January 26, 2019   

Koretz Calls for FAA Study and Community Involvement to Combat Noise At Van Nuys Airport

Last week, Councilmember Koretz introduced a City Council motion calling for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operator of Van Nuys Airport, to involve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in reviewing noise impacts in the neighborhoods near that airport caused by FAA-mandated changes in take-off patterns instituted in 2017. The motion calls for a Section 175 review process as set forth in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

“The City and communities had worked together to phase out Stage 2 jets at Van Nuys earlier in this decade and then the FAA inexplicably changed the take-off patterns to place low altitude departing jets directly over residential neighborhoods without bothering to talk to residents about it,” said Councilmember Koretz. “The FAA needs to double-back and revisit the matter.”

"The Federal Aviation Administration's decision to dramatically increase air traffic over residential neighborhoods is harmful to our communities and our environment," Councilmember David Ryu (CD4) said who seconded the motion along with Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD2).

The 2017 change in take-off patterns saw the “waypoint,” the location where departing jets can begin their east- or west-bound turns, moved southward by .65 miles. This means they now turn over neighborhoods instead of turning over the unpopulated Sepulveda Basin. Noise complaints registered by LAWA jumped 622% from October 2017 to October 2018.

Consistent with the provisions of Section 175, Koretz’s motion calls for LAWA to formally request a noise study and community input process that could lead to the restoration of the old waypoint that was not generating significant complaints. It also calls for the FAA to rescind the change in the meantime.

The motion was referred to the City Council’s Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee which handles airport matters.

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Justin Turner Day in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council officially declared Tuesday, January 22nd, Justin Turner Day in Los Angeles. The Council honored the LA native and his wife, Kourtney, for their philanthropic initiatives in the City.

In 2016, Justin Turner and Kourtney founded the Justin Turner Foundation whose mission is to support homeless veterans, children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses and diseases and various youth baseball organizations.  He is most certainly a Dodger fan favorite and one that all Dodger fans can be proud of.


Los Angeles Homeless Count

This year Councilmember Paul Koretz and CD5 staff Jeffrey Ebenstein, Christopher Given, Jasmine Shamoline and Robert Oliver joined the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority’s (LAHSA) annual Homeless Counts in the Encino, Westwood, and Fairfax communities, respectively. The point-in-time count not only provides a snapshot of the state of homelessness in Los Angeles but also allows LAHSA to target resources to where they are needed the most and provides a statistical basis for the City’s funding requests to the federal government to address homelessness. Homelessness remains the biggest issue facing our City and you can’t manage what you can’t measure. The annual count is the first step in ensuring that each region gets its fair share of vital resources.

Results from the last several Homeless Counts indicated that the investment the City’s residents have made in addressing homelessness and building housing has started to show results. Last year there was a 4% drop from the previous year’s numbers.

At the same time, the affordable housing shortage and high rents and home prices threaten to undo the progress being made. There was a 16% increase in people newly homeless in last year’s count, primarily tenants who had recently lost their rental housing and were now homeless in the same neighborhood they’d lived in for years. That’s why Councilmember Koretz advocates finding ways to keep people in their homes whenever possible.

8,000 volunteers were expected to participate in the Los Angeles Homeless Count overall this year. The Councilmember said the numbers provided by these volunteer efforts have helped the Council determine where to focus their energy and resources.

He added that he has introduced several motions at City Council to combat homelessness, including exploratory site proposals for Measure HHH projects, the supportive housing loan program to building housing for people at risk of homelessness, and “A Bridge Home” temporary shelter site proposals. He has also spearheaded the effort to create a “right-to-counsel” program that would help tenants facing harassment or eviction better protect their rights.

Impact-Makers to Watch 2019


Councilmember Koretz was pleased to welcome The City Impact Lab's 4th annual "Impactmakers to Watch 2019" to City Hall for this year's award ceremony.  The event, sponsored by Stratiscope and Project Restore, celebrates Stratiscope’s community initiative, which brings together those making an impact - in government, in the arts, in neighborhoods, in non-profits, and in business - to share strategies and collaborate.  This year, they celebrated the accomplishments of two dozen Impact-Makers, as chosen by elected officials and other civic leaders in the region. Antonia Hernandez, CEO of the California Community Foundation, gave an inspiring keynote speech about the lessons she's learned over the years as a significant impact-maker in her own right.

Councilmember Koretz awarded as Council District 5's own "Impactmaker to Watch," Encino's Russell Greene, former Senior Vice President of Operations Services of the Cheesecake Factory, who retired from the Cheesecake Factory when he realized how dire the global climate emergency had become, and has dedicated his life toward that work.  His most significant achievement so far in that arena was being appointed by Senator Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Party Platform Committee and getting the need for a WWII-scale climate emergency mobilization adopted into the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, a position that was then reaffirmed by the DNC in 2018.

