April 18, 2013

In this issue:


25 magnificent years of LA’s BEST

Celebrate Israel Festival

CicLAvia – To the Sea, Downtown <—> Venice

Pat Derby

April 10th was "Dr. George" Day

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



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 L.A. Times Festival of Books will take place the weekend of April 20th and 21st on the University of Southern California campus

Admission is free!


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


CicLAvia –
To The Sea
Downtown to Venice

The next round of CicLAvia will happen on Sunday, April 21st. A full map of the route can be found at this
link. There are a number of ways to experience and nagivate CicLAvia, using the event's Trip Planner is encouraged to make the day run smoother.

CicLAvia transforms streets into a safe, fun, car-free space for walking, bicycling, skating, jogging, and seeing LA in a whole new way.

For more information, please visit the CicLavia
website, email info@ciclavia.org, call 213.355.8500, or tweet @ciclavia


The Motor Avenue Improvement Association and Palms Cycle have partnered with the local businesses of Motor Ave to create the Motor Ave BikeFest Block Party on Sunday, April 21st from 10am-3pm.

Food, bike repairs, bike equipment, a bike show, live music, crafts, vintage clothing, a petting zoo and pony rides, 75 Classic Bicycles on display, giveaways, and plenty of Gourmet Food Trucks will be provided.

Stop by Motor Ave and Venice Blvd during CicLAvia!


The Encino Neighborhood Council  will be hosting a Meet the Run-Off Candidtaes Forum for City Attorney and City Controller on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Location: Encino Community Center 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino 91316

Board Meeting is at 6:30pm and the Candidate Forum is at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

City Attorney Candidates - Carmen Trutanich, Mike Feuer

City Controller Candidates - Ron Galperin, Dennis Zine


Mayor Antionio Villaraigosa is hosting a Valley Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at Van Nuys City Hall Council Chambers.

The address is 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, 91401

The Mayor will be discussing Transportation, Economic Development and Public Safety issues that are important to the Valley.

Event goes from 6pm - 7pm, doors open at 5:15pm

Please RSVP to yolanda.flores@lacity.org by Monday April 22 as seating is limited


THE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF THE CENTURY CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will host its 2013 Runoff Reception on Tuesday, April 30th from 5pm - 7pm

Spend one-on-one time with Los Angeles’ runoff candidates:

Mayor — Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel

City Attorney — Mike Feuer and Carmen Trutanich

City Controller — Ron Galperin and Dennis Zine

Enjoy a delicious array of complimentary appetizers

Cash bar and validated parking provided

Location: Westfield
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

RSVP by Friday, April 26, 2013: http://www.centurycitycc.com/ or 310.553.2222


The City of Los Angeles through its Bureau of Sanitation will hold six FREE Used Tire Recycling Collection Events

Each person who brings tries will receive a coupon for 15% off your next purchase of Firestone and Bridgestone tires.

Properly dispose of used and old tires from 9am - 2:30pm at the locations listed below:

Saturday, April 27, 2013
East Valley District Yard
11050 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley CA 91352

Saturday, May 18, 2013
West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324

Saturday, June 1, 2013
North Central District Yard
452 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Saturday, June 8, 2013
So. Los Angeles District Yard
at The Expo Center
3990 Menlo Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Harbor District Yard
1400 N. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Saturday, June 29, 2013
West Los Angeles District Yard
2027 Stoner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025


• City of Los Angeles RESIDENTS ONLY
– No tires from businesses (To verify
residency, bring your current DWP bill and
California Driver’s License)
• Maximum of nine (9) tires per person
per trip. Contact (213) 485-3568 for
additional information
• Passenger and light truck tires only
• Tires on rims will not be accepted


The American Diabetes Association EXPO

Los Angeles Convention Center
Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes, and health strategies to prevent it.

• Free health screenings
• Cooking demonstrations
• Product exhibits and presentations on diabetes prevention and management
• Information and activities geared towards kids, teens and parents


The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Department of Aging, Jewish Family Service, and Olympia Medical Center will be presenting a two hour seminar in recognition of Older Americans Month on May 8th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

The event will be held at Olympia Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room, 5900 W. Olympic Blvd, 90036

Topics include:
-Identity Theft
-Home Safety
-Emergency Preparedness
-Elder Abuse

RSVP Olympia Public Relations
(323) 932-5970


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


Host a bicycle pit stop on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 16, 2013!

Metro will be sponsoring bicycle pit stops all across the county on Bike to Work Day – to encourage everyone to give bicycling a try. They have great giveaways lined up, such as Clif Bars, RydeSafe reflective decals, patch kits, and more. At Union Station, there will be free bicycle repair services and breakfast available for bicyclists.

