September 26, 2014


Contact Information

West LA Office
6380 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 866-1828

Valley Office
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 600
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 971-3088

City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Room 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005



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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 Bays 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.

The Councilmember and Mayor tour

Councilmember Koretz and Mayor Eric Garcetti spent a recent September morning visiting sites near and in Westwood – including the stretch of Westwood Blvd. between Wilshire and Le Conte that is part of the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative to improve neighborhood gathering places and generate economic activity by revitalizing key community corridors. The Councilmember pointed out some key efforts in the area. (He and Mayor Garcetti will visit other parts of the 5th District in the future.)

Their first stop was Pacific Television Center, a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, which completed the acquisition of its headquarters, on Motor Ave., in May of 2014.  The high tech nature of Pac TV and its expansion in Los Angeles means more jobs and economic development for the 5th District and Los Angeles.

Then they went to the Westwood Neighborhood Greenway (WNG), a multi-benefit project that will clean water, educate, restore the ecosystem and conserve water, land and energy in an area that is critically underserved with open space.  It’s located at Westwood/Rancho Park between Overland and Westwood Blvd, by the Westside Pavilion, on two 50-foot-wide ribbons of City-owned land straddling the Expo Light Rail Line and next to its busiest station, along with two adjoining strips of L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) land – each about 30-feet wide, between Expo’s sound walls and City land.  WNG’s two streams will flow through native plants, using “bioremediation” (natural processes) to clean water as they also irrigate.  Commuters, cyclists and pedestrians will see that native landscaping and water harvesting can beautifully conserve water and reduce pollution. Ground was broken in July 2013; planning and plant ordering are ongoing, and landscaping installation is expected in Fall of 2014.

Then it was on to Stan’s Donuts, the legendary business that recently celebrated 50 years at the same location in Westwood Village:  a “Monumental Business” plaque had been presented to Stan Berman by Mayor Garcetti in honor of that occasion, and a donut has been named for the Mayor.

Jim Brooks of TOPA Management Company then took the Councilmember and the Mayor to see various businesses in the Village, and to highlight some of the exciting changes now underway:  TOPA owns a significant amount of property along Westwood Blvd.  The tour continued on to Plaza la Reina, a mixed use project that when completed will provide a gentle transition from the residences to the east to the commercial uses to the west.  After that, it was on to iPic Theaters, which since its opening in May has been the place to go for premium/luxury movie watching. And then to conclude the visit to Westwood, it was on to Tanzy to meet Chef Bryan Podgorski, who offers a fresh approach to artisanal Italian dishes.  The recently opened Tanzy and Chef Podgorski are helping to make Westwood Village even more of a go-to place for foodies.

With that, the tour was over, at least for now, with everyone impressed and eager to see more of what is making Westwood a great place of renewed vitality and appeal.  Of course, thanks go to everyone involved, including the Westwood Village Improvement Association (the Business Improvement District, or BID), the Westwood Neighborhood Council, the Westwood Community Council, and many others, for their leadership, vision and dedication.




David Canlas

Councilmember Koretz and the 5th Council District Staff wish David Canlas the very best as he leaves city service for Kuwait.

An exemplary aide to 12th CD Councilmember Mitch Englander, David started with the 12th District in early 2013 as an intern, even while he was completing his Bachelors of Arts at California State University Northridge in Urban Studies and Planning.  David’s work ethic and upbeat attitude has impressed everyone:  always willing to work, no matter what the task or hour, he earned himself a part-time job and then was quickly promoted, thereby becoming a full-time member of the CD 12 Communications Team, in which role he has been invaluable.

But David’s extraordinary service goes far beyond the 12th District and the City of L.A.  In 2010, he joined the United States Army Reserve, and currently serves in the 315th Engineering Company.  He is an accomplished engineer and holds a level 2 translator status in Tagalog.  This summer, David received the call from his country to serve, and so he will ship out this December for Kuwait.  On September 23, joined by his mother and the 12th Council District staff, he was honored in front of the entire City Council by Councilmember Englander.  We thank and salute David for his great service and wish him the utmost happiness, health and safety and all of the best in Kuwait and in the years that follow.



Climate March

The People’s Climate March was held on September 21 in New York City, though it was reported that people took action throughout that week at over 2,700 climate change-related events in more than 150 countries around the world.

An estimated 300-400,000 people, eager to make clear that environmentalism and climate change are at the forefront of national and global priorities, participated in the NYC march.

