Community News


12
Jan

A strong El Niño is expected to bring us plenty of wet weather this winter.

You've probably heard the forecasts: Godzilla. Record-breaking. Too big to fail. But there's no need to get scared - we have the tools to help you get prepared.

On the City’s special El Niño website, you will find preparedness tips to help you get through anything we might face in LA - from earthquakes to El Niño - and resources to keep you safe in an emergency.

Let's get ready to weather the storm. Visit the website now:

www.elninola.com

18
Dec

I’d like to wish everyone the best this holiday season has to offer.  Chanukkah is in our rear view mirrors, but Christmas, New Year’s and Kwanzaa lie ahead.  

We’re in a strangely tumultuous time in the world, with challenges coming at us from every direction.  They serve to remind us that life in the 21st Century is unlikely to be easy or dull anytime soon.  But as each of us go about our daily lives during these holidays, I hope we can go beyond such concerns and keep the spirit of compassion and generosity prominent in our thoughts and actions as we celebrate with family and friends.

If you’ve still got shopping to do, I encourage you to support your local merchants whose presence in our communities help to make them better places to live.  Shopping locally is good for the neighborhood and helps the city government provide you with the services you expect from us.

On that note, let me close by offering my best wishes to you for 2016.  It’s sure to be an interesting year, and we should join together and make every effort to make it a great one for everyone.

PAUL KORETZ

Councilmember, Fifth District

02
Jul

Dear Friends,

I want to wish you all a safe, meaningful and fun 4th of July.

As always, Independence Day is an opportunity not just for relaxation but also for reflection on our heritage and understanding of our nation's birth and history.

The past couple of weeks have been an amazing time, full of thought-provoking and heart-wrenching moments. Let’s contemplate the greatness of our nation's enduring flag and what it stands for, even as the flag representing rebellion against this nation and support for slavery and racism is suddenly fast disappearing. As evidence of our resilience, communities victimized by violence and hate show the power of their peaceful and forgiving resolve. The Supreme Court decision on marriage equality gives added and crucial substance to our guiding principles of liberty and justice for all. A more secure health care system lessens the likelihood of individuals and families being devastated by illness, and that is as essential to our safety as a strong national security.

Although these are challenging times, I look forward to an optimistic future. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

PAUL KORETZ
Councilmember Fifth District

02
Jul

In advance of the 4th of July holiday and its celebrations, the Los Angeles Fire Department is providing crucial information about fire works. The goal is to discourage their illegal purchase and gravely hazardous use, while letting the public know where to go to observe safe, legitimate fire works shows that are held as part of the Independence Day festivities.

Inevitably, people maim and otherwise hurt themselves and other people through the dangerous use of illegal fireworks. Along with the terrible accidents that so frequently occur, there is also the all-to-real risk of starting fires, which is a transcendent concern at a time of record temperatures, unprecedented drought and ultra dry fire conditions. By way of example, on June 25, a palm tree caught fire in the West Valley. Firefighters rushed to the scene and where able to contain the blaze, which threatened nearby homes: the cause was illegal fireworks. It is worth noting that there will be extra LAPD squad cars patrolling Los Angeles neighborhoods over the July 4th holiday weekend in order to ensure greater safety, but you can do your part by reading the information contained in this link. Here is a link to our LAFD post about fireworks safety, which includes a listing of all legal, public shows in the city and county of LA. As a reminder, ALL personal use fireworks are illegal in the city of L.A. and residents are encouraged to call (877) ASK-LAPD to report illegal fireworks, or 911 if they sense immediate danger.

02
Jul

Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July -- provided by City of Los Angeles Animal Services:

Make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for your pets! Some people love big gatherings and loud noises - but that can be very frightening for our pets.

Here are some Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:

PLAN AHEAD
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the registration has your current address. In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag. These two simple steps help us reunite families if a pet does get lost.

You can contact any of our L.A. Animal Services Shelters and schedule an appointment to have your companion animal microchipped. The cost of for the public is $25.00 per animal. Most veterinary clinics also offer microchipping.

KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets inside. If you are having guests over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds.

KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

ADOPT NOW and Help Us Save MORE Animals
The fourth of July is a time shelter staff knows that we will have a sudden influx of lost and frightened animals. Our shelters are already over crowded. If you are considering adopting, please visit our shelters and adopt NOW or consider fostering a great dog or cat! They are counting on us. We are all they have.

