Volume 3 - June 2013
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Attention Property Owners on 11th St! Prop218 

MyFig Project Triggers Prop 218 & a Vote on Assessment

On July 1st, affected property owners will receive a Prop 218 ballot from the Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) for the redevelopment of the street lights along 11th St.  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. in particular.  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.
 
ALL property owners in the City already pay an assessment for the lighting on their street in property taxes; Prop 218 was enacted in 1996 so property owners could vote on changes taking place as opposed to the City imposing them at will.  Properties' lighting assessments are reevaluated when any entitlements are pursued on projects, or in this case when public improvements are made.  The ballot that property owners will receive asks that you vote "yes" or "no" on allowing the current payment to be reevaluated given the pedestrian lighting being added to the street.  All impacted property owners should have received a letter about this upcoming ballot (click here for a copy).

It is important to note that the capital construction costs of these new lights are covered by the My Figueroa project- the potential increase for property owners is in regards ONLY to the increased cost to power the lights and provide ongoing maintenance.  Votes will be counted based on those received- abstention does not mean a "no" vote, and 51% will have to vote "yes" for it to pass.  Be aware that if this vote does not pass, the new lights will NOT be constructed and the money allotted for construction will go elsewhere in the general My Figueroa projectFor more information, click here, and be sure to call our office if you have any questions.

My Figueroa Project Update MyFig2 

SPCBD Works with Designers on South Park Signage

The My Figueroa project, which will add pedestrian and multi-modal capabilities to Figueroa, as well as 11th St., is scheduled to complete designs this summer, and begin construction at the beginning of next year. South Park CBD has been working closely with the design team, most recently on a signage system that will be installed through the My Figueroa project, but will include elements and locations specific to South Park within our district. This system will include directional signs as well as two with area maps. The integration of this system within South Park and the entire My Figueroa project will help to increase pedestrian awareness as well as invite visitors to check out more of the area. For more information, click here.

Charter School in South Park  MetroCharter 

Metro Charter School Likely to Sign a Local Lease

Metro Charter School is coming to South Park this fall!  Offering a world-class public elementary school in the heart of Downtown LA, Metro Charter is finalizing plans to open on the campus of the California Hospital Medical Center in South Park on 14th St between Hope and Grand.  SPCBD is thrilled to welcome this new addition to the community. More details to come!  
For more information, click here. 

Unique Restaurant Space Available Grand1036 

7,100 sq ft Building on S. Grand is Ready for You!

Know a great restaurant operator looking for a unique space in Downtown LA? Located in the heart of South Park, 1036 S Grand Ave is a great venue and has the "wow" factor that restaurant clientele desire. Built in 1912, this site contains 7,100 sq ft, 25 foot truss ceiling, massive skylights, floor to ceiling brick walls, and concrete floors. Check out the property website or contact our office for more details.

Working to Fix South Park's Sidewalks Sidewalks 

SPCBD is Leading the Effort to Repair the Sidewalks
 

The sidewalks in South Park vary in age as well as condition. As residents  and business owners know, some of the sidewalks are in dire need of help. SPCBD is committed to determining a realistic solution for fixing these sidewalks, and has engaged Council District 14, Bureau of Street Services, and the Bureau of Engineering in order to weigh the options for funding this endeavor. Stay tuned as we work to improve the sidewalks of South Park!

NEW Community Plan & Zoning for DTLAZoning
City of LA to work with BIDs on New Direction for Downtown

South Park CBD is working with the City's Planning Department on the new Central City Community Plan, which was last updated in 2003. This will officially refocus the plans and goals for the city to realign with the goals of current residents, property owners, BIDs, and businesses, helping to create a unified vision for the future of Downtown. This updated plan will focus on the new vision and zoning for South Park improvements by directing future development and the way the community forms as it moves forward. Additionally, the City will be simultaneously working on a new comprehensive zoning code, which will utilize more clear and concise, predictable language.  You can learn more about the new zoning code here. SPCBD will reach out to the community to gather feedback for the Community Plan later this fall.

