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Calming and reassuring
After November's horrific terrorist attacks in and around Paris, the Los Angeles Fire Department was thoughtful enough to share some links and information regarding how to comfort children and others who might be upset over what they had heard had happened, or had seen on TV news.
Unfortunately, since that time, we’ve had more well-publicized tragedies, such as the mass shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino. So sadly, the same materials have stayed fresh in their applicability.
Here is the main link:
And here is a link to a video of the late Mister Rogers – Fred Rogers – sharing some thoughts on how to talk to kids concerning such tragedies:
Councilmember Koretz recently participated in SoCal 350’s Global Climate March in downtown Los Angeles. This event took place the day before world leaders met in Paris to discuss global climate issues. In effort to promote 100 % clean energy, the march encouraged organizations to come together and march for a great cause. Thank you to all who came out to support these tremendous efforts!
Koretz introduces Council resolutions re terrorism, gun violence
On December 4, Councilmember Koretz introduced a resolution, seconded by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, that would place the City of Los Angeles in support of a House of Representative bill, HR 1076 (authored by Republican Congressmember Peter King of New York) and its companion bill, S 551 (Senator Feinstein). This King-Feinstein Congressional effort (the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015) would eliminate the loophole in federal gun laws that currently allows individuals on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terrorist watch list to legally purchase firearms and explosives. Shockingly, this legislative effort to eliminate that loophole has suffered some setbacks in the House in recent procedural votes, but the bills remain alive: indeed, the King bill has still not officially been brought up for a vote in the House. Councilmember Koretz said, “Perhaps grassroots support, including from our city, may make the difference in getting such common sense measures approved.”
Mass shootings, such as what happened in San Bernardino and, not long before that, in Colorado Springs, have been defined as shootings that leave four or more people wounded or dead. Our country suffers an average of more than one mass killing a day. As of Dec. 3, there were 353 such incidents in the U.S. in 2015 (in 220 cities and 47 states). 462 people have been killed in this nation in such mass killings this year, and 1,314 were wounded. 32,000 people are killed due to gun violence each year in the U.S. (about 2/3 of those through suicide). The country is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence.
That’s why, also on December 4, Councilmember Koretz introduced a second resolution (again, seconded by Councilmember Krekorian), in order to support recognizing and dealing with the immensity of what is a monumental, life-or-death public health crisis. Back in 1996, Congress passed legislation that effectively prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from conducting research on gun violence (for example, what are the best ways to prevent teenage suicides, or to prevent accidental shootings). In the nearly twenty years since that legislation was approved, no federally-funded scientific research on gun violence has been conducted. Even former Representative Jay Dickey, the author of the amendment that put the prohibition in place, regrets it and believes that research on this issue should be supported by the federal government. Coincidentally, hours before the shootings began in San Bernardino, doctors had gathered in Washington D.C. to present a petition signed by more than 2,000 physicians around the country, pleading with Congress to lift the restrictions. Councilmember Koretz’ resolution supports their request. Councilmember Koretz said, “gun violence is killing a mammoth amount of Americans and taking its toll on countless families and communities. Let’s all come together in support of common sense solutions regarding gun violence.”
The two Koretz resolutions have been sent to the Council’s Rules, Elections & Intergovernmental Relations committee.
City Hall Takes on Big Issues
In recent weeks the City Council has taken steps to begin an intensified effort to address the homelessness issue in Los Angeles, where a census has identified more than 26,000 individuals living without permanent homes. On December 7th, the Budget and Finance Committee appropriated approximately $13 million to fund extended operation of the Winter Shelter program and launch programs to provide storage and service facilities as well as places for people living in vehicles to park safely off city streets. The goal is to get these programs up and running in 2016 to provide relief both to the homeless as well as the neighborhoods that have borne the brunt of the impacts of homelessness. While it will take a major investment and effort to provide the needed shelters and affordable housing to move significant numbers of people off the streets, these actions are a first step in the right direction.
The Council’s Housing and Community Investment Committee on December 7th took a big step toward defining implementation for the recently approved law requiring all “soft story” (wood frame) and “non-ductile” concrete apartment buildings to be seismically retrofitted. The key decision was to limit the amount of the retrofit cost that a landlord/owner could pass through to tenants to 50% and to allow that pass-through to go on for up to 10 years. This limits the financial burden on tenants and landlords alike and ensures a modest rent surcharge at most to help get this important work done which is expected enhance the safety of buildings built before 1980.
Many things are happening during this holiday season, here are a few:
Councilmember Koretz speaks at the annual Jewish Labor Committee brunch on November 15 celebrating the long standing relationship between organized labor and the Jewish community.
RVA Tree lighting
Councilmember Koretz joined the tree lighting ceremony hosted by the Roscomare Valley Association (RVA) Board at the Roscomare Circle. Many community members came by with their families and children. Bill Love and his wife provided warm apple cider and cookies. Thank you RVA for putting together a wonderful and festive event and kicking off the holiday season!
