July 4th is one of the best days of summer. Whether you take your party to the beach or stick with a backyard barbecue, remember that fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles! Fireworks are dangerous - they can cause serious injury and death to people, damage homes and property, and potentially start brush fires.

The Emergency Management Department wants us to remind you to celebrate safely. For more safety preparation please visit www.ReadyLA.org

Here are our tips for a safe celebration:

  • Leave the fireworks to the professionals
  • Closely monitor kids swimming in pools to prevent drowning
  • Keep grills away from exterior walls and other structures that may burn
  • Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water throughout the day

LA Animals Services would also like you to know that they are preparing for their busiest time of year! They need your help to make space in our crowded shelters for the influx of terrified lost pets by fostering a pet for four days or more. If you won't be in town or can't foster at this time, please help us spread the word!

The loud sounds of July 4th fireworks frighten dogs and cats. If they get out of the house or yard, they run in fear. Then these frightened pets can’t find their way home and end up at our City shelters. 

There are hundreds of wonderful animals of all ages, breeds and sizes waiting to be your temporary companion. Fostering is a great way to see what it’s like to have a four-legged addition to your family. Go to LAAnimalServices.com/foster to learn more or go to the City Animal Shelter nearest you and ask for a Foster application. They'll get you fostering a pet right away!



Councilmember Koretz Sworn In For Third Term

Proud to be sworn in for a third term representing Council District Five. Councilmember Koretz wishes to thank all of his friends, his staff and family who worked to make this happen again. Councilmember Koretz sends congratulations to his Council colleagues who were also sworn in again Saturday evening and to Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin and City Attorney Mike Feuer  And welcome to LA City Council Monica Rodriguez who will represent Council District 7!

Councilmember Committee Assignments

Once again Councilmember Koretz will be chairing the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee. He will now serve as Vice Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee and Vice Chair on the Ad Hoc Committee on Police Reform. He continues as a member on the Transportation Committee and on the Budget and Finance Committee, as well.



Progress at the Beverly Center

Councilmember Koretz goes on a hard hat walking tour for an update on the progress at the Beverly Center with Nicolai Shultz, Director (L), Development, Taubman and Ralph Barnes, General Manager, Beverly Center (R).

Councilmember Koretz and his planning deputy Faisal Alserri recently toured the ongoing renovation of the Beverly Center. Taubman, the owner of the iconic shopping center, is currently undertaking a $500 million refurbishment that includes upgrades to both the interior and exterior.

The goals of the project are to transform and modernize the Beverly Center by opening it up from the outside in; creating new streetscape elements that enhance the pedestrian experience, adding architectural treatments to modernize the façade and soften its impact on passsersby, and investing in parking upgrades Taubman hopes will improve accessibility for visitors.


Councilmber Koretz Discusses Climate Change

Councilmember Koretz appeared on Charter Communication’s Local Edition to discuss the severity of climate change and how Los Angeles is mobilizing to work against it.

Click here to watch the interview.

LA Animals Need A Home

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).

With those big brown Beagle-eyes, the sweetness in Norman's (ID # A1709855) little face is irresistible. Norman is at the East Valley Shelter. Norman is just 1 year old, 21 pounds, and already neutered.  The shelter scares Norman, so he is shy when he first meets you.  With a calm, quiet introduction, he soon warms up with all his sweetness, kindness and love!  Norman transforms into a total love-bug who adores your attention!  Norman got adopted but the landlord found out and made the family send him back to the shelter.  They said he was always gentle, very good with other nice dogs and with their cat too.  Norman will do best in an adult home that can give him quiet at first, so he can forget he was ever in a shelter and just show you his big loving heart!   

Fritz (ID # A1682150) is at the East Valley Shelter and he is a really cool dog.  He is a neutered Irish Wolfhound mix, so he has soft medium-length pastel gray fur with melon highlights.  Fritz LOVES people!!  He works for yummy treats -- good boy Fritz!! The East Valley shelter loves Fritz so much that when he got impounded at a different L.A. city shelter, they wanted him and asked for Fritz to be transferred to East Valley!  Tall, sleek Fritz is 5 years young.  Being an Irish Wolfhound mix, Fritz is a tall, stately fellow at 102 gorgeous, eye-catching pounds.  He's a big lovable boy who's looking for his forever home.  Come meet unique and very social Fritz today!

