NEWSLETTER - December, 2016

FROM ELLIOT ZORENSKY,
President, Board of Directors, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District

Happy First Anniversary to the Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.

We are completing our first year, and are very thankful to all of our dedicated, volunteer, Board Members, all of the community workers, and the people who have made this first year a success.

Since ours is a small BID, by some standards, and we have been cautious about how our money is spent making that money work efficiently for the district. Our Board is very dedicated, and does not make decisions lightly. We meet once a month, in an open to the public meeting (all of our meetings are open to the public and we adhere to the Brown Act), and so far have welcomed several non-board guests whose interest in the BID and our district has made our dedication stronger. We are especially lucky to have Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore and his staff attend our meetings, and give us updates on community police issues. Our CD11 Council Deputy, Sharon Shapiro, also is a regular, and she helps us sort out many of the city related questions we have. Our first Annual Meeting was held, and very well attended.

We'd like to call your attention again, to our website: (www.palisadesbid.org). We have been filling in empty spaces with news and goings on in the district. We hope you will visit it periodically.

We still have not received email addresses from many of you, so we will continue to spend the money to send out the newsletter via US Mail. It is our sincere hope to bring the newsletter to you via email, but can only do that if we have yours on file. Please email: laurie@palisadesbid.org

We have ad hoc task forces working on projects and our yearly budget for 2017. We look forward another successful year.

Sincerely,

Elliot Zorensky,
UDO Real Estate, President, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.


YOUR PACIFIC PALISADES BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT WORK; You can get current information about how the BID Board is working to enhance and keep our Business Improvement District, clean and well maintained, while keeping within our limited budget. Check out our social media presence at: Facebook Page (Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District), and to our website, www.palisadesbid.org.

Clean and Beautiful:
The maintenance for this quarter provided a very successful outcome for our district. Although we are a very small BID, Chrysalis has helped us fulfill one of our main management goals: Clean and Beautiful!. We are proud to be partner's with Chrysalis and work with them to help people get back to living independently. Happy Anniversary, Chrysalis!

​​​​​NEWSLETTER - June 31, 2017
FROM ELLIOT ZORENSKY, 
President, Board of Directors, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District


A lot of news about the Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.  
As we promised, we have made tree trimming one of our priorities for 2017.  The crews were in our area and did a beautiful job.  We also did some pressure washing and extra clean up after the parade on the 4th of July.
We have some changes on the Board.  Don Scott (representing PRIDE) resigned as Treasurer, and Leland Ford (Leland M.  Ford & Assoc.) has taken over that position.  Lee, who was the Vice President, has been ably replaced by Shaun Malek (Triwell Properties) and finally, the position of Secretary held by Dee Dee West (TOPA Management) has been filled by Asvina Narian (also of TOPA Management).  Again, we want to thank our diligent board members for volunteering their time and efforts, to make the BID successful. We are very pleased to welcome the new CD 11 Council Deputy, Lisa Cahill.  She's already been very helpful.   And we are thankful for all the help and guidance we get from our Senior Lead Officer, Michael Moore, and his staff. We continue to watch as our district improves and grows. 
The Board made a unanimous decision to raise our assessment rates by 2% for the 2018 year.  This will help us cover the clean team  (Chrysalis) expenses, as the minimum wage increases.   

We have moved our monthly meeting location to the Methodist Church office, on Via De La Paz.  See the article about the move, below.  Again, our website is constantly being updated, and we hope you will visit it often. (www.palisadesbid.org). You can also stay up to date with our Facebook page.

We'd STILL LIKE TO HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES, so that the money we have to pay to send these newsletters out, gets used for other things. It's up to you, but we'd really appreciate receiving your email address.  Thank you to those who have sent theirs…please send yours to laurie@palisadesbid.org 

Please feel free to come to our monthly meetings on the first Wed. of each month, at 8:30 am.  
Sincerely,

Elliot Zorensky,
UDO Real Estate, President, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District


YOUR PACIFIC PALISADES BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT WORK;  You can get current information about how the BID Board is working to enhance and keep our Business Improvement District, clean and well maintained, while keeping within our limited budget. Check out our social media presence at: Facebook (Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District), and our website, www.palisadesbid.org.  


