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On August 11, Councilmember Koretz was delighted to participate in a great Motor Avenue Community Garden and Parklets Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that marked the grand opening of two new parklets in the vicinity of Motor Avenue and National Blvd. In so doing, he joined the Motor Avenue Improvement Association, Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and numerous local business and community members, all of whom were a part of this important effort.
For years and generations to come, these parklets will provide pleasant, restful neighborhood gathering places for the surrounding community. Councilmember Koretz thanked the many whose leadership and dedication helped make this possible, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Council President Herb Wesson, Council Member Mike Bonin, the Department of Transportation’s People Street program, and Lee Wallach, Anthony Cisneros and the entire Motor Avenue Improvement Association. The 5th Council District Office appreciates and proudly applauds the residents, businesses and neighborhood groups who have been key to this 5th District community success story.
New community garden on Motor Avenue.
Clean and Green
Working with the Office of Councilmember Koretz, the Clean and Green folks came out and cleaned the median on Burbank Blvd from Balboa Blvd to Hayvenhurst Ave. They are also continuing down east to the 405 freeway (CD 6). They completed the CD 5 side on August 11. CD 5 enthusiastically thanks Clean and Green and its volunteer staff!
Over the past several weeks, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting has upgraded the light bulbs in the Westwood North Village to LED bulbs. This will provide brighter lights for the residents, which in turn helps make for a safer neighborhood.
Councilmember Koretz and the 5th Council District staff wholeheartedly thank the Westwood Neighborhood Council, UCLA's Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) and the Bureau of Street Lighting for helping to make this possible. The North Village in Westwood is home to many UCLA students, and so it is a great pleasure to salute the many students who worked closely with the 5th Council District Office to expedite the upgrade of the existing lighting.
Councilmember Paul Koretz visited Titus Services, the region's first secondary MRF last week. A MRF is a "material recovery facility" where the items you put in your blue bin to be recycled are sorted. What "secondary" means is that Titus Services sorts through the residual waste materials that other companies would be sending to landfills and finds more gems to recycle. Through innovation and experimentation, Titus has learned how to recover more than 60% of these materials, sort it and source it to buyers. Not only are they creating new, green jobs in the City, they are a genuine asset in the City's efforts to meet its zero waste goals.
New General Manager
Frank Bush was recently welcomed to the City Council Chambers as the new General Manager of Los Angeles' Department of Building and Safety. He was promoted to that post after 27 years of service in the department, having earned a strong reputation as a person of action and a problem solver. At the Council meeting, Councilmember Koretz offered his congratulations to the General Manager and his wife and family. General Manager Bush replaced Ray Chan who is now a Deputy Mayor.