Dear Friends:

As 2010 comes to an end, I want to wish you all the best for the New Year. 

It is always a great delight to serve our community and work hand-in-hand with you. Together, we are meeting the challenges of today while creating new and better opportunities for improving our local quality of life.

I can't thank you enough for the inspiration, leadership, friendship and determined efforts that you provide. Here's to a 2011 filled with blessings for each of you.

Happy New Year!

PAUL KORETZ

Recycling your Christmas tree
If you have a Christmas tree, it may now be time to bid it adieu, even if you loved it this holiday season while it was at your home or store. That’s why it’s important to know about the City’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program and what happens this upcoming Sunday only (January 2).

There are two ways to participate in the Christmas Tree Recycling Program. You can utilize the City of L.A.'s Curbside Collection for Christmas trees - OR, this Sunday only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can use the City’s drop-off program, by taking your tree to any of the designated locations. First, here’s some information about curbside collection. The City of LA Bureau of Sanitation has expanded CURBSIDE collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day. Visit the City website at www.lacity.org for collection day information.

If you are using your green bin to recycle a Christmas tree:

1. REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels, and stand from the tree

2. CUT tree in pieces to fit into the green bin, and

3. PLACE the tree pieces inside the green bin for regular pick-up on collection day. Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch.

Regarding curbside collection as part of Multi-Family Residential Recycling Program Participation (MFRRP):

Residents of multifamily buildings are requested to place their Christmas tree at the curbside on the day of collection by the Bureau of Sanitation. As mentioned before, please visit the City website at www.lacity.org for collection day information. IF you want to drop off your tree using City-designated sites, you can only do so this Sunday, January 2, 2011, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you do want to dispose of your tree in this manner, then you need to go to one of the designated drop-off locations. There are two located in our Fifth Council District:

Fire Station #71, at 107 S. Beverly Glen Bl., 90024-Los Angeles
(
310) 575-8571, and

Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, in Rancho Park, at
2551 Motor Avenue.

There are two others located quite close to CD 5 though not in our boundaries:

Fire Station #88, at 5101 N. Sepulveda Bl., 91403-Sherman Oaks
(818) 756-8688; and

Balboa Sports Center, in Encino
17015 Burbank Boulevard.

A complete list of all the designated drop-off sites can be found at http://www.lacitysan.org/tree-recycle.htm. Please note that some of the listed sites are marked ''closed'' - those are sites that were open last year but were not open this time around due to budget cuts. There will be NO giveaways and holiday wrapping and packaging material will NOT be accepted at these sites.

Safety First!
Please drive sober and with care, this New Year's Eve and all year round!

It's great to celebrate the New Year, but too often people end up intoxicated and behind the wheel, and that's dreadful, often resulting in tragic death, injury, property damage and lasting trauma for victims and their families and friends, as well as for those who are responsible for any accidents.

Los Angeles Police Department Officers arrested 10,551 intoxicated drivers in 2009. During this same period of time, 2,027 collisions involved impaired drivers in the City.

The LAPD wants everyone to celebrate this New Year's weekend responsibly, and so has been doing its utmost in advance of the holiday, educating and reminding motorists about the hazards of drinking and driving. When New Year's Eve arrives, the LAPD will be especially evident, removing intoxicated motorists from our streets.

Please, if you become intoxicated, on New Year's Eve or on any occasion, do not get behind the wheel of a car or motorcycle -- and make sure the same applies to anyone in your company. Use a designated driver, a taxicab or public transportation. Do not welcome the New Year in jail!

Free rides on all Metro bus and rail lines on New Year’s Eve!
To give New Year's Eve revelers a safe transit alternative on New Year's Eve, Metro is offering a free fare program between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and the earliest hours of the New Year. This is a great way for people to travel without worrying about the harm they or others might do while driving intoxicated. Enjoy the New Year safely. Happy New Year, and have a wonderful, happy and healthy 2011!


This message was sent to  by:

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