BIDs In View: What do Business Improvement Districts do and who do they represent?

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BIDs In View: What do Business Improvement Districts do and who do they represent?

October 27, 2022 @ 7:45 am - 9:30 am

On Thursday, October 27th, from 8:30 am – 9:30 am, please join Westside Urban Forum for their monthly breakfast and panel discussion inside the Helms Design Center.

Doors open at 7:45 for breakfast and mingling before the panel begins | RSVP Required

On the Westside and throughout Greater Los Angeles, Business Improvement Districts provide placemaking services to commercial neighborhoods. BIDs are tasked with making their districts cleaner, safer, and more prosperous, and studies show they often succeed. But for BIDs funded by commercial assessments, there can be a tension between the desires and goals of the businesses in the district and those of the broader community. Whom do BIDs serve and whom should BIDs serve? Join WUF as we explore the role played by BIDs in Los Angeles, what they do well, who they represent and what the recent frictions between BIDs and their communities might mean for their future.

Kathleen Rawson – President and CEO of Hollywood partnership, former Chair of International Downtown Association
Keith Corbin – Business Owner, West Adams BID Board President
Christopher Garcia – City of Los Angeles, Office of the City Clerk – Business Improvement Districts
Dr. Fernando Guerra – Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Loyola Marymount University and Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles

Thomas Aujero Small – President and CEO of Culver City Forward, former Mayor of Culver City

Registration Fees
$50 Members
$65 Non-Members
$10 Student Members
$15 Student Non-Members

(Members Register Here) & (Non-Members Register Here)
Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, October 26th, at 4:00 PM. After Wednesday, October 26th, onsite registration will be available at the cost of an additional $10. No refunds or credits will be provided after this day.

Event Time
7:45 am – 9:30 am
7:45 am – Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30 am – Panel Discussion

Please note that while the use of a face mask will not be mandated, Westside Urban Forum highly encourages all of their attendees to wear a mask at all times while indoors.

Thanks to the generosity of annual Sponsors, WUF has a small number of free tickets available to members of the community. If you are not able to join as a member or purchase a ticket for this month’s panel presentation, but would like to join us, please write to WUF at to inquire if we have any remaining sponsor provided tickets.


October 27, 2022
7:45 am - 9:30 am
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Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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