March 16, 2011

In this issue:

Northern Japan earthquake and tsunami assistance, donation and news information

Reassurances regarding no threat of radiation from Japan here in the United States

Be prepared

LA Marathon traffic information


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


UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

The City of Los Angeles is required by the Regional Water Board to
adopt an ordinance to regulate septic systems by June 30, 2011. The Bureau of Sanitation invites you to attend one of their second set of outreach meetings listed below. Meetings will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm:

Thursday, March 17
Council District 11 Field Office Room 200; 1645 Corinth Ave., West Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 22
Tarzana Recreational Center; 5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana


The second round of community update meetings for the Westside Subway Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (Final EIS/EIR) will provide stakeholders with the feedback heard in January and at the first round of Station Area Advisory Group meetings, as well as updates on the Century City station and geotechnical investigations currently in progress. Whether or not you have followed the project so far, you are encouraged to provide input on Metro's progress with the Westside Subway Extension at any of these upcoming meetings!

Monday, March 21
LACMA West– Terrace Room, 5th Floor 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Validated vehicle parking is available in the Museum’s 6th Street underground garage. Enter from 6th and Ogden.
Spanish & Korean translation will be provided. Live web-cast of this meeting available at metro.net/westside

Wednesday, March 23
Westwood United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 3rd Floor
10497 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Free parking is available below Belmont Village, the building east of the Sanctuary. From Wilshire Blvd., use the Belmont Village driveway and proceed under the overhang to the underground parking lot. Park on levels P2, P3 or P4 and take the church elevator in the southwest corner of the parking lot. There will be signs to direct you to the meeting room. Spanish translation will be provided.


Tuesday, March 29
Roxbury Park - Auditorium
471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Metered lot and street parking is available. Spanish translation will be provided.

The Law & Business Council of the Century City Chamber of
Commerce will be hosting its eighth annual “How High is the Sky/ How Low Will it Go?” Westside commercial real estate leasing &
finance forum on Thursday, March 24. For more information, please click HERE.

The West Los Angeles Symphony will be offering a free, all-professional concert on Sunday, March 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall at 7pm. The concert will feature works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Kalinnikov. Please call (310) 873-7777 for more details.

The Century City Chamberce of Commerce along with the Emerging Professional & Entrepreneurs Council will be hosting an evening of networking, tasting wines from around the world and a silent auction on Wednesday, March 30 at the Beverly Hills Country Club. For more information, please click HERE.

On Wednesday, March 30, California State Board of Equalization Vice Chair Jerome E. Horton will be hosting the 2011 "Connecting Women to Power" business conference along with the National Association of Women Business Owners and California Educational Solutions. The event will take place all day at California State University Dominguez Hills . For more information, please click HERE.

The Government Affairs Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Power Breakfast with LA  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday, April 7. For more information, please click HERE.

On Thursday, April 14 the Century City Chamber of Commerce is offering an Emergency Preparedness Expo in Century Park. The event is FREE and open to the public. Please call 310-553-2222 for details.

The American Diabetes Association is holding its Tour de Cure Sunday, May 1 in Long Beach. To learn more about joining the ride from Long Beach to Los Angeles, please click HERE.

LADWP Trunk Line Construction Crew is preparing to install 60” and 36” water pipeline in Moorpark Avenue between Babcock Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue. The construction in this work zone is anticipated to be completed in May 2011. For details on the project and the most up to date information, please click HERE.

The annual Diabetes EXPO will also be held on Saturday, May 21 at the Los Angeles Comvention center from 10am to 4pm. The event is free and will include a variety of health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, diabetes products and services and much more. For more information, please click HERE.

The Westside Mobility Plan is evaluating parking deficiencies in the Westside and will recommend solutions such as additional parking, parking pricing and management strategies.  The goal of the parking analysis is to develop a series of recommendations to enhance the quality of the parking programs and resources in the Westside, with a focus hot spot areas and their surrounding neighborhoods.  Some of these areas include Westwood Village, Pico Boulevard area, West Los Angeles, Loyola Village and Westchester/Sepulveda areas. In each of these commercial activity areas, parking plays a key role in providing access and supporting the economic vitality of the area. To give your feedback on your experience parking in the Westside, please take part in the survey by clicking HERE.

Call 3-9-9 for Non-Emergency Roadside Assistance on the Highway...
If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9. You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road, (but wait until you have stopped driving to call!). Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location.  If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA. FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California. In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.

