Contents 1 Background 2 City of West Hollywood 3 State Assembly 4 Post-legislative service 5 Los Angeles City Council 6 Personal life 7 References 8 External links

Background[edit] Koretz's father escaped Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews in 1939 by emigrating to America, settling in what was then unincorporated Los Angeles, modern-day West Hollywood.[1] Koretz grew up in what is now the 5th Council District of Los Angeles, graduating from Hamilton High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in History from UCLA in 1979, where he was a founder of the "Bruin Democrats".[2] Koretz served on the Los Angeles County Democratic Committee for more than 10 years. While he was a student at UCLA during the 1970s, he was defeated for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Koretz would go on to serve as an aide to then-Los Angeles City Councilmember Zev Yaroslavsky in 1975, and after that, to then-Los Angeles City Councilmember Marvin Braude in 1984. After his marriage to Gail, the Koretz family moved less than a mile away from his parents' home to an area where his father originally lived upon moving to Los Angeles.[3]

City of West Hollywood[edit] In 1984, Koretz supported the creation of the City of West Hollywood from what was then unincorporated Los Angeles County. Koretz campaigned for the City's incorporation while managing the City Council campaign of Alan Viterbi and served as Viterbi's deputy after his election. Upon Viterbi's retirement in 1988, Koretz was elected to the West Hollywood City Council.[4] As Councilman, Koretz appointed Kevin Norte to the City's Rent Stabilization Commission in 1992, that commission's first openly gay chair for two one-year terms. Koretz also appointed former Log Cabin Republicans member and Equality California[5] leader attorney John Duran[6] to replace Norte as Koretz's appointee to the Rent Stabilization Commission. Duran would go on to succeed Koretz on the West Hollywood City Council. Also during his council tenure, Koretz played a major role on many high-profile issues. In 1988, Koretz sponsored a citywide ban on semi-automatic rifles, which built momentum for a subsequent statewide "assault weapons" ban. In 1996, Koretz co-sponsored the City's ban on "Saturday Night Specials." The city was the first to enact such a ban, which survived various legal assaults by the National Rifle Association. Koretz also sponsored an ordinance limiting handgun purchases to one gun per month in order to cut the resale of guns on the black market.[7] Koretz served as Mayor and City Councilman for twelve years before being elected to the State Assembly. Koretz's former colleague on the West Hollywood City Council, Abbe Land, was a candidate for Koretz's seat in the California State Assembly, and faced former Los Angeles City Council member Mike Feuer in the June 6, 2006 Democratic primary. Koretz endorsed Feuer, who defeated Land, winning 52.4% of the vote to her 36.3%.[8]

State Assembly[edit] This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (May 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Koretz represented the 42nd district in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006, serving the maximum 3 terms allowed under California term limit law. The district includes West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Universal City, and the portions of the City of Los Angeles encompassing the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Los Feliz, Westwood, Brentwood, Studio City, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and North Hollywood/Valley Village. During his six years in the Assembly, Koretz served as the Chair of the Assembly Labor Committee since his first year in the Assembly. He also chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence and the Assembly Select Committee on California's nursing shortage. Koretz was also a member of the Health, Public Safety, Business & Professions, Insurance and Natural Resources committees.[9] As a state Assemblymember, Koretz introduced legislation in the State Assembly to increase the smoking age to 21. As a City Councilman, Koretz had authored West Hollywood's ordinance banning smoking in restaurants, and developed the strategy of making it a regional ban by having neighboring cities pass the same ban at the same time. This provided momentum to help pass then-Assemblyman Friedman's historic AB 13.[citation needed] Koretz was the first Southern California Director of the California League of Conservation Voters and served as Administrative Director of the Ecology Center of Southern California. In the Assembly, he introduced legislation requiring retailers profiting from the most commonly littered items to share some of the costs of removing trash from storm water runoff, and he is the joint-author of legislation to ban the use of dry cleaner solutions, which have been found to be carcinogenic [7]. He is an unwavering champion of the rights and well-being of the LGBT community. He is also a passionate advocate for the Jewish community.[10] Koretz has been a protector of Los Angeles County's health system. He is a well-known opponent of animal cruelty. Crime prevention is also one of Koretz's top priorities. In 2006, Koretz introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 39, which called for the impeachment of George W. Bush.

Post-legislative service[edit] In November 2006, Koretz ran for the West Basin Water District, but narrowly lost the seat by a little more than 1% of the vote.[11] In June 2007, Koretz was nominated by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to the California Board of Podriatic Medicine.[12]

Los Angeles City Council[edit] On August 2, 2007,[13] he became a candidate for the 5th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The seat was occupied by Jack Weiss, who was a candidate for Los Angeles City Attorney. In the March 3, 2009 primary, Koretz and candidate David Vahedi finished in the top two of six candidates. Koretz defeated Vahedi in the general election by under 800 votes. Robert Schwartz, Ron Galperin, Adeena Bleich, and Robyn Ritter Simon were unable to advance to the runoff. Former Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle and outgoing Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick had been rumored as possible candidates for the same seat, but did not enter the race. He is campaining against SB 827 with a goal of preventing new development. He stated that the bill would “I would have a neighborhood with little (American) 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s single-family homes look like (Muslim) Dubai 10 years later” [14].

Personal life[edit] Koretz's wife, Gail, serves as local government liaison for the office of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.[15] They have one child, Rachel. The Koretz family resides in the Beverly-Fairfax District of Los Angeles.[16] Koretz was the owner of an American historical and political memorabilia distributor.[citation needed]

References[edit] ^ ^ [1] ^ [2] ^ [3][permanent dead link] ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-04.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-03.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-03.  ^ [4] ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-03.  ^ [5] ^ LA County Registrar of Voters ^ Alex Vassar (2007-06-24). "Paul Koretz Political History". archive. Retrieved 2006-06-25.  ^ [6] ^ Dillon, Liam. "Get ready for a lot more housing near the Expo Line and other California transit stations if new legislation passes". Retrieved 2018-01-15.  ^ Orlov, Rick "Los Angeles City Hall becoming a family affair for Councilman Paul Koretz" Los Angeles Daily News, September 15, 2013 ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

External links[edit] 5th District Website Political offices Preceded by Jack Weiss Los Angeles City Councilmember, 5th district July 1, 2009 – present Succeeded by Incumbent California Assembly Preceded by Wally Knox California Assemblymember, 42nd District 2000–2006 Succeeded by Michael Feuer v t e Current members of the Los Angeles City Council President: Herb Wesson     District 1 Gil Cedillo District 9 Curren Price District 2 Paul Krekorian District 10 Herb Wesson District 3 Bob Blumenfield District 11 Mike Bonin District 4 David Ryu District 12 Mitchell Englander District 5 Paul Koretz District 13 Mitch O'Farrell District 6 Nury Martinez District 14 José Huizar District 7 Monica Rodriguez District 15 Joe Buscaino District 8 Marqueece Harris- Dawson Retrieved from "" Categories: 1955 birthsLiving peopleAmerican people of German-Jewish descentCalifornia DemocratsLos Angeles City Council membersJewish American politiciansMembers of the California State AssemblyUniversity of California, Los Angeles alumniYouth rights people21st-century American politiciansHidden categories: All articles with dead external linksArticles with dead external links from January 2018Articles with permanently dead external linksPages using infobox officeholder with unknown parametersBLP articles lacking sources from May 2016All BLP articles lacking sourcesAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from March 2010

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