November 8, 2011

In this issue:

Mobility Summit

405 project update

Fall 5000, and Pets to Patriots

Feline Fridays

Protecting and improving our Fire Services

Tree trimming

Solar news

Beverlywood Homes Association

Honoring a true hero and her ongoing legacy

Crisis for Adult Day Health Care Centers

A plaque honoring a wonderful man

American Indian Heritage Month

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 Contractor is anticipated to begin demolition of the existing retaining wall along southbound I-405, between Ohio and Wilshire, on Monday, November 7 for one week, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.  An excavator and muncher will be used to break up and remove the wall. This activity will generate a significant amount of noise and therefore will be conducted during day time hours only.


Westside Mobility Study Update

In spring of this year, three community open house meetings were held to introduce the Westside Mobility Study. Community feedback has been robust and the project team is continuing with additional outreach to help guide project recommendations. Our project team has lots of ideas, but we are interested in hearing more of your ideas on improving circulation, parking and ways to get people moving quickly through the Westside.

Wednesday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Westside Pavilion, Meeting Room B (10800 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064)

Thursday, November 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Henry Medina West LA Parking Enforcement Facility (11214 W. Exposition Blvd., 2nd Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90064)


The LAPD West Bureau Traffic Committee will be holding its meeting this Wednesday, November 9 from 8:30-10:30am at the West Los Angeles Community Police Station (1663 Butler Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90025)


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test at approximately 11:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, November 9

The test will last for approximately three to five minutes, although this may vary across the country as the federal agencies involved evaluate the effectiveness of the system in alerting the public to emergencies. It may take several minutes following the test for systems to resume full functionality.  



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.


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.


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.


On Sunday, November 13 Bikur Cholim will hold a community blood drive at Yeshivat Yavneh, 5353 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90020 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM to benefit Children’s Hospital. This is a critical time of year due to the increased need for blood and extreme shortages. Please make your appointment at or call (323) 852-1900. Parking on Las Palmas – no parking on McCadden.


The Encino Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Business and Professional Development Lunch on Tuesday, November 15 from 11:30am - 1:00pm. You will have a chance to speak about your business. Guest speaker will be Nazario Sauceda, Interim Director of the City of Los Angeles' Bureau of Street Services, Department of Public Works. For more information and to register, please call (818) 789-4711.


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.


The Century City Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a very exciting “Beer Tasting” business networking mixer for Thursday, December 1 from 5:30-8pm at BruHaus. For more details, please click HERE.


The Westwood Branch will be hosting a used book sale on Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.  A thrifty way to add to your personal book collection AND contribute much needed funds to the Friends of Westwood Library!  You might find a few great gifts for your friends, family and co-workers!


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.


Want to share your practical, creative and insightful ideas that will keep Los Angeles moving in the 21st Century?

Check out the City's new mobility plan effort HERE.



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

Los Angeles World Airports



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


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


Get Water Quality Grades on the Go

Beachgoers can now check the latest water quality grades at 650+ West Coast beaches via Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card mobile app for the iPhone or Android, at

The new, free Beach Report Card app provides the only access anytime and anywhere to a comprehensive, weekly analysis of coastline water quality.  The mobile app delivers A through F grades, weather conditions and user tips throughout beach locations in California, Oregon and Washingtonto swimmers, surfers and anyone who loves going in the ocean water.

In addition to discovering which beaches are safe or unsafe, beachgoers can look up and save their favorite local beaches, as well as learn details on beach closures.

Know before you go!


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 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.



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/, 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 increased to more than 7,100 fans since its launch in February 2009.  LAX’s YouTube, the newest edition social media site, at 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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.

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Mobility Summit

This Thursday, November 10, the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments (SFVCOG) will be having its very first Valley Mobility Summit.

The creation of SFVCOG, only a year and a half ago, has been a tremendous step forward for local and regional governance, providing a great means for Valley leadership to get together to share vital information, ideas, questions and concerns. 

This upcoming Valley Mobility Summit offers Valley decision-makers crucial opportunity to gain from each other’s wisdom, and hopefully to join forces, regarding some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the Valley:  the transportation issues that confront local neighborhoods and communities on a daily basis.

Forward-thinking coordination can help improve the transportation and traffic picture throughout the San Fernando Valley, and that’s what the upcoming Mobility Summit is all about.  The topics will include major projects already underway as well as future concepts, yet to be embraced, that could be transformative – the Valley Mobility Summit gives everyone a chance to share a heads-up alert regarding anything and everything coming down the pike that might have an impact, or best inform our decision-making, regarding transportation policies, technologies and options. For more information, please click HERE.  

