April 4, 2013

In this issue:

Ed Edelman Day in the City of Los Angeles

A fond farewell

Councilmember Koretz introduces City of L.A. Resolution supporting state ban on lead bullets

Environmental State of the City


City workers to the rescue!

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



What's next for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study

The cities of Los Angeles and San Fernando are partnering with Metro to help identify north-south transit opportunities to improve local and 
regional connections, enhance access to jobs, education, cultural, recreational and other opportunities in the East San Fernando Valley corridor.

Public input is a crucial part of this project. Scoping Meetings will be held for community members to learn more about the study. Please click on the image below to view meeting dates and locations.


Friends of the Encino-Tarzana Library will host its 10th Anniversary Celebration of the rebuilt library branch on Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Located at 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356, the program will refreshments and fun activities.

For more information, please visit their website or call 818.343.1983.


The ONEGeneration Senior Center is partnering with Neighborhood Councils in the Southwest San Fernando Valley, Heritage California, and the Los Angeles Jewish Home to present the 5th Annual Senior Symposium.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 20th from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center on 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335.
To register please call 818-705-2345


The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation presents Salute, Salud, Sante to the LAFD, a wine tasting fundraiser on Thursday, May 9th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at an exclusive Los Angeles venue.

For ticket information please visit


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


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


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


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


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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Ed Edelman Day in the City of Los Angeles

Ed Edelman

The Los Angeles City Council recently approved a motion by Councilmember Koretz, declaring April 4, 2013 to be “Ed Edelman Day in the City of Los Angeles,” in honor of one of the best public servants and governmental leaders in the history of Los Angeles.
Edelman was the City Councilmember of our 5th Council District from 1965 through 1973 (after Roz Wyman, and before Zev Yaroslavsky) prior to being elected to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in 1973, where he served until his retirement from that body in 1994, after which he has stayed quite involved in crucial civic matters and social causes.
April 4th – “Ed Edelman Day” – is also the date of the 7pm airing of “The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman,” a critically acclaimed new PBS documentary about Edelman. (The film will will also air on April 7, and on future dates not yet set, and can currently be viewed on-line: please see the accompanying box for details.)
As Councilmember Koretz notes, “Ed Edelman has been the embodiment of personal decency.  Throughout his amazing career of public service, he has always stayed a humble and gentle person – a principled leader, a dignified champion of progressive ideals and humane understandings, and a shrewd master of seeking and achieving consensus, tackling even the toughest of challenges with grace, warmth, and courage.”
Whether as a Councilmember or as a Supervisor, Ed Edelman was always considered extraordinarily dedicated and exemplary in serving his constituents.  He was also a great champion for countless essential causes, not all of them universally popular.  Such causes included protecting abused and neglected children; helping the disabled and the disadvantaged; shoring up health and mental health funding; speaking up for, and helping empower, the LBGT community, women and the urban Indian; and confronting the AIDS epidemic when too many others failed to do so.  He led the way in advocating for environmentalism and open space preservation, sheltering the homeless; and ensuring meaningful law enforcement accountability.  He also was a tremendous friend to all who love the arts, for he has played a vital role in shaping and boosting the cultural landscape of Southern California and the lives of its arts institutions.

Councilmember Koretz and Mari Edelman 

During the City Council meeting at which “Ed Edelman Day,” was declared, Councilmember Koretz was joined by Ed Edelman’s wife, Mari Edelman.  (The former Councilmember and Supervisor was not able to attend, because of his health.)  Mari, whose 45th wedding anniversary with her husband occurs on April 6, also produced, wrote and directed the new PBS documentary, which is narrated by Tom Brokaw. Mel Rogers, PBS SoCaL’s President and CEO, was among those who participated in the City Hall ceremony, which was held both to celebrate the grand career of Ed Edelman and to recognize the importance of this critically acclaimed PBS documentary which Councilmember Koretz says, “will enlighten and inspire everyone who watches.”
Koretz concluded the City Hall ceremony by stating that “Ed Edelman's splendid life of leadership and public service has produced a living legacy full of landmark institutions and endeavors that he helped initiate, foster, nourish, sustain or otherwise transform for the better. People everywhere will always be able to learn about, and benefit from, the inspiring life of Ed Edelman, due to the magnificent documentary film, 'The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman.'  It tells a crucial story, because as we learn more about how progress has been achieved until now, we’re better able to forge the glorious and happy future that we all want for Los Angeles in years to come.”

