February 24, 2018   

Dear Friends,

Many Los Angeles residents are falling behind in so many ways and we often hear about friends,  neighbors and community members who are struggling to find affordable housing, can't afford college degrees, or are grappling to make ends meet.  So, I was especially delighted to join Eighth District Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Targeted Local Hire program, a joint effort between the City and the Coalition of Unions to identify and hire entry-level candidates who might otherwise be overlooked due to life circumstances in the vetting process.  This is a wonderful program that targets Los Angeles residents, including foster youth, formerly incarcerated or homeless, and provides an alternate entry into the local middle-class job market that the City offers.

These enthusiastic LA City employees were hired through the Targeted Local Hire Program and came to City Hall to celebrate the program’s first successful year with Councilmembers Koretz (CD5), Councilmember Harris-Dawson (CD8), and former Los Angeles Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg

The Targeted Local Hire program is committed to “develop innovative workforce development strategies to meet the needs of City residents and stakeholders, strengthen delivery of City services, and provide career opportunities to local residents.”

Just imagine where this program can take us in another year, or FIVE!!

I am excited to find out.



Turning Down The Volume on Party Houses

On Wednesday, February 21st, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to rein in out-of-control party houses in Los Angeles. The ordinance creates a series of escalating fines against the homeowners or those who rent from them, who use their homes for massive gatherings that disturb neighbors, block the public right-of-way, and threaten public safety. It includes increasing fines  of up to $8,000. The ordinance also requires those who violate the ordinance to post a public notice for 30 days notifying neighbors of their unlawful conduct.

The ordinance, which was supported by a variety of neighborhood councils and community organizations, is meant to dissuade property owners from renting out their homes to professional party-throwers and reduce the likelihood of future violations, freeing up law enforcement personnel for other purposes.

“Too often, we have seen people renting out their homes for the express purpose of turning it into a venue for elaborate events,” Councilmember Paul Koretz noted. “These aren’t barbeques or birthday parties, these are massive events with cover fees and throngs of people tossing cigarette butts in fire prone areas. Trying to control them has been a challenge for the City because the laws and jurisdictional authority have not been clear. This ordinance changes that.”

Various neighborhoods in Council District 5 have complained about these commercialized parties and their attendant nuisances for several years. In recent months, Koretz staffers have worked closely with LAPD and other City departments to identify and ride herd on the worst offenders more effectively than in the past. But the new ordinance provides the City with a focused set of procedures and punishments to better address the phenomenon.

“With this new ordinance, the party is over for these completely out-of-hand neighborhood headaches," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "With escalating fines into the thousands of dollars, this ordinance has the teeth to help us continue our house party prosecutions with greater effectiveness.”

Escalating fines, by the numbers…

ü  $100 for the first violation

ü  $500 for the second violation

ü  $1,000 for the third violation

ü  $2,000 for the fourth violation

ü  $4,000 for the fifth violation

ü  $8,000 for the sixth and subsequent violation

The party house law allows for escalating fines on party hosts and homeowners to ensure that hosts who throw unruly parties in multiple homes are increasingly cited for multiple offenses, and that property owners remain culpable for renting out their homes to party house operators.

The effort to control these parties began several years ago with a proposal by former Councilmember Tom LaBonge which was seconded by Councilmember Koretz. Councilmember David Ryu picked up the issue when he replaced LaBonge in 2016, leading to the passage of the new ordinance. Another aspect of the problem – the short-term renting out of uninhabited homes for parties or other purposes – also is expected to be addressed in the Home Sharing Ordinance the City Council likely will be voting on in the spring.

Read the ordinance here:


Traffic Advisory This Weekend in West Los Angeles

The Bureau of Street Services will resurface Olympic Blvd. (from Beverly Glen Bl. to Midvale Ave.) this Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There will be full closure of the street with the above limits during scheduled working hours.

Please plan accordingly. The public is advised to use Pico Bl., Santa Monica Bl., or other alternate routes.

Reminder: Balboa Boulevard Earthquake Resistant Pipeline Replacement Project Begins This Week

The Balboa Boulevard Earthquake Resistant Pipeline Replacement Project is scheduled to begin this Monday evening, (2/26) along Balboa Blvd. (between Burbank Blvd. and Ventura Blvd.) The purpose of this project is to replace approximately one mile of water mainline that was first installed in 1932 with earthquake resistant ductile iron pipe. This is part of LADWP’s plan to install 10 miles of earthquake resistant pipe within the next three years, adding to the 2.3 miles of earthquake resistant pipe already installed.

This section of mainline replacement is being constructed due to the history of seismic activity in the area, which includes the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Resilience to seismic activity in this area is of primary importance due to critical facilities located along this corridor, which include schools, a community center, medical facilities and a fire station.

Project Benefits

  • Replace aging infrastructure
  • Enhance fire protection
  • Increase resiliency to seismic activity and water system durability
  • Improve water system reliability and flexibility

Construction Schedule

  • February 2018 - February 2019
  • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with occasional evening work until 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday through Saturday: Occasional overnight construction may occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Evening construction will take place during Phase I near the 101 Ventura Freeway on ramps on Balboa Blvd. and during Phase III at the intersection of Balboa Blvd. and Ventura Blvd.

Construction Details

A minimum of one lane will be available to northbound and southbound traffic in construction zones. Construction in these zones will be done in sections during each phase of the project to minimize parking and traffic impacts.

