July 3, 2012

In this issue:

Fourth of July Greetings

Having a safe 4th of July

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

Fourth of July message from the Traffic Safety Coalition

Help is sought, and a City reward is offered!

Fireworks Shows in Los Angeles County

Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association's 9th Annual 4th of July Parade

Clean Air

Freedom School

In loving memory


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

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The Century City Chamber of Commerce will be holding its "In the Spotlight" Cocktail Reception & Networking Mixer on Thursday, July 11, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, 90067.

Click here for registration or more information.


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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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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.


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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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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

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 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.

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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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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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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.

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Fourth of July Greetings



Dear Friends,

I hope you have a magnificent 4th of July holiday.

Independence Day is a patriotic occasion, that time when we celebrate the birth of this nation, but it is also an opportunity to reflect on what it means to live in the United States of America.

We continue to face challenges and division.  The ongoing resistance to solving our health care crisis underscores such problems.  It would be great if we could truly figure out how to help each other, and strengthen our society, with compassion, determination and understanding. Instead, on so many crucial issues including fixing the economy and protecting the environment, we encounter not just an impasse but deliberate obstruction.

The good news, the inspiring truth, is that this nation is far healthier than political conflict in D.C. makes it seem. That's because we really do know how to stay united, and that's clearly evident thanks to people like you – people who are community-involved and aware and who care about making things better.  Los Angeles, like the rest of the state, nation and world, has huge problems to solve, but we are profoundly united in our willingness to work together, broaden our ranks, make new friends and get things done.  I see that every day, at meetings and community events across the 5th District, and I know that we are not alone, and that this spirit of shared endeavor is how true progress is made in the USA.  So I thank all of you for who you are and what you do. 

Thanks, also, to our troops overseas – may they all return safe and sound, with a happy and secure future ahead of them, having worked so hard and at such risk for the principles that our nation has stood for since its birth.

May your Independence Day be fun, safe, meaningful and magical!

Sincerely,



PAUL KORETZ


Having a safe 4th of July

We hope you have a great Independence Day.  There are many ways to enjoy this holiday, including by attending events held throughout Southern California featuring safe, legal displays of fireworks at shows that are permitted, regulated and monitored. This issue of Hi 5 contains a list of some community events celebrating the 4th of July.

What is not appropriate, and too often results in tragedy, is the illegal use of fireworks. Victims often include children and adults alike who mistake fireworks for playthings, but also among the endangered are innocent people nearby as well as private property, since grievous harm can result both from errant projectiles and the fires they can cause.
 
In the strongest terms possible, we urge everyone to be diligent and steadfast in strictly respecting and obeying laws that forbid private, illegal possession and use of fireworks in this city.  



Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings, Los Angeles Fire Department, shares the following information precisely because illegal fireworks are such a tremendous concern for the LAFD and the city as a whole:

Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings wants you and your family to have a fun and safe 4 th of July. The best way to do that is to be prepared and know your local laws.

Firework Statistics

The use or sale of ALL FIREWORKS including safe and sane have been illegal in the City of Los Angeles since 1942 (except at approved shows).
The LAFD Anti-Fireworks campaign began in 1982.
The 4th of July is one of the busiest days of the year for emergency services.
Most emergency calls are for fires and injuries caused by people using illegal fireworks.
Most firecracker injuries happen to the eyes, hands, head, and face areas.
The highest numbers of injuries are firecrackers (26%), rockets (21%), and sparklers (11%).
Almost half of all people injured were children under the age of 15.
According to the United States eye registry, more bystanders are injured by fireworks than by the people who set them off.
Sparklers can heat up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit (that is hot enough to melt gold).
Possessing fireworks is a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of $1,000 and/or 1 year in jail.

Fireworks Safety Rules

IF YOU SEE A FIRE, CALL 9-1-1.
Never experiment with or make your own fireworks.
Never let anyone touch or pick up a dud firecracker that is lying on the ground. (contact the proper authority)
REMEMBER, animals have very sensitive hearing and can be stressed or frightened due to noise from fireworks. So:
Keep your pets indoors with the windows closed and the air conditioner on.
Turn on the television or radio to block some of the noise.

The goal of the LAFD Anti-Fireworks campaign is to:
Reduce the number of fire and injuries from fireworks.
Remind citizens that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles.
Encourage citizens to attend a public fireworks display.

PREVENT A NIGHTMARE ON THE 4th OF JULY. STAY AWAY FROM FIREWORKS. PLAY IT SAFE.ATTEND A PUBLIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: lafd.org
FOR A LIST OF FIREWORKS SHOWS IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA: safejuly4th.org


July 4th pet safety tips



The 4th of July is a fun and exciting time for many children and adults, but it is a nightmare for animals who cannot comprehend and may be terrified by the sudden explosions and frequent noises caused by fireworks, or who might face actual physical harm due to illegal fireworks set off in the immediate neighborhood.