You can view “The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman” on April 4th at 7pm (it will air on PBS SoCaL – formerly KOCE – Channel 50.1, and also on TW Cable at 68 or 16, Cox Cable at 10 or 29, Charter Cable at 10 or 15, DISH at 50, Direct TV at 50, Vrizon FIOS at 8, and ATT U-Verse at 50) or on April 7th at 6:30 pm (PBS OC – the OC Channel can be found on broadcast at 50.2; on TW Cable at 235; on Cox Cable at 810; on Charter at 314; and on Verizon FIOS at 470), or by visiting the following link:  http://video.pbssocal.org/video/2324012741.

A fond farewell

Paul Koretz honoring Christopher Koontz

Throughout Councilmember Koretz’ first term, Christopher Koontz has been a valiant and invaluable Planning Deputy for the 5th Council District of the City of Los Angeles.
Now, though, Christopher is embarking on a new adventure, for he has assumed a vital post as Chief of Airport Planning for Los Angeles World Airports – a role in which he is certain to excel.
As a veteran in the realm of urban planning and related governmental processes, Christopher is renowned and treasured for his keen judgment and honorable ways, which have been a boon for Los Angeles and all who care for ingenious and sensible planning and decision-making for this great city.  Christopher is both glorious idealist and down-to-earth realist, a person of conviction and tact, and countless important matters have been decided for the better because of his smart mix of the visionary and the pragmatic.
Whether working in City Hall or in the field, or appearing before any number of commissions and panels, Christopher has helped protect the neighborhoods and communities of the 5th District.
Christopher will be much missed by Councilmember Koretz and the 5th Council District staff, and doubtless by multitudes of grateful 5th District constituents.  The great news is that a fine veteran planner, and veteran 5th District staffer – Shawn Bayliss – will be assuming the duties previously held by Christopher.

Councilmember Koretz introduces City of L.A. Resolution supporting state ban on lead bullets

Councilmember Koretz has called for City of L.A. support of a proposed state ban on the use of lead ammunition in California.

On March 27, the Councilmember introduced a Council resolution offering formal support for AB 711 – California Assemblymember Anthony Rendon’s bill to revise existing law and require the use of non-lead ammunition for the taking of all wildlife, including game mammals, game birds, non-game birds, and non-game mammals, with any firearm. Existing law only prohibits certain usages of lead ammunition, such as when taking big game such as deer (and others such as coyote) with a rifle or pistol, and can also involve the provision of non-lead ammunition.

The use of lead ammunition by hunters in California is contaminating the environment with lead toxins and leading to the death of various species of wildlife, particularly scavengers that feed on the animal remains left from hunters. Lead is a neurotoxin that has compromised the efforts of various environmental organizations to restore endangered wildlife in California, including condors, bald eagles, golden eagles and turkey vultures. AB 711 is supported by three major environmental groups to date:  the Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon California, and the Humane Society of the United States.

Councilmember Koretz said, “This is a no-brainer, because the great majority of Californians, including hunters, want to protect endangered species and prevent the poisoning of our environment. It is absolutely urgent that we take this stand in support of AB 711, for its passage will protect Californian wildlife from horrible and pointless death, and will also keep safe our land and waterways, and therefore ourselves. I commend Assemblymember Rendon for his leadership.”

“I applaud Councilman Koretz for introducing this resolution and for his commitment to protect children and wildlife from the dangers of lead. We’ve banned lead in everything from paint to toys to gasoline, and AB 711 is simply the next necessary step in reducing the toxic effects of lead in our environment,” said Assemblymember Rendon.

“Lead ammunition is a critical threat to endangered species like the California condor, and protected bald and golden eagles,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful for the humane leadership of Councilmember Koretz and Assemblymember Rendon, and their efforts will help place California in a leadership role in stopping the dispersal of this toxic substance and ending the suffering and deaths of untold numbers of wild creatures.”