Councilmember Koretz presents certificate to Wendy Morris, RVA President.
Saluting a champion of film and television
Councilmember Koretz presenting a resolution to Keith Parker, Assistant Vice Chancelor of Government and Community Relations for UCLA, Jan-Christopher Horak, Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
On Friday, December 4, Councilmember Koretz and entire City Council honored one of our city’s truly wonderful institutions, and that’s the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. In celebratory recognition, the City declared December 4 to be “UCLA Film & Television Archive Day in the City of Los Angeles.”
As Councilmember Koretz noted, “Los Angeles is the historic home to the motion picture and television industries, and this Archive is a crucial part of why that’s so, for even as we look to the future, it is essential that we knowledgably preserve the past, and the Archive leads the way in helping us do both.”
Joining the Councilmember at the podium, during the Council presentation, were Jan-Christopher Horak, Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Keith Parker, Assistant Vice Chancelor of Government and Community Relations for UCLA.
Founded on December 16, 1965, UCLA Film & Television Archive, part of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is internationally renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media, and is dedicated to ensuring that our collective visual memory is explored and enjoyed for generations to come; and a unique resource for research, the Archive is one of the largest repositories of moving image materials in the world, with more than 400,000 holdings. The collections include silent films, animation, narrative and documentary features, movie trailers, avant-garde and LGBT materials, television sitcoms and dramas, news and public affairs programs.
Here are just some of the amazing efforts that are part of the story of this magnificent archive:
In 1981, the Archive became the permanent home to one of the most compelling and significant historical resources of the 20th century: the massive Hearst Metrotone News Collection, documenting the fabric of life from 1915 through 1975. The Archive provides footage from this collection to numerous films and television projects every year.
The Archive and the Sundance Institute have partnered to create the “Sundance Collection at UCLA,” established in order to maintain long-term access to independent film productions. The Archive has also partnered with the Directors Guild of America to establish the “DGA-Motion Picture Industry Conservation Collection at UCLA.” This important collection, stored at the Archive, holds prints of all feature films directed by DGA members under guild agreements, ensuring that this work is preserved for future generations.
The Archive is celebrated for its moving image restoration efforts and many of its most important projects are invited to screen at prestigious venues and film festivals around the globe.
In 1988, the Archive staged its first biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation, inviting the general public to screenings of the Archive’s recent restoration work. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noted, “No other event in the country so consistently illuminates the irresistible hidden treasures of America’s movie heritage, putting a spotlight on drop-dead fascinating items unseen in decades, and difficult to see after the festival.”
In 1989, the Archive opened its Archive Research and Study Center in UCLA's Powell Library, providing free access to more than 10,000 collection items each year. Hundreds of books, films, plays, articles and scholarly monographs have been produced drawing on its resources. That same year, the Archive was awarded an Emmy Plaque for the restorations of An Evening with Fred Astaire, Another Evening with Fred Astaire, and Astaire Time.
In this century the Archive has won further accolades for its restorations of independent works, earning a number of Film Heritage Awards and a Special Citation from the National Society of Film Critics.
In 2005, the Archive partnered with Outfest to create the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, the largest publicly accessible collection of LGBT films in the world. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association presented the Archive a Legacy of Cinema award for the Project.
The Archive launched the new decade in 2010 with two major honors: the Special Medallion from the Telluride Film Festival, and a showcase on Turner Classic Movies featuring "the extraordinary restoration and remastering work conducted by the Archive.”
In conjunction with the French Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, France, the Archive staged its first international academic symposium in 2010, Reimagining the Archive: Remapping and Remixing Traditional Models in the Digital Era. This gathering at UCLA featured presentations by academics and practitioners from three continents, examining the ways the new digital era has impacted the evolution of archival practice, technology and research. In 1981, the Archive presented Celebrating Orphan Films, an eclectic mix of screenings and discussions about neglected films from outside the commercial mainstream, partnered with Los Angeles Filmforum and New York University's Orphan Film Symposium. And in 2015, the Archive presented, This is the City: Preserving Moving Images of Los Angeles Symposium, co-sponsored by UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
In the 5th Council District, the Archive presents more than 200 curated public screenings each year at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood, screening the best of the classic and the new, the mainstream and the cutting-edge—focusing on programs not usually presented at commercial theaters. After screening in L.A., some of the Archive’s most significant programs tour venues throughout North America. In 2011, the Archive presented the groundbreaking film exhibition, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 cultural initiative. L.A Rebellion introduced the collective work of a group of African and African American filmmakers who attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in the 1970s. More than 50 representative works were screened, and many of the newly restored and preserved works were included in a nation-wide touring; and
Having accomplished so much already in the past half-century, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is certain to continue expanding on its tremendous record of achievement, thereby preserving, memorializing and furthering the historic creative legacy of the motion picture and television arts.