June 8, 2012

In this issue:

Beverly Glen alert!

Goodbye, Ray Bradbury

Visits by President Obama and candidate Romney

Cenutury City BID

Metro moves forward on preparation for construction of the Westside Subway Construction

Pink's – good guys

Improving transportation throughout Los Angeles

Westwood South of Santa Monica

Who doesn’t love a parade?

David Foster and Friends at Hamilton High School

Contact Information

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Los Angeles, CA 90035
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Valley Office
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Encino, CA 91436
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City Hall
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005


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 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 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


Open call for all artists and vendors! On Saturday, June 10th, Fun at the Fair Weekend is coming to Beverly Glen.

An exhibit space will feature a "Gallery Row" to showcase, all are welcome to share their talents and handmade items. Everything from fine arts, to plants, to olive oils and massages are welcome. All ages.

To find out more, please visit: www.beverlyglen.org.


The Encino Neighborhood Council is offering a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes on June 11th.

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


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.



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



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


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.



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.

Send us your news and events!
If you or your community group have any upcoming events that you would like to see featured in our next newsletter or on my website, please e-mail me at paul.koretz@lacity.org.

Please feel free to send this newsletter along to your friends and neighbors and tell them to visit the CD 5 website at http://cd5.lacity.org to sign up for this newsletter. 

Beverly Glen alert!

The Department of Water and Power will have a street crew working on Beverly Glen on Monday, June 11 from 9am to 3:30pm and then on Tuesday, June 12 from 9am - 3:30pm. They will be repairing 380 feet in need of more repaving due to the damage done by a water blow out back in February. The DWP will have Traffic Officers at the bottom of Sunset and top of Mulholland and there will be complete closure between Crater Lane and Corfu. People who live in the immediate vicinity will be flagged through. Message boards with alerts for motorists have now been placed in the area.

People in that general area should schedule their travel time accordingly, and might consider starting off earlier than usual on their travels during those days.

Please spread the word!

Goodbye, Ray Bradbury

Councilmember Koretz helped honor Ray Bradbury at City Hall during his 90th birthday celebrations in October 2010

The world was saddened to hear that Ray Bradbury passed away on June 5 at the age of 91.  Larger-than-life and hero to millions, he was born in Illinois but was a true adopted son of Los Angeles, and the 5th Council District was proud to be his home.  Ray is survived by a large family, including daughters Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian and Alexandra Bradbury, and eight grandchildren.

Few people can be spoken of in the same breath as Ray Bradbury.   A prolific writer of short stories, essays, columns, scripts and books, he spent much of his time in our public libraries, where he wrote, read and created the works which will give him life far beyond normal measure, and which charmed and excited the imagination.  He as much as anyone invented and revolutionized science fiction, but always helped lure people to ask questions and feel wonder about what it means to be human.

It's fascinating to think of the momentous effect he had on countless readers, because he himself was fascinated by how individual lives and whole worlds can be transformed, momentously, by even a seemingly modest action or event - something to keep in mind whenever you contemplate whether or not to take part in some local cause or community effort. The idea that the fluttering of one butterfly could eventually have a hugely far-reaching ripple effect on future historic events first appeared in "A Sound of Thunder," a short story he wrote about time travel, back in 1952.

Ray grew up in LA.  He went to LA High and spent years at Palms-Rancho Park library and wrote one of his most famous works, Fahrenheit 451 at UCLA's Powell Library.  He rode his bicycle around town and had an encyclopedic knowledge of our streets and neighborhoods, something that was reflected in mysteries he wrote late in life.  He also worked with and was friends of some of L.A.'s most famous writers and other creative people, and so it's no surprise that he would also mentor many younger writers over the course of several generations.

Before he entered politics, Councilmember Koretz had thought of becoming a science fiction writer because he had been so inspired by reading the works of Ray Bradbury, so he will always treasure that he had the honor of meeting Ray on a few occasions. The Councilmember considered him a personal hero, not just due to the scope of his work but because of his love of people: each short story, novel and poem was a link to those that he knew and those he would touch only through the ink and paper.

Ray Bradbury once said: “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”  He was a believer in the amazing - and he will be dearly missed.

Visits by President Obama and candidate Romney

President Obama has completed one of his Los Angeles visits, arriving the afternoon of Wednesday June 6 and leaving Thursday June 7.  This was not long after Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, came to town for similar reasons.  And doubtless, there will be many more fundraising visits by both, between now and November.  Of course, each time such visits occur, there is much concern about doing what we can to minimize any hardship and delay endured by the people of Los Angeles. 

It is not always easy for LAPD, DOT and other governmental agencies to plan for presidential campaign journeys on our streets and freeways: due to obvious reasons of national security and public safety, information about motorcade routes is closely guarded and subject to change.  That said, the good news is that Councilmember Koretz and staff are determined to do whatever they can to ease the burden on CD 5, and so have talked with the Secret Service, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol and various local municipal policing organizations about such matters. There is a real and shared interest regarding what we can do to improve communications and allow for the earlier release of information, done in a responsible manner while giving the public more time to plan ahead, adjust plans and avoid any transit hangups. Constructive dialogue is occurring with interjurisdictional meetings being scheduled.

Century City BID

Over the last three years, the BID has kept all of Century City clean, safe and beautiful

The City Council on Friday, June 8th paved the way for a ten-year extension of the Century City Business Improvement District (BID). Over the last three years, the BID has kept all of Century City clean, safe and beautiful. What the BID has done can easily be seen:  courtesy security patrols that assist residents and visitors to Century City alike, new and immaculately maintained landscaping and medians, new sleek pedestrian benches, trash and debris clean-up as well as clean sidewalks. Major upgrades to the iconic Century City fountains and entry are now underway by the BID.

