July 31, 2015

Contact Information

West LA Office
6380 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 866-1828

Valley Office
15760 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 1020
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.


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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If you or your community group have any upcoming events that you would like to see featured in our next newsletter or on my website, please e-mail me at paul.koretz@lacity.org.

Please feel free to send this newsletter along to your friends and neighbors and tell them to visit the CD 5 website at http://cd5.lacity.org to sign up for this newsletter.

Expo Line Testing

Be on the lookout for Expo Line trains traversing through West Los Angeles as Metro begins testing the Expo Phase 2 extension for its early 2016 opening.  For the first time in over 50 years, West Los Angeles residents will have the ability to travel from the sea to downtown and beyond via light rail.  This extension will open up entire new sections of the city to a comfortable, affordable, and traffic-free alternative to driving.  It will also help reduce congestion on our roads, as more Angelenos discover the benefits of taking public transit to wherever they may need to go.  As part of the testing will cover street level crossings, we urge everyone to notice and realize that things may be different , and to exercise caution and look both ways when crossing the railroad tracks. Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope to see you on the completed Expo Line starting early next year.

BioBlitz Traps

A BioBlitz has come to City Hall.  As part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles's year-long study on LA's urban biodiversity, three insect traps have been placed on the grounds of City Hall so that researchers may get a better understanding of the local system.  Following the discovery of 30 never-before-seen types of flies within the urban core, the National History Museum realized that there has not been an intensive effort to study our city's ecosystem.  The BioBlitz project ties in to Councilmember Koretz's ongoing #BioDiversifyLA campaign, and will provide researchers at the Natural History Museum with valuable new information about insect life in Los Angeles.  The traps are located beside the Spring Street steps, the garden next to Temple Street, and on top of City Hall South.  They will be up for a month.

National Night Out

Every year, across the country, countless communities hold neighborhood gatherings on National Night Out, which occurs on the first Tuesday in August.  This year’s National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 4th.  Forged as an event to create a stronger bond between the community and law enforcement, National Night Out provides the opportunity for people not only to meet fellow members of their community, but also to meet those tasked with protecting their local neighborhoods.
5th Council District residents might want to take special note of two of the upcoming National Night Out celebrations.  In West Los Angeles, the Palms Neighborhood Council, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and Councilmember Koretz are hosting the 32nd annual National Night Out at Woodbine Park (3409 Woodbine Ave. 90034) from6-9 PM.   There will be free carnival games, mini golf, popcorn, music, and other surprises that will make National Night Out a community experience not to be missed.

For residents in Encino, the West Valley Division of the Los Angeles Police Department will be hosting their own National Night Out event from 7 - 10 PM at Randal Simmons Park (6731 Wilbur Ave., Reseda).  As part of the festivities, attendees will be treated to a free screening of the hit movie, Big Hero 6.  While the event does not occur within Council District 5, it is hosted by the division of the LAPD responsible for protecting Encino, which will make it a great opportunity for civilians and law enforcement officers to form connections with each other.

Los Angeles Public Library wins National Medal

Councilmember Koretz congratulates the Los Angeles Public Library on its recognition as a recipient of the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Out of over 9,000 public library organizations in the country, the Los Angeles Public Library was one of 5 winners presented with the National Medal by First Lady Michelle Obama.  The National Medal honors libraries that go above and beyond their basic duties to enhance, educate, and enrich their communities.  With programs that help Angelenos with their path to citizenship, their high school diploma, and their personal financial and physical well-being, the Los Angeles Public Library has proved to be an exemplary organization for both our city and our country.  We wish the Los Angeles Public Library all the best in the future, and urge all of our constituents to utilize the outstanding resources that the library offers.

NORMS La Cienega – a famous sign gets the spa treatment

It was back in late May that Norms La Cienega was granted Historic-Cultural Monument status through a unanimous vote of the Los Angeles City Council.  Since then, the place has continued to be packed with devoted customers, and on July 27, the world-famous sign received its quarterly maintenance.

Meanwhile, discussions about NORMS La Cienega continue, regarding the best ways to achieve the long-term preservation of this outstanding example of Googie architecture while maintaining its lively, community-friendly business presence as a beloved coffee shop.

Protecting Bobcats and our state's ecosystem

On July 27,  Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a California nonprofit organization devoted to providing solutions for animal welfare and protection issues, announced a “Ban The Trap” social media campaign in support of an upcoming vote by the California Fish & Game Commission on August 5, 2015 that would prohibit bobcat trapping state-wide.

