October 21, 2011

In this issue:

Traffic Alert for Obama visit

Apron Parking update

Bath salts and why the ban

Westwood BID

Support for single-use bag effort

Getting one's fill

Take Me Home Day

Subway to the sea

Sherman Oaks Street Fair

Help Feed the Hungry Weekend

Tower Lane Update

Saving the Westwood FlyAway

Fixing our sidewalks

Keeping traffic flowing

Earthquake preparedness

Free Green Living Workshops

Gilad Shalit home at last!

Hal David turns 90

AIDS Walk 2011


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 Mid City West Community Council will be hosting its traditional Miracle Mile Art Walk on Saturday, October 22 from 2-10pm. For details, please click
HERE.

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The LA VisionWalk at UCLA campus is occuring on Sunday, October 23. The VisionWalk is an event hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. They are driving research for prevention and treatment of retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration, diseases that cause blindness and low vision. More more information, please click
HERE.

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Chevron will self-perform the relocation of their line on Sepulveda Bl between Moraga Dr and Montana Av. To minimize impact and to expedite the work, underground directional drill relocation will take place. Chevron will first build the line at its new location and will activate the line at a later time.

Relocation work is anticipated to start on Monday, October 24 for three months. Work at the staging areas will be from 7am to 7pm seven days a week, 24/7 work hours may be required. For details, please click HERE.

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The Bureau of Sanitation, Zero Waste Program is holding its second annual Second Chance Week - Professional Clothing Drive next week, Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28.

This event was created as part of the grassroots public awareness campaign held each October to promote reuse, repair, resale and donation opportunities throughout California. Items that might otherwise have been thrown away are given a "second chance".

The professional clothing that you donate will benefit the underserved and/or homeless men and women living in the Los Angeles area through three non-profit organizations: The Weingart Center Association, Dress for Success®, and Clothes the Deal™. The items that you donate may give a "second chance" to the people who receive them.

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The LAPD Wilshire Community Police Station invites you to join them at the Halloween Weekend Carnival and Haunted House on Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30 at Pan Pacific Park. All ages and Free admission.

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The Green Festival is coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30. For more info please click HERE.


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All approaches to the Sunset Bridge over the I-405 Freeway will be reconstructed over two 14-day closures beginning Sunday, October 30. To ensure the public’s safety and traffic mobility, this work will be phased. At its completion, the adjoining intersections and utilities will be raised to meet the new height of the reconstructed Sunset Bridge. For the latest updates, please click
HERE.


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The Century City Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council Presents Poolside Mixer at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on Thursday, November 3. For details, please click HERE.

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Help feed the hungry by supporting your local food bank. Councilmember Koretz declared the weekend of November 4-6 "Help Feed the Hungry Weekend" in the City of Los Angeles. To learn more, please click
HERE.

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On Saturday, November 5 from 9am to 3pm, the City of West Hollywood will be hosting a free document shredding and electronic waste collection event at West Hollywood City Hall (8300 Santa Monica Blvd). For more information, please call (323) 848-6404.

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On Monday, November 7 at 7:00 PM Council District 5 and SoRoNC will sponsor a 'Town Hall' on Robertson Recreation Center for all members of the Pico-Robertson SoRo Neighborhood.  Paul Koretz and staff will be in attendance, so come with questions and thoughts in hand!

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VOTE FOR HAMILTON!

Hamilton High School's Academy of Music is a contestant in a contest sponsored by Fox, the creators of the TV show Glee, and the National Association for Music Education. They are currently in 4th Place, and must be in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in order to win one of the grand prizes of $50,000 for the Academy of Music.   It's a simple click to vote. No registration required. CLICK HERE.



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Temple Beth Am Happy Seniors will be hosting a free Flu~Pneumonia vaccine clinic on Thursday Nov 10 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For details, contact Miriam at (310) 652-7354 x 521 or (310) 659-9889.

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The Century City Chamber of Commerce Law & Business Council Presents: "Main Street, Wall Street, Your Street" Breakfast & Networking Program on Thursday, November 10. For more information, please click HERE.

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The Annual Meeting of The Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library on Wednesday, November 16 at 1pm. For more information, please call (818)343-1983.

