What is a BID?
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a geographically defined area within the city of Los Angeles, in which services, activities and programs are paid for through a special assessment that is charged to all members within the district. This special assessment equitably distributes the expenses incurred to provide the agreed-upon services, activities and programs.
The assessment is collected through a special contractual arrangement with the city or the county. The city creates a trust for each BID, with funds periodically released to support operations. The funds collected through the assessment cannot be spent outside of the BID.
How did Greater Leimert Park Village become a BID?
On December 13, 2005, The Los Angeles City Council adopted City ordinance 177,209 which revised and modified the Management District Plan for the Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District (GLPVCC BID). This made Greater Leimert Park Village an official BID in the city of Los Angeles.
In anticipation of GLPVCC’s becoming a BID, former 8th District City Councilman Bernard Park’s office convened a meeting of property owners within the boundaries of the BID to review its purpose and operations. That meeting resulted in the development of GLPVCC’s first advisory board: Fred Calloway, Cary Earle, Curtis Fralin and Nuriel Zeituni. Fred Calloway was elected as the chairperson. One of the first orders of business was to submit a letter to former City Clerk Frank Martinez requesting that the original Management District Plan be modified to allow Community Build, Inc., a non-profit organization, to manage the operations of the BID. This letter was forwarded and approved by the City Council.
Click here for a list of the current LPVCC BID’s Board of Directors
GLPVCC BID Renewal
On August 1, 2014, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson signed City Ordinance Number 183157, officially renewing the establishment of the Greater Leimert Park Village/Crenshaw Corridor and Business Improvement District (“BID”). The BID was renewed for a 5-year term beginning January 1, 2014 through 2018.
The renewal of the BID required submission of favorable petitions from at least 51% of the property owners being assessed as well as verification of the returned mail–in ballots cast in favor of the assessment.
The Greater Leimert Park Village/Crenshaw Corridor BID is one 39 BIDs citywide and currently, the only BID in South Los Angeles.
Click here to see the zone boundaries of LPVCC BID.
Through a series of property owner meetings, the Greater Leimert Park Village/Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District Management District Plan was updated to develop and prioritize the goals and objectives for the BID’s 5-year budget. Property owners determined that the primary needs of the District are: cleaning, marketing and administration.