November 9, 2018   

Dear Friends,

The City will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 12th.  However, City Council will be holding a special presentation this Tuesday to honor veterans from each of our districts.  In the meantime, I wish to thank all veterans and your families for your service.

I am sending this as our neighbors from the Woolsey fire are being evacuated, and as the Griffith Park is now 60% contained  Thank you to all first responders, neighbors, and volunteers who are helping each other in these difficult times.

The past two weeks have been a time of mourning and deep pain following the murderous evil committed upon the victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and the horrendous massacre this week in neighboring Thousand Oaks.  Since the news, I, like so many Angelenos, have gathered in candle light vigils, in congregations of many faiths and in people’s homes not only to mourn these losses but to try to make sense of the acts and to organize against hate. Gun violence in our country should not be the new normal.

  Councilmember Koretz joins Mayor Garcetti at LA City Hall in candle light vigil for the Tree of Life Synagogue victims.

Over the centuries, violent acts continue to remind us that anti-Semitism never goes away – it just ebbs and flows.  In fact, anti-Semitism, prejudice, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and homophobia are all faces of the same pain that breeds fear, and that can lead to violence. We must remind ourselves that when faced with “other” beliefs, unusual appearances, it is necessary that we find our own humanity and meet each other there.

Council District 5 is home to a large Jewish population, particularly the Pico Robertson area where I grew up.  LAPD has stated that while there are no current threats, we have to remain vigilant. I am committed to do everything in my power to protect our neighborhoods and communities against all who want to disrupt our way of life and attack us for who we are and what we stand for as Jews.

That is why, last week I announced a new security initiative which will bring together leaders from our Community, the City of Los Angeles and relevant agencies, in order to prepare for a safer tomorrow. This faith-based Security Task Force, which will first be created in my district, will consist of law enforcement personnel, government officials, civilians and spiritual leaders, who will meet regularly and formulate a call to action while evaluating best practices and concerns of the community. Moreover, I plan to take this initiative citywide.

This is only the beginning.  Today the pain of hatred and ignorance and misguided homegrown terrorism is raw.  But we have to stop merely sympathizing with the victims of these frequent massacres and start taking some real action.  The idea is that through this faith-based Security Task Force, we can partner to protect each other.


Paul Koretz



Preferential Parking Districts Amendments

The purpose of establishing Preferential Parking Districts is to make sure that residents have enough street parking in their neighborhoods.  Currently, there’s a loophole that allows new multi-unit buildings to use permitted street parking to offset the building's limited parking space requirements. Unfortunately, this loophole sharply reduces available parking for established neighborhood residents and their guests.  

This week, Councilmember Ryu and Koretz instructed the Department of Transportation, in coordination with the City Attorney, to report back on the feasibility of excluding new developments from Preferential Parking Districts that have been granted parking reductions by qualifying as Transit Oriented Communities projects or for areas that are rezoned under Transit Neighborhood Plans as part of a subway construction project. The motion asks the department to report back in 45 days.

LA City Planning Holds First Wildlife Pilot Study Open House

  CD5 Planner Hagu Solomon-Cary, CLAW Chair Tony Tucci, Director of Environmental Policy Andy Shrader, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Policy Director Jeff Ebenstein and Communications Director/ CLAW co-founder Alison Simard (Left to Right)

  Standing room only at the first Wildlife Pilot Study Open House co-hosted by Councilmember Koretz and LA City Planning Department held at American Jewish University


The eastern Santa Monica Mountains are home to a wide variety of wildlife and habitats. In 2014, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion calling for a wildlife habitat linkage ordinance that could protect the hillside areas between the 101 and 405 freeways. The motion was passed unanimously by the City Council in 2016, and since that time CD5 staff has been working with the LA City Planning department, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and wildlife advocacy organization Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, to study the area and look at regulation options to implement the ordinance.

This week, the LA City Planning Department held its first in a series of community meetings to a full house of hillside residents and interested scientists and environmental organizations to discuss ideas of how best to protect the hillside ecosystems and biodiversity. City Planning staff will be reviewing the night's feedback and identifying timing for next steps. 

We will be sure to share updated information including future meeting schedules as it becomes available.


Join Us for A Chanukah Celebration at City Hall

Councilmember Koretz will be joined by several Council colleagues, City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin in partnership with the Jewish Federation for a Festival of Lights Celebration at City Hall, 3rd floor Rotunda on November 30th at 9:00 a.m.  We hope you will join us for candle lighting, music and chanukah treats.

If you are able to make it, you are encouraged to bring a toy or book to donate to Jewish Federation’s Toy and Book Drive. Or, you can order directly through their Amazon Wishlist found here: 

Please RSVP by email at

Cracking Down on Disabled Placard Misuse

Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught 109 people misusing disabled person parking placards during 21 enforcement operations in October across California. Offenders had their placard confiscated and face fines that range from $250 to $1,000.

The DMV holds as many as 24 enforcement operations each month throughout the state targeted at curbing disabled person parking placard abuse. Since July 1, 2018, DMV investigators have verified 6,957 disabled person parking placards and found 749 being misused.

Anyone who suspects a person might be misusing a disabled person placard is urged to report it using an online complaint form or by contacting a local DMV Investigations office. Submissions are confidential. It is important to note that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse might be unfounded.

