July 13, 2010

In this issue:

Valley COG Makes History

Respecting Religious Diversity

Reporting Graffiti

Achieving Sustainability

Fish Story

Justice Moreno

CD 5 Staff Visit

Contact Information

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 


The Emerging Professionals and Entrepreneurs Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 3rd Annual Summer in the City networking event on Wednesday, July 14. Click HERE to learn more.

Do you enjoy the freedom and convenience public transportation provides? The “Transit Flicks” video contest is your chance to show the world what you like best about riding buses and trains in Los Angeles. All you have to do is create a brief video  that explains how transit helps you and encourages others to try it. The entry deadline is Thursday, July 15. You could win a free pass for a year! For more information, go to Transit Flicks information on metro.net.

On Sunday, July 18, the Encino Chamber of Commerce will hold a Community Emergency Drill and Emergency Preparedness Symposium at the Encino Community Center. Click HERE to learn more.

The Encino-Tarzana Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is presenting a series of programs titled "Opera for Beginners." The next meeting is Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Encino-Tarzana Branch 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356 (818) 343-1983

On Monday, July 26, the City's Department on Disability and Los Angeles World Airports will hold a celebration for the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Click HERE to learn more or contact the Department on Disability at (213) 202-2764 Voice or (213) 202-2715 TTY.

Don't forget! 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!

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History is Made

Councilmember Koretz attends the first-ever meeting of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, chaired by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

On July 8, something special happened in Van Nuys City Hall:  the first meeting was held of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments.

Councilmember Koretz commented that “this is a very exciting, history-making moment.”

Among the initial actions taken was the election of a Chair for six months:  L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

In attendance were governmental representatives from the greater San Fernando Valley region, including County Supervisors Antonovich and Yaroslavsky and elected city officials from Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and the Valley portions of the City of Los Angeles.

Approved by the various governmental jurisdictions involved, the main purpose of this “Joint Powers Authority” is to develop and implement sub-regional policies and plans that are unique to the greater San Fernando Valley region, and to voluntarily and cooperatively resolve differences among themselves.

Respecting Los Angeles’ Religious Diversity

At City Hall, in support of the Koretz motion regarding the city watering schedule, were (on the left) Stanley Treitel, Executive Director of United Housing & Community Services, and (on the right) Rabbi Daniel Korobkin,
of Yavneh Hebrew Academy.

The City of Los Angeles has been revising its watering ordinance, but the proposed watering schedule given by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners did not take into account religious considerations, including observant Jews’ prohibition against watering on the Sabbath.

Councilmember Koretz stepped in to submit a motion that has now been unanimously approved by the City Council. The motion calls on the Board to revise the watering schedule to be amenable to those whose religious observances prohibit watering on the Sabbath, and to author a policy that is inclusive, user friendly for constituents and easily implemented by city staff.

Rabbi Daniel Korobkin of Yavneh Hebrew Academy said, “We’re very pleased and very grateful to Councilmember Koretz and his office and the other Councilmembers who seconded the motion, for recognizing the needs of the Sabbath observing community, and for allowing us not to have to compromise on our religious beliefs and observances. We appreciate their respect for Los Angeles’ religious diversity.”

The Board of Water and Power is expected to act on the Koretz motion on July 22.

Report Graffiti

There is often an increase in tagging when school is out for the summer, and none of us should take any graffiti lightly. Graffiti creates blight, degrades a neighborhood’s quality of life and can even signal possible gang presence.

That’s why it’s important that we react immediately to any graffiti, by calling 3-1-1 and reporting the location and nature of the graffiti. It should then be painted over or otherwise removed by city crews or those non-profits engaged by the city for such purposes. On the particular day shown in the above photo, CD 5 field deputies Joan Pelico and Jeff Ebenstein joined the crew of New Directions for Youth in painting over new graffiti, using paint that was mixed to match the color of the wall.

If the graffiti is on private property, permission of the owner is required before such action can be taken.

If you actually see someone in the act of tagging, call 9-1-1 because it’s a crime in progress and they are defacing property, but do not personally intervene, because doing so can put you at risk.

Achieving Sustainability

Councilmember Koretz speaking at the AIA's July meeting.

The American Institute of Architects holds monthly meetings where policymakers gather for discussion. This July, Councilmember Koretz was honored to be the guest speaker: the topic of his speech was “A Greener City Through Better Land-Use.”

During the past 100 years, some of the world's greatest architects have lived and worked in Los Angeles, but Councilmember Koretz is especially impressed by how our city's architects are increasingly involved in partnerships with neighborhoods, so that their projects can enhance the overall quality of life of the broader community. The best proposals don't just give details about a particular building, but showcase how that building may link up with where people live, work, shop and play.

In speaking to the AIA, Councilmember Koretz touted environmental efforts throughout the 5th District and offered Century City as a vivid example. In Century City, there are many wonderful new efforts being launched by the local transportation management organization, in conjunction with the chamber of commerce and the CD 5 council office. Environmental improvements range from small ideas, such as improving a cross walk, increasing ride sharing or supplying a place for people to store their bicycles during the day, to bigger ideas. Century City is home to perhaps the biggest privately owned solar power installations in the West, on the rooftop of the MGM Towers parking structure. Also, saved from proposed demolition, the historic Century Plaza Hotel and its pioneering architecture will be restored and made more energy efficient than ever. All in all, Century City serves as an example of how the new doesn’t have to threaten the old, and how change, including for the sake of a greener city, doesn’t have to come at the expense of aesthetics or commerce.

Fish Story

Councilmember Koretz, flanked by Elizabeth Kruger and Paramedic
Wilcox, presents a commendation to Fire Station 58.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is responsible for many rescues, but not every lifesaving deed involves towering infernos.

Sometimes, LAFD accomplishments totally escape public attention, even though someone's well-being may have been on the line.

That was the case when Elizabeth Kruger had a bad reaction after eating some fish and stopped breathing, and firefighters quickly came and administered the necessary treatment.

Afterwards, Ms. Kruger contacted Councilmember Koretz to express the gratitude she felt to the men and women of Fire Station 58. He arranged for her to visit Fire Station 58 where he joined her for a presentation thanking all those involved, with special appreciation being given to Paramedic Jennifer Wilcox for her key role in helping to save Ms. Kruger's life.

The Cause of Justice

Councilmember Koretz enjoyed this chat with Carlos R. Moreno, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Justice Moreno, who began his career as a deputy city attorney prosecuting cases with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, has played a vital role in helping the Court reach important decisions transcending partisan differences.

Former CD 5 Staff Stops by for a Visit

Through their efforts, many City Council staffers become a devoted part of the community they serve. That was certainly the case with CD 5's former Chief Planning Deputy, Lisa Trifiletti. In neighborhood after neighborhood, constituents got to know her well and truly appreciated her great dedication and intelligence. She left the CD 5 office to have her second child -- here she is with her young son, Matthew. Though she was visiting the CD 5 office on this day, she is now working for Los Angeles World Airports. Her CD 5 family wishes Lisa and her family the best.

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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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