July 14, 2011

In this issue:

Letter from Councilmember Koretz

I-405 closure general information

Shop locally

The LAFD gears up for the I-405 closure

Emergency contact information

Business tips

How will the bridge be demolished?

Going to LAX?

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 Mulholland Drive Bridge will be demolished and reconstructed to accommodate the widening of the I-405 freeway and to add a northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane through the Sepulveda Pass. Demolition activities will take place over the July 16-17 weekend for 53 consecutive hours, resulting in the full closure of the I-405 freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. The Mulholland Drive Bridge will also be closed that weekend.

In conjunction with state and local agencies involved with the Mulholland Drive Bridge project, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation has finalized temporary restricted parking on City streets for Saturday, July 16 thru Monday, July 18. Parking lanes on the surface streets specified below will be used for through traffic only and therefore designated as “Tow Away, No Stopping Anytime” during the upcoming weekend.

• Ventura Boulevard between Balboa Blvd. and Sherman Oaks Avenue - South Side

• Ventura Boulevard between Noble Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard – North Side

• Sepulveda Boulevard between Greenleaf Street and Valley Vista Boulevard – Both Sides

• Sepulveda Boulevard between Valley Vista Boulevard and the 405 Freeway – West Side

• Sepulveda Boulevard between Moraga Drive and Ovada Place – East Side

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will begin to strictly enforce a restricted, no-stopping policy for the streets listed above beginning at 12:01 AM on July 16, 2011. This will include the citing and impounding of vehicles parked on these streets. Vehicles stopped or parked on the streets noted above will be towed to the Official Police Garage (OPG) servicing those respective areas, at the request of the Department of Transportation or the Los Angeles Police Department. Motorists are advised to call 1-818 752-5100 or check the OPG website at www.opglaviic.com to locate and redeem vehicles.


Westwood Recreation Center will be hosting programs throughout the summer!

Adult basketball for ages 18+, registration is in progress and the league begins Monday, July 25

For more information, please email westwood.recreationcenter@lacity.org


On Thursday, July 14 at 7pm, LAPD Wilshire Division will be hosting a Senior Lead Officer Summit at John Burroughs Middle School (600 South McCadden).


On Wednesday, July 20 at 12:00 pm the Centruy City Chamber of Commerce's Arts & Cultural Affairs Council will host its Lunchtime Live Theatre event as you enjoy lunch over a short play. For more information, click HERE.


LADWP Launches Public Dialogue to Receive Input on 2011 Water and Power Rates Process

Facing an unprecedented transformation in the water and power industry, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold a series of community meetings throughout the city to gather public input on future water and electricity rates, revenue needs, spending priorities and strategic investments. to RSVP, please click HERE.

Following are the dates and locations of the Community Collaboration sessions:

Summary Session- Downtown Los Angeles:
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
LADWP Headquarters, A-Level
111 N. Hope Street
Los Angeles 90012


Join Councilmember Paul Koretz, LAPD and other special guests at National Night Out 2011 at Poinsettia Park. It  will be on Tuesday, August 2 from 6-8pm.


The Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Branch Library will be holding a used book sale on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 from 10am to 5pm. For details, please click HERE.


The Westwood Village Farmers' Market

When: Every Wednesday from 2-7pm.

Free Parking at the Broxton Avenue Structure.

Sherman Oaks Community Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm "Rain or Shine"

Where: Sepulveda Blvd. & Camarillo St. (North of the Sherman Oaks Galleria)

Electronic Waste Recycling Drop Off

When: Every last Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm

Where: IMAN Center Parking Lot at 3376 Motor Ave, LA 90034


Jewish Family Services is offering an educational workshop / support group for family members impacted by domestic violence. For more information, please call Vivian Engle, M.A. at 818-789-1293 x1215.


Moving forward to connect the Westside to the county’s existing rail network, the Expo Construction Authority Board of Directors approved two major milestones today (March 18). The Funding Agreement and Design-Build contract approved by the Board clear the way for design and construction to begin on Phase 2 of the project, which extends the nearly complete light-rail line between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City to its terminus in Santa Monica.
To continue reading please click HERE.

For the first time in California history state-level legislative district lines will be redrawn by an independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
The Commission has begun their work and this is your opportunity to get involved.
The University of California, Berkeley, is opening regional redistricting technical assistance centers across the State.
The purpose of these centers is to provide Californians access to data, software, and expertise so that they can effectively communicate valuable information about their communities to the Commission.
For more information, please click 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.


