Volume 10 - March 2014 
Security & Maintenance: (866) 560-9346  
General Inquiries & Office: (213) 663-1111
The South Park Mobile App is Here!MobileApp

Download Today to Stay in Touch & Report Issues

 

Its finally here! The South Park mobile app is available on Google Play and Amazon App Store, and will be on Apple's iTunes within 2 weeks.  With this new app, residents and businesses have a new way to stay in touch with the BID, catch up on info, and report issues they see on the street.

 

You can grab it from our website www.southpark.la, by clicking on this link, or by searching for "South Park L.A." in Google or Amazon's app store.  

 

Its completely free, and allows you to quickly snap a photo of an issue you see on the street, call our clean & safe hotline with one click, and see all of our social media in one spot.

 

We're hoping this

mobile app will help more of you to easily reach us, and we will be adding more content and capabilities as we develop it further.  

 

Stay tuned, iPhone users!  The Apple version will be available within two weeks.

Activate Your Storefront TodayVacant

SPBID Works with Property Owners to Bring in New Tenants

  

Attention property owners, property managers, and local business owners! 
 
South Park BID is a launching a program to help activate storefronts and our streets, fill empty space, get property owners tenets, and promote local businesses with long and short term tenants, pop ups, public art, and more! This is a great opportunity to get a business off the ground, or show off a property that is currently underutilized.
 
If you or anyone you know has a vacant space, a small business looking to get started, a company looking for a second location, or any questions, contact Jessica Mandelbaum at jmandelbaum@southpark.la
New Restaurant Already Making WavesTomsUrban

Tom's Urban Opens its 2nd Location at L.A. LIVE

 

With its first concept starting in Denver, new L.A. LIVE restaurant Tom's Urban is already making a splash with its second location.  The eatery opened for business a few weeks ago, and just had its formal Grand Opening in March.  

 

In taking the space previously used by ESPN Zone, Tom's Urban has a more open feeling, with entrances off Figueroa and in L.A. LIVE and large windows facing South and East.  While ESPN's restaurant is no longer there, the company has retained office space in the building.

 

It's a place for all meals and occasions, opening at 6:30 AM for breakfast, and staying open late after concerts and events.  With a variety of seating types, from the large central bar to semi-private rooms to an elevated view of the plaza below, its a cool spot for all types of gatherings.

 

The menu features globally inspired, locally sourced, and seasonally influenced food designed for sharing.  Highlights include street tacos, make-your-own-omelet, and special tables with their own beer taps built in.  Check out the menu here.

 

Tom's Urban has already been filling up on game night!  Click on tomsurban.com for more info and to make a reservation.

Dog-Friendly 5K to Support CHMC in AprilHOTC

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

 

Join the South Park community as we support the California Hospital Medical Center at the Heart of the City 5K!

 

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.

  

Companies and organizations can participate too, by becoming sponsors or participating in our Corporate Cup

challenge. Corporate Cup teams compete against each other for a special trophy, and participants can also purchase a discounted Course Sponsorship.

 

The race starts at CHMC, at 1401 S

 Grand, and will have an Expo at the hospital as well.  You don't want to miss this fun event for a great cause!

 

If you don't live in South Park, don't worry!  This race is easily accessible on public transportation.

 

Check out heartofthecity.kintera.org for race info, route, and to sign up!

SPBID Meets with City on Street Vending IssuesVending

Potential Legalization Leads to Questions of Enforcement


South Park BID staff has been integrally involved with discussions with the City of Los Angeles regarding street vending, the related Council motion, and whether or not it should be legalized.  
 
While legal in many other major cities, Los Angeles prohibits street vending in the public right of way.  There are approximately 10,000 street vendors currently operating in the informal economy as of now, and many see the legalization of it as a way to create jobs and increase access to local and freshly prepared food.
 
