May 31, 2013

In this issue:

The new lineup in City Hall

Honoring Roz Wyman in Palms

Budget Update

Thank you, Los Angeles Conservancy

Consolidation Update

CD5 welcomes Noah!

Coocoo for Coconut

Proposition D wins voter approval


A Summer Youth Employment Program

The City Council unanimously approves Koretz Resolution supporting state ban on lead bullets

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 City of Los Angeles through its Bureau of Sanitation will hold
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, 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


South Robertson Neighborhoods Council & SoRo Inc. presents the 16th Annual SoRo Community Festival on Sunday, June 2nd from 11:00am-4:00pm

-Live Music - Dancing
-LA's Hottest Food Trucks featuring
Ethnic & Vegetarian Choices
-Kid's Attractions
-Boutiques & Merchandise for Sale & Community Information
-Free Admission!

This year's theme is "Sweet Sixteen"

Location: South Robertson Blvd. between Beverlywood Street & Cattaraugus


The Annual St. John's Deacons Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, June 2nd from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Location: Fellowship Hall,
St. John's Presbyterian Church
11000 National Blvd. (at Military Avenue)

To make an appointment, please call the church office at 310-477-2513 or go online to and enter sponsor code StJohn'sPres11000
Childcare will be available and refreshments provided--plus a free taco coupon and LA Galaxy ticket voucher!


Pet Safety in EXTREME Heat,
a message from the Department of Animal Services

According to composer George Gershwin, Summertime means “the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high”.This special season can also mean we need to protect our companion animals from extreme heat.

Keep in mind that when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for them.Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin.They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal.If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and bulldogs, he is more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses.

If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing, and looks very distressed, she could be having a heatstroke.Heatstroke is an emergency.Get the animal out of the heat.Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head.Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly.Cool off your furry friend and then take her to the vet immediately.

The best plan is to keep your dog and cat protected from the summer heat.

- Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink.A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan.Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

- Dogs and cats do sweat a little through the pads of their feet.The cats I know do not appreciate water added to any part of their body, but dogs often enjoy having cool water on their feet.Some dogs enjoy walking through or even lying in a child’s wading pool.

- It is dangerous to leave your dog or cat in a car for 5 minutes.If he cannot go inside at every stop with you, he is safer at home on hot days!Car interiors heat very quickly in the hot sun, even with the windows open.If it is 85 degrees outside, it will climb to 102 degrees inside your car within ten minutes.In half an hour, it will reach 120 degrees or more!If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block.

- While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention the hot pavement or sidewalks that make your dog’s lower to the ground walking space hotter and can even burn their feet.Early morning and later evening walks will be more comfortable for you both!

- Animals who go outside need access to shade.Dark coats absorb heat.Lighter coated animals, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer from exposure to the sun and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

- Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat.However, if the coat has gotten matted, a summer clip will make your buddy much more comfortable and allow you a new start at keeping him brushed.Remember, newly clipped animals can get sunburned.

- If your dog spends time in the yard, make sure she has access to shade.Shade trees, a covered patio, or a cool spot under the porch can help keep her comfortable.

Companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend!


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.



Motor Avenue Farmers' Market

Weekly community event featuring fresh produce, French crepes, hot tamales, and artisanal sauces, musical acts, vintage clothing, as well as handcrafted items by local artists and designers and children’s activities like pony rides and a petting zoo.

When: Every Sunday from 9am to 2pm, year-round, Rain or Shine

Where: National Blvd west of Motor Avenue

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

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 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 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.

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The new lineup in City Hall

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti speaks with Councilmember Koretz and Mitch O'Farrell, who on May 21st was elected to take Eric Garcetti's place as Councilmember of the 13th Council District

Though the results from May 21st have yet to be formally certified, the city elections are over now – with the exception of a Special Runoff Election to be held July 23, 2013, to fill the 6th District council seat left empty when Tony Cardenas was elected to the US Congress.   

Thanks go to everyone who participated in our grand civic exercise of voting!

On July 1, when the new terms of office begin, there will be many changes in the list of those who govern. In the citywide offices, Eric Garcetti will take over for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Mike Feuer for City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich; and Ron Galperin for City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Councilmember Koretz has worked on a wide range of issues with Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti over the years, including curbing gun violence in the city

On the City Council, Gil Cedillo will take over for Ed Reyes (1st District Councilmember); Bob Blumenfield for Dennis Zine (3rd Council District); Felipe Fuentes for Richard Alarcon (7th Council District); Curren D. Price, Jr., for Jan Perry (9th Council District); Mike Bonin for Bill Rosendahl (11th Council District); and Mitch O’Farrell for Eric Garcetti (13th Council District).