LA Stormwater,
the new e-newsletter of the City of Los Angeles' Stormwater Program, is now available online or as a pdf download. To read further and to sign up, please click HERE.


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 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.


For more information on the Asian citrus psyllid and how it can affect California citrus, please click 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.

Special Edition - 'Carmageddon'

Dear friends and neighbors,

It's finally come -- the weekend that's become known as Carmageddon. For the first time in half a century, the 405 Freeway, our city’s most heavily traveled transportation corridor, will be getting some significant revamping, and so we now face some major uncertainty as to what this will do to our weekend ahead. Will there be horrible gridlock, frustration and confusion, with negative impacts on adjacent neighborhoods and arteries, or will we end up saying, as we did after the 1984 Olympics, wow, that was not so bad after all?

The good news is that a massive public outreach campaign has raised awareness, allowing people to plan ahead in order to avoid driving anywhere near the 405. Much attention has also been given to making certain that public safety is not jeopardized and that emergency and health services have full access to get to wherever they’re needed, without delay.

Hopefully, government has done all the right things and done them well, but all of us, the public included, can do our part by staying away from the 405 as much as possible and by walking, riding bicycles or taking public transportation.

We can also shop locally, thereby avoiding a lot of this weekend’s headaches and hassles associated with traveling by car. Shopping locally is always a good thing, bringing jobs and revenues to Los Angeles, but it is also often tremendous fun, since we each live in vibrant communities full of diverse attractions. So this weekend, especially, please enjoy the delights to be found in your own backyard. Our slogan is, “Stay away from the 405 – Shop in CD 5.” Do that, and have a calm, safe and happy weekend!


Paul Koretz

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Closure - General Information (Source: Metro)

WHATA planned 10-mile, 53-hour closure of the I-405 freeway between the U.S. 101 and I-10 on the weekend of July 16-17 for demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge, part of a major I-405 improvement project.

WHEN – On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10 mile closure will begin to be shut down as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday, July 18. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m.

WHERE – The specific freeway closure boundaries are as follows:

• Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101

• Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramps

WHO – The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro and Caltrans are all involved in a coordinated effort to inform the public and keep everyone safe.

WHY – This weekend will begin the process of replacement of the Mulholland bridge, the third of three bridges spanning the 405 to be replaced as part of this project. The Mulholland bridge needs to be demolished and reconstructed one side at a time to allow for an additional northbound lane to be constructed under it.  Once the first half is demolished and the abutments are removed the reconstruction process will begin.  This will take approximately one year at which time the traffic flow will be relocated to the new half of the bridge and the remaining half will be demolished and reconstructed.  During this process traffic flow on the bridge will be constricted due to a reduction of carrying capacity on the east end of the bridge.

PUBLIC TRANSIT – Special Carmageddon Weekend Services:

  • Extra buses on major Westside & Valley streets
  • Free Fare on Red, Purple, Orange and selected bus lines
  • Added Metrolink trains
  • $3 one way fares from Amtrak: Downtown LA to Burbank Airport

KEY PHONE NUMBERS - Whom to call:

405 Project Hotline - (213) 922-3665 for non-emergency concerns
911 - For emergencies only
511 - For real time traffic conditions
311 - For City related issues

For more information on detour maps, closure boundaries, tweets, and after midnight, time lapse photography of the actual demolition, please click HERE.

For the Daily News article on Carmageddon by the numbers, please click HERE.

Don’t let Carmageddon ruin your weekend

Here Councilmember Paul Koretz and four CD5 staffers celebrate Carmageddon deals offered at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

This weekend is a great excuse to enjoy, explore and experience what your neighborhood has to offer. Staying local is a win-win this weekend and you should definitely take advantage of the enticing deals, delicious restaurants and countless shops that surround you.

Council District 5 has some of the best, most interesting and unique options for anyone's personal shopping enjoyment. In addition to The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber and VICA’s list of local deals (found HERE), please find below a list that is by no means exhaustive, but gives you a sense of the local options, including some of your CD 5 staff’s favorite spots. This list is updated and expanded periodically; please feel free to send in your suggestions to paul.koretz@lacity.org. By supporting any local store, you are not only bolstering our business districts and keeping them vital, but you are supporting essential city services that benefit you, your family, and our neighborhoods.

