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TEC Leimert is Back

Following its success in the summer of 2017, the Technology Enter-tainment Convergence (TEC) Leimert is back with a full day of pan-els, workshops, industry discussions on culture, education, tech-nology, music, film/television, sports, health and gaming.

The Technology and Entertainment Conference is TEC Leimert’s marquee event dedicated to educating the community on innova-tions in these industries. The event is billed by organizers as the leading platform for bringing the latest in technology and enter-tainment programming to the underserved of greater Los Angeles. TEC Leimert will take place on February 24 at various venues throughout Leimert Park Village.

TEC Leimert endeavors to assist the efforts of Leimert Park 20/20 Vision Initiative, Leimert Park’s six-year plan to implement busi-ness and economic development strategies. TEC Leimert has three specific objectives: (1) Bridge the digital divide by providing access to innovative developments; (2) Attack the wealth gap by uncover-ing pathways to monetize technological advancements, and (3) Cre-ate commerce in the community by creating a space for thought leaders and experts to deliver cutting edge content.

TEC Leimert organizers view South Los Angeles as a “blue ocean” for capital investment in tech collaborations, start-ups and incubator projects to help residents and […]

February 3rd, 2018|News & Updates|

Leimert Park Celebrates King Day

Thousands line Crenshaw Boulevard to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The procession included over 150 floats, marching bands, equestrian units, dance and martial arts groups, celebrities and elected officials

“When they go low, we go high,” was the theme for the 33rd Annual King Day Pa-rade. The theme refers to a popular quote by former First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic Convention.

Produced by parade President and CEO Adrian Dove and the Congress of Racial Equality of California (CORE-CA), the procession of over 150 floats, marching bands, equestrian units, dance and martial arts groups, celebrities and elected offi-cials filed down the 2.5-mile route that began at Western Avenue and King Boule-vard and ended at Crenshaw Boulevard and Vernon Avenue at Leimert Park. The parade commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been his 89th birthday. Organizers declare the Los Angeles event to be the largest and oldest King Day celebration in the nation.

United States Senator Kamala Harris was the parade’s grand marshal. She said she was proud to be in Southern California to celebrate King’s vision of diversity […]

February 3rd, 2018|News & Updates|

Remembering Carl Cooper

The Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Im-provement District (GLPVCC BID) lost a steadfast and committed friend when Chrysalis Supervisor Carl Cooper passed away on No-vember 27, 2017. Cooper will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his generosity and dedication, his love of music and as a fierce bowling competitor.
Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a path-way to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing resources and support. Chrysalis Enterprises is Chrysalis’ in-house business that provides transitional jobs for clients who have barriers to employment.

Incarcerated for seven years, Cooper said that the second chance Chrysalis gave him saved his life. “They don’t discrimi-nate as long as you’re willing to work,” he said.
Cooper was a supervisor at Chrysalis Enterprises for 15 years, serving the GLPVCC BID and the Los Angeles Arts District Business Improvement District (LAAD BID). He supervised a maintenance crew from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. five days a week, who provide general maintenance services such as sweeping streets, picking up trash, painting over graffiti and responding to clean-up requests. Cooper earned many achievement awards for his work on the job.

In addition to working with […]

February 3rd, 2018|News & Updates|

26th Annual Pan African Film Festival

For the 26th year, the Pan African Film Festival returns to Los Angeles, Febru-ary 8-19. Over 150 feature and short films in the categories of narrative and documentary will be screened during the 12-day festival at the Cinemark 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. The event also includes a Saturday Morning Chil-dren’s Festival, Student Fest, PAFF LOL Comedy, Spoken Word Fest, PAFF Fashion Show, Filmmakers’ Awards Brunch and Art Fest.

PAFF’s Art Fest has one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada.

PAFF’s Opening Night will feature the romantic comedy, “Love Jacked,” di-rected by Alfons Adetuyl. The film stars Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Ander-son, Keith David and Mike Epps. A father is shocked when his headstrong daughter travels to Africa for inspiration and returns home with a fiancé who is not quite what he seems.

PAFF’s Spotlight films include “Behind the Movement,” “King of Stage: The Woody King, Jr. Story” and “Nothing like Thanksgiv-ing.” Behind the Movement, directed by Aric Avelino, is a unique and fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat launched the […]

February 3rd, 2018|News & Updates|

Kaiser Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices Open for Business

Officials at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of the $90 million state of the art healthcare facility.

After over a decade of negotiations and two years of construction, the long awaited Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Medical Office (BHC) officially opened its doors on September 7, 2017. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, city officials, Kaiser Per-manente administrators and invited guests commemorated the historic occasion.

“This project had a lot of starts, a lot of stops and a lot of dashed hopes. We got this close to the finish line and had to turn around and start all over again,” said Los Ange-les city council president Herb Wesson. “This project spanned the terms of three city council people. I am proud and happy that I got to run the last leg and cross the finish line.”

The 100,000 square foot, $90 million state of the art medical office is located at the corner of Marlton Avenue and Santa Rosalia Drive across from the Baldwin Hills Cren-shaw Plaza. According to Kaiser Permanente BHC Physician in Charge Dr. Erique Emel, the model for the building’s technology is called “Care […]

February 2nd, 2018|News & Updates|

Renovation in store for Baldwin Hill Crenshaw

At a recent Leimert Park Village Stakeholders meeting, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Community Relations Director Jason Lombard answers questions about the shopping center’s renovation plans.

