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November 6, 2020   

Dear Friends,

As we stand by waiting for final election tallies, this certainly has been a tense and uncertain time.  I want to take this opportunity to send a shoutout to everyone who participated in the process whether they volunteered as a poll worker, volunteered by phone banking, or by visiting neighbors and walking door-to -door to discuss important issues. Whether your issue (or candidate) was elected or not, the best part of our Democracy was the record number of voters who cast their ballot and all of the volunteers who were an extraordinary part of that.  What we do know is that more Americans voted in 2020 — and voted by mail — than in any other election in U.S. history. 

No matter the final results of the national election, the work here on the ground in Los Angeles is critical.  Our work to fix homelessness, to reverse our deep-diving recession, to create affordable housing, to face and fix systemic racism and rising hate while keeping our neighbors and streets safe, and to continue to battle climate change will continue to challenge us all.It is with holistic thinking and teamwork that we will need to put differences aside and put our love, sacrifice, and tireless energy into policies that serve all Angelenos.I look forward to rolling up our sleeves shoulder to shoulder and continuing the fight for Los Angeles for all.

Signature of Paul Koretz
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

In the News


Citywide Cat Program Final Environmental Impact Report Has Finally Been Made Public

The long-awaited Citywide Cat Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is now available for public review.  City Council approval of this EIR is necessary for the 2009 court injunction preventing the City of Los Angeles from supporting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) activities to be lifted.  If the injunction is lifted, one important development would be that the City could use its Spay/Neuter Trust fund monies to pay for sterilization surgeries on community (unowned) cats.

The roots of this decade-old process lay in a lawsuit filed against the City for allegedly not following California Environmental Act - required procedures in launching programs to control the proliferation of community cats in Los Angeles.  This led to a court-ordered requirement to conduct an Environmental Impact study and produce a report for public review and City Council approval.

Certification of the Final EIR and approval of the proposed Project (the Cat in grassaforementioned Citywide Cat Program) requires review from the City’s Board of Animal Services Commissioners and action by City Council. The Board of Animal Services Commissioners will review and consider the Final EIR and proposed Project on November 10, 2020, at 9:30 am at a virtual public meeting. To attend the meeting and offer your comments you can dial (669) 900-6833 and use Webinar ID No. 99574016988.

You can learn more about the Commission meeting here.

To view the EIR, please click here



Safety Improvement at Pico Boulevard & Holt Avenue

On November 5th the Department of Transportation activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pico Blvd. and Holt Ave.  The project was funded by the LADOT Vision Zero program as the newest measure to improve pedestrian safety along Pico Blvd. between La Cienega Blvd. and Robertson Blvd. where the Department had responded to a number of accidents involving pedestrians along this busy shopping corridor.

LADOT electricians pose w light switch box at Holt and Pico

Thank you to LADOT electrician Juan Montoya, and Project Engineers Ash Zaver and Kyle Flake, for their work in this safety improvement project.

LADWP Cares Grant Offers $50 Million In Emergency Relief for Low-Income Households Impacted by COVID-19

LADWP is administering distribution of CARES Act funds to LA City residents affected by COVID-19. The program offers income-eligible customers to apply for a $500 grant to help pay non-government utility bills.

The enrollment window for this program is only open until November 15th, so please click the flyer below to learn more about how to apply to this City program.  More background about the program can be found in this press release.

LADWP Cares Utility Grant Assistance

Participate in Planning Online Information Sessions and Webinars

This November, the Los Angeles City Planning Department will host a second round of Planning 101 training sessions focused on the topic of Community Planning; as well as a webinar about the Ridgeline Ordinance proposal that was introduced by Councilmember Koretz.

Attendees will be able to join by telephone or remotely, through GoTo video conferencing software.

The “Community Planning” training will introduce a wide scope of topics in long-range planning, from the development of new policies and goals to the local zoning rules that shape our neighborhoods.  All Community Planning sessions will cover the same topics and material.

To RSVP, please click on the session of your choice below. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to participate via GoTo video conferencing on your computer or tablet.