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The Chief of Police has announced the following command changes in
Operations-Valley Bureau.
  

These changes will become effective on November 6, 2011.

Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, Commanding Officer of Operations-Valley Bureau
will move to headquarters as the Chief of Detectives.

Commander Jorge Villegas, Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations,
will transfer to Operations-Valley Bureau as the Commanding Officer.

Captain William Scott, The Area commanding Officer of Mission Area, will transfer to Operations-West Bureau as the Assistant Commanding Officer.

Captain Todd Chamberlain, the Commanding Officer of Central Area, will transfer to Mission Area as the Commanding Officer.

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Reduced Mulholland Bridge Capacity

The Mulholland Bridge is currently under construction and has reduced capacity. As the summer season ends, you should expect major traffic delays for morning commuters traveling across the Mulholland Bridge. In particular, morning commuter traffic from the San Fernando Valley will experience severe congestion. Because of these conditions, the Mulholland Bridge should be utilized for local access.

What:  Reduction of lanes and reduced capacity on the Mulholland Bridge due to reconstruction; only one lane in each direction is accessible

Where: Local area near the Mulholland Bridge

When: Starting Monday, August 29 during weekday morning commute hours

What to expect: Increased traffic delays for morning commute routes involving travel across the Mulholland Bridge; Mulholland Bridge will be used for local access

For more information, click
HERE.

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NEWS FROM CITY DEPARTMENTS

Check out the latest newsletters from City of Los Angeles departments:

Department of Building and Safety - September 2011

Planning Department - Summer 2011

"LA Stormwater" - Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation - Summer 2011

Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering - August 10, 2011

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AROUND TOWN

Melrose Trading Post

Described as a cool, eclectic gem of a place to find treasures and rare goodies, the Melrose Trading Post is a great Sunday destination.  You can expect to find something to make you say "wow" every single time you visit.   Enjoy the food court in the beautifully landscaped upper quad.  Relax to the live jazz band's melodic vibes.  Treat yourself to a different kind of day. 
When: Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Rain or Shine.

Where: Located in the parking lot of Fairfax High School (Corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenue)

Cost: $2

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

Westwood LIVE

Showcasing the city's rich creativity and diversity in the community, Westwood LIVE brings together music, art, theater, shopping, and dining. Located in Westwood Villgage, shops, bars restaurants and more will provide guests with live performances by resident musicians and artists along with special happy hour offers, discounts and screenings.

When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 5pm

MELROSE NIGHT

Popular food trucks and shops open late as well as offer promotions.

When: First Thursday of every month

Where: Melrose Avenue between Ogden and Stanley

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LAFCU Announces New Shop LA City Visa® Card with Triple Rewards

Shop LA City, in partnership with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU), is proud to announce the new Shop LA City Visa Platinum Plus credit card. The card, available to all Southern California residents, is the first of its kind to offer triple reward points for all purchases at merchants in the city of Los Angeles and single rewards points in other cities.* The rewards can be redeemed for travel, merchandise or gift cards through CURewards, or used for consumer loan rate discounts at LAFCU.**

The card also has a six-month 0% introductory rate (for new LAFCU credit card holders) then variable rates as low as 9.90% APR.*** This is almost 50% lower than the average rewards card rate of 17.27% APR**** and could save thousands of dollars in interest charges. Cardholders can save even more by transferring their higher-rate balances from other cards to their new Shop LA City Visa.

Besides earning triple rewards, cardholders will also help the city of Los Angeles.  For every $10 in sales tax paid in the city, the city earns one dollar to help support services like police, fire, libraries and parks.

Applying for the new Shop LA City Triple Rewards card is quick and easy at www.LAFCU.org or by calling (877) MY LAFCU (695-2328).  The website also has details about this exciting new card, and LAFCU’s range of beneficial, low-rate or free financial products and services.

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Cool Tips for Hot Days

How to Stay Cool and Conserve Energy as Summer Heats Up

With temperatures rising over the next few days in Los Angeles, the LADWP offers these tips to help customers stay cool while conserving energy. Energy conservation during high temperature summer days helps prevent strain on power system infrastructure while also helping customers save money on power bills.

