May 18, 2012

In this issue:

Budget Update

The 5th District has been home to HOUSE


Adult Education


Welcoming Trader Joes to 3rd and Fairfax

Liza Braude


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 10th Annual Los Angeles HPOZ Conference, Saturday May 19, 2012 from 8:30am to 4:00pm

Join the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning and the Los Angeles Conservancy for a day of workshops, tours, and networking to learn more about how to protect the unique character of Los Angeles' historic neighborhoods known as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs).

The HPOZ Conference will feature your choice of a walking tour in Hollywood Grove, Melrose Hill, or Whitley Heights HPOZ.

The conference will take place at Celebrity Centre International, the former Chateau Elysee, Historic-Cultural Monument #329, 5930 Franklin Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029.


For more information please contact Flora Chou at mailto:fchou@laconservancy.org


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The Encino Neighborhood Council is offering a series of FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes on the following Monday mornings:

May 21st, June 4th and June 11th (no class on Memorial Day, May 28th)

All are welcome, participants will receive one free Disaster Preparedness Kit (limit one per family)

To register, please call: 818-817-6998 or email: tbarseghian@ucla.edu

Classes will be held at:

4935 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316

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BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY IS IN MAY

Join thousands of kids and their parents throughout California and bike to school any day in May.

Pick a safe route to school with your parent’s, get your parents permission, wear a helmet and be a part of a healthy and fun way to get to school.

For more information: Contact Safe Moves at (818) 786-4614

The School Bicycle Safety and Transit Education Program is sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

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Liberty Hill Foundation is offering a  free downloadable 80-page resource guide to help L.A. City businesses become more sustainable. Go green while saving money.

Check it out!

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The Mulholland Educational Corridor Association will be holding a FREE Electronic Waste Recycling event 

May 19th from 9am to 2pm at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church (Parking Lot), 16221 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Bring your broken or outdated electronics: Computers, TVs, Monitors, Laptops, Cellphones, VCRs, DVD Players, Radios, VHS tapes, DVD's, CD's. Small Electric Appliances, and Alkaline Batteries

Paint, CFL bulbs, car batteries, washer, dryers, and refrigerators will not be accepted.

Learn more at: www.facebook.com/
MulEdCorAssociation


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Greenway Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the extension through May 20th of the critically-acclaimed world premiere play, "The Bewildered Herd," by local playwright Cody Henderson. 

Please visit http://www.greenwayarts.tix.com/=and enter the code: TWOFOR for your discount.

See what the critics have been saying thus far:

"Herd" finds fertile ground exploring the insidious ways in which people convince each other on the most intimate of levels.” – LA Times

“An amazing night of theatre, punctuated by head spinning dramatic action, and the birth of a very sinister character, Bingo.   This is definitively one theatrical event not to miss.”  – Joe Straw #9

 “You’re guaranteed to be talking about what you saw long after the curtain has fallen on this heady game of psychological revenge.” -StageSceneLA


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The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) announced that the City of Los Angeles will host six BOS Waste Tire Drop-off Collection Events that will allow city residents to cleanup and eliminate used/waste tires from their homes.

The FREE Waste Tire Drop-off Collection Events will take place in conjunction with the Sanitation’s annual Open Houses. The dates and locations are:

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
North Central District Yard, 452 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
South Los Angeles District Yard at The Expo Center, 3990 Menlo Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90037

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Harbor District Yard, 1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
West Los Angeles District Yard, 2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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On Tuesday May 22nd, The Century City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Los Angeles County District Attorney Candidates Forum from 7:30-9:30am at Century Plaza Towers - Conference Center, Concourse Level, 2029 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA 90067

For registration and more information please visit: www.centurycitycc.com

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The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and New Directions, Inc. will be holding their 2nd Annual Walk for Warriors.

Walk for Warriors is a
fun, community-oriented 5K run/walk to take place on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 at the West LA Veterans Affairs Campus.

