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UPCOMING EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Adopt a Pet this weekend!
El Niño Town Hall Meetings:
The City of Los Angeles will be hosting town hall meetings in the following weeks that will inform you and your neighbors on how to prepare for the wet winter weather approaching Los Angeles.
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The world-renowned Bob Baker Marionette Theater will be performing Saturday, November 7th at 11:00 a.m., at a special free children's program at the Westwood Branch Public Library: 1246 Glendon Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024, (310) 474-1739.
This free children's event is presented by the Friends of Westwood Library in honor of the Westwood Library's 10th Anniversary.
For children who have never seen the enchanting Bob Baker Marionettes, they're in for a real treat! They will experience a wonderful musical "Traveling Jamboree" featuring such marionette characters as tap dancing frogs, flapper dodos, zany clowns, dancing guitars, singing chickens, and more.
After the performance, there will be a Q&A with the audience, followed by refreshments for the children, compliments of the Friends of Westwood Library. Space is limited, and seating is first come first served.
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Earthquakes happen, here in Southern California, and major ones happening are only a matter of time. That's why it's great to be well-prepared -- and of course, emergency preparedness, and having the right supplies on hand, helps not just with earthquakes but also with El Nino and other potential disasters, and even the possibility of household accidents. This flyer contains some very useful information, and please also remember that you can Sign-up at NotifyLA.org for free emergency alerts, and you can create a free, customized emergency family plan at PrepareLANow.org
Pets in Rental Housing:
The City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department's Rent Stabilization Division, Los Angeles Animal Services, and Housing Rights Center will be presenting workshops that are geared to inform you about your rights as tenants and the landlord's rights and responsibilities for pets in rental housing. Please click here to view flyer with dates and times of the workshops.
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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| Clean-Up Day in Encino
Saturday, November 14, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, will be Clean-Up Day in Encino. The 5th Council District office is joining with the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce in hosting this effort, and everyone who loves a great quality of life for Encino in invited to join in -- at Encino Franklin Fields, located at 17301 Oxnard Street, Encino CA, 91316.
Participants will help clean the sidewalk areas along Oxnard Street from Aldea Avenue to Louise Avenue, and also the east side of Louise Avenue from Oxnard Street to Burbank Boulevard. Thanks to the Chamber, food and refreshments will be provided for the event. Parking will be at the Encino Franklin Field’s lot, which is located on Oxnard Street, just east of Louise Avenue. All tools will be provided by the City of L.A.’s Office of Community Beautification. It’s marvelous when people are able to pitch in and help keep one’s local community as beautiful as possible, and Councilmember Koretz looks forward to seeing many of you there!
Mayor Garcetti, Councilmembers
Koretz and Ryu, re El Nino
At a Nov. 6 press conference attended by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and David Ryu, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an Executive Directive to ensure that the City of Los Angeles is fully prepared for the heavy rainfall and potential impacts of this season's El Niño weather pattern, including how L.A. cell phone users will be able to use any functioning network during an emergency, regardless of a customer's service provider
The Councilmembers were there because of their motion, introduced in August, to have a City of L.A. El Nino Emergency Preparedness Plan, with all City departments now preparing to be at maximum readiness for the multiple eventualities (including such things as flooding and mudslides) that can come with extremely hazardous weather conditions. That Plan will work in conjunction with the Mayor's Executive Directive.
"This El Niño is expected to be the strongest on record, and we must be ready for everything that comes with heavy rain," said Mayor Garcetti. "I'm making sure the City of Los Angeles is prepared for whatever El Niño may bring, and I encourage all Angelenos to do the same for their homes and families."
The 14th Executive Directive of Mayor Garcetti's administration creates an El Niño Task Force comprised of thirteen City departments, which will focus on the short- and long-term planning specific to the heavy rain, flooding, erosion, and debris flow associated with El Niño. The Task Force will be led by the Emergency Management Department, which continually works to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any major emergency in the City of Los Angeles.
Mayor Garcetti also announced two private-sector agreements to enhance the ability of the City and all Angelenos to respond effectively in the event of an emergency:
- A memorandum of understanding between the City and wireless service providers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to share their networks in the aftermath of an emergency -- enabling voice and data traffic to be carried on any functioning network, regardless of a customer’s service provider.
Mayor Garcetti took this opportunity to encourage all Angelenos to prepare for the El Niño season and to register with NotifyLA, the City’s mass notification system. All individuals who register will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts if their designated geographic area is impacted by an emergency.
- A contract with two national companies with expertise in large-scale disaster mitigation and recovery — AshBritt Environmental and CTI Environmental — to provide on-call response and recovery services during catastrophic incidents. In the event that City resources are exhausted after an emergency, these providers will mobilize to provide emergency essential needs to City residents and City recovery efforts.
