June 14, 2019   


Summer is here and last week's unseasonable heatwave was a reminder that sudden heat surges, power outages and brush fires happen without warning and so there is no time like the present to best prepare for emergencies.  For tips, training and planning ideas, I encourage everyone to explore the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department's website at https://emergency.lacity.org.  It is full of a wide variety of emergency resources for you, your family and your community. 

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Paul Koretz


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First, SB 50 threatened to implement mandatory density increases in residential neighborhoods and undermine local zoning laws. Thanks in large part to vocal opposition from Council District 5, that bill has been defeated, for now.  Thankfully, Senator Portantino who serves as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee heard community outcries from up and down the State (both San Francisco and Los Angeles City Councils voted in opposition) and tabled the bill. If the bill doesn’t come out of Committee before the end of January 2020, it will be considered killed.  But just like a zombie we have to remain vigilant for “gut and amend” versions that can quietly find new life when no one is looking.  

So just when we thought we might get a break, Senator Nancy Skinner is running the ball on SB 330, another supply-side housing bill that has managed to survive but that many are calling SB 50’s evil twin. 

SB 330 would arbitrarily limit how cities address community growth impacts by allowing project applicants to submit a ‘preliminary application’, which are known to contain too little information for a city to determine the scope of a proposed project or the type of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearance needed and its true potential environmental impacts.

Additional negative impacts of SB 330 include:

  • not producing affordable housing;
  • a limit on the number of public hearings needed to vet a proposed project;  
  • prohibiting the city from imposing parking requirements;
  • no integrity for single family zoning; and
  • no protection for historic preservation.
Councilmember Koretz believes that authority over land use planning and zoning laws is the most fundamental of local issues and the City must maintain the ability to make decisions that make sense for local communities and neighborhoods. For the aforementioned reasons, Councilmember Koretz submitted a resolution to have the City formally oppose SB 330.

As was done to oppose SB 50, it is vitally important that you contact your representatives in Sacramento, and urge them to also oppose SB 330.

Please note: not all Senators wish to have a public email address.  However, you can submit a comment on legislation on the "comment" page of their website. 
Here's how: 
Go to https://www.senate.ca.gov/senators. Locate the Senator you want to contact and click "contact."  This will take you to their comment form.  Fill in the form.  Click on the "select an issue" drop down box, select "submit a comment on legislation," and type in your comment  "OPPOSE SB 330."  Don't forget to hit the OPPOSE button on the page next to the comment section.


Gun Violence Awareness Day

Councilmember Koretz joined Councilmembers Krekorian (CD2) and O'Farrell (CD13) for a special City Council presentation on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  They were joined by members of Women Against Gun Violence and California chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and facilitators of the Mayor's Youth Council to End Gun Violence that has launched the ‘Louder Than Guns’ new educational campaign to promote gun violence protections.  Los Angeles high school students involved in the program are working to inspire action against gun violence across the city by working to provide parents, young people, civic leaders, and all Angelenos tools to push for change and save lives.  

Councilmember Koretz praised the efforts and discussed how the daily occurrence of gun violence in our country has become so "normal" that there isn't even time to mourn them all while accidental and mass shootings are increasing exponentially, “Just over the weekend between Virginia, Chicago and Texas, it was deemed the most violent weekend of the year. There are so many mass gun violence issues that we don't even pay attention to them anymore. Over my career, I never imagined this getting so much worse.”

In addition, the City Council moved forward to support a motion authored by Councilmember Krekorian (seconded by Councilmember Koretz), to require that all firearms, not just handguns, be secured at home in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock.  Councilmembers Koretz and Krekorian have each worked throughout their careers to reduce gun violence and increase protections from accidental gun deaths and suicide and are committed to prioritizing this issue.   

Home- Sharing Ordinance Effective July 1st

On July 1, the City’s Home-sharing ordinance will become effective. The initial process for potential hosts to register will be completely online. The Department of Planning will be showcasing an online demonstration at the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee meeting next week on June 18 at 2:30 p.m. If you would like to be added to any home-sharing email blasts, please direct them to planning.home-sharing@lacity.org.



A New Light at La Brea and Rosewood

Councilmember Koretz had the pleasure of "flipping the switch" in a ceremonial activation of a new traffic light at the intersection of La Brea and Rosewood Ave.  Mid City West Community Council Chair Scott Epstein joined in the event along with Transportation Committee Co-Chair Mehmet Berker, community leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community and representatives from institutions in close proximity to this intersection. This new signal that will automatically change for pedestrians on Shabbat. Thank you to LADOT Officials and all involved for your partnership in making CD 5 a safer place in which to live, drive and walk.

