The Arts

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 May 18, 2020
This past week, the City Council gave final approval to Councilmember Krekorian's motion allocating $200,000 from the arts development fee revenues in his district to provide a lifeline to theaters in the NoHo Arts District during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on May 02, 2020
The arts are an essential part of our lives and our communities, but during the pandemic, performing arts institutions necessarily have been deemed non-essential businesses. As a result, live theaters are facing the very real threat that the show will not go on, and many may be forced to close forever.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017
  Summer is in full swing, so make the most of the long, hot days and explore all the great things happening in our community. Whether you enjoy picnics, outdoor movie screenings, concerts or exploring the arts, you don't have to look very far to find a fun activity for the whole family.  In this special edition of Our Valley News, I'm sharing a list of great events happening in our community that will make your summer more complete. So, before school starts and this season comes to and end, I encourage you to explore your neighborhood and enjoy an exciting day or night out.

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.