February 8, 2019   

City News Service:  L.A. Could Become Largest U.S. City to Ban New Fur Sales

Fox 11: Turkish Flags Hung at Two Armenian Private Schools in Hate Crime

Park La Brea News Beverly Press: L.A. City Council Again Considers Banning Campaign Contributions From Developers


Untangling the Parking Web

Communities across the City have reported faded colored curb markings, missing and/or obsolete parking limit lines and signage. In such situations, a motorist can unknowingly park illegally and receive an unexpected citation.

In order to avoid these kinds of confusions, Councilmember Koretz made a move to make sure that the City use clear and consistent identifications for legal and illegal parking, particularly when long-standing parking spots are removed from public use.  

To that end, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion this week instructing the Department of Transportation to report on the process and practices for installing new pavement and curb markings, including standards and specifications for the use of markings and delineation, the current inventory of all roadway markings across the City, and the general principles that are followed, including a verification process to ensure all markings are correctly removed/installed.  Parking notifications should be easy to decipher and the public should not be penalized when the markings are unclear.

Increasing Notifications and Preventing Demolitions on Potential Historic-Cultural Monument Designations

The City is home to many historically significant properties throughout its communities. Many of these properties were built in significant periods dating back to the City's founding. On occasion, there are instances wherein a historically significant property is set for demolition, and the Council must introduce a Motion to issue a stay until the building's historic significance can be vetted by the Cultural Heritage Commission, for potential designation as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

To date, the City's Administrative Code is silent on the period of time between a Motion's introduction and subsequent Council action, and thus technically may allow for a demolition to occur while a Historic-Cultural Monument designation is pending Council review. The Administrative Code which became effective January 20, 2018, however, requires the Department of Building and Safety to notify by mail, the Council District office of the site regarding the proposed demolition of a building or structure that is 45 years or older, at least 30 days prior to the issuance of the demolition or building structure permit. 

In an effort to provide as much notice as possible to all interested community members and/or stakeholders and to close loopholes to protect pending Historic Designations from demolition, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion this week instructing the Planning Department to report on the feasibility of the preparation of an Ordinance to amend all relevant sections of the Administrative Code to expand the definition of "initiation" of the designation of a historic-cultural monument to include the introduction of a Motion by a Member of the Council.  In addition, he instructed the Department Building and Safety to prepare and present an Ordinance to increase the notification requirements from 30 days to 60 days prior to the issuance of a demolition or structure permit for a building or structure that is 45 years or older based on the date the application is submitted.



Local Parking Meter Pilot Program Approved to Return Fees to Westwood Village

Exciting news -- Westwood Village will now be part of a pilot program that returns 15 percent of the revenue from parking meters back into improving the Village. The projected annual funds generated through this program are approximately $230,000 that which will go into the Westwood Village Improvement Association budget for infrastructure and public space improvements. Thank you to the Westwood BID for their leadership and partnership on working with our office to accomplish this program.

South Carthay HPOZ Spotlight

  6330 Olympic (1932) Eclectic Tudor Revival architecture
  6500 Olympic (1935) Apartments line the HPOZ’s north border
  1101 Crescent Heights (1934) One of many apartments lining Crescent Heights
  The Mint at 6010 Pico (1937) 2101 S Gramercy Place An L.A. landmark for 81 years

Though its 1930s construction makes it the last of the three Carthay Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) to be fully developed, it was adopted as an HPOZ in 1984, as only the second HPOZ in the city (after Angelino Heights, adopted in 1983).

Bounded by Olympic, Pico, La Cienega and Crescent Heights Boulevards, the neighborhood still contained farmland (leased by Ralphs Markets!) until 1933.

The one-story Spanish Colonial Revival homes predominating the eastern portion of the district may seem familiar. That is because developer Spyros George Ponty, who built approximately one quarter of South Carthay’s homes, also built homes in the same style in Westwood, Norwalk, Beverly Hills, and South Central Los Angeles. Though they may seem similar at first glance, a closer look reveals that each home is unique, as Ponty consulted with each buyer to ensure individuality. Exterior details, like the stained glass windows, were adjusted to appear individually designed while sharing a common style, creating a harmonious atmosphere. Most of the Spanish Colonial Revival style homes can be seen on Alvira Street, and were constructed from 1932 to 1936.

