There are many great things happening in Los Angeles throughout the year, and this weekend is no different.  Here are three wonderful examples.

30th Annual AIDS Walk

On Tuesday October 7, 2014, Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian honored AIDS Walk Los Angeles founder and producer Craig Miller. AIDS Walk LA is now in its 30thyear and has raised many millions of dollars for crucial research and treatment. The Councilmembers saluted Craig and every single person, business and group responsible for making AIDS Walk LA such a massive and ongoing success – and that includes those who manage the effort and those who walk in it.

This Sunday, October 12, Councilmember Koretz and staff – known as “Team Koretz” – will be delighted to take part, once again, in AIDSWalk Los Angeles. Please visit to find out how you can participate in this event, and/or otherwise support the event and its walkers.

Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, AIDS Walk LA producer Craig Miller, and Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield.

You may also want to check the following information about street closures if you plan on traveling through the Westside area of the Walk.

Saturday Street Closure:  

San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Blvd., and Melrose Ave., starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning until 6:00 pm Sunday.   

Sunday Street Closures:   

- San Vicente Boulevard from Beverly Boulevard to Melrose Avenue (East side only) – 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 12, 2014.
- Robertson Boulevard from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard – 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 12, 2014.
- La Peer Drive from Melrose Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard – 6 a.m. to noon on October 12, 2014.
- Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to Holloway Drive – 6 a.m. to noon on October 12, 2014.
- La Cienega Boulevard from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue – 6 a.m. to noon on October 12, 2014.
- Melrose Place from La Cienega Boulevard to Orlando Avenue – 6 a.m. to noon on October 12, 2014.
- Melrose Avenue from San Vicente Boulevard to La Brea Avenue – 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 12, 2014.
- La Brea Avenue from Melrose Avenue to Beverly Boulevard – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 12, 2014.
- Beverly Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to San Vicente Boulevard – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 12, 2014.  

**Specific closure hours subject to adjustment dependent on requirements of the City’s Public Safety Department**  

During the event, some streets will have LAPD officers posted to allow vehicles to cross streets during periodic intervals. Controlled cross traffic will be allowed at:   
- Harper at Melrose (northbound and southbound) 
- Crescent Heights at Melrose (northbound and southbound) 
- Oakwood at Fairfax (eastbound and southbound) 
- Crescent Heights at Beverly (northbound and southbound 
- Sweetzer at Beverly (northbound and southbound) 
- La Cienega at Beverly (southbound only)   

Note: Rosewood Ave can provide east/west travel between controlled intersections, as well as Oakwood Ave. Learn more about access routes during this event:  

Streets will open as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Taste of Encino

One of our favorite events is the annual "Taste of Encino," which will also be held on Sunday October 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As always, this tremendous community effort will offer a wonderful array of food, entertainment, family fun and 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. Please visit the website at to find out more about the event.


Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O'Farrell recognized October 10th as World Mental Health Day.

They were joined by NAMI-LA, which is L.A.’s branch of the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country – the National Alliance for Mental Illness – and by Each Mind Matters, which is California’s mental health movement, including hundreds of organizations. Together, they raise awareness and support, and fight the stigma that is faced, every day, by people affected by mental illness, and that includes their families and loved ones. 

Major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and borderline personality disorder are serious and persistent biological brain disorders, and those with such conditions need compassion, empathy and understanding.

It's time for Angelinos to take the lead, as we did with AIDS, in erasing the stigma associated with mental illness.

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, a representative of Each Mind Matters, Chief of Staff Joan Pelico, NAMI-LA Executive Director Brittney Weissman, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disabilty Stephen David Simon.

Join thousands of Angelinos in the county’s largest event to support mental health and fight the stigma people affected by mental illness and their families face every day. Proceeds fund NAMI’s no cost support and education programs for families and individuals living with mental illness.

NAMI Walks Los Angeles County 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 11 at Grand Park. Pedestrian entrances are located at 200 N. Grand Av and 201 N. Hill St.

The 5K Walk route begins at 10 a.m. after a Pre-Walk Program at 9:15 a.m. Those who wish to walk a shorter distance can turn back when they wish, or walk the perimeter of beautiful Grand Park itself. Walkers will enjoy the fantastic urban art and architecture of downtown Los Angeles and end back at beautiful Grand Park with music and activities such as a best designed NAMI Walks t-shirt contest, best-dressed NAMI dog, face painting, hula hoops and bubbles for the children, raffle prizes, and more

For more information please visit the website at
NAMI Walks.

West LA Night

This event isn't until November 1st, but it sure sounds great, so here is some information about "West LA Night," which will benefit the West Los Angeles Community Police Station's youth programs and the police officers who protect and serve us each day. Mark your calendar to join Sharon Stone, Jimmy Smits, Wanda Dejesus, Rod Martin, Police and Community Together and many other supporters that evening at the historical Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. For more information please visit

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