July 20, 2010

In this issue:

National Nights Out

Wilshire BRT

Permit Denied

Food Pantry

Surplus Food Donation

New Watering Schedule

CD5 Arts and Culture

Lupita Tovar Day

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 Bureau of Sanitation is conducting public outreach regarding a proposed ordinance to govern Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), commonly known as septic tanks. The Bureau will hold three "listening" sessions beginning Tuesday, August 3 at the Bureau’s Media Center offices, located at 2714 Media Center Drive. Click HERE to learn more.

On Wednesday, August 4 the Sheman Oaks Chamber of Commerce will host "Good Morning Sherman Oaks" networking breakfast at Maria's Italian Kitchen. Click HERE to learn more.

The Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset will hold its first ever SOS Dance Marathon on Saturday, August 7 at the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Sherman Oaks. Proceeds from the event will support the Rotary's polio eradication efforts. Click HERE to learn more.

On Thursday, August 12, the Century City Chamber of Commerce will hold a Speed Networking Breakfast at the Breadbar in Century City. Click HERE for details.

On Thursday, August 19 the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Luncheon at Café Bizou. 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, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Encino-Tarzana Branch 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356 (818) 343-1983

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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If you or your community group have any upcoming events that you would like to see featured in our next newsletter or on my website, please e-mail me at paul.koretz@lacity.org.

Please feel free to send this newsletter along to your friends and neighbors and tell them to visit the CD 5 website at http://cd5.lacity.org to sign up for this newsletter.

National Night Out - August 3, 2010

Councilmember Koretz at a 2009 National Night Out event.

National Night Out is a fantastic, annual celebration of public safety and community spirit. In many neighborhoods across Los Angeles and the United States, people gather to celebrate their right to enjoy where they live, confident they are safe from crime. Neighborhood Watches are often the centerpiece as people are invited to delight in the comforts and pleasures of a safe neighborhood, and to honor law enforcement and all public safety heroes.

Councilmember Koretz has long enjoyed visiting several National Night Out events each year, and he plans on doing the same this Tuesday, August 3rd. This is your chance, too, to meet old friends and make new ones, while having fun at what typically are block parties with fine food and music and with public safety officers welcomed. Here is a list of some of the National Night Out events in or near Council District 5:

West Los Angeles Area – Community Party at Stoner Park from 5-8 pm. Contact WLA Community Relations at 310-444-0732

Wilshire Area – Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch at Poinsettia Park from 5-8 pm. Contact Paul Lerner at 323-936-7969

Hollywood Area – Open House at the Hollywood Area Community Police Station from 5-8 pm. Contact Heather Beller at 213-485-4316

North Hollywood Area – Outreach Event at Valley Village Park at 7 pm. Contact NoHo Community Relations at 818-755-7679

West Valley Area – Block Party at Randal Simmons Park from 4-8 pm. Contact WV Community Relations at 818-374-7690

Koretz comments regarding Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project

July 26th was the deadline for public comments to be submitted regarding the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA).

Councilmember Koretz submitted his
comments, in which he pinpointed various issues. He expressed his concern about the impact to the Westwood Scenic Corridor, the likely consequences facing adjacent east-west streets such as Santa Monica Boulevard, and the fallout of cut-through traffic on such streets as Comstock Avenue.

While the project should improve traffic time for Metro buses along Wilshire, it is very unclear whether it will draw a substantially significant number of new riders to the line. The real fix, though not yet in place, is the Westside subway extension that Councilmember Koretz strongly supports.

Permit Denied

Councilmember Koretz testifying against Mermaids before the Police
Permit Review Panel.

The notorious place in Encino named Mermaids may be on its last legs – um, tail.

The Police Permit Review Panel held a July 21 hearing and made a final decision, ruling that Mermaids should not be issued a café entertainment permit.

This club has been operating with a temporary permit – and has grossly abused the privilege by being a neighborhood nuisance associated with after hours partying, after hours drinking, adult uses and public urination. The LAPD and City Council office have worked ceaselessly with the people of the community to try to put an end to this problem magnet and source. During the Police Permit Review hearing, neighborhood activists and Councilmember Koretz testified against the application, and of course they were very pleased that the permit was denied. This was the last procedural stage of the permit application process, though there is a 75 day window allowed for potential litigation.

Ending hunger in our midst

Donating canned food and other non-perishable items can be great
way to help support agencies that feed the hungry.

The Jewish Family Services/SOVA Community Food and Resource Program (
www.jfsla.org/sova) is dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in Los Angeles through food distribution and a wide range of supportive services. SOVA, a Hebrew word that means "eat and be satisfied," provides free groceries and supportive services to over 10,000 individuals of all ages, ethnicities and religions each month.

Last week, JFS/SOVA opened its doors to staff from various elected officials including Councilmember Koretz. The SOVA Pantry located on Beverly Blvd. and Curson in the fifth district is one of three locations serving the hungry citywide. CD 5 staff heard from incredible professional staff and dedicated volunteers, and saw hundreds of pounds of food get stocked, bagged, and ready for client distribution in less than one hour. It was all quite impressive.

SOVA is always looking for volunteers, and can also be supported through the Baskets of Hope program that provides custom decorated food basket centerpieces for special event décor. We think they will impress your guests with their style and uniqueness, and make a meaningful statement about your commitment to helping people living in poverty. For more information, please contact Maxine Meyer (818) 988-7682 ext.116 or email MMeyer@jfsla.org.

More Action on Hunger

Councilmember Koretz,joined Councilmember Jose Huizar
and many anti-hunger activists at the press conference to
announce the city's new steps to a comprehensive Surplus
Food Donation Policy.

