Councilmember Paul Koretz to Speak in Support of AB 485

The Los Angeles City Council is in summer recess from July 5th through July 24th. Full City Council will resume Tuesday, July 25th. But Councilmember Koretz's staff has been hard at work on a variety of community and legislative issues during the recess. In fact, on Monday, July 17th Councilmember Koretz will travel to Sacramento to attend the CA State Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee hearing to speak in support of Assembly Bill 485 (O’Donnell) Pet Rescue & Adoption Act.

AB 485 is based on the ordinance banning mill-bred animals from pet shops established in Los Angeles by Councilmember Koretz in 2013.  As such, Los Angeles was the first major city in the US to do so. Under AB 485, pet shops selling dogs, cats or rabbits throughout California would have to obtain them from animal shelters or non-profit rescue organizations.


DMV Disabled Parking Placard Listening Forum Invitation

The California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) is encouraging the public to join a discussion on the DMV Disabled Parking Placard and share thoughts on the ways the program is working and not working. They are also looking for ways to deter the misuse of disabled parking placards while maintaining access for people with disabilities. A listening forum will be held on July 18, 2017 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the California Endowment (Big Sur Room), 1000 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA (Free parking is available.) Go to www.ccda.ca.gov to find out more about participating by teleconference/ webinar or to request accommodations for individuals with disabilities. RSVP has been extended and there are a few seats remaining. If you would like to attend in person, please RSVP to LeeAnn Nguyen at the Center for Collaborative Policy by calling (916) 445-2079 or via email: l.nguyen@csus.edu.

Individuals can also register either in advance or on the day of. Register to participate in the panel discussion via Webinar (chat by typing via the internet) at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1769590681576795650

Or via live captioning: http://global.gotomeeting.com/join/244842589 (live captioning will be offered for the entire meeting except for the small group discussions).

Planning 101 Trainings for LA Community Members

The Department of City Planning and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will be hosting a series of Planning 101 Trainings throughout the month of August. The trainings are intended to provide an overview of the basic elements of planning, land use, and zoning for community members who are new to the planning process or those who would like to get a refresher course. Please RSVP if you would like to attend one of these trainings by email lisette.covarubias@lacity.org  or via phone at 213.978.1321

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00pm-9:30pm 
Westchester Municipal Building
7166 W. Manchester Ave, Community Room
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Monday, August 28, 6:00pm-9:30pm 
Pacoima City Hall
13520 Van Nuys Blvd, 2nd Floor
Pacoima, CA 91342

Southwest Valley Community Plan Update

Save the dates: Review and participate in shaping land use recommendations affecting the whole Southwest part of the San Fernado Valley including Encino, Tarzana and Lake Balboa. This workshop is a vital component in the Department of City Planning's engagement with the community on the long range vision for the management of growth and improvement of quality of life within the Southwest San Fernando Valley. These events are special workshops for stakeholders as part of the Southwest Valley Community Plans Update. To RSVP & for more info: www.swvalleyplans.org/participation.

Lake Balboa:
Tuesday, July 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Birmingham High School MPR,
17000 Haynes St
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Thursday, July 27, 6:00-8:00pm
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center
18312 Oxnard St,
Tarzana, CA 91356

Post Office Beautification Volunteers Needed

There will be a Post Office clean up in the Pico Robertson neighborhood district at 1270 S Alfred St. on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th (9:00am – 5:00pm.) Volunteers and donations are being sought. Contact: Siri Gopal Singh, (310) 499 3663 satnamyall@gmail.com

Goals and Plans:

  • Beautify the Post Office
  • Spread and install large scale layered mulch (cardboard and wood chips)
  • Plant drought tolerant plants with a design element
  • Plant trees - if some are donated
    Build strong civic pride and HAVE FUN!!!!  


  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Any yard tools (shovels, rakes, pitchforks)  
  • Water and food

Donations Needed:

  • Water saving plants & native trees -  potted plants, large cuttings, plants dug up out of your yard, any that can survive with little water.
  • Large Pieces of Cardboard or large boxes to be broken down on site
  • Small landscaping flags to mark water outlets and plants for watering 
  • If someone can't work, they can bring refreshments and cheer us on!
  • Anything you think will benefit the beautification of the area

We had a lot of fun and made a big impact on the space last time.  The More the Merrier. 


Save the Date: Encino Park Movie Night Featuring the Animated Movie, Sing

Join us on Saturday, July 22 for a FREE Encino Park Movie Night presented by the Encino Neighborhood Council featuring the animated movie, SING: 6:00 PM Food Trucks; 7:00 PM Center Stage Opera presented by the Encino Neighborhood Council; 8:30 PM Featured film SING (Bring your own picnics, blankets, and low folding chairs) at Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd.

Freedom Sculpture Unveiled

On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Koretz accepted the "Freedom Sculpture," a crowd supported public monument that was gifted to the City to stand in the heart  of LA on Santa Monica Blvd at the intersection of Century Park East. 
An estimated crowd of 75,000 people showed up for the official unveiling on July 4, 2017. The sculpture, that some are calling a “Statue of Liberty” for the West Coast, 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.


LADWP Water and Solar Updates

LADWP continues to manage the excess runoff water from the near record Eastern Sierra snowpack by distributing that water along the LA Aqueduct system to help replenish local groundwater aquifers. As more snow melts with increased temperatures, LADWP will step up its water spreading efforts. As of June 21, more than 3.93 billion gallons of water have been spread through these efforts, enough to supply 384,000 single family homes in LA.

In addition, LADWP has commissioned the world’s most powerful rooftop solar project, capable of generating enough renewable energy to power nearly 5,000 homes annually. LA DWP’s Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) offers free, energy-efficient repairs and upgrades to LADWP’s residential customers, designed to reduce their energy and water bills. To apply, go to http://www.ladwp.com/HEIP

LAPD Hiring Expo, Saturday, July 15

The City's Personnel Department and LAPD are teaming up to hold an interactive hiring expo, Saturday, July 15 at 9:00 am.  Those attending will learn of the choices and opportunities available within LAPD, as well as other public safety careers offered throughout the City. 

Career options are virtually unlimited with opportunities in more than 200 career areas as diverse as the City:  Choose your own path into elite units including Bomb Squad, K-9 Unit, Air Support, Mounted Unit, and maybe even SWAT.  All of these elite units will be on hand to provide insight about a career with LAPD.

To learn more about the careers and opportunities with LAPD, the hiring and selections process, and to take the Written Test, all interested are invited to the Los Angeles City Personnel Department this Saturday.

The LAPD Written Test will be offered twice at the Personnel Building on July 15: 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., 700 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  For more information go to JoinLAPD.com.

Burbank Blvd Clean Up Postponed One Week to July 24th 

The Army Corp of Engineers has informed us that the clean up of Burbank Blvd (between Balboa and Havenhurst,) that had been previously scheduled for this coming Monday, July 17th has been postponed one week and is now scheduled for Monday, July 24th from 7:00am to 3:00pm.  Drivers will be warned that the southbound right lane will be closed before entering the clean up area of Balboa Blvd. 

Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats of the Week from the East Valley & West Valley City Animal Shelters that were impounded as of June 22nd. Please come meet our dogs and cats – they need homes now. Both shelter are open Tuesday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays).  Click on any photo below for details.


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