November 26, 2014


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West LA Office
6380 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(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




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.

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Dear Friends,

I want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.   In so doing, I also want to share the very best wishes of my family and staff.

This is meant to be a happy holiday, and while these are not easy or simple times for our nation and world, what does not always get reported in the evening news or morning papers is how much good is being accomplished by people who care.

I see it all the time – the virtuous efforts of individuals, families, neighborhood groups, community organizations, local businesses, schools and places of worship – especially when I am in the 5thDistrict, where people work together, day in and day out, to help improve our quality of life and build a better future.  We have many local heroes, and what’s especially inspiring is their selflessness and generosity of spirit in working with and helping other people. 

I am so very grateful to all of you for what you do and who you are, and for letting me team up with you on crucial causes and shared endeavors.  Happy Thanksgiving!





Rest In Peace, Officer James Jamal Pollack

On November 10, LAPD Traffic Officer Joe Pollack passed away of a sudden heart attack, while he was off-duty. Born and raised in Los Angeles - he was team captain for the University High School Varsity Football team - Officer Pollack was a 26 year veteran of the LAPD. He had served the last 17 of them with West Bureau Traffic, and was the traffic investigative officer for Pacific Division, though more recently he was working on traffic issues in Wilshire Division.

Councilmember Koretz and the 5th District Office had the pleasure and honor of working with Officer Pollack on several occasions. He was a really nice person and a very responsible and responsive officer who enjoyed partnering with community members to solve problems and improve public safety. He is survived by his mother, Bessie Polack, and his younger brother, Dario, as well as other loving relatives, co-workers and friends, and he will be much missed by all who knew him.



Bel Air/Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council

Councilmember Koretz was delighted to attend and participate in the November 19th meeting of the Bel Air/Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council.  He spoke at length about local neighborhood and citywide issues, and answered many questions asked by members of the neighborhood council.  It is an honor and a privilege for the Councilmember and his staff to take part in this way in meetings of neighborhood councils and other community organizations.  Councilmember Koretz thanks the Bel Air/Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council for this opportunity, and salutes its members, past and present, for their tremendous dedication and hard work.





Small Business Saturday

This time of year, we give thanks and enjoy the company of family and friends.

Of course, there’s also a heavy focus given to shopping, commerce and bargains. While much of this attention highlights “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” offerings, it is worth noting that this Saturday, November 29th, is “Small Business Saturday.” Shopping locally, as compared to spending all your shopping dollars at big box retail chains or through e-commerce transactions, can be a great way to buy gifts while providing an economic boost for community-based businesses.  Many participating small businesses offer marketing specials geared to this day, so consider your local merchants if you are planning on shopping and looking for deals this weekend.



Keystone XL Pipeline update

The controversial Keystone XL Project failed to get sufficient support in the United States Senate to send related legislation to the President's desk (there to face a possible veto).  It is considered probable that such legislation may pass in 2015 when newly elected Senators are seated, though the potential veto of the President still would loom large. After the Senate's recent action, a coalition of L.A.-based environmental and community groups -- including members of the SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition, Sierra Club, CLAW (Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife), and many others opposed to the project -- joined together at a press conference to condemn the project, which is considered by many to be environmentally hazardous while creating very few permanent jobs.  They also praised Councilember Koretz and the City Council, which had approved a Koretz Resolution placing the City on record in opposition to the Keystone XL Project.





Book sale at the Encino Tarzana Library

One of the great pleasures in life is curling up with a good book to read – or giving or receiving such books as holiday presents!  That’s why you might want to note the following on your calendar:  amazing book deals will be available at the Friends of the Encino Tarzana Library two-day book sale on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th from 9:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Thousands of gently used books have been donated in support of this community library. Enjoy bargain prices on reference books, classics and textbooks, fiction and non-fiction.  Browse the selection of CDs, DVDs, books on tape/CD and coffee table books. There will be many multi-volume sets of books, as well as vintage books. Look carefully, because many of the books are signed by the author, making them true collector's items.

Incredible deals begin with small paperbacks from $.50 and most hardbound books for $1.00.  Children's books and videos are priced from $.25.Think green and save green!  Stop by the Encino-Tarzana Library and browse "recycled" books.  Visit The Friends Book Store which also features previously owned books at dollar store prices. It is located in the library and is open during regular library hours. Please bring your own bags and boxes to carry home your new found treasures.  The Encino-Tarzana Library is located at 18231 Ventura Blvd. at Nestle Ave and can be reached at (818) 343-1983.



Helping Encino

Several years ago, in Encino, a car crashed into what had been a beautiful oak tree on Aldea Ave. The tree was felled and the curb ruined.

