Park are invited for a free event to mix-and-mingle with fellow residents and community members. Featuring remarks from the new Central Area Division  Captain Howard Leslie.

Take the South Park residential survey for a chance to win:
-$200 Lyft credit
-One night free stay the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE
-Giftcards to various restaurants in the district

Winners will be announced at this event on May 24, 2016.
Take the survey  here.

New to the neighborhood? Download our Resident Resource Packet.

 For more information and to RSVP, click here.
A Refreshing New Destination in LA's Most Exciting Neighborhood
 
     

Courtyard & Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
901 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Discover the convenience of downtown L.A. living when  you select Courtyard or Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A.  LIVE for your next trip to the City of Angels. Experience  the city's premier destination for work and play all within  prime proximity to L.A. Live, the L.A. Convention Center,  the Staples Center, and Microsoft Square. 

The first of its kind in downtown L.A., the Residence  Inn extended stay hotel, ideal for those relocating to the  area or on a work assignment, provides all the necessary  services and amenities to keep you comfortable and  refreshed during your stay for just a few days or a few  months. With the unique dual-property set-up, guests  are given the opportunity to experience the best of both  worlds while under one roof.  Come discover for yourself why the Courtyard and  Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE are truly the best  hotels for work and play in the heart of Los Angeles.

For more information, click here.
SPBID Ambassador Receives Officer of The Year
Congratulations, Ambassador Zepeda! Entry8



The Los Angeles Police Department and The South Park Business Improvement District join in honoring the BID Officer Of The Year, for providing a safe community in the Downtown area.

Congratulations to South Park BID Safe Team Ambassador Zepeda for receiving the prestigious Officer of the Year recognition. On behalf of South Park we would like to highlight Ambassador Zepeda's hard work on improving community conditions and the quality of life in the neighborhood. 

For more information, click here.
Major Upgrades to Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Entry9
Tri-Panel Screens Bring New Level of Innovation to Theaters
 
  
   
Regal, AEG and Barco partner up to bring moviegoers the most technologically advanced movie theater in the world right here in Downtown LA. Regal L.A. LIVE is brining audiences the best in cinema technology equipped with movies in laser with Barco Flagship Laser projectors, the Barco Lobby Experience and Barco Escape a three-screen, panoramic movie format.
 
The newly upgraded theater kicked off with a launch party on April 1st. Barco Escape will be introduced to audiences this summer with Star Trek. 
 
For more information click here.
Sunburst Youth Academy Cleans Up SPII Entry10
Volunteers Gather 15 bags of Trash in South Park II
 
    
The South Park II Clean Team worked with The Sunburst Academy and Los Angeles Police Department to clear 15 bags of trash in South Park II (SPII). 
 
A big thank you to the Sunburst Youth Academy and the LAPD who continue to keep South Park LA clean, safe, and ever-improving!  
 
For more information, click here.
4/27 Art Salon @ PYO Art Gallery Entry11
SPBID + DoArt Provide Opportunity To Meet Local Artists
 
 
 
Art Salon Series at PYO Gallery
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
PYO Gallery
1100 S Hope St #105, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The South Park Business Improvement District (BID) and the Do Art Foundation will host art talks featuring local artists who had contributed artwork to Downtown LA.

Join us for this month's topic of discussion:
 
Impermanent Art 

Featured Artists:
WRDSMTH, SkidRobot,  Performance Artists, and Sound Art
Topic 'Impermanent Art'
 
RSVP required.
Availability and refreshments are first come, first serve.
 
Upcoming Art Talks:
 
For more information and to RSVP, click here. 
5/19 Green Carpet: Salon Eleven Entry12
May Green Carpet Featuring Complimentary Consultations

 
Salon Eleven Green Carpet Event
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Salon Eleven
420 W 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Salon Eleven invites you to engage with the #dreamteam in an inspiring and rejuvenating experience. Offering a hip, upbeat and trendy salon environment, with a lofty feel, clients can expect cutting edge and personalized hair services from a talented and creative artist. Take a look around, meet the stylists, and try out the complimentary services offered at the Salon Eleven Green Carpet.

Specials include:
- Complimentary Consultations
- Free Bang Trims and Men's Clean Ups
- Quick Braiding and Styling
- Raffle for Color and Cut Services

RSVP required.
 
For more information and to RSVP, click here
Right to Rest Legislation Fails to Pass Committee Entry13
SB 876 Stalls Due to BID and Stakeholder Leadership
 
 
 
The South Park BID is happy to share that SB 876 (Lui), known as the Right to Rest, failed on a vote of 2 to aye, 7 no, 2 abstentions during its first hearing in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee this week. 
 
