March 15, 2019   

Dear Friends,

When there is hate-fueled violence anywhere in the world it is devastating for us all. Last night’s attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand was a horrendous display of terrorism and we send our love and condolences to the friends, families, and communities who are in mourning.  We grieve with you in our solidarity to fight racism and hate where ever it occurs. 

While this attack appears to be an isolated incident with no nexus to Los Angeles, out of an abundance of caution, the LAPD is providing extra patrols around mosques and other houses of worship. My Director of Public Safety has also been in conversations with our Area Command staff to make sure that all necessary resources that are needed, are being utilized so that our houses of worship continue to be sanctuaries – where all can congregate without fear.

When this kind of violence occurs anywhere in the world, there is a sharp increase in disturbing images in news outlets and social media and unfortunately, children often see these things and need some guidance and explanation. It can be a difficult conversation to navigate especially considering age appropriateness and knowing how much to share to assuage their fears. The Anti-Defamation League has some helpful articles that you might want to share with the parents and educators in your life.

We hope this information is helpful. I encourage you to continue reading below for other news you can use from City departments, updates from my staff, and upcoming events that may be of interest to you.


Paul Koretz


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City Watch: Thank You Paul Koretz for Asserting LA’s Right to Zone, Build, and Incentivize Affordable Housing

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City News Service:  City Councilman Opposes State Bill to Keep L.A. Bars Open Later


Improving the City Affordable Rental Unit List

The Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles, operates an affordable rental unit listing database accessible to the public at This site features listings from all over Los Angeles County, including the City of Los Angeles. According to staff at HCIDLA, City listings only end up on the database if building owners and managers voluntarily post the information.  

In cooperation with the Departments of Planning and Building and Safety, HCIDLA has a multi-step process for ensuring that these units are covenanted as affordable and rented to appropriate tenants in compliance with project requirements. Too often, however, newly-built units aren't posted on the publicly-accessible listing site before the units are rented. The process for prospective tenants to learn about the availability of these units in a timely manner is varied, there being no centralized waiting list or other mechanism for ensuring that they even can apply to rent the units.

HCIDLA staff has reported that the department is looking to improve the process of making these units known to the public in a more timely way. As the number of these units multiplies, doing so would provide renters an important service to help them navigate the difficult and competitive rental market.  

To help this process, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion asking that HCIDLA work with the Departments of City Planning and Building and Safety to develop a new methodology to ensure that newly-constructed rental units required are publicly listed on before a certificate of occupancy is even issued. The idea is to create a master notification list so that extremely low to moderate income tenants can be notified of the pending availability of new affordable units before the units are otherwise rented. Ultimately, Councilmember Koretz feels that this effort will provide real solutions for those who need assistance and a more expeditious and productive way to ensure that people who need it have access to affordable housing no matter their income level.

For more information consider attending a workshop listed below.



International Women’s Day

Last week, Councilmember Koretz was honored to celebrate International Women’s Day with the Commission On The Status of Women and the City Council in which each Councilmember selects one honoree for a special recognition.  

This year’s theme was “Survivors and those that are working to bring light, awareness and change for survivors.”  Along those lines, CD5's choice for 2019 Pioneer Woman of the Year is Zaydee Sanchez, who uses photography to advocate on behalf of women, survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and homelessness. Zaydee is a photojournalist who tells the stories of people from the streets, whether it’s through her photo essay, "People of Skid Row," where she has dedicated the past four years feeding the homeless on Skid Row, or from her most recent project, "Migrant Crossings," a multimedia exhibition that tells the stories of migrants escaping violence. Zaydee has dedicated her time and talent to not only serving but also documenting the lives and provides a window through her compassionate eyes and lens on these critical issues. Congratulations Zaydee!

For more of Zaydee's current photo essay, visit the Migrant Stories facebook page.

You can learn more about Zaydee and her Skidrow photography at

Elementary Day Kicks Off Engineers Week At City Hall

On Tuesday, February 19th ,Councilmember Koretz welcomed CD 5’s Charnock Road Elementary, as well as Angeles Mesa Elementary, Carson Gore Academy of Environmental Studies, Pilgrim School and Coldwater Canyon Elementary School to City Hall for Elementary Day to kickoff 2019 Engineers Week.

This wonderful event aims to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs and inspire students to become engineers and pursue an education in the STEM field.  Thanks to the support of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Bureau of Engineering and multiple LA City and County agencies this event is now in its sixth year and continues to grow annually.  

