Valley 200 - 2021-07-19




Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz has represented the city’s 5th District for 12 years. District 5 includes communities on the west side of Los Angeles as well as in the San Fernando Valley. Koretz was born in the Valley. He’s a champion of environmental protection including fighting climate change, conserving water and protecting natural resources. He also worked against mansionization in the area and has worked to try to solve the city’s homelessness problem. Among his honors, he has won the Green Leaf Award for Innovation from City Plants, a nonprofit partner of the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power; the 2019 UCLA Tom Bradley Local Leader of the Year Award for his commitment to UCLA and the city of Los Angeles; and the 2018 Courageous Leadership Award from Women Against Gun Violence. ALMA MATER: UCLA Los Angeles City Council in 2013. She has led the city council in virtual meetings and passed emergency measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Martinez is interested in supporting families’ efforts to raise their children in safe neighborhoods. She has her own “Green New Deal” agenda for low-income communities that historically have suffered from polluted air, water and land more than other communities. ALMA MATER: California State University - Northridge BEST ADVICE: Be yourself, because everyone else is taken. FAVORITE BOOK: “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez. BUCKET LIST: To be interviewed by Oprah.


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