October 30, 2012

In this issue:

Hurricane Sandy

Halloween Safety


Food Day

In the Community

City Council votes Yes on Prop. 37 – GMOs


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



The Government Affairs Council of the Century City Chamber will host its Election Night Mixer on Tuesday, November 6th at 5pm at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars.

This is an opportinity to network while watching the election results in this year's race for The White House.

RSVP by Friday, November 2nd at www.centurycitycc.com or call 310.553.2222.


Get your Fall shopping done at the Farmers' Market at Motor & National every Sunday!

Now that the weather is starting to feel a little like fall, make sure to cozy up with some hot coffee from The Bean Coffee Co, and perhaps a pastry or two from Bistro Laurent or Sunflower Baking!

Did you know you can also recycle your old cell phones at the farmers' market? Just drop them off at the collection point atthe information booth.

Forgot your bag? No worries -- pick up a free reusable shopping bag at the info booth.

Please visit the Facebook page for more information.


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!


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.



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.


Popular food trucks and shops open late as well as offer promotions.

When: First Thursday of every month

Where: Melrose Avenue between Ogden and Stanley


Get Water Quality Grades on the Go

Beachgoers can now check the latest water quality grades at 650+ West Coast beaches via Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card mobile app for the iPhone or Android, at 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!


LAFCU Announces New Shop LA City Visa® Card with Triple Rewards

Shop LA City, in partnership with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU), is proud to announce the new Shop LA City Visa Platinum Plus credit card. The card, available to all Southern California residents, is the first of its kind to offer triple reward points for all purchases at merchants in the city of Los Angeles and single rewards points in other cities.* The rewards can be redeemed for travel, merchandise or gift cards through CURewards, or used for consumer loan rate discounts at LAFCU.**

The card also has a six-month 0% introductory rate (for new LAFCU credit card holders) then variable rates as low as 9.90% APR.*** This is almost 50% lower than the average rewards card rate of 17.27% APR**** and could save thousands of dollars in interest charges. Cardholders can save even more by transferring their higher-rate balances from other cards to their new Shop LA City Visa.

Besides earning triple rewards, cardholders will also help the city of Los Angeles.  For every $10 in sales tax paid in the city, the city earns one dollar to help support services like police, fire, libraries and parks.

Applying for the new Shop LA City Triple Rewards card is quick and easy at www.lafcu.org/ or by calling (877) MY LAFCU (695-2328).  The website also has details about this exciting new card, and LAFCU’s range of beneficial, low-rate or free financial products and services.



LAX Facebook Page Increases to More Than 28,300 Fans

Recent improvements to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Facebook page increased the numbers of its fans and followers.  The Los Angeles International Airport Facebook fan page, which first launched in April 2009, now has more than 28,300 fans.

LAX operated two Facebook fan pages under two accounts – one under “Governmental” and the other under “Places”.  Fans did not have the option to “check-in” under the governmental fan page.  Now with one LAX primary page, under a new URL, 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.


Jewish Family Service is offering an educational workshop / support group for family members impacted by domestic violence. For more information, please call Vivian Engle, M.A. at 818-789-1293 x1215.


Call 3-9-9 for Non-Emergency Roadside Assistance on the Highway...

If your car breaks down on the freeway and there is no Call Box in sight, you can use your cellphone to get non-emergency roadside assistance quickly and easily by calling 3-9-9. You can also use this to report obstacles or hazards in the road, (but wait until you have stopped driving to call!). Calls to 3-9-9 are connected to Call Box operators who can Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) tow trucks to your location.  If you are covered by AAA, the dispatcher can patch your call straight through to AAA. FSP help is free of charge, and is funded by an additional $1 on every Vehicle Licenses Fee in the State of California. In emergencies, you should still always call 9-1-1.


The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.


For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.


For more information on the Asian citrus psyllid and how it can affect California citrus, please click HERE.


Shopping within the City limits of Los Angeles not only supports local businesses, it also supports City services, its neighborhoods and the well-being of all Los Angeles residents. For every $10 you spend on taxes - $1 goes back to the General Fund! Whether shopping along Melrose or grabbing some food in Encino, every dollar we spend within the city is an investment to the future of Los Angeles. Details HERE.


iWATCH is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department. For more information, please click the logo above.

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

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

Hurricane Sandy

Dear Friends,

Our hopes and prayers go to those who have been harmed or placed in harm's way by Hurricane Sandy.  This terrible storm has wrought untold devastation, and though our Californian skies overhead are sunny, we have all certainly shuddered and gasped at the shattering damage and tragic loss experienced by millions upon millions of people on the other side of this nation.

