Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0016    Version: 1 Name: ED - Name Change – EASPBIA to Zaferia
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 12/12/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/7/2020 Final action: 1/7/2020
Title: Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record, conclude the public hearing, and if a majority protest is not received, adopt resolution approving the renaming of the East Anaheim Street Parking and Business Improvement Area to the Zaferia Parking and Business Improvement Area. (Districts 3,4)
Sponsors: Economic Development
Attachments: 1. 010720-H-18sr&att.pdf, 2. RES-20-0004.pdf
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Recommendation to receive supporting documentation into the record, conclude the public hearing, and if a majority protest is not received, adopt resolution approving the renaming of the East Anaheim Street Parking and Business Improvement Area to the Zaferia Parking and Business Improvement Area. (Districts 3,4)

DISCUSSION
The East Anaheim Street Parking and Business Improvement Area (EASPBIA) was established by the City Council in 2010, allowing for the levy of an annual business license assessment to be paid by businesses located in the EASPBIA. The City of Long Beach (City) contracts with the Zaferia Business Association (ZBA) to manage the EASPBIA and the ZBA Board of Directors serve as the Advisory Board to the City Council on matters related to the EASPBIA.

In November 2019, the ZBA Board of Directors submitted a letter to the City requesting to begin the process of renaming the EASPBIA to the Zaferia Parking and Business Improvement Area (ZPBIA) (Attachment A). The purpose of the name change is to reduce confusion for business license holders that are required to pay the annual assessment, and to be more inclusive of businesses that are within the EASPBIA, but not located on Anaheim Street. Currently, new or existing business license holders that pay the annual assessment receive business license statements that include the regular business license fee and the additional assessment. The description of the assessment refers to the EASPBIA and has led to confusion regarding the purpose of the assessment, especially for businesses that are not located on Anaheim Street. Renaming the EASPBIA to the ZPBIA may reduce confusion, as the name would resemble the naming of the ZBA and align with the marketing efforts led by the ZBA that promote the neighborhood in which the EASPBIA is situated in. The ZBA has communicated with multiple businesses in the EASPBIA about these issues and has received verbal support for the name change.

At its December 17, 20...

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