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May 22, 2021   

Dear Friends,

I strongly condemn the attacks against the Jewish community that have taken place over the course of this past week in my district. On Tuesday night, members of a caravan of pro-Palestinian protestors targeted innocent Jewish diners in a vicious attack while they were sitting outside a sushi restaurant, and on Monday night a separate attempt was made by two drivers to run over a Jewish man who had to flee for his life. Fortunately, both of these unconscionable anti-Semitic incidents were captured on video.

Late Tuesday night after being briefed at the Wilshire Division by LAPD, I visited the restaurant where the attack took place and met with a young man who witnessed the entire tragedy unfold. I promised him that we would work diligently to deploy more resources to the region and bring justice for the victims who were brutally beaten. I fully intend to keep my promise to that young man and to our entire community.

Consequently, I have been in close coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department. In conversations with Chief Michel Moore, as well as bureau and division command staff, I received commitments to enhance our City's posture and our resources throughout the impacted corridor and, as such, the LAPD has deployed extra marked police patrols, mounted equestrian units, mobile command posts, and additional security protocols.

Last night, a man was taken into custody as one of the primary suspects in the assault and beating.  The LAPD received many tips from the public on this case which assisted with the ultimate identification of the suspect. Thank you to Chief Moore, our LAPD team, and all engaged law enforcement agencies who continue to work around the clock on this case. This first step will bring a certain level of relief to those who were victimized. We have more to do and more justice to seek, however we can find some comfort in learning that the first suspect has been taken into custody.

Thank you, also, to the ADL (Anti-defamation League) that is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the perpetrators of the assault outside the Sushi Fumi restaurant. If you have any information to aid in the investigation, a dedicated secure hotline has been established at LAPD Wilshire Division at 213-922-8230.

Paul Koretz speaking at Iranian Jewish ICAN re anti-Seimitic actionsWe will never again allow for anyone to strike fear into our hearts just because we are Jews, and we are not going to allow the violence in the Middle East to spill out onto the streets of Los Angeles. Of course, everyone is entitled to express their opinion but never through violence. Pro-Palestinian protestors cannot be allowed to viciously assault random people on the street because they happen to look or be Jewish.

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Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

P.S. With some irony, May is Jewish American Heritage Month.  Click this link to visit the 2021 JAHM online exhibit , "Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof" meaning justice, justice, you shall pursue: 100 Years of Los Angeles Jewish Change Makers.

National Police Week

This last week Councilmember Koretz recognized National Police Week, in which we remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our communities. Law enforcement puts their lives on the line every day, as they respond to help our families and our neighborhoods. Thank you to all those who have served and continue to wear the badge with integrity and honesty.

Councilmember Koretz w LAPD

Thank You to Encino Hospital

This National Hospital Week, Councilmember Koretz was proud to honor all our frontline workers at Encino Hospital who deserve the greatest amount of respect and gratitude especially during the unique challenges of the pandemic. Councilmember Koretz bought lunch for all of these hospital workers as a thank you for being a pillar of strength in our community and for their courage and selfless service to our patients.

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Celebrating with Fairfax High School on Signing Day

Signing Day is a chance to celebrate graduating Lions and Fairfax High School seniors who have committed postsecondary plans, whether at a community college, a university, a certification, vocational or apprenticeship program, the military or any other education beyond high school. CD 5 Field Deputy Jarrett Thompson joined the festivities with the students and their families at Fairfax’s Signing Day to share Councilmember Koretz’s continued support for the school community, and wish the students much success in their future.

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  From left to right: David La Tour, English Teacher,Suzanne Drake, Dean,Pierson Blaetz, MTP Greenway Arts Alliance Sponsor, Vickie Morales, College Counselor, Yesenia Arroyo, Assistant Principal and Jarrett Thompson, CD5 Deputy

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Get Vaccinated This Weekend, You Could Win Los Angeles Laker Season Tickets

This weekend at all the County-run vaccination sites, the Department of Health Services vaccination sites and the L.A. City vaccination sites, everyone 18 years and older coming to get their first vaccine will have a chance to enter the Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 Season Ticket Vaccination Sweepstakes to win a pair (2) of season tickets for next season!

Please book your appointment now to lock in your entry by visiting: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/sweepstakes. Walk-ins are also allowed!

With millions of residents still needing to get vaccinated, this is an exciting opportunity that allows those still not protected to get vaccinated and perhaps be the lucky person who gets to watch the Lakers pursue a championship!

LA County is also eliminating the need to show a government ID in order to be vaccinated.  You still need a proof of age or consent form for minors age 12-17.

Transportation and Planning Update

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LA City Planning and LA Department of Transportation are pleased to announce upcoming public engagement opportunities for the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program update.

In January, City Planning released an informational video and fact sheet about the proposed updates to the TDM Program. In early June, the draft TDM Ordinance and TDM Program Guidelines will be available for public review on the website, followed by two webinars and other opportunities to learn more and provide feedback. Public hearings are planned for Fall 2021.

Both webinars will contain the same information about the proposed TDM Program, followed by Q&A. Please register to receive a link for the GoToWebinar event.

Monday, June 7, 2021 - Register here
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Register here
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

City Planning Is Moving Forward with the Westwood Village Specific Plan Amendment

Westwood Village people walking Westwood Village is facing a nearly 40% vacancy rate.  This draft ordinance is an amendment to the Westwood Village Specific Plan to make it easier for new businesses to be established in the Village.  The draft ordinance proposes to amend provisions related to definitions, uses, parking, and includes a new administrative clearance process for sign and change of use projects that adhere to existing Specific Plan regulations. 

