April 12, 2019   



This Tuesday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m., the City Council will be considering my Resolution to OPPOSE SB 50.  We need your help.  Please call or e-mail City Councilmembers and ask them to support my Resolution. Also, please plan on attending the City Council meeting to testify in support of my Resolution. 

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Dear Friends,

This week I began meeting with several of the Neighborhood Councils in my District to gain input from residents so we can craft better policies for our unique communities, and I have several meetings planned for the weeks ahead. It is always valuable for me to personally hear from my constituents. It's just as important that I provide them with updates about local and state legislation upon which we are currently focused including our community's opposition to SB 50 and SB 58 (a.k.a. the 4 a.m. bar bill that would allow bars and nightclubs in some cities to sell alcohol later than 2 a.m.).  

Los Angeles is one very resilient City and I must say, the windswept look is not my favorite. But I do want to take a moment and thank all of the Departments that have been working day and night since Tuesday evening to get our City cleaned up and turned back on. DWP restored power to more than 97,000 customers while the Bureau of Street Service crews were out in force handling tree cleanups. And let’s not forget the LAPD and LAFD who responded to high numbers of emergency calls and Department of Transportation staff that helped reroute traffic around fallen trees and traffic light outages. Thank you to each Department and individual who came together to help make Los Angeles safe.

I would also like to encourage everyone to get involved in your local Homeowners Associations and Neighborhood Councils.  It’s one of the best ways to have input in your local community. Neighborhood Council Elections are happening and, therefore, I have included voting information below among other News You Can Use and Community Updates.


Paul Koretz


WeHo Times:
LA Councilmember Koretz Calls for Boycott of Brunei Properties

Associated Press: Los Angeles Honors Jane Goodall On Her 85th Birthday

Southern California News Group: Some Laemmle Theaters Are Going Vegan

Beverly Press: Hospital Workers Union Protest Executive Pay

CBS 2: LAPD Rolls Out New Way to Report Minor Traffic Accidents



Policy Perspective:

An urban forest is one of our City’s most crucial assets, and it is vital that L.A.’s trees are protected from vandalism and malicious destruction. That’s why Councilmember Koretz has launched a key effort to improve how we keep our trees safe from harm.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Urban forests are more important than ever. They are dynamic ecosystems that provide critical benefits to people and wildlife. Urban forests help to filter air and water, control storm water, conserve energy, and provide animal habitat and shade. They add beauty, form, and structure to urban design. By reducing noise and providing places to recreate, urban forests strengthen social cohesion, spur community revitalization, and add economic value to our communities.”

In other words, urban forests don’t just beautify landscapes — they also directly contribute to the public’s health and well-being.

The City of Los Angeles has more than 700,000 trees. They are located in open spaces, on private property, and in the public right-of-way. Recent media accounts and governmental agency reports have stressed the great value of maintaining L.A.’s urban forest, but they have also pinpointed important priorities that we need to address for the sake of that forest.

One of the foremost concerns is the damage done by unpermitted trimming and illegal removal of trees, both of which happen way too often. Raising public awareness through education and outreach helps discourage some of that destructive activity, but so can more effective enforcement of our laws when violations occur. Currently, even when culprits are caught in the act, justice doesn’t always readily occur, because our legal system is overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of cases involving crimes of violence and other matters that understandably demand the courts’ full and immediate attention.  That’s why Councilmember Koretz, in conjunction with concerned community groups, has called for exploring the use of an alternative enforcement solution — Administrative Citation Enforcement aka Administrative Code Enforcement, or ACE.

Several years ago, the Councilmember and a coalition of community groups led the effort to create the ACE program, so that the City might more efficiently and effectively deal with many “low level” quality-of-life violations — for example, excessive noise complaints, unleashed dogs, and illegally posted signs, etc. — which too often get lost in the judicial system, allowing transgressors to game the system. Under the guidance of the City Attorney’s Office, ACE allows the City the alternative of issuing administrative citations while imposing fines or fees which increase incrementally with each subsequent offense. The timely processing of such tickets along with the possible prosecution for non-compliance helps achieve the desired enforcement and deters further violations.

