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August 7, 2021   

Dear Friends,

It can not be stressed enough that the key to getting past this pandemic is by getting vaccinated.  Los Angeles County announced this week that they are following the lead of the City by mandating vaccination for all City employees.  

The Council passed my motion asking the Mayor to amend his emergency order which he did.  With this change, under the Mayor’s Public Order Under City of Los Angeles Emergency Authority, all Angelenos working in the City of Los Angeles, no matter the size of their employer, are now afforded four hours of paid time-off for each shot, and if there is a need for time off due to any ill effects from the vaccination, employers are to provide up to eight hours recovery time which can be split up as needed.  This was an amendment to the Mayor’s Order for Supplemental Paid-Time Off for Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 to ensure our most vulnerable communities, and Angelenos who are juggling work, school, and childcare during this pandemic are afforded the protections they deserve to keep their families safe.

To find a vaccination site near you, please click here.

Do your part get vaccination info card

And the pandemic continues to take a toll on renters -- an estimated one-third of households have struggled to pay their rent and face losing their homes.  Although the federal government has been juggling an expiration date for rent relief from COVID-related hardships, under California law, anyone who is unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19 financial hardship still cannot be evicted. LA City and County have coordinated tenant workshops to help you understand these laws and plan for how to pay back rent.

Stay Housed LA information

Please visit StayHousedLA.org or call 1-888-694-0040 to learn more and receive assistance. You can also sign up to receive updates from Stay Housed L.A.

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Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

In the News

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Mid City West Hosts Food Distribution

Thank you to Mid City West Neighborhood Council for organizing last weekend’s drive-through food drive at Television City in the Fairfax District.  Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Nithya Raman were in attendance to help distribute food and hygiene products to 500 families and individuals.  

Thank you also to the dozens of volunteers from Labor Community Services, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, United Way, Saban Community Clinic, Baby2Baby, and Hackman Capital Partners, owner of Television City.

Welcoming Wilshire Division Senior Lead Officers O'Brien and Dantzler

Councilmember Koretz is pleased to welcome LAPD Senior Lead Officers Ian O'Brien and De'Antraye Dantzler to their new posts in the Wilshire Division. Officer O'Brien will be the new Senior Lead Officer for Wilshire Division area 7A21, covering the Beverly Grove, Carthay Circle, and Carthay Square areas, and Officer Dantzler will be the new Senior Lead Officer for area 7A01 covering the Melrose corridor. Congratulations to our wonderful Officers on their new assignments and all our rank and file in the Department.

CD5 staff pose w LAPD Wilshire Division SLOs and patrol car Councilmember Koretz, Field Deputy Jill Kline, and Director of Public Safety Gregory Martayan with LAPD Senior Lead Officers Ian O'Brien and De'Antraye Dantzler

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I-405 Sepulveda Pass "ExpressLanes" Project:  HOV versus Sepulveda "ExpressLanes"

Metro, in coordination with Caltrans as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) lead agency, is evaluating alternatives to convert the existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to dynamically-priced, high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, also called ExpressLanes, in the southbound and northbound directions of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass, between I-10 and US-101.

Three virtual public scoping meetings will be offered to provide information on the project and solicit public feedback on the project alternatives and issues or concerns with the proposed project. Meetings will be held online on Zoom as follows:

Saturday, August 14, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Go to Zoom.us and enter ID: 948 4124 4717
Passcode: 807271
Call-in: 213-338-8477

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Go to Zoom.us and enter ID: 926 0660 7560
Passcode: 114859
Call-in: 213-338-8477

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Go to Zoom.us and enter ID: 964 9534 8721
Passcode: 059906
Call-in: 213-338-8477

Comments may also be submitted online anytime before Wednesday, September 1st by clicking here.  You are encouraged to submit your thoughts and comments on the alternatives, as well as help identify and inform the issues that may need to be addressed in the environmental process. 

For additional details, please click the following to explore the 
Interactive StoryMap and Metro’s blog The Source.

Public Comments Encouraged - Van Nuys Airport Proposed Departure Redesign

Councilmember Koretz and staff have long been concerned about the reports of increased noise and vibrations over residential homes stemming from problematic changes in flight patterns from Van Nuys and Burbank airport departures over the hillsides of Los Angeles.  In 2017 the FAA implemented Metroplex, a new GPS-guided routing system at all Southern California airports, including LAX and Van Nuys. Because the FAA is a Federal agency, the City didn’t have any role in the decision about where to locate those routes or which neighborhoods would be affected.

A virtual briefing by the FAA on the proposed redesign of Van Nuys Airport (VNY) departure procedures hosted by Los Angeles World Airports will take place on Monday, August 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This briefing is a result of the Southern San Fernando Valley Airplane Noise Task Force recommendation number two, to modify VNY area navigation flight paths for departures to the south of the airport. 

Councilmember Koretz encourages all those who have been affected by the noise or who are interested in participating to please register to join the town hall here: http://ow.ly/kBpU50FKECJ


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Free Educational Seminar for Alzheimer Family Caregivers via Zoom

On Tuesday, August 10th, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles and Councilmember Koretz are hosting a free educational event for family caregivers of folks with Alzheimer’s. There will be a presentation on dementia-related behaviors and a Q&A session with Dr. Andrew Chan, a geriatrician and dementia care expert. 

Please make sure to register here to receive your Zoom link.
 Flyer for Alzheimer Family Care Givers

Please RSVP here  http://ow.ly/MpL950FKELa

For questions or if you need help registering, please email rsvp@alzla.org or call 323-930-6222.

International Cat Day is August 8th - Adopt A Feline Friend from LA Animal Services

August 8th is International Cat Day, a day to recognize these independent, inquisitive, and adventurous pets. There is no better way to celebrate than by adopting or fostering a feline friend or a canine companion.

Cat picture for AdoptionTo encourage cat adoptions, LA Animal Services will be offering discounted adoption fees on Saturday, August 7th, and Sunday, August 8th. Dog lovers, don’t worry there as they are also always available for adoption. Fees for dogs will be $51 (not including license) and $75 for puppies. The adoption fees for cats and kittens will be waived thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA.

For more information about adopting or fostering a pet, or how you can support and donate to help the pets in the City’s animal shelters, please visit laanimalservices.com/adopt

Here to Serve

My staff and I are always readily available to help with your questions, concerns, and needs during this difficult period. While our offices remain closed to the public, 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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