September 6, 2019   

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful and restful Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day is not just a day off to mark the end of summer, it marks the important recognition of  the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  

I was delighted to spend the day with many union brothers and sisters at The Los Angeles/ Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition 40th Annual Labor Day Parade and Rally Picnic along with several of my fellow Councilmembers.

Sincerely,


Paul Koretz

 

IN THE NEWS

KABC 7: L.A. City Council Adopts Resolution Opposing Bill That Would Extend Bar Hours 

StreetsBlogLA: Councilmember Koretz, LAPD Announce E-Scooter Enforcement Task Force

Beverly Press: Beverly Fairfax neighborhood recognized on National Register of Historic Places

LEGISLATIVE NEWS


City of Los Angeles Supports Resolution to Oppose SB 58

The Los Angeles City Council voted to pass a resolution to oppose SB 58, a bill pending in the state legislature that would allow allow bars in ten California cities, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and West Hollywood, to extend their operating hours until 4 a.m. Existing laws prohibit the sale of alcohol between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

"I thank my Council colleagues for supporting this resolution as a critical vote for public safety,'' said Councilmember Koretz, who authored the resolution. This is a bill that puts not only consumers of alcohol in danger but all the innocent bystanders that will suffer if it passes.  Furthermore, there is considerable evidence that shows that if this passes, we can expect more assaults, more DUIs, more injuries and more deaths.”

On Wednesday, August 30th, the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed the bill but amended the pilot project by decreasing last call to 3:00 a.m. from the author's original 4:00 a.m. extension. There will still be a significant cost to cities, so Councilmember Koretz and staff will continue to work to oppose this dangerous and costly legislation.



City Council Confirms Raquel Beltrán as Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager

On Tuesday September 3rd, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to confirm Mayor Garcetti's appointment of Raquel Beltrán as the new General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Congratulations Raquel!



Councilmember Koretz Meets with Rachel Malarich In Her New Role As L.A.’s First-Ever City Forest Officer

Councilmember Koretz was very pleased to be the very first member of the City Council to meet with L.A.'s new City Forest Officer (CFO), Rachel Malarich, on her first day of work last week.  
Councilmember Koretz has been pushing for, and helped budget for, a high level administrator to work on the macro urban forestry issues facing the City since receiving the discouraging 2015 report, "State of the Street Trees" in response to his motion (CF#15-0467) directing Urban Forestry to report back on the health of the City's trees and work on developing a comprehensive Urban Forestry Management Plan.  The Urban Forestry Management Plan effort was further advanced by City Plants' "First Step: Developing an Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Los Angeles," which was developed through a Cal Fire grant and released this past December with recommendations for moving forward from an extensive stakeholder process.

Councilmember Koretz's first priority is for our CFO to work on his motion with Councilmember Bonin (CF#3-1459-S3) aiming to significantly strengthen the city's Protected Tree ordinance.  

 

LOS ANGELES NEEDS YOU


Census 2020 Goodwill Ambassador

 
  Councilmember Koretz's Field Staff attended a recent Census 2020 Goodwill Ambassador training session.

 
  Councilmember Koretz's Field Deputy Jarrett Thompson with Senior community activists Grete Brinck and Ida Potash, Census 2020 Goodwill Ambassadors working to ensure that Los Angeles' aging population do not go underrepresented.

Councilmember Koretz’s Field Staff recently attended a Census 2020 Goodwill Ambassador (CGA) training session to participate in Mayor Garcetti’s Census 2020 Initiative. The initiative’s goals are to recruit, train, and deploy volunteers to educate and motivate hard-to-count populations before the 2020 Census count begins.  CGAs will be on-the-ground in our neighborhoods, reaching out to Angelenos to educate them about how census data determines federal funding for our schools, social and health services, and infrastructure.

Please consider signing up to be a volunteer for the 2020 Census to help your community gain the funding and representation it deserves at: https://census.lacity.org/outreach-resources/volunteer

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE


Cooling Centers

Hot weather is dangerous and seniors are particularly prone to its threats. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. In fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.

Fortunately, a few simple precautions are all that's needed to keep safe. Cooling centers are one of them. Accordingly, and in an effort to assist those most vulnerable, here is a list of the West/Metro List of Cooling Centers:

  • Robertson Branch Library 1719 S. Robertson Blvd, LA 90035, 310-840-2147
  • Fairfax Branch Library 161 N. Gardner St. LA 90036, 323-936-6191 (PALMS)
  • Rancho Park Library 2920 Overland Ave, LA 90064, 310-840-2142
  • Westwood Branch Library 1246 Glendon Ave., LA 90024, 310-474-1739
  • Pan Pacific Pool 141 S. Garner St., LA 90036, 323-957-4524
  • One With Water 2320 S. Bentley Ave., LA 90064 ,323-364-7946
  • Cheviot Hills Pool 2695 Motor Ave., LA 90064, 310-202-2844
  • Cheviot Hills Recreation Center 2551 Motor Ave., LA 90064, 310-837-5186
  • Robertson Recreation Center 1641 S. Preuss Rd., LA 90035 ,310-278-5383
  • Claude Pepper Senior Citizen Center 1762 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90035, 310-559-9677
  • Fairfax Senior Citizen Center 7929 Melrose Ave. LA 90046, 323-653-1824


Mayor’s Youth Council Accepting Applications

The Mayor’s office is now taking applications for the Mayor’s Youth Council! 