The letters from dozens of BIDs and associations across the state coupled with testimonies of relevant stakeholders during the hearing were invaluable in education policy makers about the negative impacts of SB 867.
 
For more information, click here.
Online ER Waiting Service Entry14
Save Time and Book Online!

 

Waiting in an emergency room when you are not feeling well is never fun. InQuicker can help reduce your waiting time in the ER by allowing you to choose your estimated hospital arrival time. InQuicker should not be used for life-threatening emergencies or children under the age of three. 

Call 911 immediately for more serious conditions.

This service is awesome If you need urgent care, not immediate emergency care, you can book a time on-line to be seen at California Hospital. 

For more information, click here.
EVENT & MEETING RECAPS
Recap: 3/30 Art Salon Entry15
Community Gathered @ PYO Gallery to Hear from Local Artists 
 
  
 
On Wednesday, March 30, the South Park BID, Do Art Foundation, and PYO Gallery partnered to host the first of four Art Salon events. The event featured local artist and UCLA Professor Kristofferson San Pablo, and the discussion was moderated by celebrity art-curator Roger Gastman. 
 
F or more information about the Art Salon series, click  here.
A Fun Community Event From Start To Finish
 
 

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, California Hospital Medical Center Foundation hosted its fourth annual Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk in downtown Los Angeles.  Nearly 3,000 people attended the event including over 100 dogs.

So far, over $185,000 has been raised to help purchase equipment that will benefit the hospital's smallest patients and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),labor and delivery, and pediatrics units.

The event featured an exhilarating course that started and concluded in South Park. Runners and walkers also traveled past the Staples Center, L.A. LIVE, The BLOC, FIGat7th and MORE!
After the race, attendees enjoyed a free community festival on the hospital's campus that included a doggie costume contest, yoga, magic show, Zumba class, pancake breakfast, pet adoptions, and more family fun!

For more information, click here .
Recap: 4/6 SOBO Meeting Entry17
Committee Discusses The Spot, Walkability, & Green Alleys
 

  
The South Park Walkability Pico Station:
 Metro has been highly cooperative; they are happy to see that we are taking the lead on revamping one of their stations. The areas we are looking to improve on are lighting - more energy efficient lighting; artistic components of the K-rail; the area around the chain-link fence where the train goes down into the tunnel.
 
What's next up for this committee is to look up design elements at the next meeting, and have a specific breakdown of cost. The idea is that the BID will be the model for others.
 
To learn more about the project click, here
 
South Park Green Alley Pilot Project:
The BID was chosen as one of three partners to execute this project. We met with Mack Urban and the City and identified 2 alleys in South Park which are the allies off of Pico up to 12th between Hill and Olive. The goal of the council office is to really encourage retail frontage off alleyways combined with the Public Works goal of storm water capture, permeable surfaces. We're looking at ideas like hanging green alleys-just things that make the alleys more attractive and less of a scary, smelly place.
 
To learn more about Green Alleys click, here
Maintaining a Clean Environment for SPII


 
First Quarter Progress Report:  
The clean and safety team have done an exceptional job with cleaning and maintaining the South Park District. There has been a huge difference in the quality of the streets, sidewalks and the overall environment. The clean team have collected over 13 tons of trash in 3 months, removed graffiti from about 13 building's walls and have kept up the maintenance of the South Park District. Thank You and great job to the clean and safety team.
 
Update: Trash Cans:
South Park loves to keep our streets and sidewalks clean we are planning to add more trash cans in the area. Mapping out areas in the district to identify where more trash cans are most needed so that the South Park environment remains clean and safe. 
 
For more information click, here
CA Hospital Hosts Candidate Forum for DLANC Elections
  
 

On April 13, 2016, community members joined at the California Hospital Medical Center to listen to 12 of the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council (DLANC) candidates. 

Candidate Registration
DLANC plays in important role in shaping our ever changing city and you can be a part of it.
 
Elections will be held for all seats for two year terms. The minimum requirement is about 10-15 hours a month.  Every board member will be required to attend monthly board meetings and participate in at least one committee. 
 
In order to ensure South Park BID Stakeholder voices are heard on DLANC,  SPBID Director of Real Estate & Planning Josh Kreger will be running for the Business seat. Vote for Josh
 
Voting
You don't have to wait until Election Day (May 5, 2016) to vote, because we are making history. Voting will be done online as well as at the polls.

To register to vote, click here.

For more information, click here.
Recap: 4/19 Green Carpet Event: barcito  barcito
barcito Launched New, Gratuity-Free Service & Menu
 
 

On April 19, community members joined for April's Green Carpet event, hosted by barcito. Guests celebrated  barcito's launch party of their new, gratuity-free service and menu, enjoyed free snacks, and participated in a gift card raffle.
 
