May 25, 2012
In this issue:
Plastic bag ban
Fighting for Economic Justice
Tower Lane update
Crestview Neighborhood Association
West LA Office
822 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
On Sunday, May 27, Operation Blankets of Love will be hosting a Bingo Night Benefit at Hamburger Mary's, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Donations will help Operation Blankets of love provide aid and comfort to more than 2,000 homeless animals a month in shelters, rescue groups, and fosters.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.operationblanketsoflove.com/
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/.
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.
The Westside Neighborhood Council will hold its first annual Pick Pico Weekend from June 1-3.
This 3 day community event will feature over 75 stores offering special deals or discounts to those who EAT PLAY or SHOP on Pico Boulevard.
For more details please visit the WNC website.
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!
The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) announced that the City of Los Angeles will host a series of 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, 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
The Encino Neighborhood Council is offering a series of FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes on the following Monday mornings:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes will be held at:
4935 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
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: email@example.com
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
The LAPD and LAFD are hosting the 3rd Annual Safe Summer Tip-off Youth Basketball Event on Saturday, June 9.
The event will feature a basketball game between LAPD Officers and LAFD Firefighters, activities to build unity among the youth, appearances by celebrity guests, entertainment, a complimentary lunch, and opportunities to learn more about the two departments and youth programs championed by the City and the community.
Questions? Please call (213) 486-5919 or visit facebook.com/safesummertipoff
Nomination forms for the Century City Chamber's Women of Achievement event will be accepted until Friday, June 15.
The event will be held on October 18th at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90210 from 11:30am - 1:30 pm.
For more information, please visit:
On Wednesday, July 25, the Century City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Summer in the City Networking Fiesta from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Pink Taco, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City.
Please click here for more information.
LADWP REMINDS CUSTOMERS TO 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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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)
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
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 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!
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.
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 http://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 http://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.
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.
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 HERE.
For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.
For more information on the Asian citrus psyllid and how it can affect California citrus, please click HERE.
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.
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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With the approach of Memorial Day, even while we may be enjoying a holiday weekend's respite from the grind of work, we have time anew for reflection about liberty and service.
To those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while wearing the uniform of this country, and to their families and loved ones, we give our undying thanks, and so we memorialize their contributions and heroism.
To all who have ever risked their life in order to serve for the sake of this nation, we honor such bravery and patriotism.
Here in the 5th District, we have a living reminder every day of this continued and remarkable legacy, whenever we pass the Veterans Administration facilities, but of course there are veterans, and their friends and families and survivors, all across Los Angeles and the nation and world. There is no place that isn't touched by the lives of those who have served, and by the loss of those who gave all.
Since we remain in wars, we also have many Americans serving in the toughest of circumstances, and those who return to us here in L.A. will face countless challenges in changing times. All who wear this country's uniform do so in the name of national security, democracy and liberty, and we owe them dearly. Our city, state and nation all need to ensure their welcome and well-being, as best we can. Each of us can do our part to show our utmost respect and appreciation.
Have a magnificent Memorial Day weekend, and again, thank you.
Plastic bag ban
Councilmember speaks at a citizen's rally at City Hall
On Wednesday, May 23, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a ban on plastic bags at L.A. markets. This historic move, promoted thanks to a motion by Councilmember Koretz, puts Los Angeles at the forefront of environmental leadership.
The public is increasingly, happily accustomed to using more sustainable multi-use canvas bags, and so adjustment may be swift. With approval of a ban on plastic carry-out bags, we are now looking at the end of the destructive epidemic of these single use bags, which end up littered and despoiling our neighborhoods and parks, harming our waterways, oceans and creatures within, and costing the city plenty when it comes to the resources devoted to cleanup and the eventual use of precious landfill space. Indeed, the measure taken was requested by the City's Bureau of Sanitation and Board of Public Works precisely because of the logistical nightmare and fiscal costs resulting from the presence, everywhere, of these bags.
From left to right: Heal the Bay Boardmember Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Councilmember Koretz, and Kirsten James, Water Quality Director at Heal the Bay
Action had to be taken – action which had been forestalled in the past by special interest lobbying – and so the Koretz-led ban effort had a groundwell of support, from the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News, environmental organizations such as Heal the Bay, and the public at large, as manifested by the extraordinary support signaled officially by more than thirty neighborhood councils, but also expressed individually through myriad constituent calls, letters and emails.