Temporary tow-away/no parking signs will be posted as needed. Driveway and local access will be provided.

Updated information can be found at www.ladwp.com/balboaEQpipe


Share Your Thoughts About Open Space in Los Angeles for the LA2040 Plan

Please join "OurLA2040 Community Conversation" taking place in South L.A  this Saturday, February 24th, 10:00am -12:00pm at Audubon Middle School Auditorium, 4120 11th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

Your attendance and participation at this meeting will help shape a collective vision for the future of open space in Los Angeles. 

Click here for event flyer and help us spread the word! En Español aqui.

Please consider taking public transportation: Metro Expo Line to the Expo/Crenshaw stop. Parking lot entrance is located near the corner of 11th Ave. and Stocker St. Additional street parking is also available.

Refreshments, Spanish language translation, and children’s activities will be provided. Traducción en español disponible.

Los Angeles Wants Your Feedback On the Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project

The Bureau of Engineering is looking for community feedback on the design of the Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project, the City's new 42-acre parcel along the LA River.

The Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project is a major step toward revitalization of the LA River. The transformation of this newly-acquired, 42-acre, river-adjacent site will create habitat restoration, support environmental cleanup and sustainability, and open more than one mile of direct river access to local communities.

The online survey will end after March 1st.

LA Fire Department is Hiring! Attend the LAFD Career Expo - March 10th

The Los Angeles Fire Department is hiring! Attend the LAFD Career ExpoSaturday, March 10th, and learn about the broad range of career opportunities that LAFD offers. Try on equipment, learn about job requirements, and talk to experienced firefighters and paramedics.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Career Expo:

Saturday March 10, 2018
10 AM – 2 PM
Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center
(in Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium)
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Visit http://joinLAFD.org for more information, email joinLAFD@lacity.org, or call the LAFD Recruitment Section at (213) 893-9899. 

Free Spay and Neuter Vouchers Available

February is recognized as National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month to encourage pet owners to have their companion animals sterilized before the warmer months of the year are upon us, when puppies and kittens are born.

L.A. Animal Services offers free spay/neuter services to low-income L.A. City residents and discount coupons to any City resident for three dogs and three cats per household. The free and discount vouchers are available at all six L.A. Animal Services Shelters.

By spaying or neutering your cat or dog and spreading the word to others, you are helping to prevent unwanted pets births, reduce stray animals and decrease the number of pets crowding our City animal shelters!

Spaying or neutering your cat or dog not only reduces shelter intake but it may enhance the life of your four-legged friend:
- Spaying or neutering may add to the longevity of your best buddy by decreasing the risk of certain cancers and other diseases.
- Spaying or neutering decreases the chances of your pet roaming. As a result, they are less likely to escape your yard and get lost or hit by a car.
- Spaying or neutering may reduce or eliminate males from marking objects with urine and females will not have heat cycles.
- Spaying or neutering may curb undesirable behaviors such as fighting or biting.

To learn more about L.A. Animal Services Spay and Neuter programs and find participating veterinary hospitals, spay/neuter clinics and mobile spay/neuter clinics in your area, visit LAAnimalServices.com/spay-neuter.

February 24 is Palms Neighborhood Clean Up Day

Palms Neighborhood Clean Up Day is THIS Saturday, 10am-1pm! First attendees will receive one of these great t-shirts. Breakfast will be provided at 10am and pizza will be served after the volunteer day at 1pm.

Make sure to bring water and sunscreen. Cleaning equipment (brooms, dustpans and gloves) will be provided but if you have your own heavy duty gloves, feel free to bring them! Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/PalmsCleanup

Palms Residents – Your Neighborhood Council Wants You!

You are invited to attend and become a voting member of the Palms Neighborhood Council.  Participate by serving on one of the Neighborhood Council's many committees: Homelessness & Public Safety, Transportation & Infrastructure, Planning & Land Use, Outreach & Communications, Green & Sustainability, and Commercial Corridor Activation (aka business and public art).

March 3rd is Clean Up Encino Day

Join your neighbors and bring your friends and family to “Clean Up Encino Day,” Saturday, March 3rd, 8:00 am –11:00 am.  Volunteer check-in will be at the Encino Chamber office (4933 Balboa Blvd., Encino 91316).

Spend the morning picking up trash and cleaning up around the community. Bring your work/ garden gloves. Water, trash bags, brooms, rakes and shovels will be provided. Students will earn volunteer service hours.


Valley Beth Shalom Gets A Facelift

Councilmember Koretz and Planning Deputy Aviv Kleinman toured the site of Valley Beth Shalom's future multipurpose recreation center last week in Encino. The building will include a library, basketball court, prayer hall, children's library, and an outdoor meditation area. CD5 has been working closely with this project to ensure it is completed in harmony with the community.

LADWP Projected Plan for Water Pipeline

Councilmember Koretz and staff met with LADWP, Department of Transportation, LAPD, Bureau of Street Services and the Emergency Management Department to review and amend the LADWP projected plan for water pipeline replacement on Benedict Canyon, in order to assure the smallest possible footprint in regards to duration and best traffic mitigation plan be in place.  Stay tuned for updates.

Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out this week's LA Animal Shelter dog, cat, and bunnies from the East Valley and West LA Animal Shelters. Please come meet these wonderful animals – they need homes now. The shelters 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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