Volume 35 - May 2016
Security & Maintenance: (866) 560-9346  
General Inquiries & Office: (213) 663-1111
Vote South Park - Best Biz Improvement District! block1
Check Out Recommended Ballot to Support SP Businesses 
 

It's time to vote for the LA Downtown News' annual Best of Downtown Contest! Vote for the South Park BID for the best BID in DTLA, and complete the recommended South Park ballot to support local SP businesses. Voting is open from May 9 - May 31, 2016. 

Before you vote, please keep in mind the following voting requirements:

-You must enter your full name and email
-You must answer at least 30 questions for your ballot to qualify
-Voting is limited to one online vote per person


Helpful Voting Tips:

-There are seven categories on the ballot
-You will find the South Park BID listed under the category, "Best Miscellany"

-Once started, you can save and continue your online ballot later

 

Why should you vote for the South Park BID?

-2015 Pinnacle Award Winner in a global competition in the category of Public Space Improvements (public art, sidewalk repairs, and other streetscape advancements)

-2016 winner for "Best Website" in the category of Community

-Repeatedly recognized as the cleanest and safest BID in Downtown LA

-From programming to special projects, South Park is one of the most active BIDs in DTLA

-Fastest growing BID in Downtown LA , positioned to be the residential center of DTLA by 2018 


 

To vote and for more information, click here.
Rescheduled:  Meet Your Neighbors Event block2
Community Wide Resident Soiree Moved to July
 
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE & LOCATION
South Park Meet-Your-Neighbors Event
 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ten50
1057 S Olive Street, Los Angeles CA 90015
 
Residents of South Park are invited to a free event to mix-and-mingle with fellow residents and community members.
 
For more information and to RSVP, click here.
6/8 Green Carpet Featuring Drip Doctors block3
Re-Energize With June Event at Drip Doctors 


   
Drip Doctors Green Carpet Event  
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drip Doctors
1119 1/2 S. Hope Street Los Angeles, CA 90015

 Join Us For Another Exciting Green Carpet Event! On Wednesday, June 8, guests will have an opportunity to meet the Drip Doctors team, learn more about the services offered, and receive discounted services.

Drip Doctors specializes in IV Vitamin Therapy, Hydration, Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Enhancements and Concierge Treatments, promoting health and wellness by helping to restore and optimize the body's natural balance. Treatments are performed by trained medical staff of Board Certified Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Registered Nurses. 

RSVP required.

Specials include:
-Complimentary B12 booster shot with any service
-20% Discount on all services for month of June (must receive promo code in person)
-And more! 

For more information and to RSVP click,  here.
Coming Soon: Cleo L.A. LIVE Restaurant CleoRestaurant
New Restaurant Coming This Fall to South Park
 
  
   
Disruptive Restaurant Group, a Los Angeles-based hospitality company, announced that its award-winning Mediterranean restaurant, Cleo, will open its first standalone location this fall in South Park at L.A. LIVE. South Park is excited to include Cleo in its list of businesses that are coming soon to the neighborhood.
 
For more information, click here.
Office Phones Currently Out Of Order block4 
Phones Temporarily Down


   
Due to untimely construction work in our office, please be advised that the office phones are down until further notice. 

 We apologize for any inconvenience and can always be reached via email.  

For more information click,  here.
SPBID Welcomes Laronnia Jupiter block5
New Office Coordinator Joins BID Team
 
 
The South Park BID is thrilled to welcome Laronnia Jupiter to the team as our Office Coordinator. Laronnia will be helping the BID staff in administration, communications, and development, all while assisting in making South Park a great place.

Laronnia is from Los Angeles, and is ready and more than excited to be involved in helping and assisting with the BID. One of Laronnia's passions is to help make the city an amazing place to live, work, and visit.

Say "hello" to Laronnia at laronnia@southpark.la

For more information, click here.
Lyft Promotion for South Park Community block6
 Receive $20 off your first ride with Lyft
 

The South Park BID is excited to partner with Lyft to bring specials and promotions to those who live, work, and visit the South Park neighborhood.
 
Receive $20 off your first ride with Lyft by entering the promo code "SOUTHPARKLA" here.
SPBID Represents Community on DLANC josh7
Director Of Retail Estate And Planning Wins DLANC Election

  

Congratulations to the SPBID's Director of Real Estate and Planning, Josh Kreger, who was elected to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council on May 5.
 