The July 23rd runoff to fill the 6th District vacancy left by Tony Cardenas will pit Cindy Montanez against Nury Martinez.

Continuing in office will be 2nd District Councilmember Paul Krekorian, 4th District Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz, 8th District Councilmember Bernard Parks, 10th District Councilmember Herb Wesson, 12th District Councilmember Mitch Englander, 14th District Councilmember Jose Huizar, and 15th District Councilmember Joe Buscaino. 

Honoring Roz Wyman in Palms

Councilmember Koretz and the Honorable Rosalind Wyman join together for the groundbreaking of the Roz Wyman Recreation Center

On Saturday, May 25th, Councilmember Paul Koretz proudly participated in the renaming of the Palms Recreation Center ­– it is now known as the Roz Wyman Recreation Center. The special guest for this ceremony was the Honorable Rosalind Wyman, the former 5th District Councilmember known for her great dedication, fighting spirit and record of accomplishment (including her leadership role in bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles).

Councilmember Koretz joined with the Department of Recreation and Parks, Speaker of the California State Assembly John A. Pérez, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and numerous neighborhood leaders and groups in this salute to Rosalind Wyman, who has the unique status of being the youngest woman ever elected, at the age of 22, to the City Council of the City of Los Angeles.  On July 1, 2013 it will be exactly 60 years since her historic election to public office.  She was also essential to the securing of the financing for the acquisition and development of Palms Recreation Center (located at 2950 Overland Avenue), that now many years later has been named after her.

Palms Neighborhood Council President Eli Lipmen, his daughter Lucy and the Councilmember

As Councilmember Koretz noted, “It is particularly fitting that we are here today to name the Palms Recreation Center in honor of Roz Wyman because she began her City career with the Recreation and Parks Department and, as a Councilmember, was instrumental in ensuring that funding was available to improve park space within the 5th district.”  Also joining for the celebration were Recreation and Parks Commission President Barry A. Sanders, and Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri.

Budget Update

Back on April 22, 2013, Mayor Villaraigosa released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14.  This $7.7 billion spending plan was his eighth and final proposed budget as Mayor. The budget document then went through extensive review in many exhaustive City Council Budget & Finance committee meetings, and was heard by the full Council for its scrutiny and approval with amendments, with Councilmember Koretz and his staff asking tough questions, conducting a thorough analysis, and finding efficiencies.  The most recent iteration of the proposed budget now goes back to the Mayor, who has the prerogative to issue line item vetoes if he so wishes, though many observers believe he may return it, unchanged, to the Council for a final vote.  (If there are any vetoes, the Council can override them if a supermajority of its members so vote.)  Either way, the City will soon have its next budget.

Although the city is not out of the clear financially, things are looking better than in previous years. No mass layoffs were proposed, some libraries are extending their hours a year prior than had been planned, and infrastructure maintenance will increase.

Thank you, Los Angeles Conservancy

Linda Dishman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Conservancy; City Councilmember Paul Koretz; Stephanie Kingsnorth, AIA, President, Los Angeles Conservancy

At the Los Angeles Conservancy’s recent “Annual Preservation Awards” banquet, L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz was given a special “Local Leadership Award,” which is not presented every year by the Conservancy but which salutes exceptional accomplishments and leadership.  

Councilmember Koretz was being honored for his key role in saving the Century Plaza Hotel, which before Koretz took office had been listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the 11 most endangered historic places in America. 

Upon receiving the award, the Councilmember explained his passion for preservation:  "The Los Angeles I was born into, in the 1950s, was a great and growing city but one that too often annihilated its heritage and ruptured its historical landscape, with landmarks and wonders and communities vanishing right before our very eyes.  It remains shocking to consider the glorious but doomed architecture, and the other missing wonders, that once seemed to be the icons and essence of Los Angeles. This has been a pet peeve of mine from the time I was a kid.

“Such devastation comes at an awful price.  We have less of a sense of identity and connection and community and heritage. I think preserving our history is a moral obligation as well as a gift to future generations.  Los Angeles is a better and more beautiful place because Los Angeles now knows to devote itself to such causes, and credit for that belongs to the LA Conservancy."

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles.  Founded in 1978, it is now the largest local preservation group in the U.S., with more than 5,000 members and hundreds of volunteers. For more information on the work done throughout the city on behalf of the LA Conservancy, please visit their website.

Consolidation Update

It is now official:  the City of LA will be consolidating its Departments of Building & Safety and Planning. The goal is to streamline the City’s permitting processes for building, renovations, etc. so that they are all under the same roof. A management consulting group will be hired to come up with a plan for implementing this merger of departments, which is to take effect on January 1, 2014.

