Dear friends,

Here in the 5th District, we are gifted every day by the activism of local constituents and neighborhood groups.  Such amazing public participation is a wonderful advantage.  By joining together to promote harmony and safety, and by caring about protecting and improving our local quality of life, neighbors become friends and strangers allies, and bonds are built that make a family of us all.

Critics of Los Angeles have alleged that in our immense, sprawling city, people feel no close connection to each other, and perhaps after a long day, with a long way still to go, it might sometimes feel that way.  But we're not alone – far from it – and gloriously fun and productive events organized and held in the community prove it. That's why this special issue of the Hi-5 focuses on some exciting local events taking place this weekend that are made possible through the devoted efforts of neighborhood councils and other local involved groups, demonstrating the friendship and resolve you can find throughout the year, just by checking out the community calendar and showing up.

So to any cynics, skeptics and naysayers who claim that Angelenos don't give a hoot about their local neighborhoods, I say look again, take note of the immense efforts of all involved – and come join the party! 



First annual Pick Pico weekend event

June, 2012 starts off in grand fashion, with the first annual Pick Pico Weekend being held on June 1–3 in order to highlight the many virtues and delights you can discover on Pico Boulevard. Thanks go to the Westside Neighborhood Council for its fantastic leadership role in making this possible!  More than 75 stores and restaurants in the area will be offering great deals and discounts in order to promote the pleasures and benefits of shopping locally. A large number of Westwood Charter students, the "Pico Pushbroom Patrol," will begin the event by cleaning and sweeping the Boulevard – isn't that tremendous!

Everyone is invited to the official formal kick-off on Saturday, 10:00 AM at the corner of Pico and Pelham.  A free reusable Pick Pico Bag containing a "Specials Insert" will be distributed to those who attend, and if you are seen carrying the bag with you while you shop during Pick Pico Weekend, you may just find yourself with a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of the Pico Prize Patrol.  Councilmember Koretz hopes to see you at this fine weekend event!

Palms Saturday

This Saturday June 2nd, the Palms Neighborhood Council will be hosting the annual Palms Bike Rodeo at 3520 Motor Ave (Los Angeles CA 90034), starting at 11:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.  This event is a fun-for-the-whole-family party that features great activities for kids and adults.  The Palms area has a long history with biking – the first in the nation BMX event was held at Palms Recreation on Overland Ave in the 1960s, and for many years the area has been a local and regional hub for bikers of all ages.  The area even sports the city's longest continually open bike shop, Palms Cycle, which has been open for over 70 years!

Bikes will be auctioned off for local kids, prizes will be awarded and free food will be available for all that come!  Thanks to the Palms Neighborhood Council for continually ensuring that this event takes place – come for the fun times and great food, and stay to pop a wheely or two!  Councilmember Paul Koretz will be there, so shake his hand and say hi!

SoRo Sunday – the annual SoRo Festival!

Councilmember Koretz shoots hoops at the 2011 SoRo Festival

The SoRo Neighborhood Council, in conjuction with SoRo INC, will be hosting the annual SoRo Festival on June 3rd from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on Robertson Blvd just north of HWY 10 and south of Cadillac Blvd.  The communities of SoRo have for years put this event on for the local and adjacent neighborhoods. You're invited to visit the local shops, listen to live music, delight in the tasty food and take part in games for the whole family.

Show your love of South Robertson by participating, enjoying and living SoRo! Thanks to the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and SoRo INC for ensuring that this event is a great success each and every year.  Councilmember Paul Koretz is always eager to attend the SoRo Festival, and this year is no different, so come and join him for the fun!  

Fire Station 71

Hungry?  Come to Fire Station 71's Pancake Breakfast, on Sunday, June 3 from 8:00 - 11:00 AM. Have fun, meet our public safety heroes and show community support for the LAFD!  This event promises to be a treat for people of all ages – there will be antique cars and fire trucks, t-shirts and a raffle, with 3 lucky families winning a dinner at the fire station.  The Fire House is at Sunset & Beverly Glen; breakfast is free but donations go for station improvements (and if you can't be there that morning for pancakes, you can still consider supporting the firefighters by sending a tax-deductible donation to Adopt Fire Station #71, P.O. Box 573, 914 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024).  Thanks go to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council and all involved for helping to organize this special occasion.


Tuesday, June 5 – Election Day – is rapidly approaching.  Please remember to vote, if you haven't yet done so.  Electoral participation is one of the great privileges available to all of us who have the right to vote, and it's a crucial way to weigh in with your choices. 

If you have any questions about voting (polling locations, vote by mail deadlines, etc.) in this primary election, a great website to visit is that of the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk:

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