What’s worked with many other types of violations may now work to protect our urban forest.   Councilmember Koretz, in collaboration with community leadership, has introduced a motion instructing the Bureau of Street Services and the City Attorney to consider how the use of ACE might help keep our urban forest safe. Input from the Urban Forestry Department will be involved. The neighborhoods and people of Los Angeles benefit when the City establishes more robust reporting and response mechanisms, strengthens its enforcement capabilities, and improves its deterrence of illegal pruning and removing of street trees. ACE might just be the “ticket” to protecting our urban forest.

Dr. Jane Goodall Day in LA

  Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell (CD13) and Mayor Garcetti joined Councilmember Koretz in honoring the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall in Los Angeles declaring Jane Goodall Day in LA. Thank you to the Jane Goodall Institute and Nonhuman Rights Project for helping to make this day possible.

Last week, the City Council declared April 3rd, Jane Goodall Day in Los Angeles to coincide with her 85th birthday and the launch of her newest campaign, “Generation Jane,” in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute and the Nonhuman Rights Project.  

For more than six decades, Dr. Goodall has been a pioneer in animal advocacy, anthropology and primatology and continues to travel the world more than 300 days every year inspiring our younger generation.  

The special Council presentation honored Dr. Goodall's unique legacy of scientific breakthroughs and courageous leadership, which have led to a greater understanding of nonhuman animals and much-needed changes to how we view and treat them. Scientific discoveries like Dr. Goodall's have helped create an unshakable foundation for the arguments in support of nonhuman animal rights.  

At a time when wildlife, ecosystems, and human communities are suffering, Jane still has hope for a brighter future and a belief that, together, we can create positive change for all. Jane’s vision is of a new age of harmony between animals, humankind and the natural world.

Jane Goodall and Councilmember Koretz were both born on April 3rd (but more than a decade apart). Councilmember Koretz said, “celebrating my birthday with my lifelong hero of animal welfare, habitat conservation and environmental activism, is the best birthday present I could have ever had.”   Councilmember Koretz and CD5 staff (many missing from photo) were deeply honored to participate in honoring Dr. Goodall at City Hall and celebrate Jane Goodall’s and Paul Koretz’s April 3rd birthdays.

City Council Honors and Remembers Iranian Singer Hayedeh

The Los Angeles City Council recognized and celebrated the late Iranian singer, Hayedeh. Still considered one of the most popular singers of 20th-century Iran, Hayedeh performed a variety of Iranian music from classical to folk & pop. Hayedeh fled the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and lived in Los Angeles from 1982 until the end of her life in 1990. Her music and legacy continues to be celebrated throughout the Iranian community, especially here in Los Angeles. Councilmember Koretz joined members of the Los Angeles Iranian community as well as key members of the Westwood community to celebrate her life, along with hundreds of her admirers at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.


Planning 101: Planning for the Environment

The City Planning Department is hosting the third round of its Planning 101 training series, an educational initiative, in collaboration with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE).

The topic of the training will be Planning for the Environment. Participants will learn about the role the City and its residents have in planning for the environment and the regulations that guide environmental analysis, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The trainings will be implemented geographically across seven regions of the City on the following dates:

Thursday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Los Angeles City College, Student Union, Multipurpose Room B, 855 N. Vermont Ave.

Monday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Department of Water and Power Crenshaw Customer Service Center, 4030 Crenshaw Blvd.

Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Canoga Park Senior Citizens Center, 7326 Jordan Ave.

Monday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Ramona Hall Community Center, 4580 N. Figueroa St.

Monday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Center, 11214 Exposition Blvd.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd.

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Bannings Landing Community Center, Port Commission Room, 100 E. Water St.

WEBINAR (Seminario Web)
Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

RSVP at bit.ly/P101Env

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering celebrates its 75th year Anniversary!

