July 5, 2019   

Dear Friends:
The City Council will be on recess from July 5th through July 26th.  All of my offices will remain open to serve you.

In the coming weeks we can expect a surge of warmer summer weather and I want to encourage you to sign up for LADWP'S Power Outage Notification service. This notification service will allow LADWP customers to receive texts or emails when a power outage is reported in their neighborhood. In addition to the alerts, residents will also be notified of estimated times for repairs and service restoration.

Please report outages as soon as they occur using LADWP's improved web-based outage management system at www.ladwp.com/outages, or by calling LADWP's Customer Service Department at 1-800-DIAL-DWP. You can find the most up-to-date information on power outages on LADWP's website or on Twitter (@LADWP.)

Also, shake alert! With the current earthquakes we've experienced we must be alert and prepared for any significant emergency in Los Angeles. It is up to every individual to take the precautious steps in preparing for such events. You can download ShakeAlertLA, a mobile app that sends alerts to users within Los Angeles County that an earthquake of greater than magnitude 5.0 or level IV intensity has been detected and that they may soon feel shaking. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices and available in both English and Spanish. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Paul Koretz



World Day for International Justice

Councilmember Koretz held a special City Council presentation this week to recognize the Los Angeles-based International Criminal Court Alliance, and to formally declare July 17, 2019 to be World Day for International Justice. This organization advocates for US participation in the International Criminal Court and they have been putting on programs with the City of Los Angeles for the better part of two decades. In fact, when Mayor Eric Garcetti was teaching at Occidental College, he worked to sponsor a program to bring a former Nuremberg prosecutor to Occidental. When he became a Councilmember, he sponsored the resolution, and for the pass few years I have sponsored the resolution recognizing their incredible work.

On July 17, 1998 the treaty established the first permanent treaty-based International tribunal to investigate, prosecute and try individuals accused of committing the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

One hardly thinks of international justice on a City level, but attaining that level of peace truly comes down to the individual - the advocate, that’s what makes our government institutions efficient and energetic. Truly representative democracy relies on institutions like the International Criminal Court Alliance to educate not only our government, but the citizens we serve to represent. 

Despite the mantra after WWII of "Never Again", genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to this date in many parts of the world. It is without a doubt that the ICC work is an important means through which holding individuals’ accountable moves closer to the goal of "Never Again" with 11 investigations, 27 cases, 9 convictions, 3 acquittal, reparation orders, 4 ongoing trials and some 14,000 victims having participated in the proceedings, we can see clearly the importance of the Court’s mandate and achievements. Despite the need for the court, the United States has taken a position against it, and so it's important that the American people show support, and this resolution is part of that show of support.



Los Angeles City Council Establishes World’s First Climate Emergency Mobilization Office

Led by Councilmember Paul Koretz and the Leap LA Coalition, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously took a historic step this week to fight both climate change and toxic neighborhood pollution by institutionalizing the first Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization (CEMO) in any municipality in the world.  The CEMO will be tasked with creating a Climate Emergency Mobilization implementation plan designed to drastically reduce the City's greenhouse gas and toxic pollution emissions at the speed and scale necessary to protect a safe climate via a large-scale citywide mobilization across all sectors and all neighborhoods in the city of nearly 4 million.

Press conference on the morning of the Council Vote. Councilmember Koretz was joined on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall by Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD11) and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez (CD6) along with member of the Leap LA Coalition that is comprised of Communities for a Better Environment, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, The Climate Mobilization, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), The Leap, 5 Gyres and representatives from AIM – American Indian Movement.

The motion to create the CEMO was co-authored by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield (CD3) and has been led, sponsored and informed by the Leap LA Coalition.  The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in October 2018 stated that the planet has less than 12 years to drastically reduce its green house gas and toxic pollution emissions or overshoot an already-problematic 1.5° C of global warming.

The legislation emphasizes addressing pollution and resulting health problems in frontline communities with the same speed and necessity as climate emissions reductions and calls for a “just transition” for any workers displaced by climate action. The introduction of this legislation in 2018 inspired what became an avalanche of climate emergency declarations around the world, which now cover 717 governments representing 136 million people, including the United Kingdom, Canada and New York City.

