February 13, 2014

In this issue:

Jamzilla – plan ahead!

To bee or not to bee

A reward offer

Knowledge is power

BCA Annual Meeting

Westwood Village gets a nice write-up!

Black History Month

LAFD

Beverly Hills turns 100!

Meet the new CD-5 staffer!

Super Sunday 2014


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


UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

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True Bruin Move and Groove 5k
Be a Sponsor!
 


The UCLA Staff Assembly, in partnership with the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, will host the inaugural True Bruin Move and Groove 5K on Sunday, March 30, 2014 on the UCLA campus.

Your sponsorship helps to defray the cost of organizing the event. Funds received from sponsorship are used to purchase t-shirts, awards, and complimentary drinks and snacks for registered race participants. Any additional money from sponsorships will help go towards the fundraising goal of $20,000 which providing funds for staff scholarships and events.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the True Bruin Move and Groove 5k, please click here.

Deadline for sponsorship is February 15, 2014.
 

Questions? Contact Cindy Cordova at 310-206-9204 or email ccordova@mednet.ucla.edu


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Westside Community Meeting
Budget 101

As our city determines a budget, Mayor Garcetti wants to hear about the priorities that matter to you. Join the Mayor and members of his staff to discuss the City's budget in an open forum.

WHEN:  February 26, 2014 at 6pm - 8pm

WHERE: Mar Vista Recreation Center 11430 Woodbine St
Los Angeles, CA 90066
United States

RSVP at this link.


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Save the date!

San Fernando Valley Council of Governments presents:

MOBILITY SUMMIT
"Driving the Future of the Valley Together" on Wed., March 5th, 2014 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Burbank Marriott Hotel
Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

- Meet industry leaders in business, community & government
- Attend the first ever transportation expo & see the latest in alternative fuel & hybrid vehicles, as well as classic cars
- Interact with industry experts in various workshop panels on current state and future of the valley
- Call to action for the future of the San Fernando Valley
- Sponsorship opportunities available

For more information, please visit www.SFVCOG.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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LADWP Statement Regarding Statewide Drought Conditions

Los Angeles has prepared for this drought. Today, Angelenos use less water per capita than residents of any major U.S. city with a population over 1 million. Los Angeles’ Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance, which was strengthened in 2009, has resulted in unprecedented levels of water savings by  LADWP’s 680,000 water customers.  

LADWP and other Southern California water agencies have invested in storage over the past decade. Together with a strong conservation program, these investments will allow us to weather the current shortage. But we need to redouble our commitment to conservation and make sure all of us are fully complying with current water use restrictions and reducing our water use. 

We are asking residents across the city to look for more ways to reduce their water use and encourage our customers to take advantage of money saving rebates offered by LADWP to help them save both water and money. They include rebates for water efficient appliances and devices, and the “Cash for Grass” program, which has increased participation 10-fold since LADWP raised the rebate amount to $2 a square foot, up from $1.50, for customers who replace water-thirsty lawns with California Friendly landscape.

LADWP also will be expanding its public outreach and education efforts to raise awareness about the dry year conditions and users’ responsibility to use water wisely and in accordance with the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance.  

More information on LADWP's water conservation programs, regulations and rebate incentives can be found at www.ladwp.com/WaterConservation.


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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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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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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.

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.

Jamzilla – plan ahead!

This Presidents’ Day Weekend – February 14-18 – there will be an unprecedented 80-hour paving operation on the I-405, in the Sepulveda Pass.

The public is being advised that in order to avoid delays, one should reduce driving or stay away from the project area.  That certainly sounds like great advice for anyone wanting to avoid potential multi-hour traffic delays while the project contractor paves 5.6 miles of northbound freeway lanes between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Blvd.

On Friday night, February 14, ramps along the 5.6-mile closure area will begin to be shut down as early as 7pm, and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 11pm to ensure full freeway closure by 1am.  The operation and related daytime/nighttime lane closures will continue until 6am Tuesday morning, February 18.

For more information on the I-405 project go to www.metro.net/I-405, www.twitter.com/I_405, or www.facebook.com/405project.


To bee or not to bee



On February 12, Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Jose Huizar, Mike Bonin, Mitch O'Farrell, and Tom LaBonge called on their fellow members of the Los Angeles City Council to address locally the very serious problem of "colony collapse disorder," which has killed off more than a third of the honeybee population in the country each of the last eight years.  This past year, U.S. beekeepers lost an average of 45% of their colonies. The problem is putting the long-term security of our food supply at risk. 

