July 3, 2013

In this issue:

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Rest in Peace

Zero tolerance for illegal fireworks

Where to go to see an approved fireworks show

More from the LAFD:  Prepare and protect your pets from fireworks

Bag ban

Los Angeles City Council approves pilot program use of Administrative Code Enforcement

Casden update

Taking his Oath of Office

Goodbyes at City Hall

The one who didn't get away

Contact Information

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City Hall
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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The Growing Professionals & Entrepreneurs Council (GPEC) and Thompson Beverly Hills invite you to:

Thursday July 11, 2013
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DCA is proud to present the 9th annual Music LA Summer Session of music education for youth at sites throughout the City of Los Angeles. Music LA sites offer Early Childhood classes for young children ages 2 through 6 and their parents, and/or classes for youth aged 7 – 18 in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced music instruction. Music LA works with a network of local music education providers to give children and teens a summer full of music training in a challenging and creative environment where learning, focus, and discipline are cultivated. It provides professional, affordable music education programming in areas of the City where few or no music education programs exist. Through a variety of course offerings, each Music LA site incorporates a curriculum of basic music theory, hands-on instrumental and/or vocal musicianship, and ensemble performance training. After six to seven weeks of instruction, all students will take part in culminating performances for family and friends.

The Music LA Summer 2013 Session begins on July 1 through August 11. Contact a Music LA site near you to pre-register and for more information, including mandatory parent and student Orientation dates, cost of registration, and class schedules.


       It was the world’s first…

It remains California’s largest…

AIDS Walk Los Angeles is coming up — register today!

Sunday, October 13 will be a powerful day of activism,
remembrance, and COMMUNITY spirit.

When you register and fundraise, you help AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) radically reduce the rate of new HIV infections, connect people living with HIV/AIDS to life-sustaining care, and fight the stigma and healthcare disparities that contribute to the epidemic.


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 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 5-1-1 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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Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Dear Friends,

My staff and I wish you a wonderful 4th of July! 

On this grand holiday we celebrate liberty and acknowledge the sacrifice it can entail. 

Ours is a nation of change and progress, often involving great struggle and cost.  We cherish the Declaration of Independence and how it has sanctified our nation’s birth, but we also reflect upon our tremendous and tumultuous history since that remarkable document was approved on a long ago July 4th.

Perhaps nothing in our country’s history since that day in Philadelphia has been as crucial as the American Civil War.  July 3, 2013 happens to be the 150th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg; July 4, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the end of the siege of Vicksburg.  These two battles were possibly the most decisive to occur during that monumental four year war between the states, in which the freedom of enslaved people hung in the balance, as well as the fate of this country and whether we’d remain undivided. Those who took part in those battles are mostly long forgotten, but they certainly played a role in shaping who we are today.

There are countless times, little and big, that help define us individually and as a people, and so there is much to reflect upon, this Independence Day.  We hope you enjoy this holiday, stay safe, and find time to appreciate the glories of the United States of America.


Rest in Peace
On July 2, the Los Angeles City Council adjourned in memory of the 19 firefighters who, over the past weekend, lost their lives battling a wildfire.  This was an unbearable tragedy of unfathomable cost, because so many heroes were lost in what amounted to the blink of an eye. The whole nation mourns for those heroes, but through their immense sacrifice they also impart one last lesson, which is that we all need to be incredibly vigilant about the dangers of fire, in order to best ensure the safety of ourselves, our loves ones and our communities.

Zero tolerance for illegal fireworks

Authority’s Executive Officer, Joseph T. Edmiston, City Attorney Mike Feuer (speaking), Councilmemer Koretz, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge joined by two rangers

A key public safety press conference was held on July 3, in order to strongly discourage any use of illegal fireworks, which are of special concern this 4th of July holiday season due to extreme drought and heat conditions and the possibility of wildfires. People are encouraged to report suspicious circumstances and call 911 regarding illegal fireworks, and huge fines are promised for anyone caught illegally using fireworks.

