Volume 38 - August 2016
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People St Block Partypeoplest
Thanks for Celebrating the Hope St Parklet With Us

Over 150 members of the community came together last Tuesday to celebrate Los Angeles Department of Transportation's People St Program receiving the prestigious National Planning Achievement Award for the Hope Street Parklet.

The award was made possible by the strong partnerships between LADOT, SPBID, Neighborhood Councils, The Office of Councilmember Huizar, and The People St Program.

The Block Party featured delicious food by Chef Mario Christerna of local favorite, The Briks, and a musical performance by the incredible Festival of Masks.

Thank you to the above organizations and the many sponsors who helped make the Parklet a reality!

For more information, click here

LADOT Proposes Changes to DTLA DASH Serviceladotdashhearing  
SPBID Attends Public Hearing on Behalf of Neighborhood 

 SPBID staff attended a public hearing held by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to discuss proposed additions and changes to the Downtown DASH service. 

Changes proposed by LADOT include extending service hours to 9 PM, extending DASH B to Pico Blvd and extending DASH F along 7th St to the Arts District. SPBID staff gave feedback that the modifications do not go far enough in addressing the inadequacies in the current system for South Park stakeholders.  

Specifically, the SPBID recommended later hours, more weekend service and an East-West route to the Fashion and Arts Districts, south of 7th St.  LADOT staff has agreed to meet with Downtown stakeholders to further discuss the needs of the neighborhood in order to refine the proposal. The SPBID will be developing a fact sheet, so stay tuned for updates. 

For more information, click here
9/20: Green Carpet feat. Impresso Cafe impressogc
Enjoy Samples & Discounts at the Neighborhood Cafe 

Green Carpet Featuring Impresso Cafe
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Impresso Cafe 
1115 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Discounts and freebies include:
Complimentary coffee & tea selections
Complimentary biscotti
10% off regular menu items

For more information and to RSVP, click here
10/3 -10/8: 2040 Community Plan Workshop communityplan
The LA Department of City Planning Wants Your Input 


This week-long workshop is an opportunity for community members to provide feedback to the Department of  City Planning on its comprehensive update to the two existing community plans for DTLA. This is a chance to collaborate on a 30-year long plan that will define and shape the future of our city.

Mark up maps, ask questions and give your input on topics like urban design, land use, housing, mobility and economic development. A detailed schedule with activities and guest speakers to follow! 

For more information, click here.  

Learn Why Business Owners Are Choosing South Park  

South Park Retail Tour 
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
SPBID Offices
1100 S Hope St, #3400, Los Angeles, CA 90015  

Join the SPBID for its second business walking tour and see the people, places, and businesses that make South Park the place to be. Our neighborhood has more than a half million square feet of available retail space and this free tour will feature several stops into local businesses to hear from owners why they chose to open their doors in South Park. Come see why your business should be a part of this dynamic and emerging district!

Hear from the owners of: 

For more information and to RSVP, click  here.
South Park Chefs Get Major Recognition spchefs
Chef Ray Garcia and Chef Mario Christerna


Chef Ray Garcia 
As a native Angeleno, Chef Ray Garcia draws his culinary inspiration from the city's rich culture, the wealth of Southern California produce, and classic training. Garcia has been consistently recognized for philosophies on environmental stewardship, and commitment to responsible farming and food production, honored with StarChefs "Rising Star" Award for Sustainability in 2010. In 2014 Garcia took home the title of "King of Porc" at Cochon 555, an event celebrating the heritage breed pig. 

Chef Mario Christerna
Chef Mario Christerna attended Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, studying under his mentor, North African chef Farid Zadi.  "This is not just a torta place or a taco place," Christerna says of the Briks. "I wanted my first restaurant to be a reflection of my struggle. I wanted to transmit my journey through my food, through my art. Coming into here is like coming into my heart, coming into my brain, coming into my palate, coming into my life."

The Briks

To view the original L.A. Weekly article, click here
South Park Board Elections 2017boardelections
Join the Team and Serve the Neighborhood 

Nominations for the South Park Stakeholders Group Board of Directors are now being accepted! It is the right of all property owners (and ONLY property owners and their representatives) to nominate either themselves or a designee to fill one of the positions currently available on the Board. 

Property owners must be current with assessment payments. All property owners should have received a notification postcard at the end of July; nominations will be publicized on our newsletters and social media at that time. 

Nomination Period

8/1 Nomination period opened 

(Nomination survey open for 46 days)

9/16 Nomination period ends

Acceptance  survey closes

9/30 Application deadline & acceptance

10/19 Board of Directors election meeting

For more information, click here
Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings upcomingmtgs
Hear the Latest Happenings in South Park

District Identity & Marketing (DISI)
September 14, 2016, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
The South Park BID District Identity & Marketing Committee (DISI) is a Board sub-committee open to the public that provides guidance to the full Board of Directors on the strategic communications and marketing efforts to promote the South Park BID.

Operations & Enhanced Beautification (SOBO/EBO) 
October 5, 2016, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 
The South Park BID Operations & Enhanced Beautification Committee (SOBO/EBO) is a Board sub-committee open to the public that provides guidance to the full Board of Directors on the matters relating to our clean and safe services.

South Park II BID
October 12, 2016, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The South Park II BID is the entity that manages the 20-block area East of the South Park BID.