West 3rd Street– Beyond Cool

It is time for you to discover the great year-round shopping that can be found on West 3rd Street (between La Cienega and Fairfax) where the shopping and dining experience is unlike any in Los Angeles. The friendly owners of the specialty stores on West 3rd will help you find the perfect gifts for that special occasion.

Sandwiched between the Beverly Center and The Grove, each store and restaurant offers an exciting and unique vision. Some of LA’s best gift stores can be found on West 3rd including OK (8303 W. 3rd St), New Stone Age (8407 W. 3rd St), Plastica (8405 W. 3rd St), and BedHead Pajamas (8336 W. 3rd St). For stylish women’s clothing and accessories there are over 20 fashion boutiques including Polkadots and Moonbeams (8381 W. 3rd St), Hillary Rush (8222 W. 3rd St), Milk (8209 W. 3rd St), Noodle Stories (8317 W. 3rd St) and Lotta Stensson (8372 W. 3rd St). High quality and stylish men’s clothing can be found at Douglas Fir (8311 W. 3rd St) and Duncan Quinn (8234 W. 3rd St), and Traveler’s Bookcase (8375 W. 3rd St) has literature for globetrotters and homebodies alike. Don’t forget to check out the Michael Hittleman Gallery (8403 W. 3rd St) with its gorgeous paintings, prints and sculptures and Flight 001 (8321 W. 3rd St), the store for all of your travel needs.  Also, be sure to check out Le Labo (8385 W. 3rd St) and Milena’s (8302 W. 3rd St), which both sell incredible luxury soaps and candles.

For a snack, have the famous banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery (8389 W. 3rd St) or mud pie at Simplethings (8310 W. 3rd St), stay for lunch and try the food lauded citywide at Joan’s on Third (8350 W. 3rd St), Quality Food & Beverage (8030 W. 3rd St), and Little Next Door (8164 W. 3rd St).

For more information and a complete list of stores and eateries, go to www.westthirdstreet.com.

For updates on sales and special events, visit their blog at: http://westthirdstreetblog.com/

Encino Commons - The Valley's Miracle Mile!

With over 300 businesses to visit between White Oak and Balboa Boulevards, Encino Commons has shopping options for everyone. Beginning at the 17200 block of Ventura Blvd. within the heart of Encino, Encino Commons is a unique collection of eateries, shops, and theaters.

This is a unique part of the Valley with a lot of fun places to check out, with a diverse mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options! If you are looking to dress your little one up, or give the gift of fashion to the kids in your life, you have to stop by Encino Kid's Boutique (17157 Ventura Blvd). For the person who seems to have everything, why not think about a gift certificate to the Healing Oasis Spa (17200 Ventura Blvd., #205) or Knuckles Personal Training (17200 Ventura Blvd., #101); the benefit will last long after your visit is complete. And when you want to burn off those calories, consider something for yourself or others from Big 5 Sporting Goods (17019 Ventura Blvd).

Walking and shopping can get an Angeleno hungry, but not to worry – Encino Commons has a number of delicious options. The homegrown LA Chain, Menchies Frozen Yogurt (17245 Ventura Blvd), offers delicious treats. If you need more than a snack, check out the newly opened Nagila Pizza (Kosher) (17644 Ventura Blvd) or drop in for some tantalizing Cuban food at Versailles (17410 Ventura Blvd.). When you’ve finished up your shopping adventure, catch out a movie at the Laemmle's TownCenter 5 (17200 Ventura Blvd).

The local property owners have chosen to express their pride in the area by creating a fresh new atmosphere to establish Encino Commons as a premier retail and entertainment destination, and they have succeeded. The list of great stores is long, so start planning your visit now! For a complete list of stores and restaurants, check out http://www.encinocommons.com/ 

Fairfax Village: Historical and Contemporary on the same block

Old meets new in this exciting ecosystem of diversity. The Fairfax Village shopping district is sure to excite your imagination by offering a little something for everyone.

