Traffic Advisory for Presidential Visit Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police Department advises Los Angeles motorists to expect traffic delays during the anticipated visit of the President of the United States. On Monday, November 25, 2013, President Barack Obama will arrive in Los Angeles for two days in order to attend several functions in the area. Although specific details about his destinations are not available for security reasons, the following information is provided to assist community members who may have a need to travel in areas where the President may be traveling. Every effort to minimize traffic impacts will be employed while the President travels through the City. It is anticipated that the following streets may be affected and may experience temporary closures to facilitate the safe passage of the President. Motorists are encouraged to review the following information and make necessary plans to avoid those areas during time periods where traffic may be stopped or congested due to the Presidential motorcade. The dates, times and areas on the second page of this advisory are provided as a general guide and are subject to change without notice. It is our intent to provide the best possible information to the public without compromising the safety of the President. The public’s cooperation is greatly appreciated. Anyone with questions regarding the travel advisory may contact LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).
AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2013 is taking place this Sunday, October 13th, and it’s not too late to find out how to take part in this great event – just visit the website at http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles. Nor is it too early to figure out your transportation and parking plans for the day, because traffic that day is impacted by the huge numbers of people who flock to the parade route, and by the street closures that make the parade possible.
Since the inaugural AIDS Walk Los Angeles in 1985, this tremendous mechanism for good has drawn over a half-million participants while raising nearly $75 million. It is certainly one of our region’s most enjoyable and beneficial happenings. Here is information about transportation and parking that day, taken from the AIDS Walk Los Angeles website:
8:30 a.m. Sign-In
9 a.m. Aerobic Warm-Up led by Richard Simmons! 9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins
10 a.m. AIDS Walk Los Angeles Begins
Location: AIDS Walk Los Angeles will start and end in West Hollywood. Enter at Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.
Length: 10 kilometers/6.2 miles
The 2013 L.A. Congress of Neighborhood Councils is now in the history books. On that Saturday, members of the city’s 95 certified neighborhood councils showed up in abundance at City Hall to learn from panelists and participate in workshops. The building was packed with neighborhood activists, who also got to meet with and hear from many elected officials, including Mayor Garcetti, City Attorney Feuer, Controller Galperin and members of the City Council.
Councilmember Koretz congratulates all the neighborhood councils and their representatives, as well as EmpowerLA (the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment) and the many volunteers who together put on this vital event.
Ed Edelman was the City Councilmember of our 5th Council District from 1965 through 1973 (after Roz Wyman, and before Zev Yaroslavsky). In 1973 he was elected to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in 1973, where he served until his retirement from that body in 1994, after which he has stayed quite involved in crucial civic matters and social causes.
As Councilmember Koretz notes, “Ed Edelman has been the embodiment of personal decency. Throughout his amazing career of public service, he has always stayed a humble and gentle person – a principled leader, a dignified champion of progressive ideals and humane understandings, and a shrewd master of seeking and achieving consensus, tackling even the toughest of challenges with grace, warmth, and courage.”
Whether as a Councilmember or as a Supervisor, Ed Edelman was always considered extraordinarily dedicated and exemplary in serving his constituents. He was also a great champion for countless essential causes, not all of them universally popular. Such causes included protecting abused and neglected children; helping the disabled and the disadvantaged; shoring up health and mental health funding; speaking up for, and helping empower, the LBGT community, women and the urban Indian; and confronting the AIDS epidemic when too many others failed to do so. He led the way in advocating for environmentalism and open space preservation, sheltering the homeless; and ensuring meaningful law enforcement accountability. He also was a tremendous friend to all who love the arts, for he has played a vital role in shaping and boosting the cultural landscape of Southern California and the lives of its arts institutions.
During the City Council meeting at which “Ed Edelman Day,” was declared, Councilmember Koretz was joined by Ed Edelman’s wife, Mari Edelman. (The former Councilmember and Supervisor was not able to attend, because of his health.) Mari also produced, wrote and directed the new PBS documentary, which is narrated by Tom Brokaw. Mel Rogers, PBS SoCaL’s President and CEO, was among those who participated in the City Hall ceremony, which was held both to celebrate the grand career of Ed Edelman and to recognize the importance of this critically acclaimed PBS documentary about him, which Councilmember Koretz says, “will enlighten and inspire everyone who watches.”
Koretz concluded the City Hall ceremony by stating that “Ed Edelman's splendid life of leadership and public service has produced a splendid living legacy full of landmark institutions and endeavors that he helped initiate, foster, nourish, sustain or otherwise transform for the better. People everywhere will always be able to learn about, and benefit from, the life of Ed Edelman, due to the magnificent documentary film, “The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman. It tells a crucial story, because as we learn more about how progress has been achieved until now, we’re better able to forge the glorious and happy future that we all want for Los Angeles in years to come.”
The documentary will air on April 4th at 7pm, on PBS SoCaL (formerly KOCE) at Channel 50.1 (also on TW Cable at 68 or 16; Cox Cable at 10 or 29; Charter Cable at 10 or 15; DISH at 50, Direct TV at 50; Verizon FIOS at 8; and ATT U-Verse at 50.) The film will also be aired on April 7th at 6:30 pm, on PBS OC, Challen 50.2 (and on TW Cable at 235; on Cox Cable at 810; on Charter at 314; and on Verizon FIOS at 470). Or you can see it online, by visiting the following link: http://video.pbssocal.org/video/2324012741 .