The Mayor's Youth Council is a one-year program that gives Los Angeles high school students a voice in City Hall. The Council empowers its members with tools, policy knowledge, and leadership training vital to advocating for causes relevant to the youth of our City. 

Fun fact: Councilmember Koretz was proud to serve on Mayor Tom Bradley’s Youth Council when he was 19 years old.

Please find more information by clicking the flyer or visiting the Mayor's website www.lamayor.org/myc. The deadline to apply is September 12. 



Purple Line Construction Coming to Wilshire Blvd./Crescent Heights Blvd.

Wilshire Blvd., between San Diego Way and La Jolla Ave., will continue to be reduced to two lanes in each direction until Friday, October 5.  In order to support underground mitigation efforts in the Wilshire Blvd./Crescent Heights Blvd. area, a K-Rail work zone will be placed in the middle two lanes of Wilshire Blvd.  Parking along eastbound and westbound Wilshire Blvd. will be temporarily removed from this area.

For more information please visit: https://www.metro.net/projects/notices/notice_purpleline1_082119/



LADWP: Daily Road Closure on Bel Air Rd. at Sunset

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the road closure on Bel Air Road at Sunset Blvd will be extended through Sunday, September 8. Please continue to use Copa De Oro Road as a detour during this time.  Construction hours remain the same (Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)  For more information, click the flyer below or visit www.ladwp.com/BelAir




LADOT Launches Liveable Streets Interactive Website

LADOT has launched a new comprehensive website, Livable Streets, to provide valuable and up-to-date resources for community members who want to learn more about the Department's projects and initiatives including Vision Zero, Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School, Safe Routes for Seniors, People St, Play Streets, Great Streets, and Open Streets. Designed to support the goal of building safe, great streets for everyone, the new site presents visitors with detailed information on topics such as safety and public space programs, street projects, opportunities for involvement, city data maps, and more.

To visit the new website, go to www.ladotlivablestreets.org.

 

IN THE COMMUNITY


Happy Birthday Marilouise Morgan!

Councilmember Koretz was delighted to present a Certificate of Appreciation and Birthday Greeting to Marilouise Morgan at her 90th birthday party. Ms. Morgan has been an active member of our community for decades and she currently serves on the PICO neighborhood council as its Carthay Square Neighborhood Representative.



Beverly Fairfax neighborhood recognized on National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places has recognized the Beverly Fairfax neighborhood for its significance to the City’s Jewish residents and for the area’s preserved period revival architecture. 

Councilmember Koretz and staff were thrilled to join the block party celebration and unveil signs with community friends and neighbors who worked tirelessly over several years to permanently protect what will now forever be the Beverly Fairfax Historic District. 

The neighborhood is both culturally significant to the Jewish community dating back to the late 1930s and architecturally significant as well. 

The district is technically defined as residences in the area bounded by Rosewood Avenue and a slim section reaching up to Melrose Avenue on the north, North Gardner Street on the east, North Orange Grove on the west and Beverly Boulevard on the south.  On October 4, 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 showed  overwhelming support for this nomination. Thanks to groups like Save Beverly Fairfax, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council among many others who worked so hard to see this through.



Spiffing Up CD 5

If you haven’t noticed, this summer the City’s Bureau of Street Services and the Department of Sanitation have been resurfacing alleys, trimming trees, and clearing debris to spiff up Council District 5.  Thank you to our City Departments and their employees for all the hard work they do every day. If you have an area that needs some love and attention, be sure to let our office know.

Alley West of Robertson Blvd. from Pico Blvd. to Whitworth Dr.

 

Urban Forestry Division trimmed 27 trees along N. Edinburgh near Rosewood in the Beverly Fairfax neighborhood.

 

Veteran Ave between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd.

 

The Office of Community Beautification and CalTrans beautified the Palms Expo Station.


High School Democrats of America

 
  Councilmember Koretz recently met with members of the LA Chapter of High School Democrats of America. He personally got involved as a teenager by helping in various political campaigns and always enjoys encouraging youth that they can make a difference whether by joining campaigns or helping to get out the vote.

The LA Chapter of High School Democrats of America recently celebrated their kickoff with local organization members of HSDA who work hard to help young people make their voices heard.  Councilmember Koretz was pleased to meet and share his personal stories of getting involved in public service as a young man. It is always so inspiring when we see young folks getting involved.

