May 01, 2015

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West LA Office
6380 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 800
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

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.


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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Good work, firefighters!

A fire in a multistory classroom and office building on the UCLA Westwood campus was quickly extinguished without injury early Tuesday morning, April 14.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 1:31 AM to Building 48A at 714 Tiverton Avenue, where firefighters arrived quickly to find fire and smoke showing from the third floor of the seven-story UCLA School of Dentistry.

One hundred fifteen firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Al Abarca confined the fire to a classroom and office area on the third floor, extinguishing the flames in just 42 minutes.

No faculty, students or student housing were threatened by the flames, and no injuries were reported. The building was fully equipped with fire sprinklers, which helped to limit the flames.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated, though the coordinated fire attack and post-fire salvage effort of dozens of LAFD personnel severely curtailed property loss and structural damage. The cause of the greater alarm fire remains under active investigation, though arson is not suspected.


A $50,000 reward has been offered in order to help apprehend anyone responsible for the murder of Christopher John Paul, who was shot from behind on April 22 when walking home after purchasing a cup of coffee.  

The 33-year-old resident of Palms has been described by neighbors as a nice, quiet, innocuous churchgoer who kept to himself.  

The community of Palms, historically considered a safe and peaceful place, was already reeling from shootings the prior week that were said to be gang-related and that claimed the life of Justin Aguilar, 27, and left several others wounded, with suspects in custody. At this time, those incidents are not considered to be related to the slaying of Christopher John Paul.

A very united community of Palms has expressed its sorrow, anger and concern over these acts of gun violence.  Meetings, which Councilmember Koretz has participated in, have been attended by hundreds of residents as well as many LAPD officers. 

Councilmember Koretz thanks Carlos Chicas and the Palms Neighborhood Watch, the Motor Avenue Farmers Market, and the Transportation and Safety Committee of the Palms Neighborhood Council for their leadership in holding crucial meetings attended by the Councilmember,  Councilmember Koretz also thanks the LAPD for promptly responding to his request for additional patrols.

The latest development was the $50,000 reward offer for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the killer or killers of Christopher John Paul.  On April 28, the City Council, having been briefed by several LAPD officers including LAPD Deputy Chief Beatrice Girmala, approved the motion by Councilmember Koretz requesting such a reward offer: 

A crucial discussion

Councilmember Koretz was the moderator for the Inter-Faith Coalition to End Gun Violence’s “Conversation on Gun Legislation & Safety” event, held on Sunday, April 26th, at USC’s University Religious Center. Speakers included L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer; Billie Weiss, Founder of Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles; and Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The dire need for such conversations is clear, because the numbers associated with gun violence are staggering.  Here in the United States of America, more than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year.  Of course, many of those are accidents, but we also have more than 10,000 gun homicides annually in this country, whereas there are less than 50 in Japan, less than 200 annually in Canada, and less than 250 in such countries as Germany, Italy and France.  More than 30 Americans are shot and murdered each day – half of those victims are between the ages of 18 and 35.

And all these deaths and injuries, whether caused accidentally or intentionally not only do lasting harm to people, families and communities, they also carry huge financial costs borne by our entire society.  A conservative estimate is that American taxpayers pay roughly $12.8 million every day to cover the costs of gun-related deaths and injuries, including for medical treatment, long-term prison costs, long-term medical and disability expenses, mental health care, emergency services, police investigations and security enhancements.  For many different reasons, having serious conversations about gun violence is essential.  The Councilmember thanks the Inter-faith Coalition to End Gun Violence, and all involved, for their efforts and leadership.

NORMS La Cienega update

On April 21, the Cultural Heritage Commission's call for NORMS La Cienega Coffee Shop to be named a Cultural Heritage Monument made it through the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management  (PLUM) Committee with flying colors. 

Councilmember Koretz spoke passionately about the restaurant's importance, both as one of the best and last surviving examples of Googie architecture and because it is such a treasured gathering and eating place for the community, and has been so for generations.  The matter of its Historic-Cultural Monument status now goes to the full City Council, where it is scheduled to be heard and voted on this Tuesday, May 5.

