September 7, 2018   

Dear Friends,

Los Angeles City Council will be on recess in observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the League of California Cities Annual Conference during the week of September 10th. City Council meetings will resume the week of September 17th.

L’Shana Tovah!

Sincerely,


Paul Koretz


LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Dockless Scooter and Bicycle Pilot Guidelines Approved

The Los Angeles City Council met on Tuesday, September 4,th and approved guidelines for dockless mobility vehicles.  

The new provisions include:

Safety - All vehicles will be required to adhere to California safety standards and submit a record of reported collisions on a monthly basis.  A limit of 15 miles per hour for electric scooters and bikes, front and rear lights required, large, visible messaging on vehicles & in app including: no riding on sidewalks; yield to pedestrians; wear helmets while using. Vehicles must be parked upright and cannot be parked at crosswalks, corners, or curb ramps, blocking the sidewalk or in a manner that impedes regular travel in the public right of way.

Permits/ Fleet Size/ Equity - Under the 120 day conditional permit all new and existing operators will be able to deploy up to 3,000 vehicles throughout the city, with a higher cap in districts with their own pilot programs. Leading up to their annual permit application, operators are required to conduct outreach and determine both equity and safe parking plans to submit with their annual permit application. There are incentives built into the program to encourage companies to serve low-income communities. The LADOT plans to begin accepting applications and issuing annual permits in January 2019. Operators can expand their fleet beyond the initial 3,000 with an additional 2,500 located in CalEnviroScreen designated disadvantaged communities, plus 5,000 more in disadvantaged communities in the San Fernando Valley, for a total fleet size of 10,500 per operator. Operators must provide rental options that do not require credit or smart phones, and offer a low-income customer plan. (Slated to go into effect in 2019). They must also provide a multilingual mobile app, and a call center. To make the system more accessible to people with a range of fitness and abilities, operators would be required to either make 50% of their bike fleets electric-assist or 1% of their bike fleets handicap-accessible.

Operations & Maintenance - Operators must provide maintenance logs and have a staffed operations center.  LADOT is proposing a new data standard for the industry so that we can see in real time how the system is operating and make data-driven management decisions.

Evaluation - Council approval of the regulations will initiate a one year pilot program (beginning in early-2019) to evaluate dockless mobility in Los Angeles, and LADOT is directed to report back on several factors including: data on collision and injury; recommendations for building out bicycle enhanced networks to support new dockless transport; protocols to incentivize good behavior; feasibility of installing parking corrals in high traffic corridors; potential technology to regulate speed; optimal vehicle density; potential for revenue generation.

Councilmember Koretz continues to be very concerned about the public safety and enforcement aspects of the program and expects the conversation to continue in the coming weeks as to the finalized regulations. 



Pets in Publicly Funded Housing Mandate Approved

Councilmember Paul Koretz recently worked with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to propose that any housing built using public funds as part of its financing package be required to allow pets.  The City Council voted on September 4th to support this new policy and to ask the City Attorney to draft an ordinance implementing it.

Councilmember Koretz's goal, quite simply, is to remove a significant barrier for people to be eligible to live in this housing.  With the City getting more involved in the financing and funding of affordable and Measure HHH Supportive Housing for the homeless, this proposal could affect thousands of new housing units and allow hundreds of tenants to find homes for themselves and their pets.

Certain federal and state housing finance programs already carry a "must allow pets" mandate attached to the loans and grants they provide for affordable housing projects.  However, certain key state housing finance programs and all of the City's programs don't require it.  This is the gap Mr. Koretz and the ASPCA targeted with this measure.

While many people may not think of pets as a factor in the City's affordable housing and homelessness issues, they are. The Department of Animal Services tracks the reasons why animals are surrendered at City shelters. Approximately one-fifth of the pet owners in the City of Los Angeles who surrender their companion animals to City shelters, do so because they can't find housing that allows pets.  Homeless service providers add that many persons experiencing homelessness who have pets will refuse to enter shelters or housing if they can't bring their animals with them.