While parts of the neighborhood, like our favorite Newsstand on Fairfax and Oakwood, have been on this street forever, you’ll also find an exciting variety of trendy new shops. For anyone who is into skateboarding, gifts abound at shops like The Hundreds (7909 Rosewood Ave), RVCA (501 N. Fairfax Ave) and Supreme (439 N. Fairfax Ave). More great gifts can be found at the vintage clothing boutique Catwalk (459 N. Fairfax Ave), The Melrose Trading Post, an antiques and collectibles flea market held every Sunday in the parking lot of Fairfax High School (7850 Melrose Ave), the National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop (455 N. Fairfax Ave) where treasures abound and all of the proceeds go to good causes, and Solomon’s (447 N. Fairfax Ave), the one-stop shop for all your Jewish “chachkes,” including Kosherland board games!

After shopping, stay for a bite! Restaurants like The Golden State (426 N. Fairfax Ave) and Animal (435 N. Fairfax Ave), owned by television’s “The Food Dudes,” provide incredibly creative pleasures for the palate. For classic chops and more in a playful atmosphere try Rosewood Tavern (448 N. Fairfax Ave), or why not combine a night of dinner with board games and entertainment at Vodville (351 N. Fairfax Ave). If you’d rather hit up the tried and true, stop by Canter’s Restaurant (419 N. Fairfax Ave), which has been dishing up corned beef on rye for 80 years! The glatt kosher Schwartz Bakery (433 N. Fairfax Ave) is also a herald to Fairfax’s Jewish roots, as is Shula & Ester’s (519 N. Fairfax Ave) restaurant with its traditional Israeli fare.

Melrose Avenue – The Original Alternative

Melrose Avenue is an internationally renowned shopping, dining and entertainment destination, located just a heartbeat away from the core of Hollywood. Pioneered as a cutting edge business district in the early 1980s by adventurous, independent retailers and restaurateurs, Melrose Avenue captured the global imagination as the birthplace of Southern California’s New Wave and Punk cultures. As one of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, the stretch between Fairfax and La Brea is a must-see destination, still acting as an incubator for Southern California’s alternative culture.

The Melrose Avenue of this generation is made up of vintage clothing stores, local and international designers, accessory makers, collectible shops, hair salons, tattoo studios, a custom motorcycle builder, and great local restaurants and cafes. 

For the ultimate Melrose makeover, let the staff at trendy boutiques design an entire new wardrobe for you at Vogue or Flasher (7611 and 7609 Melrose Ave), pick up a pair of kicks (aka: shoes) from Sportie LA (7753 Melrose Ave/7454 Melrose Ave), or some shades (aka: sunglasses) from L.A. Eyeworks (7407 Melrose Ave). While you are there, treat yourself to any number of delicious options: either a frozen yogurt from Booya’s (7474 Melrose Ave), a famed breakfast from Czech Bistro, Blu Jam Café (7371 Melrose Ave), a burger from 8 oz. Burger Bar (7661 Melrose Ave, closed for renovation) or an Argentinian feast at Carlitos Gardel (7963 Melrose Ave) could totally hit the spot.

For all your year-round shopping needs, you can map out your game plan by visiting www.melroseave.info or throw caution to the wind and show up on any given day and tour the boulevard.

The Village at Sherman Oaks – Too pretty not to stop by

Along Ventura Blvd. there is something for everyone, even the hardest to buy for. It ranks as one of the Valley’s most recognized destinations for shopping, offering numerous small boutiques and plazas. It‘s the perfect place to meet your shopping needs.

The Shops at Woodman and Ventura (which includes Roni B. Boutique, Belle Gray, and Inventori among others) are offering a Carmageddon weekend deal if you shop at one store you get 10% off at participating stores. The Village, located at the 14500 block of Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, also has various outdoor shopping centers, and specialty shops and service providers. Body Language Sportswear (14700 Ventura Blvd) offers workout gear (and exercise classes!) for the ladies on your list who want to get in shape and look good doing it. If you feel like ditching your car this weekend, head over to The Bike Connection (13711 Ventura Boulevard) for special deals on Bicycles and gear. For unique gifts, check out Handmade (14547 Ventura Blvd) which has a large variety of unique arts, crafts and collectibles. While you’re on that block, don’t forget the pooch in your life by grabbing a few items from Three Dog Bakery (14545 Ventura Blvd).

If you start suffering shopping fatigue from all of the great options, grab a quick treat and a caffeine boost from a number of great options like Crave Café (14504 Ventura Blvd), or sample the savory fare at Clay Oven Indian Restaurant (14611 1/2 Ventura Blvd). For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Nothing Bundt Cakes (14622 Ventura Blvd.) to try some imaginative desserts made from the purest ingredients. The eclectic collection of trendy shops in The Village offers a main street shopping experience with a relaxed setting, fun atmosphere, helpful service and an unsurpassed variety of merchandise

For more information, and to check out all of the stores at the Village, go to http://www. villageatshermanoaks.com.

