Money Talks!!!
Collective Community Investment and Improvement Strategies

for the
 Proposed African American Cultural Conference Center 

Vision Theater Opening Season Operations & Donor Support

People’s Street Expansion Input & Programming Partnerships
 Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District (GLPVCCBID)

Formation Renewal Status Meeting

Opening Session Location

@Hot & Cool Cafe

10:00 am- 10:20 am: Welcome: Clint Rosemond & Sherri Franklin
Leimert Park Village Inc.

20/20 Vision Initiative: A Revitalization Strategy, History & Future
Leimert Park Village facilitates creative placemaking at the intersection of arts, heritage and economic

development in order to create strategic partnerships between the arts and business communities that will stimulate economic activity, community building, and neighborhood revitalization.

Vision Plan Updates, Design Input & Review, Leimert Park Village Merchants Updates
Call for Committee Leadership and Tour of Cultural and Arts Center


10:20 am - 11am: Our Vision Matters: Who’s Running the Show: James Burks
Join us for a invigorating conversation on the art and equity of a publicly owned cultural institution led  by Vision Theatre Project Director and City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs Special Project Director James Burks who will give an update on status of the refurbishing of the Vision Theater. As stakeholders in this community, we must hold ourselves and representatives accountable to immediately to discuss Vision Theater management, future decisions of this nature and the need to establish a DCA outpost in the Leimert Park Village campus.


11am - 11:45 am: Building Black: An African American Cultural and Conference Center

Design Plan for the Vision Back Lot on Degnan: Facilitated by Roland Wiley, AIA

The Vision for the African American Cultural Conference Center is to create a self sufficient and sustainable cultural landmark in Leimert Park Village that serves as a community resource for experiencing and learning about African American history and heritage.  The building will serve as a technological state-of-the-art large meeting and conference center to house the plethora of events and special occasions hosted in the Los Angeles region each year and an architectural statement of the brilliance and resilience of our African Culture.

The vision came out of community discussions, workshops, surveys, studies  and charrettes in the 20/20 Vision Initiative: A Revitalization Strategy since 2014.
Please join us as we strategize to move forward with this exciting project!!


12pm - 12:30pm: Money Talks!!! and…Call to Action: Sherri Franklin
Sherri Franklin explains and explores financing models to build an African American Cultural and Conference Center and operate the Vision Theater by taking advantage of opportunities created by regional investments in the Expo and Crenshaw light rail lines and in transit- oriented development. We will explore Leimert Park Village Real Estate Acquisition & Management options from resources available through HUD’s Promise  Zone, community bonds, federal grants, crowdfunding, land trusts, tax credits and collective local investors.


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Box Lunches Served


KAOS Network​​ 

4343 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Plan Your Street - The People’s Street: Public Programing Partnerships Village

Ben Caldwell, Marie Kellier & James Burks

Extending Peoples Street with Community Input

With the Vision Theater and the Leimert Park Metro Station set to open next year will anchor what should become a vibrant public plaza. Could extending People’s Street on 43rd Pl. from Leimert Blvd. to Crenshaw Blvd. form the basis of a business incubator for small businesses and ongoing outdoor bazaar?

Can’t we all Just get Along: Radical Cooperation in the Village!
How can we work with event creators from the ground up - meeting the independent producers where they are, supporting them in practical ways. How can we engage merchants and other stakeholders within the village on an individual basis to get collaboration, involvement and partnerships that give everyone a voice in building their events in a safe, well organized manner that results in a win/win for everyone.

This Is Us: Creating a Cultural Innovation District
The Village already has a rich cultural life; but it has to learn how to “monetize” those activities more effectively. As a planning tool, cultural districts encourage artists, arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, institutions, and potential developers to build on and organize around arts and cultural-based assets, ultimately resulting in increased tourism, tax revenue, and outside investment.
Would creating a Cultural Innovation District in Leimert Park Village  create a more strategic process Leimert Park Village Special Events, Applications, Requirements & Approval Process.?

@ California Jazz & Blues Museum

4317 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008

We Can Build and Fund Our Visions - YES WE CAN!:

Facilitated by:  Sherri Franklin & Roland Wiley
This workshop is a continuation of the earlier Money Talks session focussing on

more specific community real estate investment & acquisition financial strategies available

through private- public partnerships for: 

Acquisition of the Botach Building 

(houses Hot & Cool, Eso Won, World Stage, Ride On, California Jazz and Blues Museum.)

Building the ​African American Cultural and Conference Center 

Friends of the Vision Theatre Strategy for Operations Management and Funding Performances

501(c)(3) Bond Financing

​The Small Change Opportunity Fund


Hot & Cool Cafe​

4331 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008

Everybody’s BIDness: 

Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District

(GLPVCCBID) Formation Renewal Status Meeting​

Facilitated by: Clint Rosemond  & Johnnie Raines
The newly formed Leimert Park Village, Inc. is working to re-establish the Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor BID (GLPVCCBID)  along with the office of LA City Council District 10, Herb Wesson as it's represented by Sylvia Lacy. We have some tight deadlines to meet, (the first occurring March 15, 2019)

and so we are using this time to form a Business Improvement District Formation Committee.

We need to have as many property owners as possible in attendance to be involved in this process. If you are a property owner who  can’t attend please send a representative authorized to represent your interests.

Visit & Shop Leimert Park Village!​
Breakfast and lunch will be served!!!

Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood

Development Council
Leimert Park Village, Inc.
A Joint Neighborhood Council

Town Hall Meeting &
5th Annual Leimert Park Village

20|20 Vision Initiative Charrette

 March 2, 2019   9am – 2 pm