August 9, 2019   
IN THE NEWS

ABC 7 [VIDEO]:  L.A. City Council considering motion to ban the possession of assault weapons

SPECTRUM [VIDEO]: Councilman Koretz Gives a Red Light on 4 a.m. Bar Bill

LAist: These Sidewalk Stencils Aim to Curb Sidewalk Scofflaws’ Bad Riding

 

FROM THE DESK OF JEFF EBENSTEIN
DIRECTOR OF POLICY & LEGISLATION

Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor Project

Valley / Westwood Commuters - an exciting new transit opportunity may be coming down the tracks.  At long last a viable relief from traffic and commuter stress is promising. New plans for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, a high-speed, high-capacity urban rail transit service, benefitting millions of LA residents both in the Valley and in the Westside have been announced.    

More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work and play within LA Metro’s 1,433-square-mile transportation service area.  Today, the City boasts six train lines, offering safe, efficient, and eco-friendly transportation for millions of commuters throughout Los Angeles. However, for Valley residents, that doesn’t get you out of your car if there are no convenient stops near home or connections to transportation hubs.   But that all might be changing soon.   

Metro is currently holding public meetings to gain input on the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, its routes, stops, and in fact, what kind of transportation system will be ultimately implemented including monorail or subway or a form of Personalized Rapid Transit.

Supporting the exploration of a better urban transportation system has always been a priority for Councilmember Koretz as the only truly efficient way to help reduce traffic congestion, provide safe transit, and help protect the environment, all while connecting the diverse regions of the City into a unified transportation system for the future.   But we know that connectivity is disjointed and for Valley residents, in particular the Encino community of CD5, we might finally have a public transit way to connect with West LA (and even LAX).

What does this all mean?  Aside from a car free commute, this extension could mean a rapid 15 minute ride between the heart of the Valley (with a station on Ventura Boulevard) to the Expo Line on the Westside even during rush hour.

To that end, Councilmember Koretz recently presented a resolution to City Council in support of this undertaking. Part of this proposal includes two stops in Westwood - one station on-campus at UCLA and another station to be located in Westwood’s business district. These stations would also serve as a connection to the Purple Line Extension subway corridor that could be used by as many as tens of thousands of commuters every day. But nothing is decided and there are still many stages to go, in particular we need to make sure the UCLA stop is included, as we are designing a system to benefit generations to come.

Residents can really be part of shaping the future of public transportation in the City of Los Angeles by participating in Metro’s community meetings. Be sure to visit www.Metro.net to sign up for future alerts about project updates and to receive alerts about community meetings near you.

 

LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Sidewalk Warnings for e-Scooters in CD5

In an effort to deter e-scooter riders from using the sidewalks of his District, Councilmember Paul Koretz asked the Department of Transportation to design sidewalk decals that send a clear message to e-scooter riders – “NO E-SCOOTER RIDING ON THE SIDEWALK – IT’S THE LAW.”

Dozens of decals have been painted in the Fifth District on Third Street, and Beverly Blvd. (between La Cienega and Fairfax) and Melrose (between Crescent Heights and La Brea).

“I continue to be very concerned about the e-scooter explosion here in Los Angeles and decided to proactively alert riders to the illegality of riding on sidewalks, for the safety of pedestrians in my District,” said Councilmember Koretz. “In addition to my concerns about riders on the sidewalks I am equally worried about e-Scooter riders’ own safety entering commercial traffic. In reality, there are few places where e-scooters can be ridden safely. Moreover, almost 100% of the riders are irresponsibly not wearing helmets while the large and growing numbers of scooter-related injuries continue unabated. I would be thrilled to see e-scooters banned until we have an adequate bicycle/ e-scooter lane infrastructure for them. In the meantime, I am hoping these decals can alleviate some of the e-scooter danger occurring in my district.”



Councilmember Koretz Introduces Motion to Prohibit the Possession of All Assault Weapons Within the City of Los Angeles

In response to the frequency of mass shootings, with the most notable recent ones taking place in Gilroy, California, Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced a motion to have the City Attorney prepare and present an ordinance to prohibit the possession of all assault weapons within the City of Los Angeles.