This year on Elementary Day, students had the opportunity to explore City Hall and participate in engineering activities such as The Egg Drop Competition, where the students created and assembled original devices to protect their eggs from cracking after dropping from a floor above. Later that afternoon, after visiting each school's district offices, the students concluded their field trip by designing and building structures made from gumdrops and toothpicks that were then placed on an earthquake simulator to test if they would withstand the quake.

In addition, Councilmember Koretz sponsored a field trip for the Hamilton High Schools Students to attend High School Day of E-Week at LA County Public Works Headquarters. Those students were able to participate in a variety of presentations including lessons in Engineering 101 and Southern California Fires.  They also had the opportunity to attend a lecture from the NASA Space Exploration and Ambassadors Program. The day concluded with an Engineers Fair that provided students opportunities to connect with various engineering entities and departments from LA City and County. Councilmember Koretz thanks everyone involved who prepared for months in making this wonderful opportunity for the future generations of engineers and scientist.

Acting Consul General of Israel & CD5 Discuss Hate Crime Legislation

CD5 Chief of Staff Joan Pelico and Director of Policy and Legislation Jeff Ebenstein met with Acting Consul General of Israel Eitan Weiss and his Director of Political Affairs Elliot Miller this week. They spent time discussing the growing threat of anti-semitism and hate crimes and strategized ideas for collaboration with public private partnerships to combat this growing problem.  

These kinds of meetings are complementary to our ongoing collaborations with the Museum of the Holocaust, Teen Court Program, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center and will continue to shine the light to eliminates darkness and hate.



LA City Innovation Fund Wants Your Big Idea

The Innovation Fund is a $1,000,000 special purpose fund that provides one-time seed money to pilot programs that could make the City work better. If you are a City employee, Commissioner, or Neighborhood Council member, you are invited to submit your innovative and original ideas that could increase efficiency, have measurable impact, and make Los Angeles a better place to live and work.

Submitting an idea is easy; simply visit:

For more information please visit or contact Bianca Swan by e-mailing or by phone (213) 978-1694.

Neighborhood Council Elections Coming Up

Many Los Angelenos are looking for ways to make a difference in their communities on the issues they care about most: crime, roads and streets, gangs and the economy. Neighborhood Council participants are empowered to advocate directly for real change in their communities. These Councils consist of residents, business owners, and property owners.

Neighborhood Council elections happen every two years. Together, LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils form the grassroots level of the City’s government. While Neighborhood Council board members serve their communities as volunteers, they are public officials elected by the members of their community. In 2019, 94 of LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils will participate in the election cycle.  

Look below to find the Neighborhood Council district closest to you.  There is still time to register your candidacy at many of them:

  • Bel Air-Beverly Crest: Candidate filing still open until 3/19/2019, Election on 6/2/2019

  • Encino: Candidate filing still open until 3/5/2019, Election on 5/19/2019

  • Greater Wilshire: Candidate filing closed on 1/15/2019, Election on 3/31/2019

  • Mar Vista: Candidate filing still open until 3/19/2019, Election on 6/2/2019

  • Mid City West: Candidate filing still open until 3/19/2019, Election on 6/2/2019

  • North Westwood: Candidate filing closed on 3/4/2019, Election on 5/16/2019

  • Pico: Candidate filing closed on 1/15/2019, Election on 3/31/2019

  • Palms: Candidate filing still open until 3/19/2019, Election on 6/2/2019

  • South Robertson: Candidate filing closed on 3/5/2019, Election on 5/19/2019

  • Westwood: Candidate filing still open until 3/19/19, Election on 6/2/2019

  • Westside: No election in 2019

Metro Purple Line Westwood Station Community Meeting

The long-awaited Metro Purple Line Subway Extension is now under construction that will provide a high-capacity, high-speed and, dependable alternative for commuters to travel between downtown Los Angeles, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills and Westwood.

The project is being built in three sections. The first section between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega is now under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2023. The third section will extend to two stations in Westwood. Pre-construction activities began on this section in Spring 2018, and the next quarterly update meeting for the Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital Stations will be held Thursday, March 21st from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Belmont Village Senior Living, 10475 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Before you go, here are items to read before the meeting: 

Additional Section 3 Construction Community Meetings

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019

Have a question or comment for the meeting?
Contact Metro by phone: 213.922.6934 or Email: or follow on social media: Facebook | Twitter

Help Metro Choose the Best Route to Extend the Crenshaw Line North to Hollywood



LA NOW On-Demand Shuttle Launches on Westside

LADOT Transit has launched an on-demand transportation service pilot program called LAnow serving the Palms, Westside Village, Mar Vista, Del Rey, and Venice neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles.  LAnow is a shared-ride service that shuttles passengers along a fixed route within the service areas.

