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August 14, 2020   

Dear Friends,

For far too long, event planners and party promoters have used loopholes in the Home Sharing and Short Term Rental regulations to disrupt neighborhoods with large reckless gatherings that create excessive noise and obstructive traffic and parking congestion. Now in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have once again seen an increasing number of those types of 'Party Houses' that ignore the Mayor's Safer L.A. emergency order for social distancing and that specifically curtails the congregation of more than& ten people. These events are often "super spreaders" which make it hard for the City to continue reducing the number of COVID-19 cases.

This week, I co-presented a motion with Councilmember Ryu that works to close the loopholes of short term rentals to better curtail 'party house' listings, and to be able to enforce closures and hold the violators accountable for the cost to the City for disrupting neighborhoods and endangering attendees and staff.

Signature of Paul Koretz
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

In the News

Emergency Cooling Centers Open this Weekend

Cooling Centers in Los Angeles

Stay cool during this weekend’s heat wave! Cooling Centers throughout LA County will be open to the public beginning today, Friday, August 14th.  For locations and hours of operation in the City of Los Angeles call 3-1-1 and listed here. The County’s Emergency Cooling Centers are listed here or call 2-1-1. Cooling Centers will follow social distancing guidelines.  

Statewide Flex Alert

A Statewide Flex Alert is issued for today, August 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and more may be expected this weekend. A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather pushes up energy demand for periods where we might exceed available capacity. Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve electricity by:

  • Setting air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
  • Postponing the use of major appliances until after 9 pm
  • Turning off all unnecessary lights.

See flexalert.org for more tips to conserve energy.

Complete the 2020 Census - Deadline is Approaching

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that September 30, 2020 will be the last day to participate in the 2020 Census. CD5 Census numbers are low, and we will lose resources and benefits if we do not have robust responses.  So please be sure you and your friends and neighbors all respond to the Census here.

To learn more about the Census and why your participation is important, watch the video below and visit 2020census.gov

Two Cultural Grants Program Opportunities: 2021-22 Call for Entries

For Eligible Organizations - Deadline August 31: The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is now accepting new Cultural Grant Program applications from nonprofit arts organizations (and social service nonprofits partnering with arts organizations) who seek support for projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 that are proposed by the following types of vendors/applicants:

  • A non-profit arts organization may propose an Artistic Project, in one primary art form or discipline (which is also the selection to the expertise of the review panel. A special category of Arts Education is offered for youth-learning projects that begin within closed classrooms yet culminate in after-school public presentations. Three variety-arts categories are available for projects which cross disciplines (culture/history, multidisciplinary (for avant-garde fusions) and traditional/folk arts)
  • A partnership between a non-profit community-service organization (an organization whose mission and program are not arts-exclusive but include cultural offerings) may propose to plan and present an outdoor festival or parade in partnership with a tribal elder, arts curator, or arts agency. Outdoor festival/parade proposals are accepted each year, but it is best that proposed outdoor performing-arts festivals be submitted in even-numbered years, while outdoor craft fairs be submitted in odd-numbered years.

Citywide COVID-19 Emergency Response Program for Individual Artists - Deadline September 1:  Artists, here's an opportunity to re-imagine public art, and how we experience it in the places we live, shop, and play. The Department of Cultural Affairs is looking for new and established artists to participate in a citywide online showcase. Selected artists will receive economic relief according to eligibility guidelines. We’re asking artists to submit original or preexisting work that captures the sights and sounds of your neighborhood after the pandemic. Selected artists will receive a one-time economic relief of $500 to $1500. The Department of Cultural Affairs has widened the definition of artists to include the many voices that make up our city. The application deadline is September 1, 2020, or until 600 applications are received. For eligibility guidelines and application information, please visit this page.

Program guidelines and application instructions are available at http://dcaredesign.org/grants/.

Urgent Repair Program Construction Services Request for Proposal

The Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department is soliciting proposals for the Urgent Repair Program (URP) Construction Services Request for Proposal (RFP). 

The RFP may be downloaded from the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network website at http://www.labavn.org.

California Native Plant Landscape Curriculum

Theodore Payne Foundation logoTheodore Payne Foundation announces that the California Native Plant Landscape Curriculum (CNPLC) is offering a vocational training program designed for landscape professionals. Developed by top California native plant experts, the CNPLC gives students the tools they need to successfully manage CA native plants and CA-friendly gardens. During the pilot phase of this program, the entire nine class curriculum is FREE for professional landscapers and gardeners. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and learn tools for using their knowledge and skills to promote their business. We are so excited that this project will elevate careers while reducing imported water use and rebuilding biodiversity in our city. A true win for all!

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this program, please email us at pros@theodorepayne.org or call us at 818.768.1802 X 24. At this time, the course is only available for professionals.



