Dear Friends,

I wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day! 

This is a time of gratitude, love, and memories -- for celebrating the great dedication, devotion, work and support given by moms.  

To each mom out there, THANK YOU!


On a Mission For the Mission

On Wednesday, May 7th, Councilmember Paul Koretz joined fellow San Fernando Valley councilmembers Felipe Fuentes, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Mitch Englander, Tom Labonge, and Bob Blumenfield, and Valley RescueMission Executive Director Wade Trimmer, affected families, and corporate and community partners at a press conference in order to raise awareness and funds for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission after it had suffered significant losses due to a recent fire.

“The devastating fire that tore through the San Fernando Valley RescueMission was a tragic event that has impacted thousands of lives,” said Wade Trimmer, Executive Director of the SFV RescueMission. “The silver lining of this disaster is the outpouring of support and commitment from individuals, companies, and our elected officials, as evidenced by the seven city councilmembers who have come together to shed light on our situation.” 

The fire destroyed a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of items and an adjacent homeless shelter leaving 21 people without housing and hundreds more without food or clothing.

Also at the press conference were many of the firefighters who had bravely fought the fire until it was extinguished. Shown above are United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) President Frank Lima, Councilmember Koretz and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief James G. Featherstone (left to right).

The press conference announced many significant donations including $2,500 apiece from each of the councilmembers. There were also many corporate contributions. Pictured above are Councilmember Koretz, his Chief of Staff Joan Pelico, and Damien Lewis who announced on behalf of Universal City Nissan a $2,500 donation to the Rescue Mission, as well as the donation of one-year’s usage of a Frontier truck.

Fire Service Day

Saturday May 10th is the Los Angeles Fire Department “Open Firehouse” Celebration. Neighborhood Fire Stations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Personal tours of fire stations will be provided along with a smoke alarm video, demonstration and give-away. To find your neighborhood fire station please click here.

If you and your family are unable to attend on Saturday due to religious observance, Open Firehouse will also take place on Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at three special locations:

Fire Station 58
1556 South Robertson Blvd

Fire Station 61
5821 West 3rd St
Fairfax District

Fire Station 102
13200 Burbank Blvd
Valley Glen

Reminder: If you visit any fire station in the San Fernando Valley they will be accepting donated goods for the Rescue Mission.

Budget Hearings

Mayor Eric Garcetti released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 in April - his first ever as Mayor.

The City’s Budget and Finance Committee has been reviewing the proposed budget and the process will be continuing into next week.

You can view past hearings and tune in to live hearings on Channel 35 and online here. All meetings are open to the public and you can participate in shaping the future of this great city by sharing your views about the budget with this office and others throughout City Hall.

Traffic Advisory

Beverly Glen Boulevard, Rochester Avenue to Eastborne Avenue

Beginning on Monday May 12, 2014 to Tuesday May 13, 2104, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the City’s Bureau of Street Services will be preparing the existing roadway by cold milling the street at the gutter area and resurfacing the street (paving) on Beverly Glen Boulevard, from Rochester Avenue to Eastborne Avenue.

Traffic will be restricted during scheduled working hours.

Beverly Glen resurfacing project: May 2014

The resurfacing division has tentatively scheduled to repave the 1.63 mile portion of Beverly Glen, from Mulholland Drive to Beverly Glen Place over two consecutive weekends. The department is scheduling the profiling for Saturday the 17th of May, paving that profiled area Sunday the 18th, profiling Saturday the 24th of May and paving the final profiled area on Sunday the 25th. The hours will be from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays. 

The plan is to divide this into two segments, with full width closures of the project portions. The work will start at the south end and head towards Mulholland Dr. Residents to the west can use Nicada Drive to access Mulholland, those south of the project will have to enter and exit from Sunset. Residents who are landlocked without alternate routes will be allowed access but will face some delays. They can also exit to the south or north depending on the progress of the work. The roadway will be re-opened for traffic once the crew ends work in the afternoon on Saturday and remain open until the next morning when they return. Sunday's paving will require the more stringent traffic control because the repaving will be full width. The crew will not easily be able to move the equipment to allow for straggler cars to enter or exit the area.

As always, any Emergency Response Vehicles will be given full access to their destination. With high expectations the department expects to complete this project within these four days. There will also be a notice board prior to the project at both ends of Beverly Glen (Sunset Blvd and Mullholland Drive), informing drivers know of this project. Our office will also inform the local Homeowner Associations and Neighborhood Council to help spread the word. We hope you all can help us spread the word to the community as well.


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