October 11, 2013

In this issue:

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2013

Cyrus Cylinder

Helping the entertainment industry survive and thrive

Peace Picnic


If I Had a Hammer

A newspaper's 5th Anniversary

Latino Heritage Month

Westside Village Homeowners Association

A Congress that works!

Kathy Riordan honored


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 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 of 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 www.centurycitycc.com


Donate Your Used Linens to Sheltered Animals

Kick Off event
Farmers Market - City Hall South
Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Donate Week, Oct. 17-24
Colection bins at these locations

City Hall East Lobby
200 N. Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

City Hall South Lobby
111 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Public Works Building Lobby
1149 S. Broadway St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Bureau of Sanitation, City Facilities Recyling Program is collecting your used linens for sheltered animals. Donations will be made to LA Animal Services.

Items accepted:

Items can be ripped or stained, but must be clean.

For more information contact City Facilities Recycling Program


Seeking Applications for Zoning Advisory Committee
Join us in creating livable communities, encouraging sustainable development, and fostering economic vitality.

The City of Los Angeles is embarking on re:code LA, the first comprehensive revision of its Zoning Code in 67 years. Modernizing and streamlining the antiquated Code is a key component of the City’s Development Reform Strategic Plan and is one of the Department of City Planning’s (DCP) priority projects. DCP is seeking applications from local leaders and stakeholders to participate in a Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC), a policy-oriented body formed specifically to advise DCP on the code rewrite on this critical multi-year effort.

The ZAC will be composed of individuals representing a variety of stakeholder interests. Extra selection consideration will be given to applicants representing more than one stakeholder group. Individuals seeking to represent groups or organizations will need to submit a letter of support, on letterhead, for each listed. Each group or organization may choose to support multiple individuals, but will need to do so in writing. Stakeholder representation may include the following groups:

-Building Industry
-Chambers of Commerce
-Professional Associations
-Certified Neighborhood Councils
-Homeowner Association Groups
-Non-Affiliated Los Angeles Residents
-Housing Advocates
-Downtown Organizations
-Other Stakeholder Groups

ZAC members are strongly encouraged to supply their own digital tablet or laptop computer, as documents and material will be delivered digitally in order to minimize the use of paper.

The 15 to 17 individuals selected for this committee will play key roles in advising the City and consultant staff on zoning policy direction and provide guidance during the development of the new Zoning Code. Members of the ZAC will be announced by November 2013 and are expected to meet regularly (e.g., monthly or bi-monthly) until project completion in 2017. Please keep in mind that we will not be allowing proxy representation. A proxy is a person who is designated by another to represent that individual at a meeting.

Sections of the new Code to be discussed include, but will not be limited to:

-Unified Downtown Development Code
-Industrial Zones
-Commercial Zones
-Multi-Family Residential Zones
-Orientation Districts
-Nonconforming Rights
-Parking & Signs
-Parks & Open Space
-Public Right-of-Way
-Transfer of Development Rights

The DCP will deliver all sections of the new Zoning Code to the City Planning Commission by December 2017. However, a Unified Downtown Development Code is scheduled to be delivered to the City Planning Commission within two years in 2015. In order to guarantee continuity, all ZAC applicants are asked to consider this as a 5-year commitment.

Please complete and return the ZAC Application Form by Friday, October 18, 2013 to be considered for selection. You may email a completed digital PDF copy of the application form to Tom Rothmann at tom.rothmann@lacity.org or mail a completed application form to:

City of Los Angeles
Department of City Planning
200 North Spring Street, City Hall, Room 701
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attention: Tom Rothmann

If you have questions, please contact Tom Rothmann at tom.rothmann@lacity.org or Erick Lopez at erick.lopez@lacity.org. More information can be found on the project website at recode.la.More information is available on the project website at recode.la.


The Los Angeles Cash for College Campaign will be hosting its 12th Annual College and Career Convention and they are seeking volunteers to help support presenters, direct guests, assist with setup, and ensure smooth flow of the event for the following dates and times.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Materials Packaging
1:00-5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Family Night)

Thursday, November 7, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall K
1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the volunteer registration form by visiting this link.
(select “General Volunteer”).