Pollinators are vital to our food supply, to our agriculture system, and, therefore, to California’s economy.  They pollinate over a third of the food we eat, improve production for 75 percent of all crop species, and are essential for many of California’s key crops, including almonds, avocados, apples and cherries.  Almonds alone bring nearly $4 billion dollars into California’s economy.

The New York Times recently quoted Douglas Tallamy, a professor of entomology at the University of Delaware, on the subject, “If the bees were to truly disappear, we would lose eighty percent of the plants.  That is not an option.  That’s a huge problem for mankind.”


Andy Shrader gets a shout-out

The City Council agreed and voted unanimously to adopt bee measures which include humane treatment when we move bees in Los Angeles, support for Congressional action to halt the use of the pesticides suspected in causing colony collapse disorder, and regulation of local urban beekeeping.

Before the voting occurred, a press conference was held, and local beekeepers, community groups and environmental leaders including Mar Vista Community Council President, Sharon Commins, spoke out in favor of the measures,  The other Councilmembers praised Councilmember Koretz for his leadership regarding the environment, food and health issues – and then Councilmember Bonin called up Andy Shrader, CD 5's Deputy of Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, who helped head up the bee initiatives, for a special round of applause. 


A reward offer



Late last month, Councilmember Koretz joined with grieving members of the family of Harvey Cohen and investigating officers representing the Los Angeles Police Department, to announce a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Mr. Cohen.

This horrific crime took place on September 19th of last year, at the home where Harvey lived with his beloved wife, Sandra, in Encino.  Harvey was well-known, well-liked and greatly respected, for he had done so much throughout his life, including as a successful investor.  Even at age 80, he was working productively and helping others – indeed, Harvey was up and about, busily working at around 2:30 in the morning, when whoever did this, got into the home and shot Harvey Cohen.

The Los Angeles Police Department has worked with great devotion and effort to try to solve this crime, but there can come a time when the LAPD deems it wise to turn to the public with an emphatic plea for help, using the offer of a reward (while necessarily keeping some pertinent details of the crime confidential).   It is absolutely essential that in such instances, we listen to the LAPD, and that we step forward and do the right thing.

Plus, as Sandra Cohen has said, it is essential for the sake of the community’s safety that anyone responsible for the crime be apprehended and removed from our streets.

That is why, after the LAPD suggested it was time to use this dramatic tool in the City’s arsenal, Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion calling for a $50,000 reward, and the Council approved the reward offer. 

Such reward offers don’t always succeed in hastening the resolution of a crime investigation, but they do sometimes work, which is why they are turned to when investigations are proving difficult.  In this instance, along with the City’s reward offer of $50,000, there is an additional $25,000 reward being offered by the grieving family.

We cannot repair the harm done them, but we can do our utmost to eliminate a threat and also bring some degree of closure.  If you have any information about this crime, please contact Detectives Frank Carrillo and Jay King of Robbery-Homicide Division, at (213) 486-6890, during regular weekday business hours.  During non-business hours, weekends and holidays, contact LAPD’s RACR Division at (877) 527-3247.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Knowledge is power

The City budget is a crucial component of our municipal governance.The more you understand the budget and how it is put together and used, the easier it becomes to have an impact on issues and decisions that are important to Los Angeles

That's why Wednesday, February 26 is an important date well worth marking down on your calendar.  Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin are inviting you to attend "City Budget 101," from 6-8pm at Mar Vista Recreation Center (11430 Woodbine St., L.A. CA 90066).  You can use this link to RSVP:  http://www.lamayor.org/westsidebudget101.  Hope to see you there!


BCA Annual Meeting



Councilmember Paul Koretz was delighted to attend the Benedict Canyon Association's annual meeting recently,and to be there with Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on the occasion of his last Annual meeting as Supervisor. The meeting was full of interesting comments and Q&A.  Councilmember Koretz discussed various topics such as daily home rentals, safety concerns on the Hillside, and the DWP, and also answered many constituent questions. The Supervisor was given an especially warm and appreciative goodbye by all present. Congratulations to the BCA on its great community involvement and leadership!


Westwood Village gets a nice write-up!

Westwood Village, one of the jewels of this city, is in the midst of an exciting renewal, and that's exactly what the Los Angeles Business Journal wrote about in a January 27, 2014, major story authored by Bethany Firnhaber and entitled "Re-Digging Westwood." 

