Volume 21 - March 2015
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Event Showcases 800 Sidewalk Trip Hazard Repairs in South Park

 


On February 26, the South Park BID celebrated our 800 sidewalk repairs with Councilmember Jos�  Huizar of Council District 14, Commissioner Mike Davis of the Board of Public Works, and property owner Bob Buente of 1010 Development Corporation and South Park BID Board member.  The repairs were completed through a collaborative process with the city and a private concrete cutting firm, and is helping pave the way for repairs across the Los Angeles through this innovative method. 

The event was a huge success, drawing in local residents, business owners, city officials, and media to the corner of 11th and Hope.  This area of South Park is the center of updates to the built environment - a mural has recently been completed on the parking structure, and SPBID has been approved to build a parklet.  We're still looking for a General Contractor, so please send referrals our way!

 Huge thanks to Derrick Moore from Avison Young and CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice for providing refreshments!

Learn more about this unique infrastructure improvement by checking out the press release here.   You can see a video of the entire event by clicking here!

Hope St. Beautified with Murals in FebruaryMurals

SPBID'S Public Art Initiative Flourishes with Do Art Foundation 

Mural by DourOne on Hope & 12th
Have you been down Hope St. in South Park recently?  Then you may have noticed the addition of two more beautiful murals gracing the walls!  Thanks to the BID's partnership with the Do Art Foundation, a mural has been painted on Hope and 12th St by DourOne, and one Hope and Pico by Christina Angelina.  

Both murals represent the growth and motion of the South Park area, and  are part of a larger public art initiative created through a collaboration with the Do Art Foundation, which helps bring art to communities around the world.  There are now 4 murals in South Park thanks to this partnership, and many more to come!  If you snap a picture of any mural in South Park, be sure to tag it #SPDoesArt!

 

Mural Christina Angelina
Mural by Christina Angelina on Hope & Pico

Council District 14 Race Will Not Go to a Run Off in June

  

Councilmember Jos� Huizar has been chosen once again to represent the 14th Council District of Los Angeles, which includes Downtown, Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, and Highland Park.  By earning more than 50% of the vote in last week's March 3 primary election, a run-off will not be held in June.  Many LA Council District seats were filled in this election by incumbents like Huizar, who understand their districts and the unique needs there.  We look forward to  continuing  to work with Councilmember Huizar and his staff on many projects in South Park!

Check out South Park's Newest Restaurant, with Live Mariachi!

  

Save the date for a fantastic night out in South Park!  Join the community as we roll out the carpet in South Park green for Don Chente, one of our newest restaurants.  You'll be able to experience a taste of the great food, speciality drinks, and thrilling Mariachi at next month's Green Carpet event!

Don Chente's Green Carpet Event
Thursday, April 30
Food & Drink Specials PLUS Live Mariachi

If you've joined us at a Green Carpet Event, then you know this is the place to be on April 30th - and if you have yet to join us, this is your chance!

More information to come soon on specials for the night.  We hope to see you there.


Help Low-Income Seniors & Those with Life-Threatening Illness Care for Their Companion Animals

  

Are you a fan of cats and dogs, and interested in helping those in need?  Pets Are Wonderful/Los Angeles (PAWS/LA) is a local South Park organization looking for volunteers to fulfill both.  PAWS/LA pairs low-income seniors and those with life-threatening illnesses with companion pets, and organizes volunteers to help take care of the animals.  The pets have helped give their owners love and happiness that they might not have otherwise enjoyed, but PAWS/LA needs your help to keep their mission going.

Volunteer assignments include:  dog walking, dog and cat fostering, providing transportation to vet appointments, pet food delivery, and more.

Interested?  Please contact John Meeks at  jmeeks@pawsla.org of call 213.741.1950 X116.  Feel free to visit PAWS/LA at 1150 S. Hope Street as well!


Register or Sponsor the Heart of the City 5K, Taking Place in South Park

  

On your mark, get set, go - to the friendliest 5K in DTLA! California Hospital Medical Center presents its 3rd annual "Heart of the City" 5K run/walk, a dog and kid-friendly race.  