Josh was elected to one of 2 seats representing businesses in South Park. The other seat was won by Amber Maltbie, an attorney at Nossaman LLP. 
 
The neighborhood council has an important role in representing the community, particularly in regards to advising on new development projects.  In his new position, Josh will be able to leverage the input of South Park's stakeholders to have a larger influence on decisions at City Hall.
 
For more information, click here.
5/20-5/21 Community Celebrates Transit  Transit
Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica Makes Debut This Month


The first Metro Los Angeles Expo Line Train made its debut at noon on Friday, May 20. Trains will now be able to depart from Santa Monica through South Park at the Pico Station Stop to 7th Street Metro Center Station. For the first time since the 1950's, passengers will be able to ride from Downtown LA to the Pacific and back. 

South Park is excited to welcome visitors from Santa Monica to its bustling community. On Saturday, May 21, passengers arriving at the Pico Station Stop in South Park were greeted with free copies of the SP Neighborhood Guides.

For more information, click here.
Save The Date: Summer In The City Series block8
 Dark Nights Return to L.A. LIVE
 
 

Dark Nights @ L.A. LIVE
First Event: Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:00 PM - Late Midnight
L.A. LIVE
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 

L.A. LIVE's most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, June 3 - featuring live musicians, street performers, artists and shopping vendors! Get ready for unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants until 10PM. L.A. LIVE is also offering discounted parking in the West Garage (Gate B) at only $10! Don't miss out on all of the fun in Downtown Los Angeles!  
 
  For more information, click here
Recap: 5/12 SPBID Retail Tour block9
South Park Retail Tour Makes Successful Debut
 
    

On May 12th the SPBID held its inaugural retail tour: "Why South Park? Why Now?"  The intimate tour is a chance for those looking to do business in South Park to get an insider's view of the changes happening in the district. 
 
The tour began with a 15 minute presentation by Josh Kreger, Director of Real Estate and Planning for the BID, on the growth of South Park and the scope of new development taking place.
 
After the presentation, tour attendees were taken around the district to see potential retail opportunities as well as visit some of South Park's thriving new businesses. Businesses such as Coco Fresh, Impresso Café, Speedplay, Drip Doctors, Hygge Bakery and PRE Real Estate shared with the attendees why they chose South Park and what they love about the neighborhood. 
 
One theme that was highlighted during the tour was how supportive South Park businesses are of each other and how much the BID has helped support each business. 
 
Going forward, the retail tour will be done quarterly, with the next tour likely to be around the end of August.
 
Thank you Lynda! for participating and being a great team player the BID greatly appreciates you.

For more information, click here.
6/5 Celebrate Expo Opening with LA CRAWL  block10
Community Pub Crawl Celebrates Transit & Benefits Homeless


LA CRAWL: Tri-City Light Rail Pub Crawl
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tri-City Alliance: Santa Monica, Culver City, and Los Angeles

Join us for a celebratory event to socially connect the Tri-City Region utilizing the Expo Light Rail! 

The event will also coincide with Coast: Santa Monica's Open Streets Event and the Historic Core BID's Shopwalk DTLA neighborhood retail block party.

For more information and to RSVP click, here.
Kent Twitchell Mural Moves To New Location   block11
Goodbye To The Special Olympics Mural   
 
   

Due to new development this April we said goodbye to the Special Olympics Mural on Hope St by renowned artist, Kent Twitchell.  The mural was applied in 2015 with a special lamina that allowing for easy removal and re-installment in a new location.

We are fortunate to have had this great work of art in the South Park community for nearly a year.

To view the existing murals in the neighborhood, click here.
SPII Clean Team Ambassador Recognition 
Mr. Jorge Hevia Provides Outstanding Service to SPII block13



Mr. Hevia, an Ambassador with the South Park II (SPII) Clean Team, joined the team on January 1, 2016 and continues to impress his peers and supervisors.

Mr. Hevia comes to South Park with a wealth of knowledge, particularly in painting interiors and exteriors of building making him a great asset for graffiti removal. He also has experience in landscaping and has completed the majority of the weed abatement in SPII.  He is hard working and is willing to come in on his off days to complete some of the graffiti work needed in making SPII a better place. 