Councilmember Koretz speaks at PLUM Committee

The Proud Bird

It’s not located in CD 5, but The Proud Bird Restaurant, located right next to one of Los Angeles international Airport’s approach runways, has been an L.A. icon for many years.  Offering wonderful views of arriving and departing planes and all the attendant bustle and activity, the eatery has been a great place for L.A. residents and travelers from all over the world to dine while taking in the sights. 

Unfortunately, the establishment’s continued presence has been in jeopardy, but now the aviation-themed restaurant is certain to be there for a long time to come, as a ceremonial new lease signing on April 18, attended by Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Koretz, and other dignitaries, made clear. Councilmember Koretz thanked the Mayor, the Board of Airport Commissioners, and LA World Airports Management for helping to work out the lease so that this local treasure may be enjoyed well into the future.

Earth Day on Melrose

To celebrate Earth Day, the Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District - or Melrose BID, for short - planted trees!

The Melrose BID began operations on January 1, 2014, hitting the ground running on day one, with efforts to increase business marketing and promotion, security, cleaning and beautification, community outreach, events, and culture and art.  As crucial as all that is, so, too, is sensitivity to the environment, which includes trees which both beautify and help the environment. That's why it's tremendous that property owners on Melrose Avenue, between Highland Ave and Citrus Ave, have worked with the Melrose BID and CD 5 on a special project to build new sidewalks and plant trees.  This special project will greatly enhance the business atmosphere and quality of life of the street for everyone.

Go Melrose!

Earth Day at Stephen Wise Temple and Schools

Earth Day is a fun, educational and inspiring day made even better because of great events held to encourage environmental awareness. Stephen Wise Temple and Schools had a wonderful  Earth Day Fair featuring many delights, including learning about recycling from the Sanitation department; sun cooking; using physical activity to make smoothies; and using recycled material to make sculptures of bugs!  Congratulations to everyone who celebrates nature and protecting the environment:  Earth Day is special, but in some very fundamental ways, every day is Earth Day!  

Water your trees, people

Because of the record drought here in California, people across the state are learning to be increasingly smart, disciplined and principled about water usage.

But even while it’s vital that we conserve our water supply and stop wasteful practices, it’s absolutely essential that we remember to use water where it’s needed – to keep our trees healthy.  Having healthy trees is an essential priority for anyone who cares about the well-being of Los Angeles and the entire planet.

We must do everything in our power to slow our greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change because they are huge factors in this drought disaster (and many other catastrophic ecological trends), but we must also engage in climate resilience – which means we need to protect our trees.  Trees offer shade and keep the heat down in our neighborhoods.  Trees sequester carbon dioxide and actually fight global warming.  Trees clean and retain a huge amount of water and hold soil in place.  Deforestation, on the other hand, leads to soil erosion, which leads to the dust bowl effect.  Trees are not just critically important.  Trees are vital.

That’s why, on April 17, Councilmember Koretz introduced a comprehensive motion on tree health in Los Angeles.  This motion (Council File: 15-0467), which is heading for a City Council committee hearing, asks our Bureau of Street Services Urban Forestry Division to work with groups like TreePeople and WaterLA, and report back on the state of our trees and how to improve it.  A key goal is to develop an urban forest management plan with strategies to protect and enhance our urban forest, to reduce heat-island effect and address new pests and diseases.  You can find the entire motion on line at

March for Justice

The Armenian Genocide Centennial March for Justice took place in Los Angeles, and in places around the world, on April 24.  In this city, more than 100,000 people marched on the Turkish Consulate to protest the lack of acknowledgment of responsibility for that horrific, murderous tragedy.