2019-2020 CD5 Streets LA Improvements 

Thank you to the Bureau of Streets Services making CD5's street network safe, mobile, and sustainable through innovation, integration and inclusion.  The bureau has accomplished quite a bit in our District over the past year and we are so thankful for their continued service, especially while so many of us are following emergency orders and staying Safer At Home, Streets LA has been out there improving the quality and livability of our neighborhoods.

For example, take a look at the resurfacing project the Streets LA Team recently completed on Mulholland Dr., from Calneva Dr. to Encino Hills Dr. Thank you StreetsLA for continuing the essential work in improving our CD 5 streets.

Thank You LA Corp Clean and Green for Sprucing Up Encino

This week the LA Corps Clean and Green Team quickly responded and helped clean up trash and weeds growing along the top of the curbside on Killion from Encino Ave. to Louise Ave., and we are thankful for their service in keeping CD 5 clean.

Update from Westside Planning Team

The Westside Planning Team has reached a major milestone by successfully completing the Share Phase of outreach activities for the Westside Community Plans Update Program!

During the month of July, they facilitated three webinars which highlighted draft plan concepts for the four Community Plan areas: West Los Angeles, Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey, Venice, and Westchester-Playa del Rey. English language webinars were held on July 14th and July 16th and a Spanish language webinar was held on July 21st. Thank you to everyone who attended! The draft plan concepts shared at each webinar were based on: community input from the project’s Listen and Share Phase outreach, City Planning’s analysis of existing land use and development patterns, and local and regional objectives for housing, jobs, environmental sustainability, and quality of life.

As part of the Concepts webinar series, a Virtual Open House was created (in both English and Spanish) featuring interactive maps displaying the draft land use concepts geographically. Other items included in the Virtual Open House are draft Guiding Principles, Emerging Vision Statements, and details regarding the Westside Community Plans Update Program. The Spanish language Virtual Open House is now posted on our website along with the English language version.

Over the next few months, staff will be reviewing and distilling the input received in response to the draft concepts, responding to inquiries from community stakeholders, hosting a series of virtual office hours by plan area, and further refining the draft land use ideas. You are encouraged to submit your questions or comments regarding the draft concepts until September 15, 2020, by email to: planning.thewestside@lacity.org.

For anyone who was unable to participate in the webinars, recordings of each event have been uploaded to the City Planning website. You can also find slides presented during each webinar, our Virtual Open House (English and Spanish) and additional information on our website: planning4la.org/planning the westside.

Materials may be accessed by clicking the link below:


Please continue to check our website: planning4la.org/planning the westside to stay updated on all future outreach events.  In order to be added to the contact list, please click on the “Contact” tab and scroll down to the “Get Involved” drop down menu.  We will be seeing you again very soon!

Featured CD5 Businesses

Thank you for supporting your local businesses and ensuring we all make it through these tough times together.

Valley Inn Restaurant ExteriorThis week’s featured restaurant is the Valley Inn Restaurant that has been a staple and integral part of the Encino community since 1947. The Valley Inn has been a strong supporter of many local organizations and causes by providing meals to first responders; sending care packages to military servicemen and servicewomen overseas; and a proud sponsor of the Encino Little League. Now, during these challenging times they are eager to continue to serve you and your family and could really use your support.

Waitstaff Prepares To Go bags wearing maskCurrently, their hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for pick up and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for dine in service. Our office recently assisted the restaurant to obtain approval for the LA Al Fresco program and, as a result, they will soon be expanding their outdoor dining.

Among their specialties, customers can always count on their delicious baby back ribs, prime rib, or fried chicken. Visit their website to place your order online or view the menu for more tasty options. Customers who mention this newsletter will receive a 20% discount.

Melrose Trading Post is Open

Melrose Trading Place Mask Required FlyerThe Melrose Trading Post located on the campus of Fairfax High School on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Fairfax Avenue has reopened with a number of new Covid-19 protocols to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Every Sunday, the Melrose Trading Post will be open  from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., offering a continuously evolving experience, including a curated selection of handcrafted artisan goods, eclectic arts and crafts, vintage fashion, antique furniture, and countless one-of-a-kind treasures. The popular weekly market raises much needed funds for Fairfax High School programs so please be sure to stop by and say hello this weekend. Visit MelroseTradingPost.org for more information.


Here to Serve

My office, like all City of Los Angeles offices, is following recommended protocols such as social distancing and working remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That said, my staff and I are always readily available to help with your questions, concerns, and needs during this difficult period. We can be reached by phone at 213-473-7005, 323-866-1828 (West LA), or 818-971-3088 (Bel Air/ Encino) and through email paul.koretz@lacity.org. Since we are experiencing a higher-than-normal volume of calls, feel free to email the staff member you wish to contact directly. The accompanying link contains those e-mail addresses.

I know these are really confusing times and that new information is changing quickly, so please continue to check and verify official information through these credible resources:


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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005