August 3, 2012

In this issue:

Get well soon, Bill!

This year’s local National Night Out events on August 7th promise special fun and value!

Coming our way: Carmageddon II

Yet Lock



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 Federal Aviation Administration will be hosting a Public Hearing on Helicopter Noise in Los Angeles on Monday, August 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30 pm at Millikan Middle School, Burrill Hall - 5041 Sunnyslope Ave., Sherman Oaks, 91403.

This public hearing is a critical tool for gathering community input and will be used to inform an FAA report on helicopter noise in LA.

Questions? Please call 818-994-7200.


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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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Councilmember Koretz &
The Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley,
Encino Senior Lead Officer Rob Trulik Present:
 
National Night Out- Encino
http://www.nationaltownwatch.org
 
“NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation”.
 
Tuesday August 7th from 6 -8pm
 
Encino Park
16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316. At the picnic tables behind the playground.
 
 
Gourmet Food Trucks, Ice Cream, Live Music Music, Balloons, Face painting, Emergency preparedness kits and more!
 
*Meet your Encino Police Officers!     
      
*Fire Engine from Station 83!
 
Gift Certificate raffle to the following Encino Restaurants: Uncle Bernie's, John O’Groats, Buca de Beppo, Tony Roma’s, Gigio Cucina Napolitana and The Gate.
 
Supported By:
*­Encino Chamber of Commerce *Congressman Brad Sherman *Senator Fran Pavely *Encino Neighborhood Council*Royalwoods Neighborhood Watch*Encino Watch.com*Ballina Canyon Neighborhood Watch*West Valley LAPD B.O.O.S.T.E.R.S
 
 
For more information contact: jeffrey.ebenstein@lacity.org, 818-971-3088


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Please join the Department of Recreation and Parks along with Councilmember Paul Koretz for the dedication ceremony of the new improvements at Poinsettia Recreation Center.  The improvements include a new playground, upgraded two baseball diamonds, upgraded outdoor basketball courts, adult fitness equipment, a new indoor gym floor, and a new community room. The event will take place on August 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm.

Poinsettia Rec Center

Ribbon Cutting and National Night Out (two events at the same time)

Ribbon Cutting
5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

National Night Out
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


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Coyote Alert!
Living safely with the Wildlife that shares our City

Coyotes are wild animals and can pose a risk to people and pets. The goal of Los Angeles Animal Services is to educate the public fostering a relationship of mutual respect between wildlife and the community so we can live together safely.

Here are a few guidelines for how to have a safe community for you and for the coyotes:

-Do not approach or feed wild animals, including coyotes. It is unsafe and a violation of the law.
Never leave small children and pets unattended outdoors even if your yard is fenced.

-Remove pet food dishes when your pet has finished eating and do not leave food outside. Pick ripe fruit and clean rotten produce off the ground.

-Walk your dog on a leash at all times, not only is it the law, but it will keep your pet safe. Do not allow your dog to interact or “play” with a coyote.

-When you are walking your dog in areas known to have coyotes, you can carry a loud whistle of even an umbrella that you can open and close rapidly to scare them away. Unlike the approach with an aggressive dog, you can raise your arms above your head and stomp your feet while shouting at the coyote to scare them away.

-Put all trash bags inside trashcans and keep all outdoor trashcan lids securely fastened on the containers. Ammonia or pepper sprinkled in the trash may also discourage a scavenging coyote.
Keep your property well lit at night especially when you go out with your dog for the last potty break before bed.

-Trim hedges from the bottom and keep brush cleared to limit hiding places for coyotes.

-Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds. Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.

Share this information with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood safe. If you belong to a neighborhood association, call Los Angeles Animal Services to schedule an educational presentation for your next meeting.

If you have coyotes near your home, please call (888) 452-7381 for non-lethal assistance.

The Los Angeles Animal Services Department has a Wildlife Expert and several very knowledgeable speakers.You can arrange for them to attend Neighborhood Council or other neighborhood meetings to talk about wildlife and to answer questions about wildlife.

For more information, please visit: http://www.laanimalservices.com/aboutani_wildlife.htm



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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.

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.

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. 

Get well soon, Bill!



Councilmember Koretz and his 5th Council District staff – and countless constituents from the 5th Council District – wish 11th Council District Councilmember Bill Rosendahl the best of health and a happy and swift recovery from the cancer he is presently facing. 

Councilmember Rosendahl recently announced that he is being treated for the illness and the pain involved, but that he is eager to continue serving his constituents and the city as a whole throughout his recovery and then during the remainder of his present term and for a term to follow.

Councilmember Rosendahl is treasured by his many friends and supporters due to his staunch advocacy of constituent interests, neighborhood priorities, community causes and humanitarian goals and principles.  He has always been among the first to speak up for human and individual rights, and is especially renowned as activist and leader on LGBT issues.

