CD5 Westside Leadership Summit
The assembled westside leadership listens as Street Services GM Bill Robertson gives his presentation.
On June 24, Councilmember Paul Koretz hosted the first CD5 Westside Leadership Summit. The many community leaders in attendance heard presentations by knowledgeable city officials, and had an extended opportunity to raise questions and propose ideas regarding city issues and services.
Guest speakers at the event, which was held at Fairfax High School, included Bill Robertson, the General Manager of the Bureau of Street Services; Bud Ovrom, General Manager, Department of Building & Safety; LAPD Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy, Commanding Officer, Operations, West Bureau; LAPD Deputy Chief Mario Rueda; Amir Sedadi, Assistant General Manager, Department of Transportation; and Ken Husting, Senior Transportation Engineer, Department of Transportation.
This was the second such leadership summit arranged and hosted by Councilmember Koretz and his office – the first was the CD5 Valley Leadership Summit, held at Van Nuys City Hall on May 6.
Councilmember Koretz opened the summit and introduced the panel.
Councilmember Koretz believes that it is invaluable for top departmental officials and staff to meet face to face with neighborhood activists and community leaders, and to explain how neighborhoods can achieve maximum service during a time of diminished city resources. He said that, “by coming together at these and other community meetings, we can help create solutions to local and citywide issues during these challenging times. I’m very grateful to all those who attended, including departmental heads who gave of their time, and community leaders who are always incredibly dedicated.I know that I get a lot of great ideas listening to the suggestions and concerns of the public, and I am certain that the same holds true for all the city officials who have joined us at these Leadership Summits.”
Councilmember Koretz was among the many who stayed after the
summit to continue the exchange of ideas.
A special thanks to Joyce Kleifield, pictured here with the Councilmember, and to David Siedelman. Mr. Siedelman is the Assistant Principal at Fairfax High School and Ms. Kleifeld is the school's Director of Development as well as being very involved with numerous community groups, and BOTH were very instrumental in helping to arrange this Westside Leadeship Summit.
Hey, that’s MY spot!
One of the new signs that allow for parking during daytime hours
through 11 p.m. can be seen next to the car.
Parks are great, but parking near some parks can be a severe hassle – for those who drive over, eager for recreation, but also for nearby residents who suffer when park visitors take up a neighborhood’s few available spaces.
That’s why June 18th, 2010 was a red letter day for people who visit or live near Poinsettia Recreation Center and its wonderful park grounds. At least ten spaces across the street from the park that had not been available at all for public use at any hour of the day are now open for public use from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
These spaces are on the east side of Poinsettia Place, between Willoughby Avenue and Romaine Street, next to the Department of Water and Power facility, where the DWP had many parking spaces across from the park reserved for its sole use.
When the Recreation Center’s facility director, Mario Ramirez, asked if it was possible to remove those restrictions on public parking usage, Councilmember Koretz’s office met with representatives from DWP and the Department of Transportation, and was able to secure parking for public use on most of the east side of Poinsettia Place.
The new, much relaxed restrictions will be the same as on the west side of Poinsettia Place, which is "No-Parking from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Nightly,” seven days a week. The restrictions reflect basic hours of Recreation Center usage, allowing more park patrons to park close to the park during the hours the Center is open (it closes at 10:30 p.m. on week nights, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday).
The DWP will retain a small section of the street for work they perform, so the section from the DWP driveway up to Romaine Street will remain a 24 hour no-public-parking zone. That will still leave a lot more parking available than before for public use during the very hours that people come to use the park facilities – DOT estimates there will be from 10-14 spaces freed up during those hours (depending on the size of the vehicles that park there). Of course, the City also encourages other solutions to the lack of parking, including increased bicycling, walking and use of public transportation for visitors to any of our parks and recreational facilities.
A winning space
Photo: © 2009 Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai for the Annenberg Foundation
Councilmember Koretz had the privilege of presenting one of the big honors at the annual Los Angeles Business Council’s 40th Annual Architectural Awards luncheon – and what was especially gratifying was that the award celebrated a major 5th Council district attraction: the Annenberg Space for Photography, located in Century City (at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10).
