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August 28, 2020   

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Urgent: "Uplift Melrose" Project Survey
Expires Sunday, August 30th at Midnight.

The City of Los Angeles’ StreetsLA (Bureau of Street Services) is considering applying for a state transportation grant for a proposed project called “Uplift Melrose.” This is a MAJOR project that will have a tremendous impact on transportation in and around this area including streets in adjacent CD5 neighborhoods and even West Hollywood. Please take a few minutes to familiarize with the project to understand the potential pros and cons of the proposed project and fill out the survey below to provide us with your feedback.

Details about the project and a survey are available by going to the Streets LA website: https://streetsla.lacity.org/melrose. 

The project, if submitted and approved for funding, would substantially change the 22-block stretch of Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and Highland Avenues. It would bring more sidewalk space, separated bike lanes, new crosswalks, better lighting, more trees and improved landscaping to the shopping and dining district. In order to provide these amenities, trade-offs would include a reduction from 4 to 2 vehicle lanes, and left-turn prohibitions everywhere along Melrose Avenue except at Fairfax, La Brea and Highland avenues. In addition, approximately half of the existing curbside parking would also be lost to curb extension installations.

The goals of the project are an enhancement of public safety, increased alternative transit options, and greater enticements for the local community to spend time in the area. Councilmember Koretz is always open to creating pedestrian and business-friendly corridors that bring people together and offer a safe place for bicycling and walking.  At the same time, he also knows that Melrose is a well-traveled vehicular corridor used by many people from around the City, and that many drivers might be inconvenienced by limited turning options  and the loss of two traffic lanes.  Residents and small businesses may be concerned about increased commuter cut-through traffic and drastically reduced parking. All of these changes may dramatically affect public safety in the area, as well, especially in terms of traffic and emergency access. 

Councilmember Koretz wants to make sure that the community is well-informed on the possible changes and that everyone potentially affected has the opportunity to weigh in.

Consequently, the Councilmember is in support of robust outreach by StreetsLA and community organizations seeking sufficient stakeholder feedback. Ample feedback will inform a range of potential impacts and help to determine outstanding questions and concerns of residents and business owners who will be directly affected by the project.  

What do you think about this project?
Take the Survey
(The survey closes Monday, August 30th at midnight.) 

You may also call the Councilmember’s District Office directly with your thoughts and concerns at (323) 866-1828.

Los Angeles City Hall Will Shine Purple to Recognize International Overdose Awareness Day

On Monday night, City Hall will be lit up in purple to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.  Beverly Hills City Hall and Staples Center will also light up purple on Monday evening.

Last week, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion to turn the lights purple in partnership with the non-profit organization Moms Against Drugs. The organization was co-founded by CD5 constituent Juli Shamash who lost her 19 year old son, Tyler, to drug overdose; and Debi Nadler whose son, Brett, died of an overdose at age 28. The organization works to promote drug abuse awareness, overdose prevention, and to provide resources and support for others who want to put on awareness events in their neighborhoods.  They now have groups for siblings and dads, too.



Relaxed Parking Enforcement Extended Until October 1st

On August 14th, LADOT extended relaxed parking enforcement across the City of Los Angeles until October 1st, making it easier for Angelenos to stay home whenever possible without being concerned about receiving a ticket.

Relaxed enforcement is extended for the following categories:

  1. Residential street sweeping
  2. Expired registration
  3. Overnight/Oversize parking districts
  4. Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions
  5. Ticket/tow for oversized/overnight parking

Enforcement continues for:

  1. Metered parking
  2. Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit
  3. Posted time limit zones in residential and commercial areas
  4. All posted Temporary No-Parking signs
  5. Blocking emergency access areas
  6. Colored curb zones
  7. Parking restrictions for city-owned lots

In addition to these steps, Angelenos will not face parking fine increases when failing to pay a ticket. Residents will also be given extended grace periods for residential and commercial drop-off or pick-up, granted extensions on all deadlines for payments, and offered temporary permits that can be printed at home for those who have renewed their permit but will not receive the new hangtag before their current permit expires.

Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts will have a two-week grace period following the expiration to renew. On October 1st, parking enforcement will begin again, with the exception of street sweeping enforcement, which will resume at a later date.

For more information on LADOT's efforts regarding COVID-19, please visit https://ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus.

Sprucing Up the Trees in CD5

This week, the Urban Forestry Division trimmed 116 trees on the 1800-2260 block of Hillsboro Ave. (between Robertson and Monte Mar Dr.) in the Beverlywood community.

We are extremely appreciative of their work, and the results look amazing!

Round Four Grants Will Open on August 31st

In response to the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on the local economy, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with institutional and corporate philanthropy, have come together to create the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

The fourth round of grant applications will be open from Monday, Aug. 31st through Friday, Sept. 4th.  The regional fund will offer loan and grant resources to micro entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits located in Los Angeles County. Grant opportunities of $5,000 are available to micro-entrepreneurs and $15,000 for small businesses and nonprofits. 

Please visit https://www.lacovidfund.org/grants for more details, eligibility and/or to apply.  Still have questions?  You can also call (833) 238-4450.

Stop Senior Scams

The Stop Senior Scams Acting Program is a peer-to-peer initiative that takes a look at the top scams targeted at seniors. Please watch their most recent video here and share it with the seniors in your life so they can avoid these traps.

The Stop Senior Scams videos are designed to educate our seniors on the most prevalent scams to be avoided. To learn more about the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program, please contact SSSAP4U@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.com/SSSAP2016.

The Department of Public Health is Hiring For A Wide Variety of Open Positions

The Department of Public Health has an immediate need to hire contract positions to support COVID-19 response activities related to contact tracing and outbreak management. They are hiring a large number of people with varying skill sets for a variety of positions including administrative support, program management, data management and epidemiology, and community outreach workers. People interested in these positions should apply directly to the two temporary personnel agencies via this link.

These positions are open now and people are encouraged to apply immediately. Please click on the job titles here to view the vacancy announcements and instructions to apply.

L.A. College Promise offers FREE Tuition to Any LACCD College For Fall 2020

The Los Angeles College Promise (LACP) is open to all first-time, full-time students, regardless of age or background, who enroll at the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community District. The LACP program is helping to transform the lives of thousands of students by providing free tuition for two years along with comprehensive student support services and unique educational opportunities to help students complete their two- or four-year degree or career education goals. The LACP is turning the dream of an affordable college education into reality.

Please, click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the LA College Promise opportunity.


Masks Make The Difference for Everyone

Los Angeles County has reported fewer than 1,000 new cases for the first time since the beginning of June.  The most concerning impact on spread are people between the ages of 18-30 who are contracting COVID-19 at a higher rate than any other age group.  In addition, more than 21,000 cases have occurred in children aged 0 to 17 years old.  People of all ages need to understand that they are in danger of contracting the virus even if they do not have underlying conditions and that decisions to not wear masks and to ignore social distancing practices are also endangering everyone around them. Wearing a mask really does make a difference. Don’t be a spreader; wear a mask every time you encounter people outside of your household.

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.


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