Prior to the vote, a "citizens rally" was held, overseen by Heal the Bay but featuring various environmental organizations, elected officials (including Councilmember Koretz), celebrity activists, multi-use bag makers who say that many new green jobs will result from the ban, and others who strongly support this big step forward. Free canvas multi-use bags were given out at this event, as they often are by various governmental agencies, community-based groups and businesses across Los Angeles.
Councilmember Koretz with bag ban supporters Sharon Lawrence of Curb Your Enthusiam, and Rachel Lafavre of A Gifted Man
Los Angeles is now the largest city in the nation, by far, to ban plastic single use carry-out bags. The City also took action on single use carry-out bags made from paper, which also have dire environmental consequences, not the least of which involves the countless trees felled in order to make the bags.
As a result of the May 23 vote, an ordinance will be drawn up while an environmental review takes place. (This environmental review phase will also allow for final recommendations concerning some of the exact details of this ban.) That should only take about four months because in many ways the City's efforts will be based on the successful model of the L.A. County rules regarding unincorporated areas of the County. The Council will then vote on the proposed ordinance, and when that ordinance is approved, there will be a six-month educational "grace" period: stores will be able to use up their existing supply of bags while consumer outreach occurs. After those six months, plastic carry-out bags will be banned at larger stores (with no charge for paper bags during that time). After an additional six months, such plastic bags will be banned at the smaller stores as well, and a 10 cent fee on paper bags will then be implemented at all designated stores. It has been reported that there has been a 94% drop in use of single use paper bags at stores affected by the L.A. County ban, due to the 10 cent fee, so it is hoped that a City of L.A. ban on paper carry-out bags won't be necessary, but 2 years after the ordinance is approved, all aspects will be examined, including whether an outright ban on single use carry-out paper bags should be considered.
Councilmember Koretz and Heal the Bay "clock" plastic bags
Of course, the initial six-month educational "grace" period will be used to make clear a lot of pertinent facts, such as that markets will still be allowed, as always, to use appropriate bags to enclose meat, fish and other food products to ensure safe handling. In the end, the May 23 vote simply moves Los Angeles forward, in one major step, toward goals already embraced by countless Los Angeles residents who believe in responsible environmental practices and keeping our neighborhoods clean.
Councilmember Koretz and Council District 5 staff thank Heal the Bay, the City Council and Mayor, and other community supporters for the successful passage of the ban on plastic carry-out bags
Councilmember Koretz thanks the Council and Mayor for their resolve in supporting this effort. Among the Councilmembers who played a special role were Councilmember Paul Krekorian for seconding the Koretz motion; Councilmember Ed Reyes for being a leader in the cause from the start, due in particular to his concern about the negative effect of these bags on the L.A. River; Councilmember Jose Huizar for shepherding the motion through committee; Councilmember Eric Garcetti for joining with Councilmember Huizar in formulating some compromise details to ensure approval; and of course Council President Herb Wesson for overseeing a very difficult and deliberative process and making certain it never got derailed. But most of all, Councilmember Koretz salutes all of Los Angeles for being leaders in doing the right thing for our oceans and our neighborhoods.
After weeks crammed with exhaustive study of projected costs, intense meetings and tough decisions, the annual process ran its course, agreement was reached and the City of L.A.'s budget was finalized for the fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2012.
Throughout budget season, long, hard hours are involved, with budget sessions lasting, often enough, into the wee hours, and all kinds of options and assumptions being put under severe scrutiny. Councilmember Koretz is thankful to everyone who participated, but he's especially grateful to members of the public who gave of their own time and effort to speak up powerfully regarding key budget priorities.
It wasn't easy, but the Councilmember is content that his major goals were priorities in the final budget. After years of harsh budget cuts, hard choices still had to be made, but crucial constituent services will be protected, the Los Angeles Fire Department will be given much needed funding (although still more is needed) and other public safety services remain safeguarded, and all without more layoffs being imposed.
This next budget, though spartan, was possible because of the painful choices that have been made by the City Council during the recent years of fiscal crisis – crisis that has been faced by almost all governmental jurisdictions in the face of the national and global economic downturns. Here in Los Angeles, during that time, thousands of positions have been eliminated. City employees now pay a greater share of their health care and retirement costs and accept numerous unpaid vacation days. There have been dramatic cuts, with Councilmember Koretz always seeking ways to get rid of waste while maximizing efficiency from the resources that remain. The budget season is never easy or simple, and so again, the Councilmember thanks all who took part for their patience, passion and prudence.