Now that the Council has voted, the City Attorney will work on ordinance language.  At the same time, Councilmember Koretz and various City departments will work with housing providers and other advocates to give guidance to developers and building managers who will be subject to the new requirement on how best to operate buildings with pets if they don't already have experience doing so.  All tenants will be required to adhere to the City's per household pet limits of three dogs and three cats, and building managers probably will be allowed to set lower limits under appropriate circumstances as long as they don't prohibit pets altogether.



Stand Up To Cancer Day in Los Angeles

On August 24th, Councilmember Koretz and CD5 staff held a special City Council presentation to honor Stand Up to Cancer, recognizing the non-profit organization's founders, volunteers and two of their celebrity ambassadors Jimmy Smits and Bree Turner. As part of the presentation, the Los Angeles City Council declared Friday, September 7th as “Stand Up to Cancer Day,” the same day as the national online and live televised telethon.

Councilmember Koretz recognized the organization’s ten years of impact in cancer research that continues to save patients lives. Stand Up To Cancer officials also announced a new collaboration with Charles R. Drew University that will explore raising awareness and participation in clinical trials among diverse communities beginning here in LA.

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE


I-105 Exit Will Be Closed As Part of Westbound Imperial Highway Resurfacing This Weekend

Motorists should allow extra time heading towards Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) due to a street resurfacing project performed by the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services on westbound Imperial Highway, between Sepulveda Blvd. and Main St., Saturday, September 8th & Sunday, September 9th, from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

As part of this work, the Imperial Highway exit from Interstate 105 will be closed. Vehicles will have to exit at the northbound or southbound Sepulveda Boulevard off-ramps. Eastbound Imperial Highway will remain open at all times.

Motorists can use Sepulveda Boulevard/Pacific Coast Highway and Rosecrans Boulevard or other east-west routes to avoid the construction. LAX partners with Waze to provide enhanced information on conditions inside the airport and on nearby roadways.



September Is Firefighter Appreciation Month

“Firefighter Appreciation Month" is a California statewide campaign during September dedicated to celebrating our heroic California Firefighters, and the California Fire Foundation is asking for your help.

Awareness and funds raised through public participation will help fund the CA Fire Foundation’s vital programs, such as scholarships for children of parents who’ve died in the line of duty, a memorial to honor the sacrifice of our fallen firefighters, on-site gift cards for victims of fire and disaster to obtain necessities like food and medicine, and fire safety education and prevention initiatives throughout the state. The campaign culminates in Sacramento with a Memorial for our fallen heroes on September 29th.

The California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is owned and operated by California Professional Firefighters, the largest statewide organization serving the needs of firefighters in California. The fund is dedicated to promoting the businesses and community with whom they partner by securing media attention, as well as integrating celebrity endorsements.  

To find more information on the Foundation and to view the above video and highlights from previous campaigns, please visit www.cafirefoundation.org/thankafirefighter.



“Hero Hired” Career and Resource Fair

The Valley Economic Alliance presents the Annual "Hero Hired" Veteran Job and Resource Fair which will take place on Thursday, October 11th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm, at Los Angeles Valley College.

More than 500 veterans will participate in the job fair, at L.A. Valley College’s Monarch Hall located at 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91401. The job fair gives veterans access to over 60 employers and resource companies.  Employers will be taking resumes, interviewing candidates and hiring at the event.

Job Seeker Registration – https://bit.ly/2mhl2LW



Free Concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall, September 22nd

The American Youth Symphony kicks off its “Year of the Woman” with Tambor from Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower at 7pm on September 22nd at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Led by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, the concert also features Rachmaninoff’s groundbreaking third symphony, and a showcase performance from 2018 Concerto Competition winner, Sérgio Coelho, of John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto.

Heralded as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” by KUSC’s Jim Svejda, the American Youth Symphony (AYS) has been fulfilling its mission to inspire the future of classical music for over 50 years. AYS presents exceptional, innovative concerts based on a landmark Fellowship program for young professional musicians in high school through doctoral music programs. Competitively selected, the 100-piece orchestra represents extraordinary talent from all over the world. AYS concerts are offered for free or significantly reduced admission, out of a long-standing dedication to cultural equity and inclusiveness. By sharing these remarkable performances with the community, the American Youth Symphony remains committed to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the power and inspiration of classical music.