For anyone interested, further information can be found at

CD 5 welcomes Noah!

Noah Muhlstein

The 5th Council District has added another star to its firmament – Noah Muhlstein has joined the office of Councilmember Koretz.  Noah has been given responsibility for planning, land use and development issues in the Encino and Hillside portion of the district, and serves as a council office liaison to the Planning Department.  

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Noah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Planning from California State University Northridge, and recently received, from that same institution, his Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Urban Planning.  He began his career in the private sector in 2006, and as a member of the 5th District office is eager to help local communities and constituents regarding planning and land use.

Coocoo for Coconut

David Giron and Coconut

Getting animals adopted from our shelters is great – not only for the animals, but also for the people who will love them, and for the city itself, which bears the costs and tragic consequences of overcrowded shelters.

Councilmember Koretz and Council President Herb Wesson each do their part by working with Animal Services to provide a shelter cat or a dog for adoption at the start of many Friday City Council meetings.  On one recent Friday, a four month old terrier mix named Coconut was offered for adoption by Council President Wesson only to be adopted by 5th District legislative deputy David Giron. David says he calls Coconut "Coco," and that “she’s a small, energetic bundle of fun who loves to explore the world.  I’m thrilled to have saved her by adopting her at City Council.  As soon as I laid eyes on her I had to take her home.  She was actually a Mother’s Day gift for my mom, who loves her.”   David’s mom, Rosa Hernandez, and stepfather, Leonard Gonzalez, adore Coco, who is reportedly blissful in her new home.

Proposition D wins voter approval

On the May 21st City of L.A. ballot, three competing measures addressed the issue of medical marijuana. Proposition D won overwhelmingly, and E and F were rejected. Voters thereby chose to limit the numbers of dispensaries, by imposing a cap of 135, thus recognizing the legitimacy of the more established dispensaries that existed before a moratorium was put in place in 2007.  This means that access for patients in need will now be protected, but neighborhoods will not be inundated with dispensaries, and won’t be overwhelmed by the issues associated with the more problematic locations. Also, dispensaries will be taxed. Approval of F could have legitimized an additional 800-1200 dispensaries or more; instead, the process of closing them down could begin within weeks or months, though litigation is expected. Passage of Prop D should keep access for those who need it but provide relief for many surrounding neighborhoods.


Councilmember Koretz speaks at a press conference in the Tom Bradley Tower announcing LA's transition to solar energy

On April 30, 2013, Councilmember Koretz joined Environment California, the LA Business Council and other business groups, with expressions of support from then-Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, in calling for Los Angeles to become the nation’s leader in solar power by adopting a goal of transitioning to 20 percent solar power by 2020.  To hit the 20 percent benchmark, Los Angeles would need to install 1,200 megawatts (MW) of local solar power, which would both create jobs and save Angelenos money. Building 1,200 MW of local solar by 2020 would create approximately 32,000 job-years of employment. To put this number in context, the University of California, Los Angeles — which ranks among the city’s leading employers — has a workforce of just under 32,000 people. 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the price point for solar power keeps dropping.  Commercial rooftop solar prices in California were at about ten dollars per watt in 2007:  according to the state’s solar figures, it’s now down to nearly half that at five seventy-nine per watt.  Industry experts confirm that solar power will reach grid parity with fossil fuel within the next couple years.

“We’ve had the technological breakthroughs we’ve needed.  The price is dropping.  We're meeting one major goal in getting the City off of coal.  But we’re still looking the climate crisis in the face.  It’s time to set a new, achievable clean energy goal for the City,” said Koretz.

A summer youth employment program

The City's Community Development Department  (CDD) has announced the start-up of the City of Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).  This six-week program allows for an average of 120 work hours per participant, and pays each youth $8 an hour.

Registration is now open, through an on-line SYEP process that will allow for a centralized lottery selection process:  a lottery process is necessary because there will not be enough jobs to fill the number of job requests. Please let interested young people know that they can register for the SYEP selection process at  Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:  each potential participant must be 14-21 years old; must live in the City of L.A.; must have a legal right to work; and must have a low income background, with possible additional eligibility requirements applying depending on the program funding source.

A "first job" can be the catalyst that puts a young person on the path to lifetime employment, as the necessary skills are learned for getting and keeping a job. This summer, as in years past, the CDD programming will include invaluable job skills training that is offered prior to eager young workers being assigned to a job site.

The City Council unanimously approves Koretz Resolution supporting state ban on lead bullets

With a unanimous vote, the L.A. City Council approved a Koretz resolution supporting 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.

In Sacramento, the bill passed on the assembly floor on May 16 and is now before the state senate.

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.


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