LAnow is available to riders five days a week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. during this initial phase of the pilot program. To hail a ride, passengers should download the free LAnow mobile application on a personal smartphone, or can go to on a computer, or call LAnow at 818-493-6211. Riders will need to establish an account that allows them to request and pay for a trip using a major credit card or debit card. Passengers will be instructed how to access the service at fixed locations in each of these neighborhoods LAnow has been created and designed with local communities in mind, through extensive outreach and resident surveys.   

“More than 3,000 residents in the service area participated in LADOT Transit’s outreach efforts and provided input that contributes to how the service will operate. That level of public engagement is how public services should be developed and implemented," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. "It is for that reason that I am confident that our Palms and Westside Village neighborhoods will be happy to have this new, easy to use, affordable option to complete their first mile/ last mile connections to the Expo light rail line.”

Councilmember Koretz was happy to join LA DOT and Councilmember Bonin at the launch of LAnow’s new on-demand shared-ride service.

Rent Stabilization Workshops: Why Renters and Landlords Should Attend

The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investments Department invites tenants and landlords to Rent Stabilization workshops throughout March.  

As the rental housing market in Los Angeles has gotten tight, Councilmember Koretz hears from more and more tenants and building owners about problems they’re having navigating the complex laws that govern rental housing.  Instead of chasing after information - especially during moments of crisis - from bureaucrats, attorneys or the Council office, this month’s Rent Stabilization workshops provide an opportunity for you to learn about applicable laws, get answers to your questions, and meet experts whose resources can be tapped in the future when needed.

Space is limited, so reserve a seat now.  If you need additional information call 213-928-9075 or to download this flyer visit

Spring ‘EM This Weekend

This March 16th and 17th you can bring home a new furry family member with four paws!

Saturday and Sunday, SPRING 'EM will be taking place at all LA City Animal Services Centers - locations can be found at This event is sponsored by the Pet Care Foundation and adoption fees will be reduced by $50 on kittens, puppies and dogs. Cats over four months have fees waived through a generous grant from the ASPCA.

You can view all adoptable pets in our six LA City Animal Service Centers at Visit the one closest to you to meet hundreds of wonderful pets just hoping to become your new best friend and have a home of his or her own.

Bill Crowe, director of the Pet Care Foundation said, "LA Animal Services Centers have an incredible variety of pets that you could possibly want: young, old, big, small, cat, dog - you name it. This is a perfect opportunity to not only save a life, but save a little cash in the process!"

"Spring is a wonderful time to welcome a furry friend into your heart and home," said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager, "Stop by one of our six services centers and bring home a new furry companion this weekend. Not sure about the commitment? That's okay. You can always become a foster volunteer first and see if you are ready to make the big adoption leap."

LA Animal Services pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped.  City of Los Angeles residents are required to pay a $20 license fee for dogs four months or older.



Los Angeles Police Department Turns 150

In recognition of LAPD’s 150 years of serving and protecting the people of Los Angeles, Councilmember Koretz was honored to cut the cake alongside Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Greig Smith (CD12).  The ceremony was highlighted with an impressive fly-over performed by LAPD’s Air Support Division.

Metro Purple Line Updates

CD5 District Transportation Deputy Jay Greenstein met this week with Kasey Shuda (left), Construction Relations Manager for the Metro Purple Line (subway) Extension and Marlon Walker (right), Construction Relations Assistant Manager.  The purpose of the meeting was to review construction staging and traffic plans for the Westwood subway station box end wall steel pile installation that begins in May of 2020. Metro Purple Line staff will be presenting this traffic plan at a community meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Senior Living in Westwood.

Kicking Off cicLAvia 2019

CicLAvia 2019 got off to a great start in Palms + Mar Vista + Culver City. The rainy weather cleared up just in time for bicyclists from nearby and from all across Los Angeles to get out of their cars, get some exercise and discover what the neighborhoods have to offer. Councilmember Koretz and staff were out on two wheels, trying out Metro’s Smart Bikes that you can now rent in the Palms and Westside Village neighborhoods with a registered TAP card, and greeting constituents and neighbors. If you've never gone to a cicLAvia,we highly recommend it.

Bidding Thanks and Farewell to Congregation Bais Naftoli

  Councilmember Koretz was joined by Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore and his wife Cindy, Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Jaime Moore and Koretz’s Director of Public Safety Gregory Martayan.

