Allan Abshez
Irell & Manella LLP

Land-use attorney worked on Getty Center and Farmers Market Appro-ached by planning commissioner Roger Landau to come up with downtown revitalization idea He and Landau came up with initial concept of Nighttime on Broadway last summer while out at dinner and a movie with their wives Concept similar to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Proposed concept to City Council.

Role in Makeover:

"We're creating a situation where, if you're trying to locate a club in L.A., this part of town becomes more attractive" Plans to make it easier for entertainment venues like bars, clubs and restaurants to relocate downtown by completing extensive permit requirements for them beforehand Said downtown would be first area in Los Angeles to offer incentives like already-completed permitting Would make sure new venues would not have to have parking requirements since parking already exists Wants to re-zone 500,000 square feet of upper-floor along Broadway between Third and Ninth streets for commercial uses as part of Nighttime Broadway Initiative Working with Building & Safety Department to renovate historical buildings.

Ultimate Vision:

Downtown nightlife like San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, San Antonio's Riverwalk, South Beach in Miami or Denver's LoDo district To create L.A.'s first area where people could walk from entertainment venue to entertainment venue, parking their car only once for the evening A downtown with nighttime and weekend activity, in addition to jobs and residences.

Ed Avila
Project Restore

Lifelong Angel-eno Longtime political operative forU.S. Congressman Ed Roybal Los Angeles' Commis-

sioner of Public Works under Mayor Tom Bradley Deputy mayor in 1990-91 Administrator of the Community Redevelopment Agency Senior vice president/L.A. of Lockheed Martin's IMS division in the mid- to late-'90s Bachelor's degree from Cal State L.A. in political science Twice did post-graduate work in Sweden.

Role in Makeover:

In 1984, founded Project Restore, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and redevelopment of downtown Took over as operational head of group in 1999 He and his group have been deeply involved in the $300 million makeover of City Hall, including placement of grand chandelier back in hall's rotunda, and locating and putting back the beacon that sat atop the building until the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Has used political clout to help expedite the Caltrans, Court House and Hall of Justice projects, among others Instrumental in implementing Civic Center development plan Principal player in renovation of the old Broadway building into government office space and in efforts to bring a full-service supermarket to downtown.


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