We are seeking your input regarding these changes. Background information and opportunities for outreach are here:

  • Hearing Notice is available here
  • Click here for a Fact Sheet
  • The Draft Ordinance is available here

If you have any questions, please contact:
Zuriel Espinosa, City Planning Associate, (213) 978-1249, zuriel.espinosa@lacity.org
Susan Wong, City Planner, (213) 978-1472, Susan.S.Wong@lacity.org

In addition, the Westwood Design Review Board will hear the proposed amendment with specific emphasis on the proposed administrative clearance for signs on June 16th.

Melrose Action Meeting

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For neighbors in the Melrose/ Fairfax District, Melrose Action is hosting an online Zoom meeting. Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Station Commander/Captain Shannon Paulson and our own LAPD Senior Lead Officer Ian O'Brien will be in attendance along with area Los Angeles City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Naderi and Councilmember Koretz’s Director of Public Greg Martayan. The meeting will be Q&A Format with questions submitted through the chat.


To attend this meeting, pleaseclick here. A confirmation email with log-in details will be emailed back to you separately -- directly from Zoom. If you know neighbors or merchants that live or work in the area, please have them sign up to Melrose Action and they will receive their own registration invite. Also, you must register to be a verified Zoom user.


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Free Help With Medicare Savings Program

Flyer Center for Health Care RightsThe Center for Health Care Rights’ toll free telephone hotline provides easy access to one-on-one counseling services on Medicare, Medi-Cal and other health care topics. Please contact their telephone hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment for counseling services.

The Center for Health Care Rights (CHCR) is a nonprofit health care advocacy organization dedicated to assuring consumer access to quality health care through education, counseling, informal advocacy, and legal services. CHCR also assists an estimated 7,000 older adults and people with disabilities in better understanding how Medicare works. Their state-registered HICAP counselors often assist Medicare beneficiaries with enrollment into cost-saving programs like the Medicare Savings Programs, Part D Extra Help program, and Medi-Cal. For more information, please visit their website at https://healthcarerights.org/ or call (800) 824-0780.

Discounted Broadband Resources through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for help to spread the word about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. This temporary program helps families struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having a broadband connection is essential for households to gain access to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Please visit www.fcc.gov/bandaanchaprestacion or call 833-511-0311!

LA Animal Services is proud to announce LA Spay Day in May, LAAS' first annual spay and neuter event taking place on Monday, May 24, 2021!  To commemorate this special day, LA Animal Services is hosting The Lucy Pet Foundation’s mobile spay/neuter clinic at the North Central Animal Services Center to conduct spay and neuter surgeries. Sign up today to schedule an appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered with the Lucy Pet Foundation on Monday, May 24, and be a part of LA Spay Day in May!

There is also a list of participating veterinary hospitals and mobile spay/neuter clinics where you can schedule a spay or neuter appointment for your companion animal. Learn more at laanimalservices.com/spayday.

Why is Spaying and Neutering Good for Our Pets and City?

Spaying and neutering are humane and life affirming means of ending euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets who are unable to find permanent homes. When you spay or neuter your pet, you’re helping to prevent unwanted pet births. There are also health and behavioral advantages to spaying (your female pet) or neutering (your male animal companion) that include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters. Dogs and cats are required to be spayed or neutered after the age of four months, with some exemptions allowed.
  • Curbing aggressive behaviors.
  • Reducing roaming.
  • Lowering risks in cancers.
  • By spaying and neutering your pet, you are also preventing serious and sometimes fatal medical conditions such as pyometra, a serious infection in female dogs or testicular cancer in male dogs.

Having achieved a 90.49 lifesaving rate in December 2020, Los Angeles is continuing to move towards being the most humane city in America by educating pet owners to be more responsible, making our streets safer, reducing the number of animals euthanized each year in our animal shelters, and allowing us to more effectively use our resources to keep pets and families together. The spay/neuter law holds accountable those pet owners whose irresponsibility threatens public safety and fills our animal shelters with unwanted dogs and cats.

Find out more about the City of Los Angeles’ spay and neuter ordinance by clicking here or pasting the following on your browser:

Need Assistance For Your Pet?

LA Animal Services makes it easy and convenient for pet owners to ensure their furry family members get spayed or neutered. By simply going online to laspayneuter.com, LA City residents can complete the application, and their free or discounted spay/neuter will be emailed directly to their inbox. Each household is eligible for discounts for 3 dogs and 3 cats. Feral cats and stray dogs do not qualify for this program.

Spay/neuter vouchers cover the full cost of a companion animal’s sterilization at participating veterinary hospitals,spay/neuter clinics and mobile spay/neuter clinics.

The free Spay & Neuter Certificates/Vouchers and discount Spay & Neuter Coupons are available online for Los Angeles City residents, or are available for pick up at any "open-by-appointment-only" LA Animal Services Centers.

Spay It Forward

If your pet has already been spayed or neutered, and you would like to support LA Spay Day In May, please click here to help spay or neuter a pet in need.

To learn more about LA Animal Services and the resources and programs available to animal-loving Angelenos, visit laanimalservices.com.

For more information about LA Animal Services, visit laanimalservices.com.


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
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