That's why Los Angeles Animal Services and that department's General Manager, Brenda F. Barnette, have provided the following tip sheet:
       
FIREWORKS ARE NO FUN FOR PETS!
Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July

Make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for your pets! Some people love big gatherings and loud noises – but that can be very frightening for our pets.
Here are some Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:

• PLAN AHEAD
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the registration has your current address.In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag. These two simple steps help us reunite families if a pet does get lost.

You can contact any of our L.A. Animal Services Shelters and schedule an appointment to have their companion animal microchipped. The cost for the public is $25.00 per animal. Most veterinary clinics also offer microchipping.

• KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets inside. If you are having guests over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

• CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.

• KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

ADOPT NOW and Help Us Save MORE Animals
The fourth of July is a time shelter staff knows that we will have a sudden influx of lost and frightened animals. Our shelters are already over crowded. If you are considering adopting, please visit our shelters and adopt NOW or consider fostering a great dog or cat! They are counting on us. We are all they have.

The mission of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people. To learn more, please visit the website: 

www.LAAnimalServices.com


Fourth of July message from the Traffic Safety Coalition

This Fourth of July we are reminding parents and their children to be mindful of important traffic safety rules while walking or driving during the holiday.

One of the biggest dangers to Americans on the Fourth of July is traffic crashes.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that there were 800 roadway-related deaths on the Fourth of July between 2006 and 2010. IIHS is predicting that another 140 deaths occur this coming Wednesday, July 4th.

As a part of the July Fourth initiative, TSC has launched the "Declaration for Safe Celebration," a pledge highlighting steps each individual can take to ensure everyone stays safe on the road this holiday season.
 
Sign the Declaration here!

To view the TSC's press release on the Fourth of July and the Declaration for Safe Celebration, click here.


Help is sought, and a City reward is offered!


Councilmember Koretz joined with members of the Rainey family and representatives of the LAPD to announce the reward. 

Early in the morning of May 31, a horrendous and utterly senseless tragedy occurred, when Dr. Robert Rainey was murdered in his chiropractic office, located at 9255 Venice Blvd.  Police are investigating, and anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, West Bureau Homicide Unit, at (213) 382-9375 during business hours.  Tips  may also be directed to the 24-hour anonymous number, 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or Text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at http://lacrimestoppers.org/.  The LAPD has put out a "Community Alert" flier, which you are encouraged to study and also to share by email and other means.

Dr. Rainey, who was fifty-four years old, was adored by his wife and family, and was treasured by his patients and his many other friends and acquaintances  throughout the community.  (The office was located in a portion of Palms that will become part of the 5th Council District once redistricting is officially finalized.)  Robert Rainey was a rugged marathon runner but also a gentle person, known for his kind ways and generous spirit.   It is devastating for all the people who knew him to know that he was attacked and beaten to death.

At the request of the LAPD,  Councilmember Koretz, authored a motion, unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council, authorizing a reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Robert Rainey.  The sum of $50,000 shall be the aggregate maximum sum of any payment or payments of such a City reward.

On June 21, Councilmember Koretz joined with members of the Rainey family and representatives of the LAPD to announce the reward.  He said, "the sorrow this family feels must seem like a impossible burden to carry, but this entire city joins with them in mourning over such a cruel and tragic loss. We offer what comfort we can through the tears we shed and prayers we share, and through our strong actions described today.  My deepest, heartfelt condolences also go to this community, for Robert Rainey was a healer of people, a helper for those in pain and those in need, and a friend and ally to countless local residents, and so the community is stricken, has suffered and is in grief.  We will do what we can to stand up for law, justice and public safety, but also for the healing of the fabric of a community that like all communities, desperately deserves and seeks peace and safety from violence and crime."


Fireworks Shows in Los Angeles County

Professionally produced fireworks shows are the best and safest way to enjoy the 4th of July. The sale and use of fireworks in Los Angeles is illegal. Don't risk a fine or jail time when you can find so many wonderful fireworks events to enjoy. Don't become a statistic. Leave fireworks to the professionals.

The following list of fireworks shows and related schedules for 2012 is provided by the LAFD and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. You can check this website for updates – shows are listed by date, with more shows being added as locations and schedules are confirmed. That site is provided as a public service and the LAFD does not sponsor any of the shows listed. 

