December 13, 2013

In this issue:

E-Cigarettes

B'nai B'rith International

Helping the hungry


Joan Pelico on surviving cancer

Helping seniors through public policy

UCLA – baseball champions!

Banning alcohol ads on city-owned property

Chocolate elephant


Contact Information

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Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 289-0353

Valley Office
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Encino, CA 91436
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City Hall
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005


UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

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El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument CALL FOR ARTISTS

DEEP ROOTS 2014: Call for Submissions

DEADLINE: Monday, February 17, 2014 by 5pm PST

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Million Trees L.A. will be presenting an art exhibit entitled DEEP ROOTS: ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS OF EARTH MONTH from April 4, 2014 to April 20, 2014 in the historic Pico House Gallery, in celebration of Earth Month and to highlight the city’s growing urban forest. 

Artists are asked to submit two and/or three-dimensional work that interpret themes of earth, nature, recycling, or ecology, with a special focus on trees and urban forests. Artists are encouraged, but not required to, submit pieces that incorporate recycled materials.

El Pueblo Historical Monument is a small urban forest in its own right, having over 120 trees on our 44-acre park. This exhibit continues with the tradition of Earth Month but focuses on how this topic translates into art.

A maximum of six (6) submissions from each artist.

All submissions must be the artist’s original work.

The following information MUST accompany each work of art submitted:

1. Artist’s Name: first and last name

2. Contact Info: 2a. Email address; 2b. Telephone number; 2c. Mailing Address

3. Artwork Info: 3a. Title of work; 3b. year executed; 3c. media; 3d. dimensions

4. Artist Statement: A few words on the piece and how it is related to the DEEP ROOTS/Earth Day theme.

Submissions will be accepted in the following formats for Mail-In or Email Submissions:
- Digital images, i.e. jpeg format (hi-res jpeg 2-3MB is the preferred format. Please be sure to have good quality images and the colors represent the true color of the artwork.)
- Photographic prints
- Please do not mail or drop off original work.
- Artists who want their entries returned must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.


MAIL-IN SUBMISSION: CD or prints should be mail to:
Deep Roots 2014 – Art Submission
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
History Division c/o Massiel Bobadilla
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

EMAIL SUBMISSION: Hi-Res jpeg (2-3MB) can be submitted via email to: massiel.bobadilla@lacity.org

All email submissions MUST HAVE the following SUBJECT LINE to be considered:
“DEEP ROOTS 2014: Artist Submission”

You must use this exact subject line for email submissions. Submissions will be pulled and sorted by this subject headline DEEP ROOTS 2014: Artist Submission. We are not responsible for email submissions that might be sorted or misplaced into the Spam folder. Once your submission is received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received from (1-2 weeks from submission date). All submissions must be received by Monday February 17, 2014 by 5pm PST.

Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibit will be notified by the end of February. Upon notification, images of accepted artwork may be used in the exhibition’s publicity.

For more information, please call (213) 485-8437 or email: massiel.bobadilla@lacity.org   


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Getting LA Back 2 Work

A Training, Retraining and/or Job Placement Initiative

City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department


The "Getting LA Back 2 Work" program is funded by a National Emergency Grant under the Department of Labor.  This grant targets displaced workers from specific public agencies and private companies identified from the Department of Labor.  The grant provides qualified displaced workers with up to $7,500 in training and placement support.

The City of Los Angeles is partnering with 18 WorkSource Centers located throughout the City of Los Angeles. Our goal is to identify 2,000 dislocated workers and get them enrolled, trained and placed in jobs by March 31, 2014.

Services include the following:

- Assessment (basic skills, career, and vocational aptitude)
- Customized training
(Up to $10,000 of free training)
- Employment preparation
(resume and interview skills)
- Job/paid internship placement assistance
- Vocational training
- On-the-job training
- Supportive services (bus tokens, work clothes, tools, child care etc.) 

If you were laid off while employed by a designated employer and want to learn more about Getting LA Back 2 Work, please call 3-1-1 or email cdd.back2work@lacity.org


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Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS)

There is HELP for families who need assistance with their mortgage! NHS hosts weekly Foreclosure Prevention Clinics, where you can meet one-on-one with a housing counselor.

Los Angeles - Every other Tuesday, 6:30pm
San Fernando Valley - Every other Thursday, 6:30pm

Keep your Home California (KYHC) offers:

-Mortgage Reinstatement – Up to $25,000 to help you catch up
-Principal Reduction – Up to $100,000 to reduce the principal on your mortgage
-Unemployment Assistance – Up to $3,000 a month for as long as 12 months to make your mortgage payment

Reserve your space.