The two-story apartments lining Crescent Heights are also differentiated and were built several years later and at greater cost. The western end of the district features a mix of architectural styles.

If you are interested in taking your own tour, you can find here a map in the Office of Historic Resources' January newsletter starts at the iconic 1937 entertainment venue, The Mint. While you are here, visit the Carthay Circle HPOZ or beyond Crescent Heights visit the Carthay Square HPOZ.

Smoothing Surfaces in Westwood

Street services in action resurfacing Holmby Avenue in Westwood. Thank you to the Street Services team for getting these roads smoothed out between rainstorms.




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.

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 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.

Citywide Design Guidelines Invites Your Input

The Department of City Planning has initiated, in collaboration with the City Planning Commission, an update to the Citywide Design Guidelines in an effort to create a more vibrant, livable, walkable and sustainable Los Angeles. 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.

The window for comments is still open.  Please add your input on topics that you feel should be included in the new Guidelines at the following link: http://bit.ly/UrbanDesignComments.



Music x Ideas x Space = Compose LA

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is spearheading a new city-wide music presentation and lecture series for 2019, Music x Ideas x Space = Compose LA. Throughout February, Angelenos and visitors will be able to experience performances across the LA region as music and ideas intertwine at historic concert venues and hidden underground spaces throughout the city.

All events are free and open to the public. Suggested donation is up to $20.  Seating is limited to the capacity of the sites and event times and programs are subject to change.  For more information or for a full list of programming and events, please visit culturela.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/culturela, Instagram @culture_la, and Twitter @culture_la.

Here are some upcoming events in CD5:

Wednesday, February 13, 8:00 p.m.
Red Bull Festival HQ, Ukrainian Cultural Center, 4315 Melrose Avenue

Program: Intersectionality
Composer Arielle Bapari & Filmmaker Alima Lee
Speaker: Artist, Organizer & Freedom Fighter Patrisse Cullors, Ph.D.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-bull-music-academy-and-film-festival-x-compose-la-tickets-55313284523

Filmmaker Alima Lee, Composer Bapari (Arielle Baptiste), and Theorist Mandy Harris Williams collaborate to develop a visual and sonic landscape that critically evaluates the day to day lived attempt at making one’s own black life matter. Their film is an existential reconnaissance yielding imagery from the LA landscape and quotidian black livelihood, glamorizing in as much as it is documenting.  

Alima Lee is a filmmaker, DJ, and curator. Bapari (Arielle Baptiste) AKA Sensei Noir is a queer-based femme and Los Angeles-based multi-genre producer, DJ, and radio host. Mandy Harris Williams is an artist, theorist, radio host, and educator.  Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter and founder of Dignity and Power Now, she is also a performance artist, popular public speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author.

Thursday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard

Program: Love Notes
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
Ted Hearne – By-By Huey
Sarah Gibson – I prefer living in color
Billy Childs – Unrequited – String Quartet No. 3
Julia Adolphe – White Flag
Juhi Bansal – One Brief Hour
Andrew Norman – The Companion Guide to Rome
Speaker: Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.

RSVP: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/02/compose-la-love-notes/

To celebrate the different forms that love can take, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra performs an evening featuring some of LA’s most exciting composers in a special Compose LA program called Love Notes. As a “conductorless” orchestra, they select orchestral music that, whether written today or centuries ago, speaks profoundly to our community and is both representative of its time and timeless.

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 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)


Solutions to End Homelessness Community Information and Advocacy Training for the Public

Co-hosted by the Mid City West Community Council and the United Way’s “Everyone In” campaign.

This is an opportunity for concerned community members to learn about what is going on to address the issue of homelessness. Organizers and activists from the front lines will help attendees learn about, and get involved, efforts to assist people experiencing homelessness get help and get into shelter or housing.

Wednesday, February 20

National Council of Jewish Women Auditorium
543 North Fairfax Avenue, LA 90036
6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more info or to RSVP (requested), contact:
Chelsea Byers, Everyone In field organizer

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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