 

Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, March 28
8 am - 11 am
California Hospital Medical Center

Join the local South Park community as we raise money to support the hospital's vital ER equipment.  For the past 127 years, CHMC has provided quality care to residents, businesses, visitors and neighbors in need.  If you work, live or hang out in DTLA, this is YOUR hospital.

 

Check out heartofthecity5k.org, CHMC's   Facebook page, or call (213) 748-5866 for more information.

Expansion of L.A. LIVE Hotel Includes a Bridge Across Olympic Blvd.

  

Hotel rooms serving L.A. LIVE and the LA Convention Center are about to increased - AEG has announced it will expand the successful L.A. LIVE JW Marriott with a sky-bridge across Olympic Blvd to the site next to the new Courtyard and Residence Inn.

Previously slotted for a Marriott-brand Renaissance hotel, the land will provide space for 755 new hotel rooms.  Additionally, the roof of the existing West Parking Garage will be built out to include increased event space.

More information to come soon on this new hotel for South Park!

Register Your Bike & Keep is Safe on 3/28 Bike

South Park BID Offers Bike Registration with LAPD

  

If you've ever had your bike stolen, you know its a hassle trying to get it back.  It is important to have a sturdy lock, but you can do more: register your bike!

South Park BID is now offering FREE bike registration to all of our community members!  Once you register your bike with us, we will keep the information on file, and  share  it with LAPD.  Then, if you bike is stolen and recovered by either entity, the serial number will be run and you will be contacted.  Owners with their bikes registered have a much higher chance of getting their bikes back if stolen.

South Park BID Security Team is happy to provide further information, and bring registration materials to your next event.

We will have bike registration available at our kiosk at the Heart of the City 5K on March 28.  We hope to see you there!  For more information, call (866) 560-9346.
Bring Your E-Waste to Local 5k on 3/28 ewaste

Recycle Your Electronics in a Responsible Way with the Community


Got e-waste?  Want to dispose of it in a socially and ecologically responsible way?  Thanks to the LA Conservation Corps, you can bring it to California Hospital Medical Center during the Heart of the City 5k.

E-Waste Collection Drive
Saturday, March 28
8 am - 11 am
California Hospital Medical Center
Heart of the City 5K - Race Expo in Parking Lot

Bring all your electronics except for batteries, refrigerators, light bulbs, thermostats, and air conditioners.  Accepted items include:  computers, cell phones, PDAs, TVs, game systems, digital cameras, MP3 players, camcorders, printers, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, computer mice, GPS systems, and audio equipment.

Your e-waste will be handled in a way that protects the planet, and creates jobs for people in Los Angeles with barriers to work.  Hope to see you and your old computer keyboards there!  

For more information contact Karla Ramos at LA Conservation Corps: kramos@lacorps.org or call (213)749-3601 Ext.218
SP Clean Team's Monthly Focus CleanTeam

Maintenance Crews Perform Extra Work on Local Benches

 

Starting in 2015, SP's Clean Team is going to have a monthly focus and special project, in order to increase the cleanliness of the neighborhood.

 

This month, the Clean Team will provide extra focus and deep cleaning of all local benches and city trash cans. 

 

January's special project was pressure washing every trash can in the district, so that all 117 waste baskets are now free of excess debris.  February's special project was removal of weeds from all local tree wells.  


 

Stay tuned for information on special projects in the coming months!

 

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

 

 

Learn How to Start a Business in LA on 3/26 MayorBiz

With the Mayor's Office of Economic Development & LA Public Library


Join the Mayor's Office of Economic Development and the Los Angeles Public Library for a workshop to teach the basics of small business entrepreneurship, how to legally start a business in LA, and introduce resources provided by the City of Los Angeles and regional partners that assist with small business development.


How to Start a Business in L.A. 
Thursday, March 26
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Alma Reaves Woods-Watts Library
10205 Compton Ave, Los Angeles 90002

The keynote speaker will be Frank J. Aguirre, Business Development Specialist from the L.A. Mayor's Office.  All pre-startup and new small business owners should attend!