Bike Week LA events:

Monday, 5/13 – Fix Your Bike Day
Hold a bike repair workshop or event (sign up)

Wednesday, 5/15 – Guided Ride Day - Lead a guided ride along bike lanes or routes in your community (sign up)

Thursday, 5/16 – Bike to Work Day
Put on a Bike to Work pit stop (sign up)

Friday, 5/17 to Sunday 5/19 – Bike Local Weekend

Be a bicycle-friendly business and provide a discount to bicyclists who mention “Bike Week” (sign up)

Sign up by May 1, 2013! Contact bikeweekla@metro.net or call 213.922.5634.


The Palms Neighborhood Council and the LAPD Pacific Division Presents:

2013 Bike Rodeo, a ZERO WASTE Event! Bicycle Safety Course and Inspection, Radar Speed Test, and a *Bike Giveaway*

Saturday May 18th, 10am - 2pm at Palms Elementary School, 3520 Motor Ave
Kids bring a reusable beverage container and get a 2nd ticket for bike giveaway

Adults bring a reusuable beverage container or used bike part and get a ticket for a used bike giveaway

For more information please email: palmswest@palmsla.org


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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On behalf of the entire City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles City Council adjourned on April 17th in memory of those whose lives were lost on April 15th, when two bombs erupted during the running of the Boston Marathon.

The hearts of people throughout Los Angeles and the world go out to all the victims and their friends and families.

Killed in the explosions were 8-year-old Martin Richard from the Boston neighborhood of Dorechester, restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford, Massachusetts, and Lingzi Lu, 23, a Boston University graduate student from China.  There were over 170 people wounded, some critically.

The horror of what happened is only mitigated by the incredible courage and dedication of the countless bystanders, first responders and medical practitioners who stepped in and helped save lives, nursed and cared for the injured, and hunted for clues that might identify any perpetrator.  Day in and day out, people, uniformed and volunteer, perform acts of incalculable bravery across this land – this was just an extraordinary manifestation due to the shock and scale of the devastation – and is cause for pride and thanks amid all the pain.  Meanwhile, the people of Boston are not to be defeated, and Los Angeles joins in declaring outrage while offering sympathy and support.

25 magnificent years of LA’s BEST

Councilmember Paul Koretz, Mayor James Hahn, Councilmember Ed Reyes, Mayor Richard Riordan, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge join together to honor LA's BEST

Councilmember Koretz and the Los Angeles City Council recently saluted LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, which this year celebrates a wonderful 25th Anniversary.

Twenty-five years ago this month, LA’s BEST was proposed by then-Mayor Tom Bradley. He wanted the children of Los Angeles to have safe, supervised places to go after school, where they could gain an enriching experience and meet wonderful role models. Thus, LA’s BEST was born. The program has grown under each succeeding Mayor and City Council, changing the lives of more than 350,000 children in the past quarter century.

Research has shown that juvenile crime is lower and drop-outs are fewer as a direct result of LA’s BEST.  LA’s BEST has produced Ivy Leaguers, lawyers, great athletes and entrepreneurs, while providing all kinds of remarkably beneficial experiences that have been a boon benefitting children, families and communities across Los Angeles.

Councilmember Paul Koretz with Mayor James Hahn and Mayor Richard Riordan

From Tom Bradley until now, every L.A. mayor has provided crucial support for this program, and so it was fitting that all those mayors were represented at City Hall ceremony. Wanda Moore spoke on behalf of the Mayor Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation.  She was followed by Mayor Richard Riordan, Mayor James Hahn, and current Deputy Mayor for Education, Joan Sullivan. (Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa couldn’t attend because he was readying his State of the City Address for later that night – which was altogether fitting, since Mayor Bradley first revealed the birth of LA’s BEST in his own State of the City Address a quarter of a century back.)

Other special speakers at the City Hall event were Carla Sanger, CEO of LA’s BEST and  Debe Loxton, COO of LA’s BEST.  NBA star Chris Paul couldn’t attend because of a team practice, but did send a video message about the June 22nd LA’s BEST “silver anniversary” black tie event he is hosting at the Beverly Hilton.  It is being produced by Nigel Lythgoe, who also produces “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Councilmember Koretz concluded the Council tribute by saying that “throughout its remarkable history, LA’s BEST has changed multitudes of lives and communities for the better while making a grand and essential difference for all of Los Angeles.  LA’s BEST has been magnificently successful in helping so many young people and their families.  Our grateful city hereby congratulates LA’s BEST and commends and congratulates all involved during the past quarter-century of greatness.”

Celebrate Israel Festival

In honor of Israel's 65th Independence Day, the Celebrate Israel Festival will take place on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (2551 Motor Avenue)  from 10am to 7:00pm.  Please visit the website for information including festival highlights and schedules, transportation and parking, and ticket purchase details such as cost of admission. 