In these tough economic times as many people across Los Angeles have lost their jobs or some part of their income, it is increasingly important that the city do its part to address hunger issues. That is why Councilmember Koretz has introduced anti-hunger initiatives and has partnered with other councilmembers to address this crucial issue. Last year, Councilmember Jose Huizar sponsored a motion, seconded by Councilmember Koretz, that called on city departments to develop new guidelines on how to donate the surplus food of city agencies and facilities. The motion's goal is to have the maximum amount of safe surplus food items donated to shelters and pantries. Last week the City Council agreed to the recommendations of the Chief Legislative Analyst to implement the motion. “Even in a City as great as Los Angeles, there are individuals and families who cannot make ends meet and do not get enough food to eat and suffer from malnutrition,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz. He continued, "Thanks to Councilmember Huizar for his leadership on this truly life or death issue." Councilmember Koretz is also working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on addressing food security in Los Angeles as part of its Fed Up With Hunger campaign.

Watering Schedule

The watering schedule was of great concern to a lot of CD 5 constituents. Council Member Koretz successfully sought an increase in watering days from 2 days to 3 (with less time for the watering session). By spreading the watering out, this change should reduce the pressure on pipes, hopefully helping to protect our infrastructure. Odd-numbered street addresses will be able to do their landscape irrigation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; even numbered street addresses will do it on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Originally even numbered street addresses were going to have Saturday as one of their days, but the Councilmember asked for this to be changed to Sunday in order to make it "Shabbat friendly," because otherwise, many observant Jews would not be able to water on one of the designated days.

 If you use non-conserving nozzles (spray head sprinklers and bubblers), you’ll be allowed no more than 8 minutes per watering day per station for a total of 24 minutes per week.  Those who use conserving nozzles (standard rotors and multi-stream rotary heads) will be allowed more time -- no more than 15 minutes per cycle and up to 2 cycles per watering day per station for a total of 90 minutes per week.

CD 5 arts and culture: The Silent Movie Theatre and The Cinefamily

Councilmember Koretz with filmmaker Allison Anders,
co-founder of the Don't Knock the Rock music documentary
festival shown at the Silent Movie Theatre.

One of the truly fun and places to go for entertainment and culture (high and low) in all of Los Angeles has been the Silent Movie Theatre. Located in the 5th District at 611 North Fairfax, it currently houses The Cinefamily(
info@cinefamily.org), an organization of movie lovers devoted to some of the most adventuresome and oft-times quirky scheduling of any endeavor committed to celebrating cinema in all its diversity.

Built back in 1942, the Silent Movie Theatre for a long time was the only fully functioning silent movie theatre in the U.S., and was beloved by cinephiles but also by anyone curious about what people used to flock to see, and by families eager for their kids to delight in the antics and dramatics of Chaplin, Keaton, the Gish sisters and all the stars of old.

The Silent Movie Theatre has been fully restored to its lovely vintage 1940s art deco look, though it also has a brand new screen and sound system. Wonderful silent films get shown here – but that’s not all. The splendidly eccentric and dazzlingly inventive programming by The Cinefamily comes up with features that might bring you rare music videos, animation from far away places, obscure horror flicks, experimental films or whatever it is that you might least expect to see, ever again, in the comforts of a movie theater.

Councilmember Koretz recently had a grand time taking part in Cinefamily festivities – specifically the “Don’t Knock the Rock” festival of music documentaries.He attended a showing of Do It Again, a film about one man trying to get the great rock band The Kinks back together again. On stage, Koretz spoke about The Kinks (his favorite band!).

On stage at The Silent Movie Theatre, Councilmember Koretz talks about The Kinks with Geoff Edgers. Do It Again is the new film about Edgers' quest to reunite The Kinks

Lupita Tovar Day

Councilmember Koretz presents a city resolution to Lupita as noted
Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas looks on.

The people and places of the 5th Council District have played a remarkable role in the history of cinema, and Councilmember Koretz is always proud to promote and celebrate our role in film history. That’s why he has been delighted to join in festivities wishing one of our living movie legends, Lupita Tovar, a happy 100th birthday (July 27).

Born in Mexico, Lupita appeared in silent films and starred in Mexico’s very first “talkie.” She made films in the Mexico (where she was known as “The Sweetheart of Mexico”), the U.S. and Europe, and was leading lady to such Hollywood greats as Buster Keaton and Buck Jones. She was also crucial to the success of the Spanish language version of the classic horror film Dracula – in those days, foreign language versions would be shot in Hollywood at night, using the same sets and following the same shooting schedule as the English language films shot during the day. Some critics and fans affirm that the Spanish language version of Dracula is the superior movie.

Lupita still resides in the Bel Air house she bought in 1936 with husband, Paul Kohner, to whom she was married for 56 years until his passing. He was a studio executive and later a well-known agent, who in 1938 founded and headed the European Film Fund, an important aid organization that provided crucial financial and moral help to countless refugees from Nazi Germany and German occupied territory.  Lupita and Paul had two children: daughter Susan Kohner, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and son Pancho, a producer who has helped to compile Lupita’s memoirs. Chris and Paul Weitz, two grandsons of Lupita and Paul, are notable directors/producers/writers responsible, individually or jointly, for such works as American Pie, About a Boy, New Moon, Twilight and The Golden Compass. It’s wonderful to have a film pioneer such as Lupita Tovar in our midst, and it’s even better that her family remains creatively vibrant in an industry that is central to the well-being of Los Angeles.

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