September 6, 2012

In this issue:

Stand Up To Cancer: Friday, September 7th

Happy 1st Birthday Westwood Village Improvement Association!

Ratepayer Advocate presentation

Good News re: Rampture!

Carmageddon II

Family Emergency Planning

Farewell, Hal David

Space is the place


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 Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace will present The George Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award to the Reverend James Lawson on Saturday, September 9th, at 7:30pm at

Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., 90018.

For more information please contact:
regasawards2012@gmail.com or call 213.748.1643 or visit www.icujp.org

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The SORO Neighborhood Council has organized two informal eat-and-greet meetings so interested candidates can come and meet Board members and learn more. The SORO NC has encouraged anyone who may be interested to come and say hello. You never know if you may be inspired!

Monday, 10 September, 7pm Robertson Recreation Center, Child Care Room 1641 Preuss Road, 90035

Sunday, 23 September, 4pm Robertson Recreation Center 1641 Preuss Road, 90035


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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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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.

Please click here for more information.


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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 http://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, 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 increased to more than 7,100 fans since its launch in February 2009.  LAX’s YouTube, the newest edition social media site, at 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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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.

Stand Up To Cancer: Friday, September 7th


Marg Helgenberger of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation joins Councilmember Koretz at City Hall for a Stand Up To Cancer press conference

At the request of Councilmember Paul Koretz, Friday, September 7 has been declared "Stand Up To Cancer Day" in the City of Los Angeles.  On that date, the third Stand Up to Cancer global telecast will be presented live from the Shrine Auditorium from 8-9pm.  The monumental event will feature many heralded performers and will be shown on the numerous major television networks in Los Angeles and around the world that have donated an hour of free air time.

Stand Up To Cancer is made possible by the immense volunteer efforts of the entertainment industry.  Through two previous telecasts held in 2008 and 2010 and viewed in more than 190 countries, an amazing $180 million was pledged for cancer research, with 100% of donated public funds going directly for extraordinarily dynamic scientific collaborations and boldly innovative research.  What's especially exciting is that Stand Up to Cancer research is aimed at delivering results quickly, so that we might all benefit speedily, and so that Stand Up To Cancer's closely cooperating teams of elite researchers are better able to leapfrog towards even more breakthrough therapies and cures.



Joining Councilmember Koretz at a related press conference held on September 4 were fellow Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Jan Perry, members of the Stand Up To Cancer Executive Leadership Council, and spokespersons actress Marg Helgenberger of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dr. Ana Maria Polo of Telemundo.  After the media event, a presentation honoring Stand Up To Cancer was held inside City Hall.  Adding poignancy was the presence of many members of the staff of Councilmember Rosendahl, who has cancer. His staff stood in solidarity with Councilmember Koretz and Stand Up to Cancer.  Councilmember Koretz said, "I salute the grace, courage and determination showed by Bill and his staff in wanting, as do we all, to vanquish cancer." In addition, many members of the City Council told personal stories of how their friends and families had suffered grief and loss due to cancer, and all encouraged the public to view the September 7 telecast.  For more information on Stand Up To Cancer and the Friday night event, please visit http://www.standup2cancer.org/.


Happy 1st Birthday Westwood Village Improvement Association!


From left to right: Cary Strouse, Senior Vice President, Western U.S. Region, Councilmember Koretz, Carmen Moch, Group Vice President, LA Market

Councilmember Koretz was recently the keynote speaker at the Westwood Village Improvement Association's first annual meeting. A key concern of the business improvement district, and one that was highlighted at its meeting, is that of first impressions. The Association wants coming to the area to be a positive experience from start to finish, and to encourage return visits from the get-go. As you can now see by the cleaner streets and amazing amount of work accomplished to beautify the Village since last August, WVIA has endeavored with extraordinary dedication to make Westwood Village a nicer, safer and more welcoming place to shop and do business.
 
Because of their tremendous activism and crucial help in coordinating and monitoring services and activities, the Association and its members have become a solid ally and a source of immense support to the City in shared efforts aimed at revitalizing Westwood. Councilmember Koretz feels lucky to have their staff and board within Council District 5 as partners for this goal.