To register for NotifyLA and to find extensive information about storm and emergency preparedness, go to www.ElNinoLA.com
Mayor Garcetti recently signed the backyard beekeeping ordinance, joined by Councilmember Koretz and former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. Councilmember Koretz was proud to help complete a motion that the former Councilmember had introduced, making it legal for backyard beekeeping in Los Angeles. As there are already 9 to11 hives per square mile in Los Angeles, this ordinance will not increase the number of bees, it will simply help us maintain them more safely. Bees around the world are dying off by the millions due to "colony collapse disorder," yet they are healthy here in Los Angeles. That fact gives us the responsibility to do what we can to preserve and protect them as they are essential to our food supply.
On one fine day in early November, Councilmember Koretz was delighted to visit with Ellen K, first on The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5, which airs from 6 to 10am, and then on The KTLA Morning News.
The Councilmember thanked her for being such a strong and constant voice in helping to raise public awareness and provide tips to her audience about climate change and El Nino – she’s taken to calling herself “Elle-Nino K.” He also saluted her tremendous career as one of the most recognizable radio personalities, and applauded how she championed and forwarded the presence and role of women on radio, in Los Angeles and globally.
She inaugurated her new program, The Ellen K Morning Show, on October 19th of this year: before that, she was co-hosting the top-rated On Air with Ryan Seacrest, on KOST’s sister station, KIIS-FM/Los Angeles. She had been on KIIS-FM for 25 glorious years, including in earlier years with Rick Dees, before becoming the morning anchor on her new show. She also regularly appears on The Talk and is the voice of the GRAMMY's and People's Choice Awards, and narrator for My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC. She will be the voice of the upcoming 88thAcademy Awards. Ellen K was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was awarded the inaugural Air blazer Award by the MIW (Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio).
Save the Drop
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas, and several city department heads to mark the 1-year anniversary of the Mayor’s signing of Executive Directive No. 5: Emergency Drought Response (ED5), which calls on Angelenos to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2017.
As of September 2015 — the most recent data available — Angelenos have reduced potable water use by 16% and are on track to meet the mayor’s 2017 goal.
“One year later, I am proud to report that the people of Los Angeles have responded to our drought crisis,” said Mayor Garcetti. “And we here at City Hall are addressing the drought head-on: we are conserving, leading by example, and providing incentives for Angelenos to help create a more sustainable, resilient city.”
In Los Angeles, more than 20 million square feet of turf have been replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping, resulting in an estimated 800 million gallons saved per year. Angelenos are also saving 3 billion gallons of water per year through rebated devices that including rain barrels, toilets, and weather-based irrigation controls.
To encourage Angelenos to save more money and more water, Mayor Garcetti called for a four-tier water rate in any new rate structure proposed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). This new tiered rate structure would reward conservation with cheaper water rates for low volume users, while those who use larger amounts of water would pay a higher rate.
The Mayor also announced his support for a recent City Council motion by Councilmember Koretz, which calls for financial penalties to be levied on the city’s worst water wasters. Based on this action, the LADWP will, later this month, propose new penalty structures for excessive use later this month.
“I’m proud of the tremendous efforts Angelenos and city staff have made to reduce water consumption over the past year,” said Councilmember Koretz. “Going forward, I want to be certain that everyone knows, regardless of how much rain El Niño brings, due to our warming climate we will still be lacking snowpack, we will still be in a drought, and we will still need to conserve our most precious resource.”
The City of Los Angeles is leading by example in water conservation. Since ED5’s enactment in 2014, City departments have reduced water use by 22.4% across municipal buildings, parks, and street medians. Under Executive Directive No. 5, City departments have cut their irrigation to two times per week, replaced turf with water wise landscapes and developed many creative ways to save water on a daily basis, including:
· Over 143,718 square feet of turf has been replaced with California-friendly landscapes at city facilities;
· The L.A. Fire Department saved over 9.5 million gallons of water by recycling water used during its annual Engineers Practical Exam;
· The Department of Public Works developed and approved Residential Parkway Landscape Guidelines to include all drought-tolerant, permeable materials;
· The Bureau of Sanitation has cut its potable water use by 21% in its 125 facilities — 97% of LA Sanitation’s water use is recycled water produced at its four wastewater treatment facilities;
· The Bureau of Street Services reduced irrigation on all medians and shut off irrigation on turf-only medians and reduced water use by 52%;
· Department of Building and Safety convened a Stakeholder Group, which is working to propose building code changes for new and retrofitted buildings to require water conservation measures;
· The Department of Recreation and Parks uses 25% recycled water for irrigation, and has reduced its water use by 22%;
· LA City Libraries have reduced water use by 18% while significantly increasing their hours of operation;
· The Los Angeles Zoo has retrofitted 50% of its administration buildings and 27% of its public facilities with low flow restroom fixtures;
· The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles replaced 2,430 toilets with ultra-high efficiency toilets that use .8 gallons per flush and provided low flow showerheads and sink aerators at over 7,000 affordable units; and
· LAX has reduced water use per passenger from 7.1 gallons in 2014 to 6.1 gallons in 2015, while increasing passenger traffic 14% since 2011.