A U.S. Army veteran, he joined theLos Angeles City Council in May 2005 after a celebrated tenure as a journalist, producer and host of much acclaimed public affairs programming.  Producing more than 3,000 programs over 16 years, the key to any show with Bill Rosendahl's name attached was that that all views were represented, not just the status quo. He would invite and involve every candidate involved in elections, even the most obscure, and would give valuable exposure to all kinds of issues, as well as activists, business leaders and clergy.  His shows always embodied and exemplified the fairest and most scrupulous tenets of reportage, and so he won a Cable Ace Award, the Diamond Award, the Freedom of information Award, the Los Angeles League of Women Voters Public Service Award and the Beacon Award for Cable's Free Air Time Project.  Bill Rosendahl's profound commitment to raising awareness about key issues and giving all people access to decision-makers has continued on throughout his years on the City Council, and we all look forward eagerly to future, shared endeavors marked by his passionate and inclusive leadership.


This year’s local National Night Out events on August 7th promise special fun and value!

This year’s National Night Out (NNO), the 29th annual, will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 7th.  Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, there will be community-based festivities held throughout the U.S. where Residents, law enforcement agencies and firefighters, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials will come together for food and fun activities while strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and generating support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs.


Councilmember Koretz was joined by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Arthur Gallegos (left) and LAPD Captain William Hart at last year's successful National Night Out event in 2011

More than 37 million people participated throughout the nation in National Night Out 2011! This year, there will be NNO events held in over 15,000 communities across the United States.  That’s a staggering number, but what’s key is that each NNO event, while being great fun, also gives people tools to prevent crime, including learning what we can and should do, and whom to contact, whenever something suspicious seems to be occurring nearby.  NNO events in the 5th District will be held at Poinsettia and Encino Parks.

Poinsettia Park’s National Night Out 2012: In the 5th Council District, one such NNO gathering will be held at Poinsettia Park (7341 Willoughby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046).Councilmember Paul Koretz, the LAPD, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and hundreds of local residents will join together for the festivities, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The main stage will be near the Willoughby Avenue entrance, at Fuller Avenue.  There will be free food, giveaways, and face painting for the kids.  There will also be a giveaway of free street trees as part of the city’s “Million Trees Initiative” (one tree per L.A. resident).  Attendees will be able to visit community booths for many local organizations and talk to their representatives to find out what’s going on in the Melrose neighborhood, and beyond.  Many have already donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time to stage this big National Night Out event, which has become known as one of the best in all of Los Angeles.  There will be food and refreshments from local restaurants and businesses, giveaways including free popcorn and balloons for kids, safety demonstrations, self defense lessons, live music, free men’s haircuts, classic cars, on-site blood donation services (Cedars-Sinai) and of course, friendly public safety personnel.  Councilmember Koretz thanks all the sponsors and everyone involved. It will be a great evening in the park for the whole community! 

Poinsettia Recreation Center Improvements – Dedication Ceremony preceding NNO:  Over one million dollars has gone into a huge revitalization at Poinsettia Recreation Center.  Moments before National Night Out is to begin, a dedication ceremony will take place to recognize the hard work of everyone involved that made it happen.  Councilmember Paul Koretz will join the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Poinsettia Park Advisory Board, and many from the community at Poinsettia Recreation Center on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  The ceremony will take place next to the children’s playground, on the north side of the gymnasium.  Over the past four years, the city and the community have worked very hard to make long lasting improvements at Poinsettia Recreation Center.  The park now boasts a new children’s play area, new community room, new indoor gymnasium floor, repaved outdoor basketball court, upgraded two baseball diamonds, better outdoor lighting, new jogging path, new outdoor adult fitness equipment, among many other improvements.  The park has gone through a huge revitalization and the new improvements will make it an even more wonderful place to bring kids, family, and friends!!!

Encino Park's National Night Out 2012:  This event will take place from 6-8pm that night, at Encino Park – 16953 Ventura Blvd. Joining Councilmember Koretz as event co-presenters are the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley and Encino Senior Lead Officer Rob Trulik.  Additional support is being provided by the Encino Chamber of Commerce, the Encino Neighborhood Council, the Royal Woods Neighborhood Watch, Encino Watch.com, the Ballina Canyon Neighborhood Watch, LAPD B.O.O.S.T.E.R.S., Congressmember Brad Sherman and State Senator Fran Pavley.

Among the night’s special features will be police officers, firefighters and a fire engine from Fire Station 83, gourmet food trucks, ice cream, live jazz music, balloons, face painting, emergency preparedness kits, and a gift certificate raffle with offerings from local restaurants (such as Uncle Bernie’s, John O’Groats, Buca di Beppo, Tony Roma’s, Gigio Cucina Napoletana, and The Gate to the Mediterranean).

Through National Night Out, people share food and fun activities while also gaining invaluable safety tips about how to stay safe from crime. Local residents are not just welcome but essential, because NNO is all about forging bonds between people who support public safety. Those who come for the fun meet old friends and make new ones – and neighbors who know each other are more likely to react knowledgeably when something of concern is happening just down the street. Knowing one’s own neighbors, neighborhood and police officers, and knowing how to react responsibly when the potential for trouble arises, can prove invaluable and even life-saving!   Of course, National Night Out is also the perfect opportunity to thank our local police officers who are our public safety champions.   So if you can, please come by and say hi!