For these reasons and more, the South Park BID has elected Mr. Hevia as the Employee of the Quarter.

Thank you, Mr. Hevia!


For more information, click here.
Become A Firefighter With LAFD   block14
Wear Your Strength On Your Sleeve
 
     

Becoming a firefighter is about community service and making a difference in people's lives. Right here in L.A., we are looking for strong, smart and caring women and men who have what it takes to make a difference.

Go to joinlafd.org for information on minimum requirements and the firefighter testing process.

Contact LAFD Firefighter Recruitment Section at (213) 893-9899 or joinlafd@lacity.org 
 
For More Information, click here.

Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings Meetings
Hear the Latest Happenings in South Park
 
  
   
Join us for the upcoming public meetings held at the South Park BID office (1100 S Flower St, Suite #3400):

Operations & Enhanced Beautification (SOBO) Committee
June 6, 2016, 9:30 AM
SOBO is a Board sub-committee that provides guidance to the full Board of Directors on matters relating to clean and safe services and streetscape developments.
 
South Park II Committee
June 8, 2016, 9:00 AM
The South Park II BID is a Board sub-committee that manages the area 20 blocks East of the South Park BID.  

Board of Directors
June 23, 2016, 8:30 AM
The South Park Board of Directors manages the South Park BID.
 
For more information, click here.
Picking Up After Your Pets Is Required block15
Help SP Keep South Park Clean
 
  
   
Please remember per LA County Code Sec. 10.40.060 that anyone walking a dog on any property other than their own must carry a suitable bag or container to remove their animal's feces. If you see someone who is not picking up after their pets, please remind them that local regulations and social norms dictate that you find a bag and clean up the mess immediately.

In a proactive effort to reduce pet waste, the South Park BID installed 13 "Mutt Mitt" containers, or dog-waste bag containers, throughout the neighborhood. The BID maintains the boxes by purchasing and replacing the bags on a regular basis. To view the Mutt Mitt map, click here.
 
For more information, click here.
New Webpage Tracks SP Street Closures block16
Stay Informed on Community Street Closures
 
  
   
Street closures are typically caused by construction, filming, and special events. Neighborhood notification is vital to ensure South Park businesses, residents, and visitors can continue to operate as smoothly as possible.
 
The South Park BID is here to help you navigate street closures in the neighborhood. We will do our best to provide you with closure details, maps, and links to more information where possible.
 
We recommend that you sign up and follow the following e-resources to stay as informed as possible about upcoming closures.
 
For more information, click here.
EVENT & MEETING RECAPS
Recap: 5/19 Green Carpet: Salon Eleven block17
 
  

On May 19, community members joined for May's Green Carpet event, hosted by Salon Eleven.

Guests enjoyed:
  -Complimentary Consultations
-Free Bang Trims and Men's Clean Ups
-Quick Braiding and Styling
-Raffle for Color and Cut Services
-Complimentary Champagne
 
For more information, click here.
Recap: 5/19 YPO Presentation   block12
Business Group Learns About Residential Growth of South Park  
 
     
On Thursday, May 19, South Park BID Executive Director spoke with members of a Young Presidents Organization alumni group about the residential explosion happening in South Park. 
 
Attendees included business and real estate leaders from around the region. Jessica highlighted the role of investment from Asia and regional demand for housing as factors influencing the construction of housing units in the district. 
 
Attendees asked Jessica about the role of the BID in helping to shape the district and learned about the numerous art and streetscape projects that the BID is working on to help leverage all the private investment and create a lasting community in South Park.

For more information, click here.
Recap: Art of Building Vibrant Communities block18
SPBID Attends 2016 CDA Conference
 
  

From May 4-6, 2016, South Park BID attended the West Coast Urban District Forum in the heart of Downtown Oakland, California. The conference was hosted by the California Downtown Association (CDA), an arm of the International Downtown Association (IDA). The theme of this year's conference was "The Art of Building Vibrant Communities."

South Park BID Executive Director Jessica Lall spoke on the panel, "The Art of Placemaking", sharing with the audience South Park's replicable community parklet, street tree palate, sidewalk repairs, and much more.

The expanded program featured nearly two dozen sessions including:
-Creative placemaking partnering with artists
-Problematic street behavior
-Trends in transit and connectivity
-BID renewal
-Public-private partnerships
-Recruiting retail

For more information, click here.

