October 12, 2018   

Dear Friends,

This past Monday I was proud to join in the first inaugural Indigenous People’s Day in the City of Los Angeles. City Hall and surrounding parks were full of ceremonial and educational programs on Tongva land. We honored our history and acknowledged our shortcomings in our efforts to correct our past and heal ancestral trauma through extremely informative panel discussions about the history and the future of Indigenous people in Los Angeles.


Paul Koretz


LA City Council Approves Brush Clearance Ordinance

Fire Season is now year-round due to the negative ramifications of climate change and it seems it will be this way for the foreseeable future.  Over the past year Los Angeles has seen a tremendous increase in the number of fires in the hillsides and several of those fires were started by metal-blade weed whackers being used, ironically, to clear hillside brush.  

After the most recent “Portola” fire in June of 2017 in the Benedict Canyon area, Councilmembers Paul Koretz and David Ryu (CD4), introduced a motion seeking a ban on metal-blade weed whacker use in the hillsides considered to be the "Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone."  Together, CD4 and CD5 represent much of Central Los Angeles' hillsides from Griffith Park to Bel-Air.
Since then, Councilmember Koretz and staff have been working very closely with LAFD Chief Terrazas to determine best practices in brush clearance and increases in safety precautions.  On Wednesday, October 10th, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance drafted by the City Attorney that bans metal-blade weed whackers in high risk areas. The ordinance was approved with an urgency clause, which means it takes effect as soon as the Mayor signs it into law, within the next 10 days. It also has new requirements that proper extinguishing agents be nearby during brush clearance and that brush clearance cannot be conducted during red flag days.  It also creates new penalties for violations.

Once the ordinance is signed by the Mayor, if individuals are observed outside of compliance, the person witnessing the act is urged to contact the LAFD,  https://www.lafd.org/fire-prevention/brush/report-hazard, by calling 800.994.4444 or sending an email to LAFDBrush@lacity.org. An inspector will be dispatched and MUST witness the act happening for the person to be fined.



LA Sanitation Informational Bulletin: Update on Flea-Borne Typhus

In response to LA County Department of Public Health declaring an outbreak of Flea-Borne Typhus in downtown Los Angeles, LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) have begun supplementary deployment within the County Designated Typhus Zone.

The established LASAN Operation Healthy Streets (OHS) Skid Row Zone will continue to receive its regular deployment of a comprehensive clean-up of each street on a 2-week rotation. This includes Homeless Encampment processing and cleanings, Illegal Dumping removal, and sidewalk and street cleaning services. LASAN Livability Services including Clean Streets LA and Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement (H.O.P.E.) operations will continue citywide as normally scheduled.

LASAN will match OHS Skid Row deployment to include the County Designated Typhus Zone. This will include a comprehensive clean-up of each street within the County Designated Typhus Zone on a 4-6 week rotation.

LASAN will also deploy and service new wire baskets in the County Designated Typhus Zone. Further, LASAN recycLA Environmental Compliance Inspectors will visit and assist local businesses and multi-family complexes, ensuring adequate trash and recycling services are being provided.

The systemic servicing of all identified service requests within the County Designated Typhus Zone will eliminate any perceived backlog. LASAN will work closely with LA County Public Health for other preventative measures, including bringing in expertise of LA County Department of Agriculture, Weights, and Measures.

During this operation LASAN will maintain regular and constant communication with the public, the Office of the Mayor, City Councilmembers and their staffs. LASAN will also ensure constant communication with CCA, CCEA, downtown BID Consortium, Missions, LAHSA and other partners to provide updates and assist with the dissemination of sanitation tips publicly.


Download PDF of Informational Bulletin HERE.

Coldwater Canyon Temporary Traffic Reduction

Hillside commuters may want to plan ahead next week. LADWP crews will need to perform an emergency water service repair at Coldwater Canyon starting Monday, October 15.

The southbound parking lane will be closed at 1860 Coldwater Canyon Dr.  Note that ALL traffic controls will be in place and traffic and at least one lane of travel will remain available. LADWP expects to complete the job within one week.  

Encino and West Los Angeles Community Plan Updates

The City Planning Department has initiated a series of updates to nine community plans, as part of an ongoing citywide effort to update all 35 by 2024.

There are several new “concept” workshops scheduled to unveil conceptual changes to the Community Plan. You are encouraged to attend and learn about the Community Plan affecting your community’s blueprint for growth and land use and to provide feedback. The Department of City Planning wants to hear from you.