The marching took place to memorialize and honor the 1.5 million Armenians who were killed 100 years ago, to demand acknowledgment of what had happened, and to say never again to genocide.  It has often been studied and remarked upon that the Nazis, specifically including Hitler and Himmler, were emboldened to commit genocide because they were aware that the world had largely looked the other way while genocide was being inflicted upon Armenians.

Among the marchers were Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O'Farrell and Nury Martinez. City, county, state and federal representatives were in attendance. Mayor Eric Garcetti was a special speaker.

The march started at the dedication of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Square at the intersection of Hollywood and Western in Council District 13.


Earlier this year, your Los Angeles Fire Department implemented one of the most significant organizational changes in its 128-year history. In January, the command structure of the department divided into four bureaus across the city, allowing firefighters to deliver a more effective and responsive business model and to bring Department leadership closer to the community.

Since then, bureau commanders in each community have attended more neighborhood council meetings and community events while still continuing the life-saving work of the LAFD. Today, the Department continues to provide services directly to the community it serves.

The LAFD Operations Central, West and Valley Bureau is now on Facebook and Twitter, updating information about the communities of Council District 5 and beyond. They're on Facebook (@LAFDcentral; @LAFDwest; @LAFDvalley) and Twitter (@LAFDcentral; @LAFDwest; @LAFDvalley)and will update news, events and details about the San Fernando Valley, mid-city and beyond. The LAFD is "inviting all stakeholders to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and become digital partners throughout the neighborhoods we serve in the city we love."

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, May 2, is Independent Bookstore Day – it’s a day to celebrate your local independent bookstore, and so those that participate often have special offerings, appearances and events.  To check out the various happenings and to see what may be occurring at a nearby bookstore, visit the website:

Independent Bookstore Day is actually California Bookstore Day now that it’s expanded nationally.  The idea actually is based on the success of Record Store Day, which involves independent record stores across the U.S. and a number of other countries around the world:  on the third Saturday in April, such stores offer limited edition special releases (mostly on vinyl, but also including CDs, DVDs, cassettes, books, posters and shirts), and hold events such as appearances by musical acts, drawing fans to local stores and boosting the sales of participating musical artists. Record Store Day 2015, held on April 18, was deemed a great success while helping local businesses, and Councilmember Koretz was delighted to do his part in support by authoring the proclamation that declared that day to be “Record Store Day in the City of Los Angeles.”  To find out more about Record Store Day, which does have a small number of additional events throughout the remainder of the year, visit their website:

Earthquake tips

A recent horrible earthquake struck Nepal, and while we hold the people of Nepal in our hearts, we also need to remember to do what we can to be well-prepared for L.A.'s inevitable earthquakes and any other potential disasters. 

Not everyone is willing or able to spend what it might take to be optimally prepared with all the latest and greatest emergency equipment and supplies, which is why the City's Emergency Management Department (EMD) has provided this list of the uses of common household items immediately following an earthquake:
• Water heater: A typical home water heater can provide 30 or more gallons of clean drinking water. To use the water in your tank, first turn off the electricity or gas to the water heater. Then, close the supply valve to preserve the cleanliness of the water in the tank. Next, get the air out of the tank by opening any hot water tap such as the kitchen sink. (Caution: the water coming out of the tank may be very hot.) You can use a short water hose (e.g., the supply hose to a washing machine) to drain the water from the tank. Use a screwdriver or coin to operate the drainage valve. If you do not have a hose to transfer the water to jugs or pots, use a shallow pan to collect the water. Allow the tank to fill before restoring power to the water heater.

• Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers filled with ice can prolong the shelf life of meat and dairy products if your refrigerator is not operating because of a power outage.

• Use insulated lunch bags with ice to keep temperature sensitive medications cool if power is out.
• A bucket with a lid can serve as a portable toilet.

• Household chlorine bleach can be used as a disinfectant (dilute 9 parts water to 1 part bleach) to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners. 

• Trash bags make good ponchos. Remember to poke a breathing hole over the mouth and nose before putting the bag on. Trash bags are also useful for sanitation and separating dry goods from wet ones.

