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UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beverly Glen traffic alert :
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the City of Los Angeles' Bureau of Street Services will cold plane and resurface the street on Beverly Glen Boulevard, from Olympic Boulevard to Pico Boulevard.
Mulholland traffic alert:
Work is continuing on an LADWP waterline upgrade project this weekend (October 23-24-25), with Mulholland Drive closed between Beverly Glen and Nicada Drive: local access is provided to residents of the area. The project should be completed by or on Sunday, October 25, with reopening scheduled for 5pm on that day. Click here to view map of closure.
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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With rapper Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, Councilmember Koretz spoke at a rally before hundreds at Pershing Square to protest Southern California Edison's (SCE) Anti-Solar Proposal before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SCE is proposing to eliminate net metering, a critical solar policy that allows schools, homes, and businesses the opportunity to choose rooftop solar. SCE’s proposal would not only threaten this choice, it would threaten the entire rooftop solar industry and tens of thousands of related jobs across the state. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will determine the fate of net metering by the end of the year.
Tapia Brothers is one of the treasures of Encino and all of Los Angeles. Whether you're a longtime customer or stumbling upon Tapia Brothers for the first time, it's always a pleasure to see this neighborhood-friendly, family-owned open air market offering fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. It's one of the last local field-to-farm stands in the San Fernando Valley, and a treat to visit. The farm does a number of great events year-round, but it's hard to beat the pumpkin patch that's there, now, in time for Halloween -- it's certainly a crowd-pleasing favorite.
Over the years, Tapia Brothers (at 5251 Hayvenhurst, off the 101 freeway) has become only more and more popular, enjoyed for hay rides, the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, as well as fresh corn and tomatoes. They also have local elementary schools visiting the farm daily from 9am-1pm during the weekdays. On the weekends, the farm is full of parents and kids delighting in the pumpkin patch. They also have a animal petting area and pony rides on the weekends. Councilmember Koretz and his staff salute Tapia Brothers, and join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of its pumpkin patch festivities.
5th Council District congratulates owner Tom Tapia on 30 years of pumpkin patch!
The great taste lingers!
On October 11, A Taste of Encino was held for the 28th year, and as always, what's come to be known as the San Fernando Valley's ultimate block party was a class act and a smash success. This event is a terrific opportunity for community fun, with businesses and residents alike making it a special time and unique offering. Of course, the annual happening takes a lot of work to put together, and so Councilmember Koretz greatly commends the leadership and dedication of the Encino Chamber of Commerce, and applauds all the merchants, entertainers, volunteers, non-profits, schools and everyone else who took part in 2015's A Taste of Encino. See you next year!
On October 18, 2015, Delphi Greek Restaurant celebrated its 30th Anniversary. The event hosted friends, customers, government officials and celebrities with a night of authentic Greek music, traditional gourmet Greek cuisine and an awards ceremony. Several awards were presented to the owner of the restaurant, Roozbeh Farahanipour. Besides being the owner of a successful restaurant, Mr. Farahanipour is also known for his commitment to bettering the community as president of West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and program chair of the Westwood Rotary Club. Delphi Greek is located at 1383 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024.
Westwood Hills Annual Meeting
On October 22nd, Westwood Hills Property Owners Association (WWHPOA) held their Annual meeting at the Westwood Presbyterian Church. The meeting was well attended with over 70 people. Councilmember Paul Koretz was a featured speaker along with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale.
Councilmember Koretz covered various topics in his speech, including; a tree replacement plan in Westwood Hills, short-term rentals, illegal dumping, the mobility plan, and the drought. A special thanks to WWHPOA President Terry Tegnazian for putting on a successful meeting and engaging the community.
Bel-Air Water Waster
Reacting quickly to news that most of the top ten residential water users in the state reside in Los Angeles, and several in the district he represents, City Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced a motion, which was unanimously approved, asking the LA Department of Water & Power to report on measures that can be taken in the short- and long-term to address excessive water use among DWP customers, including imposing severe financial penalties and, as a last resort, shutting off water for water abusers.
Councilmember Koretz was as shocked as everyone else whenThe Los Angeles Times reported on Oct. 7, 2015, that a homeowner in Bel-Air is using 1,300 gallons of water hourly, enough for 90 average households, and paying about $90,000 a year to do so.
“In the face of our worsening drought, Angelenos from all walks of life have heroically complied with austere water conservation measures intended to protect the City’s fragile water supply,” Koretz said. “It is not only dangerously irresponsible to waste water like this, it is a slap in the face to the rest of us who are working hard and doing our part.”
The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Herb Wesson, David Ryu, and Mitch O’Farrell.
On October 7th, Councilmember Koretz introduced a City Council motion calling for the creation of an Interim Control Ordinance – an “ICO” – for Encino.
This was done with tremendous input from community leader Gerry Silver, the organization “Homeowners of Encino,” the Encino Neighborhood Council and others from Encino who have been vital advocates for an Encino ICO. The validity and acceptability of an ICO is based on the caring involvement and profound diligence of people who live in the community.
An ICO is a temporary means for protecting the Los Angeles neighborhoods and communities that are most threatened by the ravages of overdevelopment, mansionization and dangerous hauling related to over-the-top construction. Neighborhoods with ICOs now have key safeguards in place. At the same time, work is continuing on citywide solutions, but it does take time.