For more information, click here.
11/15: South Park Annual Meeting annualmtg
A Year in Review and Next Steps for Our Community

SPBID Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Keck Auditorium, Leavey Hall, Campus of California Hospital Medical Center
320 W 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Join us for the  SPBID Annual Meeting to learn about this year's accomplishments and the plans for the coming year. where you can learn all that was accomplished this year, and about plans for the coming year. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to meet your fellow South Park neighbors! Free food and beverages will be served from South Park restaurants.

RSVP required. Parking is available at meters on Hope St, and in the lot on Grand Ave & 15th St.

For more information and to RSVP, click here
Recap: 7/27 Meet Your Neighbors Event meetyourneighborrecap
Over 50 residents and community leaders came out to mix and mingle over free bites and beverages. 

Featured remarks were made by:
CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (AD 53)
LAPD Central Area Division Captain Howard Leslie
Recap: 8/4 Green Carpet feat. Rock'N Fishrocknfishrecap 

Over 50 attendees enjoyed delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, and received a FREE appetizer coupon.  

For information on upcoming Green Carpet events, click here
Recap: 8/2 LAPD National Night Out nationalnightout
The South Park BID, the Los Angeles Police Department, and many other community stakeholders joined together for this annual night of information-gathering, food, games, and entertainment.
Recap: 8/25 Board of Directors Meetingbodrecap   

The South Park Stakeholders Group Board of Directors convened to discuss the following agenda items:

- Secretary  and Treasurer updates 
- Committee Reports
Executive Director updates
- Upcoming events 

With presentation by:
- Los Angeles Football Club, Corey Breton 
- Emerald Project, Daniel Taban 

For more information, click here

Recap: 8/3 Operations & Enhanced Beautification Committee Meeting  (SOBO)soborecap  

South Park Stakeholders Operations & Enhanced Beautification Committee (SOBO) convened to discuss the following agenda items: 

- Pico Metro Station Updates 
- Potential mural (Now Art LA)
- APA event - Hope St Parklet 
LADOT Transit public hearing on DASH service improvements 

With presentations by:
- LADOT Bike Share, Rubina Ghazarian (LADOT)
- Green Alley Pilot Update, Simon Kaplan (Mack Urban)

For more information, click here
SPBID Clean Team's Monthly Focus anchor20 
Maintenance Crew Keeps 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 
pressure washing unhygienic areas.

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.

For more information, click here

Have an idea for a special project?  Let us know!
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Meetings Will Be Taking Place at New Address!


Sign up for SPBID 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 

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition: Roadside Bike Repair Workshop with Just Ride LA

Los Angeles Downtown News: 2016 Best of DTLA: Staff Picks

Los Angeles Downtown News: Ballin' Out in South Park 

In This Issue:
SP Business Spotlight:BizSpotlight
A good day starts with Impresso.

Impresso Cafe is a t rendy shop selling coffee, cold-pressed juices & pastries, plus gourmet sandwiches & salads. 
Favorites include fruit french toast, lavender lattes, iced banana mochas, caramel latte macchiatos and the signature open-faced toast.  
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 well as responding to special requests.
Clean Team Accomplishments for July:

Streets Maintained
Streets Maintained (linear ft)
Trash Disposed (bags)
Trash Disposed (pounds)
Bulky Items Disposed
Number of Requests/Jobs 229
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
Citizen Assists
Tree wells serviced 709
Pressure washing (square ft)
Alleys Maintained
Weed abatement (square ft)

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 July:
Merchant Contact
Resident Contact
Citizen Assist
Call For Service
Kiosk Assists 519
Guard Tour Check In

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)
Trash Disposed (pounds)
Pan and Broom (block faces) 5,547
Weed Abatement (block faces)
Graffiti Removed
Graffiti Reported 237
Graffiti Special Projects
Hospitality - Directions Provided
Hospitality - Assistance Provided 1
Pressure Washing (block faces)
Pressure Washing (gallons of h2o)
Business/Merchant Contacts
Homelessness - Wake-Up Service
Calls for Assistance

Report maintenance & safety issues 
at (866) 560-9346 or click here.
Morgan Stanley 
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Call to schedule your complimentary
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Financial Advisor 
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(213) 486-8844
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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 ellen@southpark.la .

Upcoming Events
South Park Board UpcomingBoard 
& Committee Meetings

Bi-Monthly Board & Committee Meetings:
  • Board of Directors (BOD)
  • District Identity & Streetscape Improvements Committee (DISI)
  • Sidewalk Beautification, Operations, and Order Committee (SOBO)
  • South Park II (SPII)
Upcoming Meetings:
  • DISI - Weds, Sept 14 @9:00 AM
  • SOBO - Weds, Oct 5 @ 9:30 AM
  • SPII - Weds, Oct 12 @ 9:00 AM  
Anyone is welcome to join SPBID at any of these meetings, which take place at our office.  Agendas   are available online. 
Here Design Studio

Here Design Studio is an interdisciplinary design practice that improves the public realm.  

We are dedicated to solving complex urban challenges through creative processes and solutions that build on the stories of a place. 

Here Design looks forward to collaborating with you on your project, from parklet design and development or parcel studies, to conceptual green space design, mobility planning, and more.

For more information, click here
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