Proceeds from Walk for Warriors will help New Directions provide
transitional services for returning veterans. By participating in Walk
for Warriors, you will help support our nation’s veterans and the
thousands of men and women who are currently serving our country.

For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.walkforwarriors.org/.

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The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education is coordinating:
 
KIDS OCEAN DAY, Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up on Thursday, June 7th to bring elementary students together for a beach clean-up and Aerial Art.

When: Volunteers are needed  from 7:30 am - 1:30 pm to greet, guide and mentor students throughout the event. Volunteers will greet students as they arrive and lead them through the clean-up and into the Aerial Art. Volunteers must have a willingness to help out at the event in any way, as needs arise - a team effort. Without volunteers this event would not be possible.

Where: Dockweiler State Beach (The end of Imperial Highway between Playa del Rey and Manhattan Beach)

Training: A training session will be held for volunteers at 7:30 am on the day of the event.

Contact: Jennifer Cohen, Volunteer Manager by phone: 310-570-5577 or email: volunteer@kidsoceanday.org

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The Century City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 30th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards Luncheon on June 7th, at the Hyatt Regency Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars.

For registration, honoree information, and ticket prices, please visit: http://www.centurycitycc.com/events/?event_id=298


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LADWP REMINDS CUSTOMERSTO CONSERVE WATER

Reduced Snowpack & Increased Water UseCall for Increased Conservation

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today reminds customers that Mandatory Water Conservation remains in effect and urges customers to increase their water conservation efforts where possible.  Overall, water conservation in Los Angeles has been remarkable over the past five years, but recently customer use has been on the rise.

Since 2009, when Mandatory Water Conservation took effect, LADWP water customers have successfully reduced water consumption citywide by nearly 20%. Though overall water use continues to be significantly lower than it has in the past, water use in recent months has risen sharply since January. Year-to-year trends are more modest, but are still cause for concern with overall water use from July 2011 to March 2012, up nearly 3% when compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year. Single-family residential customers alone have demonstrated an increase in water use of more than 5% for the same period, while multi-family residential customers are up just over 1%.

LADWP urges all customers to keep saving water, and money, by continuing to abide by Mandatory Water Conservation measures put into effect in 2009.  Reducing water use is as simple as checking sprinkler timers, checking indoors for leaky faucets and toilets, and using a hose fitted with a shut-off nozzle when watering landscape or washing your car.

“In 2011, our customers reached a per capita water usage of 123 gallons daily – the lowest in Los Angeles in more than 40 years and the currently the lowest among any U.S. city with a population over one million,” said James McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager, LADWP Water System. “Still, even with this remarkable achievement, recently we’ve noticed water use on the rise and with temperatures climbing and summer coming, we’re asking our customers to once again take a look at their water use and see how they can use less.”

The recent uptick in water use this fiscal year is especially concerning following a dry winter and a below-normal snowpack this year. Dry years require increased purchases of expensive imported supplies from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to supplement Los Angeles’ water supply, resulting in higher costs for customers. LADWP customers can curb the impact of the dry winter by increasing water conservation efforts to reduce the city’s overall water demand and thereby reduce the amount of purchased water needed. Since LADWP customers pay only for water used, without any fixed water charges, any additional reduction in water use will result in direct savings on their water bills compared to what they would have paid without conservation.

In June 2009, the City of Los Angeles instituted Mandatory Water Conservation, which restricted outdoor watering and prohibited certain uses of water. The outdoor watering restrictions currently in effect allow customers to use sprinklers three days a week based on their street address. Customers whose address ends with an odd number – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – are allowed to use sprinklers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Customers whose addresses end in even numbers - 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 – are allowed to use sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Watering with sprinklers is allowed before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. only, regardless of the watering day, for a maximum of eight minutes per station.

Mandatory Water Conservation also places restrictions on specific water uses, which also remain in effect. Restrictions include prohibiting customers from hosing down driveways and sidewalks, requiring all leaks to be fixed, and requiring customers to use hoses fitted with shut-off nozzles only, among other measures. 