Ratepayer Advocate presentation


Councilmember Koretz congratulating the then-newly confirmed Ratepayer Advocate Frederick Pickel at City Hall in February

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 the Mar Vista Community Council will be allotting one hour at the beginning of their regularly scheduled meeting for Dr. Frederick Pickel, the Ratepayer Advocate, to make a presentation on the proposed DWP Power Rate Increases. The presentation will take about 20 minutes, with the remaining time reserved for Q&A and public input. While this is technically a meeting of the Mar Vista Community Council, the Council chair has graciously agreed to incorporate this regional presentation into the agenda, allowing residents from CDs 4, 5, and 10 to participate.

Location:

Mar Vista Recreation Center Auditorium
11430 Woodbine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066


Good News re: Rampture!

Everyone should be very pleased that work was completed on the Wilshire ramps last Friday, August 31 -- three weeks ahead of schedule! Congratulations go to the contractor and workers involved in this key effort aimed at achieving long-term traffic flow improvements This particular part of the project nicknamed "Rampture" had been projected to take 90 days to finish.  As long as the work proceeded,  the surrounding communities faced a heightened risk of inconvenience and gridlock, with ramps closed and detours redirecting vehicles. Now, with work done sooner than expected and traffic flowing more freely, local residents and motorists alike are the beneficiaries.  As additional parts of the Rampture effort are undertaken and completed for the sake of achieving long-term improvements, there will be other ramp closures, some for shorter periods of time and some not, but it's great to be done with one of the most challenging and burdensome phases of the project. Thanks to everyone for their tremendous patience during the past months! 


Carmageddon II
 
We don't hear the trumpets blaring, or even more car horns than usual honking, but Carmageddon II is rapidly approaching.
 
Closure of a 10 mile stretch of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass will occur during the September 29-30 weekend (actually starting the Friday before and ending the Monday after). The goal is momentous – crucial transportation improvements will be achieved – but the cost in aggravation and complications may be dear, unless we plan and prepare as successfully as we did in 2011 for Carmageddon I, when all the advance outreach paid off and people stayed away from the 405 and mostly out of their cars.
 
For anyone worried about Carmageddon II, the great news is that key city, state and other jurisdictional agencies and departments have been working very closely together and have held countless meetings to allow for the best possible outcomes when it comes to that weekend. Especially important has been the way in which public safety agencies are closely cooperating in a uniform command structure to ensure that any neighborhood situation or possible emergency is handled with utmost efficiency and without anyone missing a beat because of the freeway closure.
 
It remains vital that the public itself be as aware and ready as possible for Carmageddon II; through the public's awareness and cooperation, chaos and calamity will be averted, just as thankfully was the case throughout Carmageddon I.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to become as knowledgeable as possible about how to prepare for Carmageddon II.  Information on Carmageddon II can be found online at www.metro.net/405, twitter.com/I-1405, and facebook.com/405project.


Family Emergency Planning

September is National Preparedness Month.  On Sunday, September 2, Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion 18, in coordination with the CERT Neighborhood Team Program (NTP), held an event at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and provided information and practical demonstrations for Family Emergency Planning. 


CERT Volunteers Rod Abbott and Valerie Fontaine with Councilmember Paul Koretz

Family Emergency Planning is one of the most important things you can do to protect you and your families during emergencies.  However, recent FEMA studies have shown that only about half of all Americans have supplies and/or an emergency plan.  This is why events like this one are so vital.

At the September 2nd event, Councilmember Koretz spoke about the importance of preparing for emergencies, and talked about a pilot program, through CERT, called the Neighborhood Team Program.  CERT stands for "Community Emergency Response Team."  The LAFD offers CERT training to the public to help folks get prepared for emergencies.  During the past two years, the NTP pilot program has really taken off, due in large part to Battalion 18 Volunteer Coordinator Larry Bogatz and others who have worked to put a focus on the neighborhood level. This means creating neighborhood teams, where people get together to help prepare their neighborhoods for emergencies – similar to the formation of a neighborhood watch or neighborhood association, but specifically for emergencies.  The results of these efforts have been amazing.  Many of the CERT-trained volunteers have gone back to their neighborhoods and formed neighborhood teams, but you don't need to be CERT-trained to do this.