For more information, click here.
Want To Receive Meeting Notifications?Entry20

Meetings Will Be Taking Place At New Address!

 

 
 
Sign up for South Park BID public meeting notifications today!

Once you have signed up for any or all notifications, you will receive reminders a few weeks and a few days before meetings, as well as a request for your RSVP. All SP Board and Committee meetings are open to the public. Feel free to tell your friends and neighbors, too.

New to South Park meetings? Our Board of Directors meetings handle district-wide topics and approve committee recommendations. The District Identity and Marketing (DISI)  Committee discusses ideas for branding the district and special events, the Clean/Safe Operations, and Enhanced Beautifications (SOBO) Committee focuses on keeping the district  maintained  and secure, and the South Park II (SPII) Committee focuses on issues in the South Park II District. Be involved. We want to hear your input!

Sign up for notifications on our website or email us at info@southpark.la to request meeting notifications. We hope to see you soon!
MONTHLY UPDATES 
SPBID Clean Team's Monthly Focus Entry21 

Maintenance Crews Keep South Park Clean 


 

Starting in 2015, South Park's Clean Team focuses on a monthly special project in order to increase the overall cleanliness of the neighborhood.

 

This month, the Clean Team focused on painting all electrical poles.

 

Earlier this year, the Clean Team steam washed select locations in the district, pressure-washed every trash can in the district, removed weeds from all local tree wells, removed graffiti, touched up walls with paint, and cleaned the utility boxes and alleys.

 

Stay tuned for information on special projects from the South Park BID Clean Team in the coming months.

 

Have an idea for a special project? Let us know!

Get Connected! 
For more regular updates & info:
Be sure to tag us: #SouthParkLA

In the News  UpcomingBoard 







In this Issue:
SP Business Spotlight:BizSpotlight
 
The first concept from Chef Mario Christerna, this multi-ethnic spot combines North African, French, Mexican, and Spanish cuisine into mouth-watering delicacies.  Born in East LA, and having traveled the world, Chef Mario has put down roots in South Park, and is ready to call it home for The Briks.

Lunch and dinner include Spanish flatbread cocas, unique salads, and the namesake "brik" - flash fried rectangles of breading filled with egg and a range of cultural flavors spices.  Featured briks include Indian curry, Italian shrimp, duck confit, and more.

For more information, click here.
SPBID Clean & Safe Report CleanSafeMonthly
Updates from the SP Service Team

Clean Team
  
The Clean Team has been diligently removing graffiti, disposing of trash in the district, and pressure washing sidewalks, as needed 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)
2,280
Trash Disposed (pounds)
31,822
Bulky Items Disposed
14
Number of Requests/Jobs 299
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
2,906
Citizen Assists
451
Tree wells serviced 636
Pressure washing (sf)
4,150
Alleys Maintained
527
Weed abatement (sf)
664

Safety Team

Our Safety Team is  always  making strides in improving the security of South Park. Patrolling 24-hours a day, seven days a week by foot, bike, Segway, or vehicle, the Safety Team assists with activities such as public street disorder, and panhandling, in addition to visitor assistance, special events support, and accompanied walk services.
 
Selected Safe Team Statistics for March:
 
Observations
1245
Merchant Contact
108
Resident Contact
11
Citizen Assist
53
Call For Service
84
Kiosk Assists 126
Guard Tour Check In
3,514
Benches/sidewalks
cleared
92

Report maintenance & safety issues 
at (866) 560-9346 or click here.
SPII Services Report CleanSafeMonthly
Updates from the SPII Clean & Safe Team

SPII Services Team
  
Five officers are assigned to clean the SPII district six days a week, with service hours from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM. The officers are managed by Streetplus, the same company that oversees SP I security. For more information, visit the SPII page and click here.
 
 
 S PII Services Accomplishments (Year to Date):

Trash Disposed (bags)
1049
Trash Disposed (pounds)
27,000
Pan and Broom (block faces) 2,606
Weed Abatement (block faces)
101
Graffiti Removed
437
Graffiti Reported 63
Graffiti Special Projects
18
Hospitality - Directions Provided
214
Hospitality - Assistance Provided 1
Pressure Washing (block faces)
4
Pressure Washing (gallons of water)
1200
Business/Merchant Contacts
11
Homelessness - Wake-Up Service
18
Calls for Assistance
0


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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!

 

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Bi-Monthly Board & Committee Meetings:
  • Board of Directors
  • District Identity & Streetscape Improvements Committee (DISI)
  • Sidewalk Beautification, Operations, and Order Committee (SOBO)
  • South Park II (SPII)
Upcoming Meetings:
Anyone is welcome to join SPBID at any of these meetings, which take place at our office.  Agendas   are available online. 
 
 
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