These simple tips are easy to implement in daily routines and are highly effective conservation measures:

Tips for the Home

Adjust thermostat to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage during the hottest hours of the day when air conditioning systems have to work hardest to cool.

Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day- use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours.

Try to avoid using your stove or oven during peak hours of the day since it will add to the heat inside the home. 

Ventilate your home at night and early morning by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate. 

Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use. 

Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) wherever appropriate.

During the heat of day, close draperies, shades, or blinds to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight.

Check your home for adequate insulation and for proper sealing of windows and exterior doors.

Plant shade trees to reduce heat gain inside the house.

Install / use ceiling fans or whole House fans for comfort cooling. A whole house fan will cool down your house early evenings and early mornings for a fraction of the energy cost of operating an A/C unit.  

Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings.

Clean or replace air-conditioner filter(s) every month to maintain efficiency and air flow.

Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator and check door gasket for tight fit and adjust if necessary.

When buying appliances, choose energy-saving EnergyStar-rated models.

Limit the time you run your pool pump during Summer to six hours a day, and schedule the run time to avoid operation between 1 pm and 5 pm.

Unplug "energy vampires" like cell phone chargers, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode.

Tips for the Workplace

Turn off your desk and overhead lights, and meeting room lights, if they are not needed, or install motion detector switches in each room.

Keep personal appliance use to a minimum. 

Turn off all computer equipment when you leave the office or when they are not in use for long periods of time.

Be sure your computer equipment goes into sleep mode when temporarily not in use.

Go paperless when possible. Reduced printing and copying translates into reduced energy use. 

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LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REVAMPS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ADDED CUSTOMER SERVICE

LAX Facebook Page Increases to More Than 28,300 Fans

Recent improvements to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Facebook page increased the numbers of its fans and followers.  The Los Angeles International Airport Facebook fan page, which first launched in April 2009, now has more than 28,300 fans.

LAX operated two Facebook fan pages under two accounts – one under “Governmental” and the other under “Places”.  Fans did not have the option to “check-in” under the governmental fan page.  Now with one LAX primary page, under a new URL: www.facebook/LAInternationalAirport.com, fans and followers can now check-in, receive up-to-the-minute information on airport conditions, videos, photos, flight delay, travel-related news, and much more.

LAX’s social media websites are designed to provide real time announcements including airline fare deals, new passenger services and amenities; flight status, current airport conditions, and developments on various modernization projects.  LAX’s Twitter site at www.twitter.com/LAX_Official increased to more than 7,100 fans since its launch in February 2009.  LAX’s YouTube, the newest edition social media site, at www.youtube.com/LAXairport1 is a channel that provides videos of recent events, construction, and airline news, which reached more than 12,400 video views since its launch last year.

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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.

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The Bureau of Sanitation's Lifeline Re-certification project has come to an end. 22,851 customers failed to provide evidence of eligibility and will be removed from Lifeline effective 8/12/11.  These customers will need to contact Office of Finance if they desire to submit a new application.  Please be aware as stated in ordinance 181410, there is a limit of 58,910  customers that may receive a solid resources fee (SRF) subsidy.  Once that number is reached, Lifeline customers receiving a discount on their electric (water) bill will be charged the full SRF amount. For more information, please click
HERE.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Shopping within the City limits of Los Angeles not only supports local businesses, it also supports City services, its neighborhoods and the well-being of all Los Angeles residents. For every $10 you spend on taxes - $1 goes back to the General Fund! Whether shopping along Melrose or grabbing some food in Encino, every dollar we spend within the city is an investment to the future of Los Angeles. Details
HERE.

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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.

***Traffic Alert***

President Barack Obama is coming to town again on Monday, October 24, and as always, whenever a president arrives in Los Angeles, final details are kept secret until the last minute as to his travel timetable. It has been publicly announced that he will be attending an event hosted by Eva Longoria and held at the home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in Hancock Park, and that the president may land by helicopter in West LA and motorcade down Wilshire Blvd.  LAPD and DOT have worked with Secret Service on a new traffic plan that will, hopefully, reduce the impact on traffic on Wilshire that occurred last year. 