IMPORTANT PACIFIC PALISADES BID BOARD MEETING LOCATION INFORMATION:
Our BID meetings are now be held at the Methodist Church office at 801 Via De La Paz.  Thanks so much to the Church for allowing us to meeting there.  Our meetings are the first Wed. of each month  at 8:30 am.  The next meeting will be Wed. August 2, 2017.  We will continue to post our agenda on our webpage, www.palisadesbid.org. , and also in the window of the Chamber of Commerce office on Antioch. 
Clean and Beautiful: 
Trash Hauling: The new commercial trash hauler, Athens,  has begun in the Palisades.  There are still kinks to be worked out.  If you have any questions or problems, please contact https://www.lacitysan.org  and/or your representative,  Ms. Pereira, (213) 485-3296 
Our Clean Team, Chrysalis: Chrysalis has completed the second part of a three part power-wash contract we have with them.  They also quickly cleaned up after the 4th of July Parade. They have been diligent in keeping the district clean. 



Clean and Beautiful: 
Trash Hauling: The new commercial trash hauler, Athens,  has begun in the Palisades.  There are still kinks to be worked out.  If you have any questions or problems, please contact https://www.lacitysan.org  and/or your representative,  Ms. Pereira, (213) 485-3296 
Our Clean Team, Chrysalis: Chrysalis has completed the second part of a three part power-wash contract we have with them.  They also quickly cleaned up after the 4th of July Parade. They have been diligent in keeping the district clean. 


















                     Pressure Wash - Before                                      Pressure Wash - After



The YTD cleanup information from Chrysalis:

2017 YEAR TO DATE         Chrysalis Maintenance Report

                                            Trash Bags                                        1575

                                          Trash Weight                                      36225

                                           Graffiti Tags                                          5

                                            Bulk Items                                           64






















Tree Trimming - We are pleased to announce that we completed our tree trimming project. We had all of the trees (approx.155) in the Business Improvement District pruned by professionals, who did an amazing job. The charts below show the types of trees that were pruned, and where they are located in the district. We will continue to do this every other or every two years, depending on the state of the trees. The only issue was one very tall palm was unable to be finished because of a swarm of bees. They will finish trimming that tree later. All in all, it was a very successful project that helps keep our district clean and appealing.





















                    Tree Trimming on Sunset Blvd.                                      Tree Trimming on Monument Street




Communication & Marketing: Our website and our Facebook page are updated frequently, so you can read about projects we are doing in the district. We've added a new section and a couple of new links, including the PPHTF contact information.

Adding and replacing twinkle lights in our trees along Sunset is still on our agenda, and we are working with providers and the City to make it happen. With all the rain last year, the current solar lights didn't accomplish our goals, so we are looking for different solutions.


Management & Administration: We have an approved budget that has allowed us to do the tree trimming and take on other projects to beautify our district. We will have to raise assessments on all properties for the 2018 year, as there is an increase in the minimum wage two times this year. The board unanimously voted to increase the assessment by 2%, which will cover the new expenses. Since we have no employees, these monies will do directly to maintenance of our district. We have stayed within our budget, and plan to do so in the future.


MEETING DATES FOR THE REST OF 2017

First Wednesday of each month, at 8:30 AM
August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1 (Our Annual Board Meeting) and December 6.
New Meeting Location: 801 Via De La Paz Methodist Church office.


All best,

Laurie Sale
Executive Manager




Meet Officer John "Rusty" Redican and Officer Quenten Blanton.

An Open Letter to Councilman Mike Bonin, from the Board of Directors, Pacific Palisades BID

July 6, 2016

Mike Bonin, Councilmember, CD11 
City Hall Office
200 N. Spring St. #475
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Mike,

On behalf of the Pacific Palisades BID, we would like to tell you how pleased we are with all the help and support we have received from Sharon Shapiro.

