Councilmember Krekorian is vocal advocate for neighborhood councils and bringing more community involvement to city government. He works closely with the neighborhood councils, associations, watches and all resident organizations in Council District 2. Krekorian believes that these organizations provide a valuable outlet for concerned and committed citizens to voice their opinions about issues considered by the City Council and city departments.
Throughout his time at City Hall, Krekorian has fought attempts to excessively curtail neighborhood council funding and has championed their inclusion in the budget process. In 2010, when he chaired the City Council's Education and Neighborhoods Committee, Krekorian restored more than $1 million in rollover funding to neighborhood councils, arguing that a lack of funding “would not allow neighborhood councils what they need to meet their commitments.” In years since, he has made sure that neighborhood councils are adequately funded and are able to have their say in city matters.
Krekorian is also known for listening to residents and providing top notch constituent services. He responds quickly and decisively when emergencies threaten neighborhoods and when residents are simply looking for assistance. His field office in North Hollywood is a neighborhood center of activity, outreach and information. Krekorian endeavors to bring city government to the doorsteps of his constituents and always welcomes their valuable input.
Highlighting his independence, Krekorian has repeatedly stood with ratepayers and led the fight against proposed rate increases sought by the Department of Water and Power. Krekorian also diligently worked to ensure that the community won a ratepayer advocate - an independent voice for Angelenos on DWP issues.
Posted on Jun 02, 2020
Our community's seniors have experienced extraordinary events during their lifetimes. Their strength has been forged by the Second World War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the great turmoil and divisiveness of the 1960s. In each case, their character and courage helped our country overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and emerge even stronger. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
Posted on May 11, 2020
In 2017, communities throughout the South San Fernando Valley began experiencing dramatic changes in the amount and location of airplane noise from Burbank and Van Nuys airports. Many neighborhoods that had never before experienced significant aircraft disturbance were suddenly being barraged with a nearly constant series of planes overhead producing disruptive, roaring noise.
Posted on May 11, 2020
I've served as chair of the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee since 2012. At that time the City was still reeling from the Great Recession, and our budget faced deficits of hundreds of millions of dollars. Former mayor Richard Riordan even opined in the Wall Street Journal that Los Angeles would need to file bankruptcy by 2014.
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 Apr 20, 2020
The catastrophic loss of life from COVID-19 throughout our country and the world has been an immense tragedy that none of us will ever forget. Throughout the crisis, our Mayor and our Governor have shown tremendous leadership, which has been sorely lacking elsewhere in our national response. Our "Safer at Home" policies unquestionably have saved countless lives here in Los Angeles.