Last month, Councilmember Koretz testified at a METRO hearing in support of the Westside Subway Extension
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors has approved the Constellation station, as part of the long-awaited Westside subway extension from downtown to the Westwood area.
This is great news for Century City, surrounding neighborhoods and the entire Greater Los Angeles region, not only because the Constellation site has been selected, but also because second and third phases of the project have also been approved, so that the project will now reach Century City and also Westwood, which is a major employment center and home to UCLA.
The choice of the Constellation site means that the subway will go directly to the heart of Century City, which is a huge center of commerce, and jobs and is close to many residents, and that will help countless commuters who now will ride the subway rather than clog streets and freeways with their automobiles. The Century City station will also be a key link in the overall regional nexus, linking key shopping and job centers with residential communities, providing a fast, safe and frequent high-capacity alternative to automobiles and their pollution and gridlock.
A month ago, transportation officials certified the environmental documents for the entire project but formally approved only the project’s first 3.9 miles, in order to honor Beverly Hills city leaders’ request for a hearing about the subway segment that will go under the high school. Of course, now the job of construction – which brings many much-needed industry jobs – begins, but all of Los Angeles is much, much closer to a very desirable transportation option.
Throughout the Fifth Council District, individuals do their part to support our veterans in many different ways. We are especially fortunate to have Jackie Freedman and Dr. Laura Lake working day in and day out to improve to lives of our returning heroes. Jackie and Laura started the Coalition for Veteran's Land,which is dedicated to ensuring that the VA Campus in West Los Angeles is used for veterans services. They are also devoted to developing housing throughout the region for female veterans and their children. Jackie also serves on New Directions, the premiere provider of services to homeless and recovering veterans. Thank you, Dr. Laura Lake, Jackie Freedman, the Coalition for Veteran's Land, and New Directions: you are all making life better for veterans, their families, and the City of Los Angeles!
Fighting for Economic Justice
Councilmember Koretz was honored by CLUE-LA as a "Giant of Justice" for his efforts in support of working men and women in the City of Los Angeles
CLUE – Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice – is an esteemed organization devoted to community involvement, civic improvement and social progress. In mid-May, Councilmember Koretz was honored by CLUE-LA as a "Giant of Justice" for his efforts in support of the working men and women of the City of Los Angeles. The Councilmember is humbled to have received this honor and is committed to continuing the fight to keep jobs and promote the creation of new ones in the City of Angels.
Tower Lane update
One of the biggest stories in the 5th Council District this past year has been the controversies surrounding the proposed mega-manstion complex on Tower Lane in Benedict Canyon. The Los Angeles Times has reported that a Saudi Prince is the property's ultimate owner. The formal corporate owner, Tower Lane Properties, has now filed suit, asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to order the City to allow the project to move forward without environmental review.
Much of the community has been quite concerned about this proposed mammoth project – though it has been scaled down from 85,000 square feet down to 60,000 square feet, it still would be immense compared to surrounding homes, and residents worry that the construction involved might have major environmental consequences regarding grading and hauling. Councilmember Koretz continues to insist that appropriate, rigorous environmental review take place. Any eventual court ruling on this matter will be reported in the Hi 5 newsletter.
This alley in the Westwood Gardens community was paved due to the work of Council District 5 staff and the Bureau of Street Services
Councilmember Koretz and his staff are determined to do everything we can, in times of limited resources, to repair our aging infrastruture – and these pictures tell that tale. This alley was in terrible condition and had been ignored by the city since it was first paved. With careful coordination of the 5th District staff and the Bureau of Street Services, the City was able to pave a long stretch of this alley in Westwood Gardens for the betterment of the community! Thanks to General Manager Nazario and his team for making this a reality.
Crestview Neighborhood Association
Councilmember Koretz joined hundreds of neighbors at the Crestview Block Party this past weekend. Organized by the Crestview Neighborhood Association, this event comes around every two years and brings together the community with family events, crafts, recreation and FOOD! Councilmember Koretz is always happy to visit the communities he represents – and this quiet corner of South Robertson is typical of a CD5 neighborhood: friendly, active and involved. Special thanks to Beth Ryan who led the charge in organizing this event, and to the rest of the Crestview Board for making it a reality.