Huxley (ID #A1705282) is available at the West Valley Shelter.  He is a beautifully marked Silvery Tabby with a fantastically sweet, gentle and very affectionate style. Huxley is 5 years old, already neutered, and a serenely easy-going, agreeable fellow, so easy to love!  If you're looking for a quiet cuddle-companion to snuggle with you on the couch or sleep with you on your bed, Huxley is the perfect cat for you.  Huxley LOVES when you pet him and he will roll over on his back -- so cute!!!  Want unconditional love plus lots (and lots!!) of soothing charm?  Huxley is your guy. 

Lovable Loki (ID #A1707808) is available at the East Valley Shelter. This instantly friendly 8-year old has a BEAUTIFUL Tuxedo coat, cute white boots and big, captivating celadon eyes with movie-star eyeliner. His adorable black-tipped nose begs for kisses!! Even better is Loki’s warm, welcoming style. Loki loves attention, and happily jumps right down from his favorite cat-tree napping spot to greet you when you enter. He will rush over to lovingly rub up against you for love and purr!! He is housed in the shelter’s group cat room and he is friendly and peaceful with them all. Loki needs to be an inside -only cat, so he can stay safe always!


Los Angeles to Unveil the Freedom Sculpture - July 4th

The Freedom Sculpture will be unveiled and officially gifted in a FREE public ceremony at the culmination of the inaugural L.A. Freedom Festival, which will take place on Tuesday July 4, 2017 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm at a street closed section of Santa Monica Blvd. and Avenue of the Stars. Councilmember Koretz will accept the sculpture on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. In addition to the unveiling, the L.A Freedom Festival will be a celebration of diversity and unity in Los Angeles, featuring amazing multi-ethnic foods, diverse musical acts, and a grand fireworks finale!

The festival is anticipated to be attended by thousands of Angelenos and visitors from a wide variety of ethnicities, cultures, lifestyles and backgrounds and many dignitaries.

The Freedom Sculpture, will be a “Statue of Liberty” for the West Coast -- A crowd-supported public monument that will be gifted to stand in the heart of Los Angeles.  It is inspired by the humanitarian ideals of freedom, respect for cultural diversity and inclusiveness that originated with Cyrus the Great of Persia 2,500 years ago and which have been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for all by the Founding Fathers. The Freedom Sculpture will be officially unveiled in a citywide celebration on July 4th, 2017. It will stand from that day on as a reminder of the universally shared values that truly make America great.

To date over a million people from across America and around the world have supported the creation of the Freedom Sculpture making it the most widely crowd-supported monumental gift in U.S. history! To learn more about this project and event, please visit FreedomSculpture.org

For a listing of parking, driving directions and more details please visit: freedomsculpture.org

Safe Fireworks Around LA

Check out the listings below of nearby Independence Day celebrations and weekend events for 2017.

Grand Park 4th Of July Block Party
Cost: Free
Location: 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thousands of families will gather at LA’s Grand Park for live music, food, and a 9 p.m. fireworks show.

4th Of July Extravaganza
Cost: Free
Location: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive
Time: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thousands will head down to Exposition Park at the Coliseum for live music, rides, booth, food and a fireworks show finale.

Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
Cost: $25, $125 for VIPs
Location: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave, Los Angeles
Time: 6 p.m.
A fireworks extravaganza will cap an evening of live entertainment, a car show and face-painting. Neighbors will gather on the sidewalks surrounding the studios for free.

Metro Bike Share Offers $2 Tuesdays on Fourth of July

This Fourth of July ride a Metro Bike to your Independence Day festivities. Walk-up rides are only $2 every 30 minutes EVERY Tuesday. So skip the traffic and pedal off that Independence Day barbecue this Tuesday!

And don't forget every Tuesday after walk-up rides of 30 minutes or less are only $2. Use code 2222 at the kiosk to redeem your ride. Come and go as you please and use as many times as you like on Tuesdays only. All trips 30 minutes or less are $2 and $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter.


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