Call: 888-895-2NHS(647) or Email: Counseling@lanhs.org



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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.


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AROUND TOWN

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.

MELROSE NIGHT

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


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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!


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

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

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

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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.

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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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E-Cigarettes


Some e-cigarette devices.

The Los Angeles City Council has begun the process of addressing public health and regulatory issues posed by electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

E-cigarette devices contain many chemicals, along with nicotine, including volatile organic compounds such as benzene and toulene; heavy metals such as nickel and arsenic; tobacco specific carcinogens; and carbon compounds such as formaldehyde and acrolein. 

For too many people but especially the young, e-cigarettes are marketed in fruit flavors and understood as being without any health risks attached, and that could end up being hazardous or even calamitous, given all the many chemicals contained in electronic cigarette devices.


City Attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmembers Koretz, O'Farrell and Parks, and educators and health officials united in support of e-cigarette regulations

That’s why the Council approved an ordinance making the laws governing sales of e-cigarettes consistent with the rules and frameworks that govern the sales of traditional tobacco cigarettes. This ordinance was the result of a motion authored by Councilmember Koretz, who was particularly concerned about young people currently being able to easily purchase e-cigarettes – a trend that has been much discussed by alarmed school principals and other educators who know of students smoking e-cigarettes on their campuses.

The Koretz motion was seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell; the legal language of the resultant ordinance was crafted by the City Attorney’s Office.

Councilmember Koretz said, “The City of Los Angeles is doing exactly the right thing, by creating a sound and logical regulatory framework for e-cigarette sales and use.  I’m especially concerned that many people and businesses presently think it’s perfectly OK for young people to purchase and try e-cigarettes. 


Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, shares concerns about e-cigarette ingredients

"Some people believe that e-cigarettes are a possible tool for cigarette smokers who want to wean themselves off of regular cigarettes, but that’s not applicable to young people for whom e-cigarettes are not a gateway off of regular cigarettes, but a potential gateway toward them.”

The same day the ordinance was approved, another e-cigarette-related motion was introduced in order to address usage-related issues.  This motion by Koretz and O’Farrell (and seconded by Bernard Parks), which needs to be heard in committee before returning to the full council for a vote, notes that “the prohibition of electronic smoking devices in areas where tobacco smoking is prohibited would protect youth from harmful health effects and exposure to the use of these products in places such as public parks, playgrounds, beaches, libraries.”

Councilmember Koretz said, “These motions help ensure consistency in governmental policy and practices, and offer reasonable protection for the sake of the public’s health and well-being.”

Lastly, a Koretz-O’Farrell resolution (Parks seconding) was introduced, urging the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assert authority over the ingredients in e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices. The resolution reflects efforts by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids calling on the FDA to regulate e-cigarettes to protect public health, including through further research on the contents and the setting of standards on such ingredients.


B'nai B'rith International


Councilmember Koretz joined by Rosalind Klein (left), B'nai B'rith Senior Vice President, and Ms. Klein's daughter-in-law Inbar Cohen (center)  
a hearing officer who works in the LA City Attorney’s Office.


Councilmember Koretz was privileged to honor B'nai B'rith International on the occasion of its 170th Anniversary.  That's an amazing 170 years of profound, selfless leadership and treasured service devoted to helping people in communities throughout the United States and in more than 50 other nations. 

Now the oldest service organization in the United States, it was founded in 1843 when a dozen German-Jewish immigrants, deeply concerned about the poverty and harsh environment in which such immigrants lived, gathered in a cafe on New York's Lower East Side to confront what one of B'nai B'rith's founders called "the deplorable condition of Jews in this, our newly adopted country."  Thus, B'nai B'rith (which means "children of the covenant") was born, and from the start it has been of magnificent benefit to Jews and all of humanity, by helping countless people in need. 

B'nai B'rith is America's largest Jewish sponsor of federally-funded housing for seniors of limited income and provides safe, comfortable and affordable housing for seniors without regard for race, religion and ethnicity, and has an international network of senior facilities.  B'nai B'rith is widely acclaimed as a forceful advocate for senior citizens, with a special emphasis on protecting Social Security and Medicare and supporting health care reform for all.  In the San Fernando Valley, the B'nai B'rith Bagel Brigade provides free food to people in need and gives special attention to ensuring that children from low-income families do not go to school hungry, and that's just one example of how B'nai B'rith members, wherever they are, commit countless hours to local projects.  The impact is not just local – since 1988, B'nai B'rith has provided more than $100 million in cash, medical equipment, and supplies to victims of disasters worldwide.