Los Angeles County Fireworks

July 3, 2012

Bell
City of Cudahy
5220 Santa Ana Street
Santa Ana Park
9:00 PM

La Mirada
La Mirada High School
13520 Adelfa Avenue
9:00 PM

Pomona
Latherman Development Center
3520 W. Pomona Blvd.
near Richardson Park
8:45 PM

Norwalk
City of Norwalk
12350 Imperial Hwy
Norwalk City Library
9:00 PM

July 4, 2012

Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista High School
3600 Frazier Street
9:00 PM

Calabasas
City of Calabasas
Calabasas High School
9:00 PM

Castaic Lake
Friends of Castaic Lake
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Barge on the Lake
9:00 PM

Cerritos
Cerritos High School
12500 E 183rd Street
9:00 PM

Claremont
City of Claremont
Pomona College Campus
9:00 PM

Commerce
City of Commerce
2535 Commerce Way
Rosewood Park
9:00 PM

Diamond Bar
City of Diamond Bar
Lorbeer Middle School
9:00 PM

Gardena
City of Gardena
13220 So. Van Ness Avenue
Rowley Park
9:00 PM

Irwindale
City of Irwindale
Open Lot at Water Reservoir
9:00 PM

La Crescenta
Crescenta Valley
2900 Community Avenue
Crescenta High School
9:00 PM

La Habra
La Habra High School
801 W Highlander
9:00 PM

Lancaster
Clear Channel Stadium
45116 Valley Central Way
9:30 PM

Lynwood
City of Lynwood
Lynwood City Park
9:00 PM

Malibu
Caruso Affiliated Holdings
21528 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu Barge
9:00 PM

Malibu
Donahue Wildman
27910 Pacific Coast Highway
Barge off Malibu
9:00 PM

Malibu
Execpro Services, Inc
22338 Pacific Coast Highway
Barge off Malibu
9:30 PM

Malibu
Malibu Colony Homeowners
80 Malibu Colony Road
Malibu Barge
9:00 PM

Marina Del Rey
LA Beaches & Harbor
Barge off Marina Del Rey
9:15 PM

Pico Rivera
City of Pico Rivera
6016 Rosemead Blvd.
Meller Elementary School
9:00 PM

Pomona
Fairplex
1101 W McKinley
9:00 PM

Rosemead
Rosemead Park
9200 Mission Avenue
9:00 PM

Santa Clarita
City of Santa Clarita
Valencia Town Center
9:15 PM

South El Monte
South El Monte High School
1001 North Durfee
9:00 PM

South Gate
South Gate Park
9615 Pinehurst Avenue
9:00 PM

Stevenson Ranch
Stevenson Ranch Euclid Management Company
26233 Faulkner Drive
Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial
9:00 PM

Torrance/Palos Verdes
Jackie & Rob Briles
Barge off Torrance Beach
9:00 PM

Walnut
Walnut High School
21201 La Puente Road
9:00 PM

Whittier
Friendly Hills Country Club
8500 Villa Verde Drive
9:00 PM

July 6, 2012

Avalon
Two Harbors Enterprises
Isthmus Cove Barge
9:00 PM


Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association's 9th Annual 4th of July Parade

Few things are as fun as a community parade, and Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association sure knows how to do it right, which is why the Association's 9th Annual 4th of July Parade is listed as a "must-do" on so many people's calendars of illustrious events!   Assembly for the parade starts at Warner Elementary School (615 Holmby Ave.) at 10:00 AM and heads toward the Holmby Park for a community party. What a great event for kids and adults alike!  it's scheduled to be over at 2pm, so don't be a loafer in getting there or you might miss out! 


Clean Air


Councilmember Koretz speaks at City Hall in support of the new EPA rules under the Clean Air Act: the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard and the Carbon Pollution Standards.

The threat of global warming is no longer news.  An overwhelming number of experts have weighed in to sound the alert, citing rapidly mounting evidence regarding extreme weather patterns.
 
Unfortunately, some on one far side of the political spectrum have tried to stifle discussion, discredit any warnings and prevent environmental safeguards from being enacted, often leading their attacks by saying mockingly, “what are they talking about? -- it’s not so hot!” This year, though, the critics are suddenly quiet, because so many records for hottest days and hottest years are being broken, with huge wildfires raging uncontrollably in part due to the heat and drought, and sudden and unpredictable storms adding to the chaos, danger and damage.
 
The Mayor and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action, led by UCLA researchers, have released a groundbreaking climate change study which shows that temperatures will rise significantly throughout the Los Angeles region by 2050.  Downtown Los Angeles will see triple the number of extremely hot days.  Some neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley will see an entire month’s worth of days exceeding 95 degrees per year.  The study further predicts unexpectedly higher warming in local mountains, which could seriously affect LA’s water supply.
 
