Council Votes in Favor of Huizar's Sidewalk Dining Program Improvement
(Photo by Gary Leonard)
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to support a pilot program introduced by Councilmember José Huizar to assist businesses in Downtown’s Historic Core by expediting the process for obtainingsidewalk dining permits. Some of the pilot project’s key provisions will also be utilized for sidewalk dining permit applications citywide.
Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in March calling on the pilot for Downtown Los Angeles after a number of area businesses were cited for violations – some of whom thought their permits were already in compliance. Huizar’s motion called for a moratorium on citations while his office worked with the Bureau of Engineering (BOE), which handles the permits, to come up with a better system.
The pilot program will use an appointment model, allowing BOE to issue an R-permit over-the-counter on the same day without a site visit. This new program will greatly reduce the time and cost it takes to get a permit and offers a model that can be fully expanded throughout the entire City.
“Our Sidewalk Dining pilot program is about assisting local businesses in removing unnecessary roadblocks to their success,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I want to thank the BOE for working with my office in crafting this program, which will streamline our city processes, cost less time and money and help businesses to grow and prosper. This pilot represents a significant change in approach for the City and we need this common-sense, business-friendly permitting process to be expanded completely throughout the City.”
Currently, obtaining a sidewalk dining R permit can take up to a year and cost $1,926, or $6,000 if a report from the Board of Public Works is required. The pilot program will reduce the permit fee in the pilot area to about $578.
For city permits outside the pilot zone, the process will also be expedited through the over-the-counter approval model. Cost will remain the same for now outside the pilot ($1,926), but the overall goal is to hear back in six months on ways to fully expand the program citywide, including looking at lowering the associated fees.
Under the old system, BOE was required to conduct a field investigation of a property before a sidewalk dining permit could be issued. This led to delays with staff shortages at BOE, which created a backlog and frustrated business owners.
The pilot program will support one Civil Engineering Associate II position with the responsibility of processing Sidewalk Dining R-Permits Citywide.
Since the required field investigation will be eliminated from the process, all citywide applicants will be allowed to submit sketches and measurements for placements and encroachments using Google Earth and other place-finding technology in order to ensure accuracy. There will also be a revised checklist for applicants regarding a standard set of conditions.
The notification period is eliminated from the process as well by having all complaints from adjacent properties and Neighborhood Councils directed to the City Council for resolution. If a resolution cannot be reached within 30 days, the R-permit would be revoked or escalated to a Tier-3 permit, which have more followup requirements and processes.
The Public Works Commission will ratify the City Council's vote sometime soon. Once implemented, BOE is expected to report back in six months to discuss the implementation of the pilot project and the feasibility of expanding cost reductions Citywide.
Please Join Councilmember Huizar in Honoring our Veterans
This Holiday Weekend
Councilmember Huizar invites you to join him and the Council District 14 office in honoring our veterans and their families for their dedication, unselfish sacrifice and protection of our freedoms this Veterans’ Day weekend.
CD14 is sponsoring several Veterans' Day events throughout the district and we hope to see you there. If you cannot attend, please take the time to thank a veteran for their service.
“Everyday is Veterans’ Day," said Councilmember Huizar. "We need to thank them more often for all they’ve done to protect the freedoms we all hold so dear.”
Each year Americans across the country celebrate the service of our nation's veterans. This is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. We thank our veterans for their services to the United States. Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans.
On Saturday November 9th, at 10 a.m. the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar in coordination with the American Legion, Alhambra Post No. 139, will host an inspiring tribute to our American War Veterans.
The Veteran's Day program will be held at the Dr. Donald Newman Flagpole (Huntington Drive and Eastern Avenue).
Other CD14 Sponsored Community Events:
8th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Day Parade & Celebration Sponsored by Councilmember Jose Huizar and Councilmember Gil Cedillo
Sunday, November 10th
11 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Cypress Park Veteran's Memorial
1pm Parade Begins
Glassell Park Recreation Center
3750 Verdugo, Los Angeles
3 p.m. Live Entertainment
Rio De Los Angeles State Park
1900 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles
Monday, November 11th
10 a.m. Cinco Puntos Veterans' Day Ceremony
All Wars Memorial Cinco Puntos (Five Points)
3300 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, 90063
11 a.m. Solemn Ceremony
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles 90041
Pershing Square Community Outreach
Meetings Coming Up!
Please join Councilmember Huizar’s Pershing Square Task Force in sharing your opinions on Pershing Square. Community meetings will be held in November, January and March around three key areas:
How Do You Want to Use Pershing Square?- November
What Type of Programming Do You Want To See at Pershing Square?- January
What Type’s of Design Compliments Your Desired Uses?- March
You can’t re-design without knowing how you want to use it. How do you want to use Pershing Square? We want to know! Join us for our November community outreach meetings!
Tuesday, November 19th
at 7:30 AM
Pacific Room at the Pacific Mutual Design Building (523 W. Sixth Street)
Saturday, November 23rd
at 10:30 AM
Biltmore- Heinsbergen Room (506 S. Grand Ave.)
Monday November 25th
at 6:00 PM
Pershing Building (448 S. Hill St.)