18
Jun

The following information has been provided by the Los Angeles Police Department after being approved for release by the United States Secret Service:

 

Traffic Advisory for Presidential Visit

Los Angeles: In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion during the visit of the President of the United States, June 18 & 19, 2015, the following areas of the City should be avoided when possible to prevent travel delays for community members:

 

Thursday June 18, 2015

The area around Sepulveda Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Century Boulevard between 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The area around Pico Boulevard and 23rd Street between 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The area around Barrington Avenue and Palms Boulevard between 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The area around Centinela Avenue and Bundy Avenue between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The area around Bundy Avenue and Interstate 10 Freeway between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The area around 405 Freeway and Sunset Boulevard between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The area around Evans Road and Monorca Drive from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The area around Napoli Drive and Sunset Boulevard from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The area around Sunset Boulevard and 405 Freeway from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The area around 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The area around Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The area around Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Drive 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The area around Beverly Drive and Sunset Boulevard 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The area around Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Note: Merv Griffin Way between Wilshire Boulevard and North Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between2:00 p.m. on June 18, 2015to12:00 p.m. on June 19, 2015.

 

Friday June 19, 2015

The area around Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around Century Park East and Pico Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around Pico Boulevard and Overland Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around Overland Avenue and National Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around National Boulevard and Interstate 10 Freeway 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around Interstate 405 Freeway and Centinela Avenue 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The area around Arroyo Boulevard and Mountain Street 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The area around Mountain Street and the 210 Freeway 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The area around 134 Freeway and Colorado Boulevard 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.

The area around Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.

The area around York Boulevard and North Avenue 51 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The area around Yosemite Drive and North Avenue 56 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Notes: The following are road closures in the City of Pasadena;

Seco Street between West Drive and Lincoln Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Rosemount Ave between Prospect Terrace and North Arroyo Boulevard from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Drive between Linda Vista Avenue to Salvia Canyon Road from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Rosemount Avenue between North Arroyo Boulevard and Seco Street from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

The following flights/operations are not permitted within the 30NM radius Temporary Flight Restriction unless authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration after consultation with the United States Secret Service (USSS):

A)       AEROBATIC FLIGHT OPERATIONS

B)       GLIDER FLIGHT OPERATIONS

C)       FLIGHT TRAINING OPERATIONS OTHER THAN CLOSED PATTERN WORK

D)       PARACHUTE DROP OPERATIONS

E)       AGRICULTURE/CROP DUSTING OPERATIONS

F)       ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FLIGHT OPERATIONS

G)       COMMERCIAL CARGO CARRIER OPERATIONS THAT FAIL TO MEET OR EXCEED TSA APPROVED STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAMS/PROCEDURES

H)       BANNER TOWING FLIGHT OPERATIONS

I)        UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

J)        MOORED, MANNED, OR UNMANNED BALLOON OPERATIONS

K)       MODEL ROCKETS

L)       MODEL AIRCRAFT

M)      SIGHT SEEING OPERATIONS

N)       MAINTENANCE FLIGHTS

O)       SEAPLANE OPERATIONS

P)       UTILITY AND PIPELINE SURVEY OPERATIONS

 

This information has been provided to the public with the approval of the USSS. Any additional questions related to the visit of the President will be referred to the USSS.

11
Jun

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will begin theCharing Cross and Hilgard Regulator Station Bypass Line Project on Monday June 15, 2015. The project will take place at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Hilgard Ave. This project is of crucial long-term significance by helping to ensure deliverance of water to surrounding communities during times of maintenance or emergency, but for several months to come, commuters will face inconveniences and delays during the hours of work.

The 5th District Council Office has been working diligently with LADWP, LADOT, UCLA, METRO and all the various community leaders to ensure that all major concerns of this project have been addressed. LADOT Traffic Officers will be on Sunset Blvd. to manage the traffic flow and to make sure the traffic signals are timed accordingly. Message boards will be placed this week in areas surrounding the project location and also on the 405 freeway to advise drivers. Work hours will be Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, with some work days until 9:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Work days are extended until 9:00pm during the week, so that the project can be completed before the anticipated finish date of January 2016.

11
Jun

On June 2nd, more than 200 organizations, cultural influencers, and elected officials participated in the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day by wearing orange and speaking up on the issue.

The Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens, who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a friend – 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton - who had been gunned down, killed, just one week after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade, which had been a great highlight of that young life, now forever stilled.


To commemorate the Day, the Los Angeles City Council joined with Women Against Gun Violence, locally, and others across our nation, to call for the prevention of gun violence (which includes both intentional and accidental acts) and the stemming of the epidemic that takes so many lives, leaves so many wounds, and inflicts catastrophic damage on families and communities throughout our country, every single day.

The message includes advocating for gun safety legislation, keeping firearms out of the wrong hands, and calling for responsible gun ownership, which certainly includes keeping guns locked and stored safely and securely away from children, who so often are the ones who are the victims of gun violence. 

11
Jun
The Westwood Branch Library recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the community celebrated because it a treasured neighborhood resource and a welcome place for reading, education, relaxation and fun activities.  The Councilmember Koretz was there to offer the City's congratulations, and on behalf of the people of Los Angeles he thanked the staff, volunteers, Friends of Westwood Library, and the patrons of all ages who have made the Westwood Branch Library such an exceptional, invaluable, fun and heavily used branch library and community centerpiec

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