|The Best of Downtown is Right Here!
Awards Given to Many South Park Establishments
For 25 years, the Downtown News of Los Angeles has prepared the Best of Downtown Awards, which over time have evolved into 130 "best-of" categories, showcasing all that Downtown LA has to offer. As the paper itself points out, many of these fine establishments did not exist when these awards began - the evolution of our Downtown community has been incredible in recent years. Readers of the News were able to vote online, and we're proud to note that many local South Park eateries and entertainment venues were recognized.
- Best Small Music Venue: Conga Room
- Best Film Series: L.A. Film Fest (at LA Live)
Best Film Venue: Regal Cinemas LA Live
- Best Wine Bar: Corkbar
- Best Sports Bar: EPSN Zone at LA Live
- Best Beer Selection: Yard House
- Best Latin/Mexican: El Cholo
- Best Hotel Restaurant: LA Market at JW Marriott
- Best Day Spa: Ritz-Carlton Spa
- Best Hotel: Ritz-Carlton
- Best Grassroots Project: Metro Charter Elementary School
- And all of the local Runners-Up!
For all of this year's Best of Downtown, click here.
3rd Annual Kid City's Splash of LA on Saturday
Local Youth Enrichment Program's Family Event
Kid City South Park will host "Splash of LA," a family festival and fundraiser for Kid City's college access and retention programs. "Splash of LA" is organized by Kid City's high school graduates, all of whom are headed to college this fall. The event will be held in the parking lot on the corner of Flower and Olympic. Admission will be $5.00 per person, and includes unlimited games and activities for children. Highlights include a water balloon toss, an "under the sea" photo booth, a bouncy house, and the very popular DUNK TANK! Live entertainment features Kid City's own jazz band and contemporary dance troupe, "The Baked Potatoes" and "Rhythmic Notion," the debut of the Kid City choir, as well as other surprises. Proceeds support Kid City's college admissions programs and scholarships for the fall of 2013. Click here for more info.
Help to Stop Illegal Dumping
Community Effort to Keep Our Streets Clean
Attention South Park! Our clean team has noticed an excess of bulky items left in the alleys of our community. The City is responsible for picking up bulky items - all you have to do is call
311 and leave your belongings on the curb. Once you have called the City, please contact us, and we will assist when necessary. Click here for all bulky item pickup info.
While we are here to keep the district clean and safe, when you dispose of bulky items in the alleys, it takes time and often multiple trips with our trucks to remove these items, our time and ability to pressure wash sidewalks, empty trash cans, and do regular maintenance is diminished.
If you see illegal dumping, SPEAK UP! California Penal Code 374.3 makes illegal dumping on public and private property punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. Also, pursuant to Section 117555 of the California health and Safety Code, a person who dumps illegally is punishable by up to six months in jail. Report it by calling 1-888-8-DUMPING or report it confidentially online here. You can receive up to $1000 in rewards!
NEW Rate Changes to Parking Meters
LA Express Park Updates Meter Rates on August 5th
LA Express Park is an effort of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to adjust parking meters to the actual value of the spaces to which they relate. To do this, meter usage is tracked, and those in highest demand cost the most per hour. As the pilot program has been extended for a second year, new rates came out earlier this week. For the new rates and maps, please click here.
Join Your Neighbors and Be Prepared
Evo Organizes South Park's 1st Disaster Preparedness Fair
The date has been announced for the coming Disaster Preparedness Fair: Saturday, September 21st, from 10 am - 5 pm. With the theme of "Nero's Disaster Prep Street Party", this event will include various information booths, an earthquake simulation trailer, and gourmet food trucks, plus live entertainment from a jazz band and Evo CERT Street Performers. Stay tuned on our social media for more info!
Zoning Meetings and Downtown's Future
SPCBD Remains Involved in Major Changes to Zoning Code
South Park CBD, along with other Downtown LA BIDs, attended a meeting with City Planning, the re:code LA team, and other DTLA constituents to discuss their plan for the re-zoning of the city. By bringing local constituents together, we were able to expose and examine the present issues with zoning in DTLA specifically. While the re:code LA team focuses on the zoning code, City Planning is beginning the process of reviewing the Central City Community Plan. SPCBD will be directly involved, encouraging decisions that will benefit our community. If you missed the community meetings open to the public on this topic, please click here to learn more.
Property Owners to Begin Nominations this Month
Board Election Process Begins
Beginning August 1st, Property Owners were given the opportunity to begin nominating new members for the available seats on the South Park Stakeholder's Group Board of Directors. All property owners should have received a letter detailing the election process. Each individual is expected to commit to attending to one Board meeting per month, actively participate in at least one of the South Park's three sub-committees, represent South Park at key meeting with stakeholders and city leaders, and be current on their city assessment fees. Nominations will run August 1st - September 14th. Nominees will have from September 14th - 25th to accept their nomination and answer questions the current Board has for them. The new Board members will be voted in on October 17th, at that month's Board of Director's meeting. For more information, please click here.
