City Council Survey Regarding Public Safety

A survey released Tuesday by Council President Nury Martinez, along with Councilmen Herb Wesson, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price and Bob Blumenfield, includes questions about respondents’ personal views on police, including whether an increased police presence makes them feel safer and whether they believe an unarmed model of crisis response is appropriate for nonviolent incidents.

This is your chance to make your voice heard. CBS reported on the story, to read more click here.

For the survey please click here.

The L.A. Barber College Needs Your Help!

A while back we introduced you to the young hopeful barbers from the L.A. Barber College. They were struggling in January, so they set up a GoFundMe, but since the COVID19 Pandemic began in March their funds have been massively depleted.

Jose and Blanca Polanco, along with administrator Michelle Matthews, have dedicated nearly 15 years to the school. Currently, their 5,000 students have no idea if their school will survive the pandemic. The school additionally gives back to the community by donating haircuts. Their programming is a success and they’re an essential part of our Historic Core community and DTLA.

You can help today by sharing their story, or if you can donate here.

Check out the story NBC4 recently published and meet the talented alumni here.

LA Barber College DTLA

LA Barber College DTLA

LA Barber College DTLA

The polls are open for Downtown LA News Best of Downtown annual survey. The Historic Core BID has been nominated for Best Business Improvement District. We’d appreciate your support- jump to question #63 and vote for us! Thanks for your vote ❤️

Click here to begin the 15 min survey.

Have you been watching HBO Now at home? If so, you may have seen the trailer for their new Perry Mason – HBO series.

Check out this video below and pause on 0:14 to see a very special appearance by 4th St between Spring and Main Streets in DTLA’s Historic Core district. AKA the heart of Downtown LA. ❤️

We’ll be posting more Historic Core centered movie content so tag us in things, old or new, you find to be reshared. We’re @historiccore on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Metro and the City of Los Angeles are partnering to improve 5th St and 6th St in downtown LA to enhance mobility and safety for the thousands of people who walk, bike, roll, ride transit or drive in the area. This project is an important step in building a comprehensive, multimodal transit network in Downtown LA.

For any questions please contact Edgar Duncan, Streets L.A. at (213) 485-5561

Please take a look at the maps included in the presentation below to plan traveling accordingly.

This is all part of the City’s Mobility 2035 Plan and Metro’s NextGen Bus Plan.


FINAL 5th 6th St Project PPT_6.9.20

The homeless crisis in downtown LA is getting worse. NBC’s Conan Nolan taks with Blair Besten from the Historic Core Business Improvement District and Patti Berman from the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council. Both women live in downtown and see it first hand. They are trying to address it. (Published Sunday, Jan 17, 2016)

LINK TO VIDEO INTERVIEW with Blair Besten and Patti Berman.



JANUARY 27, 2017, The City of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced four appointees to the HHH Citizens Oversight Committee, an administrative council that will play a vital role in developing housing for homeless Angelenos funded through a bond measure approved by L.A. voters.

The Mayor’s appointees are Kerry Morrison, David Ambroz, Miguel Santana, and Beatrice Hsu. The other three members of the Citizens Oversight Committee have been appointed by the City Council: Blair Besten, Tiffany Boyd, and Tunua Thrash-Ntuk.

“Angelenos approved Prop. HHH because residents want to take part in ending our homelessness crisis,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The measure was designed to give everyone in our City the opportunity to have a say in how and where dollars are spent and housing is built. The Citizen’s Oversight Committee is made up of thoughtful, dedicated people with the integrity to help guide that process — and to make sure resources are allocated equitably and transparently. We’re building a great team that can be counted on to keep the best interests of our people and L.A.’s neighborhoods at heart.”

Last November, Angelenos approved the Homelessness Reduction and Prevention, Housing, and Facilities Bond (Proposition HHH), authorizing the City to issue up to $1.2 billion in general obligation bonds for up to 10,000 units of housing and support facilities for unsheltered Angelenos over the next 10 years.

The Citizen’s Oversight Committee will provide input, review plans, and make recommendations on bond proceed expenditures and proposed projects to the Proposition HHH Administrative Oversight Committee — which will be comprised of members of Offices of the Mayor, the City Administrative Officer, and the City Legislative Analyst.

Morrison currently serves as the Executive Director for the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance. She was a Commissioner at the Los Angeles Homeless Services (LAHSA) from 2011-2016. She is also on the board for the United Way Home for Good Business Leaders Task Force, and for The Center at Blessed Sacrament.

Ambroz is the Director of Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility at Disney. He also serves as the President of the Citywide Planning Commission.

Santana served as the City’s Administrative Officer and recently left the City to lead the Los Angeles County Fair Association. He helped lead the City in assembling its comprehensive Homelessness Strategy Report.

Bea Hsu is Senior Vice President for Development at Brookfield Properties, responsible for Brookfield’s multifamily development activities on the west coast. She is a member of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, a former Vice Chair of the City of Los Angeles Industrial Development Authority, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Larchmont Charter Schools. She is a member of the Planning Program Advisory Board of the University Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.


By Catherine Saillan, LA Times, November 6, 2013

Los Angeles City Council members agreed Wednesday to dramatically cut the cost and speed up processing of sidewalk dining permits in the reawakening downtown core.

Under a pilot program that was unanimously approved by the council, restaurant owners will pay about $577 for a sidewalk dining permit, compared to the typical $2,000 charged for city workers to process the paperwork.

And instead of taking up to a year to obtain a permit, the wait should be just a few weeks, officials said.

The pilot program is limited to restaurants between First and Seventh streets, and Broadway and Los Angeles Street in the Historic Core. If the model proves successful, it could be expanded to other areas, said Councilman Jose Huizar, who authored the legislation and represents the area.

As new restaurants and cafes pop up in the downtown area almost weekly, sidewalk dining has become an attractive option that brings energy and life to the streets, Huizar said.

But downtown business owners are frustrated by how long it takes to obtain a permit to legally place tables, fences, landscaping and umbrellas in the public right-of-way, he said. In March, a flurry of citations for unpermitted street furniture brought howls of protest from cafe owners.

In a report to the council, City Engineer Gary Lee Moore said the city is six weeks behind on processing permits and could cut the backlog in half if another engineering associate is hired to review paperwork.

Under the changes approved Wednesday, the city will no longer require a visual inspection, relying instead on an applicant’s photographs and proposed drawings. Permit costs drop dramatically because staff time per applicant is shorter, Moore said.

Blair Besten, executive director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District, thanked the council for approving the pilot program. Downtown is not only a growing residential and retail center, she said, but increasingly a tourist destination.

“There’s no doubt that the sidewalk seating, planters and cafes are setting that atmosphere,” she said.

A similar proposal by Councilman Gil Cedillo, covering portions of Figueroa Avenue and the Wilshire Corridor, is still being reviewed in council committees.


By Donna Evans, LA Downtown News, April 10, 2014

Planning to make a special visit to or even just wander around the Old Bank District or Broadway, and not sure what exactly you want to do?

The Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District can help, and it doesn’t require anything more than a sliver of space in your pocket. The BID has just released a pedestrian-oriented mini pamphlet with area highlights.

Executive Director Blair Besten said local artists Ari Simon and Phoebe Unterman developed the pamphlet dubbed “Walk the Historic Core.” Double-sided and detailed with historical tidbits — a century ago Spring and Main were the spine of the “Wall Street of the West” — the maps are meant to be a fun and historical keepsake, Besten said. They also highlight options at intersections including Fourth and Main and Ninth and Broadway.

“Walk the Historic Core” is available at the BID’s security office at 453 S. Spring St., suite 1116, but soon will be distributed in stores and cafes throughout district.