Volume 6 - October 2013  
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ULI's Technical Assistance Panel Presents Initial Findings

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be embarking on an immersive, 2-day Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in order to study and report upon the real estate, development, community, and government issues related to the future landscape of South Park.
 
The culmination of this event will be a brief presentation of their initial findings to community members and local stakeholders - we invite you to be a part of this event:
 
Please join the South Park BID and ULI for 
 
The Future of South Park
Friday, October 25 
3:30 PM
Keck Auditorium, Leavy Hall
California Hospital Medical Center
1401 S Grand St., Los Angeles CA 90015
 
Please note: Leavy Hall is on the corner of 15th St. and Hope St.

RSVP Required to sharon@southpark.la by Wednesday, October 23.
 
There will be a more formal presentation of the full report at the Annual Meeting on December 12 (see below).
 
SP & LAPD Partner for Neighborhood WatchNW
Newly Promoted Captain Mike Oreb Joins in SP Safety Initiative

Over 25 members from the South Park community attended the Neighborhood Watch Meeting on September 24th.  New LAPD Central Division Captain Mike Oreb, and local Senior Leads Officer Victor Aguilar and Officer Sam Yin, were in attendance in order to answer questions and explain current safety measures.  Captain Mike Oreb was promoted to Central Division Captain earlier this year.

 

In the two-hour meeting, members of the BID presented a Clean & Safe report, information regarding panhandling, new cleaning schedules, updated and new equipment, and committee accomplishments.  Field Deputy Miguel Vargas from our local Council District 14 attended as well, providing a wealth of information on the Council's role in the neighborhood and when his office can be of service to residents.

 

As a conclusion to the meeting, LAPD urged members of the community to report everything they see - "Remember, the public is the eyes and ears of LAPD, CD14, and the BID- if you don't report it, how can we fix it?"

 

We're proud that South Park continues to be the safest neighborhood in DTLA.  Stay tuned for more info on the next neighborhood meeting.  The South Park BID plans to host one per quarter in the coming year.

BID Day at City HallBidDay
LA BID Consortium Meets with All Councilmembers
 

Recently, the 39 BIDs of the LA BID Consortium organized meetings with every Los Angeles City councilmember, primarily taking place on the same day.  The goal of these meetings was to ensure that all councilmembers were aware of the services BIDs provide and the issues relevant to their specific district.

 

Given that almost half of the councilmembers are new to their positions as of this summer, this task was especially important.  South Park, along with many of the other BID representatives in LA, met with Council Districts 9 and 14, as well as with Herb Wesson, Council President.  South Park representatives discussed issues related to sidewalk repair, real estate development, open space, and more.  The information and understanding shared at these meetings will help the BIDs work more closely and efficiently with the Council and various City departments as we move forward.

Your Vote Counts - Make Sure You Are Informed!

Affected 11th St. property owners will soon receive a Prop 218 ballot from the Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) for proposed pedestrian level lights along 11th St. As part of the My Figueroa project, the City has state Prop 1C grant funding to enhance safety and circulation, 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 trigged a revaluation of the amount property owners are asessed for lighting on this street.

 

ALL property owners in the City already pay an assesment 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. The ballot that property owners will receive asks that you vote 'yes' or 'no' on allowing the current assessment to be adjusted given the proposed new lighting being built.

 

The capital construction costs of these new lights are covered by the My Figueroa project. The possible change to assesments is for the increased cost to power the lights and provide ongoing maintenance. If this vote does not pass, the new lights will not be constructed.

 

Please make sure you pass along this information to your neighbors!  Contact Tim Fremaux, Project Manager at LADOT, at tim.fremaux@lacity.org with any questions.

Join the Community On 12th St Between Hope St. & Grand Ave.

 
Join Evo and the South Park community for death defying deeds of disaster diversion!  Run amok amid searing flames of smoking hot BBQ! And prepare for the worst!

 

What will be there?

An earthquake simulator accompanied by a jazz band. Lots of food and fun! Disaster supply you can buy! And tons of helpful information!

 

This public event will help prepare South Park for potential major issues the community could face in the future.  It is sponsored by Evo, Traiden Global Solutions, South Park BID, California Hospital, Action Propety Management, Har-Bro Inc., Elleven HOA, Luma HOA, Joe's Parking and Beverly Hill Concierge Service.

SP 2013 Accomplishments and Future Plans on Dec. 12 at 5:30
 

Join the South Park BID as we wrap up an extremely eventful year in the district.  The agenda will include 2013's accomplishments, including the new logo and branding scheme for the district, new security provider, equipment changes and schedule, and recent developments, as well as plans for next year.  The meeting will also include a presentation on the final report from the ULI TAP study and the Jones Lang LaSalle real estate study.