Capri Capital, owner of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHC), is planning a major overhaul for the 70 –year-old shopping center.
Since purchasing the BHC over a decade ago, Capri, one of the largest African American-owned private equity firms in the coun-try, has invested more than $40 million dollars into the mall, bringing in upscale retailers and one-of-a-kind merchants.

Capri has plans to transition the shopping center from an era of stabilization into a 21st century vision that removes the existing perimeter rod iron fencing and adds new uses to address longstanding community priorities. Capri is proposing to modernize and redevelop the center into South Los Angeles’ first live-work-play-shop destination. Proposed plans include retail and restaurant space; residential units, including condominiums and apartments; hotel with banquet facilities; offices building as well as green space and pedestrian paths.

Mobility was a major consideration in the redevelopment plans. Once completed, the renovation will be the largest transit-oriented development along the Metro Crenshaw/LAX line and provide direct access to the rail line and fifteen bus […]

February 2nd, 2018|News & Updates|

Taste of Soul Festival Attracts Thousands

Dubbed “Los Angeles’ Largest Street Festival,” the much anticipated Taste of Soul family Festival (TOS) took place on October 21. Now in its 12th year, organizers estimated an audi-ence of over 350,000 for the day-long event. From Stocker to Rodeo, Crenshaw Boulevard was packed with locals and visitors who came to enjoy live music, sample food from LA’s most popular eateries, shop and learn about products, services and community initiatives.

According to event producer Danny Bakewell, Sr., TOS’ mission is to “Highlight the positive aspects of African American Life and to encourage the enjoyment, respect and appreciation of our community and each other in an atmosphere of respect, pride and pleasure.”

This year’s festival had five stages: R & B (KJLH), Jazz (The WAVE), StarQuest/Star Quest for Kids, the Brenda Marsh Mitchell Gospel stage, the Children’s stage and the Inspiration Gospel Tour. Major main stage artists included Lalah Hathaway, Raheem DeVaughn, Bran-dy, Melanie Fiona, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee and the Ohio Players.

The popular Brenda Marsh Mitchell Gospel stage was standing room only and featured sev-eral local choirs as well as some of the top names in gospel music. Choirs from Ward African […]

February 2nd, 2018|News & Updates|

LAHSA Helps Homeless in Leimert Park

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Emergency Resource Team Members Darry Dolberry (l) and Yesenia Ortega (r) are assigned to Los Angeles Service Planning Area 6 South which includes the Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District

At a Leimert Park Stakeholders meeting in October, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Emergency Resource Team Mem-bers (LAHSA ERTs) Yesenia Ortega and Darry Dolberry, reviewed their outreach efforts in Leimert Park from January 1 through Sep-tember 30. LAHSA’s primary role is to coordinate the effective and efficient use of federal and local funding in providing services to homeless people throughout Los Angeles city and county. Ortega and Dolberry work with homeless populations in Los Angeles Ser-vice Planning Area (SPA) 6 South, which includes Compton, Flor-ence, South Los Angeles, Ladera Heights, West Adams, Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park and Vermont.

Picture Caption: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Emergency Resource Team Members Darry Dolberry (l) and Yesenia Ortega (r) are assigned to Los Angeles Service Planning Area 6 South which includes the Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District

February 2nd, 2018|News & Updates|

Leimert Park Art Walk: Festival of Masks

The July Leimert Park Art Walk featured the 7th Annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks. The annual festival is organized by LA Commons with support from Art Walk founder and GLPVCC BID Advisory Board member Ben Caldwell of Kaos Network.

“Restoring Balance” was the theme of this year’s Festival of Masks which leveraged the power of the arts to invoke compassion and inspire connection regardless of perceived differences among people of different backgrounds. LA Common’s Community Arts Program Director Beth Peterson worked with over 100 community members and youth for two months to develop the oversized masks. The Day of the Ancestors is based on the tradition of remembering and honoring the dead.

The day began with ceremonial blessings in English, Spanish and Yoruba followed by a lively dance and drum procession with community participants marching inside the handmade masks. After the procession, dancers, drummers, youth groups and community members engaged in a celebration of the global African village on a stage in front of the Vision Theatre.
Artist performances include Kehinde, S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi, Kouman Kele West African Dance & Drum […]

August 2nd, 2017|News & Updates|

Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices Prepare for Opening

As Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices prepare for their grand opening this fall, the community is invited to get a sneak peek of the new 100,000-square-foot facility at its Community Open House event on Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices located at 3782 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, and feature tours of the new facility, a chance to meet with some of the providers at the facility, food trucks, yoga, line dancing, and a kid’s zone featuring a rock-climbing wall, arts and crafts and face painting. Kaiser Permanente’s Mobile Health Vehicle will also be at the event to provide free health screenings.

When the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices officially open their doors for member visits beginning in mid-September, the 100,000 square-foot building will include a conference room and outdoor event space that will be available to local community groups. It will incorporate 2.5 acres of “green” space, including a contiguous, two-mile walking path. The medical offices will bring high-quality primary and specialty care services to an estimated 50,000 members who […]

August 2nd, 2017|News & Updates|