March 30, 2018   

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring! This weekend, whether your plans include a Passover Seder, an Easter Egg hunt, Nowruz celebrations, or some mischief on April Fool’s Day, my family and my CD5 staff and I send warmest wishes that you are surrounded with love and laughter, good friends and family.

The Los Angeles City Council will be in recess next week but my offices will be open.

Warmly,


Paul Koretz


LEGISLATIVE ACTION


Women Against Gun Violence Recognized for 25 Years of Service, and Council Passes Suicide Prevention Requirement for LA Gun Stores

Councilmember Koretz introduced a Resolution in City Council to recognize the organization, Women Against Gun Violence, for their 25 years of advocacy and service. In addition, the City Council approved an ordinance introduced by Koretz that requires gun stores and firing ranges to display suicide prevention information and a hotline. Everyday an average of 49 suicides are committed utilizing firearms and suicide is the leading cause of death among Californians who have purchased firearms within a year. This preventative measure could go a long way to reducing those numbers.



14th Annual Mediation Awareness Week in Council

This week, the City Council declared Mediation Awareness Week in the City of Los Angeles. Councilmember Koretz was joined by Daniel Ben-Zvi, the chairman of Mediation Awareness Week, and other distinguished guests, including among others, the Honorable Daniel Buckley, Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Courts.  Mediation Awareness Week, now in its 14th year of recognition in City Hall, highlights the option of mediation for people experiencing conflict in their personal or professional lives, and is tremendously beneficial to those individuals and their families and communities. The goal is to continue to increase mediation as the first step toward resolution and litigation should only be used as a last resort when all mediation options have been exhausted.



Hot Dog! It’s Now Pink’s Square!

 
  Gloria, Richard and Beverly Pink were joined by Councilman Paul Koretz after the City Council approved a plan to designate Pink’s Square

The City of Los Angeles, this week, recognized Pink's Hot Dogs on La Brea in celebration of its 78th year! With support from both the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and the Mid City West Community Council, the Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to designate the intersection of La Brea and Melrose as "Pink's Square."

 Councilmember Koretz declared, “I’m so proud to have this historic establishment in my district, and I'm delighted to honor it in this way.  I relish coming by soon for my favorite: the Pink's vegan hot dog.”



Council Votes to Oppose the CA Transit Bill, SB 827, that Councilmember Koretz calls “Insanity”

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 to oppose Senate Bill 827, which would loosen or potentially eliminate restrictions on height, density, parking and design for residential projects near bus and rail stops. The resolution was introduced by Councilmembers David Ryu and Herb Wesson.

Councilmember Koretz rose to call the bill "pure insanity" explaining that while there is clearly a need for affordable housing, this bill would accomplish none of those objectives but could instead decimate existing, historic, residential neighborhoods and displace renters.

Last month, Councilmember Koretz traveled up to Sacramento and met with Senator  Scott Wiener to express his grave concern about the deleterious effects of Wiener's myopic bill.  The Councilmember was also in Sacramento to testify in Committee against another Wiener bill, SB 905, that would allow six cities to decide whether to extend alcohol sales to 4am.  The Councilmember believes it would dramatically increase the number of alcohol related tragedies for Californians even in areas where alcohol sales stop at 2AM but drivers traverse their regions for later alcohol sales.

Councilmember Koretz and several of his colleagues have made pleas to Angelenos to contact your State legislators to express concern.

 

WORKING FOR YOU


Century City Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

This month, Councilmember Koretz met with nearly 100 executives and security directors who represent the high rise corporate and residential buildings of Century City to discuss public safety and emergency preparedness. The event was hosted by the Century City Chamber of Commerce, organized in conjunction with CD5 and moderated by CD5 Chief Deputy of Public Safety.

Thanks to all participants for a productive and informative meeting including LAPD Deputy Chief Denis Kato, LAFD Deputy Chief Ronnie Villanueva, LA Emergency Management Department General Manager Aram Sahakian, LAFD Battalion Chief Lance Mccloskey, LAPD Captain Valencia Thomas, Homeland Security Advisor Richard Mitchem and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Chris Baker.

 

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY


50 Years of Registering Voters

Councilmember Koretz (center), recently celebrated voter registration efforts with Chuck Levin (kneeling), who has been registering voters at Stan’s Donuts in Westwood since 1968. They were joined by friends and volunteers who helped over the years including environmental activist/ actress Alexandra Paul, actor John Kapelos, Stan Berman, who opened Stan’s Donuts in 1963, former Los Angeles Controller Rick Tuttle and members of Koretz’ staff. If you are not registered to vote, or if you have moved, you can register by visiting lavote.net and sos.ca.gov.



Passover Seder with LA Community Leaders

Councilmember Koretz attended the Jewish Federation Passover Seder with community leaders from across the region, sharing stories and wisdom about how to make the region and world a better place.

 
Councilmember Koretz and Council Ryu (CD4) had fun finding the afikomen, a half-piece of matzo which is broken in two during the early stages of Passover Seder and set aside to be eaten as a dessert after the meal. Traditionally, it is hidden during the Seder and the youngsters get to search for it in exchange for a gift or prize.  

City Controller Ron Galperin and Councilmember Koretz enjoyed an evening of stories and tradition with their colleagues and friends.


