Great events unite communities!

Whatever you do this weekend, the 5th Council District Office hopes you have a splendid time – and as is the case every weekend, there are many wonderful activities and events from which to choose.  Two perennial favorites are happening this Sunday:  the 28th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, and the 25th Annual Taste of Encino.

As always, Councilmember Koretz will be happily attending both these crucial happenings.  He hopes to see you there, but he also wants you to know about the related street closure, controlled intersections and available parking –motorists WILL experience delays if in those immediate areas, so planning ahead is strongly recommended:  please review the closures listed in the articles that follow!


AIDS Walk LA does a fantastic job of raising awareness AND a huge amount of funds in order to promote safety, help those in need, and seek better treatment and cures. AIDS Walk LA has always been one of our best means for combating one of the worst epidemics ever to confront humanity.  The amazing thing is how each AIDS Walk LA manages to be a joyous celebration of people from all walks of life, some showing up individually and others representing groups, organizations and businesses, joining together to have a fine and fun time while doing good.  Since 1985, AIDS Walk LA has drawn over a half-million participants who have collectively raised more than $72 million.  The event, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles and more than 20 other  L.A. County AIDS services organizations, serves as a model for grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the United States.

Those who walk the full distance go 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).  The walk starts and ends in West Hollywood Park but does travel a route that runs through the City of L.A. and our 5th Council District.

For all the information you need to learn about AIDS Walk LA and how to sign up and participate in it, please visit the website at

(You can also call 213-201-WALK.)  For Day-of-event info and related maps, and information about where to park, please visit

Every year, the Koretz team is proud to join in on AIDS Walk LA!

In order to make AIDS Walk LA possible, there will be temporary street closures:

San Vicente, Santa Monica to Melrose, from 6 AM on Saturday 10/13 to 6 PM on 10/14, and on Sunday, 10/14 only, at:

San Vicente, Cynthia to Santa Monica:  12 AM to 4 PM;

San Vicente, Beverly to Melrose (east side only):  6 AM to 3 PM;

Robertson, Melrose to Santa Monica:  6 AM to 12:30 PM;

La Peer, Melrose to Santa Monica:  6 AM to 12 PM;

Santa Monica, Doheny to Holloway:  6 AM to 12 PM;

La Cienega, Santa Monica to Melrose:  6 AM to 12 PM;

Melrose Place, La Cienega to Orlando:  6 AM to 12 PM;

Melrose Ave, San Vicente to Fairfax:  6 AM to 1 PM;

Fairfax, Melrose to Beverly:  6 AM to 2 PM; and

Beverly, Fairfax to San Vicente:  6 AM to 2 PM.

On Sunday, Oct. 14,  there will also be “controlled intersections” supervised by police officers and AIDS Walk LA staff, allowing vehicles to cross by stopping walkers at regular intervals. These intersections are Harper at Melrose (for northbound and southbound traffic); Crescent Heights at Melrose Avenue (northbound and southbound traffic), Oakwood at Fairfax (eastbound and westbound traffic), Crescent Heights at Beverly (northbound and southbound traffic), Sweetzer at Beverly (northbound and southbound traffic), and La Cienega at Beverly (southbound only).

Taste of Encino

The Encino Chamber of Commerce, joined by a number of terrific sponsors and volunteers, makes Taste of Encino a remarkable success every year, and this one is certain to be no exception.  For information about the event, the sponsors and how to volunteer, and all the other details you might want to know, please visit the Taste of Encino website at

The event is back on Ventura Blvd, between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy.  It’s from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday, Oct. 14.  Admission is free but the event does generate funds, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting area schools and community betterment projects..

Highlights of this year’s Taste of Encino include restaurants offering a variety of ethnic and American food, a local business exhibition along with a home improvement section, arts & crafts vendors, a health and wellness pavilion with a disaster preparedness area, a kid’s corner (with such activities as a moon bounce, a slide & rock climbing wall, and a pumpkin patch), local schools and non-profits, live music and other entertainment, and a beer & wine pavilion.

Here is the entertainment schedule:


October 14th, 2012

10:00 St. Cyril's Rock Band (coach Mike Noji)

10:35 Woodcrest School Chorus

10:45 Crespi Carmelite Celt Taiko Ensemble

11:15 Gary McGrath Project (Gary McGrath)


1:00 Starvation Camp (Jeff Gross)

2:00 The Tempo Cats (Ruben Gonzalez)

3:00 Joe Taylor (Jeff Gross)

4:00 Mid-Life Crises (Ray Cecire)


In order to make Taste of Encino possible, there will be street closures:

Paso Robles Avenue will be closed from Ventura Blvd. to Balboa Blvd., from 10 PM, Saturday, October 13 to 10 PM, Sunday, October 14.

Ventura Blvd. will be closed from Balboa Blvd. to Amestoy, from 10 PM, Saturday, October 13 to 10 PM, Sunday, October 14.


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