Pico-Robertson/South Robertson (SoRo): Great finds await!

Shop SoRo!  Thousands of Angelenos call this pocket of town their favorite place to shop and eat – have you discovered it yet? From the diverse Judaica shops along Pico, to the small business district on Robertson, South Robertson is one of THE places to shop in LA! 

One of the great hotspots for kosher dining, the Pico corridor also has great gift options at great prices! Why not enjoy your weekend with a bottle of kosher wine from The Cask (8616 W. Pico Blvd). Stop by The Mitzvah Store (9400 W. Pico Blvd) to update your Menorah collection, get the most beautiful Chanukah candles, or choose from a wide array of books, toys, and games for all of the special people in your life. For the music lover in your life, check out the selection at Midnight Records (2867 S. Robertson Blvd), and give the gift that was given before the MP3 craze. Need to buy something for a  sports fanatic? Go to All Star Cards (912 S. Robertson Blvd) where they specialize in autographed sports memorabilia and baseball cards.

If a morning of shopping leaves you hungry, stay for lunch! You’d be remiss to not try a house made sausage or wrap from Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory (8930 W. Pico Blvd), a bowl of matzah ball soup from Pico Kosher Deli (8826 W. Pico Blvd), the yummy fare at Tuk Tuk Thai (8875 W. Pico Blvd), or delectable Pesian cuisine at Kolah Farangi (9180 W. Pico Blvd). Don’t forget to grab a pretzel challah for the road from Got Kosher? Provisions (8914 W. Pico Blvd).

Westwood Village: Why should UCLA students have all the fun?

Take some time to walk around Westwood Village if your are looking to visit one of the city's premier shopping districts or just a fun place to enjoy a night on the town!

Everyone needs clothes, so why not buy in Westwood. You’ll find contemporary ladies’ fashion at Katwalk (1073 Broxton Ave), footware and other fashions at Crisalide (919 Westwood Blvd) and Monica’s Boutique (1009 Broxton Ave). It is hard to go wrong with the gift of jewelry, and Sarah Leonard (1055 Westwood Blvd) has you covered, as does Shane’s Jewelry (1008 Broxton Ave), Muriel Chastanet Fine J ewelry (1111 Glendon Ave) and Morgan and Co. Jewelers (1131 Glendon Ave) – anything from these fine stores would a great and unexpected treat as a gift.

While in Westwood Village, grab a friend and stay for the evening. Westwood has a mind-boggling variety of restaurants for every taste and budget. From Tommy Taco (970 Gayley Ave) to Mio Babbo’s Ristorante (1076 Gayley Ave), to Yamato (1099 Westwood Blvd), the choices are seemingly endless. Whichever you try, don’t forget to save room for dessert, Diddy Reise (926 Broxton Ave), Haagen-Daz (10878 Kinross Ave), and Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop (10948 Weyburn Ave) are ready to indulge your sweet tooth.

For even more information on all of Westwood Village’s businesses, please visit www.westwoodvillageonline.com

South of Westwood - The treasured jewel

We wouldn't want residents in our district to forget the wonderful shopping and dinning opportunities among some of our major commercial corridors on the Westside south of Westwood. Of course we have many excellent options along Pico Blvd. starting with John O'Groat's (10516 West Pico Blvd) restaurant just down the block from the Rancho Park Golf Course with many other small shops and restaurants fronting the street all the way to Sepulveda Blvd. on the west. The Westside Pavilion (10800 West Pico Blvd) anchors the Pico shopping district with many of its' own shopping and formal and informal dinning opportunities. You can also catch a movie at the recently remodeled western portion of the Pavilion at the Landmark Theatres located there. If you proceed north from the Pavilion along Westwood Blvd. you will find the beloved family favorite Junior's Deli (2379 Westwood Blvd) and the famous Matteo’s Italian Restaurant (2321 Westwood Blvd) where Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack used to hang out, as well as the newer Flame Persian Cuisine (1442 Westwood Blvd) as you go farther north toward Santa Monica Blvd. There are many small stores with other shopping options including Wally's famous wine house (2107 Westwood Blvd) just north of Olympic Blvd.

