One of the stakeholders in Leimert Park business development is citizen. It includes middle age people, African American, Youth people, homeless people, home owners and renters. In LPV, middle age people (aging 35-64) (45%) and African American (81%) are the vast majority. They are the main support in the community who form the cultural identity. In comparison, youth people (aging 18 and under) is the minority group, which takes only 22.6% of the total population. For the homeless people, although there is not a formal count, they are also the minority group, which is considered as the burden in business development. As for the homeowners and renter, because they are almost half and half, they are equally important in LPV.
In terms of potential controversies, each of these stakeholders has its desire. As the vast majority, African Americans want to create a stronger cultural identity in the community. But since there are still other races who want to have their culture presented, it might become a cultural friction. For the middle-aged people, homeowners and renters, most of them want gentrification, which makes the community more beautiful. But since there won’t be enough funds in the city for the gentrification, it becomes a potential controversy in the short term. Homeless issue is a burden in business development in the community. As people are unable to afford to live in a house, they become homeless, which effects normal business, environmental beauty, and community safety. Brain drain is another potential controversy in the community that happens amongst youth. Because the community lacks enough attraction (beauty or economy) to the youth people, many of them choose to leave after they grow up or acquaint skills or degree.
To better help to soften these potential controversies two involvements are proposed and on stages: existing stakeholder meeting and outreach. Existing stakeholder meeting are regular meetings that are held in Community Build, discussing the development of the community. By attending it, stakeholders will know the first-hand news about what is going on in the community. Outreach is the visit and cooperation for homeless people, existing residents, and local youth workshop. The desires of these groups can be clearly and patiently heard during the outreach.
To help these citizens, several funds will be available: MBDA, LA Fund and Continuum of Care Program. MBDA is an agency that links minority-owned businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow. (They) advocate and promote minority-owned business with elected officials, policy makers, and business leaders. They serve as subject matter experts and advocates for the minority business community. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education partners with LA schools to invest in innovative, results-oriented programs designed to ensure every student has a chance to succeed. The CoC Program provides funding to states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to provide permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services, HMIS, homelessness prevention.
Universal College of Beauty is the only educational stakeholder in LPV. It is providing professional training / technique to local people. Because it is a private education agency, the education scales are the main controversy. Factors like funding, location, and students are limiting its development. By attending LPV committee meeting and Shark Tank event, Universal College of Beauty can know which policy will be beneficial to enlarge its education scale and who are the potential businesses that they can provide assistance to. As for the available assistance, school improvement grants might be one of the available funds. It mainly provides funding to recruit, retain, and support effective educators. But since Universal College of Beauty is small private education agency, further check regarding its qualification is needed.
-Minority Business Development Agency
– HUD Exchange: Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
– U.S. Department of Education: School Improvement Grant