Apron Parking Update

Councilmember Koretz and his staff have been very busy, for many months now, doing what it takes to encourage the City to develop an apron parking system that fully protects the access rights of the disabled while addressing the legitimate parking needs of neighborhood residents (some of whom are in fact disabled). Most recently, Councilmember Koretz presented a motion to Council requesting that, in light of the inconsistency of the definition of “parkway” in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, enforcement of apron parking be suspended unless and until the City adopts other laws regulating apron parking. Because of this motion by the Councilmember, and advice from the Office of the City Attorney, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has released an official statement announcing that it is no longer issuing parking citations under Los Angeles Municipal Code section 80.53 for those vehicles parked fully in a driveway apron.  HOWEVER, if you park your vehicle on the apron and your vehicle encroaches onto the sidewalk or street, this may be grounds for a citation.

We know this does not address all problems throughout the City because of locations where aprons are smaller than the full length of a car, but it does allow relief for some and is a big first step. Councilmember Koretz continues to advocate for more changes to help with all remaining aspects of the apron parking issue.

The Councilmember sends his profound thanks to all who called, emailed, wrote in, protested, showed up, or signed a petition for this issue! The commitment and passion of constituents truly helped show many Councilmembers, the City Attorney's Office and the Department of Transportation that this was an important issue which needed to be addressed quickly.


Bath salts and why the ban

The City Council has unanimously approved a motion by Councilmember Koretz banning the sale or possession of the incredibly dangerous designer drugs misleadingly labeled as “bath salts.”  A rising tide of such substances has been sweeping across the nation and heading toward California, though to date, the worst reports of horrific violent incidents and increased usage relate to incidents in the southern and central states. Of particular concern throughout the U.S. has been the lack of applicable laws, contributing to the easy and legal availability of the drugs, which have been marketed deceptively and sold at head shops and convenience stores, including to the unwary.  Here in Los Angeles, as bath salts have started to appear, news reports even told of bath salts being given away as samples to innocent pedestrians passing by on Hollywood Boulevard. 

The Council voted its approval two weeks ago, following moving testimony by Keith Evans (pictured here), a San Fernando Valley parent who had heard about the motion and felt compelled to come and tell the Council of his own family’s predicament, including the plight of a daughter given bath salts by her boyfriend, who was easily able to do so with impunity as long as the drug stayed legal.  Mr. Evans fought back tears while speaking movingly of his daughter – the good news is that his family's situation has brightened since then.  In the meantime, Mayor Villaraigosa signed the ordinance into law, and now law enforcement, treatment providers and those who use or sell will all be on alert as to what the usage of bath salts entails, including the symptoms, hazards and penalties.   


A BID for greatness



A great new Business Improvement District is off to a great start!  The Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA) just started and already it’s helping to revitalize the Village at a fast and furious pace, including by trimming trees, repairing old infrastructure and pressure washing sidewalks to make the area sparking clean.  The WVIA has also sent out a team of blue-shirted friendly Ambassadors to talk and work with local businesses and the public at large  to help boost the beauty and safety of the Village and to make this world-renowned area shine anew.

In the midst of the BID’s determined activities, the Executive Director for WVIA, Andrew Thomas, said, “we're so thrilled to have these services on the streets of our District. They've been sorely needed and the positive response to these efforts has been amazing. We can already see the difference on our streets and sidewalks, and we're only on Day 3. The best is yet to come!”


SORO NC supports Koretz single-use bag effort

The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO) has announced its support for a Paul Koretz motion to ban single use carry-out bags at specified retailers (with some exemptions, such as containers for meat, fish and vegetable items).  The Koretz proposal reflects the suggestions of the City’s Bureau of Sanitation, as well as the wishes of major environmental groups.  SORO said to Councilmember Koretz, “Given the impact these single-use bags continue to have on the environment and wildlife, we support your efforts in passing this legislation.” Back in November of 2010, SORO had urged City Council action addressing “the environmental and economic problems posed by single-use plastic bags.” The Koretz motion will undergo a review process allowing for much study and public input.  


Getting One’s Fill


Joining City Street Services workers are (from left to right) Board of Public Works President Andrea Alarcon, CD 5 Field Deputy Jeff Ebenstein, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Bureau of Street Services Interim Director Nazario Sauceda and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council President Jill Banks Barad.