The approved legislation will:

  1. Create the Office and initiate the hiring process for the Office of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Director.
  2. Establish a Climate Emergency Commission (CEC). 
  3. Initiate Community Assemblies – frontline communities will provide leadership in shaping the City's climate emergency mobilization implementation plan. These are communities that are already the most impacted by the climate crisis and toxic pollution.
  4. Instruct City staff to draft the City’s official Climate Emergency Declaration.

“The question we keep hearing: after a city declares a climate emergency, now what?” said Councilmember Paul Koretz.  “Today the Leap LA Coalition and the City of Los Angeles are providing what we hope to be an effective and inclusive roadmap forward on how to address the climate emergency at the speed and scale necessary, with leadership and wisdom from the frontline and Indigenous communities who are already feeling the extreme impacts of fossil fuel pollution. And it is essential that we prioritize a truly ‘just transition’ for any workers whose jobs are affected by positive climate action.”

City Council Votes to Override Automation at Port of LA

This week, a fierce battle over automation at the Port of Los Angeles came before the City Council as a bellwether of taking away labor from the dock workers at the Port of LA. Robots can not and should not replace human workers. Councilmember Koretz was happy to support Councilmember Joe Buscaino in his fierce defense of the dock workers, the longshore workers and neighbors, families and businesses that would be economically devastated by such a move. To that end, Councilmember Koretz stood in Council to speak to the major dangers of allowing automation to take over our jobs and the need to stand with labor in all changing industries of the future.  Click below to watch the video:



UCLA Visits Councilmember Koretz at City Hall

Councilmember Koretz welcomed a wonderful group of UCLA experts and officials who met with the Councilmember and discussed an array of topics including nanoscience, STEM education via rockets, and workforce development. CD 5 is proud to have a great ongoing dialogue with the UCLA team.

Honoring Rabbi Alan and Sandy Kalinsky

On the grand occasion of OU West Coast 50th anniversary, Rabbi Alan and Sandy Kalinsky were honored with the Keter Shem Tov Award at their Annual Dinner. Jay Greenstein, Councilmember Koretz’s Chief Transportation Deputy, presented a City plaque to Rabbi Kalinsky for his three decades of service to the OU West Coast as the West Coast Director of the Orthodox Union.  We wish him all the best in his retirement, and we are eternally grateful for his service to the Jewish community.

Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce Honors Public Servants

  Field Deputies Christopher Givens (left) and Jarrett Thompson (right) pictured with Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, CEO of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce (middle)

We want to thank the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce for inviting and recognizing our Field Deputies, Christopher Givens and Jarrett Thompson at their annual Public Servants Appreciation Reception.  The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted this event to honor public servants and to provide networking opportunities.

ICYMI: New Street Lighting in Palms

A new street light has been installed at the intersection of Overland and Rose Avenues. We are so grateful for our partnership with LADOT for the new traffic light and two continental crosswalks in the Palms community, ensuring safety for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclist.  Watch the following video to witness the ceremonial activation with support from the community.


11th Annual Taste of Farmer’s Market - July 23rd

Join the party at the iconic Third & Fairfax destination on Tuesday, July 23rd from 5-9pm for a "full" evening of delicious bites, live entertainment, and activities for the whole family, all in celebration of the Market’s 85th anniversary. Tickets are now officially on sale. Admission includes plentiful food sampling with many vegetarian options, firehouse chili tastes prepared by firefighter chefs – in support of First-In Fire Foundation and local firehouse stations 61 & 58 – plus beer and wine samples, two non-alcoholic drinks and free parking!

Movies in Westwood Village this Summer - August 2nd

Enjoy the Fifth Annual Cinema Under The Stars Series in Westwood Village.  August 2nd launches the summer series with a showing of Ant Man at 6:00 p.m.  Also, mark your calendar for August 30th to see Spiderman: The Homecoming. This free outdoor family friendly event will take place on the lower part of Broxton Avenue between Weyburn and Kinross. Go to www.westwoodvillage.com for more details.

Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats (and Bunny) 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, 8:00 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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