Our sympathies are tremendous and heartfelt. Many of us have personal or familial roots on the East Coast, or have family and friends living there now.  For example, one member of my staff has a daughter and a sister living now in New York City, and another of my staff has experienced the whole of the storm first-hand, having arrived there last week on a long-scheduled family matter.  Whether or not all of us feel that close to the storm, we are unified in our concern and in our best wishes for a speedy recovery for the people and communities that now need to rebuild.

One thing that will be talked about and studied, in the weeks and months to come, is whether this horrific weather was spurred on by climate change.  I don't think we know the answer, yet, but Hurricane Sandy has made clear that concerns about climate must be treated with grave priority, because the costs of being ill-prepared can be especially calamitous.

Here in Los Angeles, climate of a different kind was a recent concern, and so a Red Flag Alert was issued due to the heat and dry gusty winds that can contribute to torrid fires. Needless to say, earthquakes are also an ongoing safety concern.  While natural disasters are part of life, so too is our capacity to prepare ourselves, sensibly and in a community-friendly manner. That's why I urge you to go on-line to find a good preparatory checklist for home and family safety. You can find some very useful links. Also, consider joining a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Whatever you do, please take smart measures to keep yourself well-prepared, and remember, when it comes to maximizing public safety, we're all in this together.



Halloween Safety

Halloween is fun – scary fun. 

It is also a crucial time to take advantage of good safety information that is especially valuable for those who are going trick-or-treating. 

Below are tips provided by the American Association of Pediatricts, and by the Traffic Safety Coalition.  Anyone planning to be out for Halloween, especially with kids, can benefit from reviewing these recommendations and by having a fun but safe Halloween:

The American Association of Pediatric's Halloween Safety Tips can be found at this link:


Here are the Traffic Safety Coalition's Halloween Safety Tips:

Happy Halloween! We hope you have your costume ready and your pumpkins carved because the scariest night of the year is almost here. While it’s important to have a fun holiday, the TSC also wants to remind you and your family to be safe this Halloween. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, the number of child fatalities occurring in pedestrian or vehicle incidents between the hours of 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm more than doubles on Halloween.

The TSC suggests talking to your kids and teen drivers before they go out on Halloween to ensure they practice safe and alert pedestrian and driving behavior. Safe Kids Worldwide recommends the following tips to parents and caregivers:

Child Pedestrians
• Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
• Remember costumes can limit children’s visibility and also that these children may not be able to see your vehicle.
• Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.


Councilmember Koretz presents a proclamation to Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Chairman Nareg Kitsinian, Esq.

Councilmember Koretz was pleased recently to attend the annual banquet of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region.  The banquet, which is the ANCA-WR's annual premier event, highlights the work of this influential grassroots advocacy organization and honors individuals whose leadership and efforts have been integral to the advancement of issues of concern to the Armenian American community.

Food Day

Councilmember Koretz speaks at the Food Day at City Hall

October 24th, 2012 was "Food Day" – a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable foods.  In L.A. City Hall on that date, members of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council joined together to share information and discuss key policy initiatives aimed at promoting nutritious food and good health. Speakers included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Jan Perry, Dr. Jonathan Fielding (the Director of the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health and County Health Officer), and L.A. Unified School District Food Services Director David Binkle.

That same day, the City Council approved a Good Food Purchasing & Procurement Motion authored by Councilmember Koretz, committing the City of Los Angeles, in its purchasing of food, to the L.A. Food Policy Council's "Good Food Purchasing Pledge" that emphasizes five key values:  (1) local economies, (2) environmental sustainability, (3) a valued workforce, (4) animal welfare, and (5) health and nutrition.

In the Community

Councilmember Koretz was delighted to take part in the fun at the Westside Village Fall Festival.  This great October event is held annually at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Westside Village.  Councilmember Koretz makes it a point to to attend each year and show support for this wonderful community happening. Pictured above are Councilmember Koretz, Senior Lead Officer Juan Ceja, and neighborhood watch leaders Guita Farin and David Graue.

Councilmember Koretz joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas at the Motor Avenue Improvement Association's Farmer's Market Grand Opening. This new Farmer's Market is the first for the Palms area, and is situated on National Blvd between Mentone and Motor Avenues, and is held each Sunday between 9 AM and 2 PM.  Pictured above is Councilmember Koretz, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, and Diana Ionescu and Lee Wallach of the MIAI. 