On July 28,  Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced a resolution in support of the total ban at the Los Angeles City Council meeting.  He said, “we need to protect bobcats, which are an important but threatened part of California’s wildlife ecosystem. The State Fish & Game Commission should adopt Option 2, and prohibit the commercial trapping of bobcats throughout the state of California. Commercial hunting, driven by the current demand for bobcat pelts in China and other foreign markets, is decimating our state’s bobcat population and causing significant negative consequences, not just for the bobcats themselves but to the natural ecosystem in California and regarding the natural control of the rodent population, including in undeveloped areas of Southern California. That is why I am introducing a City Council resolution in support of Option 2.”   (There is an Option 1 that is a less than total ban.)

A day before, at a July 27 media event, supporters of a total ban who were present included Judie Mancuso, President, Social Compassion in Legislation;  Counclmember Koretz; Dr. Jenn Mann, Host of VH-1’s ‘Couple’s Therapy’/Radio Host  “The Love And Sex Show with Dr. Jenn” and a LA Times Best Selling Author; Katie Cleary, model, actress and the Executive Producer of ‘Give Me Shelter’; Simone Reyes reality star, and director of Television Development for Russell Simmons’ DEF Pictures; Gloria Butler, entertainment manager, and Matt Raimo, actor/international model. Other total ban supporter who weren’t able to attend the media event include Diane Warren, multi-award winning pop songwriter and Alexandra Paul, TV/Film actress and star of Baywatch.

SCIL’s Judie Mancuso said that, “If the Fish & Game Commission do the right thing and vote for Option 2 in the proposed regulations, it will end the archaic and inhumane practice of trapping and killing bobcats. As documented by many landowners, trappers often set their traps on private property and even scour social media for wildlife lovers' bobcat photos to determine where to set their traps. It’s unregulated and outrageous.  Enforcement of bobcat trapping regulations in the field is virtually impossible, primarily because of the inability to identify a trapper’s trap line with current GPS technology. Consequently, trappers can avoid marking a trap line with traditional flagging methods. These flagging methods help game wardens to physically check a trap line when flagging is found in the field, so Option 1, which is a partial ban, will do nothing to change the current trend and therefore is not a viable option.”

 “Trapping of bobcats should at the very least be prohibited due to severe statewide drought which affects the bobcat's food sources and the ability to reproduce offspring, which will in turn have significant impacts on the overall population of bobcats,” said Dr. Jenn Mann. “The last official estimate of the bobcat population was made in the late 1970s. Recent and reliable population estimates for bobcats statewide in California does not exist,” stated Katie Cleary. “Without accurate population numbers and an increase in trappings, we stand to lose a fundamental part of our wildlife and ecosystem all together right in front of our own eyes.” Trapping and killing bobcats, leaving families broken up, potentially orphaning their young, leaving offspring vulnerable to perish from starvation or attacks from other animals is inhumane and should not be tolerated,” said Simone Reyes.

Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit animal welfare organization. For more information, visit www.SocialCompassionInLegislation.org.  The group is calling on the public to contact Governor Brown and the Fish & Game Commission by visiting www.BanTheTrap.com.

Upcoming Events:

Two nights of Shakespeare at Los Encinos SHP this summer!

The Los Encinos Docent Association is thrilled Shakespeare by the Sea is returning to Los Encinos State Historic park for two amazing performances this August.

• The Tempest --Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:00PM
• As You Like It -- Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:00PM

Showtime both nights is 7:00PM. Come early and tour the historic Adobe. Bring a blanket, a picnic, warm clothes (layer - it cools down at night), family and friends and enjoy the shows. Free Admission. Donations always welcome.

Please visit the Los Encinos Docent Association web site for additional information and updates: www.losencinos.org

Senior Scam Stopper

The Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz invites you to attend a Senior Scam Stopper seminar on Wednesday, August 12 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Belmont Village Senior Living (10475 Wilshire Blvd. 90024).  As the most targeted demographic by scammers, senior citizens need to be aware of how to protect themselves from fraud and how to identify scams before they fall victim to them.  The seminar will teach senior citizens and those close to them numerous tips and tricks to avoid being scammed, and it is also free to attend.  If you wish to learn more about the seminar or wish to RSVP, contact Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas' office at
(310) 342-1070.

Encino Film Screening

Looking for free entertainment to occupy your Saturday night? On Saturday, August 15th 2015, head on out to Encino Park (16593 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316) for a free screening of Despicable Me 2, sponsored by Friends of Encino Park and the Encino Neighborhood Council.  The event starts at7:30, and food trucks and local vendors will be on hand to give you a reason to come before the dusk screening.  Movie Night at Encino Park will also give you the opportunity to meet neighbors you may have never seen before, and to represent the strong Encino community.  The Fifth Council District Office hopes to 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