Councilmembers Koretz and David Ryu even had a playful scallion whipping fight as per tradition.




Celebrating Nowruz, Persian New Year in Council and in Persian Square

Councilmember Koretz was proud to co-host a Persian New Year presentation  and celebration this week in City Council with his colleague Jose Huizar (CD14) and Iranian-Americans from across LA from downtown’s Pershing Square to Persian Square in Westwood. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Controller Ron Galperin joined in on the festivities to honor the rich and vibrant community throughout our City.

Nowruz is a joyous celebration of the spring equinox -- the regeneration of life and new birth of the world. It is a tradition that dates back three millennia. Council District 5 is home to the largest population of Persians in Los Angeles, which has also been known as “Tehrangeles” and CD5 staff were delighted to participate in the vast variety of festivities around Nowruz throughout CD5.

Also in the Persian Square area of Westwood, Councilmember Koretz in cooperation with Beautify Earth, an LA-based grassroots non-profit organization, proudly participated in a public art project  of painting vibrant Persian designs on eight utility boxes. Many people came together over several months to organize the occasion, including two local artists Nicholas Freeman and Ketabsara bookstore owner Masud Valipour who is also a calligrapher. They worked to identify and adapt Persian designs to bring uplifting vibrancy to Westwood Blvd.

The event also highlighted the work of Iranian-Americans who have contributed greatly to LA:

  • Mona Iman: an Iranian-American grass roots human rights activist;
  • Alex Helmi: a community organizer, philanthropist and renowned leader in the Persian community in Westwood;
  • Homa Sarshar: an Iranian-American author, activist, feminist and journalist;
  • Farshid Shooshani: a philanthropist, businessman and Planning Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills;
  • Bita Milanian; an Iranian-American leader, known for connecting the community with technology, art & philanthropy.
  • Senior Vice President in Global Marketing Dariush Eghbali, famous Iranian-American singer. Founder of Ayeneh Foundation, which over the years has empowered thousands of individuals with education, awareness & prevention with regard to substance abuse.
  • Nima Taghavi: an Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist who has been deeply involved in helping the people of Eastern Congo through the Eastern Congo Initiative; and
  • Fatemeh Ibrahimi-Nazarian: Professor at USC Marshall School of Business.

Thank you to everyone who worked to make another wonderful Nowruz in Los Angeles.

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE


Seeking LA Young Women (Ages 13-18) for Councilwoman Martinez’s Advisory Council

To help develop the next generation of women leaders, Councilwoman Nury Martinez is launching the City of Los Angeles’ first ever Young Women’s Advisory Council. Joining the Advisory Council will give girls from across the city  a chance to come together throughout the year and advise the Councilwoman on the issues that matter to them.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a resident of the City of Los Angeles
  • Between the ages of 13-18
  • Exhibit leadership skills on their school campus or in their community
  • Commit to attend four meetings per year

This is a space for all young women including those transgender who identify as women and gender nonconforming persons. 

If you know of someone who would be interested in joining the Advisory Council, please encourage them to apply.  Applications will be accepted through April 27, 2018.

For more information and to apply online, visit Counncilwoman Martinez’s website at:
www.nury-martinez.com/youngwomensadvisorycouncil



LA Animal Services: Important Pet Laws for Every Dog Owner to Follow

If you are a dog owner or are thinking about adding a dog to your home, you know or can’t wait to enjoy the loyal companionship and excitement they bring to your life. Along with the fun, dogs rely on you to care for them, give them food and water and keep them safe. Part of keeping your four-legged friend safe, means following City and State pet laws created to protect you, your dog and your community.

Following the pet laws set out under the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code (“LAMC”), you are on your way to being a responsible owner, protecting your pet and avoiding possible fines.

License your dog (LAMC 53.28)

Dogs are required to be licensed after the age of four months. To obtain a license, dog owners must show proof of spay/neuter and rabies vaccination. The cost for an annual license is $20 per year/per dog. There are a few exemptions for dogs that are not spayed or neutered, but the fees jump from $20 to $100 and can rise to $335 with a breeding permit.

You can license your pet online at anionlinelicense.lacity.org. To get an intact dog license, you can go to your nearest City shelter and provide proof of the exemption and microchip information. To learn more about the exemptions, visit LAAnimalServices.com.

Prevent unwanted litters – Spay or Neuter your dog (LAMC 53.15.2)

Dogs (and cats) are required to be spayed or neutered after the age of four months, with some exemptions allowed. Free spay and neuter vouchers are available at your nearest City shelter for low-income residents. Applications for the vouchers are also available at City of Los Angeles Council field offices.

Obey the Leash Law (LAMC 53.06)

Dogs must be on leash unless they are in your fenced yard or at a dog park that allows off leash exercise.

Do not tether your dog (LAMC 53.70)

Tying up your dog to any stationary object for more than three hours in a 24 hour period or denying them proper food, water and shelter for long periods of time is against the law and can be harmful to your pup’s life.

Scoop your dog’s poop (LAMC 53.49)

Dog owners are required to clean up after their dogs when taking them out in public. Don’t forget the poop bags when you leave your house for a walk.

Click here to download pdf with more information: http://www.laanimalservices.com/pdf/AnimalLawsENG.pdf



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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