 

AMGEN Tour of California Comes to L.A. LIVE AMGEN

10th Annual Cycling Competition Races Through South Park in May


In just over two months, the Amgen Tour of California is coming, with a stop in South Park!  The Amgen Tour is a Tour de France-style cycling race presented by AEG that challenges the world's top cyclists over hundreds of mile of California.  Teams chosen to compete include Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders, and World Champions.

AMGEN Tour of California
Sunday, May 17
9:15 AM - L.A. LIVE

The final stage of this state-wide race will run between L.A LIVE and Pasadena, beginning with a loop through DTLA that will have cyclists passing by multiple times.  Come out and cheer on your favorites, as a general spectator or the paid VIP experience.

 

Get on the Putting Green to Support California Hospital Medical Center

 

Save the date, caddies and putters!  California Hospital Medical Center presents their annual Golf Classic this May, and you're invited!

Proceeds from the event will go towards the renovation of the patient care tower and a new CT scanner, capable of 160 slices.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 11 AM, at Angeles National Golf Club.  Join supporters of our great community resource by signing up to participate today!

Can't participate, but want to be involved? Email chmcfoundation@dignityhealth.org or call Susan at (213) 742-5662.


SP District Identity Meeting to Discuss Website Website

Come Weigh In on Website and Public Art with the Community


This week, the SPBID's District Identity and Marketing Committee will be hearing presentations from our two finalist web design firms, discussing painting local utility boxes, and moving forward on district identity concepts for the neighborhood.  

 

District Identity and Marketing Committee (DISI) Meeting

Wednesday, March 11

9:00 - 10:30 AM

1333 S Hope Street

 

Join the group and be part of the future of South Park!  We're always looking for new ways to market South Park.  Please RSVP here so we can prepare enough materials.

 

BID Begins Quarterly Printing of Local Restaurants & Amenities

 

Curious about all South Park has to offer?  The SPBID has just printed informative neighborhood maps, full of information on restaurants, bars, shops, happy hours, and more!  Stop by our office or mobile kiosk for one of your own and grab a handful to share at your business or residential building.

The BID will be reprinting the neighborhood map regularly.  Sponsorship opportunities for future versions are available!

Contact Amanda Irvine for more information.
Local Elementary School is EnrollingMetroCharter

Join the DTLA Community at Metro Charter in South Park

 

Metro Charter Elementary is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year for grades TK-4.   In its third academic year, Metro Charter continues its quest toward creating a high quality elementary school that serves the Downtown population.

 

Metro charter kids

Metro Charter's students hail from all cultures, ethnicities and socio-economic levels to create a diverse population that is rarely found in LA public schools. Through a rigorous and balanced curriculum, Metro Charter School strives to ensure that all students master core content, in addition to learning how to learn, develop self-confidence, critical thinking skills and a true passion for lifelong learning.


 
Please visit them online at  www.metrocharter.org

 or call 213.377.5708 for more information including applications materials and open house dates.  The application deadline is March 27, 2015.

 

 

Sign Up for New Meeting NotificationsMeetingNots

All Are Welcome at SP Board and Committee Meetings

 

Sign up for South Park public meeting notifications today!

Once you've signed up for any or all of the notifications through our new system, you'll get reminders a few weeks and a few days out, as well as a request for you to RSVP.  All of these meetings are open to the public, so feel free to tell your friends and neighbors as well.

New to South Park meetings?  Don't be afraid to join us!  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, while the Clean/Safe Operations, and Enhanced Beautifications (SOBO) Committee focuses on keeping the district  maintained  and secure.  The Neighborhood Watch meets quarterly, with topics suggested here.

At our most recent Board meeting, we heard from Oceanwide on the Figueroa Central project, Bud Ovrom on the LA Convention Center expansion, and new restaurant Don Chente.

Go southpark.la/meeting-signup to subscribe.  We hope to see you soon!