As a token of appreciation a wide selection of gift cards and other prizes will be raffled.

If you have additional questions, please contact (213) 580-7598 or email Cnafissi@lachamber.com.


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

For more information, please visit their website.

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!


The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.


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


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


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.

Send us your news and events!
If you or your community group have any upcoming events that you would like to see featured in our next newsletter or on my website, please e-mail me at paul.koretz@lacity.org.

Please feel free to send this newsletter along to your friends and neighbors and tell them to visit the CD 5 website at http://cd5.lacity.org to sign up for this newsletter.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2013

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2013 is taking place this Sunday, October 13th, and it’s not too late to find out how to take part in this great event – just visit the website at
http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles.  Nor is it too early to figure out your transportation and parking plans for the day, because traffic that day is impacted by the huge numbers of people who flock to the parade route, and by the street closures that make the parade possible.

Since the inaugural AIDS Walk Los Angeles in 1985, this tremendous mechanism for good has drawn over a half-million participants while raising nearly $75 million.  It is certainly one of our region’s most enjoyable and beneficial happenings.
Here is information about transportation and parking that day, taken from the AIDS Walk Los Angeles website:

8:30 a.m. Sign-In
9 a.m. Aerobic Warm-Up led by Richard Simmons!
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins
10 a.m. AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins

Location: AIDS Walk Los Angeles will start and end in West Hollywood. Enter at Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

Length: 10 kilometers/6.2 miles

Click here for the AIDS Walk Los Angeles Venue Map!

Click here for the AIDS Walk Los Angeles Route Map!

Click here for AIDS Walk Los Angeles Street Closure Information!

Click here for AIDS Walk Los Angeles Parking and Transportation Information!

For Teams:
Click here for Team- specific Day of Event Planning

Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder is often referred to as "the first bill of human rights," as it depicts the reign of King Cyrus, who freed slaves, declared freedom of religion for all people, and established racial equality.  On October 1st, the Getty Villa held the Grand Opening for The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning exhibit. The exhibit is one of five stops on the cylinder's tour throughout the United States and is organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF America) and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from the Smithsonian Institution. The Los Angeles stop on the tour is also sponsored by the Farhang Foundation, a non-profit foundation that celebrates Iranian art and culture. Councilmember Koretz is thrilled to have the cylinder in Los Angeles for the first time as it provides the many Iranians in the community an opportunity to visit this monumental artifact. The Cyrus Cylinder will be on display until December 2nd.

Helping the entertainment industry survive and thrive

It’s no secret that California has lost a significant percentage of film and television work to other states that offer big incentives to draw productions away from Hollywood.  This has cost Los Angeles and California important jobs and revenues.

Councilmember Koretz hopes to boost California’s competitiveness in attracting and retaining motion picture and television projects and other entertainment industry endeavors, and so he spoke before a California State Assembly joint committee, at a meeting held on October 8th at SAG-AFTRA national headquarters.

The Councilmember joined a number of state officials and entertainment industry experts in talking about how to get California’s production tax credit increased. He described the situation as a “war” between California and other nations and states, and said that any proposal for California needed to dramatically expand the credit to $1 billon per year, for at least the next 2-3 years. 

Peace Picnic

Councilmember Paul Koretz honors St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and Guru Ram Das Ashram at this year's Annual International Peace Picnic

The 8th Annual International Day of Peace Picnic was a tremendous success, with its many attendees reporting a lovely time.  Local musicians played, young people danced ballet, and much food and fun was shared by all who gathered to celebrate diversity and peace.

Councilmember Koretz praised the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and the Sikh community of Guru Ram Das Ashram for their leadership and initiative in promoting such a fine and worthy endeavor. He noted that “perhaps the more we all get into the habit of celebrating peace, the less anyone, anywhere, will be inclined to accept war and the horrible costs of conflict. It is crucial to remember the importance of coming together as a community, as a way of promoting unity and harmony for all of humanity.”