To assist customers in conserving water, LADWP offers numerous rebate programs and incentives for switching to water-efficient devices as well as tips for easy ways to reduce water use. Information on the water conservation rebates, as well comprehensive information on Mandatory Water Conservation, is available at http://www.ladwp.com  or by calling 1-800-DIAL DWP.

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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.


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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 Thursday from 12 -6pm.

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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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 www.beachreportcard.org.

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!

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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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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 Service 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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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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Budget Update


Councilmember Koretz has been a vocal leader for funding of the Los Angeles Fire Department

On May 15th, the Council's Budget Committee completed its work on the budget for the City’s new fiscal year, which begins July 1.  The full Council will consider the committee's recommendations on Monday, May 21.     

Despite the City's budget difficulties, there is good news.  Throughout the committee process, Councilmember Koretz was, as always, a strong advocate for funding of the Los Angeles Fire Department, as well as a fighter for resources for the 5th District.  Now, following the committee's deliberations, the Fire Department is slated to receive the single biggest budget increase anywhere in the City – not enough in the view of Councilmember Koretz, but an increase nonetheless, and that's a crucial accomplishment in these tough fiscal times.

In addition, the committee was successful in its commitment to responsibly fund other public safety services, and also avoided triggering any layoffs. Plus, the Councilmember had a lead role in convincing others to agree to some modest increases in budgeting for quality of life services such as tree trimming and alley repaving, and the committee was able to find a small amount of additional funds for cleaning up our parks.

L.A.'s budget difficulties are hardly unique, since cities and other governmental jurisdictions across the city and around the world have faced perilous times since the national and global economies suffered deep decline several years ago, with recovery being slow and treacherous sledding. It's worth noting that here in Los Angeles, the City Council has already made some really tough choices over the past three years – choices none liked but which were required to keep the City fiscally sound.  As just a few examples, the City has eliminated thousands of positions; its employee-partners are paying more for their healthcare and more for their retirement as well as being forced to take unpaid vacation days; and even with all the budget cutting, the Council has even been able to increase the City's reserve fund by a small amount, because it is wise to always have a rainy day fund for some new and unexpected emergency, which certainly can happen in Southern California.  Throughout this process, the Council has worked to prioritize and maintain essential city services as best as possible, with public safety and public works getting the lion’s share of attention.  Still, all of this budget cutting, while necessary, has meant less services. Times have stayed tough.  Councilmember Koretz will continue to push reforms and efficiencies and to seek to make government as accountable and as efficient as possible.


The 5th District has been home to HOUSE


Councilmember Koretz and "HOUSE" star Hugh Laurie at City Hall

The critically acclaimed television series, "HOUSE," is coming to an end after eight remarkable seasons.  Because this show has been made almost entirely in Los Angeles, Councilmember Koretz wanted to thank those responsible for the benefits such business brings to our city, by honoring the HOUSE creative team -- including Hugh Laurie, who has charmed and challenged countless audiences as Dr. Gregory House, the brilliant but difficult doctor and diagnostician. 

The final episode of HOUSE will air on FOX on Monday, May 21, as part of a two-hour Series finale event that begins with a one-hour retrospective special that will look back at this groundbreaking, seminal series and feature interviews with the series' stars and producers, special original content and other surprises.  The retrospective will be followed by the emotional series finale episode starring, of course, Laurie in his magnificent portrayal of House, and directed by the series' creator and executive producer, David Shore.

The entertainment industry is absolutely essential to this City's economic well-being, cultural heritage and artistic legacy, and so Councilmember Koretz saluted HOUSE for being among our local entertainment industry's great critical and commercial success stories -- and by local, let it be noted that for all eight years, principle photography took place on the Fox lot in Century City, right here in the 5th District.  HOUSE, therefore, has enriched the people of Los Angeles with jobs, commerce and revenues, while showcasing the unparalleled advantages enjoyed by television and film endeavors that utilize this City's amazing wealth of talented people and knowledgeable businesses. 