Anyone can either join their neighborhood team or form one themselves, with some very basic training and exercises involved in order to knowledgeably prepare and organize volunteers.  Teams can include residents, businesses and schools.  Neighborhood teams have been created in Palms, South Carthay, Reynier Village, Rancho Park, Westside Village, Carthay Circle, Miracle Mile, and Cheviot Hills.  It is great to see people dedicate themselves to helping others, and so Councilmember Koretz encourages everyone to get involved, and stay involved, in whatever capacity works best for the individual and community, with everyone the beneficiary. For more information on the Neighborhood Team Program and CERT, please visit their websites:

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
http://www.cert-la.com/

NTP (Neighborhood Team Program)
http://www.ntp-la.com/


Farewell, Hal David


Councilmember Koretz honored lyricist Hal David

On September 1, Hal David passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 91.  He was one of the 5th Council District’s most distinguished and beloved residents, and he will be much missed. Of course, he had lived a long and tremendously rewarding life, and so there is much to be thankful for and to celebrate.
 
He was certainly one of our greatest lyricists, known for countless wondrously memorable hits, many though by no means all of them crafted with Burt Bacharach.  The foremost musical performers of our times lined up to sing those songs, though perhaps we think first of Dionne Warwick because she was so renowned for her renderings of the extraordinary Bacharach and David book of American classic words and melodies.  "I say a little prayer," "Walk on by," Message to Michael," "Alfie," "I'll never fall in love again," and "Do you know the way to San Jose?" are just some of the Bacharach-David songs sung by Ms. Warwick, while other performers scored huge hits with "Close to you", "The look of love," "What's new pussycat," "This guy's in love with you," "Promises, promises," "One less bell to answer," and "Raindrops keep falling on your head."  To name but a few. 
 
Hal David won an incredible array of prestigious awards and was inducted into various halls of fame for his work in film scores, the theater and of course all kinds of recorded music.  He also gave of himself through civic and philanthropic work, and was a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and a member of the board of governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
 
Last year, Councilmember Koretz honored Hal David at City Hall.  David, who had just turned 90, was joined by his lovely wife, Eunice.  Everyone in City Hall that day was thrilled by songs associated with the man, and by the Davids and their grace and generosity of spirit.
 
Hal David is survived by Eunice, sons David and Craig, stepsons KC and Donald, and three grandchildren. He also leaves all of us with a profound musical heritage that is a lovely part of our lives. All of his lyrics have golden moments and magical messages – including one line that might be a sentiment for all of us to live by: "What the world needs now is love sweet love.”


Space is the place
 

John Chancellor's NASA media credentials

Lately, we’ve had especially good reasons to look up at the skies in wonder – to ruminate upon and celebrate humanity’s achievements to date in outer space, and to dream fantastically about the unknown possibilities of the future.
 
Sadly, among those reasons was the recent passing of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride (the latter, born in Encino, in CD 5), as well as the loss of that incredible visionary, Ray Bradbury (who also had significant CD 5 roots). But there are also the ongoing, amazing triumphs of the NASA’s Curiosity Rover – what a delight, to follow the exciting adventure that is our exploration of Mars!   At a time when we face wrenching challenges on Planet Earth, and when even limited goals can seem difficult to attain, it is inspiring to see the remarkable things that science is capable of accomplishing.
 
For one person in City Hall, our country’s history of space exploration suddenly became a bit more tangible this past July.  John Gregory, a staffer in Councilmember Rosendahl’s office who often works very diligently with the CD 5 office on shared issues, was going through his grandfather's attic in Princeton, New Jersey, during a visit there and came across a shoe box.  John's grandfather was the great reporter and famed NBC news anchor, John Chancellor (1927-1996), and the shoe box was full of old media credentials, including a number of NASA-related credentials from historic space missions such as Apollo 13 and the first launch of the Space Shuttle.  John Gregory happened to mention his family find, casually and modestly, in the course of a conversation with a CD 5 staffer, but we were fascinated and asked if he could send us a picture, which he was kind enough to do.  When we asked permission, he also graciously said we could use such images in this newsletter, on the oft chance that some Hi 5 readers might want to glance at such historical memorabilia.  We’re not yet at the point where any of us is likely to hop on a rocket to outer space, but we can still thrill, as John Chancellor and his viewers did, at the marvels and breakthroughs that make anything seem possible.

This message was sent to  by:

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