Traditionally, in honor of Veteran’s Day, each of the fifteen City Councilmembers has honored a veteran from their district, bringing them into the City Council Chambers for a special in-person presentation.
This year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Councilmember Krekorian and his staff helped us to organize a very special virtual video compilation, produced by Channel 35, of this year’s 15 veteran honorees. It was my absolute honor and privilege to recognize CD 5's Veteran-of-the-Year, 98-year-old WWII Veteran Ms. Ethel Margolin, who enlisted in the U.S. Women's Army Corps (WAC) at 21 years old and was offered a field commission after she left basic training, but she rejected it because she wanted to work her way up the ranks. Ms. Margolin was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, a base operating B-24 and B-25 bombers. She later moved to the Air Transport Command of the 8th Air Force in Cincinnati, where she stayed for the remainder of the war. In fact, she may be one of the very last surviving WACs, a delightful spirit and model of bravery, patriotism, and honor. You can watch my interview with Ms Margolin here on my Facebook page.
Traditionally, in honor of Veteran’s Day, each of the fifteen City Councilmembers has honored a veteran from their district in a special City Council presentation, bringing them into the City Council Chambers for a special in-person presentation. This year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Councilmember Krekorian and his staff helped us to organize a very special virtual video compilation, produced by Channel 35, of this year’s 15 veteran honorees. It was my absolute honor and privilege to recognize CD 5's Veteran-of-the-Year, 98-year-old WWII Veteran Ms. Ethel Margolin, who enlisted in the U.S. Women's Army Corps (WAC) at 21 years old and was offered a field commission after she left basic training, but she rejected it because she wanted to work her way up the ranks. Ms. Margolin was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, a base operating B-24 and B-25 bombers. She later moved to the Air Transport Command of the 8th Air Force in Cincinnati, where she stayed for the remainder of the war. In fact, she may be one of the very last surviving WACs, a delightful spirit and model of bravery, patriotism, and honor. You can watch my interview with Ms Margolin here on my Facebook page.
Today and every day we are thankful for the selflessness and service of every Veteran. You can view all 15 honorees representing every Council District here.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
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COVID-19 Cases On The Rise
Transmission of COVID-19 is widespread and increasing in L.A. County at an alarming rate. Therefore, it is very important that individuals, communities, and businesses understand, implement and continue to comply with County Health Department’s protocols and directives. In order to get back to slowing the spread, the Department of Public Health urges everyone to avoid crowds and close contact with others not in your household. If gathering with others, please do so safely.
What you can do to gather as safely as possible:
3 households or fewer (including yours)
Outdoor gatherings only
Face coverings + physical distancing
Stick with your bubble, don’t join others
When dining outdoors at restaurants, avoid tents that are blocked on more than one side. Tents that are blocked on two (or more) sides are not in compliance since they do not allow for proper airflow.
Anyone who has been around groups of people without face coverings or physical distancing should quarantine themselves for 14 days.
Flu season is upon us so please make sure to get your flu shot. As you know, the flu is more than a bad cold, it can be mild to severe, and at times can lead to life-threatening illness, hospitalization, or death. This year, the flu and COVID-19 will be circulating simultaneously in communities throughout LA County, and both can cause serious illness. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu, is to all get a flu immunization.
In fact, Anthem Blue Cross is offering free flu shots this week (including non-members) at the Collins & Katz Family YMCA, 1466 S Westgate Avenue in West Los Angeles at the following times:
For more information, including where to locate a flu immunization at low or no-cost, please call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Los Angeles County or click here. You can also call your local pharmacy or your doctor to see if flu shots are available. Receiving your flu shot is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick this season.
Attention Neighbors Near Rancho Park and West Pico Drill Sites
The City Council's Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Justice Committee agenda has been posted and items regarding both the Rancho Park & West Pico drill sites are on the agenda. If you are interested in giving public comment about issues related to the agenda items, this is a good time to do it. It is at the chair's discretion, but she usually gives speakers one minute per item. You can get another minute if you say you also want to speak on general public comment and keep your talking points on general oil drilling and not the specific items on the agenda. Please note the agenda is mistaken and the meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m.
The report-backs include the Rancho Park Drill Site results of the inspection by City contractor, the air emissions monitoring equipment, and the Mercaptan leak.