The Century City BID should be applauded, not only for the great aesthetic and safety improvements but also for the fact this has all been done under budget. The BID has been so efficient with its funds that assessments for property owners will be going down next year. The BID staff, the entire governing board and particularly Executive Director Sara Bilger should all be applauded for their management success.  The City Council's June 8th vote in support of the BID is not the final step in the process of granting a ten-year extension, and local property owners and other constituent interests will have a later opportunity to weigh in.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) provide a structured mechanism to help businesses beautify our commercial corridors and otherwise contribute to improving the customer draw, the customer experience and overall local quality of life.  Other BIDs within Council District 5 include Westwood with new BIDs in the start-up process for Sherman Oaks, La Cienega, Melrose, and 3rd Street.

Metro moves forward on preparation for construction of the Westside Subway Construction

The community united behind Constellation Station. Credit: Jan Reichmann

As previously reported, the majority of the members of the Metro board voted on May 24th to approve the second and third phases of the Westside Subway Extension through Century City and Westwood.  The Metro board agreed with Councilmember Koretz that the Century City station at Constellation Ave. and the Avenue of the Stars was the best location for subway ridership and the only safe alternative for the project.  The board rejected the arguments made by Beverly Hills community members that the route under Beverly Hills High School was unsafe.  Subsequently, two lawsuits have been filed against Metro on this issue by the Beverly Hills Unified School District and the City of Beverly Hills.  Representatives of Metro are confident that Metro will eventually prevail as the lawsuit moves forward.

Pink's – good guys

Pink's in action, directly across from City Hall, participating in a fundraiser for The March of Dimes

Pink's Famous Hot dogs is a world-renowned 5th Council District 5 landmark.  Pink's is a family owned hot stog stand, at the corner of Melrose and La Brea, that's been dishing out the wieners, sauerkraut, red onions and other culinary niceties since 1939.  It is rare that one doesn't see a line of hungry and expectant customers lined up there, hungry and eager to chow down.  But Pink's doesn't just feed countless customers: the business and its people also devote time and resources to charities and community causes.

That's why it was no surprise, but still a delight, to see Pink's in action, directly across from City Hall, participating in a fundraiser for The March of Dimes, with city employees also taking part as volunteers.  Thanks for all that you do, Pink's!

Improving transportation throughout Los Angeles

Transportation improvements continue to take place across the region. For example, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa have announced that on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 noon, Metro will officially open to the public both the Culver City Station and the Farmdale Station along the recently opened Metro Expo Line: the Culver City station, which is off of National Boulevard between Venice and Washington Boulevards, is close to many 5th Council District constituents.  In addition, it was announced that patrons boarding trains at both the Farmdale and Culver City Station will receive free passes to use the Expo Line on that day. The public opening of the Culver City Station coincides with Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday "Summer Solstice" Happy Hour which features special offers and free goodies from over 25 participating businesses throughout the downtown area, as well as outdoor entertainment and activities. (Of course, we heartily encourage Culver City residents to shop at our many great businesses in CD-5!)  The event takes place every third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Culver City.

Westwood South of Santa Monica

Councilmember Koretz speaks at Westwood South of Santa Monica's annual meeting

On June 7, Councilmember Koretz attended Westwood South of Santa Monica's Annual Meeting.  As always, there was a lot to discuss with great community activists, including many productive city efforts. Numerous streets, including Olympic and Pico, have been repaved in the area. Neighborhood watches and some traffic mitigation measures have also been implemented. The Councilmember thanks everyone there for their hospitality and community leadership, and looks forward to more partnering with Westwood South to protect and improve the neighborhood.

Who doesn’t love a parade?
This weekend is full of important and fun LGBT events and festivities, so for more information, please visit http://lapride.org/.  On that site, you can also find out much information about the big parade on Sunday:  http://lapride.org/pride2012/parade.html.  Here is some of the parade information from that site – have a wonderful time, marchers and observers alike!:


Time & Route

Where do you run in to thousands of your nearest and dearest in Los Angeles? At the annual LA PRIDE Parade, set to step off this year on Sunday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m.

With over 400,000 participants, spectators and marchers, this emotionally charged experience, gathers together a colorful and diverse look at our creative community showcasing all that is great about the LGBT community. 

Attendees should plan to arrive early.

Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the Parade, which may be as late as 4:00 p.m.


Parking and traffic congestion on Parade day in West Hollywood is impossible at best; any vehicles parked illegally will be towed away. Suggested parking areas include East of Fairfax, Pacific Design Center, the Kings Road parking structure, and the Beverly Center. Parking permits in West Hollywood are waived from 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday.

Special Services

Christopher Street West will provide a prime, covered, viewing area on the parade route, with a special parking area for people with disabilities. Parking will be close to the viewing area and will not be blocked off in case you wish or need to leave before the end of the parade. This service is free of charge and is available ONLY by special permit. Permits and directions to the parking and viewing areas can be obtained by contacting the Christopher Street West office at (323) 969-8302 x18.

David Foster and Friends at Hamilton High School

Credit: Joel Lipton

The music program at Hamilton High School is legendary, and so Councilmember Koretz was delighted to attend the special "David Foster and Friends" fund-raiser at Hamilton, held to benefit that program.  Pictured here are Grammy nominee Brian McKnight, Grammy nominee trumpeteer Chris Botti, Billy Childs, producer David Foster, PK, Grammy nominee saxophonist Dave Koz, and Norman J. Pattiz.

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