Urgent! Life Saving Help Needed for Cats (and Dogs)

Life-saving space is desperately needed in our six Los Angeles City Animal Service Centers during the high winds and fire.  Please consider fostering or adopting during this emergency if your are able. The centers were almost at capacity before the evacuations started because kitten season is not over and LA Animal Services were already taking in 20-30 cats daily.  Here are a few of the great benefits to having your own pet cat (or three):

  1. You don't have to walk them, they will use a litter-box.
  2. You don't have to bathe them, they clean themselves.
  3. No fences to build because cats are perfectly content indoors.
  4. Cats don't take up much space.
  5. Cats can be trained to fetch and do tricks.
  6. They have a calming effect and lower blood pressure.
  7. They purr.

Cats over four months have their adoption fee totally underwritten by The ASPCA. Kittens 4 months and younger adoption fee is $55.00.  Our adoptions include vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchip and a certificate for a FREE veterinary checkup.

As added incentive, LA Animal Services is holding a special Veteran’s Day Weekend Adoption Event from Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th.  For more information go to or call 888-452-7381.


North Westwood Neighborhood Council Kick Off


Congratulations to the new North Westwood Neighborhood Council who held their inaugural meeting this week. Councilmember Koretz was honored to participate in this very important kick-off event and to officiate over the members' swearing-in ceremony.

Recognizing Carmine’s Restaurant & Bar

  CD5 staff Jeff Ebenstein and Greg Erlich stopped by Carmine’s Restaurant & Bar in Century City to present co-owner Kim Pappaterra with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Councilmember Koretz.

When Carmine Competelli Sr, opened Carmine’s in 1972, it wasn’t long before the quaint New York style Italian restaurant became a sensation in Los Angeles, CA. Carmine’s was known to be the spot for the iconic “Rat Pack”. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would frequent Carmine’s; the history is rich and the stories are endless. After Carmine Sr. passed away, his son Carmine began to run the restaurant with his mother in 1982. In the mid-nineties, Carmine Jr. and his partner, Kim Pappaterra reopened the restaurant and so, the story lives on.

Honoring Rabbi Ron Stern

  Councilmember Koretz, Rabbi Ron Stern, and CD5 Policy Director Jeff Ebenstein (L to R)

Congratulations to Rabbi Ron Stern for your 20 years of service to Stephen S. Wise Synagogue and the City of Los Angeles, and for your continuing commitment to making our world a better place.

Westside Neighborhood Council Safety Preparation

Thank you to all who joined the first annual Westside Emergency Preparedness Fair hosted by the Westside Neighborhood Council and held at Overland Elementary School. Extra thanks to all of the organizations, sponsors and volunteers who came out to help Angelenos get prepared for an emergency. Kudos to Cynthia Saffir and Jeff Hronek for your time and hard work pulling this successful event together.

Encino/ Sherman Oaks Clean Up

Councilmember Koretz was pleased to participate in the Sherman Oaks-Encino joint clean up.  Thanks to the Encino Neighborhood Council and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council for organizing, and to all of the volunteers who came out to roll up their sleeves and get to work making the San Fernando Valley a bit spiffier.


NCJW | LA Annual Clothing Giveaway

Each year, NCJW | LA provides free clothing to more than 2,500 individuals during their Annual Clothing Giveaway. At the event, NCJW | LA also hosts a community resource fair to connect participants to additional local resources and services.  

This year, the event will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at 543 N. Fairfax Ave., (1 block south of Melrose at Clinton.) For more information, please call 323-852-8500 or visit

Valley Community Plans Update Workshops

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.

What is the relationship between the City’s General Plan, Community Plans, and the Zoning Code?

The General Plan is the comprehensive land use plan for the City. It frames an overarching vision for the type of city we aspire to be and provides guidance on how the City prepares for and responds to change. The State of California requires each city to adopt a General Plan that covers a variety of topics called Elements. One of these Elements is the Land Use Element, which the City of Los Angeles divides into 35 Community Plans.

Community Plans provide complementary policies and strategies to achieve each community’s vision as well as the broader objectives of the General Plan. Each Community Plan consists of a policy document and a map of land use designations such as residential, commercial, industrial and open space.

And then there’s the Zoning Code.  Within the range of land use designations assigned to specific areas of a Community Plan, there are corresponding zones. Each parcel of land in the City has a zone assigned to it. The zone defines allowed uses, maximum heights, and other requirements specific to the property or lot — establishing the rules for what may be built.

There are scheduled several new “concept” workshops 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.  

For Encino residents who wish to learn more about the Southwest Valley Community Plans Update and how to get involved, please visit:

Upcoming Encino Workshop:

Thursday, December 6th, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Marvin Braude Building (Conference Room 1B), 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91401.

Westside JCC’s 3rd Annual Run & Walk

Please join the Westside Jewish Community Center's Third Annual Run & Walk to support community health and wellness.

It will be hosted on Sunday, December 9th, at 5870 W. Olympic Blvd.

The Health & Wellness Expo will be from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the 5k Run & Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Find out more information at

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 City Animal Shelter. Please come meet our dogs and cats – they need homes now. The shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). Click on any photo below for details.

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