The West Pico Drill Site item is a closed session item due to the legal issues at stake and the City Attorney has informed us that they will not report until the item is approved by committee and is heard in the full Council meeting.
Roscomare Rd. Full Closure THIS Saturday & Sunday (Nov. 14/15)
There will be a full closure at Roscomare Rd. due to tree removal this Saturday and Sunday from Hammer Dr. to Belcanto Dr.
If there are any issues at all, please contact Jarrett Thompson in Councilmember Koretz’s office by emailing email@example.com or by calling 213-505-0798.
New Pico/ Robertson Garage Is Opening this Sunday
Councilmember Koretz and staff are pleased to announce that the new city garage on the South side of Pico Blvd., a half block west of Robertson Blvd., will finally be open this Sunday, November 15th. This garage was constructed as part of the Mercy Housing project of affordable units for which residents have already been moving in over the last several weeks. More on this in an upcoming newsletter. The new garage will double the number of parking spaces available prior to construction. The hours of operation will be daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the rates will be $1 per hour (max. $5 per day.)
Join Councilmember Koretz, Planning and Landscaping Design Experts and LA Environmental Scientists for a 5-day Virtual LA Biodiversity Symposium
Biodiversity hotspots are home to unique flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to a particular environment. The City of Los Angeles is fortunate to be one of only 36 Biodiversity Hotspots on the planet. This designation also means that biodiversity here is threatened, and Councilmember Koretz and staff have been working with the Biodiversity expert panel to come up with protective strategies to safeguard our area’s resilience and sustainability. The symposium, which will unfold over the course of the week, will illustrate the vital importance of an integrated ecosystem of natural biodiversity and sustainable urban landscapes.
The forum is conducted by leading area scientists to inform landscape designers, architects, builders, nurseries, growers, and homeowners on the significance of biodiversity in the Los Angeles area which is severely threatened by urban development. We hope this forum will aid in building an understanding of how we can affect a change in practices and achieve the goal of “a no-net-loss” biodiversity strategy.
Our well-being fundamentally depends on nature and we must act quickly to take action with protective strategies to safeguard this unique area that we live in. We can make a difference! Please join this community symposium to protect our biodiversity hotspot by clicking here to register for an individual panel discussion or for the entire symposium from November 16th through November 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Garden by garden, and park by park, we can take the steps to change the narrative of environmental degradation.
City Council Utility Grant Program Application Period Extended Through November 22
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50 million LADWP Utility Grant program, championed by Council President Nury Martinez, to assist up to 100,000 City of LA residents impacted by COVID-19. Registration for the program has been extended through November 22nd (until midnight).
Each household may apply to receive $500 to help families pay their utility bills and other expenses. All LADWP City of Los Angeles' customers already enrolled in any DWP low-income program are eligible and can apply. As well, DWP City of LA customers earning 50% AMI or lower may also apply. All applicants must create an online account, which they can do when they sign up at ladwp.com/UtilityCARES. Funding is limited, so please apply soon.
Please click the flyer below to learn more about how to apply to this City program. More background about the program can be found here.
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.
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.
Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sessions are also available in Spanish. Click here for the full calendar of virtual webinars.
Save the Date: LA Animal Services Online Learning
Cat Chats for Fosters and Adopters
Please join LA Animal Services’ next Cat Chat via Zoom where Fosters and Adopters can ask questions and get advice from LA Animal Services staff and volunteers.
The Cat Chat will be held online on Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m. Click here to sign up by filling out the online form and receive the Zoom user meeting ID.
Please join LA Animal Services via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17th for an educational session on the wild animals you may encounter in your neighborhood! To sign up for the Wildlife Workshop, please visit laanimalservices.com, and then click "Events" in their menu to register for the webinar through their calendar.
Please join LA Animal Services' next Rabbit Roundtable via Zoom where rabbit families can ask questions and get advice from LA Animal Services staff and volunteers. And once our calendar loads, click on the event for Rabbit Roundtable on Wednesday, November 18th at 5 p.m., and sign up here.
Please visit laanimalservices.com/about-us-2/calendar/ to learn about the wide variety of events LA Animal Services has to offer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.