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Do you love animals? Would you be interested in working for our furry friends of the City of Los Angeles?
The Department of Animal Services is looking for qualified volunteers to join the RACO (Reserve Animal Control Officer) program. There is an application process so please click here to view the flyer and application link. During a three month commitment Reserve Animal Control Officers will serve and observe an Animal Control Officer and gain the skills and experience necessary to perform day to day duties in the City's animal shelters.
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My staff and I wish you and your families and loved ones the best of Thanksgiving Day holidays.
Though the world faces many challenges and crises including some, such as El Niño, in our own backyard — there is also much, each and every day, for which to be incredibly grateful.
Personally, I am always especially thankful for the vigorous and caring involvement and leadership of so many people and organizations throughout the 5th District. Our local neighborhoods and communities are filled with active and dedicated stakeholders — friends and neighbors who volunteer in one way or another, and who make a huge difference for the sake of our quality of life and the future of our city. I thank you for that and wish you a happy Thanksgiving!
Neighborhood Councils prepare for El Niño !
On Saturday, November 21, more than 100 representatives of various neighborhood councils from across the city gathered together for the sake of public safety. El Niño was the major topic of the day at this meeting of the Neighborhood Council
Emergency Preparedness Alliance. Dr. William Patzert gave a special presentation entitled "El Niño is here." Patzert is a scientist at the California Institute of Technology's NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Other featured participants included Jim Featherstone, General Manager of the Emergency Management Dept.; Councilmembers Paul Koretz and David Ryu; Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell; Mona Curry of the Emergency Management Department; Chief Rudioph HIll of LAFD; Aida Valencia of the Bureau of Street Services; Chuck Turhollow of Sanitation, and Adam Saharakian of DOT.
A great discussion was held regarding how to integrate the neighborhood councils into the city's emergency preparedness planning, and how to increase and enhance communications between one another. Councilmembers Koretz and Ryu described the motion that they introduced to prompt and facilitate such relationships in order to best ensure the safety of local communities and constituents.
Councilmember Koretz salutes neighborhood councils and all who are a part of the Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance — thanks to their great volunteerism and dedication, the people of Los Angeles are better protected from what might well turn out to be the most damaging and dangerous El Niño in many years.
Ready for El Niño?
There are many great lists of safety and preparation tips regarding El Niño. Click on the following links for useful information and tips to better prepare for the season.
Acclaim for Joan Pelico
Councilmembers Paul Koretz & David Ryu were on hand to help honor Joan Pelico.
The 5th Council District's Chief of Staff, Joan Pelico, was honored by the wonderful non-profit known as Millennium Momentum Foundation, at its 12th Annual "Opening Doors" Awards ceremony. The event was held on November 13th at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Cal State Los Angeles among the others recognized. Chief of Staff Pelico was saluted for epitomizing the best in service to community and constituents.
A particularly wonderful aspect of the evening was the awarding of more than $60,000 in academic scholarships to distinguished student recipients throughout Los Angeles who have demonstrated financial need, academic merit, leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Also honored were individuals, institutions and companies throughout the region who have dedicated their efforts to improving the quality of life and championing causes that positively impact diverse communities.
Millennium Momentum Foundations, inc. was formed in 2002 as a 501(c) non-partisan charity to increase the number of students and young professionals in public service-related fields, through higher education financial aid, mentoring, and leadership development training. The organization has become one of the leading providers of leadership development training in the nation, given its compelling 96% college graduation rate, 92% college retention rate, and a 90% employment matriculation rate achieved among participants completing service delivery between 2002 and 2005. The agency has become an official educational partner to the White House in the developing and implementing of the White House Young America Series educational conferences in 17 states. Congratulations to Millennium Momentum and its Founder & CEO, Jason L. Seward, for such splendid accomplishments, and to Joan Pelico and all of the recent honorees and scholarship award recipients!
Community leaders joined Joan Pelico in at her honoring.
The Marshall P. Riddick Center recently celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Since 1945, the Riddick Center has served as a multipurpose space for different groups in the Overland community, and has been a go-to place for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, community meetings, and classes. The Riddick Center also housed an Army Anti-Aircraft Battalion from World War II. We are incredibly lucky to have the center in our district. It is a great asset that many other Westside communities also enjoy. Councilmember is proud to lend his support to the center alongside the Westside Neighborhood Council, Westwood Gardens HOA (Home Owners Association), Heyler Realty (who brokered the initial deal back in the 1940s) and the residents of the neighborhood.
Congratulations on the 70th Anniversary and thank you for your such momentous service to our youth, their families, and our communities!