 “We have heard the requests of the people of Los Angeles and even the Los Angeles Police Department,” said Councilmember Koretz who authored the motion. “Far too many people are dying senselessly waiting for the Federal Government to restore an assault weapons ban. While political parties are quibbling hypotheticals solutions at the Federal level, more and more innocent victims are being slaughtered by weapons designed for military war. Assault weapons serve no purpose other than killing people, and their possession should be entirely banned in the City. The time has come to get these tools of mass murder out of the City of Los Angeles. While such a ban would not halt every mass shooting, those that are committed without such weapons would result in considerably less carnage, and in all likelihood fewer would occur.”

The motion has been referred to the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee.


IN THE COMMUNITY


National Night Out in CD 5

Every year communities across the United States come together for National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.  

In CD5, celebrations serving residents of the district included Stoner Park with the West LA Police Department to Pan Pacific Park with Mid-City West Neighborhood Council and Randal D. Simmons Park in the Encino/ Van Nuys areas, as well.

Thank you to all who volunteered their time and effort year round including National Night Out to arrange partner with local law enforcement and continue to work together in solidarity against crime.




LAPD Deputy Chief of Operations Valley Bureau

Deputy Chief Jorge R. Rodriguez has been serving the citizens of Los Angeles for over three decades. Councilmember Koretz’s Chief of Staff Joan Pelico and Director of Public Safety Gregory Martayan were proud to join him and his family along with LAPD Chief of Police Michel Moore for a special ceremony for his promotion to Commanding Officer of Operations Valley Bureau.

 

SUMMER AT CITY HALL


Summer Events with Team Koretz

Councilmember Koretz and his staff were pleased to welcome students visiting our Council office throughout the summer. The students did not fail to impress us with their wealth of interest, involvement and active participation across a range of educational backgrounds.  Throughout the summer, we hosted and worked with summer interns, participants of summer camp field trips to City Hall and UCLA Extension students visiting from as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina. Any opportunity we have to listen to and encourage future generations is significant to the Councilmember’s priorities of giving back and connecting with the youth. 

 

SAVE THE DATE


Join Councilmember Koretz and Save Beverly Fairfax at the Historic District Sign Unveiling Ceremony

Councilmember Koretz is proud to join Save Beverly Fairfax for the Beverly Fairfax Historic District’s Sign Unveiling Ceremony, in celebration of the District’s Listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Beverly Fairfax Historic District is roughly bordered by Beverly Blvd to the South and Melrose Ave to the North. Fairfax Ave to the West and Gardner Street to the East.   On October 4th, 2018, the Beverly Fairfax Historic District was formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places after area owners, residents, neighbors and friends sent emails, gathered signatures, attended hearings and have shown such overwhelming support for this nomination. The National Register is the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture.



Movies at Cheviot Hills Park- August 10th



Traffic Safety Workshops

You are invited to join Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) at one of their upcoming Traffic Safety Workshops on August 14. Traffic collisions in Southern California have been increasing and SCAG wants to partner with the city to help reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. Each workshop will feature expert panels and highlight successful strategies for improving traffic safety, centering on the essential elements of building safer streets: Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Evaluation, Equity, and Encouragement. SCAG will also provide a menu of free resources for partners to use, including safety signage, programming modules and a kit of parts for temporary safety infrastructure demonstrations.

Workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for the following workshop:

Los Angeles and Ventura County Workshop
August 14, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
SCAG Main Office – Regional Council Room, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste.
1700, Los Angeles, CA 90017
RSVP: https://laventurasafetyworkshop.eventbrite.com 




Free Adult Wellness Classes

Check out these free adult wellness classes taking place at recreation centers and parks throughout the City of Los Angeles.  The program for the summer will offer two sessions, the first of which is currently underway. The next session will begin on August 12 and continue through September 24, with another session beginning in October. The program is offered every quarter and is free to all adults, ages 50 and up.



Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter Dogs, Cats and Turtle of the Week from the West LA & East Valley City Animal Shelters. Please come meet them– 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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