September 27, 2013

In this issue:

Los Angeles Triathlon this Sunday, September 29th – and related traffic and parking information

Fairfax soft closure this Sunday

Ventura DWP Construction

AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 13, 2013

PARS Equality Center

Helping the library

Ray Bradbury

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



in partnership with Westside Neighborhood Council and the West Los Angeles Shelter on September 28th at the Westside Pavilion, Level 1 Macy's, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Help secure a safe home for cats, dogs, bunnies. Adopting a pet never goes out of style!


The Neighborhood Councils of the City of Los Angeles present:

2013 LA Congress of Neighborhoods

Saturday September 28th from 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM PDT

City Hall
200 N. Spring
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Neighborhood Council Leaders, Stakeholders, Speakers, City Staff and Guests,
Please plan to get to the Congress EARLY.  Remember to bring your Parking Pass.  If you do not have one you can get one at the website.  If this is your first time at City Hall there will be signs and volunteers along the way to guide you.  The parking entrance will be from the Los Angeles Street entrance between Temple and First Streets. Volunteers will be outside to guide you into the structure.  You will then walk to the elevators that take you up to the street level, walk across Main street and enter City Hall through Security at the Main Street entrance.  Your name will be on a list to assist getting through security as quickly as possible. You will then take an elevator to the 3rd floor and check in to receive your name badge and schedule for the day. 
Breakfast will be served from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. The Opening Session begins PROMPTLY AT 8:30 a.m.
Your name badge will assist all of us with room capacity, breakfast and lunch throughout the day so please be sure to check in and wear your name badge.  It is also a great way to network and let everyone know who you are.  If your neighborhood council has t-shirts or other identification for your community, please wear them. This is a great chance to network so please bring your business cards too. 
This year we have over 26 different table top exhibits. Please be sure to get around and see all of them. They will have handouts for you and an opportunity for one on one time.
Breakfast and Lunch will be served in the Forecourt area which is just outside the Rotunda.  There will be tables and chairs for seating.  Please try to enjoy your breakfast and lunch and then move on to allow for everyone to  eat.  We have a larger number of registrations (over 500 now) this year and we will need to get everyone fed as quickly as possible so all can make it back to their workshops.
About the Workshops
There are over 30 different workshops offered at this Congress.  All of them have been designed by neighborhood council leaders to be practical, how-to types of sessions.  In each you will receive a broad overview of the subject, a hand-out and resources you can use to learn more and to take local action.  We will be filming each workshop and collecting handouts for posting to the website later.  
Speakers and vendors we ask that you check in just outside the Mayor's office on the 3rd floor for a name badge.  Please arrive early to meet with the volunteers assigned to your room, set up.  If you have not already sent a copy of your handout to us for posting to the website, please do so.  Please be prepared with copies for your workshop.  At the conclusion of your workshop, please ask attendees to fill out workshop Evaluations. These will be distributed and collected by the volunteers.  If it is the last workshop scheduled for that room, please have them fill out the Congress evaluation and Workshop evaluation.  If you have any questions please reply to this email.
Following the afternoon session there will be the "Congress of Neighborhoods" Action Session starting at 2:30 p.m. This is an experimental way to return to the intent of the City Charter Article IX, Section 901(c) provision that neighborhood councils can come together, discuss issues, and possibly take collective action at a Congress.   First we will celebrate the EmpowerLA awards with the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners at 2:30 and follow with the Action Session.  The Congress will conclude at 3:30 p.m.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Congress!
-- Your 2013 Congress Planning Committee

For more information please visit this link.


Don't miss the Annual Los Angeles County Fair! At the granddaddy of all Southland county fairs, Los Angeles County will celebrate its annual fair with carnival rides and games that will flank the midway. Traditional exhibits that delve into fair main stays such as education, art, horticulture, agriculture, and livestock will be displayed as well.
The fair dates this summer are August 31 through September 29, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight, Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The fair is located at Pomona Fairplex, 1101W.McKinleyAve., Pomona and the cost varies.
For more information, call 909-623-3111 or take a look at


The Port of Los Angeles
and Councilmember Paul Koretz invite all to attend a Free Export Workshop on Tuesday, October 1st from 1:30pm - 5pm

Our Lady of Mount Lebanon Cathedral
333 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Experts include:

Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles, US Department of Commerce, US Small Business Administration, Center for International Trade Development, Export-Import Bank of the United States, LA Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, and the Consul General of Lebanon will be present to discuss:

- How to Export
- Identify Markets
- Financing & Insuring Overseas Sales
- Documentarian & Logistics
- Sea and Air Cargo Services

Light refreshments will be serves at the event.

RSVP: Jean Coronel at

To register please visit this


How to Participate
in the October 6th
CicLAvia - Heart of LA

Oct. 6, 2013:
CicLAvia -
Heart of LA
Click here for
route details

So... No Cars on the Street. Now What?

CicLAvia - Heart of LA will have 7.5 miles of car-free streets ready to roam in downtown Los Angeles on October 6th. Shoes will hit the pavement, tires will roll down the road, music will fill the air and food... oh all the food! But, how does one begin to plan their CicLAvia Day?