Replacing a tree and a curb can be a costly and difficult matter, especially at a time in which the City has faced significant budgetary challenges,(from which we have not entirely recovered), and so  the Bureau of Street Services did not find it easy to secure the needed funding, which is why the 5th District Council Office stepped in to help.  The GREAT news for Encino and the Amestoy Estates community is that the oak tree has now been replaced.  The 5th District Office has been working with the Encino Neighborhood Council regarding replacing the curb - the Neighborhood Council is expected to vote on whether to go with concrete or asphalt. Councilmember Koretz thanks the Neighborhood Council, Street Services, the Urban Forestry Division and many local constituents for their patience, determination and love of community, demonstrated in their caring efforts to help find solutions regarding the tree and the curb.





Veterans Day

For Veterans Day, the City Council honored all veterans while also paying special tribute to one individual from each Council District.  This year, the 5th Council District celebrated Mike Stajura for his service in the military and his dedication to the community.  Mike first enlisted in 1990, before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Then, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1995 – 2002 and was stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Honduras, and Korea.  Mr. Stajura moved to Westwood in 2003, where he has continued his spirit of service.  He was a founding member of the Westwood Neighborhood Council, serving for four years.  He was a volunteer coordinator with the Los Angeles Fire Department’s CERT program for seven years, and he is a disaster services instructor and volunteer with the American Red Cross in Los Angeles.  Most recently, Mr. Stajura testified before the California Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs in support of the California Veterans Transition Assistance Program, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in September 2014.  Additionally, Mr. Stajura is currently completing his doctoral studies at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and he will continue and expand upon his service afterwards.  He is one great example, among many, as to why we have reason to be forever thankful to the veterans who have served and continue to serve this nation.







Thanksgiving for our Veterans

One of this year's great Thanksgiving events will be held this Thanksgiving Day from 9am. to 3pm - the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System effort (Wilshire Blvd. at Federal Avenue). A  minimum of a couple of  thousand veterans is expected, but probably as many as  4,000 homeless vets will come for the free Westside Community Thanksgiving Dinner (which starts at 9 a.m.). Also, free clothing, blankets, haircuts, hygiene kits, eye exams and glasses will be available. This event has happened every year for many years, and is always a huge and important success. Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin and Assemblymember Richard Bloom and their offices help support this event. A joyful thank you to all the long time volunteers who help organize and manage this effort.  It's one of the best events in the entire city, based on the amount of people it helps and services offered - and the company enjoyed.



L.A. Coalition Against Wage Theft

Los Angeles has been called the wage theft capital of the country.  According to a study by the UCLA Labor Center, each week, low-wage workers in Los Angeles lose $26.2 million due to violations of laws that require minimum wage, overtime, and meal and rest breaks. 

A review of over 15,000 claims for unpaid wages filed with the Los Angeles Office of the State abor Commissioner revealed that workers wait an average of 495 days for a hearing, from the date they file, and collect just 13% of what's owed them.  At a time when fully one-third of low-wage Angelenos makes less than the minimum wage, the damage done by wage theft to individuals, families and the very fabric of their communities is immense, with people who have working jobs still struggling to put food on the table.  Businesses also complain because of the uneven playing field caused by the "bad actors" who commit wage theft.  And when people don't have money to spend, they're not able to enrich the local economy.

Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz are championing legislative reforms at the city level, including by advocating for greater enforcement of existing regulations.  Meanwhile, the L.A. Coalition Against Wage Theft (a coalition of community groups, businesses, labor and faith-based organizations) is holding media events to emphasize how important it is to tackle the wage theft crisis. At a recent such event, where Councilmember Koretz spoke, the coalition dramatized the cause by having some members sit at a symbolically empty Thanksgiving table.  The issue is due before the Council's Economic Development committee on December 9. 





LA County Thanksgiving Meal Sites

There are many individuals and institutions who help feed the hungry during these holidays, and what follows is a list of some who are doing so this Thanksgiving. The 5th Council Office thanks all who are listed here, as well as anyone else whose name many not show up on this particular list but who is helping out in any way.  Every bit of help makes a difference for the better. Thank you!

Salvation Army – San Fernando Valley
14917 Victory Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91411

The agency will provide a hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal for people in Van Nuys and surrounding areas. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Tuesday, November 25th at 6:00pm.


St. Johns Primitive Baptist Church
323 W. 7th St.
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Cross St. – Arrowhead Ave.
*San Bernardino County*

St. Johns Primitive Baptist Church provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


William Mead Projects
1300 Cardinal St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

William Mead Projects provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


Temple Baptist Church
850 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cross St. – West of 110 Fwy overpass

Temple Baptist Church provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


Panorama Baptist Church
8767 Woodman Ave.
Arleta, CA 91334
Cross St. – Parthenia St.

Panorama Baptist Church provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


Nickerson Gardens
11251 S. Compton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Cross St. – 112th and 113th St.

Nickerson Gardens provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


First Baptist Church North Hollywood
11210 Otsego St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Cross St. – Fair Ave.
Major Cross St. – Lankershim Blvd.