405 Project nears peak of construction; traffic and other impacts felt widely 

The 405 freeway Sepulveda Pass project, which was approved years ago but commenced early in 2010, is designed to help ease future traffic both regionally and locally.  Unfortunately, this immense construction project has been a major headache, at least in the short-term, for those who live in surrounding neighborhoods. Councilmember Koretz and his staff constantly attend community meetings, hear the frustration and seek to help residents concerned about motorists using local streets in search of alternative routes.  The Councilmember's message can be summarized as follows: "I feel your pain, and we are doing everything we can to mitigate any problems."

This freeway project is managed by the LA Country Metropolitan Transit Authority -- otherwise known as Metro -- on behalf of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Predictably and understandably, anxiety and even anger have increased of late, because activities related to this project have escalated throughout this year and are having significant impacts along the project corridor, which ranges from the interchange with the 10 freeway on the south to Ventura Blvd. on the north.  The traffic impacts have been substantial within the construction zone and have also had ripple effects going far beyond the area.  There have been various other ramifications for neighborhoods along the project corridor, including increases in cut-through traffic and noise from night-time construction activities.

In addition to MTA and CalTrans, this project has required the partnership of a number of City departments and bureaus because of the work on City streets such as Sepulveda Blvd. and on cross thoroughfares where bridges across the freeway need rebuilding at Sunset Blvd., Skirball Center Drive and Mulholland Drive.  The Councilmember and his staff are active in monitoring the project, meeting and working with constituents and intervening on behalf of area residents and commuters to address issues related to the project.  The 5th Council District Office will continue to be vigilant and proactive in the fight for effective remedies that may diminish or mitigate the huge impacts from the project. 

Still, it is probably inevitable that any project of this scale takes a toll on local neighborhoods, as the Councilmember witnessed first-hand when he attended the Annual Meeting of the Westwood Hills Homeowners Association on November 2.  Numerous residents expressed frustration regarding project impacts to their quiet neighborhood on the east of the 405 and south of Sunset Blvd.  County Supervisor and Metro board member Zev Yaroslasky was also in attendance and his office has been working closely with the Council office to address project concerns.

The good news is that there has been a great deal of progress in construction throughout the project area, with major construction scheduled to be completed by 2013.  The end result of all of this work will be increased capacity of the northbound 405 and significant improvements to many ramps and bridges.  The downside is that many of the scenic hills through the pass have been altered for the freeway widening and some neighbors are now closer to the freeway.

If you desire further information about the project we encourage you to visit the project website at

Fall 5000, and Pets to Patriots

Increasing the number of pet adoptions is one of our most effective, efficient and happiest ways of making this a friendlier city for animals and humans alike. That’s why Councilmember Koretz was delighted to join Dr. Shane Lachtman, Founder of the Los Angeles Animal Alliance (, in a press conference announcing the Alliance’s campaign to find permanent homes for 5000 shelter animals in the month of November (

Adding to the media event’s excitement were Nancy, Meg and (actor) Katherine Heigl of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, as well as the Foundation’s Executive Director, Kathy Davis – they discussed the Foundation’s sponsorship of “Pets to Patriots,” which brings no-cost adoptions for veterans to participating shelters throughout the Greater Los Angeles Region.  Rabbi Alan Lachtman, a retired Lieutenant Colonel (Army Reserves), gratefully acknowledged the Foundation’s leadership in this wonderful effort.  

From left to right: Dr. Shane Lachtman, Founder of the Los Angeles Animal Alliance, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Nancy Heigl and Katherine Heigl.

On hand to voice support in touting the crucial value of such shelter adoption programs were L.A. Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette; Marcia Mayeda, Director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control; and Trick-or-Treat Hero Award presenters Allisyn Ashley Arm (Disney Channel’s Sonny with a Chance) and Brandon Tyler Russel (Smitty).

The Alliance’s Fall5000 campaign has already included a “Super Adoption” weekend at all participating shelters, featuring discounted adoption fees and giveaways to adopters, personal matchmakers and professional behavior trainers. Thanks go to corporate participants SmartyKat, Planet Dog, John Paul Pet Products, Cesar’s Way magazines, LA Weekly, ASPCA and the Ryan Newman Foundation.

Feline Fridays

Lori Estrada, Manager, Office of Special events, office of Mayor Antonio Villariagosa adopts the cat at the latest Feline Friday.

While the Los Angeles Animal Alliance Fall5000 campaign is promoting shelter adoptions on a wonderfully massive scale, many shelter animals still find homes through smaller scale efforts.  That’s even true inside Los Angeles City Hall, where at the start of most Friday City Council meetings, one can usually see such adoptions in action, with either Councilmember Herb Wesson offering at least one shelter dog to the public at large or Councilmember Koretz doing the same but with one or more cats. Frequently, the happy person who ends up adopting one of these animals is someone who works in City Hall – and so it was with the most recent “Feline Friday,” which ended with an incredibly sweet kitten named “Oolong” being welcomed into the household of Lori Estrada, who manages Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Special Events.  Thanks, Lori, and happy times to all!

