Council Takes Action to Address Historic Drought

This summer, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz led the City Council in calling for a comprehensive series of reports and actions related to ratepayer funds, conservation, and the drought emergency currently affecting California and the Western United States. Continue reading

Council Acts to Decarbonize City Facilities

Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz also led the City Council in two major votes that will modernize the City’s power grid for electrification and away from fossil fuels. Together, the two motions unanimously approved by the Council will (i) eliminate the purchase of fossil fuel-based equipment at all City facilities, including LAX, the Port of Los Angeles, parks, and libraries; and (ii) direct the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to focus on the planned upgrades needed to modernize, electrify and solarize the City’s power grid infrastructure. Continue reading

Smoother and Safer Riding for L.A. Cyclists

As Budget Chair, Councilmember Krekorian ensured that the City will invest $4 million in resurfacing bike lanes this year. Continue reading

Water Your Garden With Free Recycled Water

Councilmember Paul Krekorian joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Nithya Raman in launching a new program to make more reclaimed water available for landscaping.  Residents  who bring their own containers can take home up to 300 gallons of recycled water suitable for watering their gardens, saving precious fresh water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing. Continue reading

City Adds New Solar-Charged Electric Vehicles

Councilmember Krekorian, the City Council, and all City agencies continue their drive to electrify the City’s vehicle fleet, further cutting our carbon emissions.  Our Bureau of Street Services, also known as StreetsLA, recently demonstrated the first of its Lightning F150 electric pickups, a Volvo electric mini-excavator and two new  Beam solar charging stations in a press event at North Hollywood Yard, the City’s showcase for innovative  sustainable transportation technology in Council District 2. Continue reading

Cracking Down on Illegal Fireworks

Southern California is now in the middle of the most severe drought in our recorded history. Our trees and lawns, our hillsides and open spaces are ready to burst into flames at the touch of a spark.  Although we can now expect wildfires at any time of year, we are at maximum risk in these dry summer months, and the hillsides of the East San Fernando Valley are especially vulnerable. Now more than ever, we need to take seriously that all fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles. Continue reading

The Facts About Fireworks

July 4, 2020: the Verdugo Hills burned again, less than three years after the La Tuna Fire, L.A.’s worst blaze in half a century. Illegal backyard fireworks started the last conflagration, seen here from Verdugo Mountain Park. Continue reading

Krekorian’s Childcare Initiative Launches in City Parks

During the budget cuts of the Great Recession a decade ago, the City reduced the number of childcare centers in parks from 24 to just two. This year, Councilmember Krekorian delivered funding to begin restoring quality childcare services across the city, beginning in the East Valley. Continue reading

Council Appoints L.A.’s First Chief Heat Officer

Acting on a motion authored by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles has joined cities such as Miami, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Monterrey, Mexico; Athens, Greece; Freeport, Sierra Leone; and Santiago de Chile in naming an officer to oversee the City’s response to extreme heat events.   Continue reading

Lankershim Arts Center Reopens In NoHo to Serve the East Valley

As Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Councilmember Krekorian secured the funding to renovate, reopen and reactivate the Lankershim Arts Center.   Continue reading

Wat Thai Temple Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Councilmember Paul Krekorian joined the monks and congregants of Wat Thai of Los Angeles in celebrating the temple’s 50th anniversary.  For the last half century, this temple in North Hollywood has been the spiritual and cultural center of the Thai community of Southern California, and has also provided a haven of spiritual comfort for refugees from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, as well as people of many other backgrounds and birthplaces. Continue reading

Councilmember Krekorian Honors See’s Candies

Council District 2 staff met with See’s Candies CEO Pat Egan at the See’s store in North Hollywood to present See’s with a framed City Council resolution, authored by Councilmember Krekorian and signed by all members, congratulating See’s on their 100th anniversary.  Continue reading

Responding to Homelessness

The 2022-23 budget allocates over $1 billion, nearly a tenth of the total budget, to addressing the ongoing crisis of homelessness.  This includes substantially increased funding for housing and services, and for sanitation and protecting public health. Continue reading

Highlights of the 2002-23 Budget: Staffing Up For Better Service

Many departments are understaffed and services have suffered. The new budget beefs up the Personnel Department so it can fill funded vacancies faster.  The budget also expands the wildly successful Targeted Local Hire program that gives unhoused people and others who have struggled to find employment an opportunity to prepare for entry-level public service career jobs working for the city.  With the new budget, the City will have more crews for street cleaning, street lighting, tree trimming, sidewalk repair and traffic safety.  More staff means faster response time to service requests.  For example, the budget provides resources for the trimming of 10,000  trees throughout the city.  Additional crews will be hired to repair street lights and fortify them against the copper wire theft that has left so many streets in the dark. Continue reading

Metrolink Converts to 100 Percent Renewable Fuel

Metrolink, Southern California’s regional commuter rail agency, has become the first railroad in the United States to complete the transition from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable fuels for all of its locomotives.  Biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil costs less than ten cents a gallon, and can cut CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent.   Continue reading