To learn more about this special new bicycle-friendly signal, watch this VIDEO

Stop sign installed at Alcott St. & Glenville Dr.

Traffic safety is a priority in CD 5 and this week LA Department of Transportation joined Councilmember Koretz and staff for the installation of new 4-way stop signs on the corner of Alcott Street & Glenville Drive. Thank you to LADOT for the great work!

LAPD West LA Division Open House

  Community members Baila Romm and Joseph Cruz at the LAPD West LA Open House to discuss important issues in their communities.

Councilmember Koretz's staff was thrilled to join West LAPD's officers and command staff at their open house.  The festival included police horses, police dogs, jumpers, music from GoCountry105 radio station, antique police cars, food and fun. All the Senior Lead Officers received City proclamations and posed before the LAPDs End of Watch Memorial Wall. 

Councilmember Koretz Convenes Interfaith Security Task Force Meetings 

Councilmember Koretz's Interfaith Security Task Force continues to bring together leaders from all faiths and communities.  Taskforce roundtables and informational sessions include representatives of religious institutions and houses of worship along with City and County staff and members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The discussions continue to lay out future action plans, including multiple education campaigns, that will take place in diverse communities throughout the region.  Moderating and hosting the Interfaith Security Task Force is Councilmember Koretz's Director of Public Safety Gregory Martayan, with Valley efforts being led by Field Deputy Christopher Givens and West LA efforts led by Field Deputy Kevin Nahai.

South Robertson Gets Makeover As Part of Mayor's Great Streets Initiative

  Councilmember Koretz and members of the Bureau of Street Services, and the Department of Transportation look on as Mayor Garcetti fixes the bolt for a new traffic light that will make South Robertson more safe for pedestrians as part of the Great Streets Initiative.

In early 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced South Robertson as the recipient of a Great Streets grant, with specific focus on the area between Cadillac and Kincardine, just south of Hamilton High School. The project is an intense collaboration between City partners, community partners and consultant experts.  Councilmember Koretz, who represents the west side of the South Robertson project area was thrilled to participate in the project's official ground breaking along with Mayor Garcetti and LA Department of Transportation and members of the SoRo Neighborhood Council.  The infrastructure makeover will benefit pedestrians and businesses in the community by bringing SoRO neighborhood some long overdue TLC. To learn more about the South Robertson Great Streets initiative,  visit www.soroblvd.com

Bel Air Hills Association Annual Meeting

The efforts and successes of Homeowners Associations and Neighborhood Councils is only possible with the cumulative volunteer hours of community members who show up and make change.  That is why Councilmember Koretz was honored to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Wendy Morris of the Bel Air Hills Association for her outstanding volunteer work over the years as past President and Board Member of B.A.H.A.   He also enjoyed speaking with all of the board members who attended the Bel Air Hills Association Annual Community Meeting and hearing about the issues and concerns that matter most to their neighborhood. In attendance were members of LAFD Station 109, LAPD Officer Chris Ragsdale, and some of my staff including my Director of Public Safety Greg Martayan, District Director Debbie Dyner Harris, Planning Deputy Hagu Solomon-Cary, and Transportation Deputy Jay Greenstein.

Gratitude and Best Wishes For A Happy Retirement, Mo!

It is with bittersweet sentiment that Councilmember Koretz and staff gathered to honor LADOT's Western District Engineer Mo Blorfroshan on the occasion of his well-earned retirement. Mo has been a truly remarkable public servant, and we are very sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best in this next part of his life adventure.  At his retirement party, Councilmember Koretz told Mo, "You’ve earned the time to pump the brakes, roll to a stop and look back at your time with the Department of Transportation of more than 32 years of service to the people of this City through your rearview mirror. As you travel down life’s highway, we wish you good travel, with smooth roads and great scenery and good company along the way."  Thanks for everything, Mo,  and send us a postcard once in awhile.

Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue Opens Community and Enrichment Centers

Congratulations to the Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino in celebration of the grand opening of the Howard and Irene Levine Community Center, and the Rosen Learning Enrichment Center. It has been a great endeavor reaching this point, where the community can come together  in this beautiful new building.

Comstock Hills Annual Fiesta Party

It is always a pleasure to attend the Comstock Hills Annual Fiesta Party. A special thank you to Jan Reichmann, President of the HOA for all your years of hard work in making and keeping Comstock Hills a beautiful neighborhood!