Hope St Hotel at SPCBD Board Meeting HopeStHotel 

Residents, Property Owners, and Designers Voice Opinions

The proposed hotel for 1130 S. Hope, which is currently under review of the Zoning Administrator, presented at SPCBD's most recent Board of Directors meeting. By inviting local residents to hear about the plans and voice their opinions on the project, we were able to have an active dialogue about the potential development and impact, and ensure the voice of the community was heard. Our office will continue to facilitate any discussion on the hotel, and aim to keep our stakeholders as informed as possible as more information becomes available.

Evo Disaster Preparedness Fair EvoFair 

Community Event Coming this Fall- Stay Tuned!

This fall, come join Evo and the South Park community at "Nero's Disaster Prep Street Party"! This public event will help prepare South Park for potential major issues the community could face in the future. Coming late August/early September, you can join the Masters of Disaster Jazz Band, Survivalist Foodies and the Evo CERT street performers for a day of fun and facts in the neighborhood. Street vendors and sponsors interested in participating are encouraged to contact our office or Gerry at Evo for more information. Stay tuned for more information later this summer!

1010 Development Corp RecognizedBob1010
Local Affordable Housing Developer Completes $70,000 Service Grant

South Park CBD is proud of 1010 Development Corporation, one of South Park's early pioneers in affordable housing development and management. On June 13, 2013, the nonprofit completed a Strategic Planning Preparation Service Grant, valued at $70,000 in pro bono services awarded by the Taproot Foundation. 1010 now has data-driven insights and analysis for setting strategic priorities in a time of reduced state and City funding for affordable housing. They are helping to ensure that DTLA stays mixed-income as property values continue to head skyward. 1010's developments in South Park include the award-winning Hope Village and Villa Flores, as well as community spaces, gardens, affordable childcare, and three additional housing developments located within a three-mile radius of L.A. Live. SPCBD is honored to have Bob Buente, President and CEO of 1010 Development Corporation, as Secretary of our Board of Directors. For more information on 1010, click here. 

Thanking City Departments' Work for LA
Commissioner Shaw and City Clerk's Office RecognizedShaw

Last week, the LA BID Consortium, which represents all 38 BIDs in Los Angeles, hosted an event in South Park to honor Commissioner Shaw and the City Clerk's Office. The representatives from both of these offices have been champions of LA BIDs, helping in every way possible to make sure our organizations run smoothly and provide the best service we can to our constituents and stakeholders. The BID Consortium to present both Commissioner Shaw and the City Clerk's Office with our new Golden Scissors Award, given to those who help "cut through the red tape."

Welcome Councilmember Price!CMPrice
SPCBD Meets with New Council District 9 Representative  

 

South Park welcomes Councilmember Price as the new representative of Council District 9! SPCBD has already met with James Westbrooks, the new District Director for Councilmember Price's office, and looks forward to building a strong relationship with the office. South Park is one of the few BIDs that includes multiple Council Districts in LA, with Council District 14 covering most of our area, and Council District 9 covering the area between the 10 FWY, 110 FWY, Olympic, and Figueroa.  Please see this map for more info. 

Meet the New Faces at SPCBD Interns
South Park Welcomes Interns from the Fulfillment Fund 

 

Two new faces have joined our team for the summer interns at South Park CBD! Cindy Medrano will be completing her B.A. this fall in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Sociology at CSU Northridge. She is involved in a sorority, Sigma Alpha Zeta, where she will serve as Vice President for the upcoming academic year. Nora Villafa´┐Ża is pursuing a B.S. in Structural Engineering, and in the fall will be commencing her fourth year at UC San Diego. There she is part of the Cheerleading team and the Mexican Folk Dancing Group. Both started their new positions in June, and will be assisting on upcoming projects including launching the Farmers Market, creating our new database, and branding and marketing for the district. Both young scholars come from a nonprofit organization, the Fulfillment Fund, which helps young adults like themselves reach their higher education goals.