The announcements come on the heels of Mayor Garcetti's introduction of the new phase of Save the Drop — “Capture the Drop,” a campaign to encourage Angelenos to collect, for outdoor use, the billions of gallons of rainwater that flow into the ocean each year. For more information on how to Capture and Save the Drop, visit savethedropla.com.
Food Day LA 2015
Councilmember Koretz was among the many happy participating attendees at the Food Day LA 2015 celebration. This annual event, held this year on October 26, is hosted by the LA Food Policy Council and features great, healthy food provided by some of the City’s finest and most environmentally aware chefs and food advocates. The LA Food Policy Council helps raise awareness and address issues about good food values, sustainability and food equity.
The Councilmember was there to publicly welcome the new Executive Director of the LA Food Policy Council, Clare Fox. He also recognized the City of L.A.’s Bureau of Sanitation, and the Don’t Waste L.A. Coalition, for their environmental efforts associated with legislation that he co-sponsored with Councilmember Jose Huizar, leading to a historic overhaul of the way waste is collected and handled in the City of Los Angeles. The Zero Waste LA system sets a high bar for worker protections, job opportunities, environmental standards and recycling – and In particular, it will help us divert and recycle the more than 1 million tons of food that is sent to landfills every year.
The Bureau of Sanitation embarked on a thorough and collaborative process to achieve the goal that had been set of reaching zero waste by 2025, thereby improving air quality and decreasing our dependence on landfills. As the implementer of Zero Waste LA, the Bureau of Sanitation is setting a national standard for how waste is properly collected and processed, with accountability to our city, residents, and businesses.
The Don’t Waste LA Coalition brought together an unprecedented mix of environmental, community and labor organizations to support the comprehensive Zero Waste LA plan. Their public advocacy, research and stakeholder engagement has been the fuel behind this groundbreaking new policy.
Councilmember Koretz pictured with Clare Fox (left), Executive Director of the LA Food Policy Council, and Paula Daniels (right) Founder of
Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC).
West of Westwood
Councilmember Koretz spoke to a packed room of about 150 residents of the West of Westwood homeowners association, at Westside Pavilion. Koretz addressed issues most relevant to this neighborhood such as the Expo line, short term rentals, and homelessness. Congratulations and thanks to the many members of the community who attended!
A week in the life of the LAFD
During the week ending November 6, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 9,002 calls and took 4,315 people to the hospital. That’s a whole LOT of people that were helped – and maybe even a cat or two, stuck up in a tree and in need of rescue.
That’s a monumental contribution by the LAFD to our City’s well-being –and that’s what happens pretty much all the time, every week of the year.
But even with all those truly crucial and even life-saving responses, the LAFD deserves great applause for something else, in addition. Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, recently praised LAFD for saving more than 9.5 million gallons of water by recycling water to hit key conservation targets.
The Coalition of CD 5 Homeowner
On October 23, the 5th District’s Coalition of Homeowner Associations graciously invited Councilmember Koretz to one of its meetings where, joined by members of his staff, he was privileged to participate in an extensive discussion of numerous issues over the course of a couple of hours. The Councilmember and his staff thank Marcia Selz and the Coalition for hosting the event and contributing to an engaging dialogue with so many community leaders gathered together.
Express Park Launched in Westwood
Councilmember Paul Koretz was joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti to launch Express Park in Westwood. Express Park is a smart, demand-based parking solution for both on-street and off-street parking that has proven effective in Downtown Los Angeles. Components of this new system include new smart-parking meters that will allow you to pay the meter with your smart phone, a dynamic pricing structure based on demand, parking space vehicle sensors, and access to a real-time parking guidance system.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, who has long championed expanding LA Express Park into Westwood in his 5th District, said “I am truly excited to see all the improvements introduced here in the Village. Our Westwood Village Improvement Association has also installed attractive new Wayfinding signs to guide visitors around. Westwood has a tremendous history as a vibrant go-to place for everyone in Los Angeles, and now that special experience is going to be so much easier, accessible and fun. We are thrilled that the Mayor and his team chose Westwood Blvd. as a Great Street."
Photo credit: DAILY BRUIN
All wound up over helicopter noise?