Needless to say, we are EXTREMELY THANKFUL for Sharon's follow through in securing some financial assistance from CD 11, but we are equally delighted with the new LAPD Bike Patrol, who we are told, would not be in the Palisades without Sharon's help. Sharon's ongoing participation with the homeless population, and her quick and helpful responses to the BID's questions and needs is terrific. She is ALWAYS eager to participate in our meetings and projects, and we love her smile and outgoing personality!

We know how often the Council offices receive negative letters, but this is just the opposite: we wanted you and Sharon to know how much we appreciate her!!!

We look forward to Sharon's continued enthusiasm and input.  And we look forward to all the wonderful things you are doing as our councilperson!!!!

Warmly,

Laurie Sale
Executive Director,
Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District
laurie@palisadesbid.org
(424)256-5733

YOUR PACIFIC PALISADES BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT WORK

The BID Board is working to keep expenditures within budget, while fulfilling its obligations to its members.  More timely and detailed information will be posted to our Facebook Page (Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District), and to our website, when it is up and running.  


Clean and Beautiful: Chrysalis has been an amazing vendor/partner for us.  Their team is always around on Mondays and Fridays in the village.  They are diligent in keeping the district very clean. Their work after the 4th of July parade was the best in years! 

NEWSLETTER - April 30, 2017
FROM ELLIOT ZORENSKY,
President, Board of Directors, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District

A New Year for the Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.  
As we start our second year, we are eager to implement projects that will enhance the appearance of our district.  As many of you know, the City of Los Angeles is on a very slow schedule for tree trimming through-out the city.  We are happy to announce, that we have made tree trimming, within the district, one of our main goals for this year. We will also continue to pressure wash the sidewalks three times a year: spring, summer (after the parade) and fall (after Halloween).  We have additional plans, that we announce in our next newsletter

Again, we want to thank our diligent board members for volunteering their time and efforts, to make the BID successful.  We continue to get helpful information from our Senior Lead Officer, Michael Moore, and his staff, and they keep us abreast of all incidents in the district.  We hope soon to have a Council Deputy replacement from the Council Office.  We will miss Sharon Shapiro, who was a terrific advocate.  

Like other areas in the city, Pacific Palisades is in a state of revitalization, and we hope that our cleanliness efforts will attract new and exciting businesses.  

Our website is awaiting your visit: www.palisadesbid.org. We update it as needed, have been able to respond to inquiries and questions.  We also maintain a Facebook Page, for those of you who are on Facebook (Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District).

WE'D STILL LIKE TO HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES, so that the money we have to pay to send these newsletters out, gets used for other things. It's up to you, but we'd really appreciate receiving your email address.  Thank you to those who have sent theirs…please send us yours.  Please email: laurie@palisadesbid.org 

We hope that you will try to attend a meeting, which we hold the first Wed. of each month, at 8:30 am.  We are going to have to move our meeting location, starting, in June, so check out the website or our Facebook page for the new meeting address. We look forward to another successful year.  

Sincerely,
Elliot Zorensky,
UDO Real Estate, President, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.



YOUR PACIFIC PALISADES BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT WORK;  You can get current information about how the BID Board is working to enhance and keep our Business Improvement District, clean and well maintained, while keeping within our limited budget. Check out our social media presence at: Facebook (Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District), and our website, www.palisadesbid.org.  