 

Get your Appetites Ready for All-Star Chef Classic!Chef

A World-Class Foodie Event Comes to L.A. LIVE March 11-14

 

All-Star Chef Classic, a unique, four day culinary experience, is happening March 11-14 in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and will feature six extraordinary culinary events, including the highly anticipated French Masters Dinner presented by Fisher & Paykel, where distinguished chef's including LA's very own Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec), will take center stage at the one-of-a-kind Restaurant Stadium to prepare an exquisite five-course dinner. For attendees looking for a more chilled out atmosphere, they can enjoy Grill & Chill presented by DCS & Stella Artois, a multi-cultural nighttime cookout with All-Star chefs like Nancy Silverton (Mozza) and Aaron Sanchez (Paloma) cooking over an open flame.   

 

The only food event of its kind, All-Star Chef Classic is a dining extravaganza not to be missed! 


 

For the full lineup of chefs and events and to purchase tickets, visit  www.allstarchefclassic.com.


 

$8 Tuesdays at Regal Cinemas for 2015Movies

Score a Great Movie Deal in South Park, Every Week

 

$8 Tuesday is every Tuesday of the month at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE! All movies all day are just $8 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
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For more regular updates & info:

In this Issue:

Featured Available SpaceCommSpace

Check Out a Commercial Vacancy in SP


 

 
Marriott Courtyard & Residence Inn

 

Restaurant space for lease across from L.A. LIVE and on the ground floor of the 22 story Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott.

 

SP Spotlight On:Spotlight
 
Courtyard L.A. LIVE &
Residence Inn L.A. LIVE
SP's Newest Hotels Offer Twice the Fun

 

Capturing the energy of the L.A. LIVE area, the Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE are the preeminent new hotel destination in the South Park neighborhood of DTLA. 

 

Newly opened in May 2014, the spacious guest rooms and suites, sophisticated lobby lounge areas and Free Wi-Fi have won the hearts of guests from around the world. Host a private event in our high-tech meeting space, which can accommodate groups up to 400 people, or stay in one of the 393 guest rooms and suites.  


 

Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE


 

The Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE captures the excitement of downtown Los Angeles while striking the perfect balance of comfort and function. The state-of-the-art spaces to eat, drink, socialize and slumber inspire productivity and encourage relaxation in a friendly yet modern environment. The fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool will have guests feeling energized and refreshed in no time. The luxurious beds in the well-appointed, tech-savvy guest rooms deliver a sound night's sleep for an ideal way to wrap up an exciting day at L.A. LIVE. 

 

Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

 

As the first dual-branded, purpose-built extended stay hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE caters to the needs of today's business travelers, vacationers or those relocating to Los Angeles for work or school.  Whether they are visiting for a few days, or a few weeks, guests will feel right at home in the heart of the L.A. LIVE entertainment district in one of the many spacious studios, one- and two-bedroom suites featuring fully equipped kitchens, separate living and sleeping areas and more. 

 

For more information about this pet-friendly extended stay hotel for long term/ short term stays, click here.

 

Clean & Safe Report
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 February:

Streets Maintained
3,752
Streets Maintained (linear ft)
1,865,248
Trash Disposed (bags)
2,428
Trash Disposed (pounds)
33,505
Bulky Items Disposed
34
Number of Requests/Jobs 362
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
5,433
Citizen Assists
265
Tree wells serviced 829
Pressure washing (sf)
20,022
Alleys Maintained
476
Weed abatement
2,086

Safety Team

Our Safety Team is  always  making strides in improving the security of South Park.  This month, SP Safety Team worked against vandalism, theft, and jump started 3 cars with our new battery system!
 
Selected Safe Team Statistics for February:
 
Observations

1,922
 

Merchant Contact
205
Resident Contact
5
Citizen Assist
53
Call For Service
7
Kiosk Assists 418
Guard Tour Check Ins
11,883
Benches cleared
56

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

Thanks to Our Recent Presenters!


 

 At South Park's February Board of Directors Meeting, we heard presentations from:

Oceanwide - Figueroa Central Project
LA Convention Center - Expansion Project
Don Chente - New Local Restaurant

Thank you for taking the time to present our next steps to the South Park community!

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. 

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
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