Jan 11, 2019   

Dear Friends,

Happy 2019. I hope your New Year is off to a great start. City Council and Committee meetings will be back in session next week.  

We are looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and continuing to partner with our neighbors to deliver constituent services and improvements throughout Council District 5.


Paul Koretz




Arts Bridging the Gap Unveils Palms Middle School Murals

Councilmember Paul Koretz joined Georgia Van Cuylenburg and Founder of Arts Bridging the Gap, Principal Dr. Moriuchi of Palms Middle School to unveil new murals on the Palms Middle School campus. Arts Bridging the Gap, students and LAPD officers worked together to paint these vibrant murals as part of their work to build friendship and community.

New Yoga & Meditation Center Opens in Encino

Congratulations and Namaste to Bindupoint Yoga and Meditation Center on this week's grand opening. Located on Ventura Blvd, the Center offers a meditation sanctuary for relaxation and spiritual practices through a full menu of health and wellness options for Encino and neighboring communities.

CD5 Encino Field Deputy Christopher Givens was honored to join the Bindupoint Yoga and Meditation Center owner Larise Kia and her staff at the grand opening ribbon cutting.


Give Your Local Public Space A Little Spiff

Do you have an idea for activating public space in your neighborhood? LADOT's People St. Program is excited to launch a special application cycle this winter. Individuals, businesses, non-profits and other eligible groups are invited to apply.

LADOT’s People St. Program is excited to announce a special application cycle this winter for Parklets, Plazas, Bike Corrals, Intersection Murals, and Decorative Crosswalks in your neighborhood!

Project Types include:

  • Parklets (1-2 on-street parking spaces)

  • Plazas (2,000+ ft of reclaimed street space)

  • Bicycle Corrals (pending Metro approval)

  • Intersection Murals (pending Metro approval)

  • Decorative Crosswalks (pending Metro approval)

Click here for the People Street information sheet.  
The initial application window is open until January 22nd, 2019.


Voter Center Placement Project Community Meeting

Where you vote in the next election is being decided now. Time to speak up! In 2020, Los Angeles County will transition from polling places to vote centers. You are invited to attend a community meeting to provide input on recommended sites. If you live in (or near) the San Fernando Valley,  you might want to attend this meeting to help to decide where you will vote in 2020.

The Valley community meeting will be held on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Reseda Recreational Center, 18411 Victory Boulevard and will cover the Encino, Lake Balboa, Northridge, Reseda, Reseda Ranch, Tarzana, Van Nuys, Winnetka, Woodland Hills areas of Los Angeles.  

For more information and for a full list of community meetings, please visit http://vsap.lavote.net

Volunteer for the 2019 Homeless Count

Every January, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducts a census of the homeless population through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The Count helps us better understand homelessness in our region and direct fiscal and staffing resources where they’re needed most. LAHSA needs at least 8,000 volunteers to canvas more than 80 cities and 200 communities across LA County.

You can now register for the Count, which will take place January 22nd through January 24th:

  • Tuesday, January 22: San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, & San Gabriel Valley

  • Wednesday, January 23: South Bay/Harbor Cities & East and West Los Angeles County

  • Thursday, January 24: Antelope Valley, Metro Los Angeles, & South Los Angeles County

To sign up or to spread the word, please visit: www.theycountwillyou.org

Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

Thanks to all who took the online survey to share thoughts about traveling the Sepulveda Corridor.
More than 6,000 people took the survey and provided valuable feedback to Metro’s project team.

The next round of community meetings will include an update on the study, including refined concepts for the San Fernando Valley-Westside connection and initial concepts for the Westside-LAX connection.

Consider attending one of these upcoming events:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Westwood Presbyterian Church
Hoffman Hall
10822 Wilshire Bl
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
6262 Van Nuys Bl
Van Nuys, CA 91401

LADWP Commissioner Holds Office Hours for Public Input

An LADWP Commissioner is offering a new way to connect with your Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners, which meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the LADWP Headquarters in Downtown LA. Since joining the LADWP Board in May 2017, Commissioner Aura Vasquez established office hours to meet one-on-one with community members and stakeholders following the second board meeting of each month. She invites anyone interested in meeting with her to schedule an appointment for a one-on-one meeting to discuss anything and everything LADWP.

The youngest commissioner to be seated on any City of Los Angeles Board, Vasquez brings a fresh perspective to her role an LADWP Commissioner citing equity and accessibility among her priorities as a board member. While guiding the largest municipal utility in the U.S., her focus at the Department is bring more equity and sustainable programs to Los Angeles. Her monthly office hours are a reflection of her belief that the listening to community voices helps bridge the gaps in understanding and foster a sense of community.   

“Each month, I meet with customers and stakeholders who share their ideas, concerns, criticisms and compliments on the work that we’re doing at LADWP,” says Vasquez. “With each meeting, I feel better informed and inspired to do more as an LADWP Commissioner.”

In 2019, Commissioner Vasquez has plans to host her office hours across Los Angeles, visiting different communities each month to reach those who cannot make it to Downtown LA on a weekday.  Her first office hours of the year will be at the LADWP Crenshaw Customer Service Center on January 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“I’ve met incredible people through my office hours, and each person’s story is a chance to do something great for our community,” Vasquez adds.

To schedule an appointment during Commissioner Vasquez’s upcoming office hours, email requestappointment@ladwp.com.

For more information about the LADWP Board, visit www.ladwp.com/board


New Year’s Resolution for You and Your Pet

LA Animal Services would like to remind you that there is still time to make your New Year's resolutions! And, asks that you consider including your companion animals too? Maybe your goal is to eat healthier, work out more often and spend more time with your family. Well, does your dog or cat need to drop a few pounds or exercise more as well? Here are some ideas with you to keep you and your pets happy and healthy in 2019.

1. Help your pet eat healthy and watch their weight.

Measuring meals can help you maintain your pet's weight and their overall health. Whether you plan meals or free-feed your pet, calculate their calorie goals, find out how much you should feed each day, and measure it out to ensure proper nutrition.

2. Schedule a vet check-up.

Make sure your best friend is healthy by scheduling an annual exam with your vet and checking that his or her vaccines are up-to-date. Yearly examinations by the veterinarian are a key component of good preventive care. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems are common in aging pets and are much easier to manage when found early.

3. Start a daily grooming routine.

Brushing your dog or cat daily only takes a few minutes and helps remove dead hair- which also reduces the amount of fuzz you find on your clothes, floor and furniture. It also helps distribute oils from the skin to their fur, keeping their coat shiny and healthy. Don't forget to brush his or her teeth too! Brushing teeth often is the best way to keep tartar and plaque under control.

4. Teach an old dog a new trick.

Teaching your dog a new trick or playing a new game with your cat stimulates their mind. By keeping your furry friend's brain active, you can actually help make your pet healthier and keep them out of trouble.

5. Update your pet's ID information.

If you moved or have a new phone number, be sure to update your pet's license, tags and microchip with your current contact information. It's the best way to reunite you and your buddy if they happen to get lost.

6. Exercise together.

Going on extra walks each week or running around the dog park together is a great way to bond with your dog. It'll get you both out of the house, and you and your pet will reap the rewards of healthy physical activity.

These six resolutions won't only benefit your pet, but strengthen your companionship with them, which only means more nuzzles from your best friend in the new year!

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, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). Click on any photo below for details.

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