Councilmember Koretz presenting a certificate to The Riddick Center President Maura Howe (middle), and VP Joanne Dorfman (right)
Councilmember Koretz cut the ceremonial sod at a turf replacement effort that took place in Beverlywood earlier this year. It continues to be important that we replace our old ways involving lawns because, despite any rain we might receive from El Nino, we will still be in the midst of a serious drought. The City is encouraging folks to put in rain tanks, barrels and cisterns to capture rain that we get and to keep replacing lawns with native plants and rain gardens.
Veterans Day is a momentous annual event honoring the countless individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Here in Los Angeles, in an annual ceremony commemorating Veterans Day and hosted by 2nd District Councilmember Paul Krekorian, each council office is invited to select one veteran to commend and thank in person, even as the City commends and thanks them all.
This year, Councilmember Koretz was delighted to bring Colonel Robert G. Hale to the City Council. Colonel Hale, is both a great patriot and a great surgeon who has served our nation with utmost honor and valor, including fifteen years in the United States Army, and fifteen years in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2003 he was activated to serve two tours of duty in Kuwait and Afghanistan, leaving his established oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in the San Fernando Valley.
He has received two Bronze Star Medals, for exceptionally meritorious service as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has also been presented with the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 20 year Hourglass Device and the Order of Military Medical Merit; the Legion of Merit; the Meritorious Service Medal; and the Humanitarian Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
He has held many crucial positions in the military, in order to lead, teach and train countless people in the performance of vital surgeries and the best of combat casualty care. Such prestigious roles have included being Chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service and Program Director at Brooke Army Medical Center; the US Army Institute of Surgical Research’s Representative to the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine; Commander of the US Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment and Director of Craniomaxillofacial Research at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research; Consultant to the Surgeon General for Dental Research; and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Postgraduate Dental School, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
During the Council ceremony, Councilmember Koretz said of Colonel Hale, "I don’t think any of us, unless we’ve been there, can imagine what a transcendent difference he’s made for countless soldiers and their families, not just in the saving of lives, the reduction of pain and the restoring of health, but in helping and repairing our wounded veterans for a happy and successful return home."
A Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Colonel Hale is an esteemed writer and lecturer in his field, and is treasured in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles for the outstanding oral and maxillofacial surgery care he provides in Woodland Hills, even while he has continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve. In one year, Colonel Hale will time out of the military, and thus be fully retired from the Army, but he will forever be proud of having worn the uniform, as we are of his decades of devoted and exemplary service. Thank you, Colonel Hale — and thank you, all our veterans!
All bright and sparkly!
The 32nd annual Cleanup Day, held in Encino on Saturday, November 14th, was a smashing success.
The 5th Council District office was delighted to join with the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce in hosting this event, which cleaned up 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.
There was a great turnout of about 75 volunteers, who were welcomed by Councilmember Koretz and CD 5 staffers, who likewise took part in the cleanup. Thanks to the Chamber, there was plenty of food and refreshments to keep everyone energized throughout the event. Again, Councilmember Koretz expresses a heartfelt thank you to the Chamber and all the wonderful volunteers who participated.
North Flores Apartments Receive Historic Monument Designation
On November 25th the City Council officially designated the Mendel Meyers Courtyard Apartments (118-126 North Flores Avenue in the Beverly Grove neighborhood) as a City historic cultural monument. The action was the culmination of a long, contentious process that saw tenants rally the local community to save the 1930s-vintage buildings.
Meyers’ architectural firm was responsible for many notable residential buildings in Los Angeles, seven of which had already been named historic cultural monuments, and Meyers and his wife actually lived in this location for a time. The apartments were on the way to being demolished to make way for an unspecified development project when tenants and neighborhood activists filed an application to nominate them for designation. Councilmember Koretz supported the application through the City’s approval process, which included the Cultural Heritage Commission as well as the City Council.
Koretz Fighting to Remove Westwood Boulevard Bike Lane Designation from Mobility Plan
On August 11th Councilmember Koretz voted against the new citywide Mobility Plan 2035 primarily because it included a bike lane designation for Westwood Boulevard north of Wilshire Boulevard. On November 25th, when an amended version of the Plan arrived in Council for approval, he again opposed it for the same reason.
In August, Koretz proposed a revision to remove the Westwood Boulevard inclusion and replace it with a commitment to identify possible alternatives to link the bike lane from Wilshire to UCLA. He joined numerous community members in being concerned with the high potential for bicycle, auto and bus conflicts and accidents by locating the bike lane on the busy boulevard.
The City Planning Department was not ready with the response to that request by November 25th so the Councilmember again voted “no,” publicly noting his continuing concerns. City Planning is working on an additional amendment to take the bike lane designation off of Westwood that Koretz expects to actively support when the time comes. The amendment currently is slated to be made public by City Planning in February 2016.