Here in Los Angeles, blocks along Wilshire Blvd. were filled with people walking, marching, holding signs and speaking out, determined to assert the crucial importance of tackling climate change and its causes.  Councilmember Koretz was honored to be a speaker at the culminating rally, joined by many concerned Angelinos, some of them first-time activists, and others longtime members of such groups as SoCal 360 Climate Action Coalition, Sierra Club, Converging Storms Action Network, Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Natural Resources Defense Council, California Nurses Association, Progressive Christians Uniting, and 60 other organizations.    Thanks to everyone for caring, as we all need to do, about the growing climate change crisis and the challenges we need to meet.





Welcoming the new Consul General of Japan

In festivities held on September 24th, representatives of the City of Los Angeles joined in applauding the Honorable Harry H. Horinouchi as he assumed the Los Angeles post of Consul General of Japan.  In that capacity, he will help lead efforts aimed at further strengthening the bonds of friendship and commerce between our countries.

Councilmembers LaBonge and Koretz were among those providing welcoming salutes to the Consul General and his wife, Madame Sabine Horinouchi.

The Consul General is certain to be very involved in key economic initiatives linking our two nations, including many specifically involving Los Angeles.  One of the most interesting shared endeavors is already launched, and that is the "Sister Streets" relationship that has been formed between the fashion-trendsetting area of Harajuku, in Tokyo, and iconic Melrose, in Los Angeles, with the Melrose Business Improvement District and the 5th Council District  office playing key roles in establishing and nurturing this intriguing and vibrant connection.

The benefits of such friendly relationships, in years to come, may include local jobs, revenue, fun and excitement for Melrose, the City of L.A., and all concerned.



AIDS Walk LA this Oct. 12

Aids Walk Los Angeles is going to be reaching a historic milestone on October 12th, for that is when the 30th such annual walk will be held. 

Tens of thousands of people will take part in the walk, which is10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and takes roughly 2 to 3 hours to complete. 

Please visit the website at http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles to find out more about how to sign up to walk and raise funds (as an individual or as a team) – and also, to learn more about the parking and transportation impacts and options that day.  Since the walk historically travels through a part of the 5th District, it is wise to be prepared for the resultant transportation challenges (such as streets closed to vehicular traffic during the walk).  This newsletter will also provide such info on an updated basis, prior to October 12th.

This is an event that is of great value and meaning, and also one that is fun for so many of its participants, who report having a rollicking good time while helping to raise funds for crucial causes.

Since its inception in 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has benefited AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), an AIDS service organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV–related public policy. AIDS Walk Los Angeles makes it possible for APLA to provide urgently needed food, dental care, safe housing, and much more to people with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, and homelessness. APLA also runs the county’s largest network of HIV prevention programs to end the epidemic in Los Angeles.

Along with APLA, dozens of service organizations benefit, thanks to the walk. 


Mark your calendar; save your appetite!

One of our favorite events is the annual "Taste of Encino," which is rapidly looming, for it will be held on October 12 from 10am to 5pm.  So don't spoil your appetite before then!  As always, this tremendous community effort will offer a wonderful array of food, entertainment, family fun and incredibly useful information.  It all takes place on Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy, and it's free! 

Year after year, the Encino Chamber of Commerce pulls off a great success with "Taste of Encino," and this year is sure to continue that glowing track record. This newsletter will carry more info before Taste of Encino occurs, but in the meantime, please mark your calendar and to find out more, please  visit their website at http://www.tasteofencino.com/.


Happy New Year!

On Wednesday, September 24, at the start of that day’s City Council meeting, Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Robert Blumenfield hosted a brief but joyous celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which was due to start hours later, at sundown. City Attorney Mike Feuer, Israeli Consul General David Siegel, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles CEO Jay Sanderson, and Rabbi Jonathan Klein joined to welcome the coming of the Hebrew year of 5775.   

Those who were in Council chambers for the meeting – the room was packed – were enthralled by Rabbi Klein’s blowing of the shofar (the musical instrument made of a ram’s horn). As is also traditional, apples and honey were shared to signify a sweet new year.   

This was the first such Jewish New Year commemoration in City Council, at least as far as City Hall denizens could recall, though other New Year’s festivities, such as the Persian New Year celebration and that of the Chinese New Year, have been held in Council chambers.

Councilmember Koretz said, “we rejoice in the hope and promise of joy, peace, prosperity, good health, well-being, and new friendships.  It is my great pleasure to wish everybody, everywhere, a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year – L’shanah Tovah Tikatevu.”


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