SP BID, like many similar organizations in LA, loves to see the street activated and jobs created, but has concerns with the capacity of enforcement if street vending is formally legalized.  Additionally, there are issues with the mess that can be left behind when some vendors don't clean up after themselves.  Certain vendors in South Park are known for dumping leftover wares in and around buildings, which can lead to pest infestations and incredible smells.  Business owners, who have to pay a number of taxes, are concerned that street vendors are taking away business without having to incur parallel costs.  
 
SP BID staff have joined a working group to ensure fairness for all parties involved as the process moves forward.
Streetcar Enters FTA Project DevelopmentStreetcar

Federal Program to Help LA Get $75 Million in Grants

  

 A huge milestone has been reached in the process of getting the streetcar back in DTLA!  The LA Streetcar program was accepted in the Federal Transit Administration's Small Starts Program, which means LA Streetcar partners will be working with the FTA to develop the project toward consideration of a $75 million federal grant request.  

 
Over 30 streetcar projects are under consideration or in development in the USA. Previously, only two streetcar projects had been advanced into the FTA's Small Starts Project Development, Tempe and Ft. Lauderdale in 2013. Los Angeles, San Antonio and Charlotte now join the program.  This week, Councilman Huizar, LADOT, LA Streetcar, Inc., and the Bringing Back Broadway all headed to Washington D.C. to further the progress of these related initiatives on the federal level.
 
Bringing the streetcar back to DTLA will increase mobility within the downtown neighborhoods, and add another layer to an already increasing public transit system.  Unlike bus and Metro rail, the streetcar is more of a "pedestrian catalyst", getting people to places they may have considered walking faster and more efficiently.  In making it easier to get around downtown once you've gotten here, we're hoping the streetcar will increase economic and pedestrian activity throughout downtown.
 
1st Place Winner: Metro Charter (Enrolling Now)

Local Elementary Recognized by DT News & Invites New StudentsMC

  

South Park area elementary school, Metro Charter, was recently recognized by the Downtown News in the 'Downtowners of Distinction', winning first place in the neighborhood!  Mentioned by news sources all over LA as being one of DTLA's newest and greatest assets, Metro Charter is located on the campus of California Hospital, and occupies a great space that has been completely remodeled for their use.
 
Do you have kids, or know someone who does?  Metro Charter is enrolling now for TK- 3rd grade.  Encourage them to check out this great public school, which is only a year old and making a big splash.  Its completely free, and was initiated by local parents.  The curriculum involves rigorous and project-based learning, full day Kindergarten, and a comprehensive after-school program.  Possibly most exciting is free breakfast and lunch for all students!

Check out their website 
at metrocharter.org, or their Facebook page for more info. 
 
Feel free to contact DeJuan Ruffin, Metro Charter's Business Manager, directly at 
213.377.5708 ext. 103 or druffin@metrocharter.org.
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

Neighborhood Watch on March 26NW

Don't Forget to RSVP & Join Us to Discuss the Neighborhood!

 

Once a quarter, the South Park BID hosts a Neighborhood Watch meeting, where our Clean and Safe Teams will update you on current practices, LAPD is there to listen, and you can discuss issues you see and find out how to fix them.

 

Previous topics at the Neighborhood Watch included panhandling, graffiti, escort/safewalk services, and how to get information out to the public.

 

Last week, there were no crime reported in South Park at all - the closest ones were at least 3 blocks away.  Lets help keep South Park safe!

 

Our next meeting is:

Wednesday, March 26

5:30-7:00 PM

SP BID Offices

1333 S Hope St.

 

RSVP Required!  Please call (213) 663-1111 or email anna@southpark.la.

 

Click here to download a flyer in English or in Spanish to share with your neighbors!

Bikes Take Over the Streets April 6 at CicLAviaCiclavia

Cyclists of All Levels Invited to Join the Fun Just Outside of SP

CicLAvia a day when cyclists, walkers, skateboarders and more and invited to use the streets fully, as they are completely closed to cars!  Hitting the streets in a couple of weeks on April 6th, and the route begins in DTLA just outside of South Park.  From seasoned riders to the smallest novice, all are encouraged to enjoy this day when the streets of LA are open to YOU.
 