We asked, and the Los Angeles Business Journal has graciously agreed to remove the story from behind its normal "paywall," so that you can easily and freely read this important coverage.  Please use this link: 

http://labusinessjournal.com/news/2014/jan/27/re-digging-westwood/.  This story can be reprinted only with permission from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Councilmember Koretz thanks the many great community and business groups, activists and leaders who work with so much devotion for Westwood Village in order that it may regain all of its former "heyday glory" and then some!


Black History Month



This is Black History Month, and an early highlight was the presentation by Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by City Councilmember Curren Price, Jr., of this year’s award-winning honorees: Charlie Wilson, the winner of the Spirit of Los Angeles Award; retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke – Hall of Fame Award winner for politics; actress Angela Bassett – Dream of Los Angeles award; actor Lous Gossett, Jr. – Lifetime Achievement Award; U.S. Judge Consuelo Marshall – Hall of Fame Award winner for law, and Dr. James Rosser – Hall of Fame Award winner for education.




LAFD



On February 5th, the Los Angeles City Council had a robust discussion on the future of the Fire Department and the importance of prioritizing funding and staffing issues.

Prior to the City Council meeting, many City Councilmembers stopped by a gathering of our firefighters to say hello and express support, including Gilbert Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, Tom LaBonge, Nury Martinez, Curren Price, Mitch O'Farrell, and Joe Buscaino. In addition, the Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety, Eileen Decker, was in attendance along with Chief of Staff to Fire Chief Featherstone, Ronnie Villanueva; LAFD Battalion Chief Joseph Castro; LAFD Independent Assessor Sue Stengel; Chief of Staff to Councilmember Koretz, Joan Pelico (pictured above with new LAFD recruits); and Legislative Director to Councilmember Mike Bonin, John Gregory.


Beverly Hills turns 100!



Starting from left to right:  Congressman Henry Waxman, Janet Waxman (Congressman Waxman’s wife), Beverly Hills Councilmember William W. Brien M.D., Beverly Hills Councilmember Nancy H. Krasne, Beverly Hills Councilmember Julian A. Gold M.D., Beverly Hills Vice Mayor Lili Bosse, Centennial Committee Chair Richard Rosenzweig, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. Councilmember Paul Koretz, and District Director Andrea Kune for Assemblyman Richard Bloom.
 

The City of Beverly Hills turned 100 on January 28.  Councilmember Koretz represented the City of Los Angeles at a festive birthday event, and stated that the two neighboring cities have often "been close allies in key endeavors, and they shall always be united in friendship."


Meet the new CD 5 staffer!



Jesus David Orozco – “Chuy" (pronounced "Chewy") – is CD 5's new staffer. As a field deputy, he serves the neighborhoods of Century City, Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park, Tract 7260, Westwood Gardens, California Country Club, West LA, and West of Westwood. 

Chuy was born and raised on the West Side and attended St. Gerard Majella, St. Joan of Arc, Loyola High School, and UC Berkeley, where he began volunteering in education advocacy. From 2005-2011 he worked with the Mar Vista Family Center as its Education Coordinator and College Prep Advisor, developing a college prep curriculum and creating a college-going culture. Since then, he's worked with various community-based organizations and endeavors, providing them with key leadership in a number of important efforts, such as campaigns to increase college retention and graduation rates, and entrepreneurship symposia to foster community development by partnering with nonprofits, businesses, schools and neighborhoods. He has always had an interest in constituent concerns, and believes in the power of community engagement to make government work better.

Chuy’s own connection to the city is rooted in his grandparents' work in the San Fernando Valley as Braceros (temporary farmers who were brought in from Mexico during World War II to help cultivate food for this country because of the majority of people leaving their farms to serve in the military). His parents moved to West Los Angeles during the 1960’s where Chuy was born and raised. Growing up, he helped his father organize community clean-ups, and a neighborhood watch program.  He currently resides in Mar Vista.


Super Sunday 2014


Left to right: LA Community College Trustee Steve Veres; West Hollywood City Councilmember Jeff Prang; Jay Sanderson, Jewish Federation; Councilmember Paul Koretz, and LA Community College Trustee Scott Svonkin

Every year, "Super Sunday" is held to promote and support The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and its life-saving work caring for people in need while engaging with the community.  Councilmember Koretz and other elected officials are annual volunteers in this community-wide fundraising day, and this past February 9th was no different.  Congratulations on the tremendous success of Super Sunday 2014 go to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Super Sunday Co-Chairs Aaron Leff, David Melnick & Sheilah Miller, as well as all the staff, volunteers and everyone else who through their time, effort and resources made this year's edition wonderfully beneficial and fun.

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