  (L to R) SAMPE North America President Karin Anderson, CD5 Chief of Staff Joan Pelico and George Epstein.

CD5 Chief of Staff Joan Pelico joined the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) on their 75th Anniversary to present them with an official Resolution from the City of Los Angeles to memorialize the occasion and honor their achievements. The organization was founded in 1944 to serve the needs of the fast-growing aircraft industry. George Epstein who is a dear friend and constituent of CD5, is a retired engineer for Aerospace. In 1996 the Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship program was put in place to honor and recognize George’s wife for her strong desire to assist financially-needy, academically-deserving students to attend college to study engineering, science, mathematics, or medicine. The beneficiaries of these scholarships are Fairfax High School Seniors who are chosen by the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of SAMPE. SAMPE scholarships are presented annually and Joan will be attending their next Awards Program on May 16th.

2019 Neighborhood Council Election Dates

Councilmember Paul Koretz encourages everyone to get involved in Neighborhood Council elections. Learn how you can make a difference in your community. Watch this video to learn how and why.

Eight of the nine Neighborhood Councils in City Council District 5 are having elections this season, on four different dates from March 31 through June 2:

Voting age: 18
Election Day: Sunday, June 2
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Harvard Westlake Middle School (room 222)
700 N Faring, Los Angeles, CA 90077

** voters must bring proof of identity/age/stakeholdership to the polls to vote in this election. A photo ID with your birthdate and a current local address within NC boundaries works to verify voter eligibility for many seats in this election. However, to vote for Public Residential District Representatives, voters must have proof that they live or own real property within the boundaries of that District. See examples of how to provide proof of residency, as well as lists of voter verification document types accepted by the City Clerk, at http://bit.ly/NCdocumentation .

Voting age: 18
Election Day: Sunday, May 19
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fire Station 83
4960 Balboa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91316

** voters must bring proof of identity/age/stakeholdership to polls to vote in this election. A photo ID with your birthdate & current local address within NC boundaries works. For examples of other document types accepted by the City Clerk, see http://bit.ly/NCdocumentation

Voting age: 16
Election Day: Sunday, June 2
12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Pan Pacific Park Senior Center
147 Gardner St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Voting age: 16
Election Day: Thursday, May 16
Hours TBD
John Wooden Center
221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Voting age: 14
Election Day: Sunday, June 2
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
IMAN Center (auditorium)
3376 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Election Day: Sunday, March 31 (PAST)
See who won at http://bit.ly/NCElectionResults

Voting age: 15
Election Day: Sunday, May 19
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Shenandoah Elementary School (auditorium)
2450 Shenandoah St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Westside Neighborhood Council uses a process called a “selection” to choose their new board, which took place in March 2019. See who won at http://wncla.org/2019-selections-information/

Voting age: 18
Election Day: Sunday, June 2
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Belmont Village Senior Living (meeting room)
10475 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

For more information about Neighborhood Councils or NC elections, visit www.empowerla.org


Upcoming Intermittent Lane Restrictions

Wilshire Blvd. Near Fairfax

On Friday, April 12, and from Monday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m,, intermittent lane restrictions on Wilshire Blvd. are anticipated to support the delivery and pouring of concrete into the Wilshire/Fairfax Purple Line Station.

Northbound McCarthy Blvd./ Crescent Heights Blvd.  Closure at San Vicente Blvd.

From Saturday, April 13 to Monday, April 15, northbound McCarthy Vista Blvd./ Crescent Heights Blvd. between San Vicente Blvd. and Orange St. will be closed to through traffic.  This closure will support the installation of monitoring wells in the Wilshire/ Crescent Heights area.
Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice. For the latest construction updates, visit the Purple Line Extension project website.