Reserve your FREE tickets online at https://aysymphony.org/tickets/ or call 310-470-2332



Free rides on September 22nd to celebrate Car Free Day!

That's right, on September 22, 2018, Metro Bike Share is offering free rides to celebrate Car Free Day!

To redeem your ride, walk up to any Metro Bike Share station and enter promo code 9222018 when purchasing a Single Ride. The first 30 minutes of each ride are free, and after that the standard rate of $1.75 per 30 minutes applies.

Metro Bike Share will also be hosting a free Metro Bike ride in Downtown LA to celebrate Car Free Day.  More information is available at https://bikeshare.metro.net




Sign Up For A Free Street Tree

Trees provide an urban canopy that not only beautifies neighborhoods and potentially decreases heating/cooling costs, but also provides shade and helps improve our air quality.

Because of excessive heat and drought, many trees in Los Angeles are suffering.  If you are able, please remember to water parkway trees several times a week (particularly during heat waves) to keep them healthy.  A parkway is the space between your sidewalk and the street curb. 

If you are an LA City resident, the City may be able to plant trees in front of your home. Apply for trees below and be sure to specify in the comments section that you want parkway trees.  City Plants division of LA DWP will come out to your house to see if planting in the parkway is possible - not all parkways have enough room for a tree. If you get a parkway tree, you will be responsible for watering it during the first five years while it establishes its roots.

If you'd like a tree for your parkway, please visit www.lacitysan.org/freetree

Anyone interested in beautifying their street/block/community with trees can call 213-485-3954 to learn about being part of the Community Canvasser program.

 

IN THE COMMUNITY


The Overland Avenue Farmers Market Now Open Sundays

Councilmember Koretz joined members of the Westside Neighborhood Council and Pick Pico for the grand opening of the Overland Farmer’s Market (at the corner of Pico and Overland).  The Farmer’s Market is open every Sunday from 9am to 1pm.  Please be sure to stop by for some fresh local ingredients and community fun. Can’t wait until you get home? You can nibble as you shop on tacos, tamales, BBQ with roasted corn, or pick up some prepared sides like hummus or fresh nuts.  There’s even a bounce house for the kids.



Encino Community Center is Getting a Face Lift

The Encino Community Center, located at 4935 Balboa Boulevard, is undergoing major renovations and is on target to be completed in mid-October.  With Prop K funds, CD5 staff have been working with the Department of Recreation and Parks for nearly three years to renovate the entire community center to meet ADA compliance to ensure it is accessible to the entire community for classes, meetings and in the event of emergencies.

Upon completion, the interior of the building will have been remodeled from top to bottom.  The new community center will feature a state-of-the-art dance studio for performing arts and music classes, a newly developed auditorium designed with a theatrical stage, community rooms, child development areas, handicap accessible restrooms, a renovated kitchen and brand new administrative offices.  The exterior of the center will also be landscaped with drought resistant plants and there will be improved wheelchair access to and from the parking lot.

Although the community center is still undergoing construction, we are hoping to invite the community to the Center’s ribbon cutting in the near future. In the meantime, we are consulting with local Fire Station 83, located across the street, to get more feedback on the fire safety systems and are looking forward to continued collaboration between the Encino Chamber of Commerce and LAFD to offer Community Emergency Response Training courses for the public at this location.

A huge shout out goes to the Department of Recreation and Parks for all their efforts in working with CD5 staff toward a timely completion and to the Encino Chamber of Commerce for helping to ensure that the Center will continue to be the heart of the community in Encino. This vibrant community center will provide a place for all ages to gather and engage in educational, social, and recreational opportunities for years to come.



Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter dog, cats and bunny of the week from the West LA & East Valley City Animal Shelters. Please come meet our companion animals – they need homes now. The shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm (closed Mondays). Click on any photo below for details.

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