In the News
Closing the Loopholes on Vacation Rentals
In a show of unity and commitment, Councilmember Koretz joined four of his Council colleagues at a press conference organized by UNITE HERE Local 11 to oppose the proposed “vacation rental” ordinance that could further weaken the city’s existing ordinance against unpermitted and non-compliant short-term rentals including AirBnB and other short-term rental operations. The event also focused attention on current efforts to make that existing Home Sharing Ordinance (HSO) function more effectively.
Along those lines, Councilmembers Koretz, Raman, and Blumenfield introduced a motion last month aiming to actually strengthen enforcement of the HSO by closing loopholes and creating tougher oversight mechanisms.
As it currently stands, the HSO already removes thousands of potentially affordable units from a much depleted rental market, adding to the city’s already disastrous homeless problem and has been beset by non-compliance, criminal activity, and the destruction of once quiet single-family neighborhoods.
The Vacation Rental ordinance, if approved, would add to those problems by allowing homeowners to turn properties into full-time short-term rentals without having to establish primary residence in them. This despite the fact that single-family homes are becoming an increasingly important part of the city’s inventory of long-term rental properties affordable to families who can’t afford to purchase a home.
Councilmember Koretz voiced his adamant opposition to the Vacation Rental proposal saying, “We need to first enforce the Home Sharing Ordinance. The City’s home sharing program has pulled thousands of much-needed housing units off the market. If we’re going to take home sharing and its many challenges seriously, we need to provide the Planning Department with the resources and tools necessary to effectively enforce the ordinance. This needs to be done before we start digging a deeper hole with a vacation rentals program. We currently have primary residence requirements in the HSO for a reason. What possible excuse is there for this change?”
Click here to view Councilmember Koretz’s speech at Tuesday’s press conference.
Westwood Connect Day (To help the homeless)
Connect Day is a community event that brings service providers, community partners, governmental agencies, and dedicated volunteers together so that individuals experiencing homelessness can be connected to an array of services simultaneously. A special thank you to all of the incredible volunteers who were able to attend and help this week make the Westwood Connect Day possible along with our community partners who offered housing resources, legal assistance, medical services, hygiene kits, showers, haircuts, clothing donations, and both breakfast and lunch.
Click here for a short video montage of the event and the some of the services that were provided.
Westwood Purple Line Subway Extension - Traffic Advisory
New construction of the Metro Purple Line (D Line) will actively continue in the coming months. LA Metro has decided on two stations to be constructed in West Los Angeles, one at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire and the other at the West LA Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Please be advised that last weekend Metro implemented the first stage of their traffic plan that will severely impact traffic flow along Wilshire Blvd. in the Westwood Village area during construction. However, businesses remain open in Westwood village and your patronage is greatly appreciated. Please allow extra time or even better, consider using alternate travel corridors in your commute.
If interested, please click here to download further information provided by Metro.
Gooooal! Tommy's Field Open for Play at Westwood Rec Center
Councilmember Koretz was delighted to attend the grand opening of Tommy’s Field at the Westwood Recreation Center- a brand new multi-purpose field honoring the life of Tommy Mark, a boy who loved soccer, and who was taken from us far too soon. “I know that this field will be used and cherished by thousands of kids and families,” said Councilmember Koretz. “Thank you to the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Mark family for making this happen!”
Curbing Speeding in CD5
Paid for by a community traffic mitigation fund, LADOT has begun rolling out speed feedback signs at the direction of Councilmember Koretz. These dynamic speed feedback signs are part of a multi-pronged mitigation strategy to reduce a rash of speeding that has plagued the district over the past year. Signs are being placed in areas where we have seen some of the most severe traffic accidents -- on Wilshire Blvd. (in the Westwood area); Olympic Blvd. (west of Century City); and Beverly Glen Blvd. (north of Santa Monica Blvd.)
Thank you to the Department of Transportation for partnering with us in selecting the best locations and going the extra mile to expedite the rollout for the safety of our community.
City Hall Glows Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
This week, Los Angeles City Hall and the iconic LAX pylons were illuminated in TEAL colored lights for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Councilmember Paul Koretz has led this effort for five years with the support of Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, and Councilmember Kevin de León. Thank you to Paulinda Schimmel, founder of The Ovarian Cancer Circle/ Inspired By Robin Babbini for helping us to remember those who have lost the fight and to help educate women about the symptoms, which may include abdominal bloating or swelling, quickly feeling full when eating, weight loss, discomfort in the pelvis area, constipation, and frequent need to urinate. Early detection is key.
LA City Redistricting Meetings Continue In October
The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission will continue to discuss the proposed draft map K.25 which was adopted by the Commission on September 30th. The outcome will affect who represents you on the City Council.
The Commission is continuing to accept written testimony so if you haven’t done so already, please submit your comments and concerns to email@example.com or join a virtual meeting.
