City Councilmember Paul Koretz spoke to a full house last night at Blu Jam Cafe. Forty community members packed into the restaurant for a meeting of Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch.
Koretz, who has been in office for 18 months, spoke about the planned Melrose Village Business Improvement District, continuing legal and regulatory issues surrounding the proliferation of marijuana stores, the City’s financial crisis, and other topics. He also took more than a dozen questions from the audience. Not surprisingly, the most heated comments concerned parking, specifically the proposal for a new permit parking zone.
Paul Koretz is pictured above with Paul Lerner, co-founder of Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch. Thanks to John Darnell for the photo.
At the beginning of the meeting, LAPD Officer Art Gallegos gave a crime report. He noted that crime was relatively low during the recent holiday season. He asked people what their public safety concerns were, and the comments ranged from mentally ill vagrants, to graffiti, to pot stores and other problems.
Nicole Carcel, our new field representative from Assemblymember Mike Feuer’s office, was also on hand to meet community members. Nicole replaced Haeyoung Kim, who has moved to Washington DC to accept a position with the US State Department. Nicole can be reached at email@example.com.
The next meeting of Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will take place Wednesday, March 2.