Clean and Beautiful: 
Trash Hauling: As some of you may already know, the City of Los Angeles has entered into an agreement with several commercial waste haulers, starting in July, 2017. They neogitated a price, that will be charged by all haulers.  The city is divided into zones, and each zone will have it's own COMMERCIAL trash hauler. You will not be able to use other haulers, nor negotiate the price.  You must use the hauler designated to your zone.  The hauler for the west side, is Athens (877-800-7937). We've attached some information that you can use to help you get all the information you need.  The "prices" have not yet been announced but will be posted soon to the website below.  The Board was very much opposed to this, however, this has been brewing for several years, and will soon take effect. The program is called  LA Commercial Franchise System, also known as Zero Waste LA  Our local representative provided us with the following information. "your Franchise Service Provider is Athens. Their contract can be located on the website at: https://www.lacitysan.org search for Zero Waste LA - Franchise (top right of page). Click on "Staff Report" (left side of page). Click on Transmittal #4 (Athens) and go to P. 180, Appendix C: Rates sheet of the Athens contract. Please keep in mind these are the base rates which include Solid Waste (trash) AND Recycling Rates...the recycling bin service is for free, so customer pays for the trash level of service and frequency of collection. Extra services are outlined in Article 7.4 (Page 68) of the contract for additional fee(s).."  As you can see, this is quite complicated, and we hope to supply more information as we receive it.  The map of the zones and other information will be posted on our website. In the meantime, our representative is Ms. Pereira, (213) 485-3296

Our Clean Team, Chrysalis: We proudly announce that we have expanded our maintenance contract with Chrysalis to include sidewalk power washing three times a year. This cleaning revitalizes the walkways in our district. Chrysalis provides work for people who are trying to get back to living independently, and to date, their employees have done an extraordinary job. Not only are we keeping our district clean, but we are working to help others improve their lives.


The time has come to do some tree trimming in the BID district. Since the City is on a very delayed schedule for trimming, we are investigating costs and getting several bids. This will be the first time in many years that these trees will be trimmed. The power washing and tree trimming in 2017 will help us to accomplish one of our main goals: Clean and Beautiful.

New Vehicle Dwelling Laws: The City of Los Angeles has enacted some new laws regarding living in a vehicle. We're posting the flier here. It has been distributed throughout the city. If you go to the website (www.lacity.org/vehicledwelling you can see the specific zones and areas.




















Communication & Marketing: Our website is a valuable tool for you to keep up with what we are doing and referral information. Please visit it frequently. www.palisadesbid.org

We are getting proposals to enhance and increase the twinkle lights in the trees. We got positive feedback at the end of last year, and want to find a "sturdier" long term solution. The lights are festive and keep our district looking cared for.

Management & Administration: We had to spend some additional money on a CPA and lawyer to complete our yearend audit and to rectify some start-up paperwork. Additionally, we have incurred some unforeseen legal issues regarding the CPRA (California Public Records Act). The Pacific Palisades BID has been receiving multiple requests for public records - copies of meeting minutes, agendas, emails back and forth between the BID and the City, and many other things.  The requesting party has been seeking extremely large volumes of records from most of the other BIDs in the City also. We are a small BID with only a part time Executive Manager, which means much of her time is being spent simply complying with these requests. The BID has retained an attorney to ensure the BID is in full compliance with the law.  The good news is that we have stayed within our budget, and funds for 2017 are being collected. Our finance task force is working on our budget to include these unexpected expenses, and making sure that we spend wisely and carefully. We are looking into doing some additional marketing on our website and also investigating costs to creatively participate in the annual 4th of July Parade.

These are the 1st Q. financials that we submit to the city. We will pay off the one remaining outstanding loan of $5000 (loans that helped us get formed). This will leave a zero balance on loans to be repaid; a promise we made to all those who loaned us money prior to our formation.








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MEETING DATES FOR THE REST OF 2017 - First Wednesday of each month, at 8:30 AM
May 3, June 7, July 5, September 6, October 4, November 1 (Our Annual Board Meeting), December 6.


All best,

Laurie Sale
Executive Manager

OTHER NEWS:

The LAPD has provided the Palisades with two new officers on bikes.  Now, in addition to the amazing LAPD Senior Lead Officer, Michael Moore, we are so happy to welcome the two new bike officers to the Palisades: Officer John "Rusty" Redican and Officer Quenten Blanton. They have come to our monthly meetings, really understand our mission and show great interest in what we are doing in the District. Be sure to say hello, pick up their business cards, and thank them, and Officer Michael Moore, for all that they do.

