March 03, 2015

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Los Angeles, CA 90035
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15760 Ventura Blvd.
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Encino, CA 91436
(818) 971-3088

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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

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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Election Day --Tuesday, March 3

March 3rd is a particularly important day in the City of Los Angeles.  That’s because it is Election Day. Casting a ballot, whether by mail or in person, is a tremendous way to be empowered.  If you are a registered voter in this City, and have not yet cast your vote, please consider taking the time to vote on March 3rd.  For more information on the election, please visit: Los Angeles City Clerk - Election Division.

Budget update

In accordance with the City Charter, the Mayor must submit his Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 by April 20 of this year.  Many offices throughout City government are already receiving, reviewing and analyzing mounds of information, in order to begin to prioritize goals and make what can be very difficult decisions.

Councilmember Koretz is a member of the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, which is chaired by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and which will start holding public meetings about the proposed budget on Tuesday April 28, in the John Ferraro Council Chambers (Room 340 in City Hall).  There will be about a dozen such meetings, often lasting many hours, before this part of the budget process runs its course, with the committee expected to have its last such meeting on May 12.  The full Council will take up the proposed budget and the committee’s report approximately one week later, knowing that the City Charter stipulates that a Budget Resolution must be adopted by June 1.

The Mayor’s Office and all fifteen Council Offices will welcome community input, whether it comes directly from you the concerned constituent, or through neighborhood and community groups, such as neighbor councils, home owner associations, business chambers, or any other type of involved organization.  There will be public surveys as well as hearings and other meetings both out in the community and in City Hall.  You can email Councilmember Koretz with your questions and your views at

Chinese Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep

Los Angeles, a city of dazzling diversity, is fortunate enough to have many new years to celebrate, and on Thursday, February 19, Councilmember Koretz was on-hand to join in the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities held at the Beverly Center.

He helped the crowd bade farewell to the Year of the Horse, and to welcome the Year of the Sheep.

(The Councilmember noted that some also call it the Year of the Ram, or the Year of the Goat, depending on where one is from.  Traditionally, the Chinese Lunar New Year has been celebrated not only in China, but also in Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, and many other places in Asia.)

For the occasion, the Court area of the Beverly Center was transformed into a stunning interpretation of the traditional Wishing Tree with all of the Spring Festival elements, the sheep-themed decorations, and symbols of good fortune.  Councilmember Koretz thanked and applauded Ralph Barnes of the Beverly Center and special guest Jeremy Lin of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Councilmember wished all those present – and everyone else, for that matter – peace and prosperity, not just for the upcoming year, but for a very long time.

Councilmember Koretz and Laker Jeremy Lin

A well-earned congratulations

On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Koretz attended and spoke at a special ceremony saluting UCLA students, staff and faculty for receiving the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2015 Community Engagement Classification. The foundation highlighted UCLA’s public scholarship efforts, its support for veterans, early academic outreach, and myriad health care and disease prevention programs provided to those at home and abroad. Overall, about 400 community-engaged courses are offered to students.

Programs that were singled out included Operation Mend, a UCLA Health System program that provides plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as comprehensive medical and mental health support to U.S. military personnel. Also highlighted were AMP!, an arts-based, peer-education program, led by the UCLA Art and Global Health Center, that teaches youth in Los Angeles schools about sexual health, and the National Dream Summer Internship Program, a partnership involving the UCLA Labor Center and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, that provides leadership development and work opportunities for undocumented students from across the nation.

Every day of every year, the vast and varied efforts and accomplishments associated with UCLA mark it as one of the great universities of the world. Congratulations, UCLA, on this latest acknowledgment of success!

Councilmember Koretz with Dean Patricia Turner.

Westside Village Homeowners Association meeting

It is always a great pleasure for Councilmember Koretz to meet with the Westside Village Homeowners Association, but the Association’s annual gathering, held this year on February 26, was especially delightful for the Councilmember, because it was a great opportunity to join in celebrating this esteemed group’s 50thAnniversary.

He presented the HOA with a City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation commemorating the Anniversary and honoring all Westside Village HOA members, past and present, for their tremendous dedication. First, though, Councilmember Koretz provided the HOA with updates on the Expo Rail Line, LAFD Emergency Preparedness, the Interim Control Ordinances, and the city’s Administrative Citation Enforcement Program.  HOA members were very happy to hear about enforcement efforts aimed at the problematic presence of residential vehicles (RVs) parked on Sepulveda Blvd beneath the 10 freeway. Other issues that were discussed included 405 freeway traffic noise, as well as the traffic impact that might be attributable to the Expo Rail Line.

