For nearly a decade, Councilmember Paul Krekorian has fought hard for our government to do everything it can to preserve vital film and television jobs in Los Angeles and to stop runaway production. In 2009, he authored California's first successful film and TV production incentive package, aimed at keeping LA the creative capital of the world.
Krekorian recently chaired the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Film and TV Production Jobs, where he successfully lobbied for the state to pass an expanded tax incentive package for film and TV production, saving thousands of jobs and creating billions in local economic activity. Read Krekorian's Los Angeles Times Op-Ed supporting the new film tax incentive here. He has taken concrete steps to make Los Angeles more film friendly by extending a local tax incentive, waiving fees for filming at city-owned properties. Krekorian streamlined the permitting process and helped city departments find more efficient and effective ways to accommodate and assist filming. He now serves as Vice Chair of the City Council's newly created Entertainment and Facilities Committee.
As a strong advocate for the arts, Krekorian has authored measures to fund public art, protect LA's historic murals, prevent graffiti vandalism and preserve our city's diverse cultural heritage.
Krekorian also supports the next generation of filmmakers. He created the annual Los Angeles Student Film Festival, the only Southern California film festival featuring the work of high school students.
Posted on Jun 05, 2017
LOS ANGELES - This week, the Los Angeles City Council celebrated LGBT Heritage Month to recognize the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists and activists who are paving the way for equality in Los Angeles. Among the honorees were Sara Ramirez, Alexandra Billings, Michael Kearns and Alexei Romanoff. You can read about this year's honorees here.
Posted on May 17, 2017
VALLEY GLEN - This week, the State Historical Resources Commission approved the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The nine-member California state review board, appointed by the Governor, is charged with the preservation of California's cultural heritage.
Posted on May 05, 2017
LOS ANGELES - This week, the LA City Council kicked off May as Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month to celebrate and honor the contributions of Asian Americans in the City of Los Angeles.
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
This month, Angelenos and people across the world commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, one of the most horrific events of the 20th Century. The Genocide was a defining moment for Armenians, but because the Armenian people have survived and thrived in the years since, the cause of justice and recognition has been taken up by millions of people of all nationalities who care deeply about human rights.
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world and the film industry remains our region's heritage industry and the source of tens of thousands of good jobs. Throughout my years of work in public service, keeping this industry thriving in our backyard has been one of my top priorities.
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