Category Archives: CD 5 Paul Koretz

Photos: Congressman Sherman Tours the Natural Gas Leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility

image003Congressman Sherman Tours the Natural Gas Leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility

Sherman Oaks –Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) tours the Aliso Canyon storage facility.

image002(From left) Shawn Bayliss, staffer for LA City Councilman Paul Koretz and Congressman Brad Sherman chat with Roger Schwecke, acting Deputy Operations Chief of SoCalGas image003(From left) Roger Schwecke, Shawn Bayliss, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, and Congressman Brad Sherman discuss the Aliso Canyon gas leak. image004(From left) Roger Schwecke, Councilman Mitch Englander, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, and Congressman Brad Sherman at the Aliso Canyon Storage facility. image005Roger Schwecke and Congressman Brad Sherman at the Aliso Canyon storage facility. image006Congressman Brad Sherman and Councilman Mitch Englander stand in front of the relief well at the Aliso canyon storage facility

Krekorian, Koretz Call for LA Sales Tax on Guns and Ammo

PK Press Release Header_BlueLA Councilmen Koretz, Krekorian Call for Sales Tax on Firearms and Ammo Sales

Seek Greater Funding for Gun Violence Prevention Programs

LOS ANGELES- Today, Councilmembers Paul Koretz, District 5, and Paul Krekorian, District 2, introduced a motion calling on the City of Los Angeles to consider enacting a sales tax on firearm and ammunition sales. The motion requests a report from city staff on the feasibility of enacting a sales tax and suggests that the money collected could be used to fund gun violence prevention research and programs throughout the city.

As a precedent, Seattle, Wash., recently voted to tax firearms at $25 per gun and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammo, which they expect to bring in up to $500,000 annually, with all proceeds going toward gun violence prevention programs. Chicago passed a similar law in 2012.

“There are mass shootings daily in this country, many of which could be stopped by sound policies and better gun violence prevention programs,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “Los Angeles has been a clear and consistent voice for gun safety, even as Congress has failed to act. We recently banned the possession of large capacity magazines and will soon vote on mandating safe storage of handguns at home. We can take another important step by taxing firearm and ammo sales in our city and putting those funds toward gun violence prevention programs.”

“The horrific toll of gun violence is devastating, tragic and persistent,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz.” Across our country, we are suffering a daily carnage of incident after incident. The costs in life and limb are staggering, and families and communities are broken. We have to reverse that trend, and today’s motion, to increase the means for supporting beneficial gun violence prevention programs and key educational efforts, is an important step in the right direction. Together, we can make a difference in reducing gun violence and standing up for public safety.”


Koretz’s and Kreorian’s motion will be heard by the Budget and Safety and Public Safety committees. If the committees approves the motion, it will be considered by the full City Council and the CAO and LAPD will be required to come back to the Councilmembers with reports.


Using Complete Streets best practices on Van Nuys Blvd can lead to economic gains

Last month, Smart Growth America released study findings of economic benefits to communities that develop Complete Streets. Listen to the findings and learn the case studies here as Van Nuys Neighborhood Council helps shape City of Los Angeles’ Complete Streets plans along Van Nuys Blvd.

The VNNC needs YOU to join local academics, budget advocates, Van Nuys small businesses, historic preservationists, ecological conservationists and community-centric land-use advocates to help shape Van Nuys Blvd into a complete street.  California’s climate laws and innovative local leadership offer us a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a strong community designed for climate and economic resiliency.


In March, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council hosted its first sustainable planning summit to inform the community about City of Los Angeles initiatives and local quality of life advocacy driven by California’s climate laws. This post continues dialog that began at the summit.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council votes unanimously for strict Citywide greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

A journal of Science study published Thursday reports if climate change continues rapidly, one in six species could face extinction. And in a timely Earth Day vote at last week’s Special Meeting, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to support Councilmember Paul Koretz’s motion to implement a Los Angeles citywide greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. We’re committed to work toward a climate resilient solution including protecting local Valley resources at the Sepulveda Basin and recharging the San Fernando Valley aquifer.

Add your voice to the solution by participating at our monthly general meetings the second Wednesday of each month in the conference room of the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys. And bring your ideas to VNNC committees.  Several projects are starting up in Van Nuys that you can contribute to if greenhouse gas emission reduction matters to you.

Special Council Meeting & Paul Koretz

Van_Nuys_Aerial_1960Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

There are several very exciting events coming up in Van Nuys and the San Fernando Valley this week.  First and foremost, we are having our “Whole Community Volunteer Interactive Preparedness Summit” in North Hills this Saturday.

We would like everyone in the community to get involved, and sponsor and attend this very important summit.  We have almost 10 neighborhood councils committed to be there on April 25th, as well as numerous elected officials and city departments. We are 5 days from the summit, and still have ample opportunities for you to be a part of this ground-breaking and launching of the First Permanent Volunteer Preparedness Training Center in the City of Los Angeles.

Secondly, I would like to invite you to our Special Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting this coming Wednesday.  We have Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz participating in our “Distinguished Speaker Series” as well as several other interesting items on our agenda.

And finally, the VNNC is beginning to undertake the very ambitious notion of creating a “Business Improvement District” (BID) along Van Nuys Boulevard from Sherman Oaks through Van Nuys all the way up to Pacoima.  (The entire length of Van Nuys Boulevard, including Panorama City & Arleta as well)  If you would like to get involved and help create this BID, please let me know.  Cheers.

It is a special privilege to serve as the Council President and Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President & Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

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