Come Enjoy LA Urban Art from the "Yard Bombers"
When: Opening Reception, Nov. 14, 6-11pm
MADE by DWC Resale Boutique
325 Los Angeles Street (between 3rd & 4th Streets)
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) is a group of guerrilla knitters who have been collaborating since 2010. YBLA stages public installations and performances to help expand the definition of public art to embrace street art, including self-initiated, ephemeral urban interventions utilizing fiber material. YBLA focuses on empowering homeless women through this unique type of street art. We encourage you to check out their website at www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com.
There are over a dozen yardbombing projects since this began in 2010. In Includes placing huge knitted art in public spaces. One project included covering an entire building in hand knitted yarn art. Come to the open reception of their newest project on Nov. 14. Meet the knitters behind the creations, shop handmade products made by the homeless women from the program, and enjoy fest refreshments and an interactive experience. Please visit the YBLA Facebook page
Cornerstone Theater Company Presents Love on San Pedro
When: Nov. 7 - Nov. 24
Los Angeles Mission – 4th Floor Gymnasium
303 E 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Love on the Streets is a celebration of the Skid Row community and previews start now! The writers of this play have sat down with hundreds of skid row residents, writing a performance that would truly capture the amazing stories of those who have found love despite facing hardship in Skid Row. Click here
to view the inspiration for such a play. Join the Cornerstone Theater Company this entire month, for a night of entertainment put on by Skid Row residents. Tickets and showtimes can be found here
, for a pay-as-you-can donation. Click
to visit their website and find out more.
For questions please contact Cesar Ortega (213) 613-1700 x 123 or at email@example.com
Grand Central Market Welcomes Eggslut
Grand Central Market welcomes the amazing Eggslut to their halls. Award-winning, famous, infamous, and downright delicious, Eggslut's huevos are off the streets and now on Broadway. Located next to carnitas masters Las Morelianas, and across from fellow newcomers Press Brothers Juicery and Valerie at Grand Central Market, Eggslut opened at 8am , Friday, November 8th.
Instead of dumping that old refrigerator on the street call the Bureau of Sanitation ahead of time and they will come pick it up for free! Help the Bureau of Sanitation keep our streets clean and safe by calling (800)773-CITY / (800)773-2489
whenever bulky items or trash need to be picked up outside your local business or residence. For free they will come pick up any items that are reported on! You can call 311, (800)773-CITY / (800)773-2489,
or submit a request on their website!
Reserve Your Room at Ace Hotel Today
The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles opens early 2014 in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. An ornate, storied and vibrant Los Angeles gem, the building was originally constructed in 1927 for the maverick film studio, the UA Theater. The tower stands as monument to a group of seminal American artists and a symbol of the Roaring 20s. As the Ace Hotel begins its soft unofficial opening this month, it will become a part of the new downtown renaissance, adding to the “Bringing Back Broadway initiative. Reservations are now available so click to find out more on their website.
Don't Miss Out on Sunday's Shop Walk DTLA
ShopWalk DTLA - a day of discounts, sales and in-store events - returns to the Historic Core on Sunday, November 10th. Like in season’s past, ShopWalk is a day dedicate to shopping local in Downtown LA. ShopWalk showcases the Historic Core's boutique and fashion scene. through special promotions and events all across the neighborhood.
To build on the energy of our boutique sales, several local bars and eateries are getting in on the fun too. Local hot spots like Josef Centeno’s Bar Amá, Acme Group’s King Eddy’s Saloon and 213 Nightlife’s Cole’s are just a few of the participants offering deals if you need a drink and some food after all that shopping.
GAP Design Studio in South Park
Two years ago, San Francisco based Gap clothing company quietly established a design center, right in Downtown Los Angeles. The multi-national retailer saw the potential in the growing downtown area and decided to move into a 4,500 square foot industrial building in South Park on West Pico Blvd. The LA Times reports that Gap hopes to “put the LA vibe into their marketing strategy. In fact, Gap is one of many companies that have flooded into the growing downtown garment industry, an area that as become world-famous for the latest developments in style and fashion. Check out this link
Help Support Homeless Veterans Get Back On Their Feet
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 8am-3pm
Where: The Vortex
2341 E. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Councilman Huizar, The Veterans Project, Robey Theatre, and Dramastage-Qumran present the second annual Downtown Los Angeles Veterans Stand Down event. Veterans Stand Down will provide local veterans who are struggling with homelessness free medical exams, hosing referrals, substance abuse treatment, counseling, clothing, continental breakfast & lunch, entertainment, and more.
Volunteers are still needed for the November 16th event. Our local veterans need your help. In addition, the event needs monetary and food donations in order to help serve breakfast and lunch on this day. Any service you can give to our veterans would be greatly appreciated. To learn more about this event and volunteer opportunities, please visit The Veterans Project website.
For further information, please contact organizers at (310) 621-4659 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park
Grand Park is hosting a farmer's market every Tuesday this summer from 10 am until 2 pm. The market will be in the park between Spring St. and North Broadway. Additionally, there will be a boot camp held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Designed for all fitness levels, Grand Park's Boot Camp is the perfect Tuesday
stop on your way home. Take some endorphins to go.
For more information, visit the Grand Park website.