Century City: More than Studios and Offices

Right in the heart of Century City you will find the Annenberg Space for Photography (2000 Avenue of the Stars), currently exhibiting BEAUTY CULTURE, a thought-provoking look at the evolution of beauty and fashion photography. Just outside the exhibit space is one of the finest urban open spaces in Los Angeles, a large grassy park nestled between the 2000 Avenue of the Stars Office Building and the Century City Towers: take a moment to notice how the architecture is all tied together with a view shed preserved between the two towers, through a hole in the 2000 building and revealing the iconic Century Plaza Hotel across the street. After enjoying the park why not try Tom Colicchio’s famous dinner offerings at Craft (10100 Constellation Blvd)?

Century City is also a paradise for shopping and entertainment. Why not play some free Xbox and check out the newest tech offerings at the recently opened Microsoft Store (the very first in the City of LA!), find the perfect handbag at Bloomingdales, summer outfit at Michael Kors, or even take the weekend to organize your life with tools from the Container Store? All these offerings plus movies, dining and more are to be found at Westfield Century City (10250 Santa Monica Boulevard).

And for those of you who just like the Southern California ultimate shopping experience, maybe you can even do some shopping at one of the area's many...


While the goal of this page is to highlight some of the fun and unique shopping experiences CD 5 neighborhoods have to offer, we cannot forget the place where you can roll your sleeves up and get all of your shopping needs done in one fell swoop – the mall. For the purposes of flexing your shopping dollars to support much needed city services, money spent at malls will do just fine. While Minneapolis may lay claim to “the Mall of America,” Council District Five has the “Malls of LA.” Ubiquitous with LA’s fashion-forward attitude, these malls are where it all began, and we will let them speak for themselves.

Beverly Center


Beverly Connection

http://www. thebeverlyconnection.com/

Westfield Century City Mall

http://westfield.com/ centurycity/

Sherman Oaks Galleria

http://www. shermanoaksgalleria.com/

Westside Pavilion

http://www.westsidepavilion. com/

The Los Angeles Fire Department gears up for the I-405 closure

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has been working diligently in conjunction with the LAPD, CHP, DOT and METRO, as well as other City agencies in preparation for the July 16 through July 17 weekend I-405 closure. Because the I-405 freeway is one of the busiest in the Nation, with more than 500,000 cars travelling through the Sepulveda Pass on a daily basis, the LAFD is asking everyone who does not need to be in the local area of the closure of the I-405 between the U.S. 101 and the I-10 to please stay away from the area, plan ahead, or just stay home and enjoy their own local community.

In order to continue to provide a high level of service efficiently and effectively, the LAFD will be augmenting its normal daily staffing levels of firefighters and paramedics by an additional 200 members. This will enable the LAFD to continue to respond in a timely manner to all 911 calls within and around the affected area during the I-405 closure. Also, there will be an additional 15 fire engines and 6 ambulances that will be staged at Fire Stations 109, 99 and 59. Throughout the affected weekend, there will also be brush patrol units continuously patrolling the hillside areas within the vicinity of the closure.

Neighborhood support has also been offered by the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center, which have made both sites available for staging and operational areas as needed by the LAFD.

In addition, evacuation routes have been identified around the affected area in the event of a major emergency.

Once again, the LAFD would like to remind everyone to please evaluate your necessary travel needs over this weekend and please stay out of the affected area if at all possible.

Emergency contact information

In case of emergency, contact 911. 911 automatically records and monitors every call. 911 dispatchers are trained to provide critical pre-arrival instructions, such as CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver. 911  is set up to directly communicate with the Unified Command to alert them to police, medical, fire or traffic related emergencies allowing each agency to respond as necessary. There will be additional resources staffing 911 over the  405 closure weekend.   (DO NOT CALL 911 for traffic updates or other non-emergency needs.) 

The Unified Command will have set up 13 satellite divisions throughout the area for the weekend. These will be fixed posts and will have personnel from police, fire and traffic ready to respond. The locations of these have not been made public as part of their plan. However, they will cover areas north, south, east and west of the bridge. 

