Councilmember Koretz and Activist/Author Naomi Klein Announce a Los Angeles Climate Mobilization Initiative

LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz held a press conference this week with award-winning journalist/ international bestselling author, Naomi Klein, and Republican Mayor of the City of Lancaster R. Rex Parris, along with many climate justice organizations and community members. Together, in partnership with the national Climate Mobilization group, they announced a new, aggressive climate initiative designed to speed up current efforts in Los Angeles to combat climate change and drawdown greenhouse gas emissions through the lens climate justice, as called for in Canada’s LEAP Manifesto. At the launch, Councilmember Koretz announced the creation of a Climate Justice Mobilization 2025 Working Group to oversee the effort to achieve a just, carbon neutral Los Angeles by 2025. The website for the effort can be found at: http://mobilize.la/.

Making Sure Parking Garages Pay Their Fair Share

In June of 1990, the Mayor and City Council enacted an ordinance to effectuate a 10% parking tax on LA City Parking Facilities. The City’s Parking Occupancy Tax has historically been a major source of revenue for the City's General Fund. In fact, in 2017-18, the City’s Parking Occupancy Tax is estimated to generate more than $110 million to pay for a variety of City services, including public safety, street services, and animal control.  However, in 2012, then-City Controller Wendy Greuel, released an audit that expressed concerns regarding the City’s collection practices with 13 findings of insufficient reporting and collection improvement suggestions. This week, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion requesting an update from the Office of Finance to report on each of the 13 findings of the 2012 audit to ensure the City is efficiently and equitably collecting Parking Occupancy Tax revenue due to the City from all parking lot operators.



Councilmember Koretz Says No to Small Cell Tower Bill

A new pending state bill, SB 649, introduced by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would streamline placement of 5G small cell Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) on electric and light poles in front of businesses and residences. While some may want the equipment near their homes, others won't have a say about it. In a recent letter of opposition addressed to the Assembly Committee on Local Government, Coucilmember Koretz pointed out that not only are the towers not so small but that under this bill, cell towers located in many sensitive areas would lose the critical protection afforded by local government review. In fact, the bill would strip local control over small cell placement, even in residential zones. Council President Herb Wesson also introduced a resolution in opposition to this state bill, but it has not yet come to a vote before the full City council.


Councilmember Koretz honored Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, Councilman Koretz welcomed invited guests to a special Iftar dinner hosted by Consul General of Israel Sam Grundwerg. Also in attendance were Rabbi Marc Schneier, Media Mogul Russell Simmons, who chairs the  Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Simmons led a discussion with Abdul-Jabbar and Muslim community activist Mahomed Akbar Khan about the importance of Muslim-Jewish relations and cross-cultural exchanges. Councilmember Koretz also recognized Mr Abdul-Jabbar on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for his lifetime of community work and leadership fighting discrimination of all kinds and promoting common respect and love for humanity in communities around the world.


Pre-4th of July Free Concert at Westwood Library is Fun for the Whole Family this Sunday, June 25th, 2:30 pm

The upcoming second concert of the Westwood Library’s 2017 season features the Brass Pacifica Quintet, back by popular demand. They will play an array of American popular and patriotic favorites by composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa and George M. Cohan. Additionally, the Quintet will honor veterans and current servicemen and women with the Armed Forces Tribute. The library garage and doors open Sunday, June 25,
2:00 pm at the Westwood Library, 1246 Glendon Avenue. The concert starts at 2:30 pm and  lasts approximately one hour, with no intermission. Free admission and free parking at the library.

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Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these featured LA Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats of the Week from the East Valley & West Valley City Animal Shelters who are ready to come home with you. There are two Los Angeles City shelters in the San Fernando Valley. Both are open Tuesday thru Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays).

MURPHY ID #A1708127
DUNCAN ID #1708585

Murphy and Duncan are ready for adoption at the EAST Valley (L.A. City) Animal Shelter located in Van Nuys at 14409 Vanowen Street, one block east of Van Nuys Boulevard. Call their toll-free line: (888) 452-7381 (menu option 1, then 4, then 5, then 5 again.) Or call (818) 756-9323 for their direct line.

HONEY ID#A1708529
JERRY ID #A1698015

Honey and Jerry are ready for adoption in the WEST Valley (L.A. City) Animal Shelter located in Chatsworth at 20655 Plummer Street, between De Soto and Winnetka. Call their toll free line at (888) 452-7381 (menu option 1, then 4, then 6, then 6 again) or their direct line (818) 756-9325.

Comstock Hills Homeowners Association Annual Fiesta

At the Comstock Hills Homeowners Association's Annual Fiesta, Councilmember Koretz recognized Jan Reichmann, president of the Association, for her leadership and commitment to the betterment of the community. 


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