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Hot and Cool Café Comes to Leimert Park Village

Hot and Cool Café is the latest addition to Leimert Park Village. The specialty coffee house is painted with bright colors and has a minimalist vibe. Co-owner Anthony Jolly is a coffee expert, with over two decades of experience as a business consultant in the industry. His career and love of coffee began in 1996 as an employee at Starbucks.

“I was fascinated with the fact that community was coming together over a beverage,” said Jolly. “At the time, there was nothing like it.”

In 2012, Jolly began traveling to different coffee regions around the globe, in search of the best coffee beans. He stayed in Ethiopia for over a year, working with the natives and their coffee crop.

Besides Starbucks, Jolly has worked in private shops and as a consultant, opened several coffee houses from Washington D.C. to Colorado to San Jose. Before opening Hot and Cool, he opened Synergetic Coffee in Topanga Plaza.

Jolly decided on a Leimert Park location for his business when he heard it was a well-known arts and cultural community without a coffee house. He and co-owner Eric Moore, a retired 27-year LAPD veteran, […]

May 7th, 2018|News & Updates|

GLPVCC BID PROPOSES EXPANSION AND RENEWAL IN 2019

The Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District (GLPVCCBID) is currently in its 10th year of operation as a property-based assessment district. It received two 5-year formation approvals from the City of Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office, one in 2009 and one in 2014. The current District boundaries include the commercially zoned parcels in Leimert Park Village, on Crenshaw Corridor from Vernon Avenue to 39th Street, in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and in Marlton Square which includes the new Kaiser Permanente building. Services include a clean streets program and marketing partnerships.

2019 Formation Concept

For its third formation approval process, the GLPVCCBID has embarked upon an effort to expand its boundary on Crenshaw Boulevard from 39th Street to Jefferson Boulevard. All other boundaries will remain the same. This effort will connect our communities along the new Crenshaw LAX Transit Line and create an opportunity to implement a collective marketing and branding strategy for the entire District with a focus on the arts, tourism, pedestrian oriented streetscape and business development. The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will serve the Crenshaw District, Inglewood and Westchester, and is establishing three stations on Crenshaw Boulevard within the […]

May 7th, 2018|News & Updates|

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|