It was with bittersweet thanks and farewell Shabbat celebration that we honored CD5's good friend of many years, Congregation Bais Naftoli's President Andrew Friedman. The shul which was founded by a group of late Holocaust survivors is being transferred to Congregation Ohr Hachaim.   Andrew, a true mensch, public servant and philanthropist, was joined by Councilmember Koretz along with so many who have worked with Congregation Bais Naftoli over the years as an ally organization doing good work in our community. The synagogue had celebrated 27 years of service to the Jewish community.

Congratulations Westside Neighborhood Council Board

Congratulations to the newest members of the Westside Neighborhood Council. It was Councilmember Koretz's honor to preside over the board's swearing in ceremony and offer his gratitude and recognition for each board member's commitment to community service and for their willingness to advocate for their CD5 neighborhood.

Valley Alliance Neighborhood Council Annual Mixer

This week, the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils held its annual mixer comprised of 34 Neighborhoods Councils throughout the Valley.  Among issues that matter to the Valley, Councilmember Koretz discussed the dangers of SB 50 (the housing density bill) and SB 58 (the 4am bar bill) and urged board members to introduce resolutions in opposition and to contact their State legislators to oppose these dangerous bills.  Thank you to Chair and founder Jill Barad and the entire board for all of the great civic action and volunteer commitments to make sure the Valley gets its fair share.

Automated Litter City Bins Coming to Wilshire Blvd.

Thank you to the Bureau of Sanitation for removing service trash bins from Wilshire Blvd.

The bins will be replaced with Automated Litter City bins that will now be regularly serviced.


Happy 88th Birthday, El Coyote Cafe!

Councilmember Koretz stopped by Hollywood's oldest Mexican restaurant in honor of its 88 years serving the community.  

El Coyote Mexican Café opened on March 5, 1931, the creation of Blanche and George March, and it's still owned and operated by third-generation family members. Here's to another 88 years!

  Billy Schoeppner is the family owned and operated restaurant's longest serving manager and Councilmember Koretz was thrilled to stop by to present him, the staff and El Coyote family with a congratulatory Certificate of Appreciation on this festive occasion.

More Safe Sidewalks in CD5

Safe Sidewalks LA has completed four more sidewalk repairs in Council District 5 as part of the City’s 30-year, $1.4 billion sidewalk repair program in order to make our sidewalks accessible for everyone.  

You can now stretch out your stride on these Safe Sidewalks in CD5:

  • 17700 block of W Miranda St., Encino

  • 10500 W Lauriston Ave., West Los Angeles

  • 9100 block of W Olin St, South Robertson

  • 2400 S Prosser Ave., Rancho Park

For more information, visit:


March 24th - Purim Carnival

The Valley Beth Shalom Youth Department Purim Carnival is just around the corner and they are asking for YOUR HELP!

Each year all proceeds from the Purim Carnival go directly to sending VBS teens and youth to Summer Israel Programs and Jewish Summer Camps.

By becoming a Sponsor or Donor of the Purim Carnival, you become a part of this Scholarship Legacy!

Click here for more

March 24th - Los Angeles Marathon

The 2019 Los Angeles Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019, The race course, which has not changed in the past few years - the map is below --  begins at Dodgers Stadium and finishes up by the sea in Santa Monica, passing through and near many ionic Los Angeles areas and places.

The Marathon has HUGE impacts on the traffic.  Here is where to find STREET CLOSURE as well as FREEWAY CLOSURES lists as provided by the LA Marathon website:

April 6th - Valley Villagers Choir

Love to sing?  Looking for new ways to get to know your neighbors?  Valley Villagers Choir in Valley Village is reaching out to adjacent neighborhoods seeking fellow crooners, choralists, minstrels and chanteuses to join in the harmony.

Valley Village Choir rehearsals begin April 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  RSVP for the exact location in Valley Village.

April 7 - West Los Angeles Symphony Free Concert

Playing the beloved Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, violinist Blake Pouliot, has been described by The Toronto Star as “one of those special talents that come along once in a lifetime.” Mr. Pouliot is the grand prize winner of the 2016 Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal Manulife
Competition. Guest conductor, Mr. Jeffrey Schindler, will also lead the orchestra in performances of Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, as well as the delightful Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 “Italian.” Mr. Schindler enjoys a dynamic international career that takes him from concert podiums around the world to the recording studios of Hollywood and London. His energy and visionary musical storytelling are hallmarks of every performance.

Consider attending this free concert, Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Royce Hall, UCLA.  For parking and other information, visit

April 7th - Walk or Donate to Walk for Kids

Walk for Kids™ is a fun, family-friendly 5K walk event designed to help raise funds for the services and programs provided by West Los Angeles Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Be a hero by making a donation or walking in support of local children and families! Donations will go towards a "Family Room" within UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital that provides a respite for the families to retreat to while still being close to their kids.