It would be wonderful if every last one of our potholes could be filled, and quickly so, but that’s a tall order in a city as large as Los Angeles, especially when tough economic times strain all governmental services. That’s why the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) generously stepped forward to partner with the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, using some of its own funds to help pay to repair the worst potholes in Sherman Oaks as chosen in a process that included substantial public input. The very first to be filled were on Rayneta Drive, and while the expert repair work was mostly left to Bureau of Street Services employees, happily helping were Councilmember Koretz, SONC President Jill Banks Barad and Vice President Jeffrey Ebenstein (aka CD 5 deputy extraordinaire), Street Services Interim Director Nazario Saucedo and Andrea Alarcon, the President of the Board of Public Works.  More of this invaluable street repair is to come in the near future, thanks to the innovative partnership arranged by the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council!
 


Take Me Home Day



Councilmember Koretz joined Westside Neighborhood Council and LA Animal Services for a "Take Me Home" day at the Westside Pavilion. The Westside Neighborhood Council has been working with various shelters and rescues throughout the district to hold weekend adoption events in the mall to find homes for dogs and cats. The adoption events have been tremendously successful, with several dogs and cats finding permanent homes.
 


Subway to the sea

Councilmember Koretz has been a strong advocate for selecting the alignment with a Century City stop at Constellation Blvd. & Avenue of the Stars, because it makes so much sense in terms of maximizing usage of the subway. The Councilmember has also asserted that any final decision must be dictated by safety studies and the data they might contain. The breaking news is that the results are in from a study conducted by a team of engineering and seismic experts, assembled by the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, that included independent specialists:  the proposed station at Constellation, the one supported by the Councilmember, is indeed the safe choice because there is no evidence of faulting at the location, whereas the alternative proposal is fault-ridden. 


All's fair


Councilmember Koretz (far left) joins CA State Assemblymember Mike Feuer (far right) and Bob Cohen, President of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce (kneeling in front) in honoring local teachers.

The 21st annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair was a terrific success, pleasing everyone in attendance -- which is to be expected, since the Fair is always a smash hit, as community groups and the public at large come together to rejoice in their spirit of community and to just have fun.  Councilmember Koretz showed up and had a great time, as he does every year, and presented a certificate of commendation to the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce for the Chamber's tremendous leadership in organizing this event. In addition, the Councilmember handed out "Educator of the Year" award recipients selected by the Chamber, and, joined by Congressmember Brad Sherman, distributed certificates of appreciation to Los Angeles Police Department Officers who have also served in the United States military.
 

Ending Hunger
  

Sadly, right here and now in Southern California, two out of every six families go to sleep hungry every night – a grim reality that is particularly hard to fix during a dismal economy.  That’s  why Councilmember Koretz was pleased to honor Help Feed the Hungry, a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers and professionals who are doing what they can to end hunger in the United States in our lifetime.  At the Councilmember’s request, the City declared November 4th through the 6th, “Help Feed the Hungry Weekend.” During that weekend, and in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Help Feed the Hungry will be especially active in crucial efforts aimed at collecting food items, feeding the hungry and assisting countless individuals and families in need.


Tower Lane Update

Good News. The proposal to build a megamansion compound on Tower Lane received a significant setback.  As Councilmember Koretz and many local residents strongly urged, the Los Angeles Building Department denied the applicant’s request for modification regarding an extension of time, which would have allowed those permits to remain valid despite no work being completed in the past 180 days. Also, Building & Safety concluded that Planning Departments sign-off is needed for the project, and that a full environmental review will be necessary.  Councilmember Koretz has called for full environmental review since the inception of this project; this recent ruling is a significant win for the environment and for the neighborhood.


Saving the Westwood FlyAway



The Westwood FlyAway is a great service for many 5th Council constituents, but it has remained endangered because it does not yet achieve the desired level of ridership in tough economic times. That’s why, after meeting with concerned community partners regarding the possibility that the Westwood FlyAway service would be discontinued, Councilmember Koretz co-presented a motion with Councilmember Rosendahl.  In it, they requested that the Airport Commissioners (BOAC) direct Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to meet with a working group of UCLA and community and transit stakeholders to develop a plan to save the Westwood FlyAway service, and that the review period for the service be extended to one year to allow for implementation of that new plan and the completion of UCLA's efforts to increase ridership. The motion passed in a committee and will go before the full City Council in the upcoming weeks.

