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National Night Out 2016 -- a great, fun success!
On Tuesday Night, August 2, National Night Out events took place in countless communities across the country, and as always, it was a phenomenal, fun success.
National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places in which to live. Every year, community parties and neighborhood gatherings are held on the first Tuesday of each August.
This year, 5th District residents were most likely to attend and enjoy either the huge, annual NNO event put on by Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch at Poinsettia Park Recreation Center, or the movie screening/NNO effort put on at Randall D. Simmons Park, next to the West Valley Community Police Center.
At this year's Melrose Action NNO, Councilmember Koretz saluted and thanked LAPD Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker; Peter Nichols of Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch; Barry Maiten, who has been a tremendous champion for celebrating bonds between our police and the community, and who often brings classic cars to display at events like National Night Out to help increase the spirit of fun and excitement; and Barry's father, Sidney Maiten, who has been honored for his gallant service in World War II. Councilmember Koretz applauds them and all people, businesses, community organizations and law enforcement agencies who work together as volunteers to make NNO a wonderful symbol of community and public safety.
Mayor Eric Garcetti put out a statement that expressed the value of such events: “Relationships are the foundation of safe communities — and we are living in a time when it is more important than ever to elevate the conversation about law enforcement in America, and strengthen bonds with the men and women who put everything on the line to protect and serve our neighborhoods... National Night Out is more than a single evening of free food and entertainment — it is an opportunity to reach better understandings, form new partnerships, and work together on our shared goal of a safe, secure, and just L.A. for everyone.”
LAPD Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker, Sidney Maiten, Councilmember Koretz, Barry Maiten, and Peter Nichols (and two lovely dogs).
Councilmember Koretz was very pleased to attend a recent Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District mixer, and discuss the many exciting efforts that are now underway regarding the Melrose area. This Business Improvement District -- or BID -- works in contract with the City to revitalize and enhance the commercial viability of Melrose Avenue between Highland and Fairfax Avenues, by providing improvements and activities such as ambassador, security, and parking services; landscape, sanitation and beautification services; marketing and promotion; new business attraction; and policy advocacy on behalf of its stakeholders. Councilmember Koretz thanks all the BID personnel and involved property owners for their dedication and participation benefiting the community and boosting the local economy.
New for Encino
Dunn-Edwards Paints was founded in 1925, and is a true industry leader, which is why it was a fine thing to celebrate, on August 4, a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new Dunn-Edwards Paints store in Encino. It is located at the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Haskell (15630 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436). The 5th District Office of Councilmember Koretz, and the Encino Chamber Commerce were among those on hand for the occasion!.
Councilmember Koretz Resolution calls on Feds to better fund the Older Americans Act
A City of Los Angeles Resolution, introduced on Friday, August 5, by Councilmember Koretz, calls on Congress to increase funding for the many key senior citizens programs and services made possible by the Older Americans Act (OAA).
“As our population ages,” said Councilmember Koretz, “Congress’s tendency to pinch pennies without regard to the real-world impact has not only penalized senior citizens but also endangered some in Los Angeles and all over the U.S. L.A. should be a leader in pushing for Older Americans Act programs to have the money they need.”
That’s why the Councilmember introduced his resolution instructing the City’s Washington, DC lobbyist to sponsor or support legislation to reinstate funding reduced as a result of direct cuts or sequestration. The Older Americans Act traditionally has funded programs such as family caregiver support, health and wellness promotion, job training, long-term care ombudsman, nutrition programs, transportation, tribal assistance programs, and programs to prevent and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. However, funding for OAA programs has fallen by more than 17% since 2010 while the over-75 population has grown by over 10%.The OAA reauthorization, signed into law by President Obama in April 2016, contains language to guarantee that every state receives an allocation equal to 99% of the previous year’s allocation, and to adjust the amount to reflect changes in states’ senior populations. This language slows the further reduction in funding while still allowing an additional 3% drop through 2019. The Koretz resolution calls for such funding to increase, to make up for past cuts and best serve our growing population of seniors in need of such services.
The City’s Department of Aging oversees such OAA programs in L.A. as the Senior Community Services Employment Program and the Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program (which helps people maximize their Medicare benefits), and there are many others. The federal funding cuts have threatened their effectiveness, especially during the recent recession which hurt the City’s ability to use its own funding to replace the lost federal funds.“The local Aging Network of service providers, while resilient, has been hard hit by the loss of these funds. City leaders have steadfastly supported senior services and through this resolution continue to demonstrate their support to older persons and their families,” said Laura Trejo, General Manager. City of Los Angeles Department of Aging.
Councilmember Koretz’s resolution, seconded by Councilmember David Ryu, has been referred to the City Council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhoods Committee.
Pet of the week
Patty is a fun, sweet girl who loves to play or just sit back and hang with you. She's a two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier and is an owner surrender due to landlord pet restrictions. She's friendly, gets along with most adults and kids, and knows how to sit. Her ID number is A1614078. Come meet Patty today at the West Valley Animal Shelter, located at 20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, 91311. For more information, visit http://www.laanimalservices.com/ or call 888-452-7381.
Encino Neighborhood Council Othello at Los Encinos State Historic Park
Time to get your picnics, blankets and beach chairs along with your friends and family to settle in under the stars for a night of classic entertainment with Shakespeare by the Sea's production of Othello.
An emotionally gripping thriller, where gossip turns friendships rancid, and rumor brutally murders innocence. Othello is as unflinching in its power as it is in its heartbreak.
Join us at Los Encinos State Historic Park on Saturday, August 6th. The show starts at 7PM. Come early, watch the stage be assembled and tour the park. The show runs two (2) hours, including intermission.
Admission is Free - donations welcome.