The press event was organized by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and was held at the Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook, on Mulholland overlooking the San Fernando Valley.  Participants included the Authority’s Executive Officer, Joseph T. Edmiston; L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer; City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Tom LeBonge; Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Jaime Moore; Chief Ranger Fernando Gomez; Fire Management Officer David Updike, and several community leaders.

The event began with a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters who recently lost their lives in Arizona.

As Councilmember Koretz said at the press conference, “Illegally setting off fireworks, even on the 4th of July, is not patriotic – it’s idiotic. Because of the grim risk of fire, fireworks can kill people and animals, destroy property and savage whole communities.  The potential for deadly fire is just too severe to be ignored for the sake of some foolish hijinks. If you witness some illegal fireworks, or know of some that are going to be set off, report it – you may well be saving many lives, either of local residents or of our courageous firefighters who risk their lives to keep us safe.” 

Where to go to see an approved fireworks show

The Los Angeles Fire Department gives this link to visit, in order to see a list of approved 4th of July holiday weekend fireworks displays: 

More from the LAFD:  Prepare and protect your pets from fireworks

Ish Kabibble - rescued and microchipped

With their sensitive hearing, many household pets become terrified by fireworks.

In Los Angeles, it's not uncommon this time of year for firefighters to deal with persons bitten or injured by skittish animals or traffic collisions caused by wayward dogs, cats and horses.

While we encourage attendance at a professional fireworks show, it's best to leave your furry friends at home with someone to watch over them. In fact, now is a good time to prepare your home to safely harbor your pet from frightful sights and sounds associated with Independence Day celebrations.

• Make sure your pets are wearing proper identification - and consider a microchip. If your pet runs away due to fireworks, you'll have a better chance of recovering them if a sturdy, legible and accurate ID tag is worn.

• Contact your veterinarian for professional advice in preparing animals for the noisy days to come. For household pets, a quiet and well-secured room with soothing music and your pets favorite toy may be just what the doctor orders. If you’re having visitors over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

• Take a photograph of your pet and place the telephone numbers for your veterinarian and animal care and control agency near your home phone and in your cell phone. In the event of an escaped animal or crisis, you can contact these professionals promptly for guidance.

• Even if your animals don’t seem upset by noise, they can still be harmed by burns, injuries and ingestions related to fireworks. Survey your property for hazards, and pay close attention to your pet for any signs of illness or injury.

Within the City of Los Angeles, our friends at the Department of Animal Services can be reached directly at (888) 452-7381 or by calling 3-1-1.

Should you experience an emergency that endangers human life or property and demands immediate attention, your Police or Fire Department may be contacted via 9-1-1.

Please join us in making sure that every member of your household celebrates safely!

Bag ban

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined by Councilmember Koretz, Councilmember LaBonge, Councilmember Krekorian, council aides Martin Schlageter and Andy Shrader, Sierra Club members, and other key supporters for the signing of the ban on single use plastic bags

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Councilmember Koretz joined Mayor Villaraigosa for the signing of the plastic bag ban ordinance he authored.  "It's been a long road to this day," Councilmember Koretz said, "but an amazing coalition of groups came together to help us clean our neighborhoods of blight, keep our stormdrains clean, and take a big step toward keeping plastic pollution out of our rivers and oceans.  This really was a grassroots effort."  More than 25 neighborhood councils, representing over a million Angelenos, sent in letters supporting the ban, including a strong contingent from CD-5: Mar Vista, South Robertson, Westside, Bel-Air Beverly Crest, Westwood, and Palms.  

Los Angeles City Council approves pilot program use of Administrative Code Enforcement

Councilmember Koretz speaks to a San Fernando Valley community meeting in May 2010 about ACE

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a pilot program, championed by Councilmember Paul Koretz and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, that will allow certain law enforcement officers to issue administrative (non-criminal) tickets for low-level code violations.  
Called Administrative Code Enforcement, or ACE, this approach has been used in various other cities in California with great success, for it permits low-grade quality of life violations to be addressed directly, administratively, without having them languish, often for years, awaiting resolution in the already heavily burdened court system.  For example, one California city immediately found great success in using its version of ACE to deal with "party houses" where late night noise was a constant issue.  A few tickets of escalating amounts quickly quieted down such problem houses, whereas before such violators just gamed the system. 