The Councilmember will continue to fight for the Westwood FlyAway, but the public will have to do its part as well! Use the FlyAway and show LAWA just how great this service is to UCLA, Westwood residents, and the entire surrounding West LA community. Click on the following link for the Westwood FlyAway bus prices, scheduling, parking availability, etc. and head over to the Village for your direct trip to our City’s travel hub! http://www.lawa.org/popup.aspx?id=300


Fixing Our Sidewalks

While the City certainly faces a crisis in the condition of its sidewalks, Councilmember Koretz has strongly opposed trying to force this crisis onto the residents of our neighborhoods.  The matter was heard most recently in a joint committee meeting of Budget & Finance and Public Works.  As the process moves forward, Councilmember Koretz has fought and will continue to fight those who wish to make neighboring property owners responsible for the City’s failure to maintain sidewalks. 


Keeping Traffic Flowing



Councilmember Koretz and his staff recently visited ATSAC headquarters – the extraordinary home to the City’s Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System, or ATSAC, which is based on the Coliseum area ATSAC that proved so successful during the 1984 Olympics.   In the City’s greatly expanded and technologically advanced current version, computers and video feeds from many of the City’s most daunting intersections are carefully monitored by Department of Transportation engineers who use sophisticated programming to help facilitate the flow of traffic and oversee the timely passage of Metro buses.  Given the amount of automobiles in use here, it’s impossible to make traffic congestion disappear from major Los Angeles arteries, but ATSAC plays a major role in reducing the inclination of motorists to use local neighborhood sidestreets. The ATSAC computer programs, designed in-house by DOT engineers, are envied and sought after by other jurisdictions and may soon be introduced in Long Beach.
   


Earthquake preparedness

The Great California Shakeout 2011 was held on Thursday, October 20 – and it was a great reminder of what we need to keep in mind throughout the year, which is that we should all be well-prepared for the inevitable earthquakes, large and small. Councilmember Koretz and his staff thank all people and organizations participating in this effort and in all earthquake preparedness, response and relief endeavors.


FREE Green Living Workshops

Councilmember Koretz secured a $45,000 grant through funding provided by the LA Department of Water and Power and the US Department of Energy to enable the South Robertson NC Green Team to offer FREE Green Living Workshops to residents of Council District 5. The six-week workshop meets once a week for 90 minutes and is designed to educate participants on water and energy conservation and their relation to waste reduction, chemical safety, transportation alternatives, consumerism and food production. Thanks to SORO NC and especially Paula Waxman, Chair of SORO's Green Team (pictured here), for once again leading the way.  For information regarding registration, please visit this link


Free at Last

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed this week! Shalit had been kidnapped from his native land and held hostage for five years and four months, so much celebration ensued following his liberation and throughout his homecoming.  More than a year ago, at Councilmember Koretz’s prompting, the City of Los Angeles declared June 25, 2010 “Gilad Shalit Day” in order to issue a firm call for freedom for Shalit and to raise awareness of situation.  Welcome home and Shalom, Gilad!   


Hal David turns 90!

A treasured 5th Council District luminary, lyricist Hal David (pictured to the left), was honored as he turned 90 with a star on the Walk of Fame.  He wa also celebrated with an incredible gala performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion that featured Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert, Stevie Wonder, Jackie DeShannon, Smokey Robinson (pictured below), B.J. Thomas, Steve Tyrell,  Dwight Yaokam, Michelle Lee, Lani Hall, Albert Hammond, LACHSA Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Mr. David's longtime collaborator, composer Burt Bacharach. The music that resulted that night was magical -- as has been the music that Hal David has made possible over the years:  his artistry and humanity have brought joy to countless people, year after year after year. 



AIDS Walk 2011


Over 30,000 people joined in the 27th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles raising over 3 million dollars!


Councilmember Koretz joins local elected officials


Team Koretz at the AIDS Walk.






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