- Wednesday, October 6th (6:00 p.m.) Zoom Link
- Saturday, October 9th (10:00 a.m.) Zoom Link
- Wednesday, October 13th (6:00 p.m.) Zoom Link
- Saturday, October 16th (10:00 a.m.) Zoom Link
- Thursday, October 21st (6:00 p.m.) Zoom Link, Adoption of Final Map
- Thursday, October 28th (6:00 p.m.) Zoom Link, Adoption of Final Report
Save the Date to Join the City-Wide Volunteer Clean-Up in Memory of Councilmember Tom “Mr. LA” LaBonge
On January 7th of this year, we lost a champion of public service in LA, Tom LaBonge. The former Councilmember for Los Angeles’ Fourth District, Tom was affectionately known as 'Mr. LA' because he represented the best of what LA can be. He was tireless in his service to others, and could often be found cleaning storm drains, sweeping streets, and filling potholes around town. Born and raised in LA, he never stopped singing its praises. He loved this city and all the people in it - and he dedicated his life to making it a better place.
In the spirit of Mr. LA, and to celebrate his birthday on October 6th, the City of Los Angeles is hosting five simultaneous community clean-ups across LA on October 9th. Join city leaders, volunteers, neighbors, and friends to make our communities shine a little brighter and show our great city some love. Tools will be provided, and masks will be required.
RSVP at bit.ly/LaBonge to join the day of service on October 9th at 8:30 a.m.
Join Cool Blocks Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Effort
The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) and the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office are launching Cool Blocks, a neighbor-to-neighbor organizing effort that aims to reduce your block's carbon footprint, adopt water stewardship practices, prepare for disasters, and improve the quality of life in your neighborhood.
- Do you know your neighbors well enough to knock on their door and ask for the proverbial “cup of sugar”?
- Do you wish there was more you could do to have an impact on climate change and conserve resources for the sake of your children or future generations?
- In an emergency, would your neighbors know what to do to help you? Would you know how to help them?
- Would you like to make your neighborhood safer and more livable?
The NCSA hopes to recruit 200 Cool Block leaders. Team leaders will host neighborhood meetings via Zoom over the course of five months and each leader will receive full training, coaching and support. For more information on how to get involved, please contact NCSA@empowerLA.org, call 323-660-2780, or visit the NCSA or Cool Blocks online.
3-Minute Survey to Help Create A Better Los Angeles Public Library
The Los Angeles Public Library is conducting a survey to better understand how the library meets patron needs, and how Angelenos feel about the library as a welcoming and safe place.
Please take this 3-minute survey here: https://www.lapl.org/survey
New Directions For Youth Upcoming Event - October 7th
New Directions for Youth, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth and their families in the San Fernando Valley, is holding a virtual gala on Thursday, October 7th at 6 pm. Join NDY for a fun evening featuring legendary weathercaster Fritz Coleman, Kennedy Center Award Winner Dick Van Dyke, and a wonderful silent auction -- all for a great cause! For over 45 years, NDY has provided excellent programming and services to more than 200,000 at-risk youth and families.
Please RSVP for this event by contacting Monica Austin-Jackson (MAustin@mail.ndfy.org), Barbara Zelinski (Barbara.C.Zelinski@gmail.com), or by calling (818) 503-6330. A $25 donation is suggested. Please click here to watch a tribute video from Councilmember Koretz recognizing the incredible work of NDY.
Audubon Scholarship for College Students - Apply By October 15th
To promote the interest and career aspirations of young conservationists, three college students, ages 18 to 24, can be the recipients of $500 scholarships provided by the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society. These scholarships can be applied towards tuition, lab fees, or other supplies necessary for the Fall Semester.
The submittal deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 15, 2021, and recipients will be notified on November 30, 2021.
Please visit the SFV Audubon Grants and Scholarships webpage for application details and requirements. Questions regarding the application process may be emailed to Marianne Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These College Scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of SFVAS, and individual donors.
Founded over a century ago, this chapter of the National Audubon Society has spent decades working to expand and preserve wildlife habitat and educate the public on issues crucial to the well-being of our avian wildlife. SFVAS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Celebrate Adopt A Shelter Dog Month with LA Animal Services
To kick off Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this October, LA Animal Services is offering discounted adoption fees this Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. Our six LA Animal Services Centers are open on the weekends without appointments, so stop by and meet your new furry friend! Adoption fees for dogs will be $51 and $75 for puppies, which does not include the $20 licensing fee for dogs older than four months. Adoption fees for cats and kittens will be waived thanks to a generous donation from the ASPCA.
Center Operating Hours
LA Animal Services Center are open without appointments every Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and operate by appointment during the week, Tuesday through Friday, for pet adoptions, fostering, and owner surrender, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our Centers are closed on Mondays. Sick or injured animals will be admitted without an appointment. Appointments may be scheduled by going online or by calling 1-888-452-7381. To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required when visiting our Centers.
For more information about LA Animal Services, and to view the wonderful pets we have available to adopt or foster, visit: laanimalservices.com