NEWSLETTER - October, 2016

FROM ELLIOT ZORENSKY, 
President, Board of Directors, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.

IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM FOR ALL PROPERTY OWNERS - We invite you all to our first Annual Meeting, which is open to all property owners in the district, as well as the public at large. Our meeting will be on Wed. Nov. 9 at Aldersgate Retreat Center -  925 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, California 90272. Although we continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month, at 8:30 am, ( at the office of UDO Real Estate 15233 La Cruz Drive Pacific Palisades, CA 90272), this annual meeting will REPLACE THE MEETING PREVIOUSLY SET FOR WED. NOV. 2, 216. Please note the address of the Annual Meeting: Aldersgate Retreat Center at 925 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, California 90272.  All of our meetings are open to the public and we adhere to the Brown Act.  

We are pleased to announce that our website: (www.palisadesbid.org), is up and running.  We again thank the efforts of Ed Lowe, a talented designer.  Please check out all the sections of the website, and let us know your thoughts.  Going forward, all of our quarterly newsletters will appear on the website, and will ONLY be emailed to all of those people who have submitted an email address.  It's not too late to submit your email address to us, for future newsletters.  PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES to Laurie Sale at Laurie@palisadesbid.org or Pacific Palisades BID, PO Box 1792, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.  

We are very proud of our Board of Directors for participating in coming up with some very creative and helpful projects that the BID will be doing this year and next.  Everyone is a volunteer, and we appreciate the generosity of their time and commitment.

Sincerely,

Elliot Zorensky,
UDO Real Estate, President, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.



YOUR PACIFIC PALISADES BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AT WORK;  You can get current information about how the BID Board is working to enhance and keep our Business Improvement District, clean and well maintained, while keeping within our limited budget. Check out our social media presence at: Facebook Page (Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District), and to our website, www.palisadesbid.org.


We have signed a yearly contract to power wash our district sidewalks, on a quarterly basis.  This series will start on November 1, 2016, right after the sticky, gooey Halloween holiday is over. The power washing will take place overnight between the hours of 9PM and 7AM, Monday-Saturday, terminating at 5AM on Saturday morning. The power wash company complies with all city ordinances and uses biodegradable detergents, to remove stains, dirt, grime, urine stains, gum, bird droppings and soil that saturates the concrete. The equipment used is 3500psi and heats the water to 200 degrees Fahrenheit to get rid of harmful substances..They supply their own water and waste water is recycled, and all equipment is E.P.A. compliant. This cleaning is a revitalization and improvement of the walkways in the district.

Communication & Marketing: Our Ad Hoc marketing team will oversee the installation of "twinkle lights" in several trees in the district. They are battery operated, and will not incur electrical costs.  The lights will be up before Thanksgiving, and we hope to use them throughout the year.  

We have printed and are distributing some beautiful, free in-store posters, that are available to all businesses in our district, encouraging people to shop, dine and use the services available in our district.  You and/or your tenants may request them by calling Laurie (424) 256-5733 or email her at Laurie@palisadesbid.org    



Management & Administration: We are current on all of our bills, and are still receiving assessment funds from the City. We expect to collect more before the end of the year.  Thank you to Staci Mitchell, our bookkeeper, for being so diligent.


Below is our Management Plan Budget, and the amount we've spent in the third quarter and what we are expecting to spend for the 4th quarter of 2016. We plan to pay off the one remaining outstanding loan of $5000 (from startup amounts). This will leave a zero balance on loans to be repaid, as we promised all those who loaned us money to get started.














ATTENTION ALL PROPERTY OWNERS - There was a break-in on Antioch, and our Senior Lead Officer, Michael Moore, sent out the following request. " Please remind all businesses to leave cash registers open with the money removed and the cash tray visible to deter business burglaries"  This is extremely important as we get closer to the holiday selling season. Please pass this on to your tenants.  Also, remind your tenants to NOT leave purses or cell phones on counters or in visible areas. LAPD puts some amazing Holiday Crime Prevention brochures.  You can download these two at: http://www.lapdonline.org/crime_prevention/content_basic_view/8820  (robberies ) and, http://www.lapdonline.org/crime_prevention/content_basic_view/8843  (shoplifting) and others at www.LAPDonline.org

Our Ad Hoc marketing team is in the process of putting together a plan for the rest of this year. If we have your email address, we can keep you up to date.