Thank you HSDA members for helping make a positive impact at your schools and in our City!

 



Calls for a Cause - Chabad Telethon

It is always a joy for Councilmember Koretz to support Chabad at their annual nationwide telethon on Channel 18 in Los Angeles as they work hard to fund day schools and preschools, drug rehabilitation programs, homeless services, among other community programs.



Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Construction is Underway

Councilmember Koretz, along with his District Director Debbie Dyner Harris and Planning Deputy Aviv Kleinman, toured the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, just down the street from our Western District office. Scheduled to open in 2020, the museum is sure to serve as a popular destination for both L.A. residents and visitors.



Congratulations Project SEARCH Graduates

Last week, Councilmember Paul Koretz had the honor of speaking at the Project SEARCH UCLA’s graduation. This transition-to-work program has been serving individuals with disabilities for ten years to successfully develop skills and find employment at UCLA, as well as the larger community.

Congratulations to the class of 2019!



Celebrating The New Sanctuary at Temple Beth Am

Councilmember Koretz and Mayor Eric Garcetti joined in the festivities with the congregation of Temple Beth Am as part of the dedication ceremony of the new sanctuary. The Council Office has been working with the Temple throughout its expansion process as it modernizes and adds new buildings to its synagogue and school campus.

 

FROM THE DESK OF DEBBIE DYNER-HARRIS
DISTRICT DIRECTOR

Hello, my name is Debbie Dyner Harris, and I am Councilmember Koretz’s District Director, responsible for all of the Field Operations in Council District 5. My responsibilities include supervising Field Deputies, keeping track of high profile issues, and generally making sure the Councilmember is always up to speed on the issues of our great and vast Council District.

The Field Deputies are your connection to the City of Los Angeles government. They can help you get answers to infrastructure concerns such as streetlights and road repairs; help you navigate through the permit parking process; report problems to City Departments like Building and Safety; attend community meetings; and can help you with the unique issues specific to your neighborhood.  And there are so many other issues with which we can help, so please feel free to reach out to your Field Deputy or to me at any time for any reason. In the rare event we can’t help you, we’ll find the person who can!  

All of our Field Deputies are listed below and you can click here to learn more about Councilmember Koretz’s entire staff:

Deputies based in our Wilshire office:  (323) 866-1828

Westwood:
Jasmine Shamolian - Jasmine.Shamolian@lacity.org

Cheviot Hills/Century City/Rancho Park:
Joseph Galloway - Joseph.Galloway@lacity.org

Palms/Mar Vista/Beverlywood/Pico-Robertson:
Elizabeth Garcia - Elizabeth.Garcia@lacity.org

Beverly Grove/Beverly Fairfax/the Carthays:
Kevin Nahai - Kevin.Nahai@lacity.org

Deputies based in our Encino office:  (818) 971-3088

Encino: 
Christopher Givens - Christopher.Givens@lacity.org

Bel Air/Beverly Crest/Benedict Canyon:
Jarrett Thompson - Jarrett.Thompson@lacity.org

As part of my role as District Director, I regularly thank our Field Deputies for going above and beyond to provide excellent customer service and assistance to the Councilmember’s constituents.  This month I was happy to highlight the work of our two newest Field Deputies, Elizabeth Garcia and Kevin Nahai, for their exceptional community service and perseverance in successfully completing several projects. Congratulations Elizabeth and Kevin!




SAVE THE DATE

Valley Airplane Noise Task Force Meeting #2

Wednesday, September 11th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

Parking fees for the self-parking lots at the L.A. Marriott-Burbank Airport/Convention Center will be hosted by the Airport Authority (please see a representative in the conference room for validation.) As a courtesy for the other hotel guests, please park in the area indicated in green (on the attached map). In case all parking in this area is filled, please move to the area indicated as Section D on the map. Note that the Airport Authority WILL NOT reimburse nor validate for valet parking at the hotel entrance. Thank you for your courtesy in cooperating with our parking plan for your convenience.


Westside Neighborhood Council Safety and Preparedness Fair

The Westside Neighborhood Council invites the Westside community to a FREE Safety and Preparedness Fair on Sunday, September 22. Learn how to prepare, survive and recover from a disaster such as a major earthquake. Learn from great speakers, local police and firefighters, and other experts at over 30 informative booths. Find out what steps to take before, during, and after an emergency to protect and assist yourself, your family and your neighbors.  Learn what additional steps to take to ensure the well-being of children, the elderly, those with special needs, those with mobility or communication limitations, and pets.



Encino Family Festival

The 32nd annual Encino Family Festival will be held on October 6th.  There is still time to secure a booth at this family fun-filled neighborhood event.  Please visit https://encinofamilyfestival.com/application to apply for a booth or click the flyer below for general festival information.


 

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