Representing B'nai B'rith at the City Hall ceremony was Rosalind Klein, an International Senior Vice President and the highest ranking woman volunteer for B'nai B'rith from 2000-2003 who was the first female president of the Southern California region for B'nai B'rith.


Helping the hungry



Hunger Action Los Angeles is an organization that fights to end hunger and promote healthy eating. On November 14, 2013, they hosted their 2nd Annual Awards Dinner. Councilmember Koretz was honored and given an award for his leadership regarding hunger and poverty issues. Hunger Action Los Angeles wrote this about the Councilmember:

“Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz understands the issue of hunger that would impact those who are elderly, frail, disabled or living below the poverty line and rallied his colleagues in City Hall, and the Mayor, to take a stand to secure assistance.  For this effort, and the impact of it on this population, he is nominated for an award.  Although the funding for senior meals comes primarily from the federal government, Councilmember Koretz knows that a large city like Los Angeles can play a huge advocacy role.  A longtime leader of progressive causes, Councilmember Koretz also has worked to improve access to fresh food and to protect L.A.'s environment from fracking.”

Councilmember Koretz said he is "humbly grateful for this award, which he accepts on behalf of all the involved activists and countless concerned people who do what they can to help those in need, and who seek to end hunger and poverty." 


Joan Pelico on surviving cancer



October was "Breast Cancer Awareness Month," and events held during that month did phenomenal good by raising crucial awareness – but cancer is a year-round concern, and so Hi-5 has invited the 5th District's Chief of Staff, Joan Pelico, a survivor, to share what she experienced in the hopes that doing so might inspire others to feel confident and comfortable in dealing with such a major personal challenge.  She graciously provided the following:


In November of 1999, I went for my annual mammogram check up.  My family has a history of breast cancer, and I had been religious about going since I was 30 years old.  At the time I had a very successful career in the fitness profession and my daughter was five years old.

The technician pointed out some little specs that looked like salt, and said they could be calcifications. She left to see the radiologist, and then came back to me and said the doctor would like to see me in six months. I immediately questioned, "why in six months?"  The look on my face prompted her to ask if I wanted to speak with the doctor, and of course I did.
He brought to my attention the x rays from the previous year  they showed the same spots.  I asked why this matter had not been brought to my attention back then, and he said, "we wait to see if there are any changes; that's why I want you to come back in six months." But I told him I wasn’t going to wait for anything to change, and insisted on having a biopsy, without holding off.

Lo and behold, the biopsy showed that it was cancer but according to the doctor it was the "best" cancer, because it was ductal, which means it was contained. Now what if I had waited for six months?  I will never know if the cancer could or would have spread, but my lesson is take control of your own body and don’t let anyone tell you what is best for you – especially when it is just a guessing game.

Later on, I was home, and just on my way to volunteer in my daughter’s kindergarten classroom, when I received a call from my internist, telling me that they wanted me to make decisions on which doctor to use for the lumpectomy, what hospital, etc. I stopped her and said my daughter’s kindergartner teacher was anticipating me being in the classroom to help out, which is what I always did on Tuesdays, so I was going to do that and then get back to her. I realize now that I just needed to be able to control something:  helping in the classroom gave me a sense of commitment and control, which in turn let me focus on my health issues and take time to let it all settle in.

A week later I had an appointment to see Dr. Guiliano and I had a lumpectomy. Wouldn’t you know it, when the results came back they had actually gotten all the cancer in the biopsy. I did seven weeks of radiation.  In between radiation appointments, I would teach exercise classes:  the doctors attributed my resilience and energy to the physical activity and my always positive attitude which would get me through it all. I also brought my daughter with me to the appointments.  She would use the locker to make a home for her dolly and stuffed animals, and the other women there loved to see her since it would take their minds off of their situation. I also didn’t want my daughter to have any fear of the disease, but to know all you have to do is proceed forward and get rid of it.

In some ways, it turned out to be a positive experience, and the best part was when I realized that I wasn’t afraid for myself:  dying no longer scared me.  All I thought about was who was going to take care of my daughter and how my family and friends were going to feel, and while those were crucial concerns, they were things we could discuss, plan for and work out. It was a revelation and brought me such relief. My neighborhood was very supportive and so were my friends and family. All things considered, life was pretty normal all the way round.  I am happy to say, I have been cancer free for 14 years and yes, I still go for my annual mammograms without fail. That’s truly the easy part.
 
