Since its implementation almost 20 years ago, the our 311 system has been an important piece of the City’s interaction with Angelenos -- providing easier access to government services and improving civic engagement by bringing City Hall directly to them.
Last year, our 311 system received nearly 2.3 million service requests. However, contact methods have grown beyond simple phone calls to multiple, integrated ways of communicating, such as email, social media, web portal and smartphone app. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the City of LA has an obligation to provide essential services to residents no matter where they live or how they choose to reach out, and we need to be prepared to do so.
This is why on Wednesday, as Chairman of the Personnel, Audits and Animal Welfare Committee, I moved forward a series of recommendations to evaluate our current 311 system, its overall effectiveness, and best practices from other cities, so we can ensure the City is communicating with Angelenos and responding to requests for service as effectively as we can.
Also, my staff and I are back in our City Hall, West LA and Encino offices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, vaccinated and excited to work among each other in person again. While City Hall and my District offices remain closed to the public, we continue to be available by phone or virtually to assist you. Thank you for continuing to take care of yourselves and others. We hope to welcome you back (in person) soon.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
The Second COVID-19 Shot Is the Best Safeguard Against the Delta Variant
For Californians, June 15th was marked by eased mask rules for vaccinated people and ended capacity limitations on most businesses and venues. LA County released an updated Health Officer Order which aligns with the State and outlines ways to have a safer return to work and the community. They have also provided guidance for the use of masks in LA county that became effective on June 15th.
However, while many Angelenos are returning to some semblance of “normal”, fear grows that the Delta variant will become the dominant COVID strain worldwide as the World Health Organization says it is now in 74 countries.
A recently released study from Public Health England shows that two doses of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are 88 percent effective against symptomatic disease from the Delta variant two weeks after the second dose. This is slightly less than the 93 percent effectiveness against the Alpha variant, but still very high. One dose of a Pfizer vaccine offered only 33 percent protection, making for another strong case to return for your second dose and maintain COVID safety measures until you're safely two weeks out from either.
Los Angeles City Council Votes to Support Appeal of CA Assault Weapons Ban - June is Gun Violence Prevention Month
June is Gun Violence Prevention month, so it is timely that this week the Los Angeles City Council voted to support a motion authored by 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz and 2nd District Councilmember Paul Krekorian to have the City file an amicus brief or other appropriate document(s) in support of the California Attorney General’s appeal of Miller, et al. v. Bonta with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will seek to reverse the US District Court’s decision to strike down California’s 30-year old assault weapons ban. Both Councilmembers Koretz and Krekorian have a long legislative career at the City of Los Angeles and as California State Legislators working on gun control.
|Councilmember Koretz and CA Attorney General Rob Bonta
The vote aims to uphold the State’s three-decade ban on assault weapons citing the need for public safety, public health, and efforts to curtail gun violence and mass shootings.
“Just this past weekend, there were six more mass shootings in the U.S., killing eight people and wounding 48 more, in Cleveland, Savannah, Austin, Dallas and Seattle. These shootings join a string of nearly 300 others that have already taken place this year,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz. “This country has a gun problem, and I shudder at the thought of the American death toll if Judge Benitiz's decision holds and military-style rifles flood our streets. The Judge's decision is wildly out of touch with the will of California voters and a clear example of legislating from the bench, with very real consequences for the safety and health of Angelenos.”
Click here to watch a video of the Council vote that includes statements from both Councilmembers.
Click here to watch a video of the Council vote that includes statements
from both Councilmembers.
Time to Contact Your Assemblymember on Senate Bills 9 and 10
Despite the best efforts of a broad coalition of advocates led by Councilmember Koretz, the League of California Cities and dedicated community leaders, Senate Bills 9 and 10, (this year’s versions of state legislation which will eliminate certain environmental protections and open single-family neighborhoods to counter-productive multi-family housing) are continuing to advance in Sacramento. If approved these bills would seriously undermine local control and decision making in the land use approval process.
Originally promoted as vehicles for addressing California’s problematic housing shortage, SB’s 9 and 10 are meant to streamline the production of market rate/ luxury rental housing in higher densities than many local jurisdictions allow. The primary objections to them - especially SB 10, the third in a series of efforts by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener to permanently destroy single-family zoning - is the way they would tie the hands of local communities and governmental decision makers to determine how best to increase the supply of housing - especially affordable housing - in their jurisdictions.
While SB 10 has mechanisms to include affordable housing units in projects of ten units or more, it doesn’t require enough. More importantly, in situations where it would allow projects of four to eight units in single family neighborhoods (which will be most if not all of these projects,) there are no meaningful affordability requirements. The City of Los Angeles, which has in recent years done just about the best job of any city in the state with regard to housing production, already has mechanisms for meeting these needs without destroying single-family neighborhoods or placing high density in inappropriate locations.
Both SB 9 and 10 have been approved by the California State Senate and are now being considered by the State Assembly, first in committees, and later by the full Assembly. Councilmember Koretz is working to stop their progress either in committees or on the Assembly floor, but that can’t happen without Assemblymembers hearing from their constituents.
To object to SB 9 and 10, please contact the Assemblymembers representing parts of CD5 and adjacent neighborhoods including Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, Assemblymember Richard Bloom and newly-elected Assemblymember Isaac Bryan.
You can find information on how to contact them here:
June 2021 - Webinar for Landlords and Tenants Regarding Eviction Defense Program & Services Provided
HCIDLA invites you to attend our free 2021 webinars.
The June webinars will be hosted by HCIDLA’s Rent Division in collaboration with the new COVID-19 Eviction Defense Program (EDP). The presentations will focus on an overview of the legal services that will be provided by the EDP. Services include assistance with eviction prevention, case management services offering housing stability, financial counseling, and homeless prevention resources to families.
Sessions will be via Zoom.
Please sign up below to register to attend English or in Spanish:
Wednesday June 23 - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - English
Wednesday, June 30 - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Spanish
Please click here to register to attend or call 213-928-9075 to sign up to attend.
Office of Community Beautification & Keep Los Angeles Beautiful Beautify LA Grant
The City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification (OCB) and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful (KLAB), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful – the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, have launched the KLAB Community Beautification Grant or Beautify LA Grant. The new grant program will support the efforts of community-based groups to beautify public spaces throughout Los Angeles and empower individuals to take personal action to improve their neighborhoods.
The Beautify LA Grant is a competitive matching grant of up to $2,500 that will be awarded to selected community-based groups in the City of Los Angeles to fund exceptional neighborhood beautification projects that are designed to enhance the public spaces where Angelenos live, work, and play.
CB and KLAB are now accepting proposals for the Beautify LA Grant until the submission deadline on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Tips to Staying Cool
The past week came with extreme heat warnings and everyone, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical conditions should take precautions to avoid heat-related illness. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:
- Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
- If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Also, wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.
- Cars get very hot. Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone - many people are unaware that even with a partially open window temperatures inside a car can rise 20 degrees to very dangerous levels in just 10 minutes. In fact, studies have shown that with a temperature of 78 degrees inside a car with the air conditioning turned off, the temperature rose to 150 degrees by the end of the hour!
- Beware of heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting, and pale and clammy skin.
- Check on those at risk, like those who are sick, older adults, pregnant women, and children, and those who live alone.
- Avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes.
- Updated cooling center information is available at emergency.lacity.org/heat or call 3-1-1.
- Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.