The West Los Angeles Ronald McDonald Family Room Walk for Kids will take place on Sunday, April 7th, 2018 - 7:00 AM at the UCLA, Dickerson Court, South, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  For more information please visit:

Westwood Connect Day - April 24th

Connect with City, County, State, and nonprofit agencies to receive free services on April 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  at Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Food, haircuts, and clothing will be provided.

If you would like to volunteer, contact Jessica Salans, 213-300-8233.  
For more information, contact Erin Schneider, 310-231-1170.



Jay Greenstein Chief Field & Transportation Deputy

Jay Greenstein is CD5’s Chief Field and Transportation Deputy. Jay is responsible for tracking, briefing, and staffing the Councilmember on district transportation issues such as the Westside Subway Extension, and the Expo light rail.  Jay is also involved in tracking bike lane and bikeway projects in the district and regularly meets on transportation issues with Metro and the Department of Transportation.  He works on a variety of other issues that impact the district.

Jay first met Councilmember Koretz in 1986 when he interned for then-West Hollywood Councilmember Alan Viterbi, while a young Paul Koretz was serving as Councilman Viterbi’s Field Deputy. Jay later spent six years as a Field Representative to then-Assemblymember Paul Koretz before joining the staff of Council District Five. Jay earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He lives in the Fifth Council District.

Describe your role as District Transportation Deputy.

Throughout his legislative career, Councilmember Koretz has been a proponent of finding better and more efficient transportation options for the commuter as well as our larger environment.  That said, he entrusts me to enact a sharp level of scrutiny of how transportation changes will affect the district so that we can work to smooth out the transitions for the community while we keep in mind the broader mobility issues as they apply specifically to our Council District first and then City-wide.   The City of Los Angeles has spent many years trying to figure out how to convert from the car culture to a faster, more efficient public transportation system. Because the City wasn’t built with a cohesive public transportation system in mind, it is disjointed, spread out and often incompatible. But with changing times, there is ever-increasing demand for newer technology in order to try to completely connect the existing transportation system. However, in our office we have to also consider the practical aspects of getting people from starting point to destination amidst the upgrades of infrastructure that happen in and around CD5.

Because our district is a highly desirable place for people to live, work, and visit, we are also faced with financial and environmental priority challenges of continuing to protect mobility as systems and infrastructure is replaced, rebuilt or repaired.  Or put simply, how do we best keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible while we are building out our 21st-century transportation system?

My role is different from the bright and talented traffic engineers, planners, construction contractors and others that I work with.  I appreciate that I have the opportunity to proactively look at traffic plans and other logistical details for the building of the Metro Purple Line Westside Subway Extension project not only from the point of view of the commuter, but also on behalf of our neighborhoods and local businesses.  We are often able to make adjustments that work best for most of these stakeholders while also being sensitive to the needs of the project. My role is also to respond and at times push for adjustments when concerns are brought to us about the negative impacts of projects. I have been able to do the same for other significant projects such as the Expo Phase 2 light rail line, the 405 corridor project, and numerous other smaller projects.

I am also charged with the responsibility of working with the Department of Transportation on more than moving motor vehicles.  We focus on ways that we can advocate for improvements to pedestrian safety, bicycle safety and access to bus transit, among other things.  Many of our constituents are focused on preserving this very car-centric region that we have built here, but we would not be responsible shepherds of our current and future transportation needs if we were not also focussing on other mobility options.

What do you like most about your job?

One of the things I most enjoy is the opportunity to work directly with our constituents.  I like meeting and speaking to people. This interaction with the public is one of the most rewarding parts of our job.  Much of my time is spent communicating through email which can make things more efficient, but I look for opportunities to respond to our constituents by phone and face-to-face which give me more of an opportunity to impart some of my knowledge and hopefully communicate in a useful way but help them become more knowledgeable about their issue, our City, our government and sometimes that helps us all find better solutions.  These are the kinds of times when it is truly an honor to be a public servant when I have the opportunity professionally to serve our constituents.

Working for Councilmember Koretz through much of my professional career has been quite an honor and I have learned a great deal from him over the years and he has truly impacted the way I have looked at the world.  One thing that I appreciate the most about him is that he is always a good listener and he weighs all sides on issues from me, from constituents and from the other departments. In fact, our most significant role is to serve as his eyes and ears in the district and he appreciates the information and the perspective that we provide for him, to make sure that our constituents are the highest priorities in making decisions not on behalf of our communities but in partnership with them.

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, 8:00 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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