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Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011

The City’s Budget and Finance Committee unanimously endorsed Councilmember Koretz’s and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s joint proposal to bring Los Angeles into the modern era by creating an administrative code enforcement (ACE) program. The City Attorney’s Office was asked to prepare a final program and ordinance for consideration by the Budget Committee on Monday, October 3, with full Council consideration scheduled for Wednesday, October 5.

The present system simply does not work. Currently, quality of life infractions are dealt with as misdemeanors and take forever to wind their way through our overcrowded judicial system. If and when a court date finally arrives, the judge may just toss the complaint because it takes up precious court time but doesn't rise to the level of a violent criminal offense. So there is no final enforcement, the system is easily gamed, and quality of life goes unprotected. ACE can change all that, by instituting an efficient and practical system for ensuring that your complaints about quality of life transgressions are dealt with conclusively and effectively. Councilmember Koretz is grateful to the many community activists who spoke up in favor of ACE, either at the meeting or through emails, faxes, phone calls, letters and even neighborhood council resolutions.

While there is basic consensus that the City should start ACE with a relatively small pilot program to make certain that any kinks can be identified and corrected early on, many in attendance – including Councilmember Mitch Englander – said that the time is long overdue for a vigorous ACE program and called for expansion as soon as practicable.

The City Council's work isn’t done yet, for it needs to get ACE passed once and for all next week. But the work of the Budget and Finance Committee this past Monday meant that an important milestone was cleared this week. Thanks again to everyone in CD 5 who attended the hearing and/or reached out to the Council. Your presence and support made (and will continue to make) a critical difference.

Friday, Sep 23, 2011

President Obama is coming back to west Los Angeles. While City agencies and the County Sheriff’s Department are working with security for the White House to minimize traffic disruptions, TRAFFIC MAY BE SEVERLY AFFECTED. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE.

We don’t have a lot of exact traffic information. We understand from news accounts that the President will be at two events on Monday, September 26 -- the House of Blues in late afternoon (with Sunset Boulevard particularly affected around 5:00 pm) and later that evening at the Fig and Olive restaurant near La Cienega and Melrose Place. The President then will travel through Beverly Hills and West LA Tuesday morning, September 27, before heading out from Los Angeles.

We have been informed that La Cienega will be closed entirely from roughly 7:15 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday evening, and that streets otherwise will be closed on a rolling basis as necessary to ensure safe travel for the President.

Again, while we do not have precise traffic information, officials have warned that west side traffic in the area may be severely affected. If at all possible, we urge you to avoid the area entirely.

While I very much appreciate the President’s visit, I apologize in advance for the inconvenience it will cause.

Friday, Sep 23, 2011

Councilmember Paul Koretz and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have been working together for almost two years to improve enforcement of building and safety, zoning and other City codes. We are all frustrated that violations and citizen complaints frequently go unresolved and often are simply ignored.  Thanks to the work and support of dedicated neighborhood activists from around the City, it is time to answer these concerns by adopting the Administrative Code Enforcement (ACE) program.  See

Friday, Sep 09, 2011

WHAT: on Sunday, September 11th, Councilmember Paul Koretz (5th City Council District) will be presenting his Office’s First Annual Emergency Preparedness Events – one for Valley constituents, one for Westside constituents: both events, free to the public, are to help inform and empower constituents as to how to prepare oneself and one’s family, including pets, in case of an emergency.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 11, 2011 – the Valley event in the Sherman Oaks Galleria will be from 10:30am-1:30pm; the Westside event at the Westfield Century City Mall will be from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

WHO: Joining Councilmember Koretz and his staff will be the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), Animal Services, CPAB (Community Police Advisory Boards), local Neighborhood Councils and Chambers of Commerce, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Gas Co., V5 Watch, and others dedicated to ensuring public safety in the face of emergencies.


WHERE:  The event in the Valley (from 10:30am-1:30pm) will be at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301-15303 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, by the fountain.  The Westside event (from 2:00pm-5:00pm) will be at the Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, at center court by the children’s play area.  


WHY: Councilmember Koretz says, “Everyone knows that earthquakes and fires occur in Southern California and can be deadly, and everyone needs to be prepared so that we might all minimize the risk, limit the damage and hopefully escape calamity entirely. Natural disasters, such as the recent horribly costly Hurricane Irene on the East Coast, may not be avoidable but adequate preparation can certainly help keep people safe from harm.  I hope people will join us to learn some great tips and basic steps to enhance public safety and to better protect ourselves and each other. At our events, we’ll be joined by invaluable efforts and crucial groups that do so much good work for the cause of public safety, and I think spending some time on September 11 visiting our events may help local residents enormously, when a future emergency arises.”   

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