Joan Pelico
Chief of Staff


Helping seniors through public policy



Councilmember Koretz was honored to speak, recently, to the wonderful residents of The Beverly Hills Carmel, which provides senior independent and assisted living for the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood communities. He had been invited to speak about the impact on the senior population of our L.A. laws and policies, including the successful effort he helped lead to save the City of Los Angeles senior meals program after its funding was endangered by federal sequestration and related budget cuts earlier this year.  He also described steps being taken to prevent senior fraud. He also detailed the fight to protect the Los Angeles Fire Department from budgetary cuts that if enacted might have had a negative impact on emergency response times, when minutes or even seconds can make all the difference in the world for people who have suffered a heart attack or stroke.  The Councilmember greatly enjoyed the lively discussion and applauds everyone there for taking such a keen interest in public policy!


UCLA – baseball champions!
 

Councilmember Koretz with UCLA Coach John Savage and members of his Bruin baseball team and spirit squad, mascot Joe Bruin, and UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor Keith Partker.

This year was the year the UCLA Bruin baseball team won the College World Series in spectacular style.  Los Angeles, and in particular Westwood in the 5th District, rejoiced! 
 
The UCLA Bruins baseball team of 2013 enjoyed sensational triumph and glory while winning the first national championship in the history of the school’s baseball program, besting Mississippi State in the College World Series Finals by scores of 3-1 and 8-0. It’s a sad fact that UCLA, despite its long history of superlative baseball, producing the glorious Jackie Robinson as well as stars like Eric Karros, Troy Glaus and Chase Utley, had never quite managed to make it  all the way to a national title. But that long draught is over!  And, by the way, this year’s national championship in baseball was also a record 109th NCAA title overall for UCLA.  (The great news – the UCLA women’s soccer team has now made it 110 national championships!  More on that in a later Hi 5.)
 
Councilmember Koretz was pleased to invite the team to City Hall, where they were congratulated by members of the Council, many of whom attended UCLA as students.
 
Joining those players who were able to come – UCLA athletes also have busy academic schedules – were the team’s tremendous coach, John Savage; Assistant Vice Chancellor Keith Parker, and other members of the UCLA family, including members of the Spirit Squad and mascot Joe Bruin.
 
The 2013 Bruins baseball team was simply magnificent, demonstrating extraordinary skills, spirit and leadership and thrilling the world by displaying profound character and utmost dedication, both on and off the diamond.
 
This was UCLA’s second College World Series Finals and third College World Series overall in the past four years.  In 2013 postseason play, the Bruins outscored opponents by a 44-14 margin and went a perfect 10-0, becoming only the third team in NCAA history to go undefeated in postseason games, and going 4-0 against national seeds.  UCLA was the first team to go through the College World Series without allowing more than one run in every game.
 
Throughout the regular season and the College World Series there were many fantastic Bruin stars, but this was also a sterling team effort, with every single player and coach – and fan – making an invaluable contribution. And so the team shined at every aspect of the game, with overpowering pitching in the starting rotation and in relief, impressive hitting, and great fielding and base running. For such a true team effort, credit goes to the entire coaching staff and especially head coach John Savage, who capped off the 2013 season by being named the BaseballAmerica and Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year.   It’s amazing to think of the masterful coaches over the years, at UCLA – nobody was better in college basketball than John Wooden – and John Savage is up there among the greats. 
 
Congratulations to the entire team and to UCLA!  


Banning alcohol ads on city-owned property



Councilmember Koretz joined Alcohol Justice and a large coalition of community activists and public health advocates at a media event in support of the proposed city ordinance that will ban alcohol ads on city-owned and controlled property, including the bus shelters used daily by youth in our city.

Young people may take those first drinks for a number of reasons, including peer pressure but also including being exposed to advertising hyping the supposed allure of liquor.
The cities of Philadelphia and San Francisco have already adopted similar ordinances because they, too, know the enormous consequences of underage drinking, which of course involve the tragic loss of health and life for underage drinkers, but also related financial costs. Dr. Ernest Noble, Director of the UCLA Alcohol Research Center has stated that “underage drinking costs the citizens of California $6.8 billion.”



Participants at the media event included actor/advocate Kurtwood Smith (pictured above); Bruce Livingston of Alcohol Justice; Professor Jerry Grenard; Sarah Blanch of the Institute for Public Strategies; Richard Zaldivar of Las Wall Las Memorias; Janice Boafo of Tarzana Treatment Center; Dennis Hathaway, Ban Billboard Blight; Kevin M. Key of the United Coalition East Prevention Project; Terry Marquez, Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association, and actor/advocate John Whitaker.

Chocolate Elephant



The City Council recently approved a ban on the use of bull hooks on circus and traveling show elephants within city boundaries. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was so pleased by this action that the organization sent chocolate elephants to Councilmember Koretz!

This message was sent to  by:

Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005