• Use sticky notes and markers to notify family members where to meet, or to inform rescue workers that the home has been evacuated.

• A tape and ruler splint can temporarily immobilize an arm. Alternatively, cardboard and nylon socks ora book and tape can immobilize a limb.

• Hydrogen peroxide or vinegar can be used to clean wounds. Clean water can also be used to clean wounds.
• Diapers and sanitary pads can be placed over wounds. 

• Holding a scarf over your mouth will reduce smoke inhalation in the event of a fire. 

• Baking soda helps to neutralize acids.

• Use plastic wrap to dress burn wounds. The wrap prevents infection.

• Do not forget can openers if relying on canned food. Granola bars, dry unsalted nuts, seeds and dried fruit (like raisins) are all options when refrigeration is unavailable. Avoid foods with high salt content.

• CDs or other shiny objects can be used as mirrors. Their reflections in the light can also be used to signal for help.

Los Angeles Senior Fraud Awareness Day

Councilmember Koretz, along with Councilmember Mike Bonin, Assemblymembers Richard Bloom and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and Venice Service Area invite you to the Los Angeles Senior Fraud Awareness Day on Thursday May 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. It will feature various presentations and programs, entertainment and refreshments, to educate and benefit seniors especially about scams and frauds aimed at seniors. It will be held at Felicia Mahood Senior Multipurpose Center, 1133 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025.

For more information call (310) 479-4110.

Celebrate Israel Festival

In honor of Israel's 67th Independence Day the Celebrate Israel Festival will take place on Sunday May 17th, 2015 at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center with an expected attendance of 20,000 community members.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with many new exciting attractions throughout the festival.  Tickets are sold online at $6 each for both adults and children. Door prices for both kids and adults will be $10. This year all food at the festival will be Glatt Kosher under the strict supervision of RCC and Kehila.

This year’s theme - Jerusalem of Gold  - will give attendees the opportunity to visit various sites of Jerusalem, learn about the Old City, participate in various hands–on projects and experience the city’s magic.

•Kotel Tunnels  - Take a tour through the Kotel Tunnels and learn about the history of Jerusalem and the many hidden gems of one of the oldest cities in the world. At the end of the tunnel, meet the Kotel Tunnel guide from Israel who will explain the history of the Tunnels and Jerusalem.

•Western Wall (Kotel) – Visit our 32ft-long Kotel where you can put your note that will be delivered to the Holy Land this summer!

•Headliner Performances by Israeli megastar Shlomi Shabbat on the main stage and Dod Haim on the kid’s stage. Please visit our website for the complete lineup and schedule for the kids stage and main stage.

•Shuk Machane Yehuda – Take a stroll through one of the most colorful spots in Jerusalem. Walking though the Shuk, you will feel right at home with artists from Israel and local vendors selling art, jewelry, Judaica, home goods and gifts.

•Technology Pavilion –Stop by to see the latest Israeli innovation and ideas at our festival! Ted-style presentations will take place throughout the day. Visit our website for the full schedule.

•Community Mural – We are excited to have Los Angeles based artist extraordinaire Tomer Perez back again. Stop by the large-scale community mural that Tomer will create, and grab a paintbrush to add your personal touch. We can’t wait to see the finished masterpiece.

•Places & Faces Photography Exhibit – Stop by our photography exhibit to see some of today’s talented photographers and their view of Jerusalem. 

•CreateLAB – Design, build, create and be inspired at our famous CreateLab, open all day with multiple FREE art projects for the entire family. Express yourself and enjoy arts and crafts with our entire community.

•“Ahava” Art Installation – We love Jerusalem so much that we decided to recreate the famous “Ahava” statue from the Israel Museum. Stop by and take your photo there and show us how much you love Israel by posting your photos on Instagram and hashtag #CelebrateIsraelFest

•Amusement Park and MORE – Throughout the park, there will be many other arts and crafts projects, amusement rides, face painting, glitter tattoos and so much more. See you at the park!

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