Tomorrow, Sunday, November 7th, our city will be celebrating a wonderful tradition -- the Los Angeles Marathon. It’s a day when individuals push their own endurance and perseverance, trying both their physical and emotional fortitude by running 26.2 miles through our Los Angeles neighborhoods.
In fact the course will follow a new route this year, starting at Dodgers Stadium and for the first time ending on the Avenue of the Stars in Century City where I will be delighted to hold the ribbon at the finish line. The course will follow its traditional route until Brentwood, where runners double back on San Vicente, Sepulveda and Santa Monica Boulevard before finishing at Avenue of the Stars. Please note: the Marathon route no longer runs the length of San Vicente and now stops near Bundy Drive.
The streets of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills will be filled with Angelenos running in competition. Please take precautions when commuting that day and plan for detours.
As an aside, 50,000+ middle and high school students have completed the Los Angeles Marathon with Students Run LA (SRLA). I am proud to be a supporter of SRLA and this Sunday we will all be rooting for the thousands of LA students that will participate in the LA Marathon. Please read this New York Times article to learn more about SRLA’s positive impact.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
In the News
Redistricting Works Way Through Ad-Hoc Committee
Last Thursday, October 28, the LA City Council’s Redistricting Commission held its final meeting to approve a report and draft map, both of which have been transmitted to the City Council. In short, the report discusses the process and decisions the Commission has made over the last year to draw a map with new Council District boundaries that adhere to the Voting Rights Act and population data from the 2020 Census. Earlier this week, the Commission presented its final report and draft map to the City Council. The City Council also approved a motion by the Council President Nury Martinez to form an Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting that was convened yesterday. Chair Martinez and Councilmember Koretz along with five of their colleagues worked to sort and finalize a variety of 39 City Council motions which either made slight changes, moderate changes or substantial changes to the Commission’s draft map and consider a report from Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Committee also finalized redistricting maps for the LAUSD Board of Education. The Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee’s 4 ½ hour meeting is available to view online here.
The Ad Hoc Committee is sending its map recommendations to the City Council and the Council will hold several public hearings within the month of November with the upcoming tentative dates:
- November 9, 2021 - Council Meeting, Council receives Ad Hoc recommendations
- November 10, 2021 - State-required Hearing
- November 23, 2021 - State-required Hearing
- December 1, 2021 - Council Meeting, Ordinance consideration
More updates about the Ad Hoc Committee, including upcoming meetings and updated maps, will soon be made available. If you have any questions with the process please don’t hesitate to give our office a call at (213) 473-7005
Starting Monday, Indoor Establishments to Begin to Require Vaccination Proof
Starting Monday, Angelenos patronizing indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 under the City’s SafePassLA ordinance. The ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:
- a vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency;
- a photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone or electronic device;
- a personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction, or by a private company; and
- documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider.
People who appear over the age of 18 will also be required to show identification with their proof of vaccination.
Vaccines Approved for All Ages
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for children aged 5-11. Nationwide, 8,300 children in this age group have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and nearly 100 children have died. In LA County, since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been more than 200,000 cases among children and teens-iInfection trends in children follow infection trends in adults.
Vaccinations are free and available to everyone age 5 and over, regardless of immigration status. Please visit VaccinateLACounty.com to find sites that are offering vaccinations for children – please call the site ahead of time to check availability. If you have questions or concerns, speak with your child’s doctor or call 2-1-1 to be connected to a healthcare provider.
Department of Public Health guidance, COVID-19 Prevention at TK-12 Schools - Information for Parents & Guardians, was also updated to reflect changes to the TK-12 protocols and vaccine eligibility. For more details on LA County’s preparation efforts to administer the children’s vaccines, please click here. For latest updates on vaccine approval for children 5-11 years old, please visit the CDC website.
Thank you to the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce for hosting the State of the Valley luncheon on Thursday that brought together the business community of the SFV. This annual event is one of a kind and brings together all of the Valley’s Councilmembers in one room to discuss local business issues and concerns.
Koretz Joins SFV Chamber of Commerce State of the Valley
As our business community continues its economic resiliency and recovery, it’s more important than ever that they know that they have our support.
Stop Senior Scams Acting Program
Join The Stop Senior Scams Acting Program and retired Senior Investigator Ann Stahl from the Federal Trade Commission for an informative Zoom Webinar on Thursday, November 18th at 3:00 p.m. about the latest scams targeting Older Adults. At the conclusion of the program, Ann will be leading a Q and A session. Dr. Sherry McCoy Columnist for Not Born Yesterday Senior Newspaper will also be present to answer questions on holiday scams.
Prevent Your Dog Against Canine Influenza
Last month, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced an outbreak of canine flu. In fact, the Los Angeles Animal Services also announced that a number of dogs at the West Valley Animal Shelter tested positive for canine influenza and those dogs were immediately quarantined.
Canine influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease caused by a specific virus known to infect dogs. While the virus does not attack humans, it can be spread to dogs by humans through touching infected areas. Even though the animals at our shelters are either fully or partially vaccinated for canine influenza, exposure to infected animals requires mitigating measures to control the spread.
Cats, kittens, rabbits, and small mammals are not affected by the canine influenza.
What You Can Do to Protect Your Dog's Health:
Some standard recommendations to help prevent the spread of disease between pets include:
- Vaccinate dogs for Canine Influenza H3N2 before they enter boarding kennels, dog day care, dog parks, or engage in dog group activities. This vaccination is also advisable for dogs that may occasionally encounter other dogs.
- Take your pet to your veterinarian if he/she is sick
- Do not take your dog to public areas if he/she is sick
- Wash your hands after handling pets - avoid spreading disease between pets
How does the virus spread from an infected dog to other dogs?
Canine influenza is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs, and by contact with contaminated objects. The virus is most likely to spread when an infected dog spends time close to other dogs, especially in indoor areas with little ventilation. The virus can survive for 1-2 days on floors or cages.
Reporting cases. Veterinarians should report cases using the LA County Canine Influenza Case Reporting Form. Email in to email@example.com or fax to 213-481-2375.
For more information on Canine Influenza, please visit LA County Department of Public Health’s Website or call your veterinarian for information on getting your dog(s) vaccinated, or how to keep your dog safe from the virus.
Spread the Warmth - Blanket & Socks Drive
This holiday season, help spread warmth with the Department of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment that is organizing a donation drive to collect cold-weather items for homeless individuals across Los Angeles.
The agency’s Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division will be collecting donations of new and gently used blankets, sleeping bags, and socks throughout December 31st.
Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays at the following city yards:
• East Valley District Yard: 11050 Pendleton Street
• West Valley District Yard: 8840 Vanalden Avenue
• North Central District Yard: 452 San Fernando Road
• West LA District Yard: 2027 Stoner Avenue
• South LA District Yard: 786 S. Mission Road
• Harbor District Yard: 1400 N. Gaffey Street
• Washington Yard: 2649 E. Washington Boulevard, Building B.
For more information, please contact the City Facilities Recycling Program (CFRP): firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-485-2260.
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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 email@example.com. 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.