Coming our way:  Carmageddon II


Councilmember Koretz urges the public to avoid the 405 during Carmageddon II weekend


Carmageddon II will be happening in the not too distant future – the weekend of September 29 and 30, 2012. 

Just as happened during Carmageddon I, people will be urged to keep out of their cars and/or to steer clear of the 405 – to stay close to home and "shop locally."  To help get the word out to the public, a press conference was held at the site of the work.  Participating were Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Koretz, and other governmental officials, public safety coordinators and transportation experts.

Carmageddon II, like Carmageddon I, involves closures of a 10-mile stretch of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass for a time period sufficient to do an incredible amount of work, including bridge demolition and construction work geared toward adding a northbound car-pool lane on the 405.  Although the construction itself makes for temporary havoc, the transit improvements should benefit commuters for years to come. 

This year, closures of freeway ramps will begin there around 7pm, Friday. September 28, with lane closures beginning about 10pm and the whole section shut down by midnight. The closures should cease by 5am Monday, Oct. 1, with ramps and connectors due to open at 6am.

A year ago, the first "Carmageddon" was deemed a spectacular success, because people in massive numbers stayed out of their cars and away from the 405.  Monstrous traffic tie-ups were therefore averted and the work was finished so quickly that significant taxpayer savings resulted.  (Councilmember Koretz rode his bicycle to the construction site to help review the project: expecting heavy traffic en route, he saw none, and was pleased to hear not horns honking but crickets chirping during his bike ride over Mulholland.)  This time around, the work may take longer to accomplish, simply because more is being attempted than during the first Carmageddon, and also, ironically, because some of the public might be lulled into complacency due to the success of last year's outreach and public response.  That's why at the recent press conference, Councilmember Koretz once more uttered his Carmageddon battle cry:  "Stay the hell away from the 405!"  

Councilmember Koretz closed by praising the media for their great role in the effective outreach last year, but pleaded with them to do everything possible to avoid the excessive use of helicopters. Throughout Carmageddon I, helicopters were a constant presence and non-stop nuisance over local neighborhoods.  He urged the news stations to instead show some decency, discretion and sensitivity in limiting the hours and numbers involved, and to try to plan and coordinate to minimize the extent and impact.  He will continue his outreach to the media in seeking their cooperation.

Additional information on Carmageddon II can be found online at www.metro.net/405, twitter.com/I-1405, and facebook.com/405project.


Yet Lock


From left to right: Yet Lock's nephew, Steve Tao; CNS Chief Editor Lori Streifler, Councilmember Koretz, Yet Lock, Yet's wife, June Kyoto Lu; and CNS President, Douglas Faigin.

Councilmember Koretz recently honored, in City Hall, a towering figure in local journalism who is revered by reporters but not that well-known to the public at large.

The person being saluted was Yet Lock, the recently retired executive vice president of City News Service. City News Service (CNS) is the nation’s largest regional wire service, and Yet’s legendary, gentlemanly and wise leadership has been a profound part of the CNS success story for the past forty years.

Yet Lock joined City News Service in 1972, having come to CNS from the post he held as press secretary in the office of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty.  Now, possibly ranking as the longest-serving news executive in Southern California, Yet leaves behind him an enduring, living legacy, a robust and vibrant journalistic enterprise that bursts forth with news each day, 24 hours a day, for CNS has fulltime reporters at all major beats in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties, along with its 24-hour editing desk in West Los Angeles. Almost all major media – TV, radio, print and Internet – in Southern California subscribe to this wire service, as do most national and international broadcast, print and internet media that cover Southern California.  

Even while Yet has been a key part of helping CNS grow in these challenging times for media businesses, he has also been a kindly mentor to CNS reporters, many of whom have gone on to work crucial journalistic beats for the New York Times and other industry giants.  Yet Lock was also instrumental in setting up and coordinating with the courts the media coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials and the Robert Blake trial, and for the O.J. trial he put together what may have been the nation’s first setup taking the court reporter’s real-time work and sending it to a bank of modems in the CNS office, thus allowing major media from around the country to receive real-time transcripts.  This was a tremendous achievement in the relatively early days of computerization, with Yet the impeccable go-between for the media and the judges and their courts. 

During his years with CNS, Yet has also been regularly involved in community service, including by serving as president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Los Angeles and working with the Asian American Journalists Association, which has honored him for “paving the way for Asian Americans.” Along with his beloved wife, actress June Kyoto Lu, Yet was one of a handful of people who launched the East-West Players.  He has chaired the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Center Theatre Group, and has served on various boards and in leadership roles with the Music Center.  The City has benefited from the efforts and leadership of this true journalistic professional and civic leader, and we wish him the best.


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