First Baptist Church of North Hollywood provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


Queen Anne Place Park
1240 West Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Cross St. – Pico Blvd.

Queen Anne Park provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


Friendly Friendship Baptist Church
10101 Avalon Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Cross St. – 101st St.

Friendly Friendship Baptist Church provides hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.

This meal is provided in collaboration with Faith In Christ Ministries.


Grace Resources, Inc.
45134 N. Sierra Hwy.
Lancaster, CA 93534

The agency will provide a hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


Beacon Light Mission
525 N. Broad Ave.
Wilmington, CA 90744
Cross St. – Avalon Blvd. and Anaheim St.

The mission will provide a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. The mission will serve approximately 60 people. Attendance at a religious service before the meal is required. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The religious service begins Thanksgiving Day, November 27th at 7:00pm; the meal is served immediately after service.


Salvation Army – Pasadena
960 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Cross St. – Catalina Ave.

The agency will provide a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27th at 11:00am. There are no geographic restrictions.


St. Monica Catholic Church
725 California Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cross St. – 7th St.
http://www.stmonica.net/thanksgiving

The church will provide a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. The dinner is followed by a clothing boutique with free items, especially cold weather clothing, and toiletries on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk in for services. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Wednesday, November 26, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
830 W. Bonita Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Cross St. – Mountain Ave.

The church will provide a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 11:00am to 1:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


Angelica Lutheran Church
1345 S. Burlington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Cross St. – 14th St.

The church will provide a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County.

Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27th at 1:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


Salvation Army – Hollywood
5941 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cross St. – Bronson St. and Gower St.

The agency will provide a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Wednesday, November 26, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


Salvation Army - Burbank
300 E. Angeleno Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

The agency will provide a hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal for people in Burbank and surrounding areas. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Wednesday, November 26th at 5:00pm.


Union Station – Central Park
Fair Oaks and Del Mar Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park

The agency will provide a hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 11:00am to 3:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


St. Matthias Episcopal Church
7056 S. Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

The agency will provide a hot, traditional Thanksgiving meal for anyone in Los Angeles County. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. The meal is served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm. There are no geographic restrictions.


Faith In Christ
4501 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90062
Cross St. – 45th St. and Western Ave.

The church provides hot, traditional meals from several locations; see other locations below. Walk in for the meal. ID or registration is not required. Meals are served Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. There are no geographic restrictions.



Happy 75th Anniversary, Pink's!

Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Tom LaBonge, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky joined the hungry and delighted crowds in celebrating the 75th anniversary of Pink's. Thank you Pink's, for all the food, fun, and memories!





A new holiday season attraction!

This holiday season, for the very first time, the Los Angeles Zoo will be offering, at night, a dazzling winter wonderland known as "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS,” featuring a series of awe-inspiring animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. This new holiday attraction will be open to the public, 6-10pm, from Friday, November 28, 2014, throughSunday, January 4, 2015, (excepting December 24 and 25, when it will be closed).

"L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" may be an ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night.   It is a self-guided 60-to-90-minute tour through select areas of the Zoo (while the animals themselves are asleep). Attendees will follow a clever troop of animated LED "monkeys" who swing through the entry plaza, and will encounter an illuminated "Reggie the alligator," an origami "rhino," singing “elephants,” and a party of musical pink "flamingos" fronted by their DJ leader, to name a few. Along the way, "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" will be able to see real reindeer (the sole live animals in “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”), lit by elegant "chandeliers," plus weekend-only visits with Santa Claus and an unexpected Hollywood ending featuring a red carpet bustling with paparazzi "animals." Steaming hot chocolate and other holiday treats and goodies for sale are also part of the fun.

"L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" will also pay homage to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's wildly popular Griffith Park holiday tradition, the Holiday Light Festival, with a nostalgic nod to the past by featuring some classic pieces, including the Hollywood sign, the downtown LA skyline and City Hall.

"L.A. ZOO LIGHTS"' techno wizardry is designed by art director Gregg Lacy and Bionic League, a live event lighting design company known for magnificent light shows for festivals, stadiums, arenas, clubs, and artists like Daft Punk, Kanye West and many others. Daytime visitors to the Zoo can see the reindeer during regular hours, which are 10 am to 5 pm, along with a flurry of seasonal festivities and yuletide flourishes, plus weekend visits by Santa Claus.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens draws 1.6 million visitors each year and is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Admission to "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" is $13 for adults/seniors and $11 for children ages 2 to 12; tickets for GLAZA members are $12 for adults/seniors and $10 for children ages 2 to 12; children under age two 2 are free. Purchase tickets online to attend during the first two weeks (Nov 28 – Dec 11) for the online-only Early Bird Rate of $8 each. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit www.lazoo.org. Much credit goes to Councilmember Tom LaBonge for making "L.A. ZOO LIGHTS" possible.


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200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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