A winner in the Interiors Award category, the Annenberg Space for Photography is, “a happy space, a freeing place of participation and contemplation,” said Councilmember Koretz, adding that “in Century City, so much change is constantly evident on the exterior, so it is profoundly balancing and releasing for a space and its interior to express the details of the inward glance and inside story.”
The Councilmember said that, “everyone deserves massive credit, including the architect, AECOM; the contractor, Talimi Construction Company, Inc.; and the developer, the Annenberg Foundation.” The space is open to visitors on Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, visit the website or call 213-403-3000. Admission to the exhibitions at the Annenberg Space for Photography is free. (Some workshops, forums and other special events have registration fees.)
Councilmember Koretz speaking at the awards luncheon.
Party House Excess
Parties can be fun, but there’s no excuse for bothering neighbors and disrupting their lives constantly with out-of-control, horrifically noisy, habitual parties, including some that are held regularly for monetary gain.
A number of these beyond the pale, serial party houses have cropped up in the district and citywide. Councilmember Koretz has worked with concerned neighbors, the City Attorney, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department to forge a creative solution.
He has introduced a motion that will require owners and residents of habitual nuisance properties to pay for the costs of city services incurred when police and other entities are excessively called to address nuisance violations.This motion has been referred to the Public Safety and Planning and Land Use Management committees, and should be heard in weeks to come.
Nestled in a beautiful rustic canyon
Councilmember Koretz is joined in Council Chambers by some of the Beverly Glen community leaders responsible for the Glen Fair (l-r): Janine Gershon, Greg Heimer, Dobie Heimer, Evelyn Jerome Alexander, Tensie Palmer, Ramin Kolahi and Elke Heitmeyer.
Councilmember Koretz recently joined residents of Beverly Glen in celebrating their 50th Annual Glen Fair. This Golden Anniversary event, held as always on lovely grounds nestled in a beautiful rustic canyon, was a happy time full of fun festivities. Because such community-friendly events are well worth commemorating, the Councilmember brought many of the principle organizers (members of the community group, Residents of Beverly Glen) to City Hall two weeks later for a well deserved salute. The fair started back in 1960, when Chris Holabird and Sara Santschi had a vision of friends and strangers coming together to celebrate and enjoy life in Los Angeles. This year's fair opened as it has for 50 years, with Chris playing his bagpipes and leading a procession of residents, LAPD, LAFD and city officials. The festivities are loaded with enjoyment for all ages. The program included live music, food, wine, kid’s activities, raffles, exhibits, fire trucks, slides, a petting zoo and special guests, as well as the fine men and women of LAPD and LAFD. The Glen Fair is always a charming event and a great example of the playful, graceful pleasures to be found in Los Angeles communities.
The Fifth Council District greatly benefits from the activism of many community organizations and their leadership. Here, Councilmember Koretz greets the new Regional Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, Eric Greene. They look forward to working together on key environmental causes and other vital issues.
Sadly, approximately 4 million cats end up in shelters every year nationwide. Councilmember Paul Koretz heartily encourages the spaying, neutering and adoption of cats from our city shelters – his periodic “Feline Friday” presentations at City Hall have spread the word and led to many happy adoptions. Kittens Dewey and Winston (pictured above with Spencer and Caroline Bradkin and their grandmother, Matilde Szlavik) were the latest offerings.
Because of the pressing need to find homes for these wonderful companions, Found Animals, an animal adoption advocacy group, is partnering with Los Angeles Animal Services to present the Summer Buddies program. Now through September 30th, if you adopt one cat Found Animals will pay the adoption fees for a second cat. If you have always wanted a cat, the Summer Buddies program provides an excellent opportunity to get two for the price of one!
To adopt an animal from any one of our shelters, interested parties can start the process by calling 1-888-452-7381 to reach any one of our six animal care centers. In addition, photos of our available animals and information on all of our shelters can also be viewed on our website, www.laanimalservices.com. Once a member of the community is interested in a particular animal, they should plan on visiting the shelter to meet the animal and to speak to one of our qualified shelter representatives.