 

This Annual Meeting will take place on December 12 at 5:30 PM, in Leavy Hall of the California Hospital Medical Center at 1401 S Grand.  Stay tuned for further information!  RSVP required to Sharon@southpark.la by December 9.

Clean Up After Your Pets - In StyleMuttMiits
South Park Installs 12 New Pet Waste Dispensers in District

Do you have a dog in South Park, or know someone who does?  The South Park BID previously installed six pet waste dispensers across the district in order to decrease the amount of waste left on the sidewalks and streets.

This month, the Clean Team will double the number of dispensers on the streets as they replace the old ones and install 12 brand-new dispensers in South Park green.
 
These are installed for the purposes of all those living, working, and visiting here.  Encourage your friends and family to utilize these and take care of their dog's business!
The Purge in South Park and DTLA Halloween Party for Kids

 

Imagine a night where all crime is legal; Created by Blumhouse Productions, the company behind such terrifying films as Paranormal Activity, Sinister and Insidious, THE PURGE: FEAR THE NIGHT brings the dark future seen in the film THE PURGE to downtown Los Angeles. Visitors will be guided through 70,000 square feet of Horror Theater.


Check out www.purgelive.com for more information.  To visit, you must be 18 or older.
 
There are other great events happening for Halloween in Greater DTLA as well!  For the little ones, check out the 6th Annual Halloween Party for DTLA Kids!  With trick-or-treating, bounce houses, and food, its sure to be a good time.  Don't forget to buy your $5 tickets in advance.
What Do BIDs Do for Los Angeles?StateofBIDs
LA BID Consortium Publishes State of the BIDs Report

The Los Angeles BID Consortium is a collective that represents all 39 BIDs across the City of Los Angeles.  Meeting once a month, the group exchanges ideas, information, and resources.
 
This year, the BID Consortium published a new State of the BIDs report, explaining the range and scope of all that BIDs do in order to keep our communities clean and safe.

Want to learn more about the contributions BIDs make to LA communities, or share it with friends who may not understand the role of a BID?  Click here to download the full report.
BIDs Learn Best Practices in NYCIDAs
2013 International Downtown Association Conference
 

 The South Park BID was represented at this year's International Downtown Association World Congress, where over 750 people from BIDs, governments, and other downtown-oriented organizations converge to learn best practices from one another.  With representatives from all over the U.S. and 16 other countries, South Park BID was able to glean knowledge from top professionals in the area, and observe aspects of the built environment in New York City that include highly applicable lessons for our neighborhood.  In representing our district on a nation-wide and global scale, the BID also promoted the South Park and DTLA area to a wide array of individuals.

SP Stakeholders Group Invites 3 New Board Members as 3 Retire
 
After a rigorous election process involving many nominations from our property owners, the South Park Stakeholders Group Board of Directors has invited three new members to join their ranks.  Please welcome Nate Nusbaum, President of the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Richard Wu, President of the Grand Lofts HOA, and Terri Toennies, General Manager of the Los Angeles Auto Show to your local Board of Directors.  Their official term will begin in January 2014.
 
While South Park is excited to welcome these new members, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to retiring members Cliff Hoffman, Phillip Hill, and Gary Warfel.  Everyone at the South Park BID thanks them immensely for their time and dedication to bettering to services offered to the community, and continually working to make South Park a better place to be.

Calling All LA Downtown Real Estate Brokers, Investors, and Developers!HAL

The Renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles: Opportunity Knocks

In January, the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and the Central City Association (CCA) will be hosting a full-day event to showcase LA's real estate market. This event, titled The Renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles: Opportunity Knocks, will feature keynote speaker Eli Broad and guest speakers Dan Beckerman, Bert Dezzutti, Bill Witte, and Wayne Ratkovich, among other prominent real estate investors. 

 

Registration will end on December 15th, 2013. 

For more information, please click here.

 

Rock 'n' Roll Races Run Through South Park

Join the Downtown LA community at the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon, benefiting the ASPCA on October 27 at 7:30 AM

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Live Music Every Mile
  • The Best Bling in the Biz
  • FREE Finish Line Concert by Alternative Rock Icons Cracker
  • Scary Awesome Swag
  • Inspiring Cheer Teams & Spirited Crowds
  • Costume Contests with Outstanding Prizes
  • LA's Stars
  • Start & Finish at the World Famous L.A. LIVE
  • Fast, Flat & Frighteningly Haunted Course
  • Perfect Fall Running Weather

 

Mix all of this together and you get the World's Largest Halloween Half Marathon on October 27, 2013. Don't be scared, REGISTER TODAY!

