District Offices

City Hall
200 N. Spring Street,
Room 465

Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014
Fax: (213) 847-0680

Boyle Heights
1870 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-3059
Fax: (323) 266-7511

Northeast/Eagle Rock
2035 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Fax: (213) 485-8788

El Sereno
4927 E Huntington Dr. North
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 226-1646
Fax: (323) 226-1644

Dear Friends:

My staff and I have been busy pursuing a number of projects and policy changes to benefit CD 14 and the City of Los Angeles.

Bringing Back Broadway, my initiative to revitalize Broadway and the Historic Core, is picking up considerable steam with recent announcements about a major hotel, department store, several restaurants and a celebrated jewelry designer all opening up for business on Broadway, which benefits Downtown residents, as well as Angelenos from all over Los Angeles who come to downtown to work and shop.

Please read about these and other updates below!

Bringing Back Broadway Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Ace Hotel Purchases United Artist Theatre

Ross Department Coming to Woolworth Bldg

Tarina Tarantino’s ‘Sparkle Factory’

Famima Market and Royal Clayton’s in Spring Arcade

French Bistro Coming to Broadway

Umami Burger, Two Boots Pizza New Restaurant to Open Soon

Clifton’s Cafeteria Facade Reveal

Celebrating Boyle Heights: Past, Present & Future

Working to Include Key Stations for Regional Connector

TERA State of the Town Address

BusinessSource Center Comes to Eastside


Bringing Back Broadway Celebrates its Four-Year Anniversary
Strengthened by several major announcements, Councilmember Huizar’s10-year initiative is gaining major momentum

A large contingent of Downtown residents, business and property owners joined Councilmember José Huizar recently in Council Chambers to mark the fourth anniversary of Bringing Back Broadway, the Councilmember’s 10-year initiative aimed at revitalizing Broadway, restoring its 12 historic theaters, assisting retail and commercial entities in locating to Broadway, and returning the Streetcar downtown.

Working in partnership with Downtown neighborhood and business leaders, Councilmember Huizar’s office has put an enormous amount of work into improving Broadway and Downtown for those who live, work and shop here. While more work is still ahead, a big congratulations is in order to all for helping “Bring back Broadway.”

See below for major announcements on new businesses coming to Broadway as part of the Bringing Back Broadway initiative and read the Downtown News’ editorial on Bringing Back Broadway’s Anniversary here.


 

Ace Hotel Purchases United Artist Theatre

After months of speculation, the Ace Hotel chain officially announced the purchase of the historic Artist Theatre located at 933 S. Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Once developed, it will create approximately 180 rooms in the office building’s 13 floors, as well as a pool, restaurant, bar, and reactivation of the historic theater with approximately 1,600 seats.  The development will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in space that has not been fully activated in decades.

Read L.A. Times story Here.
Read Downtown News story
Here.
Read California Apparel News story
Here.


First Department Store in Years Sets up Shop on Broadway

The historic Broadway Woolworth’s Department Store will once again provide a retail shopping destination for Downtown residents, workers and shoppers seeking designer fashions at significant discounts. The new Ross Dress For Less Downtown Los Angeles store will be located at 719-725 S. Broadway and is expected to generate up to 50 new permanent full and part-time jobs.

The new Ross store will encompass 39,000 square feet – the building’s entire first floor and basement –originally used as retail floor spaces for Woolworth’s, which first opened on Broadway in 1920.
Photo via dogwelder/Flickr

Read Downtown News story
Here.
Read Racked story
Here.
Read blogdowntown story
Here.



Bringing Back Broadway Welcomes Tarina Tarantino’s ‘Sparkle Factory’

Famed fashion jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino will open her "Sparkle Factory" in the L.L. Burns’ Western Costume Building at 908 S. Broadway.  The site will house the worldwide headquarters for the brand, and will feature a 3,000 square foot boutique, art gallery, production and design facilities and space for other creative businesses to open on the upper-floors of the seven-story building.  The boutique should open sometime in 2012.



Read Downtown News story Here.

Read Examiner story
Here.



Famima Market and Royal Clayton’s Coming to Broadway Spring Arcade

Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative recently announced that the historic Broadway Spring Arcade building will soon be reactivated with two new tenants: national convenience food retailer Famima and popular Downtown restaurant/bar Royal Clayton’s.

Famima will operate a 24-hour store at 544-546 S. Broadway, while Royal Clayton’s English Pub will open their new location at 543 S. Spring Street. The historic building occupies both side of Broadway and Spring Street.

Read press release Here.


French Bistro Coming to Broadway

After years of closure, the Broadway property that once housed the historic Schaber Cafeteria will soon be transformed into a French bistro, once again providing a haven for urban foodies, creating more than 60 jobs and restoring historic features unique to the building thought to be lost forever.