From left to right: "HOUSE" Co-Executive Producer Gerrit Van Der Meer, actor Hugh Laurie, Councilmember Koretz, and series creator and executive producer David Shore

HOUSE premiered on November 16, 2004.  To date, HOUSE and those involved in its making have been honored with five Emmy Awards and twenty-five Emmy Award nominations (including four for Outstanding Drama Series and six for Hugh Laurie for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), the 2006 Humanitas Prize, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Writers Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award and five People's Choice Awards, while also being named one of the TV Programs of the Year by the American Film Institute.  HOUSE, the character of Dr. House, and the tremendous assortment of dazzling actors who have played major roles on HOUSE have all gained massive global recognition.  The show was recently designated as the world's most popular current television program, watched by a whopping 81.8 million people in 66 countries, according to the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records (the second time the show has garnered such recognition).  In the increasingly influential world of social media, the show was recently deemed the most talked-about television show, while the character of Dr. House was named the most discussed fictional character on Facebook for 2011. 
 
Councilmember Koretz praised HOUSE, Fox and all involved for choosing Los Angeles to be the home for production, and announced that Monday, May 21st, the day of the show's finale, would also be "HOUSE Day in the City of Los Angeles."


Adult Education

One of the most important programs provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is adult education, which delivers basic education and career training services to over 250,000 adults in the greater Los Angeles area.  These programs have a significant impact on the economic and social structures of Los Angeles, which is already burdened with the most under-educated and under-employed population of any metropolitan region in the United States.

As the Los Angeles Board of Education continues to grapple with yet another year of inadequate funding from the state, it is understandable how difficult it must be to determine which programs are worthy of funding and which ones should be eliminated.  Unfortunately, the Adult Education program is currently on the chopping block.  Depending on management’s negotiations with their employee representatives, it will be partially funded or completely eviscerated. 

Councilmember Koretz wrote to each Board Member, asking that they very carefully consider any possible way to maintain funding for these adult education programs.  Given the fragile nature of the state’s efforts at economic recovery, it is likely that elimination of the District’s Adult Education’s programming could result in an extension of the current recession. According to Councilmember Koretz, “Adult education provides under-employed adults the continued opportunity to pursue educational and career training, allowing them to contribute to our economic recovery, maintain opportunities for all communities and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency, increase the likelihood that they will be able to keep their kids in school, and help close the skills gap between a 20th and 21st century workforce.”


Welcoming Trader Joes to 3rd and Fairfax


Trader Joe's opens its new location on the Northwest corner of 3rd and Fairfax

Who doesn't love Trader Joes? A sparkling, inviting, stocked full of organic earthy yummyness, store is opening at the new Gilmore Station project on the Northwest corner of 3rd and Fairfax - across from the historic Farmers Market. With wider aisles and extra space overall this latest Trader Joes should relieve congestion at other CD5 locations and provide a convenient neighborhood market for the Fairfax District. The store is pedestrian friendly with public plazas, bike racks and inviting landscaping.

The overall Gilmore Station project also includes a Mendocino Farms with its famous fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as more retailers to come ranging from beauty supplies to stationary. The project is the result of months of work and partnership between the developer, the Mid City West Community Council, other area residents and stakeholders and Councilman Paul Koretz.


Liza Braude


Councilmember Koretz and Councilmember Bill Rosendahl welcome Liza Braude of Beanfields Chips to City Council

Councilmember Koretz was pleased to see Liza Braude, daughter of the late, legendary Councilmember Marvin Braude, when she was honored recently by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl at City Hall. Liza Braude is the founder and owner of Beanfields Chips and she recently won Best in Show at the Natural Products Expo West 2012. More than a quarter of a century ago, Koretz was an aide for Councilmember Braude, who set a grand example of civic involvement by courageously championing many historic causes.


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