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Wilshire Center District Team’s Activities

The landscape crew for the District’s Wilshire streetscape continues to maintain all 14 medians and about 160 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.

The installation of the drip irrigation system and new plants, as well as planting and maintaining of new street trees, is nearing completion. Around 400 new plants and trees were planted last quarter in the Wilshire Center District as part of the Purple Line Extension Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant.

On April 22nd the WCBID and KYCC hosted an Earth Day tree-planting event at the Chapman Plaza on 6th Street. Almost 100 volunteers came out to help plant dozens of trees along 6th Street and other adjacent streets.

Last quarter, the sidewalk maintenance team collected 2,803 bags of trash (64,469 lbs.), dispensed approximately 4,000 doggie bags, and removed 102 graffiti tags on sidewalk pots, poles, and news racks. The crew is out every Monday and Thursday sweeping the sidewalks, picking up trash, clearing gutters and painting out graffiti from street poles, news racks, and flower planters. The team empties approximately 60 trashcans throughout the District.

In May the WCBID and CD10 hosted a community cleanup event at the RFK Community Schools. Over 200 volunteers cleaned up the streets and sidewalks around the District.

Last quarter WCBID participated in the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count with LAHSA. In June LAHSA released their Homeless Count Report which noted that the City of Los Angeles has a homeless population of 34,189; this is a 20% increase from last years count. The WCBID continues its efforts to work with the LAPD Olympic Station HOPE Team, LAHSA, DMH, CES, and others to continue addressing homelessness in the District. To contact LAHSA’s Homeless Response Team please call 213-225-6581.

Last quarter, the security team assisted the City in getting over 503 bulky items picked up, made 83 calls/reports to the City for street services (311), assisted in getting 89 graffiti tags cleaned up, and 11 potholes were reported and fixed. The team responded to 139 calls for assists to the LAPD and others. They issued 26 illegal vendor warnings and assisted 86 homeless individuals; 392 illegal signs were removed. The team addressed the subject of 112 belligerent transients and 38 drinking in public. The team captain attended 6 LAPD crime control meetings and attended the quarterly WC/K Business Watch meeting.

The WCBID continues to work with the Bureau of Engineering to help prioritize sidewalk repair locations within the District. For more info about the sidewalk repair program please visit http://sidewalks.lacity.org

The WCBID has been working with the Young Oak Kim Academy (YOKA) Middle School and People For Parks to open and operate the YOKA School campus (lawn, basketball courts, track, etc.) on weekends to be used by the community as a Public Park. The YOKA Community School Park (CSP) is now open every Saturday from 10AM-2PM. The YOKA CSP is located at 6th and Vermont and is managed by Beyond the Bell with one administrative person and one custodian.

The effects on the neighborhood have been inspiring. Parents and school staff tell us that since the YOKA CSP has opened, they feel safer and more connected. They link drops in vandalism and other unwelcome behavior to the increased presence of parents at school and the sense of ownership that community members have taken over their CSP.

The Yoga in the Park event at YOKA is currently scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23rd at noon.

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

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND AGENDA
THE WILSHIRE CENTER BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION

A California nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation
Advisory Board of the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District

The Annual Meeting of the assessed establishments and assessees in the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will take place at Southwestern Law School, Bullocks Wilshire Building, 5th Floor in the Salle Moderne Room, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

This is a forum for assessed owners and other members of the District to familiarize themselves with the functions of the Corporation and to express their concerns and desires to the Corporation?s representatives.

AGENDA FOR MEETING:
1. Call to order, introductions and public comments.

2. 2017 and 2018 WCBID Program overview of maintenance, security, marketing, and other programs. For an update visit www.wilshirecenter.com.

3. Elect the Directors of the Corporation for a term commencing August 24, 2017, and continuing for one (1) year or until their successors are elected.

4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assisted listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72-hours) prior to the meeting by contacting the Operations Director at (213) 487-7003.

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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