Councilmember Koretz was honored to lead a City of Los Angeles salute to United States Senator Barbara Boxer, declaring March 23 to be “Barbara Boxer Day in the City of Los Angeles.”
On that day, the Councilmember hosted Senator Boxer at a special City Council ceremony where they were joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Controller Ron Galperin, other members of the City Council, as well as members of Senator Boxer’s family and staff.
Every year in City Hall, on one day a year, fifteen women who have made an amazing difference for our city are honored in a unique ceremony. Each of the 15 council offices picks one woman apiece to be saluted that year as a “Pioneer Woman.”
This year’s CD 5 Pioneer Woman, Nickie Miner, is a tremendous community leader, civic activist and long time volunteer. She is devoted to the preservation of open space, enhancing the quality of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods, advocating for wildlife, supporting police and fire, and creating relationships between community and Government. Nickie has been an absolutely invaluable liaison between the community and Los Angeles City Hall for over thirty years.
Last fall the City settled the “Willits” lawsuit and committed some $1.4 billion over 30 years to address long-festering sidewalk repair issues throughout Los Angeles. The case focused on making sure that City sidewalks are Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant. On Tuesday, March 29, a Sidewalk Repair Policy was adopted to create a framework for undertaking the work necessary to implement the Willits settlement.
Several months ago, the Center for Investigative Reporting listed the top 10 known residential water customers in California. Councilmember Koretz, who, as a member of the City Council’s Energy & Environment Committee and as one of the Mayor’s appointees to the Metropolitan Water Board for two years, has spent countless hours working to address this new low-water future, was horrified to find that five of the top water users in California actually live in his very own Council District 5. Four of the top five live in Bel Air and one lives in Westwood. The single biggest water user in the state, a Bel-Air resident, used about 1 million gallons of water per month (enough for 90 average households). Councilmember Koretz introduced a motion calling on the LA Department of Water & Power to find immediate ways to address and stop the water abuse, including “severe financial penalties.”Read More
When March is turning into April is also when Mediation Awareness Week takes place in the City of L.A.
There is a significant need to promote mediation as a valuable option for people suffering conflict in their personal, community or business lives. The City Attorney’s Office is among those that can help with dispute resolution/mediation services, which is why Councilmember Koretz was joined by City Attorney Mike Feuer in kicking off Mediation Awareness Week. Also present was the week’s chair, Daniel Ben-Zvi, and numerous legal luminaries.
Written by Tony Wilkinson (Panorama City NC and North Hills East NC) on DWP Reform and Neighborhood Councils. One perspective from the NC-DWP MOU Oversight Committee:
The woman who explained earthquakes to Southern Californians for 33 years is retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey.
If you ever read an article about earthquakes in Southern California, chances are you’re familiar with seismologist Lucy Jones.
In her 33 years with the USGS, Jones has become a universal mother for rattled Southern Californians. After each quake, she turns fear of the unknown into something understandable.
Metro released the details of a proposed measure for the November 2016 ballot that aims to raise as much as $120 billion for new highway and transit projects in LA County. The spending plan includes improvements to existing infrastructure and programs to facilitate active transportation, including bicycling and walking paths to be built over the next four decades.Read More
Fifteen sites, three days, one River
This April come down to the River for Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 27th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza!
This year there is an urgent need for the 27th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. The dramatic El Niño swept through the watershed washing trash from surrounding areas into the channel which needs to be removed.
The LADOT Parking Violations Bureau (PVB) wants to remind the public of a fast, easy and intuitive means of accessing their parking violation information along with the ability to set up notifications, and access other parking related web services. Available Customer Service Web Portal services include: Personalized Parking Customer Accounts, Reviewing Parking Citation Details, Parking Citation Pay-by-Web, as well as provides links to Submit Requests to Contest Citations, Renew Residential Parking Permit and Purchase Guest Permits.Read More
Registration is open now!
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)
Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a free program designed by the Washington Emergency Management Department and implemented locally by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region to improve readiness at the neighborhood level. MYN teaches neighbors to rely on each other. It takes just ONE person to begin. Using a 90 minute DVD to facilitate the MYN meeting and accompanying materials provided at no cost, neighborhood leaders can help get their communities get ready for a disaster. MYN helps communities “fill the gap” between Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT) and individual preparedness.Read More
The LA County Department of Public Health has presented these answers to frequently asked questions about the Zika Virus Disease.
The new LADBS website features an intuitive modern design with an emphasis on ease of use for all our visitors...Read More
CityWatch, the online news portal, has launched a Neighborhood Council page in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment a.k.a. EmpowerLA to support the 2016 Neighborhood Council election outreach. CityWatch is published to encourage grassroots civic engagement through information, ideas and perspective. Editor and co-founder, Ken Draper, was involved in the creation of the Neighborhood Council system and served on the Mid City West Neighborhood Council. Ken is also a regular attendee of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition.Read More
SNL 2016: Employment Opportunities
Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) is currently accepting applications for Summer Night Lights (SNL) program Site Coordinators. GRYD’s mission is to strengthen youth/young adult, family and community resilience to the influence of gangs by fostering public/private collaboration and supporting community-based prevention and intervention services. SNL is a key component of the comprehensive GRYD strategy which was piloted during the summer of 2008 as a response to research that point to youth being most likely to commit violent crimes during the summer months in the City of Los Angeles. Now in its 9th consecutive summer, the SNL program is implemented in 32 parks across the city with the goal of reducing gang related violence in and around SNL sites & providing community engagement and employment opportunities for youth as well as adults.
Want to save water? Ready to tear out your lawn? Not sure where to begin?
The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance is pleased to partner with LADWP, SELVA International, and Surfrider Foundation to offer FREE “Lawn Be Gone” Hands On Workshops (HOWs) on February 27 and March 5.
South Coast Air Quality Management Division sponsors an annual Leaf Blower Exchange Program that helps clean the air through the exchange of backpack leaf blowers. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers available at a discounted price.Read More