If helicopter noise ever drives you batty, you're hardly alone, and you might be interested in an intriguing new mobile app. While the 5th District Council Office hasn't tried it yet, and can't testify to its capacity and value, here's what an October 22 press release stated, in case you're curious:
New Mobile App Allows Quick Reporting of Helicopter Noise Complaints in Los Angeles County:
"In the Apple and Google mobile app stores for the first time today, HeliTracker will help restore peace in the sky over Southern California. Two local residents developed this app out of annoyance from frequent loud, low flying helicopters and out of frustration from the lack of an efficient mechanism to lodge complaints. Now with only a few taps on a smartphone or other mobile device, residents can easily report all helicopter disturbances.
"HeliTracker is designed specifically for LA County residents, who can purchase the mobile app for $0.99. Both iOS and Android versions are available. Roy Meals, co-developer of the app states, 'HeliTracker empowers LA County residents to easily voice concern regarding the aerial blight caused by vastly under-regulated helicopters. We want to improve the quality of life overhead for Angelenos, so we will donate any profit from HeliTracker to TreePeople.org, a nonprofit organization whose commitment is to grow a green and climate-resilient Los Angeles.'
"To report a disturbance, you open the app and HeliTracker automatically confirms your location, zip code, date, and time. With one tap, you indicate the type of disturbance (loud, low, hovering, ...) and, with a second tap, send the complaint. It takes only a few seconds. HeliTracker forwards all complaints daily to the FAA’s Automated Complaint System.
"Bob Anderson, President of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition and a HeliTracker beta tester says, 'HeliTracker is very easy to use and so quick. If you live or work where helicopters are a nuisance, you need this app.'"
The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s
It began in the United States 40 years ago, in L.A.’s 5th Council District, at the United Artists theater in Westwood ago, with the premiere of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Since that very night, for four decades, countless fans around the world have not just been delighted by every detail of the movie – they've actually memorized and reenacted every detail, every word, song, dance, move, face and piece of clothing.
The movie is still in theaters. Simply put, it is the longest-running release in film history. It's transformed how films are distributed, marketed and enjoyed, thanks to the forever popular midnight screenings, where the real life shadow casts perform along with their celluloid heroes, and costumed audiences with all kinds of props take part and add to the joyous mix. What a crazy wonderful spirit and expression of art, individuality, and community!
That’s why, 40 years later, Councilmember Koretz was delighted to honor The Rocky Horror Picture Show, first with a presentation in City Hall and later that day, a ceremonial gathering in front of the building in Westwood where the film was first screened. Joining him were famous music and film impresario Lou Adler, who produced the movie; Tim Curry, star of The Rocky Horror Picture show; members of the“Sins o' the Flesh” shadow cast, who perform live while the movie is shown every Saturday night at the Nuart theater; Sal Piro, president of The Rocky Horror Picture Show fan club; and of course, many fans, enthralled by the festivities.
It was a great milestone anniversary in the life of one of the most unusual success stories in entertainment industry history – and it also demonstrated the unique appeal and vibrancy of Westwood, now and through the ages.
* The City Council approved Councilmember Koretz' motion seeking Housing and Community Investment Department recommendations on how to make the City's implementation of the state Ellis Act and its own Rent Stabilization Ordinance work better for the hundreds of thousands of tenants who live in L.A. The Ellis Act allows apartment building owners to evict tenants in order to go out of the apartment rental business, but has been subject to abuses leading to evictions aimed at clearing the way for new (and often larger), pricier and therefore less-affordable development. The Housing Department now expects to deliver its report early in 2016.
* The short-term rental phenomenon continues to flourish in a "wild west" atmosphere in certain L.A. neighborhoods. The City's attempt to develop solid, enforceable regulations in response is a work-in-progress. The Department of City Planning is working on the ordinance, which is expected to define where and under what circumstances such rentals (epitomized by the popular AirBnB company's promotional, coordination and brokering activities) will be allowed. Planning Department officials predict that a draft ordinance will be released for public review shortly after the first of the year, leading to a public comment period and public hearings before the City Planning Commission and City Council take action.
* In late September, the Mayor generated much interest by announcing his intention to ask the City Council to declare a "State of Emergency" regarding the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. He also called on the Council to find $100 million to fund a variety of homeless services and affordable housing efforts. The Council has been working on its response and expects to approve the State of Emergency in concept during November. Councilmember Koretz supports making such a declaration, but also expects to push for strategies to address homelessness that are comprehensive and take into account creative approaches that don't involve spending budget funds the City may not have available right now.
* The City Council has approved an ordinance that prohibits the use of drones within five miles of an operating airport unless permission is obtained from the control tower at the nearest airport to where the drone operator wants to fly the drone. As a practical matter, this covers almost the entire San Fernando Valley and most sections of the city south of Mulholland as well. The airports whose locations impact drone flying in L.A. include Van Nuys, Whiteman, Bob Hope Burbank, Santa Monica, LAX, Hawthorne and Long Beach, and perhaps others.