Bring out a bike or walk the route? Drive to a nearby parking structure or take public transit? Wear a fluffy pink boa or something from your CicLAvia t-shirt collection? The choices! The pressure!

CicLAvia event orgainzers want to make your day easy. Easy like Sunday morning. That's why they created a fabulous "How to Participate at CicLAvia" page. Here you will find all you need to know about individual and group participation, ways to enjoy the route, suggestions for businesses and for shoppers, ideas for families, and guidelines for disabled participants.

You can also participate in CicLAvia by making a donation to help fund the logistics of putting on the best free community event in LA. Click here to make a donation or text SMILE to 85944 to donate $10.

Make sure to RSVP on Facebook to be kept up-to-date on all CicLAvia - Heart of LA news and share the event with your friends. Thanks, and see you downtown!


Whether you’re eight or eighty, an individual or with a group, there are many ways for
CicLAvia fans to donate a few hours to the event. Every single volunteer plays a vital role in making CicLAvia the amazing car-free, event that Los Angeles loves.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please click here.

Before the event, these passionate people help us:

- Engage the community along each route
- Inform residents and businesses how to participate
- Organize our day-of logistics

On CicLAvia day, enthusiastic supporters help:

- Work side-by-side with Department of Transportation and LAPD officers to manage the flow of traffic on the route and direct car traffic crossing the route
- Provide participants with route and activity information
- Assist with managing the merchandise and materials at Hubs
- Provide free bike repair at Hubs
- Serve as Route Angels – the eyes and ears of CicLAvia within the action of the route

If you are part of a group and would like to bring your group to volunteer, please email and include your group name, number of volunteers, and a number to reach you. 


The Encino Chamber of Commerce presents The 26th Annual A Taste of Encino - Showcasing OUR Community on October 13th

(Between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy)

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission is Free!

A portion of the proceeds benefit area schools and community betterment projects.

Highlights of this Year's Taste of Encino:

-A variety of food
-Local Business Exhibition along with Home Improvement section
-Arts & Crafts vendors
-Health & Wellness Pavilion with a Disaster Preparedness area
-Kid's corner with activites
- Local Schools & Non-Profits
-Beverage Garden
-Entertainment and Live Music

A portion of the proceeds raised at "A Taste of Encino" is used to fund local school and community projects such as the "Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner" and their Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach.

There will be local parking (lots) available within walking distance of the event.


 It was the world’s first…

It remains California’s largest…

AIDS Walk Los Angeles is coming up —
register today!

Sunday, October 13th 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.

By walking and encouraging those closest to you to join your efforts, you power the vital services of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) – its Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries that serve as a lifeline for many thousands who face HIV and hunger; its HIV prevention programs for youth and others at highest risk for HIV infection; and its bold public policy efforts to end AIDS in Los Angeles County and beyond.

Register today and get your spouse, partner, kids, parents, siblings and all your extended family of friends to walk for an AIDS-free generation!


The Century City of Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council presents Women in Achievement 2013 on Thursday, October 17th from 5:30pm - 8pm.

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA

Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Mike Feuer
Los Angeles City Attorney

With special hosts Renee White Fraser and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire of CBS radio show "UnFinished Business"

The annual Women of Achievement Awards honors women in the community whose professional dedication, charitable involvement and commitment to excellence are an inspiration to all.

For reservations and more information, please call 310.553.2222 or 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.



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!


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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Los Angeles Triathlon this Sunday, September 29th – and related traffic and parking information

The Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles is taking place this Sunday, September 29.  For information about the event, please visit the Triathlon website.

The Triathlon website provided the following information regarding traffic and parking:


The Triathlon will begin at Venice Beach at 6:50 am with the swim segment. The bike course will shut down Venice Blvd from the beach to the 10, Fairfax from the 10 to Olympic, and Olympic from Fairfax to STAPLES Center. Please note, there will be NO CROSSING POINTS on this year's course. There will be a rolling open from West to East as the athletes finish the race. All streets will be opened by noon. In the Venice Beach area, the streets will be the first to open at approximately 9:45 AM.

There are no freeway closures. We recommend you go to your nearest freeway on-ramp to the 405 to travel north or south, and the 10 to travel east and west.

The Department of Transportation will be aggressively enforcing all temporary parking restrictions for this event to secure the safety of the participants and to facilitate the movement of traffic around road closures. Typical vehicle recovery costs are in excess of $130, which does not include the $60 citation fee. Below you will see a Department of Transportation map that shows the triathlon course and approximate closure and opening times.

Click here for the official DOT Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles Map

Department of Transportation Hotline Phone Number: (323) 224-6534



There are a variety of public lots around LA LIVE and STAPLES Center, as well as parking at LA LIVE. The Expo will be on the Event Plaza adjacent to the JW Marriott at LA LIVE.