At the event in April, you'll be able to ride along Wilshire Blvd. from DTLA all the way to the ocean.  Check out CicLAvia.org for more info on the route, hubs along the way, and what to avoid if you're planning on driving that day.  Happy biking!
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.

All-Star Chef Classic To Debut at L.A. LIVEChefs

Be a Part of this Exciting Foray into a Celebration of Taste!


Don't miss your chance to experience the best new food event in Los Angeles! The All-Star Chef Classic brings together 27 highly acclaimed chefs from across the country and around the globe to cook in the never-before-seen Restaurant Stadium™ at L.A. LIVE, March 21-23. 

 

Indulge in 4 unique culinary celebrations including Sunday's Savor the Season presented by Melissa's Produce, featuring the finest and freshest local ingredients prepared to perfection by the All-Star chefs. This event also features an interactive kids' zone with fun culinary activities for children of all ages including a mini-fōnut baking lesson with pastry chef WayLynn Lucas.

 

The All-Star Chef line-up includes: Josiah Citrin of M´┐Żlisse, Nancy Silverton of Mozza, Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, David Myers of Hinoki & the Bird and many more!

 

Limited tickets remain so visit www.allstachefclassic.com to purchase yours today.

$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:
Activate Your Storefront Today 
New Restaurant Already Making Waves
Dog-Friendly 5K to Support CHMC in April 
SPBID Meets with City on Street Vending Issues
Streetcar Enters FTA Project Development 
1st Place Winner: Metro Charter (Enrolling Now) 
Free Seminars Presented by Hospital Experts
Neighborhood Watch on March 26 
Bikes Take Over the Streets April 6 at CicLAvia
Calling All Golfers and Caddies
All Star Chef Classic to Debut at L.A. LIVE
$7 Tuesdays at Regal Cinemas for 2014!
SP Spotlight On:Spotlight
 
COW: Cafe Coming to SP
Focused on Health, Healing & Community

 

A new cafe is coming to South Park - but its much more than a place to grab a smoothie.

 

Entering the scene on the corner of Pico and Grand, COW has a threefold mission: establish a nearby source of wholesome food and beverages, cater to those with special dietary needs, and provide an escape from the city with an alternative place to congregate and engage in work and entertainment activities. 

COW's location at Pico and Grand

With a focus on environmentally friendly practices, health conscious food, fair trade goods, and local produce, the offerings will include:

  • Freshly prepared juices
  • Smoothies
  • Organic coffee
  • Tea
  • Salads
  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Sandwiches (Pre-Packaged)
  • Protein bars
  • Misc. retail goods
Volunteer make veggie burritos

  

COW, along with other partners, is already active in the DTLA community, hosting charity events and free yoga classes.

 
Stay tuned for more info on their opening date, which should be later this year!  Check out more at cowdowntown.com.
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 February:

Streets Maintained
3,752
Streets Maintained (linear ft)
1,865,248
Trash Disposed (bags)
3,054
Trash Disposed (pounds)
42,990
Bulky Items Disposed
74
Number of Requests107
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
4,322
Citizen Assists
309
Pressure washing (sf)
71,041

Safety Team

Our Safety Team is always making strides in improving the security of South Park.  This month, SP Safety Team dealt with instances of public intoxication, traffic hazards, and illegal vending in the district.

 
Selected Safe Team Statistics for January:
 
Observations
4,398
Merchant Contact
163
Resident Contact
52
Citizen Assist
293
Call For Service
82

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

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 SP BID'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
 Check out our website
 Send us an email
Give us a call: (213) 663-1111
Report an issue: (866) 560-9346
Drop by: 1333 S Hope St, LA, CA 90015
Want to promote your organization or event with the South Park Post?  Contact our Director of Communications at amanda@southpark.la today!

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.
South Park Business Improvement District
 Admin & Field Office: (213) 663-1111 
24/7 Dispatch: (866) 560-9346
1333 S Hope St  |  Los Angeles, CA 90015