The following information has been provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to remind customers to reset their clocks and timers this weekend.
LOS ANGELES — With Daylight Saving Time beginning at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013, LADWP reminds customers to turn clocks forward and reset lighting timers, programmable thermostats and sprinkler timers.
In the City of Los Angeles, outdoor watering is restricted to hours before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. Customers should note the change in time and adjust their automatic sprinkler timers accordingly. With spring and summer approaching, and the accompanying warmer temperatures, LADWP encourages customers to be mindful of their water use, both indoors and outdoors.
LADWP also encourages customers to reset their lighting timers to turn on only after daylight hours and to remain lit only as long as necessary. Energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and long-life LED lights are recommended for installation wherever possible. CFL and LED lights may cost a little more at the outset, but they use less electricity, last longer and save customers money in the long run.
The time change presents a valuable opportunity for LADWP customers to review their energy and water routines at home and in the workplace to seek out efficiency opportunities. Efficiency can help customers better manage utility costs and save money. For efficiency tips, and information on the Department's many water and energy efficiency solutions, please visit www.ladwp.com.
During the past few months, more than a few people have asked us why they weren't receiving any more "Hi 5" newsletters. The reason is simple, though it might come as a surprise to many.
In the months before a City of Los Angeles election, the offices of certain elected officials – those who are candidates seeking reelection, or election to a different City office – are prohibited from mass mailing newsletters: that prohibition extends to electronic distribution through email. The period of time during which such distribution is prohibited is called the "blackout period." Now that the election has been decided for the 5th Council District, this office can resume its newsletter. So once again, the Hi 5 will be heading your way. As always, we encourage you to read it, share it, and send your suggestions, including about potential stories and regarding calendar items on upcoming events.
Council District 5 welcomes your ideas and suggestions, please stay connected with us by visiting our website and by emailing our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not had the opportunity to subscribe to our district newsletters, you may do so here.
Starting March 9, 2013, there will be no left turns from Coldwater Canyon Avenue, north or south onto Ventura Blvd. Starting March 23, 2013, Coldwater Canyon Ave. will be closed from Ventura Blvd. to Mulholland Drive, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. These restrictions will last through April 25, 2013, or such time that the work is completed. Alternate routes include Cahuenga Blvd./Highland Ave., Laurel Canyon Blvd., Beverly Glen Blvd., Sepulveda Blvd., and Interstate 405.
The LADWP is working with the City Council Office that represents that immediate area, as well as local residents, community groups, schools, churches and businesses, to help minimize the strain on that neighborhood.
For additional email updates on this project, please visit the LADWP's online newsroom at http://www.ladwpnews.com/ and click on "Get Updates." Select "City Trunk Line - Coldwater Canyon Construction" in the sign-up form.
The Library Department is creating a strategic plan to enhance its
programs and services for your constituents and people throughout L.A.
To gather people's opinions about the library services and programs
they want, we have created a brief survey.
I am hoping that you will help us by encouraging the staff and others
to take the four-question survey.
Here is a description and link for you to circulate to staff and
include in your regular communication to constituents:
What is your vision for the library of the future? Your answer will
help the Los Angeles Public Library to create a strategic plan that
will shape the library's services and programs over the next five
Please take a few minutes to answer the four questions in this brief
English survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/VisionYourLibrary
Spanish survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/VisionYourLibrary_Espanol
I hope you will share these links and encourage your family, friends,
neighbors and others in your community to take the survey. Paper
versions of the survey are also available at all libraries.
The survey must be completed by Monday, February 18.
Thank you for helping us imagine and create the library of the future.
Councilmember Koretz and his staff would like to share the following information provided by the Los Angeles Police Department:
Los Angeles: Although the American tradition of gathering together to watch the National Football League’s best battle on the gridiron to win the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy is an exciting time, it is also a weekend of increased alcohol consumption. During this Super Bowl weekend, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) would like to remind all community members to drink responsibly. In an effort to keep the streets of Los Angeles safe this weekend, the LAPD will conduct the following driving-under-the-influence (DUI) enforcement activities:
· February 1, 2013 (Friday) – Sobriety Checkpoint on Roscoe Boulevard at Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Mission Area from 8 PM to 2 AM;
· February 2, 2013 (Saturday) – Sobriety Checkpoint on Hyperion Avenue at Scotland Street in Northeast Area from 9 PM to 3 AM;
· February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Newton and Central Area from 2 PM to 10 PM
· February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Topanga Area from 5 PM to 1 AM;
· February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in 77th Street Area from 5 PM to 1 AM; and,
· February 3, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Hollywood Area from 7 PM to 3 AM.
These enforcement efforts are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Angelinos are encouraged to help keep our roadways safe by Reporting Drunk Drivers and Call 911!
The LAPD would like to remind all Angelinos of their responsibility to help prevent DUI fatalities and injuries from occurring. If you are planning or attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol will be served, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Anyone arrested for DUI should be aware that it could result in fees over $10,000, time in jail, loss of driving privileges and increased automobile insurance rates.
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