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In this Issue:
Charter School in South Park
Unique Restaurant Space Available
Working to Fix South Park Sidewalks
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 May:

Streets Maintained
3,534
Streets Maintained (linear feet)
1,742,795
Trash Disposed (bags)
2,441
Trash Disposed (pounds)
40,605
Bulky Items Disposed
131
Alleys Maintained
428
Trees Maintained
2,100
Graffiti Removed (square feet)
8,519
Weed Abatement (sf)
300
Citizen Assists
402
Pressure washing (sf)
5,290

Safety Team
Our Safe Team has been making major strides in improving the safety of South Park.  Most notably is the increased contact with transients and removal of the encampments on the James M. Wood and 12th St freeway underpasses.  Additionally, South Park officers assisted LAPD by making 2 arrests this month.

Selected Safe Team Accomplishments for May:
  • Recovered lost child on 12th & Figueroa
  • Responded to traffic collision on Pico & Grand
  • Responded to traffic collision/hit and run on Pico & Flower
  • Coordinated Illegal Vendor Task Force for special events
  • Monitored perimeter of LA Live for events such as American Idol  
SP Spotlight:Salon
Salon II Eleven
Residents Receive 10% OFF for Summer 

 

Located at 420 W 11th Street, just west of Starbucks, is one of South Park's premier neighborhood spots: Salon Eleven. Owned by Masterstylist Jared Jackson Dean, Salon Eleven has been voted Best Salon in DTLA, and strives to offer a unique, inspiring, and rejuvenating experience.  

 

 

As an active participant in the South Park community, Salon Eleven would like to extend their appreciation out to their neighbors this summer! Residents and business owners in Downtown LA will received 10% off ANY service for all of July and August- just be sure to bring proof of your local status. Be sure to review your local salon on Yelp, and stop by to show South Park your new 'do!  

For more information, check out their website , call (213)744-9944, or email Clients@Salon-Eleven.com.
Upcoming Events
BET Experience at LA Live
Join the Fun in South Park June 28-30

For the first time ever, the BET Awards, and the BET Experience three-day festival, comes to South Park. This fun filled weekend of music, activities, and culture will be taking place on June 28th, 29th, and 30th, concluding at the Nokia Theatre with the BET Awards.  Click here for more info! 

7th Dog Day Afternoon
With South Park Businesses as Vendors

On Wed. July 10 from 6 - 9pm, come out to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza for the 7th Annual Dog Day Afternoon. Celebrate our four-legged furry friends who help make the Downtown L.A. community great.  The award winning daycare and boarding facility, South Park Doggie Daycare, as well as the South Park non-profit, PAWS/LA, will also be present at this event. Click here for more info!

Happy Hour with a Cause
Support Vision Learn this Week

Grab a drink on June 27th at the Happy Hour with a Cause to support Vision To Learn, a non-profit  providing free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities! Join with former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner from 5-9pm at Pour Haus Wine Bar to support the cause. $5 suggested donation at the door- goal is to raise $2000, the amount that is needed per school site visit. For an online donation please click here
South Park Board Board
& Committee Meetings

Monthly Board & Committee Meetings at SPCBD:
  • Board of Directors 
  • District Identity & Streetscape Improvements Committee (DISI)  
  • Sidewalk Beautification, Operations, and Order Commitee (SOBO)  
  • Land Use and Economic Development Committee (LUED)

Upcoming Meetings:

  • SOBO - Wed, July 3, 8:30 AM
  • DISI - Thurs, July 11, 8:30 AM
  • BOARD - Wed, July 17, 8:30 AM  


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 will available online shortly.  For more information, please email Amanda Irvine at amanda@southpark.la. 

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The South Park BID was established in 2005, and became the South Park Community Benefit District in 2013.  The mission of SPCBD is 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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