Among the meeting’s attendees were HOA President Brian Considine and Roberta Schiller of Westside Village, Neighborhood Council President Bill Koontz and Ken Alpern of Mar Vista, and Jeanne Parker and Walter Renzi from the Palms community.

Congratulations to the Westside Village Homeowners Association!

A great day for seniors and their families

February 25 was a landmark occasion for senior citizens, their families, and all the people and communities of Los Angeles. That’s because on that date, the very first Geriatric Emergency Room, “Senior ER” and Geriatric In-patient Unit opened in our entire region, at Encino Hospital Medical Center, and what an exciting and beneficial difference it will make!

Specialized services are offered there, based on some of the newest thinking in geriatric medicine, geriatric emergency care, geriatric inpatient services and senior transitional care.  The units include large clocks, pressure-reducing mattresses, lighting, quiet areas and other attributes older adults find favorable. The area has been designed to be a safer environment for older adults with less risk to themselves.

Since 2000, California’s population of persons 60 and older has grown rapidly. Between 1950 and 2000, the number of older adults in this State grew from 1.6 million to 4.7 million – an increase of 194 percent. This trend will continue as the number of people age 60 and over grows to 13.9 million by 2050, an increase of 128 percent from 2010.

Encino Hospital Medical Center has been a large and essential part of this community, helping countless people in need, and with this breakthrough accomplishment, that glorious fact becomes truer than ever.   There is a need for a Geriatric Emergency room at most or all of our hospitals, and so hopefully this helps set a major trend, with this new department demonstrating crucial best practices as well as ingenious diagnoses, treatments and understandings, and the finest special care possible. Geriatric Emergency Rooms move us resolutely and dramatically in the right direction, and this one leads the field.

Encino Chamber of Commerce Gala

As April, 20155 came to an end, The Encino Chamber of Commerce, one of the key business and community organizations not just in Encino but in the entire San Fernando Valley and the City of L.A.,  held its Installation Gala.  Councilmember Koretz was on-hand to join in celebrating the year's honorees as well as the new officers being installed.

Councilmember Koretz with Anoush Sadegh of Mercedes of Encino and Rickey Gelb of the Gelb Group.

Councilmember Koretz with Vahid Khorsand, a current Chamber member and 2013 Chamber President.

Councilmember Koretz with outgoing President Atoosa Ring.

Jazz in our schools

Schools and students benefit greatly with the presence of arts and music programs, and that's why February 20 was such a virtuous day at Lanai Rd. Elementary School. 

Jazz is certainly one of our nation's greatest contributions to the culture of the world.  Back in 1988, the Los Angeles Jazz Society initiated the "Jazz in Schools" program, to bring free jazz education performances by professional musicians to our elementary schools.  Two such concerts were held on February 20 at Lanai Rd. Elementary. The young students not only heard tremendous musicians playing fantastic sounds, but they also learned lessons about the different instruments and their capabilities, and how musicians improvise together.  The history of jazz, including jazz as it's evolved in different cultures while influencing various forms of popular and classical music, was also explained. The students were inspired, informed and enthralled by what they heard and saw.  Arts and music programs have been cut at many schools across the country, so Councilmember Koretz was very happy to be at Lanai Rd. Elementary School the day of the event, to salute and thank everyone involved. 

Councilmember Koretz with Group Leader Charles Owen and Director of Jazz in Schools Rita Zwern.

Encino/Tarzana Library used book sale

Get amazing book deals at the Friends of the Encino Tarzana Library two-day book sale on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th from 9:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. Thousands of gently used books have been donated in support of our community library.

These treasures include fiction and non-fiction books ranging from Animals to Writing! Enjoy bargain prices on reference books, classics and textbooks.  Browse the selection of CDs, DVDs, books on tape/CD and coffee table books. There will be  many multi-volume sets of books, and an interesting collection of vintage books. Look carefully; many of the books are signed by the author, making them true collector's items.

Special items for this sale include many Farsi CDs and DVDs, Sci Fi, collectible Art and Vintage books, and a 74 volume Czarist Russian Encyclopedia from 1905.

Incredible deals begin with small paperbacks from $.50 and most hardbound books for $1.00.  Children's books are priced from $.25 and up.

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. (818) 343-1983).

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