The pilot program in our city will be conducted under the auspices of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Animal Services.  If deemed successful, the program could eventually be expanded beyond those two departments, but any such expansion would require further community input and council action.

Casden update

The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to support the compromise proposal for the “Casden West L.A.” mixed-use project.

The project, which is now significantly scaled down from the original plan, involves a four acre property at Pico and Sepulveda, near where an Expo light rail station is to be built.

Councilmember Koretz thanked the many community groups and local residents who took part in numerous meetings and discussions.  He also praised 11th Council District Councilmember Bill Rosendahl (whose term of office ended as of July 1, and whose district is immediately adjacent):  “I’m grateful to everyone who spoke up and shared their ideas, questions and concerns – they made a huge difference in helping us get important revisions. Bill Rosendahl, likewise, deserves tremendous credit for bringing many constituents and the developer together, in order to help forge a good compromise that has dramatically lessened the expected impacts.”

The project modifications that the Council has supported are estimated to lower the auto trips generated by Casden West L.A. by roughly 75%, which of course is viewed favorably by many local community organizations.

Also, prior versions of the Casden project involved as much as 160,000 square feet for retail usage – that’s now been diminished in scope down to 5,000 to 15,000 square feet, which in turn means that smaller establishments, and not giant stores more likely to draw consumers and cars from all over, are likely future inhabitants.  Instead of 638 residential units, there will be 595, eleven percent of which will be designated “affordable housing” available to senior citizens.  One building will now have a maximum height of ten stories instead of 17, with the other buildings not to exceed six stories.

Councilmember Koretz was also happy that he was able to protect the neighborhood by prompting the City to deny a zone change and general plan amendment concerning the abutting Metro-owned property:  many community members had expressed worries that approval of that zone change and amendment would have allowed future expansion of the Casden project.

A final vote by the Council is still needed to grant formal approval, and that is scheduled to take place on July 23.

Taking his Oath of Office

Paul Koretz was administered the Oath of Office by Los Angeles City Clerk June Lagmay, and has begun his second term as City Councilmember for the 5th District.  He is humbled and honored to serve his constituents.

Goodbyes at City Hall

Without a doubt, June was a curious month in City Hall, because so many offices were to have new inhabitants as of July 1, with an incoming mayor, city attorney and city controller, and six new city councilmembers all taking their posts.

During that June month that just ended, many boxes were packed, and resumes forwarded on. Meanwhile, work continued, even at a furious pace, to finish as much as could be finished – but there was still time for memories and reflection.

Five of the departing councilmembers took part in separate farewell presentations, each held during the course of a regular City Council meeting. (The sixth outgoing councilmember, Eric Garcetti, needed no farewell since he is now the mayor.)  They spoke, sometimes with tears and sometimes with laughter, about what had been sought and what had been accomplished, and sometimes about the frustrations and the imperfections.  Present and former staffmembers joined in, as did many constituents, and Council colleagues weighed in, sometimes with wit and sometimes with nostalgic sentiment.  One heard about some of the top priorities for each councilmembers, including for Ed Reyes, making the L.A. River a wonderful centerpiece for the city; Dennis Zine, celebrating the San Fernando Valley; Jan Perry, revitalizing Downtown L.A.; Richard Alarcon, helping reduce poverty; and Bill Rosendahl, respecting and empowering people.  Here are a few pictures.

Councilmember Ed Reyes

Councilmember Dennis Zine

Councilmember Jan Perry

Councilmember Richard Alarcon

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is honored by Patt Morrison

The one who didn't get away

Former Councilmember Eric Garcetti is staying on as LA's new mayor; Councilmember Koretz wishes him the very best

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