Recap: 4/28 BOD Meeting block19
Committee Discusses SPBID & SPII Joint Renewal, SOBO Projects
 

  
SPBID & SPII Joint Renewal:
The Board of Directors approved for the BID to move forward with the renewal process where SPBID and SPII, which commenced January 2, 2016, would be combined under one BID for the 2018 renewal.

South Park Pico Station Enhancements:
 The BID is focusing on the following i mprovements:  lighting upgrades with energy efficiency; K-rail graphic art; upgraded way finding and general signage; enhancing fencing for safety and branding purposes.  The BID is also looking into opportunities to change the current "Pico" signage to provide a title that is more descriptive to the general area.
 
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 held their first meeting with property owners as well as the City to generate recommendations and develop a template to replicate in other alleys.

The BID was chosen as one of three partners to execute this project. 2 alleys have been identified in South Park for this project: off Pico up to 12th between Hill and Olive. The goal of the council office is to encourage retail frontage off alleyways combined with the Public Works goal of storm water capture, permeable surfaces. The BID is looking at various ideas to achieve the alleys being more attractive.
 
To learn more about Green Alleys click, here
MONTHLY UPDATES 
SPII Clean Team Update block20
SPII Clean Collected Over 16+ tons of Trash

  

To date, the SPII Clean Team collected over 16 tons of trash and removed over 500 graffiti tags.  The Clean Team most recently focused on removal of large graffiti tags covering the exterior of whole buildings. 

For questions or concerns on SP II services, please contact the South Park Safety Team Manager Sergio Ureña at surena@streetplus.net. 

 For more information, click here.
SPBID Clean Team's Monthly Focus block21 
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 detailing walls that need to be re-painted in the district and are in the process of re-painting all light poles on Hope St., Grand Ave. and Flower St. between Olympic Blvd. and 17th St. 
  
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.

Want To Receive Meeting Notifications?block22

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!
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In the News  UpcomingBoard 






In this Issue:
SP Business Spotlight:BizSpotlight
 
Located right in the heart of L.A. LIVE. across from Staples Center, you will find a welcoming spot filled with delicious food, lovely spirits and warm smiles. Welcome to Rock'N Fish. With impeccable service, generous helpings and comfortable atmosphere, guest experience is our priority. We call our menu, "American Regional Cuisine." Some of our features include our legendary Navy Grog rum cocktail, famous Oak-grilled Artichoke, Seafood Jambalaya and our hand-cut Kapalua Rib-Eye, marinated 72 hours.

Whatever your personal favorites, you are guaranteed a great meal. It is our mission to send you home satiated and smiling!

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 April:

Streets Maintained
4,020
Streets Maintained (linear ft)
1,998,480
Trash Disposed (bags)
2,347
Trash Disposed (pounds)
28,708
Bulky Items Disposed
35
Number of Requests/Jobs 349
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
3,075
Citizen Assists
393
Tree wells serviced 654
Pressure washing (square ft)
11,050
Alleys Maintained
495
Weed abatement (square ft)
1,550

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 April:
 
Observations
810
Merchant Contact
61
Resident Contact
5
Citizen Assist
19
Call For Service
87
Kiosk Assists 34
Guard Tour Check In
2,883
Benches/sidewalks
cleared
80

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)
1,299
Trash Disposed (pounds)
33,250
Pan and Broom (block faces) 2,988
Weed Abatement (block faces)
120
Graffiti Removed
553
Graffiti Reported 78
Graffiti Special Projects
27
Hospitality - Directions Provided
227
Hospitality - Assistance Provided 1
Pressure Washing (block faces)
7
Pressure Washing (gallons of h2o)
1,400
Business/Merchant Contacts
19
Homelessness - Wake-Up Service
24
Calls for Assistance
1


Report maintenance & safety issues 
at (866) 560-9346 or click here.
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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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Upcoming Events
South Park Board UpcomingBoard 
& Committee Meetings

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. 
 
 
Report an issue: (866) 560-9346
Stop by: 1333 S Hope St, LA, CA 90015
Want to promote your organization or event with the South Park Post? Contact us at info@southpark.la.
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
1100 S Flower St #3400  |  Los Angeles, CA 90015