Comstock Hills resident Jan Reichman and Councilmember Paul Koretz

Few things are as fun and fulfilling as a neighborhood block party, and one of the best around is the annual bash put on by the Comstock Hills Homeowners Association
This year's gathering, held on Sunday, October 6th, had a terrific turnout of 325 attendees, with fine food and plenty of festivities for people of all ages.    

Councilmember Koretz and several of his staff were honored to attend. Congratulations to Association board president Jan Reichmann, the entire board, and all the volunteers and Association members and their families and friends for holding such a swell party.  The Councilmember salutes and thanks all our CD 5 neighborhood groups and activists who put in so much time and effort to make possible block parties and other community celebrations.

If I had a Hammer

Hammer Museum

One of the great cultural and community assets of this city just got even better. That's because the Hammer Museum has announced that it will eliminate its admission fee and become entirely free to the public in 2014.  Free admission will coincide with the opening of the Hammer's 2014 exhibition season in early February.

Located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd – at Westwood Blvd – the Hammer is renowned and revered for its tremendous curatorial prowess as well as its friendly and engaging atmosphere, welcoming presence and excellent series of films and guest speakers and other special events.  Indeed, the museum has become increasingly recognized as a "must" on anyone's list of cultural and fun highlights for people visiting or living in Los Angeles.

Hammer Museum

The Hammer is committed to eliminating admission fees permanently. Free admission for the first four years has been made possible by two gifts received over the summer from longtime Hammer Museum benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Hammer Director Annie Philbin said, "We have been working towards free admission for years.  Our public programs have always been free and now with Brenda and Erika's support we are finally able to provide open access to all of the Hammer's offerings. It is part of our institutional ethos – we want to foster a generosity of spirit which emphasizes the essential importance of dialogue, culture, creativity in everyone's lives – regardless of one's ability to pay.

Councilmember Koretz congratulated the Hammer and thanked Ms. Glazer and Ms. Potter:  "for Westwood and for anyone who loves art, this is amazingly good news!"

A newspaper’s 5th Anniversary

From left to right: Brandon Scott, Website Manager; Jim Kaplan, Associate Publisher; Paul Koretz; Marci Marks, Publisher/Editor-in-chief;  Stephen Phenow, Managing Editor

Councilmember Koretz was delighted to honor the Studio City * Sherman Oaks * Encino News on the grand occasion of its 5th Anniversary.  It’s no secret that the media landscape is rapidly shifting, and newspapers in particular face significant challenges – and yet this plucky newspaper, started five years ago in the midst of a stark recession, has not just survived but done well, while helping people to better understand the issues and opportunities of the day that make and shape our communities and city. 

It was in October, 2008, that the first edition of the paper, then called the Sherman Oaks * Studio City News, was distributed with a run of 10,000. The positive response from the community resulted in the distribution being doubled the second year to 20,000 monthly, with Encino distribution being added the following year.  The Studio City * Sherman Oaks * Encino News now distributes 30,000 papers monthly and is a go-to source for local news in the southeast San Fernando Valley. 

Councilmember Koretz was joined by Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Paul Krekorian in congratulating this newspaper and all who make it possible, specifically including Big Valley Publications LLC, Publisher/Editor-in-chief Marci Marks, Managing Editor Stephen Phenow, Associate Publisher Jim Kaplan, and Website Manager Brandon Scott.

Latino Heritage Month

As part of Latino Heritage Month, Councilmember Koretz, with the help of the community, has selected two 5th Council District honorees:

Shannon Montoya has devoted her professional career to the restaurant and hospitality industry for the past 16 years, and is a key member of the Westwood Village business community, where she has worked for more than a decade: as Sales Manager for Catering at the four-star, 258-suite W Los Angeles – Westwood hotel for the past two years, and previously for nine years as Senior Event Sales Manager for Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village.  She has been very involved in community endeavors, perhaps most notably by playing a key leadership role in helping to bring back many of the gala red carpet movie premieres to Westwood Village, a trend which is critical to the continued financial viability of Westwood’s historic movie palaces, including the Village and Bruin theaters, both of which are Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monuments.

