Douncilman Bernard Parks Sr. (D-8)
The eighth district
Representing Los Angeles 8th district, Councilman Bernard Parks Sr. has embarked on a robust revitalization effort to enhance the quality of life of his constituents and provide a more business-friendly climate in general
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Managing Editor
In addition to being the councilman for the Los Angeles 8th council district, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks Sr. is the chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee. The councilman has embarked on a robust revitalization of his district in general and the Crenshaw area portion of his district in particular for which the residents (his constituents) and the business are the ultimate beneficiaries.
Parks is concerned with the development of affordable housing, employment and business opportunities and–as a former police chief–maintaining safety and security specifically for his district. According to the councilman’s website, in furtherance of his thrust for better and more affordable housing, he is working in conjunction with a project that was initiated through the city council to protect and preserve the existing low density housing stock boundaries (established within his district) and to address the impacts of multiple-habitable room projects that may be incompatible with the surrounding uses.
Speaking to Parks himself about the revitalization efforts in the Crenshaw area of his district, he said, “First of all, we have the Crenshaw Line coming in that will come from Exposition (Boulevard) all the way to the airport; there is a $30 million feed for infra-structure on Crenshaw from the freeway down Crenshaw (Boulevard) that will improve the infra-structure; there is Buffalo Wild Wings that will open up very shortly that will hire 20 permanent employees; there is about $40 million worth of improvements in addition to the Magic Johnson Theatre and other improvements in the Baldwin Hills Shopping Center; and other restaurants and businesses in the Crenshaw area.”
Parks continued, “We are going to put $14 million into the Vision Theatre, which will be phase one of a complete overhaul and we are just a couple million dollars away from going into phase two.” His projection of the completed theatre is of a center for the performing arts in Leimert Park will be “a financial engine for the community to hold everything from grade school graduation to plays, live performances, meetings and so on.
“Then we have Mavericks Flats which just open and that’s another 20 or 30 permanent jobs … a first class restaurant, a first class entertainment facility, and then as you continue down Crenshaw, at 52nd and Crenshaw, there is the ‘Fresh and Easy’ grocery store, the first full service market in the community in 25 years.
In the state of the eighth district, Parks outlined in detail his development projects which, the aforementioned are a thumbnail sketch of the overall efforts for his district. In addition to the above, he outlined other housing projects, mixed-use projects, commercial and other miscellaneous projects, improvements/beautification projects, transportation, parks and recreation projects.
With the completion or near completion of the eighth district development projects, Parks will definitely put a dent in the city’s unemployment and boost its financial coffers.