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Meet Hal Bastian, downtown Los Angeles powerhouse

A force in DTLA’s renaissance

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Hal Bastian is Mr. Downtown Los Angeles

Affectionately called “Mr. Downtown” and “Mayor of Downtown,” Hal Bastian is a celebrity in Bunker Hill. From Mayor Eric Garcetti and Eli Broad to retail clerks and janitors, everyone knows Hal and his dog, Scooter.

If you live or work in downtown, have a business there or simply fascinated in its evolution but don’t know Hal, you’re simply missing the point. As a thirty-three year, commercial real estate veteran, Bastian was instrumental in the renaissance of downtown LA and its redevelopment into the metropolitan Mecca we now love. His network is as vast, diverse and priceless – and as gay – as a world-class art collection, admired and sought-after by many.

For thirteen years, Bastian was the Executive Vice President & Director of Economic Development for the Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District. He created housing tours for downtown that have been going on for over a decade. He helped to recruit more than 300 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and retailers including the Daily Grill, Bottega Louie, Ralphs Fresh Fare and Urban Outfitters. He produced three special events in New York City targeting the investment bank community to encourage investment in DTLA developments, including both residential and commercial projects.

In October 2014, he founded Hal Bastian Inc., his own consulting firm dedicated to building an even better DTLA and helping other downtowners to use the best practices he has developed for DTLA in their city centers. It is a downtown revitalization consulting company based in and focusing on downtown Los Angeles.

In 2015, Hal created “What’s Up Downtown?”, a web based show about all the great things going on in DTLA, including residential and commercial developments, new restaurants, bars and nightclubs, old favorites and most importantly, the people.

What’s Up Downtown’s popularity has attracted an impressive list of corporate sponsors and can be seen at Halbastian.com.  

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UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees to deliver SF Pride message

“Pride month is a time for awareness, outreach, celebration, protest & opportunity to highlight issues that impact LGBTQI+ people globally”

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United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (Screenshot/Video Message)

SAN FRANCISCO – In a historic appearance at San Francisco Pride on Sunday June 26, Dr. Felippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will deliver a four-minute Video Pride greeting and message, on main stage, during the San Francisco Pride Celebration, 2022, together with voices of several LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers from African and Central American countries.

Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition, will be speaking and presenting the video in a 15-minute segment dedicated by San Francisco Pride to LGBTQI+ Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

The messages, in keeping with SF PRIDE’s theme, LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER, is particularly significant, not only because of the attention it brings to the plight of LGBTQI+ refugees fleeing criminalization and brutal violence, globally, but also because it is at a time when the world has reached the catastrophic milestone of more than 100 million people in forced displacement.

“Pride month is a time for awareness, outreach, celebration, protest and an opportunity to highlight the issues that impact LGBTQI+ people, in their local areas, countries and globally. It is filled with speaking engagements, performances, events and opportunities to make it whatever individuals choose. At the same time, while it may mean different things to each person, it is a time that creates platforms and forums, where we are able to embrace our global interconnectedness, unify and bind as one,” Nathan said in a statement released by SF Pride Monday.

“I am so grateful to all who have made this important platform possible. For over 50 years, San Francisco Pride continues to be the beacon of hope for so many LGBTQI+ people who are criminalized and demonized around the world. A special thanks to those courageous refugees and asylum seekers, who despite ongoing protection and survival issues, have put their faces and voices to what amounts to an imperative ecology of visibility. I also thank UN High Commissioner Dr. Grandi for the kind greetings that express the support for LGBTQI+ PRIDE and the reality of the situation facing LGBTQI+ people forcibly displaced.”

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Watch live: KABC7’s exclusive coverage of LA Pride Parade 2022

After a long two-year hiatus, the LA Pride Parade is back! KABC7 will exclusively air its parade coverage live starting at 11 a.m.

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — After a long two-year hiatus, the LA Pride Parade is back.

This year’s theme is #LoveYourPride, and the event is not only celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community of Los Angeles and its allies, but it also celebrates the parade’s 50th anniversary, a historical moment that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABC7 will exclusively air LA PRIDE 2022 today starting at 11 a.m.

Watch the parade live in the video player above or on your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and GoogleTV. Just search “ABC7 Los Angeles.” The event will also be livestreamed on ABC News Live and Hulu.

Three Pride grand marshals will herald the event, including legendary activist and trailblazer Sir Lady Java as the Community Grand Marshal, actor Mark Indelicato as the Celebrity Grand Marshal, and Paula Abdul as the newly-created Icon Grand Marshal.

There is also a free Pride Village street fair between Cahuenga and Vine from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The fair includes music, art, booths, food, drinks, and a Ferris wheel.

A beverage garden will be hosted on Cosmo Street between Hollywood Blvd. & Selma Avenue. Sponsor tents will be on the section of Hollywood Blvd. between Ivar Avenue and Vine Street.

Details:

Transportation:
Parking in the Hollywood area is extremely limited. It’s recommended to either use ride-sharing or public transportation. For those opting for the second choice, the Metro B Line (Red) is the most convenient choice as it has stops at Hollywood/Highland and Hollywood/Vine.

Accommodations:
L.A. Tourism has special hotel packages in the Hollywood area exclusively for LA Pride. Book your stay here.

Tickets:
Sunday’s LA Pride Parade and Pride Village are free and open to all ages.

Safety:
LA Pride intends to follow L.A. County’s current COVID-19 guidelines.

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#LoveYourPride- LA Pride kicks off today at 1pm with Pride in the Park

On Sunday June 12, the LA Pride parade will be carried live by KABC 7 starting at 10:30AM

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LOS ANGELES – After a two year hiatus LA Pride is back kicking off the festivities today at 1PM with Pride in the Park and then tomorrow, Sunday June 12, the LA Pride parade which will be carried live by KABC 7 starting at 10:30AM.

Under the theme of #LoveYourPride, Pride in the Park is taking place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park within the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. The festival includes performances from headliner Christina Aguilera, as well as Anitta, Syd, Chika, and Michaela Jaé.

On Sunday, June 12, the official parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade route starts at Hollywood and Cahuenga Blvds., then heads west and loops down Highland, and concludes at Sunset and Cahuenga Blvds.

There is also a free Pride Village street fair between Cahuenga and Vine from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The fair includes music, art, booths, food, drinks, and a Ferris wheel.

A beverage garden will be hosted on Cosmo Street between Hollywood Blvd. & Selma Avenue. Sponsor tents will be on the section of Hollywood Blvd. between Ivar Avenue and Vine Street.

Details:

Transportation:
Parking in the Hollywood area is extremely limited. It’s recommended to either use ride-sharing or public transportation. For those opting for the second choice, the Metro B Line (Red) is the most convenient choice as it has stops at Hollywood/Highland and Hollywood/Vine.

Accommodations:
L.A. Tourism has special hotel packages in the Hollywood area exclusively for LA Pride. Book your stay here.

Tickets:
Sunday’s LA Pride Parade and Pride Village are free and open to all ages.

Safety:
LA Pride intends to follow L.A. County’s current COVID-19 guidelines.

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