• VENICE BEACH: Washington lot will open at 4am. This is a paid lot.  There is also plenty of parking on the street. Just be sure not to park on the South Side of Venice Blvd and watch what the parking signs say. Cars will be towed.
• METRO LINE: The Metro BLUE line stops at the "Chick Hearn Station" (aka. Flower and Pico Station) which is only a couple blocks from the finish line. The exit comes out at Flower and 12th Street.
• STAPLES CENTER: LA Live Lot 7 and Lot W will be available for available for parking for $10 for the athletes.

Fairfax soft closure this Sunday

On Sunday, September 29, there will be a grand opening and ribbon cutting of Crooks and Castles clothing store, and so there will a "soft" closure on Fairfax between Melrose and Beverly, open to local access and open to businesses. This means that if traffic gets all backed up, barricades will be used and Fairfax along that stretch might be temporarily closed.  the event is scheduled to run between 8am and 4pm, though closures might begin earlier in the day and last a short while past the end of the event. There will be traffic and LAPD officers at the scene.

Ventura DWP construction
At the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue, the Department of Water and Power is doing some power conduit work for the Gelson's supermarket located at the southeast corner.  The project is proposed to be finalized on Friday, October 4.  Though such work can start at 9am, Councilmember Koretz has asked that the work be started a half hour later, in order to minimize the impact on people who use these major corridors to go to work. 

AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 13, 2013

Councilmember Paul Koretz and Council District 5 staffers participated in last year's annual AIDS WALK Los Angeles

This year’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, October 13. This is always a great event that’s fun but also extraordinarily beneficial, for it raises crucial funds and awareness regarding a transcendent cause. The funds go to support services offered by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and more than 20 other AIDS service organizations throughout L.A. County.

If you would like to participate, including as an individual or team walker or as a contributor, you can find much pertinent information at the website:
.  If you can’t find the information you need on the website, you can also call the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office at 213.201.9255 (WALK) or email

Sign-ins begin at 8:30 a.m.  There’s an aerobic workout at 9 a.m.  The opening ceremony starts at 9:15 a.m., and the actual walk starts at 10.a.m.

The length of the walk is 10 kilometers – 6.2 miles – and it takes approximately 2-3 hours to finish the walk. 

A LOT of people come to participate in the Walk and have a great time, but it is certainly the case that there is a related impact on traffic and parking, including because of street closures.  The AIDS Walk Los Angeles website is promising “Maps, Directions, and Parking Information coming soon!” – and a future issue of this Hi 5 newsletter will also provide such information.  Please remember that October 13 is the day of the AIDS Walk, and if you do take part, have loads of fun! 

Pars Equality Center

Councilmember Koretz celebrates the grand opening of the PARS Equality Center in Westwood. He was joined by PARS Founder and Executive Director Bita Daryabari, and Ron Adams, President and CEO of the West LA Chamber of Commerce.

The Pars Equality Center Grand Opening took place on September 26th at Damoka Rug Gallery (owned by Alex Helmi). This center is the third location for the Pars Equality Center, which has two locations in Northern California. Bita Daryabari is the Founder and Executive Director. She began Pars Equality Center, a community foundation, in 2010 to support the full integration of people of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees, immigrants, and American-born citizens. Councilmember Koretz participated in the event festivities, and remarked on how important the Center will be to the 5th District, which is home to the largest population of Persian heritage outside of Iran. 

Helping the library

Members of the Friends of the Westwood Library gathered Thursday, September 26 to receive a contribution of $10,000 from the Friends of West Los Angeles (FOWLA), represented by FOWLA, Sarah Shaw of JMB Realty and Councilmember Paul Koretz.

FOWLA, a community-based organization in West LA, partners with civic-minded businesses like JMB Realty to support many of the libraries, parks and other vital community resources in the 5th Council District. FOWLA’s contribution of $10,000 was presented to the Friends of the Westwood Library, an organization dedicated to expanding services and resources at the Westwood Library. Councilmember Koretz joined FOWLA in presenting the generous contribution to Friends of the Westwood Library and thanked FOWLA, Friends of the Westwood Library and JMB Realty for their support for important community institutions in the 5th Council District.

Ray Bradbury

Councilmember Koretz speaks at the library dedication ceremony

On Monday, September 23rd, Councilmember Koretz joined City Librarian John Szabo and authors Steven Paul Leiva, Harlan Ellison and George Clayton Johnson in dedicating the Palms-Rancho Park Library to one of L.A.'s – and the world's – most profound and visionary writers and people:  the late Ray Bradbury. Three of Bradbury's daughters were also present and treasured for their gracious involvement in the ceremony.

About a year ago, Councilmember Koretz approached the Board of Library Commissioners and asked them to name the Palms-Rancho Park Library in memory of Bradbury, in whose life the libraries of Los Angeles had played a large role. He wrote several of his famous works in local libraries:  one of his best known novels, Fahrenheit 451, published sixty years ago, was written in UCLA's Powell Library on a rented typewriter.

Not only did Bradbury visit the city's libraries as a writer, but also as an author and father to his four daughters. He and his daughters would frequent the Palms-Rancho Park branch frequently. as it is located near the Bradbury family home. Dedicating this same branch to him many years later is a perfect tribute to the author who was, and remains, a beloved adopted son of the City of Los Angeles.


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