The good news is that the City of Los Angeles is truly taking the lead regarding global warming and other major environmental issues.  The city is in harm’s way:  we will all be better off if we don’t wait until conditions grow truly disastrous.
 
On June 27th, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Councilmember Koretz' resolution in support of two new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules under the Clean Air Act: the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard and the Carbon Pollution Standards.
 
The Mercury rule, as it is known, addresses cleaning toxic air substances including mercury, lead, arsenic, chromium, nickel, and acid gases out of existing fossil fuel power plants.  Mercury poses a particular threat to pregnant women, children and developing fetuses.  EPA’s review suggests the rule will save residents as much as $90 billion dollars annually when fully implemented through lower health care costs.  This translates into as many as 11,000 lives saved, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks prevented, and 5,700 hospital visits avoided nationwide. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power expects to fully comply with the standards without affecting rates to consumers.
 
The second rule sets Carbon Pollution Standards for new power plants.  Many of us remember the days of constant smog alerts in Los Angeles back in the 1960s and 1970s.  The Clean Air Act, first approved by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970, significantly and noticeably improved the air quality in Los Angeles.  It’s high time to take it to the next level with these new rules, to save more lives and move us toward a cleaner energy future.
 
Supporters of our City’s new Clean Air Act resolution included Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Interfaith Power & Light (a group of religious leaders working to mitigate climate change, and members of local Neighborhood Councils).
Hopefully, more and more people, organizations and businesses will be joining in on such vital environmental causes.  


Freedom School


Left to right: LAUSD Boardmember Steve Zimmer, Andrea Sonnenberg of Stephen S. Wise Temple, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Senior Rabbi Eli Herscher, Rabbi Ron Stern, Jennifer Smith of Stephen S. Wise Temple

Councilmember Koretz was pleased and proud to be present for a recent historic breakthrough – Stephen S. Wise Temple's opening of the first Children's Defense Fund Freedom School to be sponsored by a Jewish organization on the West Coast, and only the second nationally.  Such Freedom Schools result from a partnership with the Children's Defense Fund, a world-renowned organization that champions the causes and interests of young people while helping them to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. By attending this new Freedom School, fifty children from Stanley Mosk Elementary School will reap the benefits of six fantastic weeks of literacy training, mentorship and enrichment activities, through a schooling experience that embodies stellar educational instruction and diversity.

The Councilmember saluted Stephen S. Wise Temple, which continues to build on its amazing and monumental legacy of service, leadership and social justice; Rabbi Eli Herscher, Rabbi Ron Stern and their fellow rabbis; Project Director Andrea Sonnenberg and Site Director Jennifer Smith; Stanley Mosk's principal, Barbara Friedrich; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; LAUSD School Board Member Steve Zimmer; Barry Worth of the Mayor's Office; and everyone from the Temple and all the donors who helped make this possible.

If you know of any willing partners to form more freedom schools in Los Angeles, please contact: Jennifer Smith at Stephen Wise jsmith@wisela.org.


In loving memory


Rabbi David Kane

Sadly, death is a fact of life, and so we mourn, honor and cherish the memory of those who are no longer with us but have meant so much to us or those near us.

Today, the 5th Council District office mourns the loss of someone most members of the staff never met but had learned to value and revere.  Rabbi David Kane passed away on June 23, and he was the beloved grandfather of Emily Kane, who was a Legislative Deputy for Councilmember Koretz during the first two years of his holding this office (she is now a practicing attorney who represents clients and causes with the dignity, energy and grace she always showed while working for the City). Rabbi Kane was of monumental meaning to Emily as well as many others, and through her the staff learned much about his wisdom.

Rabbi Kane came to Los Angeles as a Holocaust survivor in 1949.  Rabbi Kane was a well known Cantor and Rabbi, having served this country as an Army Chaplain, and having served the Jewish community of this area in many ways including more than 30 years at Temple Beth Shalom in Long Beach.
 
In 1952, David married the love of his life, Yetta, also a Holocaust survivor, whom he met at a refugee dance.  David and Yetta proudly raised three children and helped shape six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.   
 
Rabbi Kane survived both Auschwitz and Buchenwald.  By all accounts, his Holocaust experience taught Rabbi Kane to make the most of this life.  He loved singing, telling stories, eating and, most of all, people.  Rabbi Kane and his life partner Yetta even shared their wisdom by writing a book for their children and grandchildren, “How to Survive Anything.”
 
Rabbi Kane is survived by Yetta, his three adult children Barry, Jerry and Bryna, six grandchildren (including Emily), and two great-grandchildren.  May he rest in peace.


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