Councilmember Koretz was honored as always to meet with LAPD Staff and community members in order to discuss current and future crime trends in the South Robertson (Crestview and Beverlywood) area.  Thanks to Beth Ryan of Crestview for organizing this community meeting, and to all the wonderful, committed folks from ALL of South Robertson, from the local Neighborhood Council (Doug Fitzsimmons and Bette Billit) to the grassroots folks that made this possible.

Councilmember Koretz addresses key neighborhood concerns at a South Robertson community meeting

LAPD was present at the request of the neighborhood and of the Fifth Council District to make sure that the community's feelings and concerns are listened to and acted upon.  The LAPD representatives shared a familiar slogan – Lock, Hide it and KEEP it! – in order to remind everyone to keep valuable items behind locked doors and well out of the sight of thieves who break into cars to take other people's possessions.

Public safety is EVERYONE's concern. A community's shared commitment, and its cooperation and coordination with the LAPD, will always prove to be of tremendous benefit in helping to promote maximum neighborhood safety  The 5th Council Office also gives special thanks to LAPD Captain Nathan for making sure that her staff was available for this fine community meeting.

City Council votes Yes on Prop. 37 – GMOs

Community activists gathering at City Hall in support of Proposition 37

On October 24th, the LA City Council unanimously approved a resolution of support for Proposition 37, a ballot initiative which, if approved, will require the labeling of any genetically-engineered (GMO) food product for sale in California. 

A genetically-engineered crop like Bt corn has the gene of a pesticide inserted into it on a genetic level to kill insects, but then is sold as food, even though the product is regulated by the EPA as a pesticide.

Members of the City Council said the vote was a "no brainer" because such labeling will provide the California public with enough information so that consumers can make knowledgeable decisions about potential purchases.

Dave Murphy, from Food Democracy Now said, “Prop 37 is about our right to know what is in the food we buy, so we can choose for ourselves what we eat and what we feed our children.”  

Councilmember Koretz said, “Proposition 37 is a well-researched, well-written initiative, put together by a diligent group of food industry, food policy, farm, science and health experts.  It specifically only addresses genetically-engineered crops sold whole or used as ingredients in other food items, to make it as easy as possible for stores and companies to comply." 

The City Council chambers were filled with supporters of Proposition 37, and after the vote many of them celebrated in the famous City Hall Rotunda. 


If you or someone you know is looking for a job, or want to know more about programs that help job-seekers, here are some links to explore:  

300 Diverse Job Openings

Automobile Club recruiters are eager to go over your qualifications. The most direct way to access our team is to search for the job on their web site Search our jobs. See a job that is right for you and apply through the online application process, then you could be contacted to participate in a telephone pre-screen, complete pre-employment assessments or be invited to come in to our local office for an interview.  Contact: jobs@aaa-calif.com

Honor A Hero, Hire A Vet

Career Expo & Resource Fair

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012

Proud Bird Event Center

11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045-6187

There is no charge to participate in this event

Please register today at http://www.hoh.greatjob.net/

City of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Joe Buscaino & 50+ veterans’ groups present:

Veterans Appreciation Festival

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2012

USS Iowa, Berth 87-Port of Los Angeles

Pacific Battleship Center
250 S. Harbor Way, San Pedro, CA 90731

Stella Catanzarite, Community Development Department, stella.catanzarite@lacity.org

There will be food, entertainment and a resource fair.

This event is free to the public.

Hope for Life Foundation presents:

Community Day Job Fair Workshops

10 AM, Friday, November 16, 2012 and 10 AM, Saturday, November 17, 2012

1430 W. Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles 90047

Registration required: (323) 752-6525, signsoflife092004@gmail.com

Workshops:  Start a Business  /  Find Hidden Jobs  /  Talk to Hiring Managers  /  Explore Training Options

Recruitment - Caregivers Needed

Caljobs CA 13469343 - Pay rate begins at 9/hr

10:30 AM -12 Noon, Thursday, November 1, 2012

Must have 2-years caregiver experience, CNA/HHA & CPR/First Aid Certification.

Central San Gabriel Valley WorkSource Center

11635 E. Valley Blvd. #G, El Monte, CA 91732

Pat Martinez, pmartinez@goodwillsocal.org, (626) 258-0365 ext. 226

MIS Data Entry Specialist

Creates and maintains various logs, files and databases. Assemble and prepare materials for processing and distribution. Completes and processes all WIA forms for enrollment, placement and retention. Prepare quarterly and yearly reconciliation governing bodies and funding sources. Attend required training.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Interested applicant(s) should forward their cover letter and resume to Mary Lee, mlee@communitycareer.org with “MIS data entry specialist” in the subject field.

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