 

Not ready for 13.1 miles? Experience all of the Rock 'n' Roll fun in a shorter run with the Mini Marathon, a non-timed 3.5 mile fun run!

 

Click here to sign up or learn more.

7th Annual 5K to End Homelessness

Join Honorary Chair Kobe Bryant and United Way of Greater Los Angeles on November 23rd at the 7th annual HomeWalk to end homelessness! This family-friendly event will include an opening ceremony, a 5K run/walk, an education journey to learn about homelessness, and food trucks for lunch immediately following.

 

Location:

Exposition Park

700 Exposition Park Blvd

Los Angeles 90037

 

$25 for walkers

$30 for runners

Kids under the age of 18 are FREE

 

7:00am - Registration

8:30am - Opening Program

9:00am - HomeWalk Begins

 

Hope to see you there! Click here for more information.

Great Venues at Right Here in Your District

Let L.A. LIVE host your next corporate or special holiday event! Both intimate gatherings and major special events will find the perfect space to entertain. L.A. LIVE is located in the heart of Downtown and is the leading entertainment district in Los Angeles offering six live entertainment venues, a fourteen screen cinema, the GRAMMY Museum´┐Ż, over nineteen dining experiences and a luxury hotel!

 

Click here for venue and event information. 

Get Connected! 
For more regular updates & info:
In this Issue:
SP & LAPD Partner for Neighborhood Watch
BID Day at City Hall 
Street Lighting Assessment on 11th Street
South Park's 1st Disaster Prep Party on 11/9 
Save the Date: South Park Annual Meeting 12/12
Clean Up After Your Pets - In Style
Halloween Horrors in Downtown
What Do BIDs Do for Los Angeles?
BIDs Learn Best Practices in NYC 
Welcome to the New Board Members 
Calling All DTLA Real Estate Brokers, Investors, and Developers!
Sign Up for a Local Half Marathon
United Way HomeWalk 2013
Book Your Holiday Party at L.A. Live!
SP Spotlight On:spotlight
 
Hope Street Family Center 
Of California Hospital Medical Center

 

  

Hope Street Family Center is a community outreach benefit program of California Hospital Medical Center that provides in-home and on-site educational, health wellness, behavioral health, developmental, and social services that support children and families.
 
Since 1992, Hope Street Family Center has been a tremendous resource to the local community through its classes, training programs, and support system. The programs started small, but have since expanded to serve over 20,000 adults and children over the last 21 years.
 
On October 17, 2013, Hope Street Family Center and CHMC proudly announced the opening of their new facility on the corner of Venice St. and Hope St. (pictured above).  South Park is delighted to have such a wonderful resource in our community, and welcomes everyone to visit the new facility and explore all they have to offer.
 

Check them out on their website at hopestreetfamilycenter.org, glance at pics on their Facebook page, or give the office a call at  (213) 742-5869.

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.
 
Replacing Pet Waste Bags
 
Clean Team Accomplishments for September:

Streets Maintained
3,420
Streets Maintained (linear feet)
1,735,890
Trash Disposed (bags)
2,792 
Trash Disposed (pounds)
45,280
Bulky Items Disposed
125
Alleys Maintained
510
Graffiti Removed (square feet)
3,467
Weed Abatement (sf)
691
Citizen Assists
271
Pressure washing (sf)
68,509

Safety Team

Our Safety Team is always making strides in improving the security of South Park.  Some issues the safety team encountered this month traffic collisions, illegal encampments, and panhandling.

Have You Seen the NEW Segways?
 
Selected Safe Team Accomplishments for August:

Observations
6,054
Merchant Contact
726
Resident Contact
190
Citizen Assist
303
Vehicle Tags
4
Call For Service
56

Report maintenance & safety issues at (866) 560-9346 or click here.
New Contact for Your City RequestsDiana
Council District 14 Hires Constituent Request Caseworker

Councilmember Huizar is proud to announce that he has expanded his Downtown team to include a new member, Diana Edoyan. 
 
Diana will serve as the Councilmember's new caseworker and focus on Downtown constituent requests. Diana will work with current staff to ensure that the residents of Downtown are heard and their issues are being addressed - she is YOUR direct contact for any issues in the council district.
 
Diana is a current graduate student at California State University Northridge studying Public Administration with an option in Urban Planning.  She has a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning with a specialization in Urban and Regional Planning. Diana has been with the Councilmember's office as an intern since August 2012 and is excited to officially join the CD-14 team.  Feel free to reach out to her and say hello!  Email her at Diana.Edoyan@lacity.org. 
Upcoming Events

South Park Board Board 
& Committee Meetings

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
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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
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