LFVBID Has New President & Four New Members
LOS FELIZ—Rafik Ghazarian, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway/Los Feliz, was elected president of the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (LFVBID) and four newcomers were seated to its governing board in January, as a result of the organization’s elections held in December.
Ghazarian, 56, replaces long time President Chris Serrano, who will remain on the governing board as treasurer.
“Chris has worked very hard on the BID…. I am thankful for what she has done. The new board will take what was previously done and keep working harder,” said Ghazarian.
According to Ghazarian, his focus for the LFVBID this year will be more outreach to local businesses to help them see the value of the LFVBID and to increase business revenue for all the LFVBID’s businesses through more marketing, public relations and communication, especially social media.
“We just had someone elected, it seems, by tweeting,” Ghazarian said referring to President Donald Trump. “We should be able to increase” revenue for our local businesses with more social media, he said.
The LFVBID’s recent election had a ballot return rate of 13.6%. Four candidates ran for four seats, all winning.
A fifth boardmember Clint Lohr, resigned after the election, leaving the current number of seats on the board at 10.
The new boardmembers and their vote counts were: Sarah Loveless along with her business partner Mary Loveless, owners of Glaze Fire on Hillhurst Avenue, 25 votes; Ziad Richa of Desert Rose owner and general manager, with 22 votes; Dino Pantazis, Good Greek Grill owner and general manager, with 23 votes; and Rosa Marie Spinoso, owner of Rocco’s Italian Market and Deli, with 32 votes. The four new board members replaced Claudio Hipolito, John Abreu, Chris Diamond and Dustin Lancaster.
The governing board also presented last month its estimated spending budget for 2017, specifically: $40,000 for cleaning, trash collection, tree trimming and new trash cans; $10,400 for its website, newsletter and member directory; $15,553 for a holiday festival, other marketing events, mixers or member meetings and about $11,000 for administrative costs including insurance, for a bookkeeper and a 6% payment—of $4,600—for the city’s administrative role.
According to a 4Q report, the LFVBID spent a little over $37,000 in 2016 on activities and had another $23,500 projected for spending by March of 2017.