Welcome to your hometown business district of the future! And this is only the beginning!
     
BID Formation

The Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District, or “BID,” was formed by a coalition of property and business owners to provide improvements to revitalize and enhance the Westchester central business district, an essential commercial core of the City of Los Angeles and one of its major gateways to the world.
 
 
The BID accomplishes this mission by providing a broad range of services including: landscaping, sanitation, & beautification; marketing & promotions; new business attraction; and, policy development & advocacy. The center piece of the BID’s mission has always been to implement an attractive and comfortable, pedestrian-friendly, main street environment for the benefit of property and business owners, customers, visitors, tourists, and Westchester residents.
     

 
Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association (“WSIA”)

This vision was born of an ad hoc community group gathered to improve their business community, which ultimately became a formally chartered non-profit group called the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association (WSIA). Through a series of community design charettes over the period of a number of years, an $11.6 Million project to improve Sepulveda Boulevard was developed in partnership with the City of Los Angeles.

 

Because the City did not have the on-going resources to keep up and operate any landscape improvements included within the project, Mr. Howard Drollinger led a coalition proposing to form a BID that would provide those resources. Thus, the City was induced to include the landscape and pedestrian amenities within its Sepulveda Boulevard Improvement Project that today is beginning to take shape as an inviting and comfortable shopping and business center, “The Westchester Town Center.”
 
 
     

     
Property Owner Approved BID Based Upon BID Success
     
Nearly 55% of the local area’s commercial property owners (as weighted by assessment) were induced by hard evidence that BIDs across the United States had stimulated real business success, and a meaningful role in defining the services they needed, to petition the Los Angeles City Council to form the BID. The success of these districts in the City of Los Angeles is undeniable based upon the statistical evidence from communities such as Hollywood, the Downtown Center, the Fashion District, South Park, Studio City, Canoga Park, and Century Boulevard’s Gateway to LA. BID success in the greater Los Angeles area, beyond Los Angeles’ city limits has been acclaimed by Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, Old Town Pasadena, and Downtown Long Beach.
 
     


 
Property owner petitions led to a secret ballot election approval of the proposed BID by an 80% positive vote. As a result, the Los Angeles City Council adopted Ordinance No. 178878, which became effective July 21, 2007, and creates the Westchester Business Improvement District.
From a technical, legal perspective the BID that was formed is a “benefit assessment district” administered pursuant to a contract with the City of Los Angeles by the Westchester Business Improvement Association (“WBIA”), a non-profit corporation. The WBIA governing board has recently completed their Strategic Action Plan for a new and re-energized business center that will be branded as the “Westchester Town Center” to fulfill the community’s commercial needs.
     

     
Westchester Town Center is the Future
As we move ahead towards a bright new future for the “Westchester Town Center” we will continue to keep everyone informed of the progress that is being made. Look for regular communications from us.
Thank you for supporting a thriving Westchester community!
     
 
BID BOARD
2017
 
Karen Dial
Karen Dial
H.B. Drollinger Co.
President
 
John Ruhlen
John Ruhlen
Ruhlen & Associates
Secretary
 
Miki Payne
Miki Payne
H.B. Drollinger Co.
Treasurer
 
Heather Lemmon
Heather Lemmon
LB Property
Management/TREC
 
William F. Allen
Lara Saab
CB Richard Ellis
 
Sander De Wildt
Sander De Wildt
CB Richard Ellis
 
Christopher Locke
Christopher Locke
HFH Ltd.
 
Donald Duckworth
Donald Duckworth
Executive Director
 
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