The Unified Command will be located at a central location in the City of Los Angeles’ Emergency Operation Center. They will have direct contact to emergency responders and also to hundreds of traffic control officers located around the closure and detour areas. Trained engineers and signal experts will also be on the ground to make changes to signals when necessary. The Unified Command will also have access to thousands of signal cameras throughout the City which will enable them to make decisions at a moment’s notice.  Technical engineers will also be working at the Caltrans Traffic Management Center monitoring conditions on regional freeways.  

There will be regularly scheduled media briefings throughout the weekend so the public will have timely information. If you are interested in following the details, your best bet for doing so is to follow the project on Twitter.com/i_405 or tune in to KNX 1070 AM.

For real time traffic conditions, the public is encouraged to call 511 or visit Go511.com. For City related issues, the public can call 311. Extra personnel will be on hand during the weekend closure with extended hours. LA City's 311 info phone line will be operational from 8:00am to 10:00pm from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. People in non-City of LA portions of LA County can call 211. The 405 project hotline, (213) 922-3665, will also be checked regularly throughout the weekend. The hotline will not handle emergency situations or provide directions, but will be made available for other questions and concerns.

Business Tips

As the closure of the I-405 freeway approaches, we wanted to make sure that businesses located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area are preparing for the closure. Possible preparations for employers and businesses include:

  1. Arrange deliveries ahead of normal scheduling. By sending items out early, businesses can ensure that their products will have minimal delivery delays.
  2. Stagger employee shifts. Have a few employees work full shifts instead of scheduling multiple employees to work shorter shifts. This way there are fewer chances of employees being delayed by traffic and less cars on the road.
  3. Allow for telecommuters. Permitting employees to work form home will help reduce the amount of cars on the road.
  4. Schedule local employees. Scheduling employees who live close to your business will assist in reducing the amount of time cars are on the road traveling to work.

Los Angeles County traffic conditions on local streets and freeways are expected to be severe, with significant, multi-hour delays. The I-405 freeway will reopen on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 5am, Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6am.

For the latest information and updates, visit metro.net/405.

How will the bridge be demolished?

There will be no explosions or columns entirely collapsing in a cloud of dust this weekend as workers demolish the southern half of Mulholland Bridge. Instead, humans and machinery will perform a carefully orchestrated ballet, resulting in the 51-year-old bridge being pecked apart by the equivalent of multi-ton woodpeckers.

Consequently, the south half of the iconic three-span box girder bridge will be steadily chipped away over 53 hours July 16-17, not 3 seconds.

For over a year, Kiewit Infrastructure West, the project's contractor, has developed a 154-page demolition plan—approved by Caltrans and Metro—that breaks the work into precise, 15-minute increments, giving the contractor schedule milestones as it manages its progress toward reopening the freeway for early morning rush hour traffic on Monday, July 18.

The demolition process will begin Friday evening, July 15 when work crews begin closing freeway on- and off-ramps between the I-10 and U.S. 101. This may happen as early as 7pm. Crews will then begin closing freeway lanes one by one on both sides at 10pm to close the freeway completely by midnight. The Mulholland Bridge will be closed as well.

Fifteen pieces of heavy construction equipment (with another five on standby) and an army of 100 demolition workers and support staff will begin deconstruction.

Starting at midnight, dirt will be hauled onto the 405 freeway underneath the Mulholland Bridge to form a cushion four feet high onto the freeway roadbed. The dirt will catch falling pieces of debris and prevent them from damaging the freeway surface.

At approximately 2am on Saturday morning, workers will use a large diamond-bladed saw to cut the bridge top deck. Other workers will cut slots in the southern side of the bridge. During demolition, workers will perform vibration monitoring and other tests to ensure the structural integrity of the northern side of the bridge.

At approximately 5am, as many as four "hoe rams" will begin to chip away at the south side of the bridge, creating approximately 2,200 cubic yards of concrete. Two hoe rams will be stationed on the bridge deck starting in the center working toward each end. Two hoe rams will work on the ground, also starting in the center and working toward both ends. The hoe rams will deliver between 1,200 and 7,500 foot pounds of power to break concrete from the bridge. Operators in these machines will be able to deliver between 300 and 600 blows per minute to create pieces no bigger than a basketball or microwave oven.

Later, the concrete will be pulverized and recycled as "aggregate base" which forms the foundation for the new lane of traffic created by the project.

While the hoe rams steadily chip away at the concrete, other workers using long-handled oxygen/acetylene torches will cut the steel rebar from the bridge deck amid a crackle of sparks. The rebar will also be recycled.

