LOS FELIZ VILLAGE BID BOARD: 2017

OFFICERS

President: Rafik Ghazarian

Rafik has been a local resident of Los Feliz since the age of three. Attending local public schools and has a degree in Communications from Cal State University, Northridge. He has more than 25 years experience in Sales & Marketing in various areas of the hospitality industry.
Over the years he has gained much knowledge by working in different industries and areas in Los Angeles. Community involvement has always been an important aspect of his life. While in the hospitality industry he joined LA Works as a project manager and assisted in coordinating, scheduling and working the annual LA Works day on several different projects to include the LA River clean-up and Hollenbeck Middle School. He decided to broaden his horizon by getting involved and giving back to his community.
He believes that Los Feliz is, and will always be one of the greatest communities to live and shop/dine in. He has over the past few years assisted and been involved with local projects to beautify our three major business streets; Vermont, Hillhurst and Hollywood Blvd, as well as served as Marketing and PR Chair on the board. He wants to ensure that the business’s are visible to the Los Feliz community and his goal is to reach out to surrounding communities and creating a better Los Feliz.
““I joined the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District to give back to my community. My decision to get more involved with my neighborhood has enabled my goals of bringing residents and the business community together. I look forward to working with the Los Feliz business’s to make Los Feliz a better place, and am humbled to be considered to as President”

Vice President: Sarah Loveless
Sarah is the co-owner of Glaze Fire on Hillhurst Avenue.
Treasurer: Chris Serrano

As the Manager of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Los Feliz Branch, Chris Serrano draws from over 25 years of real estate experience to offer an unparalleled degree of market savvy, innovative marketing strategies, astute pricing analysis and stellar client service. Having been born and raised in Silver Lake, she is intimately familiar with the architectural integrity, diversity and the many cultural and outdoor activities the area has to offer. She specializes in the neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, Hollywood Hills and Northeast Los Angeles communities.
With over two decades of experience in traditional re-sale and bank owned (REO) real estate, Chris Serrano has seen first-hand the profound impact Realtors can have on their communities. Chris’ commitment to the Los Feliz community is evident by her past position as President of the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District.

Secretary: Aimee Benell

Aimee moved to Los Feliz in 1992, from New Jersey. Since then, she has either lived or worked in Los Feliz. Aimee has always maintained a presence in her communities based on her situation at the time. From hotline counselor at Haven House, a shelter for abused women and their children, to President of Rose Scharlin Co-Op Nursery School from 1997-2000. Then on the board of Camelot Kids in Ivanhoe School from 2001 through 2003. She is a regular blood and platelet donor with The American Red Cross.

Aimee has been working as a full time Realtor, based on Hillhurst Avenue, since January, 2001. Working in this profession allows her the ability to consistently be involved with her community. Before she was elected to the BID, she participated in several of their volunteer opportunities. The changes in the areas under the auspices of the BID, over the past 25 years, have been amazing to observe and Aimee is thrilled to be able to affect more positive changes due to her commitment and membership to the Los Feliz Village BID.

Aimee is also a joyful empty nester. Her son graduated U C Davis in June 2017 and will be working in Japan for the next several years.

Communications: Allison Cohen

Allison is the publisher of the Los Feliz Ledger, which she started from scratch in 2005 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California, where her thesis was on the development of community newspapers. During her journalism career, she has written for the Los Angeles Times and other local Southern California newspapers as well as Ladies Home Journal and Self Magazine. Prior to her journalism career, Allison was an Account Executive in Los Angeles managing such accounts as Mattel Toys, Inc., McDonald’s Owner Operators of Southern California and Domino’s Pizza. She always says she is grateful for her years spent in advertising agencies, as the experience provided her the equivalent of an M.B.A.

Allison is an avid USC football fan and enjoys attending live music concerts, including Coachella, which she has faithfully attended for numerous years. She has two sons: Griffin, who recently graduated with honors from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and who will be working for Bain Consulting in Dubai, UAE, starting in the fall of 2017. Her other son, Charles, attends Boston College and is majoring in business with a minor in music.

BOARD MEMBERS

Mardi Kari, ArcStone Mortgage
Ziad Richa, Desert Rose Restaurant

Sarah serves as Vice President on the LFVBID board.

Catherine (Cat) Martinez, Sumi’s

My name is Cat Martinez. Im the manager of Sumi’s on Vermont, a handmade gift store. Not only am I the manager of a business in the village, but I am a resident and a native. This is the neighborhood that I live, work and grew up in and it is more than a privilege to serve this neighborhood as a board member and Chair of the Cof the LFVBID.

Rosa Marie Spinoso, Rocco’s Deli

Rosa Marie serves at the Chair for the Beautification Committee.

Dino Pantazis, Good Greek Grill

MONTHLY COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEETINGS

Joint committee meeting is held the First Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am and the Board Meeting is held the Second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am. Both meetings are held at St Mary of the Angels Church located at 4510 Finley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Past BID Mtg. Minutes can be found here.
Past Newsletters can be found here.

BID ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

A brief overview on the process that leads to our receiving an assessment from the City of Los Angeles.

The first step is to prepare an Annual Report and Budget. The report is usually prepared by the BID President with an advisory board and mailed to the City Clerk’s Office (Los Angeles). There the report is subject to review, approved and then sent to the Housing, Community and Economic Development (HCED) Committee of the City Council. This committee meets every Wednesday.

Once approved by the Committee, the report is sent to the City Council for approval of the Ordinance of Intention to renew the BID. The mayor has 7 days, following the City Council approval, in which to sign the Ordinance.

Once signed, the Ordinance and all pertinent information are mailed to the existing BID database. The information includes the date(s) of the Public Hearing, which occurs a minimum of 10 days after council approval. At the public hearing, if there is NOT a majority protest and it so desires, the City Council will adopt an Ordinance renewing the BID.

If the Ordinance is approved, it takes 40 days for it to become effective. Forty days AFTER the approval of the Ordinance, the assessment bills are mailed out to the BID membership. The entire process takes approximately 8-10 weeks, typically beginning in the month of January.

The Los Feliz Village BID is renewed EVERY year because it is a business-based BID. For more information regarding BIDS we recommend visiting: Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk