November 8, 2019   

Dear Friends,

The City will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11th. 
However, the City Council will be holding a special presentation on Wednesday, November 13, to honor veterans from each of our Council Districts. 

In the meantime, I wish to thank all veterans and your families for your service.

Sincerely,

Paul Koretz

 

IN THE NEWS

LA Daily News: Amid A Chorus of Hisses: FAA begins task force response on Burbank 

ABC 7 [VIDEO]: Los Angeles City Hall Wants Mobile Apps to Help Ease Traffic

Fox 11 [VIDEO]: LAX Officials Announce More Upgrades for Taxi, Rideshare

Beverly Press: Councilmen Call For More Environmental Protections

LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Councilmember Koretz Asks for Report Back on Feasibility of Burying Power Lines in High Fire Severity Zones

California has faced a growing number of catastrophic climate-exacerbated wildfires. The majority of these are caused by human activity including campfires, arson, fireworks and vehicle fires. Some fires are the result of natural events such as lightning strikes. Historically, electrical facilities including power lines cause less than ten percent of fires. Of that ten percent, 38% are the result of downed or impacted power lines (including by mylar balloons), 18% are due to failed hardware and 16% are attributed to vegetation contact, the remainder are due to line slapping and animal contact. High temperatures, low humidity and high winds can tremendously impact fire potential and spreading. The Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has been addressing these issues for the last 10 years preparing its first Fire Prevention Standard (FPS) in 2008. The FPS includes Construction Standards as well as a Vegetation Management Program that includes an Inspection and Maintenance Program.

But because power lines have recently sparked several of the large-scale wildfires in California, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion asking the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to report back in 60 days relative to the process as well as the feasibility, including costs, to underground electric distribution facilities in LAFD designated Very High Fire Severity Zones. 

The portion of fires caused by vegetation contact with electrical facilities may decrease if power distribution facilities such as poles and wires are underground rather than overhead. Approximately 35% of LADWP’s distribution system is underground. Underground distribution systems are not susceptible to vegetation contact, mylar balloons, cars hitting poles or high winds.

"Our climate is not going to get better, it's going to get worse and likely much worse, depending on how successful we are in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Which means these horrific fires will continue to persist in their size and scope and relentlessness,” said Councilmember Koretz. “If re-engineering our power system in an affordable manner will help cut down on fire ignition points, we should look into it. This motion will at least start that  conversation."



Exploring Virtual Permit Parking in Preferential and Overnight Parking Districts

Preferential and Overnight Parking Districts have been established throughout the City to address residential parking impacts from vehicles from outside the community.  Beginning in 2018, the Department of Transportation began issuing permits in the form of hangtags. Permit holders must display the hangtags when the vehicle is parked within the district in order to avoid being cited. Unfortunately, hangtags are often inconvenient and cumbersome for some residents. 

UCLA Transportation recently introduced the Bruin ePermit system where residents' license plates serve as the permit. The Bruin ePermit system works similarly to a supermarket scanner with a license plate functioning as the barcode. When read, the numbers of the license plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit. This license plate reading technology is used to manage parking in more than 20 California municipalities and colleges. 

 Last week, Councilmeber Koretz introduced a motion instructing the Department of Transportation (LADOT) to develop a pilot project that uses license plates as Preferential and Overnight Parking District permits.  By moving to a virtual permit system, the City could improve operational efficiency and offer numerous customer benefits, including, eliminating the need to display a hangtag or move hangtags from vehicle-to-vehicle and reducing paper, plastic, and resources used during permit production and distribution.



‘Green Energy’ Gets A Jolt After L.A. City Council Approves Major DWP Solar Project Agreement

This week, Councilmember Koretz, Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6), Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD2), Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and clean energy advocates joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to celebrate the approval of the Eland Solar and Storage Center.

This is the largest such project in the country and one which sets a new standard of how inexpensive solar power married to battery storage can be and emphasizes a just transition for petroleum industry workers. Better yet, partnering with the City of Glendale helps reduce the cost to all. With our climate-exacerbated wildfires still smoldering, the arrival of Eland couldn't be more timely, more affordable or more historic.

Most importantly, the Eland project signifies a financial tipping point where fossil fuels will continue to be significantly more expensive going forward into a renewable energy future.



Calling For More Environmental Protections

International teen climate activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and intergenerational inspiration Greta Thunberg travelled to Los Angeles last week to participate in the local Youth Climate Strike at City Hall.   

In honor of the amazing day and Greta Thunberg's visit, Councilmember Koretz introduced aggressive legislation to require city contractors to meet stringent climate and toxic emission reductions and just transition workforce standards.

Elected officials were not asked to be part of the program by the youth speakers, so Councilmember Koretz did what he saw as his obligation to simply listen to what our younger generation is saying.
While hearing blunt talk about the depths of youth climate despair was troubling, Councilmember Koretz was pleased to hear some of the youth activists who have joined in recent climate-related press conferences up on the stage, such as Kevin Patel and Jesus Villalba Gastélum.

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE


LADWP Turf Replacement Program Offers Workshops and Rebates

LADWP customers interested in transforming their thirsty lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping have a free resource in the form of Hands-on Workshops (HOWs) offered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Turf Replacement Program. The free workshops teach customers how to remove turf, grade soil for capturing rainwater, and the step-by-step process to create sustainable landscapes in their own yard. These classes are designed to help empower customers to better manage their outdoor water use by creating water efficient and beautiful landscapes while taking advantage of LADWP’s turf removal rebate.

LADWP’s residential customers are now eligible to receive a $3 per square foot rebate for up to 5,000 square feet of turf removed, adding up to a potential $15,000 in rebates. LADWP’s HOWs help customers maximize the rebate by teaching them how to undertake the landscaping transformation work themselves. Transforming their properties by replacing turf with California Friendly® and native landscaping can help customers conserve water and lower their utility bills. In addition to the workshops, LADWP’s other free landscaping resources include a dedicated website, factsheets, watering guides, planting templates and YouTube videos.

Interested LADWP customers may be eligible to host a HOW and be a trendsetter in their neighborhood. As a host, a participant’s front yard will serve as an outdoor classroom for neighbors and community members to learn about topics such as irrigation installation/conversion and drought tolerant plant planting. Hosts benefit from the free professional landscape design, free landscape materials and installation, free landscape maintenance workbooks, and bill savings on future water use.

For more information on attending or hosting a Hands On Workshop, visit www.lawnbegonedwp.com. For rebate and incentive details visit www.ladwp.com/landscaping.

The next Hands-on Workshops are scheduled for:
December 7th and 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Los Feliz. 
Click here to register for Los Feliz workshop to receive address and workshop details.

January 25th and February 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Hyde Park.
Click here to register for Hyde Park workshop to receive address and workshop details.



Pets in Housing: Know Your Rights Workshop

Starting Wednesday, November 13, Pets in Housing Workshops will be offered by Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department and LA Animal Services, with support from Housing Rights Center.

The workshops will provide information for tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities regarding pets in rental housing.  Information related to fair housing issues for service and companion animals, as well as information on licensing, spaying and neutering, and microchipping will also be provided.  Most of the workshops will be held at LA Animal Shelters.  Spread the word.

Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m.
South LA Shelter
1850 West 60th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Monday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Ramona Hall Community Center
4589 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m.
East Valley Animal Shelter
14409 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Thursday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m.
West Los Angeles Shelter
11361 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Admission is free and seating is limited. To RSVP, please call 213-928-9075 and/or e-mail elias.narvaez@lacity.org to request reasonable accommodation or additional information.  If translation is needed, please make request at least 3 days in advance of the workshop.

 

HONORING LOS ANGELES HEROES IN CITY COUNCIL


50th Anniversary of the Internet

Fifty years ago on October 29,1969, Dr. Leonard Kleinrock and his team at UCLA ushered in the modern technological age.   Dr. Kleinrock is considered the Father of the Internet.

 
  Councilmember Koretz with Dr Leonard and Stella Kleinrock in City Council to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the internet.

Dr Kleinrock’s team sent the first transmission intending to send the word 'LOGIN' to a partner lab in Stanford.  However, the system crashed and only successfully sent the letters ‘LO’ and Dr. Kleinrock later commented, “The first message on the Internet was ‘LO’, as in lo and behold!” 

Today, Councilmember Koretz was delighted to host and recognize Dr. Kleinrock and his wife, Stella, at City Hall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Internet and to declare October 29, 2019 as Internet Day in the City of Los Angeles.

Dr. Kleinrock’s research team’s work has forever changed the way humans communicate, maintain relationships, and access information. His invention began with the ideals of “ethical, open, free, trusted, and shared.”  Decades later, the ripple effects of that transmission are felt daily by nearly every human on the planet, and in almost all aspects of life, and will likely reverberate for centuries to come.  As he wrote at 3AM in an Op-Ed last week in the LA Times last week, Dr Kleinrock didn’t just push a few buttons and change history.  He explained that with all of the world-changing value-add that the Internet provided, it also brought with it the inevitable commerce and competition, spam, data mining, and even the dark web.  Dr. Kleinrock continues to work as Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA, where he has worked for 56 years on data and protections to hold websites more accountable - his vision is to provide protections that he and his colleagues intended.



Honoring LA City Hall’s Homeboy Diner

Homeboy Industries began in 1988 to improve the lives of former gang members in East Los Angeles and went global in 2014 becoming a model for over 250 organizations around the world, from Alabama and Idaho to Guatemala and Scotland.  Global Homeboy Network continues to work with organizations across the globe to create therapeutic communities that offer job skills training, cost-free programs and services, and social enterprise employment.

In fact, last month, Councilmember Koretz hosted a special City Council presentation to recognize and honor the fine young men and women here at the City Hall Homeboy Diner.  As we are getting to know these amazing individuals who show up day in and day out, we have learned that each has a story and as we continue to grow and work together as a team, each has become a valuable part of our City family.

 
  Councilmember Koretz and CD5 staff honored City Hall Homeboy Cafe staff Jhonny Iglecias, Dennis Zamoran, Daniel Diaz, Jason Ostby, Dulce Gonzalez, Nicholas Lopez, Enrique Reyes and their mentor Myrna Tellez

Since the Diner first opened 8 years ago, staff manager Myrna Tellez has been integral in its success serving as a mentor and role model, she is committed and personally invested in the lives of each member of the City Hall Homeboy Diner staff.  Together the team creates a welcoming environment for workers to thrive at their jobs and in their lives.  Their success is deeply rooted in the attention and dedication she has taken to ensure they have the job skills and personal success they need to continue to build a better life.

We are so grateful to Myrna and all the members of the City Hall Homeboy Diner team. 

 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS


Westwood Library Free Concert - Sunday, November 10th

The Westwood Library is wrapping up the 2019 Free Concert Season Series, featuring the Library's Quartet in Residence, the Fiato String Quartet performing two contrasting quartets in an intriguing juxtaposition of styles and eras:

  •  Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 18, No. 6 
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 3

After the concert, meet the musicians and enjoy a complimentary reception hosted by TORANJ Persian Cuisine and the Friends of Westwood Library.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Westwood Branch Library (1246 Glendon Avenue).

Admission is free and so is parking at the Library.  The library garage and doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the concert lasts approximately one hour, with no intermission.

Download the flyer here 



Griffith Park Harvest Festival - Sunday, November 10th

Celebrate autumn’s glory in L.A.’s largest urban park! Now in its third year, the Griffith Park Harvest Festival is an all-day celebration that brings together visitors & residents from across Los Angeles on Veteran’s Day weekend. The festival will have live music, a variety of innovative food trucks, a beer garden featuring independent craft brews, dozens of local vendor booths, plus a Kids Zone that includes a climbing wall, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, and more. Once the sun sets, the acclaimed Disney-Pixar film “Coco” will be shown under the stars. The Harvest Festival is free and fun for the whole family (including dogs on leash), so mark your calendars to attend November 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Griffith Park.  For more information, visit laparksfoundation.org/events 



Wildlife Pilot Study Workshop - Saturday, November 16th

The eastern Santa Monica Mountains are home to a wide variety of wildlife and habitats. In 2014, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion calling for a wildlife habitat linkage ordinance that could protect the hillside areas (initially between the 101 and 405 freeways). The motion was passed unanimously by the City Council in 2016, and since that time CD5 staff has been working with the LA City Planning department, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and wildlife advocacy organization Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, to study the area and look at regulation options to implement the ordinance.  

Please join the Department of City Planning's Wildlife Pilot Study workshop to learn about, and provide feedback on how the City can support and protect its wildlife habitats. 

Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Open House Format (Presentation at 10:30 a.m.)
Franklin Canyon Park - MRCA Auditorium
2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

Click here for Franklin Canyon Main Parking Lot: Located to the left of the William O. Douglas Classroom sign when heading south on Franklin Drive.

Visit the website for more information:
https://planning.lacity.org/plans-policies/initiatives-policies/sustainability

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