Filling the Holes In Record Time


A special shout out to the Bureau of Street Services for their speedy response time last week when CD5 Field Deputy Samantha Vega received a constituent call about a pothole on Olympic and Sepulveda.  Thirty minutes after receiving our call, the BSS team was on the scene to fix the 8x15 patch. 



Fall in Love with Trees This Valentine’s Day!

City Plants invites you to join this family-friendly event to plant 40 trees at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Rec Center on February 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

It is City Plants’ mission to expand and maintain Los Angeles' green canopy through helping plant over 20,000 trees in L.A. yearly, but this would not be possible without amazing volunteers like you! With your help, we can make Los Angeles more sustainable for generations to come.

Click here for more information and to RSVP

Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

Thanks to all who took the online survey to share their 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.  

Click here for a larger PDF of the project map.

Consider attending one of these upcoming events:


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

San Fernando Valley:

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

IgniteLA 2.0 Neighborhood Council Elections Workshop

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is excited to announce the IgniteLA 2.0: Elections Workshop, where women can discover their leadership styles, practice strengths-based planning, and develop their public speaking and campaigning skills just in time for 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections!

Through a grassroots network of 99 Neighborhood Councils, EmpowerLA promotes civic engagement and improves government responsiveness to local needs. Each Neighborhood Council consists of volunteer stakeholders who meet on a regular basis to discuss local issues, support neighborhood projects, and serve as a resource for the community.

IgniteLA is seeking female candidates for 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections.

IgniteLA 2.0 is a non-partisan program whose mission is to empower every woman interested in public service with the political and practical skills she needs to successfully run for Neighborhood Council Boards in 2019 Elections.

Consider attending a workshop on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. from February through March 2019, with one final workshop on a Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on March 11th.

Workshops service each Neighborhood Council region of the City of Los Angeles:

  • February 2nd at the Mission Hills Police Station at 11121 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills CA 91345

  • February 16th the IMAN Center at 3376 Motor Ave, Palms CA 90034

  • March 2nd at the San Pedro Municipal Building at 638 S. Beacon Street, Room #452, San Pedro CA 90731

  • March 9th at a location TBD in South Los Angeles

  • With the final workshop on Monday, March 11th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/IgniteLAElections and email ignite@empowerla.org with any questions.

Your Input Welcome on Citywide Design Guidelines

In an effort to create a more vibrant, livable, walkable and sustainable Los Angeles, the Department of City Planning has initiated an update to the Citywide Design Guidelines in collaboration with the City Planning Commission. The Guidelines aim to help elevate the City's expectations for the public realm, site planning, and building design. The updated Guidelines are proposed to align with the Department’s three design approaches: 360 Degree Design, Pedestrian-First Design, and Climate-Adapted Design.

Your input is welcome on topics you feel should be included in the new Guidelines at this link: http://bit.ly/UrbanDesignComments.


Film Screening, Senior Resource Fair & Food

LA Elderly and Temple Beth Am invite you to a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age on Sunday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd.  Stay around after the screening for a Wellness Fair and tasty treats. Contact Michelle Porjes, mporjes@gmail.com with any questions about the event.


For more information about the film, please visit www.lives-well-lived.com

Transgender Employment Workshops & Resources

The Los Angeles City Transgender Advisory Council (TAC) is offering a variety of employment workshops to our transgender community members through the TransCanWork organization. TransCanWork is dedicated to helping businesses, schools & the trans community achieve higher levels of success through our workshops, speaking engagements, educational outreach & Transgender-Inclusivity training. Space is limited. Email Jason Hill, JHill@Wellchild.org  for more information or to RSVP for one of the following upcoming events.

Friday, February 1st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.
Transgender Resume Writing Workshop

Looking for a job?  Changing careers? Engaged in Street Economies?  

LATTC Workforce Development Center
400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015-4108, United States

FREE Lunch + Validated Parking

Click here or click on this flyer for more details.


Friday, February 15th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.
Transgender Interview Skills Workshop

A workshop on professional demeanor and interview tricks.

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
808 W. 58th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037

(Click on this flyer for more details)


Friday, February 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..
Networking 101: A Crash Course in Professional Networking and Self-Promotion

TAUGHT BY: Marc Zicree, An Award-Winning Writer and Executive Producer for Star Trek, Babylon 5, The Smurfs

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
808 W. 58th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037

(Click on this flyer for more details)


Explore LA With Your Library Card

You can now use your LAPL library card to reserve free and discounted passes to many local attractions through a new program called Explore L.A. with Discover & Go.  Since the launch of this wonderful program, library patrons have reserved passes to Discovery Cube, the Natural History Museum, the GRAMMY Museum, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Japanese American Museum, and many more!

Take a moment to look at the website to discover how you can Explore L.A. with your library card.

Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week from the West LA & East Valley City Animal Shelters. Please come meet our dogs and cats (and bunnies, hamsters, roosters, and more) – 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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