Figaro Bistro on Broadway, located at 618 S. Broadway, will be the second endeavor in the city by the restaurateurs responsible for Figaro Bistro on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz. Like its sister establishment, Figaro Broadway will be run by Farah Mgaieth and Jonathan Mgaieth as a family venture with their father, Rafik Mgaieth, and brother, Yoann Mgaieth. The project is currently under construction, and projecting a summer / fall opening.

Read Laist story Here.
Read blogdowntown story
Here.




Umami Burger Creator Brings New Restaurant to Broadway

UMAMIcatessen, brought to you by the folks from the popular foodie joints Umami Burger, will be celebrating its grand opening at 852 S. Broadway in the next several weeks. Stay tuned for more info!

Two Boots’ Window Service Should Have Wide Appeal

The New York based Two Boots Pizza, which will offer customers window service, is currently under construction at 828 S. Broadway.


Councilmember Huizar to Join Clifton’s Team for Historic Reveal Wednesday!

Councilmember Huizar will join Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria proprietor Andrew Meiran and LA Conservancy Executive Director Linda Dishman Wednesday morning to unveil the restaurant’s original façade as workers remove the metal grates that have covered it since the 1950s.

With plans to honor and historically preserve much of the buildings’ distinct features, ongoing renovations and upgrades will continue through most of this year, with plans to reopen the original cafeteria, reactivate the second-floor bakery and create an upper-floor night-life venue. In total, 100 new jobs are expected to be created once the building reopens.

Photo by Gary Leonard.


Celebrating Boyle Heights: Past, Present and Future


Please enjoy this short documentary film on Boyle Heights, which chronicles the close to $2 billion in public investment that has infused this historic community with a new sense of pride.

Boyle Heights is on the rise and “Celebrating Boyle Heights: Past, Present & Future” honors Boyle Heights, its history and the people who call it home.

Time Warner Cable customers can watch the film “On Demand” by going to Channel 1, highlighting “Local,” then “My Government,” with movie listed under “SoCal Cities.”

View "Celebrating Boyle Heights" here.





Huizar earmarks $500,000 to include Spring Street Passenger
Portal in Broadway Station Design

After working with Metro to ensure a Broadway passenger entrance for the Regional Connector’s Broadway Station, Metro Board Director José Huizar pushed through legislation to earmark $500,000 to also include a Spring Street entrance for that station.

 Huizar’s action comes after the draft EIR originally called for the Regional Connector to include two portals for the Broadway Station, one on Broadway and one on Spring Street, which were later replaced in a subsequent environmental study by a single portal on 2nd Street.

 The legislation adopted in Metro will require that designs be created for the Spring Street passenger entrance, as well as a ticketing mezzanine, so that companies submitting BIDS for the $1.34 billion Regional Connector can provide Metro with cost analysis of including these elements in the Broadway station, as originally designed.

Metro has scheduled two public meetings in February to discuss the Regional Connecter and will consider the report recommendations at its February 23, 2012 board meeting.

For more information, go to http://www.metro.net/projects/connector/connector-final-eiseir/.


TERA State of the Town Address

Councilmember Huizar gave his annual “State of the Town” Address at Wednesday’s TERA (The Eagle Rock Association) meeting where he highlighted neighborhood improvements and ongoing support for community events with the help of community partners like TERA and others. Key among those priorities in Eagle Rock include playground and safety upgrades at local parks, designing new drought-resistant landscapes through the Median Advisory Committee, the annual Fourth of July Fireworks celebration and moving forward with the “Take Back the Boulevard” plan to enhance and improve Colorado Boulevard. Councilmember Huizar also spoke at length about his proposal to repeal the City’s current medical marijuana ordinance and ban medical marijuana businesses, while allowing, per state law, for qualified patients or their caregivers to grow their own medical marijuana.



Councilmember Welcomes New BusinessSource Center
Councilmember Huizar worked to bring much-needed service to Boyle Heights to help spur the local economy and assist businesses in area

Councilmember José Huizar was joined by Mayor Villaraigosa, the City’s Community Development Department, business leaders,Barrio Planners in Boyle Heights recently to announce the re-opening of six revamped Los Angeles BusinessSource Centers throughout the City.

As the Councilmember for the 14th District, Councilmember Huizar worked to support bringing an improved LABSC office to Boyle Heights, with long-time eastside business experts Barrio Planners at the helm.

The new LABSC office is located at 1850 E. First Street.

Other operators include:

  • North Valley Business Source Center run by the (VEDC) Valley Economic Development Center

  • South Valley run by Initiating Change in Our Neighborhoods (ICON)

  • Central / West BusinessSource Center run by (PACE) Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment.

  • South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center run by (VSEDC) Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

  • Harbor BusinessSource Center run by Managed Career Solutions, Inc (MCS)

    Read Eastern Group Publication story Here.

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