Los Angeles Police Department Survey

The Los Angeles Police Department wants to hear from you.  The City of Los Angeles has initiated an anonymous survey seeking input from communities about your experiences with LAPD, attitudes toward service levels, and any opportunities for improvement. This survey is designed to supplement the meetings being held with Neighborhood Council alliances and community police advisory boards.  Please take the time to complete the questionnaire so that your feedback can be included in the study. The survey is anonymous, and individual responses will never be shared with LAPD, the City of Los Angeles, or anyone outside of the project team. The responses will be tabulated and a summary of findings will be presented.


Westside Community Plan Update Workshops

The City is updating Community Plans on the Westside.  Consider attending an upcoming workshop to hear initial land-use ideas that the Planning Department has developed after months of collecting community feedback, and you can also offer your own input.   

  • West Los Angeles: June 18, 6:30  p.m. to 8:30 pm at the Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 W. Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066

  • Palms – Mar Vista – Del Rey: June 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Windward School Gym, 11350 Palms Boulevard, Los Angeles

  • Westchester – Playa del Rey: June 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm at the Westchester Senior Center 8740 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles

Learn more at www.planningthewestside.org

Updating the Tourism Master Plan

The City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development is conducting a survey about living, working and playing in the City of Los Angeles to better understand the community experience and identify how we can protect, improve and enhance the City’s long-term quality of life and economic prosperity.

Please help by taking this 15-20 minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LATMPCSE

Be A 2020 Census Goodwill Ambassador

Do you want to help your community gain the funding and representation it deserves for the next 10 years? Become a Census Goodwill Ambassador and help ensure that everyone in Los Angeles counts in 2020. The Mayor’s Office has announced four volunteer training sessions throughout Los Angeles in June. Learn more here & Sign up for a training session here.



Help Hire Angelenos

The Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department is looking for great employers willing to take a chance and help transform lives through employment opportunities. Please see the video below.

Lawn Be Gone Workshop From DWP - June 22

You're invited to LADWP's Hands on Workshop in Mar Vista on June 15th and June 22nd. This 2-day class will provide instruction on turf removal, plant installation, grading for rainwater capture and water efficient irrigation.

Please register at: https://lawnbegonedwp.com

CD5 Staff Spotlight:
Joseph Galloway
  Joseph Galloway with Congresswoman Karen Bass at her 2017 Congressional Conversations in the Palms Neighborhood where Joseph served as the CD5 Field Deputy.

What led you to want to work in public service?

I wanted to work in public service because I believe in effectuating societal change that improves the quality of life for all members of the general public. Being of service to the community, learning about the structure of local government, and promoting transparency are some of the many reasons why I enjoy my work.

What is your favorite part about working in your community?

My favorite part about working in my community is organizing community events. We recently celebrated "Pick Pico 2019!" an annual event hosted by the Westside Neighborhood Council. Events that support local businesses and bring the community together have proven to be fruitful and efficacious.

What are some great projects you are working on?  

I am working with the Westside Neighborhood Council for their 2nd Annual Safety and Preparedness Fair happening on September 22nd. I'm also collaborating with various City Departments to follow up on much-needed repairs to City sidewalks on Westwood Blvd and improvements to public facilities at Cheviot Hills and Palms Recreation Center.


Free Concert at Westwood Library - June 23

Friends of Westwood Library and Los Angeles Musical Salon proudly invite you to the kick off event of the 2019 Concert Series at Westwood Library, 1248 Glendon Ave on Sunday, June 23at 2:30 p.m. with a free pre-Independence Day concert that is fun for the whole family!

The Los Angeles Police Department's 17-piece swing band, under the baton of Maestro Richard Allen, will be accompanied by singers for a fabulous program of American popular music from the World War II era -- in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day this month.

After the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy a complimentary reception hosted by FELLOW Restaurant and the Friends of Westwood Library.

Admission is free.  The event will be held upstairs in the library on a Sunday afternoon when the library is not open for regular business.  The library garage will open at 2 pm and parking is complimentary. Concerts last approximately one hour with no intermission. After the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments hosted by Frida Mexican Cuisine in Westwood Village and the Friends of Westwood Library. Download the flyer here.

Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter Dogs, Cats and Rabbits of the Week from the West LA & East Valley City Animal Shelters. Please come meet our animals – they need homes now. The shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays). Click on any photo below for details.

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