NextGen Bus Study

Metro is designing a modern, more useful bus network. It’s time for a better bus system that fits your lifestyle, integrates with all the ways you travel throughout LA County, and gets you where you need and want to go, with flexibility for the future.
The objective of the bus study is to:

  • Understand transit market demand in LA County
  • Study the agency’s current bus system and how well it serves current and potential customers
  • Recommend how best to reimagine the system to be more relevant to what people need today

Come to the public workshop on April 16 anytime between 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and help Metro redesign the bus system.  Meet with Metro staff, learn about the study and share your thoughts on how to improve the bus system, including bus routes, frequencies, day and times of operation. Stop in any time during the workshop which is being held at Communities Actively Living Independent & Free, 634 South Spring Street,1st Floor, Edison Room, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Accessible via: Metro 2, 4, 16, 18, 20, 30, 33, 35, 40, 45, 51, 52, 53, 55, 60, 62, 68, 90, 91, 92, 94, 302, 330, 351, 355, 460, 720, 733, 745, 760, 794, Metro Red & Purple Lines, DASH D (weekday only), DASH E

Metro Offering Free Rides to Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, Metro is offering free bus and train rides all day. Planning a transit ride can be done on the trip planner at metro.net or on Google Maps.

As part of this year’s free rides, Metro will also be handing out stickers reminding riders of their good deed and putting posters up across the system.

Besides Metro, here are some other transit agencies also offering free rides on Earth Day:

  • Metrolink: offering commuter rail service across Southern California.

  • Metro Bike Share: we’ll be updating within the next few days with the promo code for you to unlock free bike rides.

Los Angeles 2nd Annual Beautification Conference

Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioner Aura Garcia and the Office of Community Beautification invite you to attend the Keep Los Angeles Beautiful 2nd Annual Beautification Conference! The conference will be held on Saturday, May 18 bringing together key industries that play a significant role in keeping Los Angeles Beautiful. This event will unite major players throughout the City of Los Angeles that all share the same vision of a clean and sustainable Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit their website at www.beautificationconference.com



Standing Up for Disabilities To Demand the California State Legislature to #KeepThePromise

Councilmember Koretz was proud to join ETTA.org among those supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to demand that Sacramento Lawmakers support the proposed 8% state budget increase to save services and programs for all persons with disabilities.  At the rally, Councilmember Koretz joined the #KeepThePromise campaign and demanded that the State legislature “Keep The Promise” for the 330,000 Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the tireless, underfunded workers who care for them.

Walk for Kids Fundraiser Event

Councilmember Koretz was proud to participate in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California‘s Walk for Kids fundraiser event last Saturday on the UCLA campus. This was the first event of its kind in the 5th District, and the proceeds were donated to create a “Family Room” in the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, bringing respite to families whose children are seeking treatment. Great job and congratulations to all of the participants and volunteers!

Run to Remember First Responders

Congratulations to all the runners who were up bright and early for the Run To Remember 10K/ half-marathon last Saturday morning in Century City.  CD5 Policy Director Jeff Ebenstein joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore in welcoming runners to the starting line. The annual run pays tribute to first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you to all the participants and City staff who made this event possible.

Temple Beth Am: Making A World of Difference

On Sunday evening, April 7, Councilmember Koretz was pleased to drop by the Temple Beth Am Making a World of Difference Gala where he presented certificates of recognition for two distinguished honorees.

(L to R) Senior Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Ben Siegel Community Service Award recipient Nina Golden, Councilmember Koretz.   (L to R) Temple Beth Am Senior Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Lou Colon May'ayan Legacy Award recipient Marshall Temkin, Councilmember Koretz, Beth Am President Avi Peretz.

Recognizing Three Veteran Traffic Officers

  L to R: Capt. Elaine Morales, Commanding Officer of West Bureau Traffic, Officer Tony Perez, Officer David Manning, Officer Ryan Basaker, Councilmember Koretz, Sgt. Danny Eun, Commanding Officer of the West Bureau Community Traffic Services Unit.

Councilmember Koretz was pleased to go to roll call at the LAPD West Traffic Bureau to pay tribute to three outstanding veteran officers of the Community Traffic Services Unit.  All three have served more than twenty years in the Department. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to CD5 West Motor Traffic Officers Tony Perez, Dave Manning, and Ryan Basacker.  They were joined by their Commanding Officers to help celebrate the well-deserved recognition.

