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Wilshire Center District Team’s Activities

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, a mandatory Shelter at Home order was
issued for the state of California. This unprecedented action has had a significant influence on all of us, especially our business community. Most of the businesses in the Wilshire Center District are now closed, with the exception of a handful of essential businesses.

While most Angelenos are heeding Governor Newsom's order to stay
home, there are still many who are taking advantage of the empty streets
to vandalize buildings and burglarize properties. Incidents of graffiti have
increased dramatically since the shelter at home order was issued. Our District Clean Team is doing their best to keep up with the vandalism. Our District Safety Team has adjusted their focus to more closely monitor gates , doors, windows and other access points of buildings and properties. Our Officers continue to patrol the district and hope to deter crime and protect property with their presence.

Last quarter, the bike team assisted the City in getting over 830 bulky items picked up, made 276 calls/reports to the City for street services (311) and assisted in getting 43 graffiti tags cleaned up. The team responded to 40 calls for assistance to property owners, managers, stakeholders, pedestrians, LAPD and others. They connected hundreds of homeless individulas to LAHSA service providers and addressed the subject of 68 belligerent individuals and 74 drinking in public. The team captain attended 3 LAPD crime control meetings and attended the quartery WC/K Business Watch meeting.

Do you need protective gear? Councilman Herb Wesson has a limited supply of face masks for residents in the Wilshire Center District Please visit herbwesson.com/masks for more info.

ast quarter, the vehicle patrol made 302 calls/reports to the City for street services (311), assisted the City in getting 61 graffiti tags cleaned up and reported 67 damaged street lights. The team responded to 33 calls for assistance to property owners, managers, stakeholders, pedestrians, LAPD and others. The team addressed the subject of 85 belligerent individuals and 119 drinking in public. The team collaborated with LAPD and/or LAFD on 16 instances.

The landscape crew for the District’s Wilshire streetscape continues to maintain all 15 medians and about 150 flower pots along Wilshire Blvd. The work consists of removal of trash, trimming of plants, watering of plants, repairing the sprinkler system, and replacing damaged plants.

Request city services (pothole repair, bulky item pickup, graffiti removal, etc.) by using the MyLA311 app.

Follow us on @WilshireCenterBID For more on the Wilshire Center BID please visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/wilshirecenter.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to envelope the world, Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) strives to connect Angelenos with services that will help them receive Unemployment Insurance or obtain emergency loans to keep their small businesses alive. Since mid-March, more than 313,000 people have filed for unemployment in the City of Los Angeles, according to figures provided by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). As of last week, approximately 463 businesses, some with multiple locations in the City of LA, have reported that they were shutting down, impacting more than 71,000 employees.

EWDD's WorkSource, YouthSource and BusinessSource Centers are making adjustments to provide virtual resources by phone, email and social media. For instance, on April 17, 2020, the East LA BusinessSource Center held a Small Business Financing webinar in English and Spanish that highlighted current COVID-19 financing programs and how to access them. The webinars were well-attended, with 25 participants at the English version and eight participants at the Spanish seminar. EWDD's WorkSource, YouthSource and BusinessSource Centers are strategically located in the City's underserved communities and several are still receiving drop-in visits. Before visiting, please call ahead and make an appointment (see links below). Many WorkSource and YouthSource Centers arescheduling limited in-person visits and staff must receive advance notice in order to maintain social distancing according to public safety guidelines.


Virtual Orientations: bit.ly/LAjoblosshelp

Small Business Emergency Microloan: LAMayor.org/loan
Microloan Application: bit.ly/EWDDC-19BusinessLoan
LA CARES CORPS: coronavirus.lacity.org/CARESCorps
Small Business Resilience Toolkit: bit.ly/LABusinessToolkit


Video highlighting much of the work that the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District does on a daily basis was presented at the last Annual Membership Meeting.

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