May 14, 2010

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West LA Office
822 S. Robertson Blvd.
Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 289-0353

Valley Office
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 1020
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 971- 3088

City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Room 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005

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Sunday, May 16
Melrose Village Sweep the Streets
Clean-Up Event
Click here to learn more.

Monday, May 17
Kick Off to Bike Week LA
Bicycle events throughout the week.
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The 5th Council District’s Valley Leadership Summit was a great success!

Westside, don't be jealous: you're next!

On May 6th, community leaders and neighborhood activists from throughout Fifth Council District portions of the San Fernando Valley joined top city officials from key city departments at this Leadership Summit, hosted by Councilmember Paul Koretz. After each official made a presentation the audience, filled with representatives of many community groups, participated in Q&A.

Gerry Silver of Homeowners of Encino shares his views.

The feedback following the event was extraordinarily positive. One community leader said that holding the Summit was "a stroke of genius." Another said it was "an excellent meeting. These are tough and trying times for all Angelenos. Working together with good communication with all city departments will make life better for all of us." Yet another called it "a fantastic event." Those are but a few of the many rave reviews.

Councilmember Koretz said, “We’ve always needed to have more of this kind of coming together, but now that the city’s in the midst of a dire budget crisis, the need has never been so apparent. Yes, we face a loss of personnel and a diminishing of city services, and there are many harsh choices ahead, and that’s exactly why we need to share the facts and understand the circumstances, with this information delivered face-to-face. That’s the best way to choose priorities and create positive solutions, using the insights and activism of people across this city who care enough to make a difference.”

Captain Stacy Gerlich, LAFD CERT, addresses the audience.

Guest Speakers from the City included: Rita Robinson, General Manager, Department of Transportation; Bill Robertson, GM, Bureau of Street Services; John Mukri, GM, Recreation and Parks; Kevin Regan, Assistant GM, Recreation and Parks; Valley Chief of Police Kirk Albanese; Captain Bill Eaton, Van Nuys LAPD Division; Captain Justin Eisenberg, North Hollywood Division; Captain John Egan, West Valley Division; Chief Don Frazeur, Los Angeles Fire Department; and Captain Stacy Gerlich, LAFD CERT.

DOT General Manager Rita Robinson gives her presentation.

In the audience were community leaders and representatives of many organizations:  the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council; Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association; Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce; Sherman Oaks Beautification Committee; Village at Sherman Oaks Business Improvement District; Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks; Encino Neighborhood Council; Homeowners of Encino; Encino Chamber of Commerce; Encino Community Center; Encino Neighborhood Watch; Leeza Gibbon's Circle of Care Foundation; Sherman Village; Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council; Benedict Canyon Association; Studio City Neighborhood Council; Studio City Residents Association; Studio City Beautification Committee;; Residents of Beverly Glen; VICA,; Van Nuys C-PAB; Westfield Shopping Center; Valley Village Neighborhood Council; Valley Village Homeowners Association; Bellina Canyon Neighborhood Watch; Oak Forest Canyon Association; Senior Lead Officers; Fire Fighters from different stations; Greg Schwartz, David Rankell, Paul Kelson, and Wayne Kartin LAFD CERT.

Councilmember Koretz with Bill Robertson, General Manager of the Bureau of Street Services.

This event was taped by L.A. CityView 35, and will eventually air on Channel 35. Councilmember Koretz believes that such events are a good thing to do on a regular basis, and is planning an upcoming Westside Leadership Summit

Reinventing a Classic: Matteo’s Restaurant

Councilmember Koretz with Matteo's owner Clair Heron.

Matteo’s Restaurant is a legendary eatery, neighborhood cornerstone and crowd pleaser. Located on Westwood Blvd., this hotspot of coolness has been a trendsetting attraction since its beginnings in 1963, with a rat pack clientele – and Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra himself – often present, along with countless others, famous or otherwise, all coming to enjoy the food and drink in hip yet comfortable surroundings.

This week, Councilmember Koretz was delighted to participate in an event at Matteo’s celebrating the “reinvention of a classic” under a new ownership that’s eagerly looking to the future.

As the Councilmember said, “I’m a big fan of any community-friendly business that serves its community with sensitivity, skill and dedication. But while there are many great businesses with great heart and great stories, Matteo’s is indeed uniquely special. We need its legacy of glamour and its storied past.We need those places that vibrantly recall and embody our city’s style and personality.”  Councilmember Koretz has dedicated much time and effort to the continued existence and revitalized use of Los Angeles landmarks. In less than a year, the 5th Council District has seen some of its great icons of the past – the Century Plaza Hotel, and the Village and Bruin Theaters – transformed into wonderful hopes for the future; add Matteo’s to the list!

Thanking our police...

Saturday, May 15 is the final day of National Police Week. While any day of the year is a great time to thank our LAPD heroes, National Police Week gives each and every one of us a special opportunity to express our gratitude. So if you don't happen to see Chief Beck himself (at right with the Councilmember), it's just as nice to visit your local station and say hi to the folks there, or even just wave hello to an officer on patrol.

... And Partnering with Them!

The Los Angeles Police Department is always eager to encourage and welcome community participation in the transcendent cause of public safety.That’s why the LAPD is about to hold a new Community Police Academy!

Starting on June 9, 2010, Operations-West Bureau will conduct an eleven-week course “Community Police Academy” to be held at Ahmanson Recruit Training Center (ARTC), located at 5651 West Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles. Enrolled students will be encouraged to build a lasting partnership with the Department, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

The class will meet each Wednesday evening between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.  The course will conclude with a graduation ceremony and certificates of completion.

Each participating community member must meet the following criteria:

•       Must be 18 years or older;
•       Live or work in Operations-West Bureau;
•       No prior felony convictions;
•       No outstanding warrants;
•       No pending criminal cases; and
•       Must be approved by an Area Commanding Officer.

If interested please contact Sergeant David Podesta at You will need to fill out an application and be approved by the Commanding Officer of West Los Angeles. For any additional information please contact the Operations-West Bureau, Community Police Coordinator, Officer Ray Arnold at (213) 473-0277. For full details, go to

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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005