West LA Public Safety Initiatives

Councilmember Koretz met with the LAPD West Los Angeles Area Commanding Officer Captain Vic Davalos, along with CD5 Chief of Staff Joan Pelico and Director of Public Safety Gregory Martayan. Topics discussed included neighborhood safety initiatives and future public safety planning strategies for CD5’s West Los Angeles communities.


United Chambers of Commerce Honors Andy Shrader, CD5’s Director of Environmental Affairs

  (L to R) CD5 Chief of Staff Joan Pelico, LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Councilmember Paul Koretz, and UCC Legislative Aide Award Recipient CD5’s Environmental Policy Director Andy Shrader.

Councilmember Koretz was proud to attend the Annual Legislative Aide Recognition Luncheon by the United Chambers of Commerce San Fernando Valley & Region to recognize Andy Shrader, CD5’s Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability for all of his hard work.  Andy is a champion of the Earth from the soil, to water, to air, humans, flora, and fauna. He tirelessly prioritizes the future of our planet while keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground in Los Angeles serving Council District Five’s residents, businesses and community organizations.  In addition, this year’s Speaker was LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey who discussed the new Mental Health Division and the ways she is working with LA County on addressing mentally ill individuals.



Homeless Resource Fair - April 20th

Participants will be able to connect to homelessness advocates and organizations that provide homeless services, and learn how to extend these services to homeless neighbors in their own communities. Attendees will also hear from government agencies which will present updates on their projects and policies, including Measures H and HHH, and A Bridge Home.

A hygiene product drive will also be part of the event, so participants are asked to bring toiletries for donation.  If you'd like to participate in the Resource Fair, please RSVP at this link, and reserve your free parking space: http://tiny.cc/LAHRF

Homelessness Resource Fair
Saturday April 20th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, DTLA
*** take Metro to Civic Center Station or RSVP at this link to reserve your free parking ***

Westwood Connect Day - April 24th

This is a good opportunity to connect with City, County, State, and nonprofit agencies to receive free services on April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd. where food, haircuts, and clothing will be provided.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jessica Salans jessica.salans@lacity.org, 213-300-8233.  For more information, contact Erin Schneider, eschneider@bos.lacounty.gov 310-231-1170.

Pick Pico Street Fair - May 19

It’s almost time for the annual Pick Pico street fair at the corner of Overland and Pico on Sunday May 19, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pick Pico provides a fun-filled afternoon of live entertainment and hundreds of booths to explore where visitors can eat great local food, buy local products, and learn about local government and non-profit organizations.   Bring the kids because there’s always a huge kid-zone with lots to do. Be sure to stop by the CD5 booth and say hello to some of our staff.

Vendors and non-profit organizations, it’s not too late to register to sponsor and attend. For more information, visit www.pickpico.org

World of Fruit Museum Open May 11th through July 2019

WORLD OF FRUIT announces the grand opening of the first-of-its-kind, fruit-themed immersive tasting experience in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 11th, 2019.

Pre-sale tickets are now available at www.worldoffruit.co with appointment times available through July 2019.

Located at the corner of La Brea and Melrose in CD5, WORLD OF FRUIT features eight interactive fruit-forward installations, inspired by nature and designed to stimulate the senses, immersing guests in a magical world of fruit-filled surprises. Tasting stations throughout the experience offer samples of rare and exotic fruits with limited seasonal availability.

WORLD OF FRUIT will be open from 12pm - 8pm Tuesday - Thursday; 11am - 9pm on Friday; and 10am - 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket prices are $35 and free for children 4 and under. For parties of 10 or more, tickets are discounted to $28 per person.

Tickets include a sampling of fresh and exotic fruit treats throughout the experience. A portion of ticket sales goes to local charities, providing fruit and food for those in need. For more information, visit www.worldoffruit.co and follow along social media @worldoffruitco (#worldoffruit).

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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