Once the demolition is complete, an army of laborers will clean the edge of the bridge to ensure that no particles fall on the traffic below.

This demo work will last until 2am Monday morning when crews begin their final cleanup to ready the freeway for reopening by 5am. Between 10 and 20 large trucks and several front end loaders will be used for the cleanup. The freeway surface under the bridge will be cleaned by a parade of street sweepers, inspected, and finally restriped with fresh paint. Ramps and freeway connectors will reopen by 6am.

A full description of the demolition process is available here.

Still photos of the demolition will be available throughout the weekend at www.metro.net/405.

Going to LAX?

The LAX FlyAway® nonstop bus service at Van Nuys and Westwood will be modified during this weekend’s I-405 freeway closure to consolidate passengers, improve the efficiency of each bus trip, and contribute to the overall traffic-management goal of reducing the number of vehicle trips on the region’s freeways and roadways.  The FlyAway® service at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and at Irvine Station in Orange County will operate on normal schedules (traffic permitting).   

According to officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the FlyAway® at Van Nuys will continue to operate 24 hours.  However, the regular morning schedule of buses departing every 15 minutes (four bus trips per hour in each direction) will be reduced to two trips per hour in each direction.  During early morning and late evening hours when traffic is expected to be lighter, Van Nuys buses MAY take surface streets to/from the I-405, traffic permitting.  During other portions of the day, when traffic is expected to be at its peak, Van Nuys buses will use the regional freeway system that passes through the downtown Los Angeles area, the I-110 Harbor and I-105 Century freeways.   

The FlyAway® service at Westwood will operate its regular Saturday and Sunday hours TO LAX from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and TO Van Nuys from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  On Saturday, July 16, bus service will follow its regular hourly schedule (on the hour) in both directions, traffic permitting.  On Sunday, July 17, the regular afternoon and evening schedule of buses departing every 30 minutes (two trips per hour) will be reduced to one trip per hour.  The Westwood buses will follow recommended diversion routes using surface streets to/from the I-405 freeway.

For further information about the LAX FlyAway®, including schedules, fares, parking and luggage limitations, visit www.lawa.org//welcome_lax.aspx?id=292.

During the weekend, receive hourly updates on drive times of buses operating at all the FlyAway® locations, as well as up-to-the-minute information on airport operations, security conditions, parking availability and traffic conditions in and around LAX, by visiting the airport’s Internet website at www.lawa.aero/lax, signing up on LAX’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/LAX_Official, or listening to LAX AiRadio 530 AM.

Airport officials also report that LAX’s dedicated webpage regarding the I-405 freeway closure – www.lawa.org/405 -- has been updated with additional information, advice and travel tips for passengers and airport workers so they can plan ahead.  The website contains general travel advice; tips for departing passengers; tips for arriving passengers; various modes of commercial and public transportation available to/from LAX; airport-area hotels offering discounted or package rates; tips if you must drive your personal vehicle; things to do in and around LAX if you have a long wait before departure; tips for airport workers; and general information about LAX’s operational planning.      

During this weekend’s freeway closure, airport officials also encourage passengers to:

1.Plan ahead to ensure you don’t miss your flight.  During the peak summer travel season, flights are often fully booked or even overbooked, resulting in delays waiting for another flight and possible airline rebooking fees.  Some flights (including international flights) may be offered only once daily or a few times weekly, resulting in having to wait day(s) until the next flight to your destination.     

2.Leave earlier than normal to ensure you are on time for your flight.  Passengers are reminded to arrive at their airline terminals two hours before a U.S. flight and three hours before an international flight.

3.Contribute to reducing the number of vehicles on the roads by using shared-ride transportation to/from LAX, including the FlyAway® nonstop bus, door-to-door shuttle vans, long-distance vans and buses, municipal buses, taxis, etc.

4.Ride the rails (Metro Rail, Metrolink and Amtrak) to Union Station and connect to the LAX FlyAway® there.  Or ride the Metro Rail Green Line directly to/from LAX.

5.Consider staying at an airport-area hotel, especially if you have an early morning flight.

6.Before you go to the airport, monitor real-time traffic conditions posted on many Internet websites; watch or listen to local television and radio news stations; sign up on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, apps for electronic devices and other mass notification services) to receive up-to-the-minute traffic status.

This message was sent to  by:

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