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September 19, 2020   

Dear Friends,

I’d like to wish everyone L’Shana Tovah or simply Happy New Year, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, 5781.

Rosh Hashanah is traditionally a joyous time when families and friends come together to celebrate the possibilities that come with a brand new year. It is also a time when we reflect on the events of the previous year, the lessons we’ve learned, and make a note of our growth emotionally and spiritually as individuals, as a people, and as a nation.

And on a sadder note, today we mourn a true American hero - the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a tireless advocate for equal rights and social justice. Although she was of diminutive stature, she leaves a legacy as a larger-than-life role model by her own example and in her fierce protection of the rights of women. In this era of polarization, her close friendship with conservative Justice Anton Scalia, with whom she disagreed upon everything but their love of opera, set an example for us all.
Honored by generations, she will forever be remembered adoringly as the Notorious RBG. May she rest in peace.

This year, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we won’t be joining our extended families and friends in person but our thoughts and wishes for all will remain for a sweet and healthy New Year for all.

Signature of Paul Koretz
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

When Great Trees Fall
Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance, fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance? of
dark, cold

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.



Ask Governor Newsom to Protect Wildlife From Rat Poisons

Councilmember Koretz has been working for several years to stop the use of anticoagulant rodenticides, or rat poison, as it has a deleterious effect on the welfare of wildlife and our domestic animals, as well.

That is why he sent an urgent letter along with Councilmember David Ryu (CD4) to California Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to sign AB 1788, the California bill that would place a moratorium on the most dangerous rodenticides.

Now Councilmember Koretz, along with The Center for Biological Diversity, Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW), Raptors Are the Solution, and Poison Free Malibu, is asking you to add your voice to get AB 1788 signed before the September 30th deadline. There are several ways:

Call the Governor's office at (916) 445-2841 and ask him to sign AB1788.

Email a polite letter to Leg.unit@gov.ca.gov requesting Governor Newsom to sign the legislationt. Use the email subject line “AB 1788 – Request to Sign” and include your name and address.

Send a message through this easy to use contact form. Select "Have Comment," choose AB1788 as your subject, and select "Pro."



Hollywood Community Plan Update

The Hollywood Community Plan team invites you to join a virtual office hour session to learn more about the updated Hollywood Community Plan Implementation Overlay (CPIO) zoning tool. The proposed Hollywood CPIO addresses three major goals: to encourage affordable housing production, to protect historic resources, and to improve urban design.

The office hours are organized by topic and each session will have a short presentation with time for discussion. Please note that the meetings are held via video conferencing and visual materials will be shared via screen sharing.

Please sign up soon because space is limited to allow for small group discussions and registration will close a few days before the event date. The same presentation will be repeated at each topical meeting.

Thursday September 24:

Wednesday, September 30:

It is recommended that you review the updated draft CPIO, released last month, before attending the office hour. You can also watch the explainer video, or check out the online interactive map.

Please contact Quetzalli Enrique at mailto:quetzalli.enrique@lacity.org or (213) 978-1175 if you have any questions regarding office hour reservations and/or need Spanish translation.

You can learn more about the Plan Update and sign up here to get involved.

Traffic Got You Down? Metro Wants To Hear From You

Gridlock steals valuable time and creates stress for all of us.  To-date, efforts to ease traffic have not kept up with demands of long-term regional growth. While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced traffic congestion for the moment, traffic is likely to return and get worse as our economy and growth get back on track. In fact, traffic is already returning: over the summer months, the overall travel on our regional freeway system was back up to 90% of what it was before the pandemic in January.

So Metro is considering a new approach to addressing traffic congestion as part of the plan to make it easier to get around. 

Please join an upcoming public meeting for the Traffic Reduction Study:

  • Wednesday, September 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 3, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Spanish-only presentation)
  • Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Emails provided at registration will receive meeting log-in details and reminder notifications only. Participants will not be signed up to receive further communications from Metro, and personal information will not be used for any other purposes.

These meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about the study, ask questions, and provide your input. Please note that the content of all meetings will be the same. Participants will be able to join online or call in. Live translations in Spanish will be available. A Spanish-only meeting with translated information will be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Metro’s Traffic Reduction Study will focus on determining if, where and how a potential pilot that includes congestion pricing and more high-quality transportation options could reduce traffic to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of how they travel. Ultimately, a recommended pilot will be brought to the Metro Board, in partnership with one or more cities, for consideration.

For more on this study, please visit the Metro website at metro.net/trafficreduction  

Please email any questions to wigginsr@metro.net

Councilmember Koretz Wants You to Join The Mask Up Challenge

The best way we can put a halt to the spread of COVID-19 is using the one tool we know can protect you and others. As Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testified this week, masks are our best defense against COVID-19 and that if all Americans wore masks, the coronavirus could be controlled in six to 12 weeks.

Councilmember Koretz wants you to join him in the #maskupchallengeca.  Post a 30-second video in English or Spanish on Facebook from the heart about what motivates you to wear a mask. Finish this sentence, “I wear a mask because…” Be creative and challenge your friends and neighbors to stay safe, save lives, wear a mask.  For an example, you can watch Councilmember Koretz's video here.


Urgent - 2020 Census Deadline is September 30

The 2020 Census deadline is September 30, 2020. It is important that everyone is counted because information collected will make sure that our local communities receive the funding they need for important services and the appropriate representation in Washington. Participate online at https:/my2020census.gov/

  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are ensured and protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

Register to Vote

“National Voter Registration Day” is Tuesday, September 22

 California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in-person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail it, or hand deliver it to your county elections office to register to vote.

Get involved in urban forestry community action

StreetsLA, the Department of Recreation and Parks, LA Sanitation & Environment, and City Plants for a day of urban forestry community action!

Kick off the fall tree planting season, learn about the city’s tree inventory and urban forestry programs, and walk away with powerful tools to green your neighborhood. Help grow a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future for your community.

RSVP here to join the online Zoom event on Tuesday, September 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please note that an RSVP is mandatory because the maximum Zoom capacity is 500 participants. If full, tune in via Youtube livestream

View and Virtually Project Masterpieces from the Getty Collection From Your Phone

11 year old Daisy Simard poses with a virtual projection easel of Édouard Manet’s painting “Spring” in her yard on a break between her 6th grade classes.

This summer, Google Arts & Culture launched a new video feature in the Art Projector of the Google Arts & Culture App, allowing anyone, anywhere to (virtually) display and interact with paintings at home in Augmented Reality. With its newly launched video capabilities, you can record your projections and share your own opinions and experiences with friends and family, creating a museum experience from your living room.

16 Artworks from the Getty’s collection are now in the Art Projector in the Google Arts & Culture App, and you can learn more about them directly from Anne Woollett, Getty curator of paintings.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use the Art Projector, please click this exhibit What better way to engage your school kids in art than to interact with it?

Pets of the Week

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Services companions of the Week from the West LA & East Valley City Animal Shelters. If you are interested in any of the animals below, please click on the photo for details. If you are interested in adoption, please call 888-452-7381 and provide the ID# found on the animal description online.



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