What is a Community Plan?  The City Planning Department has made this instructional video to help explain:

Encino residents who would like information on the Southwest Valley Community Plans, go to: https://www.swvalleyplans.org/encino-tarzana.html

Upcoming meetings for Encino:

  • Wednesday, October 17, 4pm - 8pm at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356; and,

  • Monday, November 5, 4pm- 8pm at Crespi High School 5031 Alonzo Ave, Encino, CA 91316.  For more info about the Southwest Valley Community Plans, visit: https://www.swvalleyplans.org/encino-tarzana.html

West Los Angeles residents who would like information on the West LA Community Plan, go to: http://www.planningthewestside.org:

Upcoming meeting for West Los Angeles:

  • Thursday, October 25,  7pm to 9pm at the Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 W. Exposition Blvd. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/WestsideCP. Walk-ins are welcome.

LADWP Balboa Pipeline Replacement Begins Final Stage

After several months of lane closures and traffic impacts along Burbank Blvd from Balboa to Ventura, LADWP has begun the third and final stage of its Balboa Earthquake Resistant Pipeline Replacement Project. We all can agree that any type of construction that involves digging into our roads and impeding traffic flow is an inconvenience. But what if those immediate impacts results in something that is beneficial for years to come?

This project is part of LADWP’s effort to replace the aging infrastructure, enhance fire protection, increase resilience to seismic activity and water system durability. In fact, this particular one-mile 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 is of primary importance due to critical facilities located along this corridor, which include schools, a community center, medical facilities and a fire station. At the completion of the entire project, LADWP will have installed ten miles of earthquake resistant pipe within the next three years, adding to the 2.3 miles of earthquake resistant pipe already installed. For the third phase, a minimum of one lane will remain available for north/ southbound traffic in construction zones. With the help from LADWP we will work hard to ensure that your water is always reliable, including during and after an earthquake. For more information about this project, visit http:// www.ladwp.com/balboaEQpipe.



Councilmember Koretz Honored By Michelson Found Animals

  Michelson Found Animals Celebrates Animal Advocates At The 7th Annual Gala in Beverly Hills, California. Photographed left to right: Robert Hart, President and CEO, TruAmerica, Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember, Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director, Michelson Found Animals, Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager, Front Street Animal Shelter, Sacramento CA, and Bradford Fullerton, General Manager, Angel City Brewery

Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise committed to saving pets and enriching lives, held its 7th annual Gala on October 6th.   At the gala, the Foundation presented the Leaders in Animal Welfare Awards to individuals for their exceptional dedication and advocacy for companion animals. Typically, these awards recognize a government official and an animal welfare organization. The 2018 honorees were Los Angeles City Councilmember, Paul Koretz, and Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California.  

Among Councilmember Koretz’s various animal welfare and environmental projects, Found Animals outlined several projects. He spearheaded the LA City ordinance in 2012 that requires pet stores to source animals from shelters and rescues, recently authored legislation encouraging more rental housing to become pet-friendly and authored the City's requirements to create and preserve wildlife corridors in urban areas.

This year, in recognition of the growing number of pet friendly businesses, the Foundation expanded its awards program to present the inaugural Pet Pawsitive Awards. With over two-thirds of U.S. households owning pets and a growing appreciation of pets as integral to our lives, these awards recognize organizations with pet friendly policies and initiatives that benefit their employees and customers, enrich the community and make a positive impact on pets and their people. The recipients were Angel City Brewery, represented by General Manager Brad Fullerton, and TruAmerica, led by President and CEO Robert Hart.

Encino Family Festival

This year’s Encino Family Festival was another huge success.  Organized by the Encino Chamber of Commerce this annual event continues to be a huge hit with neighbors, schools and businesses, alike. Once again the festival did not disappoint with a great turn out, terrific live music and the most delicious local food like Lusy’s Mediterranean Cafe.

Encino Chamber President Elect Karie Purchell and President Mark Levinson, Lusy’s Mediterranean, Assemblymember Jessie Gabriel and Councilmember Koretz.

Join Us at EarthFest 2018

Get ready for EarthFest 2018: "Rockin With Mother Earth."  The all-day festival will be fun for the whole family with a whole day of live music, booths with lessons and tips for taking care of the mind, body and Mother Earth. 

As Event Chair, Councilmember Koretz will be speaking about the new Climate Justice Emergency Mobilization Department and he will be joined by Co-Chair, Culver City Mayor Mehan Sahli-Wells and Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Honorary Chair, to share latest news about the issues that matter most to Mother Earth. Join us Saturday, October 20th, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at  Media Park, 9091 Culver Blvd., Culver City.  Learn more at www.EarthFestLA.org 

Adopt Some Love

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

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