Ridgeline Protection Ordinance
Friday November 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Register here

The Ridgeline Protection Ordinance would be introduced into the Los Angeles Municipal Code as a new Supplemental Use District (SUD) and applied to an initial geography in the hillside area of the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Community Plan and a portion of the Hollywood Community Plan. Application of this Supplemental Use District will offer enhanced protection for some of the City’s most prominent ridgelines which are the natural crests of the mountains that bisect and surround the City. This proposed ordinance is designed to offer additional tools to help manage development in potentially sensitive ridgeline areas in order to protect and preserve these ecological and scenic resources.

During the webinar, City Planning staff will present the proposed Ridgeline Protection Ordinance concepts and take in your comments and questions. Please use the link above to register for the webinar. A Spanish translation of the presentation will be available on our website on the day of the meeting.

Planning 101 - Community Planning

  • Tuesday, November 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Register here
  • Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Register here
  • Saturday, November 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Register here

Sessions are also available in Spanish. Click here for the full calendar of virtual webinars.

Metro Conversations: How We Engage Unhoused Riders

Metro will be hosting the first Metro Conversation Series on Thursday, November 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This webinar is an informal virtual public gathering focused on the goals, outcomes, partnerships, and challenges entailed in Metro’s implementation of the Homelessness Action Plan along with representatives from PATH.

Please join via Zoom, passcode: 678898 or by phone at (888) 788.0099

Please click here for more information.

Los Angeles County Parent Town Hall Event on COVID-19 and Schools

On Monday, November 9th, Dr. Barbara Ferrer (LA County Public Health), Dr. Debra Duardo (LA County Office of Education), and Dr. Dawn Terashita (LA County Public Health) will provide important information to the many pressing questions that families have about the school reopening process, plans for protecting children returning to school, school waivers, and much more . This event will be followed by a live Q&A with parents on  Monday, November 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

You can join the event and submit questions by clicking here.

LA Animal Services Pet Food Pantry Offers Help to Feed Furry Family Members

Dog and cat eating from dishesIf you or someone you know needs a bag of pet food to feed your furry family member, LA Animal Services is here to help.   Requirements for residents interested in participating in the Pet Food Pantry:

  • Applicants must be the pet’s owner, and provide the name, weight, sex and animal license number (when applicable) of their animal companion
  • Go online to register and make an appointment in one of our two LA Animal Services Center locations: Chesterfield Square or East Valley.  To RSVP, please visit: laanimalservices.com/petfoodpantry.
  • If you are unable to go online, you may call our Pet Food Pantry line at Chesterfield Square at 213-326-2788 or the Pet Food Pantry line at East Valley at 213-264-8985 to register and make an appointment.
  • NOTE: If the pet is unaltered, pet owners will be given a FREE spay/neuter voucher, and will be advised that the pet must be altered in order to continue to receive food from the Pet Food Pantry.
  • If you would like to help support and stock the Pet Food Pantry, you can donate towards it directly on our donation form.

Adopt Some Love

Looking for a new furry companion? Check out these LA Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats of the Week from the West LA & East Valley City Animal Shelters. Please come meet our dogs and cats – they need homes now. The shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). Click on any photo below for details.

Cuddle with Donnie

Black dog from LAAS Looking for someone to cuddle while you watch your favorite shows? Donnie is your guy! This handsome, senior fella is super sweet, walks well on a leash and likes to sneak in kisses when you aren't looking! Donnie is 8-years-old and weighs 72-lbs. If you are interested in adopting or fostering Donnie, please contact the LAAS West LA Center at  888-452-7381 and provide Donnie's animal ID #A1949507

Bring Tiny Home!
This gorgeous, senior gal is looking for her best friend! Is it you? Tiny is 8-years-old and weighs 7-lbs. If you are interested in adopting or fostering Tiny, please contact the West LA Center at 888-452-7381 and provide Tiny's animal ID #A1949746 

Good Golly Miss Molly!
Molly German ShepardThis sweet girl is medium energy, super friendly and craves affection! Molly is 7-years-old and weighs 66-lbs. If you are interested in adopting or fostering Molly, please contact our East Valley Center at 888-452-7381 and provide Molly's animal ID #A1952270

Meet Rakus!
This handsome fella is super sweet, loves to play, takes treats gently and knows some commands! At 5-years-old, weighing 65-lbs, Rakus is very high energy, so he would do best in an active home. If you are interested in adopting or fostering Rakus, please contact the East Valley Center at 888-452-7381 and provide Rakus' animal ID #A1943935

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 (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
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