Protecting and improving our Fire Services

Thanks to the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), there is a net savings to the City of approximately $12 million in Fiscal Year 2011/12, $3.4 million in Fiscal Year 2012/12 and $1.7 million in Fiscal Year 2013/14.  

In the November 4th Council meeting, Councilmember Koretz pointed out that during budget deliberations held earlier this year, the Council had discussed how such savings would go back to the Fire Department.

Consequently, Councilmember Koretz has introduced a motion calling for such savings to be returned to the Fire Department to cover budgetary shortfalls and for enhanced services as a result of the recent redeployment plan.

The Koretz motion will be heard in the City Council’s Budget and Finance committee in late November.

Trim and proper

You may have recently noticed tree trimming happening on the median from Burton Way to 3rd Street, and from Oakhurst Drive/Beverly Hills border to La Cienega Blvd. This work started two weeks ago, and is funded by Street Lighting funds designed to make our street lights more effective. Tree trimming in the 5th Council district has also begun within the following boundaries:  Gardner Street, Highland Avenue, Melrose Avenue and 3rd Street, the neighborhood that encompasses the historic district of the Miracle Mile North Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, parts of Hancock Park, and parts of the Melrose neighborhood.

Solar news

Paul Koretz recently authored a resolution that was unanimously approved by the City Council, in support of an important solar grant application.

The application is to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which will be giving up to 25 grants to local teams across the nation – each team is a coalition of local and state governments, utilities, installers and non-profit organizations aiming to make solar energy more affordable and accessible.

The Koretz resolution supports SunShot LA, the only L.A.-based team among the many applicants: this team includes various L.A.-area local and regional governments as well as Open Neighborhoods (the community-based effort that has gotten national attention for leveraging grassroots participation into lower costs for the public -- pictured to the left is James Brennan of Open Neighborhoods), former LADWP head David Nahai, Woodrow Clarke (the Noble Prize-winning proponent of sustainable communities), the Clean Energy Collective, Solar Nexus, and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (from UCLA’s Institute of Sustainability and the Environment).

Sunshot LA seeks to make the process of going solar simpler, faster and more cost effective for residents and businesses. The team’s proposal calls for providing online access to solar permitting and interconnection codes, standards, forms, templates and reports; developing policy and process frameworks for multi-tenant virtual net metering and community solar garden interconnections; implementation of best practices for expedited permit processes, neighborhood solar group-purchasing programs, and solar access infringement dispute resolution; and the evaluation of workflow management opportunities to automate collaborative permitting and interconnection processes to streamline solar installation for mass adoption.

If awarded a DOE grant, SunShot LA would receive close to $1 million from the DOE, and there would also be some matching dollars from within the team. The DOE decisions should be announced later this month, to be implemented in January.

Beverlywood Homes Association

Councilmember Koretz speaking at last year's Beverlywood Homes Association meeting.

This year's fall meeting of the Beverlywood Homes Association was, as usual, an exceptional opportunity for important local issues to be discussed. Many neighborhood activists and other involved residents attended and participated at the event, held at Canfield Elementary School. Councilmember Koretz was among the guest speakers, who also included LAPD Senior Lead Officer Mario Gonzales and LAFD Battalion Chief Albert Ward. Key topics included street resurfacing, pedestrian safety, speeding, cut-through traffic and environmentally friendly LED upgrades to street lighting. The Councilmember, who was there for close to two hours, answered many questions and as always greatly appreciated the civic patriotism and grassroots advocacy shown by the members of the Association and all our crucial neighborhood and community organizations. Hats off to Scott Diamond, Craig Karlin and the board and staff of the Beverlywood Homes Association for their leadership.

Honoring a true hero and her ongoing legacy

Verdia Daniels passed away last month, and while her name might be unknown to many, she was also beloved by many and a champion for countless people.

Born in Alabama in 1931, Ms. Daniels came to Los Angeles 62 years ago, where she soon became a trailblazer in the field of homecare as the founding matriarch of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers. She was a tireless advocate for those hardworking people who every day provide lifeline care to our most vulnerable Californians. Her efforts led to the organizing of 80,000 homecare providers in Los Angeles in 1999 – this was the largest union organizing victory in the United States since the heyday of auto worker organizing in the 1930s, and the first of homecare providers. Today, nearly 700,000 homecare providers have union representation. 

