January 23, 2015

Contact Information

West LA Office
6380 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 289-0353

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!


The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to unveil LAFDmobile, a free application for iPhone and Android smartphones. For more information, please click HERE.


For the latest construction notices and closures along the I-405, please visit Metro HERE.


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.


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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Since it was built in 1957, Norms La Cienega has been one of the most significant examples of remarkably well-designed coffee shop architecture to be found anywhere in the City of Los Angeles - and for that matter, anywhere in this state, country and world.
That's why it came as a horrible shock to hear that a demolition permit had been pulled by the property's new owner. (Norms is there on a month-to-month lease.) While Norms La Cienega has been revered, justly, as an architectural wonder, and continues to draw tourists who come to marvel at this splendid icon, it is also a local treasure that is beloved by local residents, the entire surrounding community, and generations of families throughout Los Angeles, all of whom enjoy the friendly ambiance, the generous helpings of food, and vivid memories of sharing a table there with those who are dear.
Councilmember Koretz says that he will fight not only to do his utmost to save the building but also to save the restaurant itself, both of which are endangered at this time. He is working closely with the Los Angeles Conservancy in looking at every possible angle. (Councilmember Koretz was awarded the Los Angeles Conservancy's prestigious "Local Leadership Award" in 2013 for his key role in helping to save the Century Plaza Hotel, which had been listed as being among the nation's 11 most endangered landmarks.)

On January 21, Councilmember Koretz met with Linda Dishman, the Conservancy's Executive Director, at Norms, for a breakfast meeting to discuss the situation. Even while they were there, they had the great pleasure of chatting with waitresses Robyn Rutledge, who has served patrons there for 30 years, and Ruthie Jackson, who has been there for 40 years!  A stream of customers approached Ms. Dishman and the Councilmember to thank them for their efforts regarding Norms. One such patron, New York architect Jeff Wooley, had been sitting at a nearby counter, and hearing some of the talk, came over to shake hands and speak glowingly of the importance of Norms La Cienega, and said that the unique character and look of Norms is was very much a part of why people come to Los Angeles, to visit or to live.
Six days earlier, when Councilmember Koretz was in Sacramento for a League of California Cities meeting, 5th Council District planning deputy Noah Muhlstein spoke on his behalf at a crucial meeting of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. Muhlstein was there to express the Councilmember's strong support for the Historic-Cultural Monument Application for Norms La Cienega Coffee Shop. Muhlstein told the Commission that "for nearly sixty years, Norms La Cienega Coffee Shop has been the dynamic flagship location of the Norms restaurant chain and an icon of mid-century modernism. It expresses the cultural, economic, and social history of Los Angeles and the nation, when suburbanization and the automobile reshaped the nature of American city planning and architecture in the post-World War II decades. It is an excellent example of the California coffee shop architectural type, and of the Googie architectural style, expressing Southern California modern design... for those reasons, our office urges that the Commission support the application and  recommendation to nominate Norms as a Historic Cultural Monument."

The Commission then voted, unanimously, to consider the building a Historic Cultural Monument (HCM), thereby starting a process which stays the possibility of demolition. The process may well continue for many months, with City Council approval needed for the HCM designation, and negotiations likely to occur with the property's owner. In the meantime, you can share your views about Norms with the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, by emailing Nels Youngborg, the Historic Preservation Planner, at nels.youngborg@lacity.org, or by writing him at Office of Historic Resources, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 559 Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please CC Councilmember Koretz (paul.koretz@lacity.org) or send him copies of any letters.

Councilmember Koretz, Jeff Wooley, and Linda Dishman

Councilmember Koretz and Linda Dishman clutch their Norms menus

Councilmember Koretz, Robyn Rutledge, Ruthie Jackson and Linda Dishman

Marcie Norton and her mom Rita, longtime friends of Councilmember Koretz and frequent diners at Norms.

6th Annual Dream Games

For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks teamed up with the Friends of West Los Angeles to present the 2015 Dream Games previously known as the International Dream Games.  The Dream Games were created to recognize the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and to bring children and their families together for one common goal – to give kids in Los Angeles the chance to play sports.

Twelve different Los Angeles City Recreation Centers had the opportunity to participate in a basketball exhibition during the recent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday weekend.  The twelve participating recreation centers were Banning, Chevy Chase, Costello, Cypress, Echo, EXPO, Highland, Hubert Humphrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Normandale, Pan Pacific and Westwood.

Over 160 kids were drafted onto combined teams in the spirit of Dr. King, to learn that differences in ethnic heritage, socioeconomic status, and religious beliefs all disappear once the whistle blows.

“The Department of Recreation and Parks is thankful for the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in partnership with the Friends of West Los Angeles, and  what better way to do so than by bringing the children of Los Angeles together for a day of family fun,” said Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks.  Councilmember Koretz was delighted to be on hand, as he has been in years past, to celebrate the games and its participants and their families, and to salute and thank the Department of Recreation and Parks and Friends of West Los Angeles. 

Encino Earthquake Preparedness

According to the USGS, there is a 99.7% chance of a 6.7+ earthquake in California within the next 25 years. The BIG ONE is definitely coming. Are you prepared? Join the Encino Neighborhood Council for an entertaining and informative presentation by disaster preparedness professional Roy Forbes, CEO of Survivault, and learn the simple steps you and your family really need to do before, during and after a major earthquake or other disaster.

It all takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24 at the Encino Neighborhood Council's monthly meeting (Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd, Encino 91316). For more information, contact Encino N.C. president Todd Rubenstein at president@encinonc.org, (818) 971-6996, or Roy Forbes at rforbes@survivault.com, (213) 785-8740.

Hamilton High Performances

Arts and music programs play a crucial role in any truly well-rounded and beneficial education, and while too many such programs have been cut in school across the country it is always wonderful to know that many splendid efforts occur in our midst, here in Los Angeles. One example is a presentation of Beauty and the Beast, coming up in February at Hamilton High School, of which Councilmember Koretz is a proud graduate. He salutes all who are making that show possible, as well as all the tremendous teachers, students, and families who take part in such artistic ventures at schools throughout Los Angeles.

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