February 15, 2019   

Dear Friends,

It has been quite a week.  Tuesday began at a press conference with Mayor Garcetti at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power headquarters along with a few of my colleagues and scores of climate change activists. Together we announced that LADWP will phase out natural gas operations at three coastal gas power plants: Scattergood, Haynes and Harbor. I have been working hard for years to end the use of fossil fuels in our LADWP power system in order to return us to a safe and healthy climate as soon as possible.

This was an incredibly historic moment for Los Angeles because as I said on that day, “The sad reality is, no matter how big and beautiful, or how small and modest your home, when it burns or blows or floods, the ashes from extreme climate-exacerbated events all look about the same. From Puerto Rico to Malibu to Australia, which is currently on fire, we are truly all in this together. Which is why, under Mayor Garcetti’s strong leadership, LA is taking dramatic and necessary steps like we are today.”

Later that same day, I was proud to stand with my Councilmember Bob Blumenfield as our Council colleagues voted to support an ordinance that will prohibit the sale and manufacture of fur products in the City of Los Angeles. Because there was a single dissenting vote, an additional procedural vote is needed before the ordinance is sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti to be signed into law. The ordinance will go into effect in 2021 allowing retailers time to sell-off their inventory.  

The legislation, which was supported by scores of individuals and animal welfare and environmental organizations, makes Los Angeles the largest city in the United States to ban new fur products.

On Wednesday, I was joined at City Hall by CA Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian to announce his landmark statewide bill that would make plant-based lunches an option for students across California. Under AB 479, the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act, schools would receive additional state funding for serving healthier and more climate-friendly vegan options.  At the same time, I announced my resolution to put the LA City Council on record in support of the bill.

The City of Los Angeles will be closed on Monday (2/18) in observance of President’s Day.


Paul Koretz



UCLA Luskin Students Spend Day at City Hall

For the second year in a row, Councilmember Koretz hosted graduate students from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, for a day of presentations and round table discussions on legislative strategies for dealing with real-life issues. Last year’s theme was homelessness and, in fact, some of the ideas that came from the students were introduced as legislation to the LA City Council. This year, the students met with Councilmember Koretz and CD5 Director of Environmental Policy Andy Shrader to discuss climate change. Councilmember Koretz looks forward to hearing more of the students' thoughtful ideas and continues to look at ways to collaborate on similar issues in the future.

Jazz in Schools at Melrose Avenue Elementary

  Monica Molina presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Rita Zwern and thanks Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Leslie Baker, Maria Martinez, Brian O'Rourke, and Randall Willis for their wonderful jazz concert.

CD 5 School Liaison, Monica Molina, had the pleasure of attending the wonderful Jazz in Schools Program at Melrose Avenue Elementary this week. Each February, the Los Angeles Jazz Society provides free jazz education concerts in honor of Black History Month. The Melrose scholars enjoyed the concert led by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Leslie Baker, Maria Martinez, Brian O'Rourke and Randall Willis. A special thank you to Rita Zwern for her incredible work in bringing this marvelous jazz program to our CD 5 schools.

Palms Community Walking Tour

Councilmember Paul Koretz joined the Palms Neighborhood Council and the Department of City Planning for a 2-hour walking tour of Palms neighborhood as part of the Westside Community Plans Update Program. Through the Westside Community Plans Update Program, the City is looking to rezone and revamp the Westside communities. The tour provided an opportunity for the Neighborhood Council to show LA City Planning staff on-the-ground perspectives, issues and opportunities that exist within the Palms community.   

Cedars-Sinai & U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS)

  (Left to Right: M. Janet Chin of Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Councilmember Koretz, Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold, Senior VP Andy Ortiz of Sedars-Sinai Human Resources, Lieutenant Colonel Flood, General Ruth Wong of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office, and Stephen Bettini of Cedars-Sinai Talent Acquisitions)

Councilmember Paul Koretz joined the City of Beverly Hills, Cedars-Sinai and the US Army as an officiant of a special ceremony to commemorate a new partnership in the Army PaYS (Youth Success) program. This program will help enroll members of the U.S. Armed forces into the workforce after they've concluded their service.  The PaYS program was founded by the U.S. Army in 2000 and provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. This unique program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and reconnect America with its Army. As a PAYS partner, Cedars-Sinai will guarantee soldiers an interview and potential employment after the Army.



Community Information and Advocacy Training About Solutions to End Homelessness

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 with, efforts to assist people experiencing homelessness get help and get into shelter or housing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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

Fall in Love With Trees!

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.



Special Exhibit - Migrant Stories: After the Caravan

The Los Angeles Public Library will be holding a special exhibit this Saturday, February 16th at 1PM at the Memorial Branch Library, 4625 W. Olympic Boulevard.  The multimedia exhibit displays the work of photographer Zaydee Sanchez and award-winning human rights director/editor Scott Barker.

Click on the photo for the informational flyer or click here.

All libraries will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents Day.

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 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)


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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