With the resumption of seasonal rain, the Los Angeles Fire Department is encouraging local residents to take the precautions necessary to protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage. When rainstorms impact the Los Angeles area, flood control channels, rivers, and arroyos can quickly fill with fast-moving water, creating a potentially life-threatening danger to anyone who gets caught or swept away. It is against the law to be inside a flood control channel in Los Angeles, regardless of the weather.
We urge you to visit the EDIS website
and listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for the latest weather or emergency information.

The Office of the Mayor is now recruiting Crisis Response Team (CRT) members. These are community volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, attend to survival and comfort needs, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a serious injury, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. For more information on how to volunteer, please call (213) 978-0697 or email LACRT@lacity.org.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.

For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.


iWATCH is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department. For more information, please click the logo above.
Send us your news and events!
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.

Dear Friends,

People throughout Los Angeles and around the world have been shocked and saddened by the tragic and heartbreaking events suffered in Japan. The scale of hurt and suffering is immense, indeed mind-boggling, and problems and costs will continue to mount, even while the frightening crises associated with their nuclear facilities stay as yet unresolved.

Our hearts go out to all those who were and are now in harm's way.  We salute those, including Los Angeles firefighters and rescue personnel traveling far, who so nobly step into harm's way to rescue others, help the otherwise helpless and serve the common good. I also want to express our gratitude to those who have made charitable contributions of one kind or another, or are thinking of doing so.

Looking at the overwhelming images from Japan can certainly cause one to wonder about the frailty and potential vulnerabilities of our homes and communities in the face of nature at its most ferocious. Incredible efforts have been made, here in Los Angeles and California, for the sake of improved safety from and during earthquakes, but of course earthquakes are a fact of life in this state, and we always must focus on what more we can do to ensure that people and communities escape harm.

Earthquake safety will always be a top priority for me -- and that includes all aspects, whether it's buildings designed to withstand tremors, roads that best allow emergency vehicular access, alerts about tsunamis or calling for sharpened scrutiny of nuclear facilities.

In the meantime, one thing we can all do is work at the neighborhood and community levels, and in our own public schools and personal households, to ensure that we are well-secured and well-practiced in case of an earthquake. Once again, I thank everyone who already participates in our CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) program -- your volunteer involvement, along with the expert actions of our public safety departments and personnel, is crucial to preventing harm and saving lives.

The first line of defense from harm is to do what it takes in your own home to promote safety. In this newsletter you will find great links about earthquake safety provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department and various other crucial agencies. Please take the time and make the effort to make your homes as safe as possible from earthquake-related hazards and all other threats. You are worth it!!!

Best Regards,

PAUL KORETZ


Northern Japan earthquake and tsunami assistance, donation and news information

The City of Los Angeles
Emergency Management Department has provided a very useful list of links for those who care to contribute, need help or want information regarding the crisis in Japan.
Reassurances regarding no threat of radiation from Japan here in the United States

Even while Californians feel great sympathy and concern for those in Japan who are in the immediate or general proximity of that nation's troubled nuclear facilities, there is also understandable alarm over whether any escaping radiation, windblown, could find its way to the West Coast of the United States.  The reassuring news is that many scientific and public health experts here in this country, including those with the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, are continually tracking Japan's nuclear crisis and are saying, virtually unanimously, that it poses no current or likely threat to people here in California or anywhere along this coast.

The California Department of Public Health has opened a hotline to answer questions for people who have concerns about
radiation. They can be reached at (916) 341-3947. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are in English and Spanish.
Be prepared

Here are some great links regarding earthquake preparedness and safety.

Individual and Family Preparedness (at home, at work, in your car)

ABC7 Earthquake Preparedness Guide

FEMA: Are you ready?

Be Red Cross Ready

LA Marathon traffic information

The 26th Annual Los Angeles Marathon is coming up on Sunday, March 20. It will once again follow a point-to-point route starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing at the beach in Santa Monica. The course travels through Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood Boulevard, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and finishes on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. 

There will be a rolling closure throughout the race, allowing streets to reopen after the runners have passed. The LA Marathon staff predicts that the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and La Brea Ave. will reopen around 12 noon, followed by the intersections of Sunset Blvd and Fairfax Ave. around 12:15pm, Santa Monica Blvd. and Robertson Blvd. around 1:00pm, Santa Monica Blvd. and Century Park West around 1:30pm and Santa Monica Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd. around 2:05pm. (Complete map of road closures can be found at lamarathon.com).

This year the Marathon happens to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Purim. The mitzvot of giving Mishloach Manot and Matanot L'evyonim are essential components to observing the days of Purim, and involves giving gifts and assistance to the poor and those in need. Because the simultaneous timing of the Marathon might cause some confusion and difficulty in getting around, please consider making any necessary arrangements to avoid or compensate for delays in travel.



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