The Assembly bill is slated to be heard in the State’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Assembly Committee on April 16. The Koretz resolution has been referred to the City Council’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Environmental State of the City

Michele Prichard, Director, Common Agenda of Liberty Hill Foundation with Paul Koretz at the recent environmental event

On April 1, Councilmember Koretz spoke at the Los Angeles Candidate Forum on the Environment, Transportation and Economy – not as a candidate, but to give an “Environmental State of the City” address.
The event, held at the California Endowment (Yosemite Hall) in Downtown L.A., was sponsored by the City’s environmental organizations, large and small.
For the many in the room, the speech was a rousing litany of accomplishments achieved or in the making, and a presentation of some things to come.  Here are some key quotes:
“The past year has been exciting, as, together, we’ve helped strengthen the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, we’ve fought big plastics to protect our oceans… and won!  No more plastic bags in LA… Together, we’re revamping our waste-hauling system and are turning one of the dirtiest industries into one of the cleanest. We fought alongside our friends in the Baldwin Hills and Culver City for more details about fracking. It contaminates our groundwater, pollutes our air and causes earthquakes.  Why is that a good idea in California?... Alongside the LA Food Policy Council, we set a new standard in food procurement and we fought for transparency in our food supply.  It’s our right to know exactly what’s in there… Together, we fought to protect our neighbors precariously situated next to an ailing nuclear power plant at San Onofre… We fought for native plants all along Expo Line, Phase 2 and raised the percentage from three percent to ninety percent… We fought for the City’s new historic solar Feed-In Tariff program, which, I’m proud to say, was over-subscribed in two hours.  And, in the past few weeks, to top it all off, we began the process of moving the City of Los Angeles “Beyond Coal” FOREVER!

“We all know the bad news:  About the climate crisis.  About the problem of rampant special interest money.  About the federal government’s paralysis while mass media essentially ignores it all.  I’m here to tell you the good news: we live in the City of Los Angeles, and here, we do things differently… We’ve achieved major environmental successes with new planning and building codes.  Our Green Building Program requires LEED standards and robust energy efficiency and water conservation; our Low Impact Development Ordinance incorporates rainfall-capture to help abate our urban run-off problem and to augment our local water supply. And those, among other measures, have led us to historic water conservation levels… seventeen percent over the past eight years…In transportation, Mayor Villaraigosa and his team have literally transformed the City and the Port, increasing public transit, making substantial green improvements, and reducing climate emissions by more than half… We’ve learned to use the City’s considerable purchasing power to make positive change with our Good Food Purchasing Guidelines for the City’s Food Service Institutions.  But we can’t stop there.
“We have built a remarkable framework for a Sustainable City of the Future in a very short time, through hard and focused work.  We have substantially reduced the City’s carbon and water footprints, reduced our impacts on the ocean and sky, and improved life for workers and animals and for Angelenos in every neighborhood of the City.  It is up to us to keep that going, to make sure those transformations we have begun, continue and improve…
“I encourage you all to take a look at UCLA’s Vision 2021, a specific, detailed road map toward a more sustainable Los Angeles.  It gets us there by reducing the City’s contributions to climate change, adapting the City to protect residents from climate and pollution impacts, creating more open space, increasing energy efficiency, decreasing water use and food deserts, and substantially, meaningfully growing our local water supply… We must continue to encourage and grow our clean tech industry, both in Silicon Beach and closer to City Hall with our Clean Tech Incubator program, and continue to enroll our City’s brilliant and creative minds in helping us address our most pressing problems…
“We must continue to re-imagine our City, the possibilities, not the limitations, while moving forward with cost-effective climate adaptations like Cool Roofs and tree plantings.  The bike event CicLAvia, where we shut down our streets for a day to cars, has transformed the way we look at open space and has shown the world that even Angelenos will get out of their cars.  Likewise, the LA River Revitalization will provide even more opportunity to transform concrete into living space.  And, believe me, good solid, well-paying jobs will follow.
“UCLA’s Vision 2021 calls for us to achieve a thirty-two percent local water supply by 2021, which sounds cheaper and more feasible than the Bay Delta fifty-billion dollar tunnels vision.  The best way we can do that is for all of us here to actively and vigorously support LA County’s “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” measure.  It will provide the funds we need to clean and capture our stormwater and to comply with federal and state mandates, while protecting us from fines and lawsuits which will likely cost all of us much more than the measure itself in the long-term.
“As our public transit system grows and becomes more accessible, we must keep getting the word out and ensure it is used to full capacity.  And we have to examine more bike friendly policies, like Slow Streets, so we especially protect the folks on our roads who are NOT contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
“Now that the City’s vehicle fleet has moved to alternative fuels, we need to take it up another step.  Those vehicles, as they age out, must be replaced by even cleaner vehicles: electric and hydrogen.  With all we have done to clean up our dirty ways, it is crazy for our daily City operations to financially support ANY fossil fuel.
“And along that same line of thinking, as the City begins its transition off of coal power, we need to keep a clear eye on what we will be transitioning INTO.  I’m not at all convinced natural gas is our best bet for the long-term.  Fracking creates far too many problems to be ignored.  Collectively, we were able to convince DWP to give us until 2020 to figure out what the Intermountain Power Project Coal Station will become.  We must make good use of that time and find feasible, reliable, low-cost alternatives to gas power, maybe even through a little R&D ourselves.
“Last, but not least, we need to keep a clear eye on the impact we have on our waterways and oceans.  The oceans provide seventy-percent of the oxygen we breathe and they are struggling.  Dead zones, coral reef die-offs, acidification... and plastic pollution is everywhere.  Our plastic bag ban is nearly ready for prime time, but that, too, is not enough.  We must continue to address the larger cultural issue of single-use items.  Our world is too small, and with seven billion people, there are too many of us to use up increasingly scarce resources on items we use only once.
“We all have a tremendous responsibility…” 


Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Jose Huizar join together with LA's  Persian community to celebrate Nooroz at City Council Chambers

City Hall was recently the scene of  a festive Norooz celebration, honoring the Persian New Year – 1392. 

CD-5 was also home to a lovely Norooz event in Westwood.

The City Hall event was presented by Councilmember Jose Huizar, with Councilmember Koretz co-chairing.  Many leaders of the Persian community were on hand. 

As an accompanying photo from that event shows, a traditional Norooz table will display what are known as the Haft Seen (seven s's) -- items that symbolize Spring and what the New Year will bring. 

Haft Seen on display at City Hall during the Nooroz celebration

The Haft Seen items are usually listed in this order:

- Sabzeh is a grass of wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts, growing in a dish and symbolizing rebirth

- Samanu is a - sweet pudding made of wheat germ, and stands for affluence

- Senjed is dried oleaster (Wild Olive fruit ) and symbolizes love

- Sir is garlic and represents medicine

- Sib is apples - and symbolizes beauty and health

- Somaq is sumac fruit and represents the color of sunrise

- Serkeh is vinegar, representing old-age and patience

City workers to the rescue!

As the result of state law and a mayoral directive (Executive Directive No. 16), all non-sworn, eligible City employees are considered Disaster Services Workers. 

During a disaster, City employees may therefore be reassigned to provide services and aid in the response and recovery phases of a declared emergency, disaster or catastrophic event.  This does not involve emergency response activities typically associated with law enforcement, fire services or emergency medical services.

Now, the City of Los Angeles has officially launched the Disaster Services Workers Program, which includes mandatory training that is a condition of employment.

Councilmember Koretz and his staff, including those who are currently active participants in CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), consider this new program to be of potentially great and life-saving benefit.  Los Angeles is prone to earthquakes and large fires, and disasters of some kind or other will happen sooner or later, and so it is always best to  be well prepared.   Of course, Los Angeles has many remarkable people in law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services, and they will all do their heroic part if and when disaster strikes, but the City of L.A.'s  new Disaster Services Workers Program is welcomed as a means for other City workers to be well-trained and well-used, in such times of urgency. 

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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
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