The festivities will begin with a 1.5mile "Salute to Israel Walk" – participants will be escorted by a fleet of 9/11 Tribute cars at 8:30am. Registration for the walk starts at 8:00am at the entrance of the festival.  There will be featured musical acts such as legendary Israeli rock band Mashina and purveyors of funk the Spazmadics, a lot of wonderful local food, amusement park rides, an Israeli Artist Pavilion with 21 artists visiting from Israel just for this occasion, arts and crafts for the entire family, a puppy petting zoo, a reptile show, magicians, stilt walkers, face painters, jugglers, folk dancing, a Time Travel tunnel to learn more about Israel’s history, a Diaspora House where one can create a family tree, and a replica of the first Israeli space ship to travel to space – and more!

The event is sponsored by the Israeli Leadership Council, which notes that an estimated 250,000 Israeli Americans live in the greater Los Angeles area.

Israeli Festival Parking

To maintain the flow of traffic near the festival and surrounding areas, the community is asked to follow festival parking signage and direction and only park in the designated parking structures provided for festival attendees. Please be respectful to the neighbors and refrain from parking on the streets around the park and in the neighborhood.

Fox Studios Lot 4*
4000 W. Galaxy Way
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Century Park West Garage*
2030 Century Park W
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Constellation Place Garage*
10250 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Ave of the Stars Garage
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

*Parking is walking distance from the festival, Shuttles available from all structures all day.

CicLAvia - To the Sea, Downtown <—> Venice

Sunday, April 21st marks the sixth round of CicLAvia, one of Los Angeles's premiere public events. It returns in 2013 in a special fashion as the route, for the first time, will not only go through Council District 5, but will also connect the city's downtown historic center with seaside Venice.

Fifteen miles of city road will be closed to motorists and transformed into a safe, car-free, open space for pedestrians and cyclists to gather, walk, bicycle, and experience Los Angeles from a different and whole new perspective. The program's expansion to the coast enables participants to explore and traverse many of LA's rich and diverse communities that lay between downtown and the sea, without the worries of traffic congestion and gridlock that normally plague our thoroughfares.

CicLAvia will begin at 10am and will end at 3pm. During this time, Eastbound Venice Blvd will be accessible to motorists. A full map of the route, crossing points for cars, and metro rail station locations in close proximity to the festival can be found at this link. Please visit the website whether you are participating in the event or traveling in the area.

There is much to see on the fifteen mile stretch, as it is often said that CicLAvia allows participants to encounter neighborhoods of their own and those unfamiliar to them with fresh eyes. In addition, there will also be several hubs stationed along the route to offer information, activities, free water, food vendors, restrooms, first aid, and other services.

There are a number of ways to experience and nagivate CicLAvia, so using the event's Trip Planner is encouraged to make the day run smoother.  It is advised that you plan to return to your point of origin or destination by 3:00pm to avoid car traffic.

Pat Derby

From left to right: PAWS President & Co-Founder Ed Stewart, Voice for the Animals Foundation Melya Kaplan, comedienne Lily Tomlin, and Councilmember Paul Koretz

Pat Derby was a remarkable champion for animals.  Sadly, she passed away earlier this year.  Recently, City Hall was visited by two of her wonderful human friends – Pat’s longtime partner, Ed Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes – and they spoke eloquently to the Council about Ms. Derby’s extraordinary devotion to the treatment and well-being of animals. 

She and Ed founded the Performing Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, in 1984, to rescue and provide humane sanctuary for animals from the exotic and performing animal trades. Pat was a first hand witness to the treatment of performing animals. Before devoting her life to the PAWS organization, Pat was a show business animal trainer who worked on the television programs "Flipper," "Lassie," "Gunsmoke," and "Daktari.” Pat became shocked at the neglect and abuse she found in the performing animals business. Her 1976 autobiography, "The Lady and Her Tiger," was an expose about the harsh treatment of animals in the entertainment industry. Consequently, Pat dedicated her life to humane causes including founding PAWS, testifying before Congress twice and serving on several state committees setting standards for the care and handling of elephants and other exotic species. After her passing, PAWS released a statement saying, "she was the first to champion the cause of performing animals, and today, because of her tireless work and fierce determination, most animal protection organizations now have captive wildlife programs that address the issues of performing animals.”

The City of Los Angeles owes a special thanks to Pat Derby and PAWS, since one of the sanctuary’s residents for four years was the LA Zoo’s very own Ruby the elephant. Thanks to famed game show host Bob Barker and Pat, Ruby was able to live out the rest of her life at the 2,300 acre sanctuary at PAWS. For this and all of her work and dedication, Pat will be missed but her legacy and inspiration will live on.

April 10th was "Dr. George" Day

From left to right: Councilmember Paul Koretz, Councilmember Dennis Zine, Dr. George Fischbeck, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge who brought Dr. George to Council

The City of Los Angeles honored legendary TV news weatherman Dr. George Fischbeck, who could brighten a day even at the stormiest times.  Dr. George, now 90, was a tremendous institution for nearly two decades as a fixture on ABC7, where he not only shared the latest forecasts but also educated generations of Angelenos about all aspects of climate.  He was devoted to such causes as the Boy Scouts and also collecting toys for hospitalized kids. His new book, “My Life in Weather,” comes out in May.

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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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