Since 2009, Shannon has served as a founding Board member of the Westwood Community Council, has served for four years on the planning committee for Westwood’s annual Volunteer Day (WOMP), and as WOMP Food & Beverage Chair, responsible for gathering donations and providing breakfast and lunch to 500 hungry UCLA student volunteers each year. She has actively supported the Friends of Westwood Library in raising funds to support Westwood’s public library, has spoken before the Westwood Village Rotary Club, and served for four years on the Westwood Host Committee for the Los Angeles Film Festival (2006-2009). Shannon is deeply devoted to the revitalization of Westwood Village, and is always ready to roll up her sleeves to help and support the Westwood community in any way she can. She is a “Positive Energy Force” in everything she does, and her proudest “job” of all is being the mom and role model to her loving daughter, a fourth grader.

In 1952, Violeta Hug came to Los Angeles from Guatemala at age 17 to be maid of honor at her cousin's wedding.  There she fell in love with the best man, Swiss- born Emil Hug.  She notes proudly, "he was a wonderful dancer!" They married and opened Emil's Swiss Pastry, a little yet legendary shop that was a mainstay in the region for nearly two decades – it remains beloved in memory for many Westsiders.  The baking would start at 3 a.m. and each day the work would continue for twenty hours, and so she learned to run the entire business.

They saved up to buy the house where they still live in Comstock Hills, and cared there for her ten grandchildren and four foster children.  At forty, she went to UCLA to complete a degree in financing.  The Pastry Shop finally closed in 2001.  Violeta is well known for her significant community involvement and her support of many good causes, and she is treasured by those who know her for her activism and compassion in helping senior citizens.

Westside Village Homeowners Association

Standing by this tree which was planted in 1875 are Brian Considine, President of the Westside Village Homeowners Association and Paul Koretz.

Every year, there's a fine turnout at the Westside Village Homeowners Association's annual event – and an equally fine discussion, which this year covered such key matters as major transportation projects, concerns about development, and public safety.   There's also family fun, including such things as badminton and information on CERT training. Councilmember Koretz thanks those in attendance for their spirited participation, views, questions and ideas.

A Congress that works!

Mayor Eric Garcetti at the L.A. Congress of Neighborhood Councils

The 2013 L.A. Congress of Neighborhood Councils is now in the history books.  On that Saturday, members of the city’s 95 certified neighborhood councils showed up in abundance at City Hall to learn from panelists and participate in workshops. The building was packed with neighborhood activists, who also got to meet with and hear from many elected officials, including Mayor Garcetti, City Attorney Feuer, Controller Galperin and members of the City Council.  Councilmember Koretz congratulates all the neighborhood councils and their representatives, as well as EmpowerLA (the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) and the many volunteers who together put on this vital event.

Kathy Riordan honored

Former Animal Services Commissioner Kathy Riordan was honored at a recent City Council meeting – and was joined in the ceremony by her father – former mayor Richard Riordan – and other members of the Riordan family.  Councilmember Mitch Englander presided over the presentation.  Councilmember Koretz praised Ms Riordan’s loving devotion to animals and their well-being, and thanked her for her tremendous dedication in her lengthy service on that crucial commission.


What can we say, other than that this Sunday, October 13, is the 26th Annual "A Taste of Encino" – which provides you with a splendid way to spend part of your weekend, because of the food, fun, entertainment and all kinds of interesting goings-on that are there to be enjoyed.  A Taste of Encino takes place on Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy, from 10am to 5pm.  It's free, with a portions of the proceeds benefiting area schools and community betterment projects. And it's great for the community, and so Councilmember Koretz salutes the Encino of Chamber Commerce, because the Chamber presents the event, and he also thanks and applauds the sponsors, vendors, entertainers, volunteers and everyone who shows up and makes A Taste of Encino a grand success.

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