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April 14 , 2016

Remember to Vote! DLANC Election April 14 - May 5

Please support this Fashion District slate in the Downtown Los Angeles Area Neighborhood Council Election. Voting is open online April 14-May 5. Register to vote online at empowerla.org/vrp by April 28 or vote in person May 5, 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Downtown LA Central Library.

Teddy Kelly Mural Attracting Visitors

The Teddy Kelly abstract mural on the corner of 8th and Los Angeles Street has become a fun new attraction in the district. Visitors to the mural have taken Instagram photos matching the mural to their outfit.  

Fashion blogger Sara Escudero of Collage Vintage also Instagramed herself at the mural recently. She boasts an Instagram following of 627k.

Vanessa Hudgens Shops the Fashion District

Actress Vanessa Hudgens was in the district earlier this month. She was photographed by a fan who posted the photo on Instagram. That same weekend, fashion blogger Jane Aldrige from Sea of Shoes hosted vintage pop-up market, A Current Affair at the Cooper Building. Perhaps Hudgens was here to shop the market, which is known for its expertly curated goods. Last month Karlie Kloss Snapchatted herself in the district. It's been quite the year for celebrity sightings so far!

March 2016 Trash Tonnage Report

BID Staff Met with Chief of Police Charlie Beck to Discuss Homelessness
At April's CCA Executive Committee, Chief of Police Charlie Beck addressed CCA members about LAPD's ongoing efforts to combat homelessness.

Homelessness continues to be one of the most pressing issues that downtown stakeholders are concerned about. Chief Beck recognizes that people living on the streets is detrimental to public safety. He believes that solving the issue will take a collaborative effort between all stakeholders and will require strong local leadership. Also at the meeting, Chief Beck introduced new Chief for the Central Bureau, Deputy Chief Robert N. Arcos.

Members raised concern over recent attacks on seniors by homeless individuals and the negative effects it will have on the "downtown renaissance." Chief Beck responded by stating that LAPD has doubled the number of System-wide Mental Assessment Response Teams (SMART) to deal with this issue.

Startup DTLA Downtown Safety Event Highlights Local BIDs
On March 23, 2016 the LA Fashion District BID along with our fellow BID colleagues at South Park, Historic Core, Arts District, Figueroa Corridor, and Chinatown, met with City Attorney Mike Feuer and local entrepreneurs for a "Women & Safety in DTLA" fireside chat, hosted by Startup DTLA. The event focused on safety issues in Downtown and the role BIDs play in helping make Downtown LA a safe and welcoming environment for new businesses and residents. 

Ace Hotel Hosts "Making a Murder" Special Event with Dean Strang & Jerry Building
Dean Strang and Jerry Buting brought their expertise to the defense of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years in prison for a 1985 wrongful sexual conviction. The case was made popular by the Netflix series "Making a Murder." Strang and Buting are stopping by The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA on Sunday, April 24 to talk about Avery's case and what it says about criminal justice as a whole. Click here for event details.

LA Sanitation Hosting Free Bulky Item Drop Off for City Residents
For three Saturdays this spring, LA Sanitation will allow Los Angeles city residents to drop off their bulky items free of charge. Please see this flyer for dates and details.

Farmer's Market
Every Saturday, 9a-2p
Enjoy fresh produce, gourmet food, flowers, and entertainment at The Wall Farmer's Market, located on Wall Street between 8th and 7th Streets. Food, flowers, farmers, and fun!

Sample Sale Friday
Sample sales are held on the last Friday of every month and take place in the designer showrooms on 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Sample sale hours are typically 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more info. 

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