Councilmember Koretz recently took part in a City Hall ceremony honoring the living legacy of Verdia Daniels and the efforts of all of our nation’s family caregivers.  More than 65 million family caregivers in the United States provide some form of in-home care to a parent, grandparent, child, aunt or uncle – given the changing demographics of our society, those numbers are expected to double in the next 30 years.  During the ceremony, Councilmember Koretz was joined by Laphonza Butler (current President of SEIU ULTCW pictured above) and many others who will always treasure the memory of Verdia Daniels.

Crisis for Adult Day Health Care Centers

The Los Angeles City Council has taken up an issue that's incredibly significant to countless California seniors and their families -- the potential closure of many adult day care centers.

These centers, which help keep many seniors from being institutionalized, are facing a dire threat:  a monumental loss of funding.  That's because the (fiscal year) 2011-2012 California state budget, unlike prior years' state budgets, does not include adult day health care as a Medi-Cal state plan options benefit:  while that may save the state an estimated $160 million in the short term, many lives will be devastated.

In Los Angeles alone, adult day health care (ADHC) provides essential help to more than 10,000 seniors through 75 licensed centers offering a variety of health, therapeutic, and social services to those at risk of being placed in a nursing home.

ADHC's primary goals are to restore or maintain optimal capacity for self-care to frail elderly persons or adults with disabilities, and to delay or prevent inappropriate or personally undesirable institutionalization.  ADHC stresses partnership with the participant, the family, the physician and the community in working towards maintaining personal independence.  The centers provide medical services; nursing and personal care services; physical, occupational and speech therapy; psychiatric and psychological services; social services; therapeutic activities; hot meal and nutritional counseling; and transportation to and from centers.

Councilmember Koretz has been critical of the removal of such funding -- he says there will be a vast negative impact on people in need but also that it's "penny wise but pound foolish," to eliminate funding when the net result (greater and more immediate reliance on institutionalization) will mean much greater financial costs.  A City Council motion introduced by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is asking for city staff to research the effects of this budget cut, which he says has already caused many ADHC efforts to be shut down.

The 2011-2012 budget was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this past June, but the funding situation remains in flux, partly because of legislative and other efforts to remedy the situation but mostly because a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year alleges that the state cannot eliminate Medi-Cal funding for adult day health care without supplying appropriate replacement services.

A plaque honoring a wonderful man

It's wonderful how one person can help inspire a shared and caring spirit of community. 

Here in the 5th Council District, Bill Tippit meant so much to the people of his community because he had such a generous and decent way about him.

In his memory, Councilmember Koretz presented a plaque which will soon be going up on the wall of the Overland Avenue Elementary School library.  Bill's loving wife, Terri Tippit, came to Los Angeles City Hall to receive the plaque.  Terri is also Chair of the Westside Neighborhood Council, and she was joined at City Hall by her fellow WNC board member, Lisa Morocco.  The plaque reads:

The City of Los Angeles honors, cherishes and celebrates the memory of Bill Tippit, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, community activist and lover of books who has been a great friend to countless residents and crucial causes. A kindly gentleman, Bill throughout his lifetime eagerly helped people and animals alike in matters large and small, and especially cherished volunteering as a reading partner at the Overland School Library and at the Rancho Park Library.  He frequently attended neighborhood meetings, and if he was often seen reading a book while others talked, it was because Bill knew books to be a remarkable source of delight and illumination and a pathway to knowledge offering solutions to any dilemma, crisis or momentary setback.  And so the City recognizes and treasures the vast contributions and even vaster heart, soul and splendid spirit of Bill Tippit, whose caring ways and steadfast deeds have helped to make the City of Los Angeles a better place in which to work and live.

American Indian Heritage Month

November is celebrated as American Indian Heritage Month, and here in Los Angeles that means an extraordinarily rich diversity of experiences, traditions and accomplishments are featured and honored. In 2011, special recognition is being given in to the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission on the 35th anniversary of its founding.

This year's festivities were launched on October 28 at City Hall with a terrific gathering of participants, including --representing UCLA and pictured here -- Nora Pulskamp (UCLA's class of 2003). Nora is Navajo, lives in Studio City and has already made a mark working in academics and the public sector.   She is a proud example of involvement and achievement.

American Indian Heritage Month is a month-long (and more) outpouring of cultural events, arts activities, and free music classes for elementary, middle, and high school students.  Those with a key role in making this possible include The Walt Disney Company, Nielsen, Fox Audience Strategy, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) through its Music LA Program,  ABC7, Media Image PR, Time Warner Cable, Bank of America, SEIU, Southern California Edison, United American Indian Involvement, Inc.'s Seven Generations Child and Family Counseling Services, and Southern California Indian Center, Inc.

A list of all activities and events is available at  For more information, call (213) 922-9762, or follow the Heritage month Facebook page at

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