6th District to explore PBID option

6th District to explore PBID option

Councilman Dee Andrews will host a 6th District town hall meeting Tuesday to discuss the Property Business Improvement District (PBID) process.

The property districts allow a board to levy a fee on businesses that is used to fund business-related improvements and activities. The fees have been successful in areas of Long Beach such as downtown and Bixby Knolls, officials say.

The meeting will include information from Kraig Kojian, director of the Downtown Long Beach Associates; Rod Wilson, president and CEO of Pacific Research & Strategies; and Blair Cohen, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

Speakers will explain what a PBID is, how the process can improve a neighborhood and businesses, and the mechanics of creating such a district.

Andrews said the districts have helped create significant economic development and have played a role in fighting crime. He cited a 2009 RAND study that showed robbery and violent crime dropped by an average 12 percent after the districts were formed in various parts of Los Angeles from 1995 to 2003.

The town hall will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at Ernest S. McBride, Sr., Park, Community Center, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., in Long Beach. It is open to the public.

For more information call 562-570-6816 or go to www.longbeach.gov.

- Pamela Hale-Burns