Dr. Patrick Seamans
The City of Los Angeles recently celebrated “Deaf Awareness Month." Dr. Seamans was selected by Councilmember Koretz to be the fifth district honoree in a ceremony that was led by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.
Dr. Seamans is a valuable and inspiring community leader who makes essential contributions to Los Angeles through his membership on the board of the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council, for which he is also the treasurer. He has served as a Disabled Representative on the board, and on the Planning and Land Use Committee. He has been very involved regarding environmental impact reports, building permits, zoning, the noise ordinance, street services, transportation, and countless other important areas of concern to the people he represents.
The son of a French mother and a father who was in the American Army, Patrick Seamans was born in 1952 in a military hospital in Germany, premature and weighing a scant four pounds. Within days, he came down with a high fever, for which he was given an antibiotic which rendered him deaf — only a year later, that same antibiotic would be prohibited for its role in causing deafness. Brought up in France, where sign language was still forbidden in the classroom, he would strive to excel and do so brilliantly, in France and then the United States, and indeed around the world (he has been to nearly 50 countries).
Dr. Seamans is an accomplished architect. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from UC Berkeley, has a master's in bilingual education, and has a joint master's in international public administration, public policy and development from USC's School of International Relations and the School of Planning, Policy and Development. He also has a Ph.D. in international and intercultural education, policy, planning, administration and development, from USC Rossier School of Education. He is a published author, a lecturer, a philosopher, a historian and a photographer, and is expert in many languages.
His life story is as richly compelling as his achievements and civic engagement are diverse. Councilmember Koretz and his staff congratulate Dr. Seamans on being honored in City Hall, and thank him for his activism.
Chief of Staff Joan Pelico greeting Dr. Patrick Seamans
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has launched a new phone app that lets residents check the status of their construction plans and even lets you report building code violations. The app is called LADBS Go. Click here to view more details about downloading the app.
Friday, November 13, was TALK Day, a great annual effort sponsored by the organization, Women Against Gun Violence, and its TALK Project. Leaders of Women Against Gun Violence came to the City Council to describe what TALK Day is all about.
Through various programs, events and educational endeavors, TALK Day targets gun violence (both intentional and accidental), using the letters 'T,' 'A', 'L' and 'K' to stand for key concepts. Parents and guardians are encouraged to:
Talk with their kids about guns;
Ask family, friends and neighbors if their guns are locked up; Lock their own guns up, safely and securely; and
Keep children and communities safe.
With so many deaths and injuries being attributable to gun violence, the TALK Project puts life-saving information in the hands of over 500,000 Southern California elementary school families — printed materials available in Spanish and English that help parents and caregivers talk with their children about guns and, importantly, help parents and caregivers talk with their friends, neighbors, and family about guns and safe gun storage. Free gun locks are also distributed upon request. Such efforts can make a crucial difference for countless people and their families. Thank you to Women Against Gun Violence and all involved.
UCLA Volunteer Day
Councilmember Koretz presenting certificate to Shannon Hickman, Director of Volunteer Center at UCLA, and Ketih Parker, Assistant Vice Chancellor at the office of Government and Community Relations at UCLA.
Councilmember Koretz and the City of Los Angeles thanked UCLA for holding its 7th annual Volunteer Day, which took place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. On that day, incoming freshmen and transfer students joined together with continuing undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and community members to visit more than 40 sites across greater Los Angeles. Reaching out to every city council district, volunteers served at K-12 schools, food banks, parks, shelters, veterans’ facilities, and neighborhood centers.
This great event is always all about leadership, participation, empowerment and support for Community Partners, and it's a marvelous means for providing young adults with the opportunity to help others, and so the City of Los Angeles proudly saluted and celebrated UCLA, its students, and all involved in this wonderful endeavor.
By pup-ular demand!
A recent City Council meeting wasn't rough — it was ruff. That's because the Council was visited by some of the sweetest, most wonderful dogs around — therapy dogs!
A therapy dog is a dog trained to comfort individuals and ease their anxieties. They truly are absolutely charming and cuddly. At the invitation of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, about 20 of these dogs, and their handlers, were honored by the City Council for helping to assuage air travelers’ anxieties when travelling at LAX. These dogs were especially helpful to passengers who were particularly worried after the Paris attacks. The canines are part of P.U.P. (Pups Unstressing Passengers), a program that was started in 2013 and which continues to add more volunteers, dogs, and their trainers. The dogs and their handlers wear red vests and can be seen in airport waiting areas. They are a true and vital friend to many a traveler, and for that they are much appreciated.