Management & Administration: Staci Mitchel, our book-keeper, has been working with our Treasurer, Don Scott, to deal with all the official documents that the City of Los Angeles requires. We are current on all of our bills, and are still receiving assessment funds from the City. Don, our Treasurer, Leland Ford, our VP and President, Elliot Zorensky, have been conscientious overseers of our funds.

Below is our Management Plan Budget and the amount we've spent in the second quarter of 2016.

Communication & Marketing:
The Pacific Palisades BID hosted a THANK YOU LUNCHEON for our local police and fire departments. Other community appreciation was shown to  Chrysalis, members of the OPCC homeless task force, etc.  The wonderfully yummy event was held at Il Piccolo Ritrovo Restaurant at Sunset and Via De La Paz. We thank Nando Silvestri and his restaurant partner, Tarcisio Masconi, for the delicious buffet they served. It was a wonderful event that we hope to host again next year. Thanks to board member Shaun Malek for putting this all together. What a team!!!!

We also installed some solar "twinkle lights" in several trees in the district. No electricity was used. We are investigating the continuation of this project.

We are still distributing some beautiful, free in-store posters, that are available to all businesses in our district, encouraging people to shop, dine and use the services available in our district. You and/or your tenants may request them by calling Laurie ((424) 256-5733 or email her at Laurie@palisadesbid.org

The Palisades Village project is underway and you will be seeing trucks and workers along Sunset Blvd. (Carly K to Swarthmore) and along Swarthmore, from Sunset to Monument to do storm drain relocation work.  Hours of work: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily, M-F.  During these hours, a westbound lane on Sunset will be closed, but regular traffic will resume by 4:00pm. This work will take about 9-10 more weeks. In preparation for demolition work, safety barricades will be placed between Swarthmore and Monument. 

NEWSLETTER - July, 2016

FROM ELLIOT ZORENSKY, 
President, Board of Directors, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.

The BID's second quarter has been very positive.  We continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month, at 8:30 am, at the office of UDO Real Estate 15233 La Cruz Drive Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. All of our meetings are open to the public and we adhere to the Brown Act.  

We would really appreciate getting your name and email address, so that we can avoid the cost of mailing our future newsletters to you.  PLEASE SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES to Laurie Sale at Laurie@palisadesbid.org or Pacific Palisades BID, PO Box 1792, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.  

IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM FOR ALL PROPERTY OWNERS 
Laurie has been approached by several people looking for interim and future rental space in our district.  We are contemplating putting a "For Lease" section onto our website, listing COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES for lease WITHIN THE DISTRICT ONLY. We would list the address, the sq. footage, and your contact information.  If you would like to see this happen, please send an email, including your name, property address(es) and email address, to Laurie@Palisadesbid.org  or Pacific Palisades BID, PO Box 1792, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.  

Sincerely,

Elliot Zorensky,
UDO Real Estate, President, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District.

Before                                          After

Management & Administration: We have stayed within our budget, and have collected all available funds. We have hired a CPA to create our formal yearend Financial Statement, as well as other official tax related documents. A task force is going to meet to present next year's budget to the Board in 2017.

These are our 4th Q. financials that we submit to the city. We plan to pay off the one remaining outstanding loan of $5000 (from startup amounts), in 2017 which will leave a zero balance on loans to be repaid, as we promised all those who loaned us money to get started.









MEETING DATES 2017
First Wednesday of each month, at 8:30 AM
UDO Real Estate Office 15233 La Cruz Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, September 6, October 4, November 1 (Our Annual Board Meeting), December 6.

All best,
Laurie Sale
Executive Director