Several years ago, the City Council approved what is known as the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO), in order to help prevent the scourge of “McMansions” – those larger than neighborhood scale, boxy homes that were showing up all over the city, replacing older, smaller homes that fit into the historical nature of their neighborhood. While there were some important benefits to the BMO, Councilmember Koretz warned at the time about a number of shortcomings, including exempting square footage for structures (such as basements) underneath buildings. Unfortunately, the majority of the Council ignored those concerns. Because the economy was still, at that time, in the worst parts of the national downturn, there was relatively little development happening, and so, for a time, the weaknesses of the BMO stayed somewhat unexposed.
But then the economy started rebounding, and during the past three years or so, there has been a major increase in home construction, and McMansions began to plague many neighborhoods. Many have felt the impacts of these large scale developments in their home communities, with developers buying homes, tearing them down, and building to the max on the property. Often, these are boxy mansions done with no character in mind.
That’s why the city is working on amendments to the BMO, to close the loopholes and protect all L.A. communities. That’s something Councilmember Koretz has been championing, and it’s a big deal, but it’s also a huge effort that involves a lot of community outreach, many committee meetings, and much planning and legal work, and so the City probably won’t reach the final stages of the process for a number of months to come. That’s why Councilmember Koretz spearheaded the effort to allow for an ICO, or Interim Control Ordinance, or ICO, which is a temporary, comprehensive plan to curb oversized homes on under-ized lots.
Back on March 25, the City Council approved a Baseline Mansionization ICO to stabilize 15 of the neighborhoods that were then particularly reeling from an onslaught of out-of-scale homes. That ICO established temporary regulations to limit the size of new single-family dwellings in RE, RS and R1 zoned lots in the 15 designated neighborhoods, in order to offer protection from intrusive, out-of-character, oversized houses while the Planning Department formulates more tailored zoning.
Since then, neighborhood residents in Encino (as well as certain other communities across the city) have requested similar, interim regulatory protection for their neighborhood. Recently, Encino has been facing some rapid and potential increases in such developments, and there is a danger of out-of-scale construction degrading the existing neighborhood while amendments to the BMO are still only in the discussion and planning stage.
It is important to note that the neighborhoods protected by the original ICO had varying rules and standards designed to meet the particular conditions and character of each neighborhood. Community input helped determine whether a community felt more or less at ease with allowing some modest expansion – for example, a community with a lot of young families might be more inclined to accept or even desire some room for moderate home expansions to occur. Another neighborhood might desire that the ICO limit bonuses and exemptions from the zoning code, and allow a developer only 50% of the existing properties floor ratio to add on to or improve. in the end, some neighborhoods simply didn’t have a consensus in support of an ICO. So an ICO actually involves a lot of dialog with the community and all its stakeholders, city planning and the city attorney’s office to craft standard that may vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Even though Councilmember Koretz has now introduced the new ICO motion for Encino, the details still have to be worked out, and then it will come back to the city’s Planning and Land Use committee, and then to the City Council for a final vote.
In the meantime, the city continues to work on the overall amendments to the BMO, and in the end, assuming such an amended BMO is approved, the ICOs will no longer apply. But they are important protective measures in the interim. Councilmember Koretz again thanks Gerry Silver, Homeowners of Encino, the Encino Neighborhood Council, and all the others who have been involved, for their invaluable participation and input.
Seeking greater funding for gun violence prevention programs
Gun violence ends lives, maims bodies, and leaves a catastrophic, lasting impact on the friends and families of victims, and on whole communities. Time and again, the media reports about horrific mass shootings -- and then there are the largely unreported but daily crimes, suicides and accidents involving guns.
That's why Councilmembers Paul Koretz, District 5, and Paul Krekorian, District 2, recently introduced a motion calling on the City of Los Angeles to consider enacting a sales tax on firearm and ammunition sales. The motion requests a report from the City Administrative officer on the feasibility of enacting a sales tax and suggests that the money collected should be used to fund gun violence prevention research and programs, including education, throughout the city. As a precedent, Seattle, Wash., recently voted to tax firearms at $25 per gun and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammo, which they expect to bring in up to $500,000 annually, with all proceeds going toward gun violence prevention programs. Chicago passed a similar law in 2012.
“There are mass shootings daily in this country, many of which could be stopped by sound policies and better gun violence prevention programs,” said Councilmember Krekorian. “Los Angeles has been a clear and consistent voice for gun safety, even as Congress has failed to act. We recently banned the possession of large capacity magazines and will soon vote on mandating safe storage of handguns at home. We can take another important step by taxing firearm and ammo sales in our city and putting those funds toward gun violence prevention programs.”
Councilmember Koretz noted, "The horrific toll of gun violence is devastating, tragic and persistent. Across our country, we are suffering a daily carnage of incident after incident. The costs in life and limb are staggering, and families and communities are broken. We have to reverse that trend, and this motion, to increase the means for supporting beneficial gun violence programs and key educational efforts, helps take us in the right direction. Together, we can make a difference in reducing gun violence and standing up for public safety." Koretz’s and Krekorian’s motion will be heard by the Public Safety Committee. If the Committee approves the motion, it will be considered by the full City Council.