September 14, 2010

In this issue:

L.A. Police Historical Society


Supporting Local Businesses

Stand Up to Cancer

Little Ethiopia Festival

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


On Thursday, September 16, Los Angeles Animal Services will hold a Town Hall meeting about the proposal to increase the pet limit in the City. All are welcome and invited to express their opinion. Click HERE for details.

Metro will hold a series of public hearings on the Draft EIS/EIR for the Westside Subway Extension. The first hearing will take place Monday, September 20 at LACMA West. Click HERE for details.

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, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Encino-Tarzana Branch 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356 (818) 343-1983.

On Wednesday, September 22, the Arts & Cultural Affairs Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon event discussion on contemporary art: What "Good" is Art? What is "Good" Art? Click HERE for details.

On Tuesday, September 28, the Century City Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Breakfast with First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner. Click HERE for more information.

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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"To Protect and to Serve"

The Los Angeles Police Historical Society plays a crucial role in maintaining and honoring the legacy of our Los Angeles Police Department.

The historical materials and information collected and shared by the Society are of utmost significance to anyone eager to understand Los Angeles history, and provide great interest and inspiration to members of the public at large who cherish the heroism and efforts of our LAPD.

Each year, the Society holds its Jack Webb Awards Annual Gala Dinner, named after the producer and star of the landmark radio and television program Dragnet and honoring champions of public safety. This year's awardees were Jackie (Mrs. Gene) Autry, Dr. Darlene Kuba-Fujioka, and Dr. Paul and Beverly Toffel. Congratulations to them all, and our thanks also go to the LAPD, Chief Charlie Beck (pictured above with Councilmember Koretz) and the Los Angeles Police Historical Society for their splendid accomplishments.


There are countless wonderful shopping destinations in our City but with such a rich and diverse collection of stores and other businesses in Southern California, it’s sometimes temptingly easy to make purchases outside of Los Angeles. Nearly everyone has spent money – filling a gas tank, having lunch or getting a haircut – in places such as Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale or Culver City.

ShopLA, launched on September 1st, is the newest City initiative to help remind Angelenos to shop and dine in Los Angeles. The City’s general fund benefits from the resulting tax revenues, helping to pay for Fire, Parks, Street Services and a whole variety of City services. Sales tax revenue is projected to reach $292 million for FY 2010-2011 – if we work together and buy in Los Angeles, we will not only be supporting our local merchants and encouraging job growth and retention, but we'll also be helping to improve City services!

The next time you are out the door to make a purchase, please consider heading to Ventura Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, Westwood Village, 3rd Street, or any of the countless other great places to shop in the City of Los Angeles – especially in our 5th District – instead of Beverly Hills or Santa Monica: you will be helping the City and yourself!

More About Supporting L.A. Businesses

The Beverly Center hosted models, designers and fashionistas on
Fashion's Night Out.

ShopLA is an important effort aimed at getting all of us to make our purchases with our City in mind – but it's not the only such effort.

Whenever any of us dine out, choosing to eat at restaurants located within our City's boundaries supports our City and those who do business and have jobs here – plus, we have more than our fair share of incredibly diverse and tasty eateries to enjoy.

has a special "Restaurant Week" coming up – actually, two of them: October 3-8 and October 10-15. If you're a "foodie," or just want to have a fun night out, this is a tremendous opportunity to explore, sample and support our local restaurants.

 also happens in October, with Los Angeles Fashion Week occurring from October 13-20 – but the festivities have already begun with a sensational splash, as 20,000 people gathered at the Beverly Center on September 10th for Fashion's Night Out. Fashion is essential to Los Angeles, just as Los Angeles is essential to the world of fashion!

Stand Up To Cancer

Probably all of us, in all walks of life throughout this City and world, have suffered some pain, some loss, or some threat to ourselves or our families and loved ones, due to cancer.

The great news is that there is a lot of important progress on many fronts, in the fight against cancer.

A huge source of leadership, activism and resources in that fight is Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) – a grassroots movement that is boosted by a huge commitment of volunteer effort and donations generated by our media and entertainment industries.

SU2C devotes the funds that it raises to the accelerating of cancer research, and brings teams of scientists together cooperatively and not competitively, in order to promote innovative science while getting treatments to patients faster.

You may have watched SU2C's one hour special fundraising telecast on Friday, September 10th – it was hard to miss! It was shown, commercial free, on most or all major television networks and cable outlets while airing in 195 nations, and featured many stars of movies, television and music, plus medical experts and cancer survivors. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to cancer research – as was the case with the first such SU2C telecast, in 2008, which raised $100 million.

Two days prior to this year’s telecast, Councilmember Koretz held an event at City Hall to raise public awareness about the show, and to thank and salute SU2C's volunteer leadership, entertainment industry support, medical researchers and all the volunteers involved. Accepting a City of L.A. proclamation on behalf of SU2C was Laura Ziskin, one of the group's founding members, executive producer of the telecast both in 2008 and this year, and herself a cancer survivor. In years to come, many of us will find ourselves blessed by the medical breakthroughs they help achieve – our City of Los Angeles is already better for their tremendous dedication and spirit of generosity.

Celebrating Little Ethiopia

Councilmember Koretz with Nikki Legesse, president of the Ethiopian-American Chamber of Commerce.

This past weekend, people from across the City gathered to enjoy the 9th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Festival.  Every year, hundreds of residents, business owners, and many others attend this wonderful event in the heart of Little Ethiopia, which is located on the stretch of Fairfax between Olympic and Pico (part of Little Ethiopia is in the 5th Council District and the rest is in the 10th Council District).

Last weekend's Festival was also a New Year's celebration:  New Year’s Day on the Ethiopian calendar was September 11, 2010.

Councilmember Koretz thanks the Little Ethiopia Business Association, the Ethiopian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Ethiopian American Youth Development, for making this fine event possible.

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