Jan Perry Meets with LA BID Consortium
New Economic Development Dept. and Its Importance to BIDs
At the latest monthly meeting of the Los Angeles BID Consortium, former Council Member Jan Perry met with those gathered to discuss her new role as interim General Manager of the newly created Economic Development Department. The department will be the new direct connection BIDs have to the City, and the Consortium is thrilled to have Perry in place there. A champion for economic development during her time in Council District 9, Perry opened the conversation for improving the roles of BIDs in your communities, and we are confident that the relationship with this new department will only improve as it grows.
Back to School in South Park
Metro Charter Opens its Doors in Just a Few WeeksThe opening day has finally arrived! Downtown's Metro Charter School is scheduled to open Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The elementary school will be located at 1401 S. Grand Ave., in a 12,000-square-foot space that currently houses the Hope Street Family Center, which is moving into its new facility across Venice Blvd. About 115 students in kindergarten through second grade are expected this fall. Although the first day of school is still five weeks away, the Metro Charter team will occupy the facility starting August 1st, when the Hope Street daycare moves into its new home. South Park is ecstatic to welcome this new addition to community and encourages anyone interested in becoming involved to contact Metro Charter.
Watch Your Motorcycles
Organized Thieves in Downtown LA
According to LAPD and our safety team, there is a group of criminals - motorcycle thieves - which are targeting the high end buildings in the Downtown LA area. These men are known to be driving a van, and approximately 13 motorcycles have been reported missing in the past month. If you see any suspicious behavior or vehicles please contact our safety team and/or LAPD. The thefts have been known to observe their targets as well as take photos of the vehicles prior to the robbery.
South Park Goes Green
Clean & Safe Teams plus the Vehicles are Dressed to Impress
With South Park's new logo and look, many aspects of the office have gotten a makeover. Our officers are now in green and black, and our vehicles are painted and decaled to match. Now, when you see our trucks in the community, they will be emblazoned with helpful contact info and our recognizable logo. Say "Hello!" to our officers and clean team, and feel free to ask them about South Park.
Annual Meeting Date Announced
All Community Members & Stakeholders Invited Dec. 11
Mark your calendars now for South Park Annual Board Meeting! At this special event, the South Park Stakeholders Group Board of Directors and the South Park CBD Staff invite all interested community members and stakeholders to meet each other and learn about all the progress South Park has made in the past year. While all are welcome to our regular Board meetings, this one is unique as it will offer a comprehensive review of the year. Save the date for December 11th, and stay tuned for further details.
Attention 11th Street Property Owners
My Figueroa Project Assessment Hearings This Month
On July 1st, affected property owners received a ballot from the Bureau of Street Lighting for Prop 218. As part of the My Figueroa project, the City has state grant funding to enhance access to infill housing, safety and circulation on 4 total miles or corridors, and will spend a portion of the funding improving 11th St. The addition of pedestrian level lighting, which will make the street brighter, friendlier, and safer, has triggered a re-evaluation of the amount property owners are assessed for lighting on this street. If you are interested in attending hearings on this topic, please join us at The Board of Public Works hearing on Wednesday August 14th, 2013, and the City Council hearing on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. For more information, please see our June newsletter.
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Authentic Danish Pastries, Coffee, Lunch, and More!
Near the corner of 11th and Hope St, you'll find just what you need to start your day, relax in the afternoon, or complete your dinner party - right at Hygge Bakery. Located at 1106 S. Hope St, Hygge bakes authentic Danish pastries and desserts daily, and provides light lunchtime fare as well. From the smallest petit fours to a large strawberry tart, all of your sweet-tooth needs can be met at this local South Park eatery.
The cafe is also a great meeting spot, with free Wi-Fi and outdoor seating for customers. Check them out online at hyggebakery.com, glance at pics on their Facebook page, or give them a call at (213) 995-5022.
Clean & Safe Report
Updates from the SP Service 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 July:
|Streets Maintained (linear feet)||1,664,458|
|Trash Disposed (bags)||2,695|
|Trash Disposed (pounds)||41,125|
|Bulky Items Disposed||125|
|Graffiti Removed (square feet)||3,985|
|Weed Abatement (sf)||1,110|
|Pressure washing (sf)||27,810|Safety Team
Selected Safe Team Accomplishments for July:
Our Safe Team has been making major strides in improving the safety of South Park. Some major issues dealt with this month include disrupting car vandalism, apprehending a thief, and removing a trespasser from a private property in the area.
|Call For Service||148|
& Committee Meetings
South Park Board
Monthly Board & Committee Meetings:
- Board of Directors
- District Identity & Streetscape Improvements Committee (DISI)
- Sidewalk Beautification, Operations, and Order Commitee (SOBO)
Anyone is welcome to join SPCBD at any of these meetings, which take place at our office. Agendas are posted at our office 72 hours in advance, and are available online.
|Give us a call: (213) 663-1111|
|Report an issue: (866) 560-9346|
|Drop by: 1333 S Hope St, LA, CA 90015|
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